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  • 2015: Global stocks zip higher on M&A pipeline, Fed outlook

    Stocks rose on Tuesday, with a potential trans-Atlantic corporate takeover boosting sentiment already buoyed by a growing conviction that the first rise in U.S. interest rates since 2006 won't come until after the summer.

    FedEx Corp (FDX.N) made a 4.4 billion-euro ($4.8 billion) bid to buy Dutch package-delivery company TNT Express (TNTE.AS), sending TNT shares jumping almost a third in value and lifting shares across the sector and beyond.

    The merger and acquisition feel-good factor for stocks dovetailed with generally low government bond yields, as expectations of the Federal Reserve's first rate move continue to cool after last Friday's U.S. employment report for March.

    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0MY01A20150407

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    Stocks gain momentum, Europe at seven-year high

    World stocks marched higher again on Thursday, drawing support from European auto sales and German trade data, while expectations that the first U.S. interest rate increase will come in the latter part of the year continue to grow.

    Investors also breathed a sigh of relief as Greece confirmed it will pay a 450 million-euro loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund on Thursday, meeting a deadline and taking the immediate heat off the cash-strapped country.

    In early trading, Europe's EuroFirst 300 index of leading shares was up 0.5 percent at a seven-year high of 1,619 points .FTEU3, putting the index on track for its ninth weekly gain in the last 10.


    More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0N001520150409

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      Nikkei tops 20,000, European shares hit 15-year high

      World shares tested record highs on Friday as hopes of more easy money from top central banks pushed Japan's Nikkei past 20,000 points for the first time in 15 years and European stocks reached similar heights.

      The stock market push was set to keep Wall Street ESc1 going up when it resumes later and complemented more lows for euro zone bond yields after Greece repaid a loan tranche to the International Monetary Fund to keep alive its hopes of more aid.

      Subdued Chinese inflation also fueled talk of additional stimulus from Beijing and came after data this week from top economies like the United States and Germany has generally bolstered the view that world growth is slowly perking up.


      More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0N101T20150410


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        China shares see biggest fall in a month

        Mainland Chinese shares posted their biggest fall in a month after growth data showed China's economy had slowed further in the three months to March this year.

        Official numbers showed an expansion of 7% for the period - the slowest economic pace of growth since the global financial crisis in 2009.
        The Shanghai Composite closed down 1.2% to 4,084.16 points.

        Hong Kong's Hang Seng ended up 0.2% to 27,618.82 - reversing earlier losses.
        Investor sentiment was given a boost by mid-afternoon on speculation the mainland would introduce further stimulus measures.


        More: http://www.bbc.com/news/business-32313609

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          Europe shares at 14-year high on generous central banks

          European shares hit a 14-year high on Wednesday before a meeting at which the European Central Bank is expected to affirm its loose policy stance, as weak data from China raised prospects of monetary easing there too.

          Firmer commodity prices and merger news also helped hoist European stocks, and U.S. stock index futures pointed to a firmer start on Wall Street, bucking a softer trend in Asia.

          Financial markets remain broadly driven by policy action from the world's major central banks - German ten-year borrowing costs hit a record low at auction on Wednesday - and Tuesday's softer U.S. retail sales supported the view that the Federal Reserve will not rush to raise interest rates in June.


          More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0N601720150415

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            Emerging shares seen lagging developed countries for fifth straight year

            The roaring stock market rallies of the United States, Japan and Europe show no sign of reaching most emerging markets, where lackluster economic growth and company profits point to a fifth straight year of lagging performance.

            Emerging markets are the black hole in the global equity picture at a time when Wall Street has hit record highs, European stocks are at seven-year peaks and Japanese markets at the highest in 15 years, buoyed by central bank money-printing and recovering economies.



            More: http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/...0N70Q120150416

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