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Euro zone bond markets cheered but confused by vote against ‘no-deal Brexit’

Investors sold safe-haven euro zone government bonds as the British parliament’s rejection of a “no-deal Brexit” boosted risk sentiment, but confusion over the complex set of votes and uncertainty over the next steps limited the sell-off. Most euro zone bond yields were slightly higher after British lawmakers on Wednesday rejected leaving the European Union without a deal, paving the way for a vote that could delay Brexit until at least the end of June. Irish and Italian bond yields bucked the trend, falling. Italian debt tends to rally when risk ...

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China investors catch option fever, prompting regulator warnings

A rally that has made China’s stock market the world’s best-performing this year has fed a rush of leveraged bets in the country’s stock options market, prompting regulators to warn investors of rising risks. Growing interest in China’s equity option market came after a contract soared as much as 19,267 percent in a single session last month. Data from the Shanghai Stock Exchange shows that the number of open contract positions in the ChinaAMC 50 ETF exceeded 3 million for the first time on record this week as investors hope ...

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Equity funds see biggest weekly inflows in a year – BAML

Investors ploughed $14.2 billion into global equity funds this week, the largest amount in a year as investors jumped on to 2019’s stock market rally, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday, citing flow data provider EPFR. An index of global stocks is up more than 16 percent since the end of 2018 as falling market volatility and a renewed dovishness from global central banks, led by the U.S. Federal Reserve has boosted risk appetite across the board. BAML said most of the inflows went into exchange traded funds ...

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Global stocks gain on trade optimism, set for best week since January

Global stocks rose on Friday after a report that U.S.-China trade talks were making progress and a vote by UK lawmakers to delay Britain’s exit from the European Union. European stocks markets opened higher, with the pan-European STOXX 600 index reaching its highest since October. Britain’s benchmark FTSE 100 index outperformed, boosted by growing expectations Britain will not leave the EU on March 29 without a deal. [.EU] S&P 500 futures also gained, indicating stocks would open higher on Wall Street. Chinese Vice Premier Liu He spoke by telephone with ...

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Optimism over trade, Brexit boost European shares; UBS, Swedbank fall

European shares rose on Friday and were set for their best week in a month as positive signs on U.S.-China trade talks and UK lawmakers’ vote to delay a potentially chaotic exit from the European Union supported investor appetite for riskier assets. The pan-European STOXX 600 was up 0.3 percent at 1020 GMT, piercing the Oct. 5 high set on Thursday, and all the major bourses were in positive territory. London’s FTSE 100 outperformed, lifted by its heavyweight oil and mining stocks on higher metals and crude prices. Germany’s trade-sensitive ...

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Global Stocks Shrug Off Weak Chinese Data

Global stocks were mostly up as investors awaited the next moves in the Brexit process, although sluggish Chinese economic data weighed on sentiment. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.6% in morning trade. In Asia, Chinese stocks registered steep falls. On Wall Street, futures pointed to opening gains of 0.1% for the S&P 500 and for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. In an unexpected decision, U.K. lawmakers late Wednesday ruled out a no-deal exit from the European Union. The decision came a day after Parliament resoundingly rejected for a second time ...

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Global Stocks Waver as Brexit, Growth Concerns Linger

Global stocks wavered on Wednesday as concerns around global growth weighed on investor sentiment and an impasse in the U.K. on a Brexit deal rippled across the European market. The Stoxx Europe 600 was up 0.1% in early morning trading. U.S. futures pointed to opening losses of 0.5% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average of and 0.1% for the S&P 500. Asian stocks were mostly lower with the Shanghai Stock Exchange down 1.1%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dipping 0.4% and Japan’s Nikkei dropping 1%. In Europe, investors were digesting ...

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Euronext extends Oslo Bors takeover offer on same terms

European exchange group Euronext extended its offer for Oslo Bors, while keeping the terms unchanged, as its battle with Nasdaq for control of Norway’s stock market operator escalates. Euronext’s offer, due to expire on March 11, is now open until April 1 at 6 pm, Central European time. The terms remain at 158 Norwegian crowns per Oslo Bors share, the price Euronext offered when it raised its bid last month. New York-based stock market operator Nasdaq had matched Euronext’s price last week. Both offers value Oslo Bors at around 6.8 ...

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British Pound Hit By Volatility Ahead Of Key Brexit Vote

Tuesday’s session was dominated by the British pound and Brexit’s pending vote on how the U.K. will leave the European Union on March 29. The British pound experienced a volatile morning, marked by a sharp 2% swing between its high and low-point, ahead of the key vote in Parliament on Prime Minister Theresa May’s revamped Brexit deal. The U.K. leader received last-minute assurances on the treatment of the Northern Irish border, which has been at the heart of the issues surrounding Brexit, from European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker late Monday. ...

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Asia Has China Market to Thank for Trading Surge

To get a true sense of just how much of a game-changer China’s A-share inclusion in Asia’s benchmark indexes really is, just take a look at volume. Trading on the MSCI Asia Pacific Index ballooned to a 44 billion shares on Feb. 25, surpassing the previous record of 32.6 billion reached in May 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg going back more than two decades. Since then, volume on the benchmark gauge has topped that previous high an additional six times in the past two weeks. The influx of ...

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Global Stocks Rise on Tech Sector Strength

Stocks around the world rose on Tuesday amid continuing technology sector gains and a wave of political optimism around Brexit. The Stoxx Europe 600 was up 0.1% in early trading, buoyed by an increase for its autos sector. Renault shares climbed 2% after the company and partners Mitsubishi Motors and Nissan Motors announced plans to create a new joint decision-making body, as they attempt to move on from the turmoil caused by the arrest of former Nissan chairman and Renault chief executive Carlos Ghosn. While the export-exposed autos sector extended ...

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Three reasons to think twice about China’s stock slump

China’s stock markets took a pasting last Friday, sliding some 4 per cent in a single session as investor sentiment appeared to catch up with grim economic reality. To many market watchers the fall made sense. To them it was irrational that the Shanghai market should have risen 26 per cent between the first week of January and the first week of March, and Shenzhen 34 per cent, even as China’s economy was slowing and the outlook for corporate earnings was darkening. They argued that Friday’s slump was long overdue, ...

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Wall Street’s oldest-ever bull market turns 10 years old

A savvy investor who managed to time the start of Wall Street’s bull market a decade ago – and hold on since then – would now be sitting on a handsome windfall. Born in the ashes of the financial crisis, Wall Street’s oldest-ever bull market turns 10 years old on Saturday, with the S&P 500 tripling in value and amply rewarding investors who have owned funds tracking the index for that period. The S&P 500’s post-crisis low close was 676.53 points on March 9, 2009. During the previous session on ...

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Worst start to year for equity flows since 2008: BAML

A $10 billion wipeout over the last week has compounded the worst start to a year for equity flows since 2008, Bank of America Merrill Lynch strategists said on Friday. Citing data from flow-tracker EPFR, BAML’s analysts said just over $60 billion has now been yanked out of equities since the start of the year. Almost $80 billion has been pulled from developed markets while just over $18 billion has gone into emerging markets. They added that $8.8 billion has been poured into bonds over the last week, $1.2 billion ...

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TSX futures down as oil prices fall on global growth worries

Futures pointed to a lower open for Canada’s main stock index on Friday, as oil prices dropped on global growth worries after China reported weak export data and the European Central Bank warned of continued weakness. March futures on the S&P/TSX index were down 0.28 percent at 7:00 a.m. ET. Housing starts data will be out at 8:15 a.m., while employment numbers are due to be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. The Toronto Stock Exchange S&P/TSX composite index ended 35.56 points, or 0.22 percent lower, at 16,056.51 on Thursday. Dow ...

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