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Risk appetite flickers in Europe, ECB speculation holds down euro

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LONDON - Risk appetite flickered back into life in financial markets on Tuesday with the dollar and European and Japanese shares rising while safe-haven bonds, the yen and gold all took a step back.

Dollar jumps against yen, euro struggles on QE speculation

LONDON - The dollar hit its highest since January against the yen on Tuesday while a struggling euro sank to a one-year low against the greenback on expectations of a more aggressive easing program in the euro zone.

9:16am BST

Dollar rises above 104.49 yen to hit seven-month high

TOKYO - The dollar hit a seven-month peak against the yen on Tuesday, helped by expectations for further gains for the currency on diverging monetary policy paths.

2:37am BST

S&P 500 edges up to set new record; best month since Feb

NEW YORK - U.S. stocks closed out a strong month on a quiet note on Friday, with the S&P 500 posting a modest gain to close at a new record as the latest positive data helped extend a rally that had been briefly threatened by overseas concerns.

29 Aug 2014

Algeria's In Amenas gas plant returning to normal after attack

OSLO/ALGIERS - A major gas plant in Algeria where 40 employees were killed by Islamist militants last year is returning to normal operations following a big step up in security, one of the plant's operators said on Monday.

01 Sep 2014

As aluminum market shifts to deficit, all eyes on China: Andy Home

LONDON - For the world's hard-pressed aluminum producers the current outlook is the rosiest in many years.

01 Sep 2014
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European shares edge up; Luxottica falls

PARIS, Sept 2 - European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, bouncing within a recent tight range as investors await the European Central Bank's policy decision later this week before chasing stocks higher.

US STOCKS-S&P 500 edges up to set new record; best month since Feb

* Indexes up: Dow 0.11 pct, S&P 0.33 pct, Nasdaq 0.5 pct (Updates to close)

European shares inch up early; Luxottica drops

PARIS, Sept 2 - European shares rose in early trade on Tuesday, bouncing within a recent tight range as investors await the European Central Bank's policy decision later this week before chasing stocks higher.

Nikkei ends at 7-month high in on weak yen, reform hopes

TOKYO, Sept 2 - Japan's Nikkei share average ended at a seven-month high on Tuesday in active trade as the yen slipped to a seven-month low against the dollar, sending exporters higher on hopes of a boost to earnings. The Nikkei gained 1.2 percent to 15,668.60, the highest since mid January. The broader Topix rose 1.1 percent to 1,297.00, and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 gained 1.1 percent to 11,763.89. A total of 2.4 billion shares changed hands on the main board, the biggest

Hong Kong shares fall on profit-taking, China stocks edge gains

* Chinese port firms rise on policy support expected on Wednesday

5:37am BST
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