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Stocks swept lower as bonds, dollar struggle to steady

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LONDON - World financial markets were unsettled again on Thursday as a week-long sell-off in benchmark government bonds, stocks and the dollar, and a race up in oil prices, was compounded by UK election uncertainty.

Wary of bond 'cliff,' Fed plans cautious cuts to portfolio

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO - The Federal Reserve is sketching out plans to prevent an abrupt contraction in its massive balance sheet next year, when some $500 billion in bonds expire and risk disrupting markets and the U.S. economic recovery.

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Oil dips from 2015 highs, markets still well supplied

SINGAPORE - Oil prices eased on Thursday after hitting 2015 highs in the previous session, as an OPEC delegate indicated the group would stick to a strategy of pursuing market share rather than cutting output and traders took profits after a multi-week rally.

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Yellen cites 'potential dangers' in U.S. stock valuations

WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday said high equity valuations could pose potential dangers but that stability risks across the U.S. financial system remained in check. | Video

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France's Sapin says Greece belongs in euro, solution will be found

BRUSSELS - French Finance Michel Sapin said on Thursday that euro zone states would find a solution to the Greek debt crisis and that Greece should remain in the currency union.

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Dogs, guns and weddings help U.S. investors take economy's pulse

- When Kim Forrest attends dog shows, she is there not just for her two wirehaired pointing griffons. She is also doing research for her day job as a portfolio manager and equity analyst.

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World Markets

European shares hit 2-month low, focus on British election

LONDON, May 7 - European shares fell to their lowest in more than two months on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and Asia, with a stronger euro following a global bond rout and concerns about the outcome of the British election hitting sentiment.

European shares dragged to two-month low by euro, UK election

LONDON, May 7 - European shares fell to their lowest level in more than two months on Thursday, mirroring losses on Wall Street and Asia, with a stronger euro following a global bond rout and concerns about the outcome of the British election hitting sentiment.

Nikkei falls to more than 1-month low, hit by worldwide drop in bond prices

TOKYO, May 7 - Japan's Nikkei share average fell to a more than one-month low on Thursday as a worldwide drop in government bond prices spread unease among investors, compounded by a sell-off on Wall Street. The Nikkei 225 ended 1.2 percent lower to 19,291.99, the lowest closing level since April 1. The broader Topix dropped 0.7 percent to 1,574.64 and the JPX-Nikkei Index 400 shed 0.7 percent to 14,267.40. Markets were closed in Japan from Monday to Wednesday for the Gold

Hong Kong's Hang Seng falls for 6th day as Morgan Stanley downgrades China shares

May 7 - Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng index fell for the sixth consecutive session on Thursday after Morgan Stanley - usually bullish on China - downgraded the MSCI China Index for the first time in 7-1/2 years, citing valuation concerns.

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