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Earnings boost to help German shares overtake peripheral peers


LONDON - German shares may overtake their Italian and Spanish peers as Europe's star performers this quarter, boosted by better corporate earnings at a time when expensive valuations are making investors more selective.


Bonds shine again as Great Rotation gives way to Asset Reflation

LONDON - Last Thursday morning investors queued around the block to buy the bonds of recent defaulter Greece, and by the end of the day were selling U.S. tech stocks furiously.

France's odd couple push Europe to re-think growth

PARIS - One is a balding, bespectacled safe-pair-of-hands known for his negotiating skills; the other a firebrand orator of the French left who made his name riling big business, Brussels and Berlin.

Dark markets may be more harmful than high-frequency trading

NEW YORK - Fears that high-speed traders have been rigging the U.S. stock market went mainstream last week thanks to allegations in a book by financial author Michael Lewis, but there may be a more serious threat to investors: the increasing amount of trading that happens outside of exchanges.

Investor risk rises as energy partnership world gets crowded

HOUSTON/NEW YORK - High-yielding energy partnerships have lured billions in capital from investors in the past few years and the returns have often matched or beaten expectations.


Le Pen faces reality check in depressed French towns

PARIS - Far-right leader Marine Le Pen humbled France's establishment with a powerful showing in local elections. Now comes the hard part: proving her party can improve everyday life in the gritty, problem-ridden towns it will run.


Changes in Britain's manufacturing model could mute risk from rise in sterling

LONDON - Britain's economy is likely to weather the year-long rise in the pound even if some policymakers are worried that a further strengthening of the currency could hurt exports and frustrate a more sustainable recovery.


West's targeted Russian sanctions ensnare investors

WARSAW/MOSCOW - Elektrobudowa, a Polish firm that builds power plants, is interested in buying its partner out of a Russian company they jointly own, but there is a problem: the partner firm is owned by a pro-Moscow Crimean politician on the EU's sanctions list.


'Too Big to Fail' still thriving

LONDON - Five years after Lehman Brothers' seismic bust and just two years after euro member Greece defaulted, the concept of being too big or too strategic to fail is alive and well.


Swift market comeback could be game-changer for Greece

LONDON - Greece could be on the verge of making one of the fastest market comebacks of a defaulted sovereign ever recorded.




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