MARKET PULSE - EUROPE
09:07
German retail sales edge past forecasts in March
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Retail sales in the euro area's largest economy registered a slight increase last month, led by turnover in the home furnishings, household appliances and builders' ware categories.

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08:47
Europe open: US tech results weigh on stocks in early trading
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European stocks were treading water at the start of the session despite a slightly stronger-than-expected batch of earnings from various US tech heavyweights overnight and amid simmering tensions with North Korea.

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08:11
French GDP expands as expected in Q1 despite slump in trade
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France's economy slowed a tad at the start of the year as household spending took a breather and amid a big drag from foreign trade.

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07:33
Smooth sailing for Ultra Electronics despite rough seas
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Against a backdrop of continuing regional tensions and conflicts, things were continuing to look up for Ultra Electronics, the company told shareholders ahead of its annual general meeting later in the day.

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27 Apr
Shift in 'forward guidance' was not discussed on Thursday, ECB chief Draghi says
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European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi left the door open to further policy easing, sending the euro slightly lower, albeit while noting that the balance of risks had moved towards a "more balanced configuration".

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27 Apr
ECB policy decision - Analysts react
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"In June we expect a change to a less dovish and more symmetric forward guidance that would open the door for depo rate hikes in 2018. In particular, we would expect modifications possibly to both the forward guidance on rates and on QE by removing the explicit reference in the statement to a scenario with lower rates and/or higher QE. " - Philippe Gudin, Antonio Garcia Pascual, Barclays Research.

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27 Apr
Europe close: ECB pours cold water on expectations of policy shift
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European stocks declined for the first time in seven days despite the European Central Bank sounding a more confident note on the single currency bloc's economy.

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27 Apr
Sector movers: Oil majors act as drag on market as Brent futures slip
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Oil stocks and Cyclicals weighed on the market as news flowed in that Libya's main oilfield, Sharara, with a production capacity of 300,000 barrels a day, had come back online after an armed group that was protesting by blocking its pipelines stopped doing so.

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27 Apr
Brent futures drop after as Libya's Sharara oilfield comes back online
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Crude oil futures dropped following a report that a key oilfield in Libya had restarted production.

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27 Apr
Barclays raises target price on Ibstock
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Analysts at Barclays sounded a positive note on Ibstock following the full placement of Bain Capital's share, raising their target price on the stock.

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27 Apr
Wealthy people should be ineligible for pensions, OECD says
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State pensions in the UK should not be handed out to wealthy people in order to ensure that benefits for those on the lower end of the pay scale can be given out, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has said.

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27 Apr
German consumer confidence strengthens more than forecast in May
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Germans were in more buoyant spirits in April amid significant increases in income expectations and for the economy with further improvement expected, the results of a widely-followed survey showed.

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27 Apr
Tourism boosts Spanish consumer prices for April
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Spanish consumer prices rose past forecasts in April, pushed higher by tourism prices as a result of the Easter holidays and a higher cost of electricity versus a year ago.

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27 Apr
Europe open: Stocks slip lower ahead of ECB
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Markets slipped at the start of the session after the White House's tax cut proposals released overnight underwhelmed analysts, with investors also playing it safe ahead of the European Central Bank's policy meeting later in the day.

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27 Apr
Schroders first-quarter assets up 5%
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Fund manager Schroders reported a 5% jump in assets under management and administration for the first quarter.

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27 Apr
London pre-open: Stocks to start lower with analysts divided on Trump tax-cut proposals
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Trading is set to start on a soft note after some analysts were left feeling underwhelmed by the tax cut proposals which were announced by the White House on Wednesday night.

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26 Apr
Europe close: Slights gains ahead of ECB
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European equities finished the session slightly higher as investors looked to the European Central Bank’s policy decision on Thursday and a potential tax reform announcement in the US later in the day.

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26 Apr
Deutsche Bank executive warns Brexit could endanger 4,000 jobs
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One of Deutsche Bank's top executives has warned as many as 4,000 jobs at the lender could be at risk due to Britain's impending departure from the European Union.

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26 Apr
FTSE 250 movers: Aggreko gains ahead of update, Tullow gushes lower
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London's FTSE 250 index was up 0. 5% to 19,670. 48 in afternoon trade.

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26 Apr
FTSE 100 movers: Standard Chartered rallies on results, GKN drops
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London's FTSE 100 was up 0. 2% to 7,287. 12 in afternoon trade as investors digested comments from US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who confirmed that Donald Trump plans to cut corporate tax to 15% from 35%.

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