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European stocks steadier after Fed rally

Europe's stock markets steadied on Friday following strong gains on Thursday, as traders focused on the outlook for growth across the region. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index climbed 0.15 percent to stand at 6,594.59 points in midday deals. Frankfurt's DAX 30 advanced 0.38 percent to 9,371.44 points and the CAC 40 in Paris dipped 0.11 percent to 4,177.03 points. European indices had soared on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve boosted confidence in the economic recovery by announcing plans to scale back its vast stimulus programme.

Traders keep bets that Fed will hike rates in July 2015

(Reuters) - Traders of short-term U.S. interest-rate futures on Wednesday kept bets that the Federal Reserve will wait to raise rates until July 2015, after the U.S. central bank strengthened its promise to keep rates low despite trimming its bond-buying stimulus. The Fed, which unexpectedly reduced its monthly rate of bond purchases to $75 billion, promised to keep rates near zero until "well past the time" that the jobless rate falls below 6.5 percent.

TSX registers small gain on tapering concerns, traders focus on Fed meeting

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market closed little changed Friday with buyers not inclined to do much on hopes that a meeting of the Federal Reserve next week will provide clarity on whether the central bank is set to start reducing its monetary stimulus. The S The Canadian dollar closed up 0.4 of a cent at 94.38 cents US. U.S. indexes were similarly lacklustre after three days of losses as the Dow Jones industrials edged 15.93 points higher to 15,755.36, the Nasdaq added 2.57 points to 4,000.98 and the S

TSX slightly lower: retail data, U.S. budget deal add to Fed tapering concerns

TORONTO - The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Thursday as a U.S. budget deal and a solid retail sales report fuelled expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve could start cutting back on its monetary stimulus program as early as next week. The S The Canadian dollar declined 0.42 of a cent to 93.98 cents US as the stronger than expected retail sales report boosted the greenback.

China treasury bond futures open higher Thursday

BEIJING, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- China's treasury bond futures opened higher on Thursday, with the contract for settlement in December, the most actively traded, opened 0.156 points higher at 90.998 yuan (14.89 U.S. dollars). The contract for settlement in March 2014 went up 0.156 points to open at 91.550 yuan, while the contract for settlement in June 2014 rose 0.146 points to open at 91.946 yuan.

European stocks rise after US budget deal

Europe's main stock markets climbed on Wednesday as investors cheered a long-awaited deal on the US budget, analysts said. London's benchmark FTSE 100 index rose 0.25 percent to stand at 6,539.38 points in afternoon deals. Frankfurt's DAX 30 index gained 0.16 percent to 9,128.93 points and in Paris the CAC 40 increased by 0.52 percent to 4,112.41 compared with Tuesday's closing values.

China treasury bond futures close mixed -- Dec. 11

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's treasury bond futures closed mixed on Wednesday, with the contract for settlement in December 2013, the most actively traded, edged down 0.268 yuan to finish at 90.80 yuan (14.86 U.S. dollars). The contract for settlement in March 2014 closed at 91.460 yuan, up 0.10 yuan while the contract for settlement in June 2014 edged up 0.034 yuan to finish at 91.932 yuan.

China stock index futures close lower -- Dec. 11

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's stock index futures closed lower on Wednesday, with the contract for December, the most actively traded, down 1.68 percent from the previous trading day to close at 2,421.0 points. The Jan. 2014 contract lost 1.69 percent to end at 2,425.2 points. The March 2014 contract fell 1.74 percent to 2,431.4 points, while the June 2014 contract went down 1.70 percent to 2,435.4 points.

China treasury bond futures open lower Wednesday

BEIJING, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- China's treasury bond futures opened lower on Wednesday, with the contract for settlement in December, the most actively traded, opened lower at 90.8 yuan (14.86 U.S. dollars). The contract for settlement in March 2014 went down to open at 91.3 yuan, while the contract for settlement in June 2014 slid to open at 91.806 yuan. The contracts are agreements to buy or sell treasury bonds at a predetermined price and set date. They allow investors to bet on or profit from the movements in the value of the bonds.

China treasury bond futures close lower -- Dec. 10

BEIJING, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) -- China's treasury bond futures closed lower on Tuesday, with the contract for settlement in December 2013, the most actively traded, down 0.310 yuan to finish at 90.996 yuan (14.89 U.S. dollars). The contract for settlement in March 2014 closed at 91.308 yuan, down 0.410 yuan, while the contract for settlement in June 2014 finished 0.306 yuan lower at 91.856 yuan. The contracts are agreements to buy or sell treasury bonds at a predetermined price and set date. They allow investors to bet on and profit from the movements in the value of the bonds.
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