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US stocks plunge more than 2% on Fed, China worries

US stocks plunged on Thursday, continuing a global markets rout spurred by the Federal Reserve's plans to cut stimulus and more bad news in China's manufacturing and banking sectors. At the closing bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 353.87 points (2.34 percent) at 14,758.32. The broad-based S&P 500 fell 40.74 (2.50 percent) to 1,588.19, while the tech-rich Nasdaq Composite tumbled 78.57 (2.28 percent) to 3,364.63.

Rosy U.S. jobs data fuels Europe stock rally

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.9 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.4 pct * Euro STOXX 50 posts biggest weekly gain since Nov * Valuation ratios getting pricey -BNP Paribas IP * Fitch downgrades Italy after Europe's closing bell By Blaise Robinson PARIS, March 8 (Reuters) - European shares hit their highest level in 4-1/2 years on Friday after robust U.S. jobs data fuelled expectations of a pick-up in global growth while central banks' keep policy supportive.

Weak mining stocks push European shares down off peaks

* European equity markets retreat from earlier highs * FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.3 pct, Euro STOXX 50 slips 0.1 pct * Investors express caution ahead of U.S data on Friday * Miners fall as copper price weakens * Spanish and Italian stock markets underperform By Sudip Kar-Gupta

STOXX Europe 600 hits highest level since mid-2008

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) - The broad STOXX Europe 600 benchmark share index hit its highest level since mid-2008 on Tuesday, led by a sharp rally in European banking stocks. At 0840 GMT, the index was up 1.14 percent at 292.22. It has gained 40 percent since a floor hit in September 2011. The STOXX Europe 600 Banking Index was among the top gaining sectors, up 1.8 percent, buoyed by gains for Standard Chartered after it posted results.

European shares get bank boost to fresh 2-yr peak

LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) - Gains in financial stocks helped lift a key European equity index to a fresh two-year high on Tuesday as monetary policy support from central banks continued to underpin investor sentiment. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index rose 0.8 percent to 1,178.12 points while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index advanced 1.1 percent to 2,649.09 points.

European shares slip as banks and miners fall

LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - European shares edged lower on Friday, impacted by weaker bank and mining stocks, and traders expected equities to stay trapped in a tight range this month with uncertainty over Italian elections denting sentiment. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index provisionally closed down 0.2 percent at 1,169.21 points while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index fell 0.6 percent to 2,617.45 points.

Fed stimulus defence underpins European equities

* FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 percent * Bouygues top riser post results * Charles Stanley targets drop to 2,500 for Euro STOXX 50 By Tricia Wright LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - European shares opened up on Wednesday, clawing back some of the previous session's sharp losses, helped by the U.S. Federal Reserve's defence of its asset-buying programme, though jitters over the euro zone might cap gains.

CORRECTED-European shares stage broad-based recovery

(Fixes index volume level in penultimate paragraph) * FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.2 percent * Ifo sees biggest rise since July 2010 * Volkswagen drops, cautions on 2013 outlook By Tricia Wright LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Friday in a broad-based rally as investors took advantage of the previous session's steep falls to pick up equities more cheaply, though traders cited some caution given weekend elections in Italy.

Mining stocks lead European equity recovery

* FTSEurofirst up 1.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 rises 1.5 pct * Equities recover after sharp sell-off on Thursday * Fears over Italy, central bank help seen short-lived * Tenaris tops FTSEurofirst 300 after higher profit * Bargain-hunting investors scoop up mining stocks By Sudip Kar-Gupta

Mining stocks lead European equity recovery

* FTSEurofirst up 0.7 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.9 pct * Equities recover after sharp fall on Thursday * Fears over Italy, central bank help seen short-lived * Mining stocks lead broad-based equity rally By Sudip Kar-Gupta LONDON, Feb 22 (Reuters) - European shares rebounded on Friday, with traders scooping up stocks such as miners on the back of earlier falls, on expectation that worries over Italy and an end to central bank stimulus would be short-lived.
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