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European stocks close mixed

Europe's main stock market indices closed mixed on Thursday, with London's FTSE 100 sliding 0.15 percent to 6,649.14 points. In Paris, the CAC 40 rose 0.42 percent to close at a near-6-year high of 4,449.33 points, and the DAX 30 in Frankfurt added 0.06 percent to 9,628.82 points. rl/lc

European stock markets open steadily before ECB

Europe's main stock markets opened steadily on Thursday ahead of the European Central Bank's latest monetary policy meeting. Frankfurt's DAX 30 nudged down 0.03 percent to 9,620.87 points and the CAC 40 in Paris was flat at 4,431.11 points. London's FTSE 100 index grew by 0.11 percent in value to stand at 6,666.13 compared with Wednesday's closing values. burs-bcp/yad

German airports to be hit by strikes on Thursday

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Passengers at German airports face lengthy delays on Thursday after trade union Verdi called for a strike by ground staff as part of wider industrial action over public sector pay. Verdi on Tuesday called on ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance staff at almost all of Germany's big airports to strike during the morning shift on Thursday, which runs until 1300 GMT.

Lockheed buys German commercial airport services firm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp <LMT.N>, the No. 1 U.S. arms maker, on Tuesday said it had acquired BEONTRA AG, a small German company that provides forecasting services for big commercial airports around the world, including Dubai, London and Frankfurt. Lockheed did not disclose the terms of the deal, its second acquisition in the commercial sector in a week, but said they were not material to the company.

Bankers' expertise needed to sharpen new bank watchdog's teeth

By Eva Taylor FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German banker Korbinian Ibel gave up a company car and took a pay cut to seize the chance to join a new organization that could play a big role in taking European integration to the next level. He has accepted one of the top jobs at a new part of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt that from November will police 130 banks in 18 countries across the euro zone, including Commerzbank <CBKG.DE>, where Ibel worked for five years and was in charge of risk.

European stocks mixed at close

Europe's main stock markets were mixed at the close on Thursday, with London's FTSE 100 climbing at end of trading to show a small gain of 0.16 percent at 6,810.27 points but others finishing lower. The DAX 30 in Frankfurt gave up 0.76 percent to 9,558.33 points, while Paris's CAC 40 was essentially stable at 0.01 percent down at 4,396.39 points. bur-rmb/mfp

Fed's Fisher says happy with pace of QE withdrawal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said on Thursday he would like the U.S. central bank to continue with its current pace of scaling back its monthly bond-buying stimulus by $10 billion at each policy meeting. If the U.S. economy was picking up more significantly, Fisher said he "of course might be in favor of further reduction", but even if he did support such a step, he said he knew he "wouldn't win the argument".

Fed's Fisher says happy with pace of QE withdrawal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Dallas Federal Reserve Bank President Richard Fisher said on Thursday he would like the U.S. central bank to continue with its current pace of scaling back its monthly bond-buying stimulus by $10 billion at each policy meeting. If the U.S. economy was picking up more significantly, Fisher said he "of course might be in favor of further reduction", but even if he did support such a step, he said he knew he "wouldn't win the argument".

European stocks steady at open; London FTSE down 0.05%

Europe's main stock markets held steady at the start of trading on Thursday, with London's FTSE 100 index down 0.05 percent at 6,795.71 points. Frankfurt's DAX 30 shed 0.01 percent to 9,660.55 points, while in Paris the CAC 40 added 0.06 percent to 4,399.67 compared with Wednesday's closing level. burs-rfj/hd

European stocks stable at open

Europe's main stock markets steadied at the start of trading on Wednesday, with London's FTSE 100 index down just 0.06 percent at 6,826.49 points. Elsewhere, Frankfurt's DAX 30 added 0.10 percent to 9,708.50 points and in Paris the CAC 40 was down a marginal 0.01 percent at 4,414.11, compared with Tuesday's closing values. burs-rfj/hd
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