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LONDON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - European stock index futures extended gains on Tuesday after data showed German exports and imports rose to their highest level on record in July.
Mining stocks will be in focus after data showed China's August exports fell less than expected but a steeper slide in imports pointed to continuing economic weakness, adding to concerns over the health of the world's second-largest economy. ID:nL4N1182W1
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index .FTEU3 ended 0.5 percent higher at 1,399.34 points in the previous session.
The insurer enters into a partnership with U.S. insurer Maiden MHLD.O to expand its car insurance business, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Tuesday.
UK ministers will study Gazprom's GAZP.MM North Sea asset deal with BASF's Wintershall, British daily Telegraph reported on Tuesday.
MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings Inc 8725.T said it is in talks to buy UK rival Amlin , the fourth multi-billion deal in as many months by Japanese insurers aggressively expanding overseas. ID:nL4N11D39Q
Lufthansa pilots will start the first of two days of walkouts at 0600 GMT, as they aim to pressure the carrier's management in a row over cost cuts, retirement benefits and pay. ID:nL5N11D0OD
The company plans to invest 1 billion euros in India, CEO Joe Kaeser told the Economic Times. ID:nL4N11E1KV
ASHMORE GROUP ASHM.L
The company reported a rise in profit and revenue even as its assets under management (AuM) fell to $58.9 billion at the end of June, from $75 billion a year ago. ID:nFWN11C025
Former chief executive Michel Combes should give back part of the departure package he was awarded before leaving the telecom gear maker to join a French mobile operator, the French governance oversight body recommended, Le Figaro reported. ID:L5N11D3UY
HIKMA PHARMACEUTICAL PLC HIK.L
The company said it would buy nearly the entire share capital of EIMC United Pharmaceuticals, a drugmaker specialising in oncology products, from a consortium of shareholders to strengthen its position in the Egyptian market. ID:nL4N11E2GZ
Betfair and Irish rival Paddy Power have agreed on a 5 billion pound ($7.7 billion) merger in a bid to secure leadership of Britain's highly competitive online gambling market. ID:nFWN11E00E
PUNCH TAVERNS PUB.L
The company said it would sell its 50 percent stake in UK-based drinks wholesaler Matthew Clark to Conviviality Brands for 100.7 million pounds ($154.50 million) in cash. ID:nL4N11E2HD
European Union antitrust regulators will give their blessing on Tuesday to General Electric's GE.N 12.4 billion euro ($13.9 billion) bid for French peer Alstom's power business, two people familiar with the matter said. ID:nL5N11D3SN
RSA INSURANCE GROUP RSA.L
The company said it would sell its Latin American operations to the insurance arm of Colombia's GrupoSura SIS.CN for about 403 million pounds ($617 million) in cash. ID:nL4N11E29Q
The oil services group said it won an offshore flexible pipe installation contract from Petronas Carigali for a site at Sarawak, in Malaysia. ID:nBw3vGZPpa
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LAST PCT CHG NET CHG NIKKEI
17438.61 -2.36 % -421.86 MSCI ASIA EX-JP
385.9 0.34 %
1.1216 0.44 %
118.97 -0.25 % -0.3000 10-YR US TSY YLD US10YT=RR
0.01 10-YR BUND YLD
0.00 SPOT GOLD
$1,120.60 0.13 %
$1.50 US CRUDE
$44.31 -3.78 %
-1.74 > Asian stocks hold gains after China data in volatile trade MKTS/GLOB
> Tokyo's Nikkei share average falls .T
> Dollar dips vs yen as Asian equities totter FRX/
> Gold holds near 2-1/2-week low as U.S. rate outlook weighs GOL/
> London copper holds ground after China trade dims MET/L
> Asia's slowing economies and oversupply weigh on oil markets O/R
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