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    LONDON-- U.K.' s FTSE 100 index headed for its highest close in almost seven weeks on Thursday, with Anglo American and AstraZeneca (AZN) leading stocks higher after well-received trading updates. The London benchmark advanced 0.5% to 6,709.86, climbing back after a 0.1% decline on Wednesday. Shares of Anglo American PLC (AAUKF) led gainers in the index, up 3%, after the miner said output rose in the first quarter, with iron-ore production up 10% due to solid performances from its two South African...

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    The euro gave up gains against the dollar on Thursday after ECB President Mario Draghi flagged the bank could make asset purchases to ward off the threat of disinflation. Draghi added that undue tightening of monetary conditions could lead to negative deposit rates. The euro fell to $1.3815 after his comments from around $1.3835 beforehand, leaving it unchanged on the day.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.6 pct, Euro STOXX 50 0.8 pct. * M&A activity boosts Alstom, Scania. * Scheinder rallies after update. * Mood underpinned by Apple buyback, Facebook update. By Francesco Canepa. LONDON, April 24 - European shares resumed their upward trend on Thursday as mergers and acquisitions and a solid update from France's Schneider Electric fuelled a rally in the industrial sector.

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    LONDON-- European stock markets opened with solid gains on Thursday ahead of German business-confidence data and a speech by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi. Equities in Europe were also boosted by a strong rise in U.S. stock futures on the back of better-than-expected earnings reports from Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. late Wednesday. The Stoxx Europe 600 index climbed 0.6% to 336.96, setting it on track for a 1.4% weekly advance.

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    Spanish and Italian bonds edged up from their lowest levels in more than eight years on Thursday before chunky debt sales by the two countries that should help them complete about 40 percent of their funding programmes for this year. Selling pressure in secondary markets before auctions is common as investors make room in their books for the new paper.

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    * Kiwi rallies after NZ central bank signals more rate hikes. * Yen firm as Tokyo shares slip on lack of US-Japan trade pact. By Anirban Nag. The euro struggled to make headway on Thursday amid caution before a speech by ECB President Mario Draghi, while the New Zealand dollar rose after the central bank raised interest rates and signalled more tightening.

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    Asian markets were mostly lower on Thursday, as Wall Street's overnight slide weighed on regional sentiment. Stocks drifted lower after Wall Street ended a winning streak to close slightly lower on Wednesday. Markets were held back by a disappointing report on the U.S. housing market, which showed that new-home sales in March declined by 14.5%, undershooting expectations for a 2.3% rise.

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    European shares rose in early trade on Thursday, recouping most of the previous session's losses, with Alstom surging on merger and acquisition talk. Shares in the French firm jumped 16 percent following a report saying General Electric was in talks to buy the French turbine and train maker.

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    The DAX top-30 index looked set to open 0.5 percent higher on Thursday, according to premarket data from brokerage Lang & Schwarz at 0640 GMT. The following are some of the factors that may move German stocks: COMMERZBANK. Indicated 0.5 percent higher.

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    TOKYO, April 24- Tokyo stocks fell Thursday on news that a U.S.- Japan trade pact was not yet finalised after a meeting between the two countries' leaders and on investor caution before a series of Japanese corporate earnings reports. The Nikkei share average closed down 1 percent at 14,404.99 while the broader Topix index fell 0.8 percent to 1,164.90, with...

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    * Apple (AAPL) shares jump 8 pct after hours on buyback, results. * Nasdaq futures rally 1 pct after Wednesday's weakness. * New Zealand dollar up as central bank hikes rates, again. By Wayne Cole. Shares in tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) held hefty after-hours gains on Thursday as their results handily outpaced Wall Street expectations, though Asian markets managed only a mumbled cheer.

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    Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 18 to 19 points higher, or up 0.3 percent, Germany's DAX to open 49 to 50 points higher, or up 0.5 percent, and France's CAC 40 to open 19 to 20 points higher, or up 0.5 percent. Shares in Apple jumped 7 percent in after-hours trade in New York after the firm said it has approved another $30 billion in share...

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 18 to 19 points higher On Thursday, or as much as 0.3 percent stronger, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed down 7.02 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,674.74 points on Wednesday.

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 18 to 19 points higher On Thursday, or as much as 0.3 percent stronger, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed down 7.02 points, or 0.1 percent, at 6,674.74 points on Wednesday.

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    * Kiwi rallies after RBNZ signals more rate hikes ahead. * Yen supported as Tokyo shares slip on lack of US-Japan trade pact. By Ian Chua and Masayuki Kitano. The New Zealand dollar rallied on Thursday after the country's central bank raised interest rates and signalled more hikes ahead, while caution ahead of a speech by the European Central Bank's president kept the euro subdued.

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    By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, April 24- Japanese shares were down slightly on Thursday morning, as investors were reluctant to bid up prices ahead of the looming earnings season and lingering worries over the economic impact of a sales tax hike that kicked in this month. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who are expected to discuss a...

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    Global stocks were back on the front foot on Thursday, as upbeat earnings from tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) helped shake off some of the jitters that have hit the sector in recent weeks. European bourses started brightly, with the FTSE 100 up 0.5 percent and the DAX, the CAC 40 and markets in Madrid and Milan between 0.7 and 0.9 percent firmer.

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    * Apple (AAPL) shares jump 8 pct after hours on buyback, results. * Nasdaq futures rally 1 pct after Wednesday's weakness. * New Zealand dollar higher as central bank hikes rates. By Wayne Cole. Shares in tech heavyweights Apple (AAPL) and Facebook (FB) held hefty after-hours gains on Thursday as their results handily outpaced Wall Street expectations, though Asian markets managed only a muted cheer on the news.