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    * Corporate earnings lift U.S., European stocks. * Dollar gains slightly. By Herbert Lash. Global equity markets rose on Wednesday, lifted by strong U.S. and European corporate earnings, although moves were subdued before a policy statement from the U.S. Federal Reserve, which is expected to raise interest rates, perhaps as early as September.

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    Greece's stock market will not reopen on Thursday and may not open on Friday either due to technical issues at local banks, a spokeswoman for the Athens Stock Exchange said on Wednesday. "The stock market will not open tomorrow and it is unlikely to open on Friday.

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    China's economy is "resilient" and should be able to withstand sharp moves in the country's stock market, said Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund, on Wednesday. "We are still forecasting China at 6.8%" for 2015, Lagarde said during a press conference. "It certainly is a bit lower than what it delivered lately, but it is a measured slowdown, I think very much under control."

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    On Wednesday, managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said China and Europe aren't risks to the global economic outlook. During a "virtual" news conference with journalists from all over the world, Lagarde was generally upbeat, despite describing the global economy as "fragile" and "unbalanced" with risks to the downside. Lagarde said she wasn't worried about the Chinese economy despite the recent stock market selloff.

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    Canada's main stock index was marginally firmer shortly after the open on Wednesday, but moves were extremely limited ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's interest rate statement due later this afternoon.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2945 or 77.25 U.S. cents * Bond prices mixed across the maturity curve TORONTO, July 29 - The Canadian dollar weakened slightly against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday as crude prices fell, but traded within a narrow range ahead of the Federal Reserve statement on monetary policy.

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    * Aussie, other commodities-linked currencies under pressure. * Dollar inches higher ahead of Fed statement due 1800 GMT. * Market already retreated from expectations of Sept. move. * Kiwi edges higher after RBNZ comments. By Patrick Graham.

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    * Corporate earnings lift European stocks. * Wall Street seen following higher. * China stocks stabilise after Monday's 8 pct drop. * Currency, bond markets hold steady. * Fed statement due at 1800 GMT, may not offer much guidance. By Emelia Sithole-Matarise.

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    European stocks rose on Wednesday, driven by earnings from companies including Dutch phone giant Royal KPN and global luxury leader LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, as well as continued M&A deal momentum. In London, the FTSE 100 was up 0.52% at 6,529.29. On the mainland, the DAX added 0.35% to 11,213.55 in Frankfurt and the CAC 40 gained 0.43% to 4,998.97 in Paris.

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    * FTSEurofirst up 0.5 pct, Euro STOXX up 0.4 pct. * Italcementi jumps after bid from HeidelbergCement. * Peugeot rises after solid results. * Schneider Electric and Saipem fall after cutting forecasts. * Fed to issue policy statement at 1800 GMT. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    Gains baffle many analysts, who suspect government intervention. China's shares ended higher Wednesday, with sharp gains in the last half-hour of trading, as officials stepped up efforts to calm markets. The Shanghai Composite gained 3.4%, ending at 3789.16, after flitting between gains and losses earlier.

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    * European shares follow Asia, Wall Street higher. * China stocks stabilise after Monday's 8 pct drop. * Currency, bond markets hold steady. * Fed statement due at 1800 GMT, may not offer much guidance. By Emelia Sithole-Matarise.

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    Greece's stock market will not reopen on Wednesday because authorities are still waiting for a ministerial decree needed to resume trading after a nearly five-week shutdown, a senior official at the country's securities regulator said.

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    * Aussie, other commodities-linked currencies under pressure. * Dollar inches higher ahead of Fed statement. * Market already retreated from expectations of September move. * Kiwi edges higher after RBNZ comments. By Patrick Graham.

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    * FTSEurofirst up 0.8 pct, Euro STOXX up 0.7 pct. * Italcementi jumps after bid from HeidelbergCement. * Peugeot rises after solid results. * Schneider Electric falls after cutting forecasts. * Fed to issue policy statement at 1800 GMT. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    * Mine supply issues ease oversupply concerns for copper-Argonaut. * Coming Up: Fed releases statement after policy meet at 1800 GMT. By Melanie Burton. London copper jumped on Wednesday as short sellers rushed to cover their positions amid speculation about further stimulus from China, and ahead of a policy decision from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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    Japanese government bonds edged down on Wednesday, though moves were small as investors awaited the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's meeting later in the session for clues to the timing of an expected interest rate increase. Investors will carefully examine the Fed's statement at the end of its regular two-day policy meeting.

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    Greece's stock market will not reopen on Wednesday because authorities are still waiting for a ministerial decree to resume trading, a senior official at the country's securities regulator said. The Athens Stock Exchange has been shut since June 29 when the government closed its banks and imposed capital controls to prevent them from collapsing in the face of mass withdrawals.