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    If there's one angle Tiger Global Management knows how to play, it's technology -- perhaps especially in China. In its first-quarter letter to investors, reported by ValueWalk, Tiger Global outlined its enthusiasm surrounding the Chinese tech market, especially in the realm of e-commerce.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 edges down off 3-week high. * Richemont falls after weak sales figures. * London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. * Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. * Asset performance in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/gap87v. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    China's stock market burst back in to life this week with the Shenzhen index recording its best performance since 2008, while Shanghai rose for a fourth day on Friday to hit a fresh seven-year high. The rapid gains extend an explosive yearlong rally in the world's second-biggest economy as Beijing steps up monetary easing and money floods in from overseas thanks to a new trading link with Hong Kong. Still, the rally had taken a brief pause in recent weeks on worries it had gone too...

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    * Pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index steady. * Focus on speeches of ECB, BoE and Fed chiefs. * Vodafone shares gain, Richemont slips. By Atul Prakash. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index steadied around the previous session's three-week highs on Friday, with investors focusing on speeches from leading central bankers due later in the day for hints about the market's near-term direction.

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    * Stocks close week on a high. * Yellen, Draghi in focus. * Euro zone bond yields dip. By Jamie McGeever. Global stocks rose and bond yields fell on Friday, as investors shrugged off slowing global growth and focused instead on the continued stimulus provided by the world's major central banks.

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    * Dollar index hovers below recent 2-week high. * For the week, dollar index up more than 2 pct. * BOJ keeps policy unchanged as expected. * Caution reigns ahead of Yellen, Draghi speeches. By Patrick Graham.

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    Euro zone bond yields fell on Friday ahead of German business sentiment data and U.S. inflation numbers that were both expected to be soft, helping to stabilise a market shaken by weeks of violent price swings.

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    Japanese government bonds edged down on Friday, pressured by rallying stocks and investors' wariness ahead of a 20-year auction next week. A short while earlier, the Bank of Japan said it was maintaining its massive monetary stimulus as expected, and slightly revised up its assessment of the economy, signalling that it sees no need to expand stimulus again on the near-term horizon.

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    The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index edged lower in early trading on Friday, with Cartier owner Richemont leading the index lower after reporting lower profits. Richemont shares fell 3.4 percent after reporting an 8 percent fall in April sales at constant exchange rates as well as a lower net profit and said trading continued to remain difficult in its big markets of Hong Kong and Macau.

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    LONDON, May 22 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 7 to 9 points, or 0.1 percent higher on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The blue-chip FTSE 100 index ended 0.1 percent higher at 7,013,47 points, lon Thursday, with energy stocks tracking a rally in oil prices and miners banking on China further stimulating its economy. * HSBC - HSBC Holdings Plc is exploring the sale of its Brazilian unit, the UK-based lender said in a stock exchange filing in Hong Kong on Friday. A U.S. appeals court on Thursday reversed a $2.46 billion judgment against HSBC Holdings Plc in a long-running securities fraud class action stemming from a consumer finance business it bought more than a decade ago. * BANKS - Britain's new banks are achieving superior returns than larger rivals, picking up customers shunned by bigger lenders since the 2007-9 financial crisis, consultancy KPMG said on Friday. A top U.S. regulator issued a scathing dissent late on Thursday over her agency's decision to grant a series of regulatory waivers to five big banks, including Barclays and RBS, which pleaded guilty to market manipulation on Wednesday. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Quintain Estates And Full Year 2014 Quintain Development PLC Estates And Development PLC Earnings Release Severn Trent PLC Preliminary 2014/2015 Severn Trent Plc Earnings Release TODAY'S UK PAPERS > Financial Times > Other business headlines Multimedia versions of Reuters Top News are now available for: * 3000 Xtra : visit http://topnews.session.rservices.com * BridgeStation: view story .134 For more information on Top News visit http://topnews.reuters.com (Reporting by Alistair Smout)

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    European shares headed for a slightly higher open on Friday, mirroring gains on Wall Street where the S&P 500 closed at a record high, with investors seen focusing on speeches from central bankers for hints about near-term market direction. At 0633 GMT, futures for the Euro STOXX 50 index Germany's DAX and France's CAC 40 were flat to 0.1 percent higher.

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    Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 7 to 9 points higher, or up 0.1 percent, Germany's DAX to gain 10 to 15 points, or 0.1 percent, and France's CAC 40 to rise 5 to 6 points, or 0.1 percent, on Friday. MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS : 0600 DE GDP. 0800 DE Ifo Business Climate. 1230 US CPI. 1430 US ECRI Weekly.

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    BEIJING-- China's Hanergy Holding Co. denied that it was behind Wednesday's sharp selloff of shares of its Hong Kong- listed subsidiary and said it was operating normally. Beijing-based Hanergy Holding, which controls Chinese solar-panel producer Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Ltd. (HNGSF), said in a statement Thursday that the company was financially healthy and operating normally. "Our group currently operating normally, all the business operations are running well and the capital...

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    Shanghai stocks extended gains Friday morning, one day after hitting its best close since 2008, while Hong Kong markets also posted a solid rebound, bolstered by the mainland Chinese shares. The Shanghai Composite Index headed toward a fourth consecutive day of gains, up 1.7% toward a fresh seven-year high. In Hong Kong, the benchmark Hang Seng Index advanced 1.2%, and the mainland-China-tracking Hang Seng China Enterprises Index rose 1.3%.

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    * For the week, Nikkei has gained 2.3 pct * Seibu tumbles after Cerberus launched selldown * Skylark dives after news Bain Capital to sell stake * Generic drugmakers up on report govt pushes for generic drug use By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, May 22 - Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Friday morning, snapping a five-day winning streak as investors carefully await for the outcome of the Bank O...

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    Australian stocks rose early Friday, with the S&P/ASX 200 up 0.3% on top of the previous day's 0.9% advance. The gains came even as the heavily weighted Big Four banks lost ground, with Australia& New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp. down 0.2% each, Commonwealth Bank of Australia down 0.1% and National Australia Bank Ltd. off 0.4%. Dow Jones Newswires quoted Morgan Stanley as saying the big banks would likely need to raise additional capital over the next couple...

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    Japanese stocks sat slightly negative in early Friday trade, seemingly marking time ahead of a monetary-policy decision due out later in the day. After opening flat, the Nikkei Average was 0.1% weaker about half an hour into the session, while the Topix eased 0.2% lower, and the U.S. dollar bought Yen121.04, down from Yen121.23 a day earlier. The Bank of Japan was widely expected to keep its monetary easing program unchanged in a decision likely to come down midday, though some...