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    Portuguese debt yields fell back towards eight-year lows on Tuesday as Lisbon prepared to auction bonds this week, the first auction in three years. Wednesday's 750 million-euro sale of 10-year bonds, which follows a series of syndicated bond offerings since early 2013, will help show that the country can finance itself after its planned exit from an EU/IMF bailout on May 17.

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    * March U.S. existing home sales dip less than expected. * ECB's Draghi speech may weigh on euro. * Euro zone PMIs and German IFO a key focus. By Daniel Bases. Investors trimmed their positions of U.S. dollars on Tuesday after a two-week run higher, unmoved by a U.S. March existing home sales report that beat expectations but showed a modest decline from the prior month.

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    By Alastair Sharp TORONTO, April 22- Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday, helped by a surge in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX) after it agreed to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc and an upbeat outlook from Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Shares in Canada's second largest railway jumped 5.4 percent to C $172.83 after it reported strong...

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1.3 pct. * Indexes extend gains after strong euro zone consumer confidence. * AstraZeneca jumps 6.3 pct on M&A talk. * Philips drops 5.5 pct after disappointing earnings. By Francesco Canepa.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) are up 1.7% in early trading Tuesday as the company started selling its cars in China and Chief Executive Elon Musk vowed to build cars in the country in the next three to four years. Musk said the company will invest big on building a network of charging stations in the country as fast as it can to serve its Chinese customers, according to reports. Musk has said it hopes to sell about 5,000 vehicles a year in China.

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    Brazil's financial markets have soared over the past month on hopes that the government may run smaller deficits, stop interfering as much in the private sector and perhaps even undertake long-needed reforms to revive the economy. But some of the most experienced Brazil-watchers on Wall Street are saying: Not so fast, guys.

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    TORONTO, April 22- Canada's main stock index turned positive soon after the open on Tuesday, helped by a surge in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc (VRX) after it agreed to buy Botox maker Allergan Inc. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.38 points, or 0.12 percent, at 14,511.06 shortly after the open, after initially dipping...

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    *Canadian dollar at C $1.1007 or 90.85 U.S. cents* Bond prices mostly lower across the maturity curve By Leah Schnurr TORONTO, April 22- The Canadian dollar was little changed on Tuesday as traders found few compelling reasons to drive the loonie in either direction, even as data showed domestic wholesale trade rose more than expected in February.

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    LONDON, April 22- The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Wednesday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 8.69 points off the index. COMPANY DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION MAX...

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    Stock futures indicated a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Tuesday, with investors focused on U.S. quarterly earnings. June futures on the S&P TSX index were up 0.24 percent at 0715 ET. Wholesale trade data for February is due at 0830 ET . The S&P TSX index was little changed in thin trading on Monday.

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    * ECB's Draghi speech may weigh on euro. * Euro zone PMIs and German IFO a key focus. * Chinese yuan drops to 14-month low vs dollar. By Anirban Nag. The euro hovered near a two-week low against the dollar on Tuesday and fell to a two-month low against the British pound, as expectations the ECB will try to halt any further strengthening kept investors away from the single currency.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 1.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 1 pct. * AstraZeneca jumps 6.8 pct on M&A talk. * Philips drops 6.5 pct after disappointing earnings. By Francesco Canepa and Blaise Robinson. European shares rose on Tuesday, extending last week's gains, as mergers and acquisitions activity in the pharmaceuticals sector eclipsed disappointing results from Dutch conglomerate Philips.

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    Portuguese debt yields held just above eight-year lows on Tuesday as Lisbon prepared to auction bonds this week, the first auction in three years. Wednesday's 750 million-euro sale of 10-year bonds, which will follow a series of syndicated bond offerings since early 2013, will help show that the country can finance itself after its planned exit from an EU/IMF bailout on May 17.

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    LONDON-- European stocks rose Tuesday, aided by strength from a number of pharmaceutical shares. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.9% to 335.25, with AstraZeneca PLC jumping 7.4% following reports that Pfizer Inc. (PFE) will bid for the British drug maker. Shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC climbed 3.9% as Novartis AG plans to for about $14.5 billion, while Novartis shares gained 2.6% as it unveiled other changes in its products portfolio.

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    * ECB's Draghi speech may weigh on euro. * Euro zone PMIs and German IFO a key focus. * Chinese yuan drops to 14-month low vs dollar. By Anirban Nag. The euro hovered near a two-week low against the dollar on Tuesday and fell against the yen, as expectations the ECB will try to halt any further strengthening kept investors away from the single currency.

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    HONG KONG--Stocks in Japan rose Tuesday as the U.S. dollar hovered around a two-week high against the yen. The Nikkei 225 was up 0.3% at 14552.81 in morning trade. The U.S. dollar was last changing hands at Yen102.65 after hitting a two-week high at Yen102.71 following weak Japanese trade data.