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    Japanese government bonds recouped early losses on Thursday, with the superlongs outperforming after demand at a 30-year sale was not as bad as some investors had feared. The Ministry of Finance offered 700 billion yen of 30-year JGBs with a 1.5 percent coupon.

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 11 to 12 points lower, or down 0.2 percent, on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed 0.4 percent higher at 6,919.24 points in the previous session.

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    PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) - European stocks were set to rise on Thursday, with a batch of company results in focus ahead of the European Central bank meeting at which it is set to give further details on its massive bond-buying programme. Shares in Carrefour will be eyed after the world's second-largest retailer said it would boost capital expenditure this year as it seeks to cement a revival of its European hypermarkets and expand in the key emerging market of Brazil. At 0703 GMT, futures for Euro STOXX 50, for Germany's DAX and for France's CAC were up 0.2-0.5 percent. The ECB, which starts its quantitative easing, or bond-buying, programme worth more than 1 trillion euros this month, is expected to detail the plan later in the day following its policy meeting. The bank is set to keep rates on hold, likely lift growth forecasts to reflect a string of positive data surprises, but cut inflation projections as it incorporates the full effect of a dramatic oil price fall. The pharma sector will be in the spotlight after drugmaker AbbVie Inc said it will buy Pharmacyclics Inc, the maker of blockbuster cancer drug Imbruvica, for about $21 billion to broaden its oncology drugs pipeline. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0701 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 2,098.53 -0.44 % -9.25 NIKKEI 18751.84 0.26 % 48.24 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 484.09 -0.44 % -2.15 EUR/USD 1.1034 -0.39 % -0.0043 USD/JPY 119.81 0.13 % 0.1600 10-YR US TSY YLD 2.119 -- 0.00 10-YR BUND YLD 0.386 -- 0.01 SPOT GOLD $1,202.05 0.22 % $2.60 US CRUDE $51.82 0.56 % 0.29 > GLOBAL MARKETS-ASIA STOCKS SLIP, EURO HITS 11-YR LOW BEFORE ECB > US STOCKS-WALL STREET DOWN FOR 2ND DAY AFTER RALLY; HEALTHCARE GAINS > NIKKEI EDGES UP, BOJ'S ETF BUYING HELPS SENTIMENT > BOND PRICES MOSTLY FLAT ON MIXED DATA AHEAD OF U.S. JOBS REPORT > EURO HOVERS NEAR 11-YR LOW, WAITING DETAILS OF ECB EASING PROGRAMME > PRECIOUS-GOLD RISES ABOVE $1,200, BUT ROBUST DOLLAR CURBS GAINS > METALS-COPPER HOLDS STEADY AFTER CHINA REFORM PACKAGE RELEASED > BRENT STICKS ABOVE $60; IRAN NEWS OFFSETS BEARISH US STOCKPILES DATA COMPANY NEWS: CARREFOUR The world's second-largest retailer, said it would boost capital expenditure this year as it seeks to cement a revival of its European hypermarkets and expand in the key emerging market of Brazil. GEMALTO NV The SIM card maker reported a 10 percent jump in quarterly profit and raised its long-term target for profit from operations, helped by its acquisition of SafeNet. KLOECKNER & CO The German steel distributor said it expected core profit to rise in 2015 even after a tough first quarter afflicted by steep declines in U.S. steel prices and other factors. DELHAIZE Belgian supermarket operator Delhaize reported better-than-expected operating results in the fourth quarter, as its margins in Belgium improved from the previous quarter in spite of hefty sales declines. SANDVIK Swedish industrial group said on Thursday it would cut more costs in response to weak demand in some markets and make a write-down in its Mining Systems business, as it detailed the second phase of a group-wide restructuring program. JCDECAUX Outdoor advertising specialist said it planned to buy back up to 500 million euros of shares and proposed a higher dividend as it reported full-year net income more than doubled. BANCA MONTE DEI PASCHI DI SIENA The Tuscan bank said on Wednesday that at current share price levels the country's Treasury would get a stake of around 4 percent in the bank when it receives new shares as payment for a coupon on state loans. MONCLER The luxury down jacket maker posted a 21 percent rise in 2014 operating profit as 37 new shop openings in the course of the year helped push sales higher. ITALCEMENTI The cement maker nearly halved its net loss in 2014 to 48.9 million euros and proposed a dividend payout of 0.09 euros. AIRBUS Germany has reached an agreement with Airbus on the payment of the remaining 623 million euros of its loan to the company for the development of the A350 wide-bodied airliner. BANKIA, FCC, REALIA Bankia said late Wednesday it would sell its stake in Realia to Carlos Slim's Carso Inmobiliaria, pre-empting a full takeover offer from Slim for Realia at 0.58 euros per share. This is a discount of nearly one third to Wednesday's closing price. SWATCH Swatch is to appeal a decision on Wednesday by a Dutch court to set aside a 402 million Swiss franc ($416.67 million) arbitration ruling in 2013 against U.S. jeweller Tiffany. (Reporting by Blaise Robinson)

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    Japanese share prices ticked up on Thursday despite softness in Wall Street shares the previous day helped by optimism on the Japanese economy and bolstered by the Bank of Japan's buying earlier this week.

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    PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) - Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open 11 to 12 points lower, or down 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX to open 8 to 13 points higher, or up 0.1 percent, and France's CAC 40 to open 3 to 5 points higher, or up 0.1 percent. MAJOR EUROPEAN COMPANIES REPORTING: Full Year 2014 Adidas AG Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Admiral Group PLC Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Aggreko PLC Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Arkema SA Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Allied Irish Banks PLC Earnings Release Q4 2014 Andritz AG Earnings Release Q4 2014 ASM International NV Earnings Release Q4 2014 Altice SA Earnings Release Q4 2014 RTL Group SA Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Aviva PLC Earnings Release Q3 2015 Betfair Group PLC Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Carrefour SA Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Cobham PLC Earnings Release Preliminary Full Year 2014 Continental AG Earnings Release Q4 & FY 2014 CSR PLC Earnings Release Q4 2014 Delhaize Group SA Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Friends Life Group Ltd Earnings Release Q4 2014 Geox SpA Earnings Release Preliminary 2014 GFT Technologies AG Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Gemalto NV Earnings Release Preliminary FY 2014 Inmarsat PLC Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Jcdecaux SA Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Kloeckner & Co SE Earnings Release Preliminary 2014/2015 London Stock Exchange Group PLC Earnings Full Year 2014 Numericable Group SA Earnings Release Q1 2014/2015 SAS AB Earnings Release Q4 2014 Scor SE Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Schroders PLC Earnings Release Full Year 2014 Zalando SE Earnings Release MAJOR U.S. COMPANIES REPORTING : Q2 2015 Costco Wholesale Corp Q1 2015 Joy Global Inc Q4 2014 Kroger Co MAJOR MACROECONOMIC DATA/EVENTS (GMT) : 0630 FR ILO Unemployment rate Q4 0700 DE Industrical orders Jan 0900 IT GDP final Q4 1200 GB BOE bank rate Mar 1230 US Challenger Layoffs Feb 1245 EZ ECB refinancing rate Mar 1330 US jobless claims w/e 1500 US durable goods Jan 1500 US factory orders Jan ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ MARKET SNAPSHOT AT 0620 GMT: LAST PCT CHG NET CHG S&P 500 2,098.53 -0.44 % -9.25 NIKKEI 18751.84 0.26 % 48.24 MSCI ASIA EX-JP 483.96 -0.47 % -2.28 EUR/USD 1.1033 -0.4 % -0.0044 USD/JPY 119.86 0.18 % 0.2100 10-YR US TSY YLD 2.117 -- 0.00 10-YR BUND YLD 0.380 -- 0.00 SPOT GOLD $1,203.10 0.3 % $3.65 US CRUDE $51.76 0.45 % 0.23 > GLOBAL MARKETS-ASIA STOCKS SLIP, EURO HITS 11-YR LOW BEFORE ECB > US STOCKS-WALL STREET DOWN FOR 2ND DAY AFTER RALLY; HEALTHCARE GAINS > NIKKEI EDGES UP, BOJ'S ETF BUYING HELPS SENTIMENT > BOND PRICES MOSTLY FLAT ON MIXED DATA AHEAD OF U.S. JOBS REPORT > EURO HOVERS NEAR 11-YR LOW, WAITING DETAILS OF ECB EASING PROGRAMME > PRECIOUS-GOLD RISES ABOVE $1,200, BUT ROBUST DOLLAR CURBS GAINS > METALS-COPPER HOLDS STEADY AFTER CHINA REFORM PACKAGE RELEASED > BRENT STICKS ABOVE $60; IRAN NEWS OFFSETS BEARISH US STOCKPILES DATA (Reporting by Blaise Robinson)

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    The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Thursday: SWATCH. Swatch is to appeal a decision on Wednesday by a Dutch court to set aside a 402 million Swiss franc arbitration ruling in 2013 against U.S. jeweller Tiffany. For more, click on. UBS.

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    Oil closed lower on Thursday in volatile trade, as a soaring dollar and the U.S. pursuit of an Iranian nuclear deal offset earlier gains from supply concerns in Libya and Iraq. Libya's declaration of force majeure on nearly a dozen of its oilfields due to security concerns and arson attacks by Islamic State militants on Iraqi oil wells helped prices climb during the European session.

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    * BOJ's ETF buying supports mood - analysts * Drugmakers outperform on strong U.S. healthcare shares * Rakuten falls after Goldman cuts rating By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 5 - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday after the central bank bought more exchange-traded funds, but gains were limited by investor caution ahead of U.S. jobs data on Friday.

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    Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks both retreated Thursday morning, after China cut its growth target for 2015 earlier in the day. The Hang Seng Index dropped 0.5%, looking likely to extend a three-day losings treak. The Hang Seng China Enterprises edged down 0.2%.

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    The euro fell to an 11-1/2-year low against the dollar on Thursday as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next Monday.

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    * MSCI Asia-Pacific stock index slips after Wall St falls. * Spreadbetters expect slightly higher open for European stocks. * Euro edgy before details of ECB's quantitative easing. * Lack of deal in Iran nuclear talks support crude oil. By Shinichi Saoshiro.

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    * Euro suffers setback ahead of ECB policy meeting. * Markets awaiting details of ECB's QE program. * Canadian dollar firms as BOC leaves rates steady. * Australia retail sales, trade data next in focus. By Ian Chua.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2416 or 80.54 U.S. cents * Bond prices fall across the maturity curve By Solarina Ho TORONTO, March 4 - The Canadian dollar strengthened sharply against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday after the Bank of Canada kept interest rates steady and signaled it was satisfied with how the market and the economy reacted to its surprise rate cut in January.

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    * TSX down 51.01 points, or 0.34 percent, at 15,082.84. * Energy shares slip with Brent crude. By John Tilak. Canada's main stock index fell on Wednesday as shares of banks dropped after their quarterly earnings reports and energy shares declined with the price of Brent crude. Shares of Canada's major banks have been choppy since the banks began reporting results last week.

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    Company sets special call with investors for next week. NEW YORK-- Lumber Liquidators Holding Inc. shares tumbled 12.6% Wednesday, after a Democratic senator called on the federal government to conduct independent testing of China-sourced laminate, alleged in a weekend report to contain higher-than-accepted levels of a known carcinogen. Bill Nelson of Florida also called on the government to investigate whether Lumber Liquidators (LL) has made false marketing claims about...

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    * Europe equities rebound after falling on regional PMI data. * Euro weakens ahead of expected details on ECB's bond program. * Dollar index rises to 11-1/2-year high ahead of U.S. jobs data. * Oil falls on U.S. inventory build, gold falls again. By Richard Leong.

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    Canada's main stock index ended lower on Wednesday, with resource stocks weighing as miners slipped on a retreat in the price of gold. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 51.01 points, or 0.34 percent, at 15,082.84. Six of the ten main sectors ended in the red.

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    By Walter Brandimarte RIO DE JANEIRO, March 4 (Reuters) - The Brazilian real slumped to 3 per dollar on Wednesday, its weakest level in more than 10 years, while local stocks sold off after President Dilma Rousseff's austerity plan suffered a major setback in Congress. The real lost more than 2 percent, briefly hitting the psychologically significant level of 3 per dollar for the first time since August 2004, after legislators threw out a presidential decree that would have raised payroll taxes, helping close a gaping hole in Brazil's budget. The unexpected move suggested Rousseff will have a hard time pushing through Congress key austerity measures needed to regain market credibility and avoid additional downgrades of Brazil's credit rating. Lawmakers could grow even more rebellious as a broadening investigation implicates some of them in a massive corruption scandal at Petrobras, Brazil's state-run oil company. "The rejection of Rousseff's provisional decree signals the difficulties the government has in negotiating with Congress amid the political turmoil that comes as spillover from the Petrobras scandal," JP Morgan's analysts Diego Pereira and Holly Huffman wrote in a research note. Petrobras shares dropped more than 3 percent, weighing heavily on the benchmark Bovespa index, which fell 1.5 percent. In the opposite direction, shares of Gerdau rallied 4.7 percent after the Brazilian steelmaker reported fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts expectations. Key Latin American currencies and stock indexes at 1910 GMT Stock indexes Latest Daily YTD pct pct change change MSCI Emerging 976.51 -0.98 3.13 Markets MSCI LatAm 2,544.88 -2.26 -4.55 Brazil Bovespa 50,553.63 -1.46 1.09 Mexico IPC 43,251.12 -0.8 0.24 Chile IPSA 3,960.47 -0.14 2.84 Chile IGPA 19,275.78 -0.11 2.15 Argentina MerVal 9,632.96 -0.5 12.29 Colombia IGBC 10,074.34 -0.55 -13.41 Peru IGRA 13,319.15 -0.42 -9.97 Venezuela IBC 3,889.9 3.69 0.81 Currencies Daily YTD pct pct change Latest change Brazil real 2.9757 -1.67 -10.69 Mexico peso 15.0332 -0.25 -1.92 Chile peso 619.25 -0.36 -2.08 Colombia peso 2,540.1 0.52 -5.99 Peru sol 3.093 -0.06 -3.69 Argentina peso 8.7425 -0.03 -2.20 (interbank) Argentina peso 12.88 0.39 8.70 (parallel) (Editing by Matthew Lewis)