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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.2 pct after losing 1.9 pct in two days. * Novo Nordisk up 10.4 pct after deciding to submit drug data. * Euro zone shares recover as euro falls back. By Alistair Smout. A top index of pan-European shares was set for its biggest weekly drop of the year on Friday, although it snapped a sharp two-day losing streak following a surge in Danish pharmaceuticals firm Novo Nordisk.

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    LONDON-- European stocks finished higher Friday, but the region's key benchmark saw its lengthy string of weekly wins come to an end. The Stoxx Europe 600 rose 0.3% to 395.54, with financial and industrial shares losing ground. The basic resources and energy sectors also lost ground as most commodity prices fell.

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    Carnival cruises higher; pound loses steam. LONDON-- U.K. stocks fell Friday and notched a weekly loss, as energy and mining shares came under pressure. The FTSE 100 fell 0.6% to 6,855.02, a fourth consecutive decline.

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    * Wall St, euro-zone shares edge up. * Crude dips as market reassesses Yemen conflict impact. * Markets await Fed Chair Yellen's speech. By Michael Connor. Wall Street and European stocks edged ahead on Friday but remained en route to a losing week as U.S. Treasury debt yields declined on government data indicating U.S. economic growth was slowing.

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    MUNICH, Germany-- The euro has brought a balance-of-payments crisis to Europe, just as the gold standard did in the 1920 s. In fact, there is only one difference between the two episodes: During today's crisis, huge international rescue packages have been available. These rescue packages have relieved the eurozone's financial distress, but at a high cost.

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    * Dollar up against euro, lower against yen and franc. * Long-term dollar uptrend remains. By Sam Forgione. The dollar posted minor gains against the euro on Friday while slipping slightly against the yen and the Swiss franc as bullish bets on the dollar lost some steam ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.3 pct after losing 1.9 pct in 2 days. * Novo Nordisk up 13 pct after deciding to submit drug data. * Euro zone shares recover as euro falls back. By Alistair Smout. A top index of pan-European shares was set for its biggest weekly drop of the year on Friday, although it snapped a sharp two-day losing streak following a surge in Danish pharmaceuticals firm Novo Nordisk.

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    Canada's main stock index was lower on Friday, with the declines led by natural resource shares, pulled lower by a retreat in commodity prices, and bank stocks. Among the most influential movers on the index were oil companies Enbridge Inc (ENB), which was down 1.3 percent at C$60.26, and Transcanada Corp (TRP) which was off 1.48 percent at C$53.75. The overall energy group was down 0.8 percent.

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    Canada's main stock index opened lower on Friday, as the index's most heavily weighted groups, led by weak energy stocks, drove declines. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was down 51.43 points, or 0.35 percent, at 14,818.37. Five of the index's 10 main groups retreated, with energy stocks down 1.5 percent.

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    * Market optimistic Portugal will regain investment status. * Fitch to review Portugal credit rating after Europe close. * Smaller DBRS to review Italy's rating. By Emelia Sithole-Matarise. Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit rating agency Fitch may lift the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year.

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    * Fed officials signal still on track for 2015 rate hike. * Dollar extends previous day's bounce from lows. * Speech by Fed Chair Yellen next in focus. By Jemima Kelly. The dollar rose across the board on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signalled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.7 pct after losing 1.9 pct in 2 days. * Novo Nordisk up 13 pct after deciding to submit drug data. * Euro zone shares recover as euro falls back. By Blaise Robinson and Alistair Smout. European stocks rose on Friday, halting a sharp two-day retreat and helped by a surge in Novo Nordisk and a renewed fall in the euro, which supported exporters.

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    * European shares head for worst week since mid December. * Euro zone periphery yields up for second week. * Crude dips as market reassesses conflict in Yemen. * Dollar stands tall after bouncing on upbeat U.S. data. * Market focus on Fed Chair Yellen's speech later in session. By Marc Jones.

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    Japanese stocks break weekly winning streak. HONG KONG-- Chinese stocks ended mixed Friday, but Hong Kong shares posted a modest advance for the week, while Shanghai's benchmark scored its third straight week of gains. Hong Kong's benchmark Hang Seng Index ended marginally lower, down less than 0.1%.

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    * Fed officials signal still on track for 2015 rate hike. * Dollar extends previous day's bounce from lows. * Speech by Fed Chair Yellen next in focus. By Jemima Kelly. The dollar climbed broadly on Friday, extending a rebound begun the previous day after Federal Reserve officials signalled they were still on track to raise interest rates this year.

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    * Market optimistic Portugal will regain investment status. * Fitch to review Portugal credit rating after Europe close. * Smaller DBRS to review Italy's rating. By Emelia Sithole-Matarise. Portuguese bond yields fell on Friday on expectations that credit ratings agency Fitch may upgrade the country back to investment grade after it successfully exited its international bailout last year.