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    * Dollar touches 124.36 yen, highest level since December 2002. * Traders wary of verbal intervention from Japanese officials. * Aussie dollar falls 1 pct after weak capex data. By Jemima Kelly. The dollar powered to a 12-1/2-year high against the yen on Thursday, as investors bet that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year while monetary policy remains ultra-loose in Japan.

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    - U.S. stocks eased on Thursday as mixed messages about Greece's debt talks kept investor uncertainty high along with a sharp drop in Chinese shares after brokers tightened margin rules. Seven of the 10 major S&P 500 sectors were lower, with the industrials sector falling the most, 0.4 percent, a day after the Nasdaq closed at a record high.

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    * Athens' ATG falls 1.1 pct, underperforms FTSEurofirst 300. * Tech shares outperform on fresh M&A activity. * Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. * Asset performance in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/gap87v. By Sudip Kar-Gupta. European shares slipped lower on Thursday, as lingering uncertainty over Greece's debt problems pegged back the region's stock markets.

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    Chinese stocks fell the most in four months on Thursday after filings showed China Central Huijin Investment Ltd., a unit of China's sovereign wealth fund China Investment Corp., reduced its stakes in the country's biggest state- owned banks for the first time. The Shanghai Composite Index sank 6.5% to 4,620.27. That marked its biggest daily percentage decline since Jan. 19, when the index dived 7.7% after China tightened up margining-trading rules.

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    Japan stocks record longest winning streak in 27 years. Chinese stocks fell the most in four months on Thursday, as a selloff swept the financial sector after a unit of China's sovereign-wealth fund reportedly cut its stakes in state-owned banks for the first time. The Shanghai Composite Index sank 6.5% to 4,620.27, pulling back from a seven-year closing high after a seven-day bull run.

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    British financial spreadbetting firm CMC Markets should announce details of a planned London stock market listing within about two weeks and float next year, its chief executive and main shareholder said on Thursday. Peter Cruddas spoke about the planned offering after the company announced a 61 percent rise in underlying annual profit before tax to 51.9 million pounds.

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    The euro leapt, Greek bond yields fell, global financial markets brightened, but nothing actually changed in another day of conflicting statements on Greece's long-running debt talks with international creditors.

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    * USD touches 124.30 yen, highest level since December 2002. * Traders are wary of verbal intervention from Japanese officials. * Euro higher. By Jemima Kelly. The dollar hit a 12-1/2-year high against the yen on Thursday, as investors bet that U.S. interest rates will rise later this year while monetary policy will remain ultra-loose in Japan.

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    European shares edged lower at the open on Thursday, giving back some of the late gains made the previous day as euphoria about a possible deal between Greece and its creditors faded. European shares had rallied late on Wednesday on reports of a staff-level agreement between Greece and its creditors but German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble later said there was not much progress in the talks.

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    * Nikkei's winning streak is longest since Feb 1988 * Nikkei has risen 5.0 pct over 10 days * Dollar's gain gathers pace on Suga's comment TOKYO, May 28 - Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Thursday, extending its gains to a 10th day as investors hoped exporters' earnings will rise after the dollar hit its highest against the yen since December 2002.

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    LONDON, May 28 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 2 to 5 points on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. For more on the factors affecting European stocks, please click on * The FTSE 100 closed 1.2 percent higher at 7,033.33 points on Wednesday, recouping its fall in the previous session, boosted by gains for CRH and IAG. * British consumer confidence surged this month to its highest level in a year as more households expected their finances to improve in the coming 12 months, a survey showed on Thursday. * GREECE - Greece must make greater efforts if it wants to reach an agreement with its creditors, Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Reuters on Wednesday. * MINERS - Major iron ore miners are unlikely to create a cartel and agree on output cuts to shore up prices, with weakening demand expected to intensify competition, Goldman Sachs said. * AUTOMOBILES - British car production fell slightly in April compared with the same month last year, as stronger demand at home failed to outweigh a fall in exports, an industry body said on Thursday. * GLENCORE - Investment firm First Reserve is selling the remaining part of its stake in mining company Glencore, and has priced shares in the accelerated bookbuild at 286.75 pence a share, a bookrunner on the deal said on Wednesday. * UK CORPORATE DIARY: Tate & Lyle PLC Full Year 2014/2015 Tate & Lyle PLC Earnings Release Helical Bar PLC Full Year 2014 Helical Bar PLC Earnings Release PayPoint PLC Full Year 2014 PayPoint PLC Earnings Release IG Group Holdings IG Group Holdings PLC PLC Pre-Close Trading Statement Release Infinis Energy PLC Full Year 2014 Infinis Energy PLC Earnings Release Kingfisher PLC Q1 2015 Kingfisher PLC Trading Statement 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)