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    European shares advanced on Wednesday to bounce back from the previous session's losses after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, while a rise in retailer Tesco also lifted markets.

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    European equity futures rose on Wednesday, recouping some of the previous session's losses after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, which helped support Asian stock markets. The euro zone's Euro STOXX 50 futures contract rose 1.4 percent, Germany's DAX futures progressed by 1.1 percent while France's CAC futures rose 1.3 percent by 0620 GMT.

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    TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Nikkei share average surged on Wednesday after a better performance on Wall Street the day before and comments from Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso that the market took to suggest more stock buying by the government's pension fund. Index heavyweight SoftBank soared after a strong earnings report from its Chinese e-commerce...

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    * ECB corporate bond buying seen easing borrowing costs. * Indebted companies with meagre margins to benefit most. * Italian, Spanish banks tipped as winners. * Easier lending conditions to help small caps. * Exporters to get boost from weaker euro. By Francesco Canepa.

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 48-52 points, or as much as 0.8 percent higher on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK benchmark closed down 42.15 points, or 0.6 percent, at 6,541.61 points on Tuesday, its lowest close since March 24.

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    * China GDP grows 7.4 pct y/y, just pipping forecasts. * Markets relieved growth was not much weaker. * Nikkei leads the way encouraged by late rally on Wall St. * Softbank, Yahoo reap the benefits of Alibaba holdings. By Wayne Cole.

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    European stocks were seen opening higher on Wednesday, recouping some of the previous session's losses after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, which helped support Asian stock markets. Financial spreadbetters expected Britain's FTSE 100 to open up by 48 to 50 points, or 0.8 percent.

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    * Aussie pares losses, holds above earlier session lows. * China Q1 GDP +7.4 pct y/y, a tad better than expected. * Dollar/yen buoyed by Nikkei's surge, stops add to gains. * Tokyo shares extend gains on Japan finmin comments on GPIF. By Masayuki Kitano.

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    The following factors could affect Italian markets on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. ECONOMY. ISTAT releases February foreign trade data. Reuters releases Q1 poll on Italian economy. DEBT.

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    Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Wednesday that he did not think the central bank's extraordinary monetary stimulus was fuelling speculative moves in the market, although he added he will monitor stock price moves carefully. "Stock prices have risen compared with before new policies under 'Abenomics' were implemented.

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    Benchmark Japanese government bond prices edged down on Wednesday, against the backdrop of firmer equities, with JGB market moves limited by caution ahead of Thursday's sale of 20-year bonds. A few pension funds continued to buy the current 20-year JGBs ahead of Thursday's monthly auction of 1.2 trillion yen of 20-year bonds, which will re-open the current issue.

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    * China GDP grows 7.4 pct y/y, just pipping forecasts. * Markets relieved growth was not much weaker, shares up modestly. * Nikkei leads the way encouraged by late rally on Wall St. * European bond yields hit new lows as Ukraine tensions mount. By Wayne Cole.

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    *Bargain hunting after heavy fall last week underpins Nikkei* Market faces headwind from Ukraine, wobbly U.S. momentum shares, doubts on BOJ policy* SoftBank jumps after Alibaba reports strong earnings By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO, April 16- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Wednesday after a better performance on Wall Street overnight, with index heavyweight...

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    Share markets made broad gains on Wednesday after China reported economic growth a touch above forecasts, a relief for investors who had feared a much weaker outcome. China's economy grew 7.4 percent in the first quarter, from a year earlier, pipping forecasts of 7.3 percent. Other Chinese data for March was mixed, with industrial output a shade under estimates but retail sales picking up.

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    *Canadian dollar at C $1.0977 vs US$, or 91.10 U.S. cents* Bond prices mostly higher across the maturity curve By Alastair Sharp TORONTO, April 15- The Canadian dollar ended slightly weaker after hitting its lowest level against the greenback in more than a week on Tuesday, hurt by concern over China's economic prospects and by investor caution ahead of the Bank of...

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    * Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war. * Lower U.S. bond yields cap dollar gains. * Mixed U.S. economic data fails to support dollar. By Sam Forgione. The dollar pared gains against the euro on Tuesday after rising tensions in Ukraine sent U.S. bond yields lower and capped demand for the U.S. currency.

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    LONDON-- U.K. equities fell Tuesday, swept lower with other European markets as the conflict in Ukraine escalated. Also putting some pressure on the benchmark index was Diageo PLC (DEO) as the drinks maker sought control of an Indian liquor company. The FTSE 100 fell 0.6% to 6,541.61, wiping out Monday's rise of 0.3%.

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    LONDON-- European stocks dropped Tuesday, with the losses picking up pace following reports that the crisis in Ukraine had escalated. The Stoxx Europe 600 index closed lower by 1% at 326.58 after a flurry of late-afternoon reports about various military activity in Ukraine, stoking fears that the country is on the brink of a civil war. Russian news agencies reported Kiev-led forces had surrounded the city of Slavyansk in eastern Ukraine, with ITAR-TASS quoting Slavyansk's...