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    European stock markets edged lower early on Monday, tracking losses in the U.S. market after U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen indicated that the central bank was poised to raise interest rates this year. U.S. shares fell on Friday after Yellen said the economy was on course to bounce back from a sluggish first quarter and headwinds at home and abroad had started to wane.

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    Here are the latest trading levels for Asia's major stock markets: Tokyo up 0.7%; Hong Kong closed for holiday; Shanghai up 3.4%; Sydney up 1%; Seoul closed for holiday; Mumbai down 0.5%; Taipei up 0.1%.

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    Futures for the CAC 40 index indicated a steady open for France's equity index on Monday, with trading volumes in Europe seen thin as several markets in countries including the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States were shut for holidays.

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    Japanese government bond prices sagged on Monday on following a retreat by U.S. Treasuries and market caution towards new supply. The losses by JGBs, however, were contained as the market took heart after seeing firm results to the Bank of Japan's debt buying operation. The benchmark 10-year yield was up 1 basis point at 0.42 percent and the 30-year yield rose half a basis point to 1.47 percent.

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    The following factors could affect Italian markets on Monday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. For a complete list of diary events in Italy please click on . ECONOMY. ISTAT releases April extra EU foreign trade data. TREASURY. Treasury announces sale of BTP and CCTeu bonds, with relative amounts to be auctioned on May 28. COMPANIES.

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    * Nikkei's rally longest since last December * SMK, Marubeni up on better shareholder return hopes * Tepco soars on report of contract for reactor in Qatar By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, May 25 - Japan's Nikkei share average rose for a seventh day, hitting a fresh 15-year high on Monday morning, helped by ongoing optimism for higher shareholder returns and the recovering economy.

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    * Dollar stands at multi-week highs vs peers such as euro and yen. * Dollar/yen touches 121.70, 8-year high above 122.04 in sight. * Stronger-than-expected core CPI reinforces case for Fed hike. By Shinichi Saoshiro.

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    * Saudi Arabia drops on weaker oil, Islamic State attack. * But oil shipper Bahri rises on tanker purchase. * Dubai's Arabtec drops on speculation about Egyptian megaproject. * Marka rises on bullish outlook for newly bought restaurants. * Egypt's index forms double bottom, pointing to further gains. By Olzhas Auyezov.

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    Another fresh load of cash is on its way to China's stock markets. HTSC, also known as Huatai Securities raised $4.5 billion in its Hong Kong initial public offering Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal. An overallotment of shares could push the total to $5.2 billion when shares start trading June 1, making it the biggest IPO of the year globally.

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    * TSX ends down 2.85 points, or 0.02 percent, at 15,200.76. * Index gained 0.6 percent in holiday-shortened week. * Six of the TSX's 10 main groups fell. By Alastair Sharp. Canada's main stock index barely retreated on Friday, with cooling energy and financial stocks weighing, after the index posted gains in four of the previous five sessions.

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    * Canadian dollar at C$1.2301, or 81.29 U.S. cents * Bond prices mixed across the maturity curve By Solarina Ho TORONTO, May 22 - The Canadian dollar sagged on Friday to its weakest in more than a month against a rallying U.S. dollar following North American economic data that buttressed expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will hike interest rates sometime this year.

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    Canada's main stock index closed barely lower on Friday, with financial and energy stocks weighing as investors took a cautious approach ahead of a U.S. trading holiday on Monday. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed down 2.85 points, or 0.02 percent, at 15,200.76. It gained 0.6 percent in a four-session week.

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    By Joseph Adinolfi, MarketWatch, Hiroyuki Kachi. Euro falls to $1.10 Friday. The dollar recorded its first weekly gain against the euro in five weeks on Friday, finishing the week up 3.4% against the shared currency.

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    * FTSEurofirst 300 falls 0.1 pct to 1,617.91 points. * Index remains up nearly 20 pct since start of 2015. * Weak Richemont sales figures weigh on luxury stocks. * London and Wall Street closed for holiday on Monday. * Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. * Asset performance in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/gap87v. By Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    By Sara Sjolin and Carla Mozee, MarketWatch. U.K.' s FTSE 100 bucks negative trend. European stocks slipped Friday, with investors keeping a close eye on negotiations between Greece and its lenders as well as the latest confidence data from Germany.

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    U.K. stocks rose Friday, with gains for Vodafone PLC shares helping to push the benchmark FTSE 100 to a weekly win. Meanwhile, the pound was knocked down by more than 1% against the dollar, as a stronger-than-expected reading for U.S. consumer prices in April bolstered the greenback against major rivals. The rise in April core consumer prices signaled inflation in the U.S. may be on track to hit the Federal Reserve's target.

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    * TSX down 21.6 points, or 0.14 percent, to 15,182.01. * Five of the TSX's 10 main groups are down. By Solarina Ho. Canada's main stock index retreated on Friday, weighed down by cooling energy and financial stocks, with investors taking some profits after making gains in four of the previous five sessions. The top 10 biggest drags on the TSX were either in energy or financials.