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    * Analysts waiting for operational details on QE. * Survey shows chance of Grexit highest since 2012. By John Geddie. Most euro zone bond yields held near record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for the European Central Bank to provide more details of its trillion euro quantitative easing programme later this week.

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    * DAX near record highs, FTSEurofirst near 7-yr high. * Strong German retail sales help sentiment. * Portugal's BCP, BPI rally on merger speculation. * Bid speculation also boosts Vallourec. By Francesco Canepa and Sudip Kar-Gupta.

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    Emerging stocks eased to a one-week low on Tuesday, underperforming their developed peers, though currencies traded mixed despite the dollar index easing off 11-year highs. The overall emerging share index fell 0.2 percent, dragged down by Chinese stocks falling 2.6 percent on a raft of new initial public offerings that have fanned concerns about tighter liquidity.

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    Pace Plc (PCMXF) forecast better-than-expected revenue for the current year as it steps up shipments of set-top boxes and other new products launched in the second half of 2014. The British company's shares rose as much as 8.6 percent to rank among the top gainers on the FTSE-250 Midcap Index on Tuesday morning.

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    Asian markets mostly close lower. HONG KONG-- Hong Kong and Shanghai stocks both pulled back on Tuesday, as investors worried that the Chinese securities regulator's approvals of 24 initial public offerings might drain liquidity from mainland markets and dampen stocks. The Hang Seng Index fell 0.7%, while the Hang Seng China Enterprises, which tracks Hong Kong-listed mainland Chinese companies, declined 2.2%.

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    Most euro zone bond yields held near record lows on Tuesday as investors waited for details of the European Central Bank's trillion euro quantitative easing programme that kicks off later this week. While a rally in low-rated debt that pushed yields in Spain, Italy and Portugal to record lows on Monday eased, investor focus remained fixed on the ECB's meeting on Thursday.

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    European equity indexes were flat to higher at the open on Tuesday, helped by better-than-expected German retail sales data and merger speculation in the Portuguese banking sector. German retail sales rose more by 2.9 percent month on month and 5.3 percent year on year in January, more than economists had expected, helping Germany'x Dax index to rise 0.2 percent in early deals.

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    Chances of Greece leaving the euro zone in the next 12 months are the highest since late 2012 even though Athens's financial lifeline has been extended, a survey of investors based mainly in Germany showed on Tuesday.

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    Chances of Greece leaving the euro zone in the next 12 months are the highest since late 2012 even though Athens's financial lifeline has been extended, a survey of investors based mainly in Germany showed on Tuesday.

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    Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening about 6 points higher, or up 0.1 percent, on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. * The UK blue chip index closed 0.1 percent lower at 6,940.64 points in the previous session after setting a new record high.

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    * U.S. WTI rises back to $50 a barrel. * U.S. dollar off 11-year highs; Asian markets rally. * But high U.S., Middle East production maintains supply glut. * Asian economies benefit from cheap oil -ABN Amro. By Henning Gloystein. Brent crude oil prices rose more than a dollar to above $60.50 a barrel on Tuesday, tracking firmer Asian markets, but analysts warned the market remained oversupplied.

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    European shares were indicated to inch higher at the open on Tuesday, helped by better-than-expected German retail sales data and a sentiment boost from a rally on Wall Street. Futures for the Euro STOXX 50 equity index, Germany's DAX, Britain's FTSE 100 and France's CAC were up between 0.1 percent and 0.2 percent at 0720 GMT.

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    Japan's Nikkei share average edged down in choppy trade on Tuesday as investors took profits from recent gains, while Sharp Corp tumbled on news that it is planning to seek aid from its main lenders as it expects losses to mount this year.

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    Japanese government bond prices sagged on Tuesday, weighed down by lukewarm demand at a 10-year debt sale and overnight retreat by U.S. Treasuries. The benchmark 10-year JGB yield rose 4 basis points to 0.380 percent.

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    * Dollar index scales fresh 11-year peak. * Yield spike on Wall Street rally, mixed data help dollar. * Aussie shaky as market eyes rate cut risk. By Ian Chua and Shinichi Saoshiro. The dollar hit a fresh 11-year peak against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, as rising Treasury yields helped it prevail over its peers.

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    * Sharp dives to 3-week low * Chip-related shares outperform after Nasdaq rises * Nikkei futures snap a 13-day winning streak * Regional banks lower after CLSA cuts ratings By Ayai Tomisawa TOKYO, March 3 - Japan's Nikkei share average fell in choppy trade on Tuesday as investors took profits from the recent gains, but losses were limited as sentiment was supported by strong Wall Street perform...