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Solid start to second quarter for European stocks, dollar

LONDON - European stock markets made solid starts to the second quarter on Wednesday as data pointing to a gradual recovery in the euro zone economy gave investors fresh impetus after their blowout first few months of the year.

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Oil holds around $55 as Iran nuclear talks drag on

LONDON - Brent crude oil futures held around $55 a barrel as speculation continued over whether a preliminary deal over Iran's nuclear programme would be reached, opening the way for more Iranian crude to come into world markets.

Saudi Arabia, Iraq 6:45am EDT

Ex-Goldman programmer faces second U.S. trial on code theft charges

NEW YORK - A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc computer programmer charged with stealing code from the investment bank is scheduled to go on trial on Wednesday, the second time in five years he will be in front of a jury for essentially the same accusations.

Japan's Sony Corp. halves stake in Olympus

TOKYO - Japan's Sony Corp has halved its stake in camera and endoscope maker Olympus Corp and is no longer its top shareholder, according to Olympus.

Japan, Tech 3:48am EDT

StanChart senior executive Shankar quits in latest management change

LONDON - Asia-focused bank Standard Chartered Plc said senior executive Viswanathan Shankar had quit and announced a number of management changes in another reshuffle as it seeks to turn around its fortunes.

5:49am EDT

Ex-Fannie Mae CEO testifies in $1 billion mortgage trial of Nomura, RBS

NEW YORK - Former Fannie Mae CEO Daniel Mudd testified on Tuesday in a $1 billion civil trial over losses the company suffered on mortgage-backed securities and said it did not predict the severe decline in U.S. housing prices during the financial crisis.

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