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Asia stocks extend gains, hit one-month peak on upbeat China trade data

SYDNEY Asian shares hustled to one-month highs on Thursday after Wall Street strode to another record, while bonds rallied on wagers the European Central Bank would extend its stimulus campaign at a policy meeting later in the session.

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FOREX-New Zealand dollar jumps, euro firms into ECB

LONDON, Dec 8 New Zealand's dollar was the biggest gainer among major currencies on Thursday, rising 0.7 percent after a speech by Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler added to speculation the bank would raise interest rates next year.

German department store Kaufhof upbeat for Christmas

DUESSELDORF, Germany, Dec 8 The head of German department store chain Kaufhof, owned by Canada's Hudson's Bay , says the "Black Friday" discount day went well and the Christmas season has got off to a good start.

European shares hit three-month high, focus on ECB

LONDON, Dec 8 European shares climbed to a three-month high on Thursday, mirroring gains on Wall Street and in Asia, with investors betting that the European Central Bank will extend its asset purchase programme after a policy meeting later in the day.

EU unblocks visa-free travel for Ukraine, Georgia

BRUSSELS, Dec 8 The European Union will soon let Ukrainians and Georgians visit the bloc without needing a visa after officials said a deal had been struck on Thursday to end an internal EU dispute that had been holding up the promised measures.

Investors face nervous wait for ECB's final salvo of 2016

LONDON, Dec 8 Euro zone government bond yields crept higher as investors waited to see whether the European Central Bank would meet their high expectations for fresh stimulus at its final meeting of the year on Thursday.

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