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Dollar surges as Fed ends QE on hawkish note

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NEW YORK - The dollar surged to a three-week high and government bond yields rose on Thursday, one day after the U.S. Federal Reserve took a more hawkish tone in its assessment of the economy as it announced the end of its six-year bond-buying program.

Europe's bank test celebrations mask mounting challenges

FRANKFURT - Investors were spared immediate pain on Sunday after the European Central Bank's landmark banking health check did not force massive capital hikes amongst the euro zone's top lenders.

26 Oct 2014

ECB fails 25 banks in health check but problems largely solved

FRANKFURT - Roughly one in five of the euro zone's top lenders failed landmark health checks at the end of last year but most have since repaired their finances, the European Central Bank said on Sunday. | Video

26 Oct 2014

Investors welcome Europe's bank tests as step in right direction

LONDON - Investors gave a cautious thumbs-up to the European Central Bank's (ECB) health check of euro zone's banks on Sunday describing it as a step in the right direction rather than the final word on the state of the bloc's financial system.

26 Oct 2014

ECB's Constancio says sees slight pick-up in loan demand

FRANKFURT - European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio sees a slight pick-up in demand for credit in the euro zone, he said on Sunday, counting on the ECB's landmark review of top euro zone banks and the recent stimulus steps to turn the economy around.

26 Oct 2014

ECB worried about euro zone's lack of real growth: Constancio

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank is concerned about a lack of real growth in the euro zone economy, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said on Sunday.

26 Oct 2014

ECB stress test scenario did not consider deflation: Constancio

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank's landmark health check of the euro zone's 130 biggest lenders did not take into account possible deflation, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said on Sunday.

26 Oct 2014

ECB stress test results will ensure credit supply: Constancio

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank's landmark health check of the euro zone's 130 biggest banks will help ensure the availability of credit, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said on Sunday.

26 Oct 2014

Europe publishes bank health-check results

DUBLIN - Twenty five euro zone banks failed a landmark health check of their ability to withstand another economic crisis with a capital shortfall of 25 billion euros at the end of last year, the European Central Bank (ECB) said on Sunday.

26 Oct 2014

ECB faces test of its own as Europe braces for landmark banking review

FRANKFURT - After putting the euro zone's top 130 banks through their paces, the European Central Bank will face a test of its own on Sunday - will its landmark health check succeed in convincing investors the region's lenders are safe?

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Fifty-one countries sign OECD pact to tackle tax cheats

BERLIN - Finance ministers and tax chiefs from 51 countries signed an agreement on Wednesday to automatically swap tax information, which Germany's finance minister said heralded the end of tax evasion via secret bank accounts.

French government cancels ecotax contract with Atlantia-led group

PARIS/MILAN - France will cancel a multi-million-euro contract with a consortium led by Italy's Atlantia after scrapping the "ecotax" road toll the consortium was to collect, a junior minister said on Thursday.

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Etihad, Alitalia offer concessions in bid for EU approval for stake deal

BRUSSELS - Etihad Airways and struggling Italian carrier Alitalia have offered concessions in a bid to win European Union antitrust approval for the Abu Dhabi airline's plan to acquire 49 percent of Alitalia.

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