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UniCredit gets ECB's green light for second 1 bln euro share buyback

* Approval takes into account updated adverse macro scenario * ECB's case-by-case approach positive for other banks * Shares up 4%, outperform sector By Valentina Za MILAN, Aug 31 (Reuters) - UniCredit CRDI.MI on Wednesday said it had gained supervisory approval for a new share buyback of up to 1 billion euros ($1 billion), putting it on track to hit its capital distribution goals despite economic recession risks.
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Bridgewater cuts short positions in European companies

By Carolina Mandl NEW YORK, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Bridgewater Associates has cut most of its disclosed mammoth bets against European stocks, according to data group Breakout Point, using the hedge fund's public disclosures. In July, Bridgewater's big shorts against stocks in more than 50 European companies reached roughly 10 billion euros, in a sign that the hedge fund firm could potentially be pessimistic about companies on the continent.
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Gas crunch fears hammer euro, lift dollar and Swiss franc

By Sujata Rao LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - The prospect of another Russian gas supply cut knocked the euro lower on Tuesday, while dollar gains were tempered by mounting uncertainty over the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy-tightening path after this week's expected interest rate rise. European Union countries were preparing to approve an emergency proposal to curb gas demand, the prospect of which sent the single currency and German bond yields lower and hit German shares .
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Russia's central bank resisting calls to take over running of Western banks' local arms -sources

* Russian businesses complain foreign banks won't lend * Officials have looked at running foreign units locally -sources * Central bank wary of depositors pulling money -source * Central bank already closely monitoring foreign units -source * This content includes content produced in Russia where the law restricts coverage of Russian military operations in Ukraine MILAN/MOSCOW, July 14 (Reuters) - Russia's central bank is resisting domestic calls to take over the running of foreign lenders' loca
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Bridgewater's bearish bets on European stocks jump to $10.5 bln - Bloomberg News

June 23 (Reuters) - Bridgewater Associates has raised its short position on European stocks to $10.5 billion, nearly doubling from the previous week, according to a Bloomberg News report on Thursday, in a sign the hedge fund was increasingly bearish on equities in the continent. Bridgewater disclosed short bets against 28 companies that include individual wagers of more than $500 million against ASML Holding NV ASML.AS , TotalEnergies SE TTFE.PA , Sanofi SASY.PA and SAP SE SAPG.DE , according to
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Bridgewater bets $6.7 billion against European stocks

By Carolina Mandl NEW YORK, June 16 (Reuters) - Bridgewater Associates has placed at least $6.7 billion in bets against European stocks, according to data group Breakout Point, in a sign that the hedge fund firm may be pessimistic about companies on the continent. Using Bridgewater's public disclosures, Breakout Point calculated that the Connecticut-based fund has bet against 21 European companies so far this week, in sectors ranging from finance to energy.
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Bridgewater bets $6.7 billion against European stocks

By Carolina Mandl NEW YORK, June 16 (Reuters) - Bridgewater Associates has placed at least $6.7 billion in bets against European stocks, according to data group Breakout Point, in a sign that the hedge fund firm may be pessimistic about companies on the continent. Using Bridgewater's public disclosures, Breakout Point calculated that the Connecticut-based fund has bet against 21 European companies so far this week, in sectors ranging from finance to energy.
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European shares suffer worst week in 2 months; tech, retail fall

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window) * STOXX 600 down 4.5% for the week * Europe's retail index hits two-year low * U.S. jobs grow more than expected in April By Shreyashi Sanyal and Sruthi Shankar May 6 (Reuters) - European shares chalked up their worst week in two months on Friday, with tech stocks and retailers feeling the brunt of selling on the prospect of bigger interest rate hikes to tame decades-high inflation.
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Russia blocks Facebook, passes 'fake news' law; LVMH, Microsoft halt sales

* Sweeping Western sanctions create investor minefield * Exxon faces a 'complicated process' as it exits * SocGen warned it might be stripped of Russian assets * Toyota halts production, Pirelli's Russian plants continue * Banks count the ever-changing cost of sanctions By Elizabeth Culliford and Kate Holton March 4 (Reuters) - Russia said it would block Facebook for excluding state media and CNN said it would stop broadcasting in Russia after a new law punishing "fake news" raised the stakes in
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Russia bans payments to foreigners holding rouble bonds, shares

MOSCOW, March 2 (Reuters) - Foreign investors are effectively stuck with their holdings of Russian stocks and rouble-denominated bonds after the central bank put a temporary halt on payments and major overseas' settlement systems stopped accepting Russian assets. Moscow is blocking foreign investors, who hold tens of billions of dollars worth of Russian stocks and bonds, from exiting after its invasion of Ukraine triggered a wave of economic sanctions and a haemorrhage of assets.
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SWIFT waits to disconnect Russian banks as securities platforms cut Moscow ties

By Huw Jones and Karin Strohecker LONDON, March 1 (Reuters) - SWIFT said on Tuesday it was waiting to see which banks authorities want disconnected from its global financial messaging system as sanctions in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine are rolled out. The European Union, the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Britain agreed on Saturday to ensure that selected Russian banks are removed from SWIFT to harm their ability to operate globally.
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Shares in European banks drop as Russia sanction bite

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Shares in European banks fell on Monday as the impact of Western sanctions against the Russian financial system, including blocking certain banks from the SWIFT payments system, spilled across global markets. The index for euro zone bank .SX7E fell more than 7% to hit levels unseen since November. Investors have bet on European banking stocks riding higher as the continent's economy recovers from the pandemic, but Russia's invasion of Ukraine has hit lenders through mu
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Shares in European banks drop as Russia sanction bite

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Shares in European banks dropped on Monday as the impact of massive sanctions from Western allies against the Russian financial system, including blocking certain Russian banks from the SWIFT payments system, spilled across global markets. The index for euro zone bank .SX7E fell more than 7% and touched levels unseen since the end of November.
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Societe Generale, Credit Suisse halt Russian commodity trade finance deals -Bloomberg News

(y) Feb 27 (Reuters) - Societe Generale SA SOGN.PA and Credit Suisse Group AG CSGN.S have halted the finance of commodities trading from Russia, Bloomberg News reported on Sunday citing people familiar with the matter. The two banks, key financiers to commodity trade houses, are no longer providing the money needed to move raw materials such as metals and oil from Russia, the report Link said.
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Europe's banks fear payment system could be casualty of Russia-Ukraine crisis

By Tom Sims, Lawrence White and John O'Donnell FRANKFURT, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Italy's UniCredit has backed out of a potential acquisition in Russia and Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International has set aside risk provisions for possible sanctions on Russia. What the region's banks now fear most is that Russia gets banned from a widely used payment system, bankers told Reuters, with one describing such a move as an "atomic bomb" for the industry because it
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Europe's banks fear payment system could be casualty of Russia-Ukraine crisis

By Tom Sims, Lawrence White and John O'Donnell FRANKFURT, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Amid fears of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, Italy's UniCredit has backed out of a potential acquisition in Russia and Austria's Raiffeisen Bank International has set aside risk provisions for possible sanctions on Russia. What the region's banks now fear most is that Russia gets banned from a widely used payment system, bankers told Reuters, with one describing such a move as an "atomic bomb" for the industry because it
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ING shares dip 4% after earnings; provisions rise on inflation worries

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM, Feb 3 (Reuters) - ING Groep NV INGA.AS reported higher-than-expected provisions in its fourth quarter earnings report on Thursday, as the largest Dutch bank braced for the impact of higher inflation on customers. ING reported a 27% rise in fourth-quarter pretax profit to 1.33 billion euros ($1.50 billion), slightly below analyst forecasts of 1.47 billion euros, according to Refinitiv data.
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ING reports Q4 pretax profit up 27% to 1.33 billion euros

AMSTERDAM, Feb 3 (Reuters) - ING Groep NV, the largest Dutch bank, on Thursday reported a 27% rise in pretax profit to 1.33 billion euros ($1.50 billion) in the fourth quarter, lower than analysts had expected, but with strong loan growth. Analysts had forecast pretax profit of 1.47 billion euros, according to Refinitiv data, up from 1.05 billion euros in the same period of 2020. ING shares are up 10% in the year to date and have nearly doubled in the past 12 months, closing Tuesday at 13.51 eur
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World stocks rebound amid strong U.S. earnings and surging inflation

* Graphic: Global asset performance Link * Graphic: World FX rates Link * Oil slips as OPEC+ stays the course * World stocks go up amid earnings, inflation scares * Dollar eases as euro surges * ECB, BoE meetings on Thursday, U.S. payrolls Friday By Katanga Johnson WASHINGTON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Global stocks staged a recovery on Wednesday as strong earnings from U.S.
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Strong earnings eclipse surging euro zone inflation for now

* Graphic: Global asset performance Link * Graphic: World FX rates Link * Oil near 7 year high * Energy lifts euro zone inflation to record high * Dollar eases as euro surges * Google helps Nasdaq futures jump * ECB, BoE meetings on Thursday, U.S. payrolls Friday By Huw Jones LONDON, Feb 2 (Reuters) - Strong earnings from tech giant Google GOOGL.O gave shares a shot in the arm on Wednesday, helping to counter jitters over the pace of interest rate hikes as record high euro zone inflation piled m
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