German business confidence unexpectedly rose in April, signaling optimism that Europe's largest economy will withstand risks from tension in Ukraine to price weakness in the euro area.
Broad selling in tech stocks pulled US markets lower on Wednesday, cutting short a six-day streak of gains by the S&P 500. Boeing, Dow Chemical and Delta Air Lines registered strong gains on better than expected quarterly reports, but their impact was ...
... * Alstom to give update on its prospects on May 7. * GE declines to comment, Bouygues not reachable. * Any bid from foreign group would raise eyebrows in France.
Takeover target Allergan Inc., the company that makes Botox, has adopted a "poison pill" defense intended to delay a buyout by Canadian company Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. and activist investor Bill Ackman.
The euro struggled to make headway on Thursday amid caution before a speech by ECB President Mario Draghi, while the New Zealand dollar rose after the central bank raised interest rates and signalled more tightening.