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.
New York - US stocks dipped on Wednesday to snap a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech sector.
... * 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.