GLOBAL MARKETS-China reform plans lift world shares to 6-year high

* Hong Kong-listed Chinese shares up 5.7 percent* European rally after early stumble, Wall Street seen higher* Focus again on Fed policy ahead of October minutes* BOJ meets Nov 20/21, to reaffirm aggressive stimulusBy Marc JonesLONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – World shares hit a near six-year high on Monday, boosted by signs of ambitious economic … Read moreGLOBAL MARKETS-China reform plans lift world shares to 6-year high

UPDATE 1-Private equity buyer offers $1.6 bln for Dutch software firm

AMSTERDAM Nov 18 (Reuters) – Advent International offered 1.2 billion euros ($1.6 billion) to take UNIT4 private, which the Dutch business software firm said would help it speed up expansion without the pressures of being listed on the stock market.UNIT4 shares jumped more than 8 percent to a high of 38.18 euros on Monday, just … Read moreUPDATE 1-Private equity buyer offers $1.6 bln for Dutch software firm

European shares advance as DAX hits record high

* DAX sets new record high* FTSEurofirst up 0.4 pct, Euro STOXX 50 rises 0.5 pct* RWE buoyed by broker upgrade* Sonovo surges after raising guidanceBy Sudip Kar-GuptaLONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Germany’s DAX equity market hit a record high on Monday as European shares resumed their rally on the back of an improving outlook … Read moreEuropean shares advance as DAX hits record high

UPDATE 2-Prokhorov buys into Uralkali as Russia seeks to end potash row

* Uralkali had pulled out of Russo-Belarus sales cartel* Deal seeks to calm relations with Belarus* Analysts doubt sales alliance can revive depressed pricesBy Polina DevittMOSCOW, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Russian tycoon Mikhail Prokhorov agreed on Monday to buy Suleiman Kerimov’s 21.75 percent stake in Uralkali, the world’s largest potash miner, in a deal that … Read moreUPDATE 2-Prokhorov buys into Uralkali as Russia seeks to end potash row

Britain’s FTSE flat, but Aberdeen AM shines

* FTSE 100 down 0.1 percent* Aberdeen Asset Management jumps on SWIP purchase, results* Alpari sees resistance for index at 6,700, then 6,717By Tricia WrightLONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Britain’s top shares were flat on Monday, held steady by Aberdeen Asset Management’s deal to buy Scottish Widows Investment Partnership (SWIP) and the firm’s robust results.Aberdeen … Read moreBritain’s FTSE flat, but Aberdeen AM shines

UK banks see increasing risks from housing-BoE survey

LONDON Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:23pm GMT LONDON Nov 18 (Reuters) – A correction in British housing prices was the fastest-growing risk cited by banks in a survey published by the Bank of England on Monday.The central bank’s latest twice-yearly survey of economic threats seen by banks, building societies, insurers and asset managers said the … Read moreUK banks see increasing risks from housing-BoE survey