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  • *Online polls suggest EU referendum will be tight race. LONDON, Feb 14- If you believe online polls, Britain's looming referendum on whether to quit the European Union will be a tight race that the "out" camp could win. The EU risks losing its second-biggest economy and one of its two main military powers, while the consequences for Britain in terms of trade, growth and...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 2:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • Britain, France and Germany are among the countries to have asked the European Commission to help Europe's steel industry, which is suffering from falling prices and cheap imports from China and Russia. On Friday, the European Commission announced investigations into whether seamless pipes, heavy plates and hot-rolled flat steel are sold into Europe at...

  • EU Commission proposals go beyond international guidelines. BRUSSELS, Feb 12- New rules to tackle multinationals' tax avoidance should not go beyond the scope of international guidelines, European Union finance ministers said on Friday, raising concerns about some of the proposals made by the European Commission in January. To reduce corporations' tax...

  • The documents show that EU policy makers are preparing to make unprecedented use of an emergency provision by declaring that Greece is failing to sufficiently protect it border. Some 2,000 people are still arriving daily on Greek islands in smugglers' boats from Turkey, most of them keen to move deeper into Europe to wealthier countries like Germany and...

  • WITHAM, England, Feb 12- Striding through a housing estate in the drizzle to hand out leaflets, 52- year-old builder Kevin Lovett throws up his arms in despair as he rails against the deceit he sees at the heart of the European Union. Pitching their dream of a proud Britain breaking free from a German-dominated bloc, the "Out" campaigners cast leading pro-Europeans...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- "The aluminum market continues to, in our view, face the greatest bearish fundamental shock in a generation, and perhaps, in its history." The Wall Street heavyweight is now projecting aluminum will trade at $1,350 per tonne on a 12- month horizon, down from its previous estimate of $1,550. On the London Metal Exchange three-month metal is today trading...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 11- When British Prime Minister David Cameron meets fellow EU leaders in Brussels in a week, they will argue over stubborn differences on a broadly agreed text on EU reform to help keep Britain in the bloc. One of only two EU states neither to use the euro nor be bound to adopt it in time, Britain stands alone in insisting there will never be just one...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 2:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • BRUSSELS— Greece and its international creditors are still weeks away from any possible agreement about the targets that Athens must meet to secure billions to rebuild its shattered economy. He said technical-level talks must continue at a good pace so senior officials can return to Athens "and reach agreement in a few weeks. In return for a bailout worth...

  • Portugal's fellow euro states keep wary eye on its budget Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 11:39 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— Portugal's fellow states in the 19- nation eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its new government's plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc's top executive and Germany both warning the country not to miss deficit targets. Although Portugal has received conditional approval for its budget from the European Commission, German...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Sterling fell to a 15- month low against a basket of currencies on Thursday, as investors fretted about slowing global growth prospects and their impact on the UK economy, with some pricing in risks of an interest rate cut in Britain. Interest rate markets are not pricing in a Bank of England rate hike until 2020. Sterling was down 0.5 percent against...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- "The aluminium market continues to, in our view, face the greatest bearish fundamental shock in a generation, and perhaps, in its history." The Wall Street heavyweight is now projecting aluminium will trade at $1,350 per tonne on a 12- month horizon, down from its previous estimate of $1,550. On the London Metal Exchange three-month metal is today...

  • Wabco beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 9:47 AM ET

    BRUSSELS _ Wabco Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $98.7 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.36 per share. Wabco expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.30 to $5.80 per share.

  • *Wall Street expected to open down 1.7 percent. *Hong Kong shares lead Asia equity markets lower. Wall Street was expected to open almost 2 percent lower.

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Sterling fell to a 15- month low against a basket of currencies on Thursday, diving almost 3 percent against the safe-haven yen, as nervous investors fretted about global growth and were pricing in a chance of a interest rate cut in Britain. Interest rate markets are not pricing in a Bank of England rate hike until 2020. Sterling was down 0.9 percent...

  • EU chief fears copycat 'Brexit' referendums Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 3:27 AM ET

    Other EU leaders are ready to copy David Cameron’s referendum tactics for their own “egotistic goals”, the European Council president has said. The FT reports.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 24 Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England deputy governors, Jon Cunliffe and Andrew Bailey, to appear at Lords committee on euro zone financial system- 1130 GMT. SYDNEY- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens appears before the House of Representatives' Standing Committee on Economics in his twice yearly parliamentary testimony- 2230 GMT. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve...

  • *Asahi eyes overseas expansion beer sales fall in Japan. TOKYO/ LONDON, Feb 10- Asahi Group Holdings Ltd is in exclusive talks to buy SABMiller's Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime beer brands for 2.55 billion euros, it said on Wednesday, as the Japanese company aims to offset slow growth at home. With Peroni, Grolsch and Meantime, Asahi would get sizeable footholds in the...

  • NATO, EU sign agreement on cyberdefense cooperation Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 10:17 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— NATO and the European Union have signed an agreement to improve cooperation in cyberdefense, which NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg called a concrete example of the two Brussels- based organizations joining forces to counter modern forms of hybrid warfare. The technical agreement, signed at NATO headquarters on Wednesday, establishes a...