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  • *Charter to buy Bright House for about $10 bln. NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stocks ended down on Tuesday in a retreat from the previous session's sharp rally as energy shares declined and the dollar edged up, but the S&P 500 and Nasdaq registered their ninth straight quarterly rise. The S&P Energy index declined 0.9 percent, while shares of Exxon Mobil Corp fell 0.7...

  • Refiner Delek in talks to buy Alon Israel Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 AM ET

    March 31- Refiner Delek US Holdings Inc said it is in talks to buy some or all of Alon Israel Oil Co Ltd, the parent company of Alon USA Energy Inc.. Until recently, Alon Israel- one of Israel's largest fuel station and convenience store operators- owned more than 50 percent of Alon USA's stock. Alon USA's shares were up 5 percent at $16.76 in morning trading on the New...

  • *Charter to buy Bright Hose for about $10 bln. NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stock were poised to open lower on Tuesday, indicating a modest retreat from the previous session's rally, though the S&P 500 remained on track for its ninth straight quarterly rise. Energy shares will continue to be in focus as crude oil fell 1.3 percent to $47.58 per barrel, sending Exxon Mobil Corp...

  • European shares up, head for best quarter in years Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 3:18 AM ET

    LONDON, March 31- European shares edged higher in early trading on Tuesday and headed for their best quarterly performance in several years, with Kingfisher leading the market higher following its plans to sell about 60 B&Q stores in Britain. Shares in Europe's biggest home improvement retailer were up 4.6 percent after the announcement of store closure...

  • *Shanghai, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei shares to rise through 2015. BENGALURU, March 31- Shares in China and other East Asian markets will extend their rally this year, buoyed by additional policy easing expected from Beijing and other regional central banks, a Reuters poll showed. "mainland government has shown a clear attitude in supporting the stock market as it is a...

  • *UnitedHealth unit to buy Catamaran; Horizon to buy Hyperion. Among the deal news, OptumRx Corp, a unit of UnitedHealth Group, agreed to buy pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp in a deal worth $12.78 billion. Shares of UnitedHealth, a Dow component, rose 2.7 percent to $121.17 while U.S. shares of Catamaran added 24 percent to $60.12.

  • March 30- BioDelivery Sciences International Inc said its pain drug failed to meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending the drugmaker's shares down nearly 30 percent. Janney Montgomery Scott LLC's Chiara Russo said the fall in share price was overdone as the company is developing another promising pain drug. Biodelivery, which is developing an opioid...

  • Who's Yoox and why does it want Net-a-Porter? Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 9:40 AM ET
    Net-a-Porter website

    Luxury goods group Richemont has said it is in talks over a potential "business combination" between its online retailer Net-a-Porter and Yoox.

  • Rallying techs help European stocks bounce back Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    *Lafarge drops as two Holcim shareholders reject revised deal. U.S. tech stocks climbed on Friday after news that Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent while Altera shares surged 28.4 percent.

  • TOKYO, March 30- Japan's Nikkei share average rose in choppy trade on Monday as investors bought back stocks on dips after the index tumbled last week, but energy shares underperformed as oil prices extended their losses. The Nikkei benchmark rose 0.7 percent at 19,411.40 after being in negative territory earlier. Oil shares fell, with Inpex Corp dropping 2.5...

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the...

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, making it Intel's biggest purchase and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and...

  • Intel in talks to buy Altera - WSJ Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 3:50 PM ET

    March 27- Chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy Altera Corp, the Wall Street Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Terms of the potential deal and its timing were not known, the Journal said. Shares of Altera, valued at $10.4 billion at Thursday's close, were up 24.5 percent at $43.16 per share on the Nasdaq on Friday.

  • March 26- Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental lead drug was more effective than a placebo in a mid-stage study in patients with a form of fatty liver disease. Several drugmakers, including Gilead Sciences Inc, Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc and France's Genfit SA, are in the race to develop treatments. Conatus estimates that about 2 million...

  • March 26- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Thursday in line with most Asian markets, which dropped due to tension in the Middle East and losses on Wall Street. But oil giants CNOOC and PetroChina bucked the trend, rising 1.5 percent and 0.9 percent respectively, as oil prices shot up nearly 6 percent after Saudi Arabia and Gulf Arab allies started air strikes...

  • China, Hong Kong stocks edge up as energy shares jump Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, March 26- Shares in China and Hong Kong edged higher on Thursday as oil prices bounced, pushing up energy shares. Oil companies including PetroChina, and Offshore Oil Engineering rose, while China CNR Corp and CSR Corp Ltd surged on expectations of imminent merger of the two train-making giants. "After consecutive sessions of rises, fluctuations are...

  • *Asia under pressure as tech stocks drag on Wall St. *Oil up as Saudi Arabia launches military strikes on Yemen rebels. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan eased 0.5 percent.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares slip as soft US data dims mood Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 7:55 PM ET

    *Asia under pressure as tech stocks drag on Wall St. SYDNEY, March 26- Asian shares slipped on Thursday as losses on Wall Street and soft U.S. economic data soured sentiment, while the dollar's bull run looked to have stalled for the time being. A dearth of economic data in Asia meant the path of least resistance was lower and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific...

  • March 25- Red Hat Inc, the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, reported revenue and profit that beat estimates, as the company benefits from higher demand for open-source software and its cloud-based products. Shares of Red Hat, whose customers include Adobe Systems Inc and Verizon Communications Inc, rose 4.5 percent in...

  • ARM leads fallers as FTSE drops away from record high Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index falls 0.4 percent. *Barclays falls after downgrade by Investec. LONDON, March 25- Britain's leading share index gave up early gains on Wednesday, led down by a late drop in chip designer ARM and a fall in Barclays after a broker downgraded the stock.