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  • Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn said the group's strong cash generation meant it would now pay out 95 pence a share to investors in April rather than July. However, shares in Persimmon were down 4.4 percent at 1,635 pence at 0927 GMT, the biggest fall in the FTSE 100 index, with Liberum analysts saying investors were disappointed more of the capital return was not...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 24- A six-session winning streak for Hong Kong stocks ended on Tuesday, as HSBC Plc and casino shares sank while some investors locked in gains ahead of major 2014 earnings reports later this week. Hong Kong- listed shares of HSBC dropped 3.5 percent in their biggest fall in 18 months after the UK emerging markets-focused bank reported a...

  • Feb 23- First Solar Inc and SunPower Corp said they were in advanced talks to form a joint venture, which will hold some of their power-generating assets. The solar companies said they intend to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the "yield co.". First Solar's shares rose 10.4 percent,...

  • Feb 23- The Dow and S&P 500 ended lower on Monday, easing off recent record highs as lower oil prices dragged down energy shares, while the Nasdaq ended higher for a ninth session, helped by gains in Apple Inc shares.

  • Feb 23- Rare disease drugmaker PTC Therapeutics Inc is exploring a potential sale amid takeover interest from several pharmaceutical companies, including Shire Plc and BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. The stock of PTC Therapeutics, which has a market valuation of roughly $2 billion, rose as much as 25 percent to...

  • Two metals and mining giants in $3.1B merger Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:35 AM ET
    Technicians install solar panels on a house in Mission Viejo, Calif.

    Metals and mining companies Grupo FerroAtlantica and Globe Specialty Metals have entered an agreement to combine their businesses.

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade lower after index heavyweight HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit, sending its shares 5.5 percent lower. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • LONDON, Feb 23- European shares rose on Monday, with Germany's share index hitting a new all-time high and Britain's FTSE trading just below a record peak after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index rose 0.2 percent to 6,931.21 points by 0807 GMT after, not far from its record peak of 6,950.60 scaled in...

  • *Priceline rallies after results, Wal-Mart down. NEW YORK, Feb 19- The Nasdaq rose for a seventh straight session on Thursday as Priceline shares jumped, while the Dow and S&P 500 eased following declines in energy shares and a disappointing outlook from Wal-Mart. A drop in shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc weighed down the Dow after the company cut its sales outlook,...

  • *Reports Q4 rev of $1.68 bln vs est $1.7 bln. *Q4 adj EPS of $0.43/ shr vs est $0.41. Feb 19- Discovery Communications Inc, the owner of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, said better pricing would help its U.S. advertising revenue improve in 2015, and forecast continuing strong growth in its international networks.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to flat open, crude oil falls Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Priceline shares rally in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wall Street Thursday, with major indexes near record levels, as investors continued to digest ongoing uncertainty over Greece. Exxon Mobil fell 1.2 percent to $89.95 in premarket trading while Halliburton Co was off 2.2 percent to $43.43 and...

  • Feb 19- U.S. drinks can maker Ball Corp agreed to buy British rival Rexam Plc in a sweetened 4.43 billion pounds deal, creating an industry giant that can better manage capital spending and costs as aluminium premiums rise. Shares in Rexam, which makes cans for Coca-Cola Co and Anheuser-Busch InBev, rose more than 6 percent to 571.5 pence in early trading before...

  • BRIEF-REXAM SHARES UP 4.469 PCT ON BALL CORP'S 4.43 BLN STG. Feb 19- Shares In Rexam Plc. *Open up 4.469 percent after co says Ball Corp makes a cash-and-stock offer that values the it at about 4.43 billion pounds.

  • *TSX ends down 71.86 points, or 0.47 percent, at 15,212.75. TORONTO, Feb 18- Canada's main stock index slipped on Wednesday, its first decline in six sessions, as shares of oil and gas companies were weighed down by the stalling momentum of a recent rally in the price of oil. "If the dollar backs off a little bit and crude oil continues to gain some traction at these prices,...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 18- Brazilian steelmaker Usiminas posted a net loss of 117 million reais in the fourth quarter due to low steel demand from a stalling local economy and falling iron ore prices, the company said on Wednesday after delaying its results for several days. Shares of Usinas Siderurgicas de Minas Gerais SA, as the company is formally known, were up 4.4...

  • BUZZ -Enphase Energy Inc: Strong Q4 results Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 9:40 AM ET

    BUZZ- ENPHASE ENERGY INC: STRONG Q4 RESULTS@** Shares of maker of microinverters for solar industry. up 4.9 pct at $14.60 in early trading. **Reports higher-than-expected Q4 profit and revenue, mainly driven by 48 pct jump in revenue and stronger gross margins.

  • Fossil Group revenue, profit misses; shares fall Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 4:38 PM ET

    Feb 17- Fashion accessories retailer Fossil Group Inc reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit due to a decline in leather and watch sales in North America, and forecast a 7.5 percent fall in sales in the first quarter. Net income attributable to Fossil rose to $154.1 million, or $3.00 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 3 from $148.5...

  • Feb 17- Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co, the largest U.S. tire maker, reported a slightly better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by lower rubber and oil prices. The company, whose brands include Goodyear, Dunlop, Sava and Fulda, said its cost of sales fell 9 percent in the fourth quarter compared with the same quarter of 2013.. Goodyear, whose shares rose more than 4...

  • Feb 17- U.S. coal miner Walter Energy Inc reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss as it sold less metallurgical coal after suspending mining operations in Canada. Walter Energy also forecast metallurgical coal sales to fall to 8.5 MMTs to 9 MMTs in 2015 from $9.7 MMTs in 2014, helping to send its shares down more than 8 percent to $1.00 in premarket...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 17- China shares rose to three-week highs on Tuesday, lead by gains in property firms after data showed some signs housing prices were starting to stabilize in the biggest cities. Average new home prices in China's 70 major cities fell 0.4 percent in January from December, a ninth straight monthly drop, but price falls in Beijing and Shanghai eased,...