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  • ATHENS, Greece— Greek farmers protesting planned tax hikes and pension changes have left a central Athens square where they had been camped out since Friday but are vowing to keep protesting until the government listens. The farmers, who had set up 68 blockades with tractors and agricultural vehicles on highways across Greece, will convene Monday to decide how...

  • NEW YORK— Wall Street is hurting, and Main Street doesn't care. It's an about-face from the early years of the economic recovery, which began in 2009, when stocks and big banks were soaring but many on Main Street felt like they were getting left behind. The divergence underway between Main Street and Wall Street highlights the difference between the U.S. stock...

  • Vekselberg is one of Russia's richest men. MUNICH/ MOSCOW, Feb 13- Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg said on Saturday he might buy stakes in some of Russia's miners when they come up for sale, the first oligarch to officially declare in interest in the country's new privatisation drive. Vekselberg, one of Russia's richest men with assets ranging from construction to...

  • *Vekselberg is one of Russia's richest men. MUNICH/ MOSCOW, Feb 13- Billionaire Viktor Vekselberg said on Saturday he might buy stakes in some of Russia's miners when they come up for sale, the first oligarch to officially declare in interest in the country's new privatisation drive. Vekselberg, one of Russia's richest men with assets ranging from construction to...

  • Russia said a ceasefire deal for Syria agreed by major powers was more likely to fail than succeed.

  • *Kerry says Russia must change targets to adhere to peace deal. MUNICH, Feb 13- The United States and France criticised Russia on Saturday for bombing civilians in Syria, a charge Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev rejected as major powers bickered openly a day after agreeing to a pause in combat. Secretary of State John Kerry accused Russia of hitting...

  • MUNICH- RUSSIAN BILLIONAIRE VEKSELBERG SAYS POTENTIALLY INTERESTED IN BUYING STAKES IN DIAMOND MINER ALROSA, OTHER MINERS WHEN ASSETS PRIVATISED.

  • MUNICH- VEKSELBERG SAYS NOT INTERESTED IN ACQUIRING OIL OR GAS STAKES IN RUSSIAN COMPANIES.

  • MUNICH- VEKSELBERG SAYS BUYING STAKES WILL DEPEND ON PRICE, SALES CONDITIONS; SAYS CURRENT PRICES FOR RUSSIAN ASSETS "REASONABLE".

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 27 Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 7:01 PM ET

    BRUSSELS- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at the European Parliament- 1400 GMT. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 WASHINGTON- Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Kashkari speaks at Brookings Institution- 1530 GMT. NEWARK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before the 2016 Economic...

  • *U.S. oil settles up 12 pct on renewed talk of OPEC cut. U.S.-listed shares of Deutsche Bank were up 12 percent at $17.38, while the S&P financial index rallied 4 percent, its largest daily percentage gain since November 2011. "Europe was strong and especially the banks in Europe, and that appeared to have some positive carryover effect on sentiment towards banking...

  • *U.S. oil settles up 12 pct on renewed talk of OPEC cut. U.S.-listed shares of Deutsche Bank were up 11.3 percent at $17.27, while the S&P financial index rallied 3.8 percent. "Europe was strong, especially the banks, and that appeared to have some positive carryover effect on banking stocks here in the U.S.," said John Carey, portfolio manager at Pioneer Investment...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- The Bank of Japan designed its new negative interest rates to avoid hurting bank profits, and the recent drop in bank stocks is "overdone," the BOJ's deputy governor said on Friday in what amounted to a defense of last month's shock policy decision. Hiroshi Nakaso, seeking to explain the move to bankers and investors in New York, said that while a key...

  • 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...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- American and British regulators are likely to charge several banks with rigging interest rates, including Citigroup, the third-largest U.S. bank, and London- based HSBC Holdings, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority were preparing a final round of...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- American and British regulators are likely to charge several banks including Citigroup, the third-largest U.S. bank, and London- based HSBC Holdings, in an interest-rigging probe, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

  • Swedbank’s ex-chief reported to prosecutors Friday, 12 Feb 2016 | 12:52 PM ET

    The former chief executive has been reported to Sweden’s economic-crime prosecutor over alleged market abuse, the FT reports.

  • LONDON— A British factory-owner has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for employing Hungarian workers for as little as 10 pounds a week. Mohammed Rafiq's company Kozee Sleep made beds for major retailers including Next and John Lewis, and was supposed to abide by their ethical-trading policies. Sentencing him Friday at northern England's Leeds Crown...

  • *Market lifted by UAE comments on potential coordinated OPEC cut. NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. crude prices jumped more than 10 percent on Friday after a report once again suggested OPEC might resort to a production cut to reduce the world glut, and resilient stock markets added to the risk appetite in oil. The UAE's comments, coming after vain efforts earlier in the week by...

  • *Market lifted by UAE comments on potential coordinated OPEC cut. NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. crude prices jumped 12 percent on Friday after a report once again suggested OPEC might resort to a production cut to reduce the world glut, and resilient stock markets and the euro added to the risk appetite in oil. The UAE's comments, coming after vain efforts earlier in the week...