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  • RIO DE JANEIRO— The bottom seems to have fallen out of Brazil's economy, with the government reporting Friday that the gross domestic product plunged 1.9 percent in the second quarter alone, once again throwing the nation into a technical recession. Like most Latin American nations, Brazil has been hurt by the plunge in commodity prices and the slowdown in China,...

  • Brooks back as News UK CEO after hacking scandal Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 3:49 PM ET
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    Rebekah Brooks will make a return to News Corp as CEO of its UK division after being cleared of charges related to a hacking probe, FT reports.

  • *Refinery outages, Yemen tensions and storm watch fuel gains. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. crude rose 6 percent on Friday, notching its first weekly gain in two months, after a rally in gasoline from refinery outages and concerns about strife in Yemen fed a second frenzied day of short-covering in oil. "A severely oversold and shorted oil market is creating a bid for covering...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 28- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on Friday that will likely place Moscow's second-largest airport, Sheremetyevo, under the control of his businessman friend Arkady Rotenberg, an industry source said. Sheremetyevo, home to Russia's flagship airline Aeroflot, has fallen behind privately owned Moscow rival Domodedovo in terms...

  • *Refinery outages, Yemen tensions and storm watch fuel gains. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. crude jumped as much as 7 percent on Friday as a rally in gasoline prices from refinery outages and concern about strife in Yemen prompted traders to scramble for a second day to cover short positions. U.S. crude's front-month was up $2.25, or 5.3 percent, at $44.81 a barrel by 1:46 p.m....

  • Ian Rogers, part of a team acquired last year, is leaving Apple to take a job at an unidentified company in Europe. Apple's $3 billion acquisition of Beats last year was driven in large part by the iPhone maker's desire to draw upon the musical chops of Rogers, longtime recording executive Jimmy Iovine and hip hop artist Dr. Apple Inc. says 11 million people have...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases second-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The nearly two-month-long slide in oil prices to 6-1/ 2 year-lows has been a boon to many so-called systematic funds, which trade based on technical signals or computer algorithms rather than fundamentals. While most market commentary has focused on the persistent glut in the global market caused by unrelenting OPEC output and surprisingly...

  • *Soybeans firm on dry U.S. weather outlook. *Corn clings to modest gains in choppy trade. Soybeans rose on worries about dry weather in parts of the Midwest and spillover support from a strong rally in crude oil.

  • *Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. LONDON, Aug 28- European stocks closed out a rollercoaster week with modest gains on Friday, although a leading regional equity index was still on track for its worst month in four years due to underlying concerns over China. Fears of a global economic slowdown, which intensified after China devalued its...

  • Aug 28- The oil market's 10 percent surge on Thursday offered a visceral reminder that many of its most active participants could not care less about global oil inventories, Saudi Arabia's stressed finances or the American shale revolution. For dozens of commodity trading advisors from Rotterdam to Chicago, so-called "systematic" funds that typically use...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The dollar rose to one-week highs on Friday, for a fourth straight session of gains, on rate-hike remarks by a senior Fed official and generally positive U.S. data that supported the notion the world's largest economy was on a stable growth path. The index extended gains after Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said the U.S. central bank...

  • *Gasoline rally, Yemen tensions and storm watch fuel gains. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. crude jumped 6 percent on Friday as a rally in gasoline prices and air raids in Yemen prompted traders to scramble for a second day to cover short positions, while market players also kept an eye on a storm that appeared to be approaching the oil-rich U.S. U.S. crude's front-month was up...

  • MOSCOW, Aug 28- Russian consumer electronics and white goods retailer M.video said its online sales surged in the past week as a renewed weakening in the rouble prompted some consumers to splash out on durable goods. The rouble fell sharply against the dollar on Aug. 24, approaching its 2015 low, as prices of oil, Russia's chief export, skidded.

  • But a counter flow- call it "quantitative tightening"- is gathering force as China sells foreign exchange reserves to protect its economy and markets from the recent surge of capital out of the country. Analysts at Citi estimate that global FX reserves have been depleted at an average pace of $59 billion a month in the past year or so, and closer to $100 billion over...

  • Europe ends mixed, with investors cautious Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    European markets closed mixed on Friday, while investors remained vigilant after a roller-coaster week in global equity markets.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The short-covering frenzy in global oil markets extended for a second straight day on Friday, pushing U.S. crude up as much as 5 percent in morning trade, getting extra support from a rally in gasoline futures, before both began consolidating. "A severely oversold and shorted oil market is creating a bid for covering in U.S. crude," said Chris Jarvis,...

  • BICESTER, England— The designer outlet mall of Bicester Village is set in the English countryside near Oxford, but it might as well be in China. In the Burberry store, many try on the brand's signature trench coats, which go for at least 600 pounds after discounts. He came from Shanghai to Europe with a group of about 30 colleagues to shop and do some sight-seeing.

  • WARSAW, Poland— Poland's defense ministry says the country has reached a preliminary agreement with Bulgaria to modernize the Balkan country's Soviet-era fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets. The deal comes as Bulgaria seeks to reduce its reliance on Russia in light of the Ukraine crisis, which has made many countries across the former Soviet bloc nervous.

  • *Dollar index on track for largest weekly gain in a month. NEW YORK, Aug 28- The dollar gained for a fourth straight session on Friday, buoyed by calmer financial markets and generally positive U.S. data that supported the notion that the world's largest economy was on a stable growth path. "Overall, markets are finally starting to calm down and the economic data is...