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  • March 20- Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is in advanced talks with private equity firms including TPG Capital Management LP to raise funds that would value the company at about $10 billion, a person briefed on the matter said Thursday.

  • MUMBAI, March 20- Toyota Motor Corp's Indian unit has decided to end a lock out at its two local vehicle plants, five days after declaring a suspension of production due to a pay dispute with workers.

  • March 20- Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is in advanced talks with private equity firms including TPG Capital Management LP to raise funds that would value the company at about $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

  • *Blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 seen adding 7.3 pct by end-2014. *Germany's DAX seen trailing, Italy's FTSE MIB surging. Germany's DAX will underperform, however, hurt in part by its strong exposure to troubled emerging markets, which have seen big swings in the value of their currencies.

  • *FTSE 100 index to end 2014 at record high of 7,065. The poll, conducted over the past week, showed the blue-chip FTSE 100 index will climb to a new life-time high of 7,065 points by the end of 2014, over 7 percent higher than Wednesday's close of 6,573 points. By the middle of 2014, the FTSE 100 index is forecast to reach 6,820 points.

  • March 20- Online home-rental marketplace Airbnb Inc is in advanced talks with private equity firms including TPG Capital Management LP to raise funds that would value the company at about $10 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

  • March 20- Private equity and asset management firm Apollo Global Management LLC said Marc Spilker would step down as president and member of the executive committee. Spilker, 49, graduated with degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Apollo Global President Marc Spilker to step down Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    March 20- Private equity and asset management firm Apollo Global Management LLC said Marc Spilker will step down as president and member of the executive committee.

  • March 20- ConAgra Foods Inc's quarterly profit beat analysts' lowered estimates and the maker of Hunt's tomato ketchup and Slim Jim beef jerky maintained its full-year earnings forecast.

  • The halt announced on Thursday was for enrollments in a trial sponsored by Mayo Clinic, and comes a week after the FDA ordered Geron to cease company-sponsored trials of the drug over similar concerns. The FDA on March 12 had ordered a complete halt to trials that were testing imetelstat to treat thrombocythemia and multiple myeloma, two forms of blood cancer.

  • March 20- Lennar Corp reported a 36 percent jump in quarterly profit as it sold more homes at higher prices but said it was too soon to predict the strength of the spring selling season. Lennar's shares rose about 3.5 percent in premarket trading.

  • March 20- Business research and information firm IHS Inc reported better-than-expected first-quarter results, helped by contract wins in its non-subscription businesses.

  • MUMBAI, March 20- Toyota Motor Corp's Indian unit said on Thursday it had suspended some workers for misconduct at its domestic plants, which have been closed since Sunday over a pay dispute.

  • *Asia-Pacific revenue rises 12.4 pct. March 20- Premier Farnell Plc, a distributor of small electronics and electronic parts, reported an 8.4 percent rise in full-year pretax profit, helped by higher-than-expected sales in emerging markets like China and India in the second half of the year.

  • Medical transcription firm M*Modal files for bankruptcy Thursday, 20 Mar 2014 | 3:41 AM ET

    March 20- Medical transcription company M* Modal filed for bankruptcy protection on Thursday as the firm owned by J.P. Morgan Chase& Co's private-equity arm seeks to reduce debt.

  • March 20- Premier Farnell Plc, a distributor of small electronics and electronic parts, reported an 8 percent rise in full-year pretax profit, helped by strong sales in emerging markets in the second half of the year.

  • March 20- A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, U.S. court documents showed.

  • Jahangir Aziz, Head of EM Asia Economic Research at JP Morgan, explains his two-stage strategy to help investors examine what's spurring the recent rally in the Indian markets.

  • DIARY - Emerging Markets Economic Events to April 1 Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    Mar 20- For other related diaries, please. MUMBAI, India- The Reserve Bank of India Deputy Governor Kamalesh Chandra Chakrabarty will give a keynote address at an industry event- 0330 GMT. SANTIAGO- Chile Central Bank President Rodrigo Vergara Montes and Finance Minister Alberto Arenas will give presentations at a business forum- 1230 GMT.

  • 3D printer maker ExOne posts surprise quarterly loss Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 6:37 PM ET

    March 19- 3 D printer maker ExOne Co reported a surprise quarterly loss as it sold fewer high-margin printers and the company forecast 2014 revenue below analysts' estimates. ExOne's gross margin fell to 30.9 percent in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from 49 percent a year earlier.