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  • *Expectations for a "big bang" style revamp not high in Europe. *Market expects a handful of failures from Europe's stress tests. But expectations for a "big bang"- style restructuring of the banking sector are low, given the political sensitivities at play, and instead the market is factoring in just a handful of failures out of the 130 banks set to be tested, with a few...

  • *Europe and China manufacturing beat expectations. *OPEC members unable to agree on cut. LONDON, Oct 23- Brent crude oil rose above $85 a barrel on Thursday on news Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September, even though its overall production grew month on month, and on strong economic data from Europe and China.

  • *ECB bank test results due to be made public at 1100 GMT Sunday. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Oct 23- The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector. They will not be made public until 1100 GMT on...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil rises above $85 on Saudi market supply cut Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    *Saudi Arabia increases output but cuts market supply. *OPEC members unable to agree on cut. LONDON, Oct 23- Brent crude oil rose above $85 a barrel on Thursday on news Saudi Arabia cut its supply to the market in September, even though its overall production grew month on month.

  • *Mercedes-Benz return on sales strongest for 3 yrs. FRANKFURT, Oct 23- Daimler AG lifted sales and profits at its core Mercedes-Benz luxury car division in the third quarter, showing how the group is narrowing the gap with rivals Audi and BMW. Daimler said on Thursday it still expected a significant rise in group core profit for 2014 and that sales of Mercedes-Benz...

  • European authorities aim to purge weak banks Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— Europe's biggest banks are facing a day of judgment as the European Central Bank prepares to unveil the results of a yearlong search through the dark corners of their finances. It's a step that comes none too soon for the struggling economy of the 18- country eurozone. The ECB becomes Europe's top banking supervisor in November, taking over...

  • Watchdog: many countries fall short on bribe rules Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:53 AM ET

    BERLIN— An anti-corruption watchdog says that several of the Group of 20 global economic powers are making little or no effort to enforce rules barring multinational companies from paying bribes abroad, and only Canada has improved significantly in the past year. The group said Thursday only the U.S., Germany, Britain and Switzerland are "actively" enforcing...

  • *OPEC members unable to agree on cut. Growth in Chinese industry quickened to a three-month high in October, with the HSBC/ Markit manufacturing PMI rising to 50.4 from 50.2 in September. "Prices are back under pressure, and the stabilisation could be short-lived," said Carsten Fritsch, oil analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt.

  • *Gulf airlines using Italy as base for expansion. Italy is Europe's fourth largest travel market, one of the world's top tourist destinations and its thriving fashion and leather industry underpin demand for business travel. That is taking passengers away from Germany's Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France-KLM in Europe, and Delta Air Lines and American...

  • Exporters fail on pledge to curb bribery - watchdog Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    *Transparency International says OECD convention largely ignored. BERLIN, Oct 23- Big exporting nations are breaking their pledge to fight corruption in global trade, with more than half of the countries that have signed an anti-bribery convention failing to implement it, a report by Transparency International showed on Thursday. The Berlin- based...

  • Daimler net profit up 49 percent in 3rd quarter Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:34 AM ET

    Daimler AG on Thursday reported a net profit of 2.82 billion euros for the July-September period, a 49- percent rise from last year's 1.9 billion euros. Revenue rose to 33.12 billion euros from 30.1 billion euros. Daimler said it gained 1 billion euros in the quarter from the sale of its stake in Rolls-Royce Power Systems Holding.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 4 Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Under Secretary David Cohen speaks on "Disrupting ISIL's Money Trail" before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington- 1400 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Ben Broadbent gives a speech on monetary policy outlook to Society of Business Economists- 0805 GMT. OTTAWA- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz and Senior...

  • Early Apple computer sells for $905,000 at auction Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:50 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year. "The provenance on the Apple -1 is excellent and the condition is outstanding, so it was not surprising that it did so...

  • BERLIN, Oct 22- Senior lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party heaped criticism on the European Central Bank on Wednesday following a Reuters report that it was considering the purchase of corporate bonds to spur growth. "The Governing Council has taken no such decision," an ECB spokesman said. Hans Michelbach of the Christian Social...

  • German lawmakers rip ECB over corporate bonds report Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:58 AM ET

    BERLIN, Oct 22- Senior lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative party heaped criticism on the European Central Bank on Wednesday following a Reuters report that it was considering the purchase of corporate bonds to spur growth. Hans Michelbach of the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of the CDU, said Draghi was endangering the...

  • *Libyan official calls for OPEC output cut. "The large crude oil build is the dominant feature of the report, making it bearish overall," said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York. Brent has tumbled from $115 in June on abundant supply and concerns that slowing economic growth in Europe and China would hit oil demand.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    LONDON- European shares slip and the euro hit a one-week low as reports that at least 11 banks could fail a region-wide financial health check this weekend offset hopes of corporate bond buying by the ECB. MADRID/ VIENNA- The European Central Bank cautions against speculation over the outcome of its stress tests after a media report says at least 11 banks have...

  • STRASBOURG, France, Oct 22- The European Union will have a new executive in place next month led by Jean-Claude Juncker following its approval in a vote by the European Parliament on Wednesday. Addressing the chamber before his European Commission was approved by 423 votes to 209, the former Luxembourg premier warned that voters were losing patience with EU...

  • *One named bank- Austria's Erste- denies report. MADRID/ VIENNA, Oct 22- The European Central Bank cautioned on Wednesday against speculation over the outcome of its stress tests after a media report said at least 11 banks had failed the landmark financial health checks, driving some banking shares lower. Austria's Erste Group rejected the report from Spanish...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 22- Daimler AG will book a $780 million windfall from the sale of its four percent stake in U.S. electric car maker Tesla Motors, a move late on Tuesday that surprised investors and fuelled speculation of a growing rivalry. The maker of Mercedes-Benz cars invested in Tesla in 2009 as a way of securing cutting edge battery technology.