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  • UPDATE 4-Oil steadies below $79 as market doubts OPEC cut Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 5:16 AM ET

    *OPEC needs to show unity in face of oversupply- Iran. LONDON, Nov 26- Brent crude oil steadied below $79 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia signalled it was unlikely to push for a major change in OPEC oil output despite a collapse in prices. Oil prices have dropped by a third since June and some OPEC members have called for the cartel to reduce production sharply...

  • *Platinum, palladium traders sued by jewelry maker. NEW YORK, Nov 25- Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Germany's BASF SE and two other big platinum and palladium dealers have been sued in the United States in what the plaintiff's law firm called the first nationwide class action over alleged price-fixing of the metals. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District...

  • Germany to require 30 pct women in top boardrooms Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:53 AM ET

    BERLIN— Germany's coalition government wants major companies to have at least 30 percent women on its supervisory boards. The leaders of Germany's Social Democrats and Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc agreed on the measure at a late-night meeting Tuesday. Currently women hold just 22 percent of non-executive positions on the boards of...

  • UPDATE 3-Oil slips towards $78 as market doubts OPEC cut Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:08 AM ET

    *OPEC needs to show unity in face of oversupply- Iran. LONDON, Nov 26- Brent crude oil fell towards $78 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said the oil market "will stabilise itself eventually", ahead of a key OPEC meeting to discuss production in response to falling oil prices. Oil prices have dropped roughly 30 percent since June and predictions...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 26- At a technology fair in Moscow last month, European executives faced the new reality of doing business in Russia since the West imposed sanctions: the number of companies at the international showcase had shrunk by half from a year ago. The company lost Russia's biggest shipbuilder as a client when the United States and the European Union...

  • *Deal gives Steinhoff exposure to African clothing market. JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25- South Africa's Steinhoff International will buy clothing retailer Pepkor in a $5.7 billion deal that gives the budget furniture firm exposure to Africa's fast-growing apparel market and strengthens its business in eastern Europe. The 62.8 billion rand cash and share deal will...

  • *German Q3 GDP up 0.1 percent, in line with flash estimate. *Private consumption posts biggest rise in three years. BERLIN, Nov 25- A sharp rise in private consumption more than compensated for stubborn weakness in investment to help the German economy post modest growth in the third quarter and avoid a technical recession, data showed on Tuesday.

  • *OPEC meets in Vienna on Thursday to discuss production. LONDON, Nov 25- Brent crude oil prices steadied under $80 a barrel on Tuesday ahead of a key meeting of OPEC oil producers to decide on oil production levels for next year. Several OPEC members want the group to cut production dramatically to ease a global supply glut, but Saudi Arabia, the biggest exporter,...

  • *German Q3 GDP up 0.1 percent, in line with flash estimate. BERLIN, Nov 25- A sharp rise in private consumption more than compensated for stubborn weakness in investment, helping the German economy post modest growth in the third quarter and avoid recession, data showed on Tuesday. Germany's Federal Statistics Office confirmed an earlier flash estimate showing a...

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Dec 8 Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Europlace Financial Forum in Tokyo. Banque de France Governor Christian Noyer, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron and Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Hiroshi Nakaso to attend. SYDNEY- RBA Deputy Governor Philip Lowe speaks at the Annual Australian Business Economists Conference dinner in Sydney- 0905 GMT.

  • AMSTERDAM/ FRANKFURT, Nov 24 (Reuters)- ASML, the world's second largest maker of semiconductor production equipment, said on Monday it could nearly double annual sales to 10 billion euros ( $12 billion) by 2018-- or up to two years later if customers put off buying its latest machines. ASML is working to introduce a new generation of' extreme ultraviolet' (EUV) tools which...

  • LONDON, Nov 24- If the world's biggest central banks were actually coordinating a global monetary policy, they could scarcely do a better job of convincing financial markets right now. Three weeks on, European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi insists his bank will move "as fast as possible" to raise euro zone inflation using all means available- something...

  • ECB official calls for gov't action to help growth Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Germany— A member of the European Central Bank's rate-setting council has said monetary policy cannot boost long-term growth and called for reforms by governments to make the weak economy more investment-friendly. Jens Weidmann said in the text of a speech in Madrid on Monday that low interest rates and stimulus measures can boost short-term...

  • Tesla in talks to team up with BMW: Elon Musk Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    Tesla is in talks with BMW over a possible collaboration in batteries and lightweight components, Tesla's CEO told German weekly Der Spiegel.

  • UPDATE 1-German business morale rebounds in November Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:36 AM ET

    BERLIN, Nov 24- German business sentiment rebounded in November, breaking a streak of six straight declines, in a sign that Europe's largest economy may be gaining some momentum again after narrowly avoiding a recession in the third quarter. The Ifo's business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 104.7 from 103.2 in the previous...

  • German business confidence up after long decline Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:15 AM ET

    BERLIN— A closely-watched survey shows German business confidence rose in November, putting an end to six consecutive months of declines. The German economy has been held back by slower demand in key export market China, and by worries about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Germany's economy shrank 0.1 percent in the second quarter but returned to...

  • German business morale rebounds in November Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    BERLIN, Nov 24- German business sentiment rebounded in November, breaking a streak of six straight declines, in a sign Europe's largest economy is gaining momentum again after narrowly avoiding a recession in the third quarter. The Ifo's business climate index, based on a monthly survey of some 7,000 firms, rose to 104.7 from 103.2 in the previous month, the Munich-...

  • Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, talks about Germany's IFO Business Climate Index for November, saying that having "positive German numbers" is a turnaround that both the country and Europe needs.

  • SYDNEY, Nov 24- Asian share markets were broadly higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding. "China's rate cut adds to the determination of global policy makers to avoid deflation and support growth," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at fund manager AMP...

  • *Sources say China ready to ease further after rate cut. SYDNEY, Nov 24- Asian share markets followed the dollar higher on Monday as the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe whetted risk appetites while sending the euro skidding. The single currency was matching 28- month lows in early trade having shed 1.2 percent on Friday when European...