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  • NEW YORK, Dec 30- A wave of risk aversion swept through global markets on Tuesday, with light volume magnifying moves, as end-of-year trades focused on worries about Greece's future in the euro zone, pushing shares lower and lifting the safe-haven yen, silver and gold. An MSCI gauge of stocks in major markets fell 0.6 percent, weighed by a 1.6 percent drop in Tokyo's...

  • Dec 29- Carl Icahn reported a 7.7 percent stake in Manitowoc Co Inc, and became the second activist investor this year to push for a splitup of the company's crane and foodservice equipment businesses. Manitowoc's shares rose 11 percent to $23.25 before the bell on Monday. Ralph Whitworth's Relational Investors urged the company to spin off the foodservice...

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 29- Shares in companies related to the Shanghai free trade zone rose sharply on Monday after an announcement late on Friday that the scope of the zone would be expanded dramatically. Shares in Shanghai Zhangjiang Hi-tech Park Development Co and Shanghai Jinqiao Export Processing Zone Development Co rose to close to their 10 percent upward daily...

  • China stocks close up, led by financial shares Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 3.3 percent, to 3,445.84 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 2.8 percent, to 3,157.60 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Bank Of China, up 2.7 percent to 3.82 yuan; GD Power, down 1.1 percent to 4.65 yuan and China State Construction Engineering Co, down...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 23- Shares of Israel's Bank Leumi jumped nearly 4 percent on Tuesday after it agreed to pay $400 million to settle two separate investigations into whether it helped its American clients evade U.S. taxes. "We expect to see upward moves in the stocks as the settlement with U.S. authorities should lift a major overhang from the shares," said Barclays...

  • Walgreen profit rises 16% on record prescriptions Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 9:23 AM ET
    A Walgreens store is shown in Homestead, Fla.

    U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a record number of prescriptions filled.

  • Walgreen profit rises 16 pct on record prescriptions Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    Dec 23- U.S. drugstore chain operator Walgreen Co reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by a record number of prescriptions filled. Net income attributable to the company rose to $809 million, or 85 cents per share, in the first quarter ended Nov. 30, from $695 million, or 72 cents per share, a year earlier. Walgreen's shares were up 2 percent at $76 in...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 23- Hong Kong shares edged down on Tuesday, erasing gains from the morning session, dragged down by the financial sector. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CGN Power Co Ltd, up 1.2 percent at HK $3.51 Bank Of China, down 2.1 percent at HK $4.24 and AVIC International Holding HK Ltd, up 21.0 percent at HK $0.75.

  • *Company to test combination hep C drug in 2015. Dec 22- Data from Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc's hepatitis C drug trials showed the company could develop a shorter-duration treatment rivaling offerings from Gilead Sciences Inc and Abbvie Inc.. The biotechnology company's shares rose as much as 17 percent to $16.77, their highest in more than seven years.

  • SHANGHAI, Dec 22- China stocks closed up on Monday in volatile trade as electrical utilities rose and banks spiked, but gains were capped by news that the stock regulator was investigating a group of small-cap shares. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 0.3 percent, to 3,394.48 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 22- Spanish infrastructure group Ferrovial SA has ended talks for a A $1.02 billion takeover of Transfield Services Ltd after the Australian company rejected a sweetened takeover offer. Transfield shares fell to a two-month low after Ferrovial said it was walking away from a deal. They were down 16.7 percent at A $1.50 at 0020 GMT.

  • Dec 19- Shares of cancer drug developer Juno Therapeutics Inc soared as much as 65 percent in their market debut on Friday, capping a big year for biotech IPOs. Shares were priced at $24 per share, above the expected $21- $23. As of Sept. 30, Seattle- based Juno had raised about $314 million in private venture funding from investors including Amazon.com Inc co-founder...

  • Dec 19- Shares of Juno Therapeutics Inc, a biopharmaceutical company working on cancer treatments, rose as much as 64.5 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $3 billion. The stock touched a high of $39.50 shortly after trading started on the Nasdaq on Friday. The offering was priced at $24 per share, above the raised range of $21- $23.

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a small adjusted third-quarter profit and returned to positive cash flow, but shares fell as revenue declined more than expected. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of expectations. Colin Gillis, tech analyst at BGC Partners in New York, said BlackBerry Chief Executive...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after two-day rally Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    *Brent edges above $60 a barrel. *Brent crude oil rose above $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a 5-1/ 2- year low while WTI crude advanced 1.7 percent to $55.02. *Cerus Corp shares jumped 13.6 percent to $7 before the opening bell after the company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its blood transfusion device for platelets.

  • EBay CEO to get $23M exit package after PayPal split Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:33 AM ET
    John Donahoe, CEO, EBay

    EBay Chief Executive John Donahoe will get an exit package worth an estimated $23 million after the company splits from PayPal next year.

  • Dec 18- Red Hat Inc, the world's largest commercial distributor of the Linux operating system, raised its profit forecast for the full year after reporting quarterly revenue and profit above market expectations, boosted by strong growth in subscriptions. Shares of Red Hat, which counts IBM Corp, Dell Inc and Alcatel-Lucent SA among its customers, were up 10.6...

  • Dec 18- Kraft Foods Group Inc on Thursday said Tony Vernon would retire as chief executive officer later this month, with Chairman John Cahill succeeding him as the company battles sluggish demand for packaged food products in the United States. Kraft shares rose 6.4 percent to close at $63.38, an all-time high since the company was spun off from Mondelez...