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  • *HSBC upbeat on emerging mkts but says 2014 may be volatile. LONDON, Feb 24- HSBC missed market expectations with a 9 percent increase in annual profit and warned of greater volatility in emerging markets this year, sending shares in Europe's biggest bank to a 15- month low.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- For U.S. stock investors, the main event will be Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's return trip this week to Capitol Hill. Wall Street will hang on her every word about the weather, of all things, when she goes before the Senate Banking Committee to complete her semi-annual testimony about monetary policy.

  • Feb 21- Shares of Isis Pharmaceuticals reached a new high on Friday after the company said early trials of its experimental treatment for a rare spinal disorder showed that it increased muscle function in children and kept infants with the most severe form of the disease alive and off ventilators.

  • *Aegon gains 4 pct, Vodafone rises 1.7 pct. LONDON, Feb 21- European shares edged higher in cautious trading on Friday, with France's CAC 40 hitting a 5-1/ 2- year peak as investors took their lead from gains on Wall Street and in Asia after robust U.S. factory data.

  • *Vodafone rises 2.8 pct, top gainer. LONDON, Feb 21- European shares climbed higher on Friday, with France's CAC 40 hitting a 5-1/ 2- year peak, as investors took their lead from stronger equities on Wall Street and in Asia following robust U.S. factory data. France's CAC was up 0.1 percent after hitting a level not seen since 2008..

  • *Adjusted profit of $8.85 compares with analyst estimate of $8.29. Feb 20- Priceline.com, the online travel agency known for its name-your-own-price auctions, posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, boosting shares in extended trading.

  • Feb 20- Daily deals website Groupon Inc forecast a surprise loss for the current quarter as it spends more on marketing, sending its shares down more than 13 percent in extended trading.

  • Coca-Cola CFO Gary Fayard to retire Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    Feb 20- Coca-Cola Co said Chief Financial Officer Gary Fayard would retire in May after serving the company for more than 20 years. Coke's shares were up 0.72 percent at $37.37 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

  • TORONTO, Feb 20- Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc reported weaker-than-expected results on Thursday, hurt by slowing growth, but its stock jumped as it hiked its dividend and made plans to buy back up to C $440 million in shares.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 20- Shares in German travel group TUI AG dropped 5 percent on Thursday following the sale of a 15.7 percent stake by its second-largest shareholder, John Fredriksen, who had been pushing for a merger with London- listed TUI Travel.

  • Shanghai shares slip from 2-month high, Sinopec surges Thursday, 20 Feb 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Feb 20- Shanghai shares slipped from a two-month high on Thursday, as a weak private survey of February manufacturing activity outweighed robust gains for Sinopec Corp stemming from the first signs of reform at a state-owned enterprise. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings shed 0.9 percent.

  • *Shin group, AIS, Thaicom shares also fall for second day. BANGKOK, Feb 20- Shares in companies linked to the family of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fell on Thursday after anti-government protesters launched online campaigns to boycott goods and services connected to these firms.

  • Feb 19- Onconova Therapeutics Inc said its experimental blood disorder drug did not meet the main goal of a late-stage trial, sending its shares down 45 percent in extended trading. Since then the company's shares have fallen a little more than 15 percent and closed at $13.86 on Wednesday. The stock was trading at $8.35 in extended trading.

  • *Shares in Europe, U.S. rise ahead of Fed minutes. NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world rose slightly on Wednesday, continuing their recent advance as investors did not expect anything hinting at a change in monetary policy to be announced in upcoming minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.

  • *Shares fall in European companies Vallourec and Tenaris. PARIS, Feb 19- Shares in steel tube makers Tenaris and Vallourec tumbled on Wednesday after U.S. trade authorities decided not to impose tariffs on the South Korean imports that compete with their products.

  • U.S. oil pipe tariff ruling hits western manufacturers Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 5:14 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 19- Shares in seamless steel tube makers Tenaris and Vallourec tumbled on Wednesday after U.S. trade authorities decided not to impose tariffs on the South Korean imports that compete with their products.

  • *Forest Labs shares soar; Actavis agrees to buy company. NEW YORK, Feb 18- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose on Tuesday, following Wall Street's biggest weekly gain of the year, as merger activity increased confidence that there is value in the stock market even as the benchmark index nears a record high.

  • BlackBerry shares jump on Third Point news Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 12:33 PM ET
    Dan Loeb at 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    BlackBerry shares rose after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smart phone maker.

  • Feb 18- Shares of Prana Biotechnology Ltd rose as much as 31 percent after the company said its experimental brain disorder drug improved cognitive function in a study on patients with Huntington's disease. "In a small trial, you don't expect to hit statistical significance on a secondary endpoint of efficacy," MLV& Co analyst Graig Suvannavejh told Reuters.

  • TORONTO, Feb 18- BlackBerry shares rose more than 6 percent in early trading on Tuesday after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smartphone maker and technology company.