• Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    A deal between Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA. The merger would be "very positive for the global tobacco industry and could be just the beginning of future transactions," Wells Fargo Securities analyst Bonnie Herzog wrote in an investor note.

  • COPENHAGEN, July 10- The world's top two container shippers, Maersk Line and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Co, have struck a fresh vessel-sharing agreement after a previous three-way pooling deal known as P3 was undone by China's failure to approve it.

  • *BP, Anadarko, IBV are partners in areas hit by writedown. Maersk bought the assets from South Korea's SK Energy Co Ltd for $2.4 billion in 2011. On Tuesday, Brazil's HRT Participacoes em Petroleo SA said it bought Maersk's 40 percent Polvo stake for an undisclosed sum.

  • LONDON/ ACCRA, July 4- Tucked in a corner of a Guinness brewery in a run-down part of Ghana's capital, flanked by industrial silos and crates of bottles, stands the Cube, a gleaming mini-factory that may point the way forward for global consumer goods companies in Africa.

  • *Novo Nordisk deputy CEO sees group growing 10 pct annually. COPENHAGEN, June 25- Danish drugmaker Novo Nordisk, the world's biggest insulin maker, expects to more than double its annual revenue within a decade, its deputy chief executive Kaare Schultz told Reuters.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to June 30 Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker gives a keynote address at a conference on Skills Training for a Modern Manufacturing Workforce: Does the German Model Have Lessons for the United States?

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to June 26 Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- International Monetary Fund releases its annual review of the U.S. economy- 1330 GMT. SANTANDER, Spain- Seminar on "The Europe left by the crisis". Speakers:- European Commission President Jose Manuel Durao Barroso, Spain's Economy Minister Luis de Guindos and Bank of Spain Deputy Governor Fernando Restoy.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to June 25 Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance Mary Miller speaks before the 42nd Annual National Housing Conference Policy Symposium- 1315 GMT. DUBROVNIK, Croatia- 20th Dubrovnik Economic Conference organized by the Croatian National Bank in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

  • *Gold near 4- month low, EM currencies pegged back by U.S. yields. LONDON, June 4- The dollar was bobbing near a 3-1/ 2 month high and shares dipped for a second day on Wednesday, as the recent jump in U.S. borrowing costs weighed on markets before what is set to be an action-packed ECB meeting.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to June 19 Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    The leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the United States, European Council President and European Commission President will attend. LONDON- 2014 IIF Spring Membership Meeting.

  • VIENNA, May 27- European security watchdog OSCE said on Tuesday it had lost contact with one of its teams of monitors near the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian militants are fighting Kiev government forces.

  • Banks vie for fees as Nordic deal scene ignites Thursday, 15 May 2014 | 5:39 AM ET

    *Nordics increase share of Europe's M&A, listings. STOCKHOLM, May 15- Scandinavia has become a hot spot in Europe's corporate dealmaking scene this year, almost doubling its share of merger and acquisition activity and listing more companies than anywhere but Britain.

  • COPENHAGEN, May 13- Sweden's finance minister labelled U.S. drugmaker Pfizer's proposed $106 billion offer for drugs firm AstraZeneca as "tax-driven" on Tuesday and warned that jobs would be lost if it went through.

  • *Q1 EBITDA 937 mln DKK vs 814 mln average forecast. COPENHAGEN, May 13- Danish jeweller Pandora raised its annual revenue forecast after quarterly results beat analysts' estimates, providing further evidence its turnaround plan is working and sending its shares to an all-time high.

  • LONDON, May 5- The yen rose to a two-week high against the dollar on Monday after a survey showed China's manufacturing activity contracted for a fourth straight month, bolstering the safe-haven Japanese currency. In Europe, the biggest mover was the Swedish crown, which lost ground after a report showed industrial production weakening.

  • LONDON, May 5- European stocks slipped in thin trade on Monday after soft Chinese manufacturing data, while simmering tensions in Ukraine underpinned safe-haven government bonds and gold.

  • *PEDv killed millions of piglets in North America, Asia. PARIS, May 2- France will ban imports of live pigs, pork-based byproducts and pig sperm from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Japan to protect against a virus that has killed millions of piglets in North America and Asia, a farm ministry official said on Friday.

  • *IMF cuts Russia 2014 growth forecast to 0.2 percent. MOSCOW, April 30- The International Monetary Fund slashed on Wednesday its already modest 2014 growth forecast for Russia, warning that Ukraine- related sanctions were scaring off investors and were pushing the economy towards recession.

  • Novozymes: Shale gas is no threat to our business Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 3:35 AM ET

    Fracking presents no risk to Novozymes’ bioenergy business, the firm’s CFO told CNBC on Thursday, after it beat first-quarter profit expectations.

  • *Sector facing multi-billion-dollar funding shortfall. LONDON, April 17- Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector recovering from its worst downturn since the 1980 s. Avance Gas listed this week in Oslo.