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  • At least eight European law firms are pitching their services to major U.S. law firms and Wall Street banks, hoping that U.S. companies considering an inversion choose Ireland, Britain or the Netherlands for their new tax domicile, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

  • *U.S. stocks edge up along with MSCI world index. "The lower-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims has made people focus on the improving labor market situation," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist, at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *Washington has concerns about Kurdish sales, Iraq split. A sale of Kurdish crude oil to a U.S. refinery would infuriate Baghdad, which sees such deals as smuggling, and raises questions about Washington's commitment to preventing oil sales from the autonomous region.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Oil futures prices fell on Thursday, as unseasonably weak demand and plentiful supplies of crude and refined products offset strong Chinese factory data that could boost energy demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer.

  • *U.S. stocks edge up along with MSCI world index. "The lower-than-expected U.S. initial jobless claims has made people focus on the improving labor market situation," said Ian Lyngen, senior government bond strategist, at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • BSkyB to unveil "Sky Europe" deal on Friday Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:30 PM ET

    *BSkyB to buy Sky Italia and 57 pct of Sky Deutschland. LONDON, July 24- Britain's pay-TV group BSkyB will on Friday unveil its multi-billion euro deal to buy Rupert Murdoch's assets in Italy and Germany, sealing a plan to create a pan-European giant with almost 20 million customers.

  • UPDATE 1-Fiat and Peugeot dismiss latest tie-up report Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    MILAN/ LONDON, July 24- PSA Peugeot Citroen and Fiat Chrysler denied a Financial Times report on Thursday that the companies were preparing a merger to create the world's fifth-largest carmaker.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Major global stock markets edged higher while the euro rose from an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday following upbeat euro zone data and stronger-than-expected U.S. earnings.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- Barclays Plc called for the dismissal on Thursday of a lawsuit from the New York attorney general alleging the bank lied to clients about its high-speed trading venue, calling it unjustified because Barclays' customers were never misled.

  • BRUSSELS, July 24- The European Union would target state-owned Russian banks vital to financing Moscow's faltering economy in the most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis under proposals considered by EU governments on Thursday.

  • FOREX-Euro rises on upbeat business data, NZ dollar sags Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 24- The euro rose on Thursday from an eight-month low versus the U.S. dollar on better-than-expected German and French business data, while the New Zealand dollar sank after that nation's central bank hinted it may pause in raising rates further.

  • Duerheimer, who took charge of the Volkswagen- owned luxury marque on June 1, told reporters in London that previous sales estimates had proved too optimistic. Bentley had said that 2014 was on course to be the brand's best year after first-half sales rose by almost a quarter to 5,254 saloons, coupes and convertibles, thanks to demand from China and the Middle East.

  • *Journalist gave evidence against UK PM's ex-media chief. LONDON, July 24- A former tabloid reporter who admitted hacking hundreds of phones to find stories for two Sunday newspapers was spared jail on Thursday for helping secure the conviction of Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief Andy Coulson.

  • Britain's easyJet to resume flights to Tel Aviv Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    LONDON, July 24- British low cost carrier easyJet said it will resume flights to Tel Aviv as scheduled from Friday 25 July after regulators lifted advice over flying into the Israeli airport.

  • LONDON, July 24- When Sam Molinaro took on the job of shifting unwanted assets for UBS- all 430 billion Swiss francs worth of them- his phone began to ring ceaselessly and his meetings diary filled up fast with potential buyers. "They thought,' you're going to be getting rid of these assets, this is great'," recalled Molinaro, former finance chief at U.S. bank Bear Sterns.

  • *Investors drawn by steady earnings, Africa prospects. JOHANNESBURG, July 24- Shares in Alexander Forbes surged 12 percent on their return to the Johannesburg bourse on Thursday, valuing the retirement fund manager at almost $1 billion as it dazzled investors with the prospect of steady earnings and growth across Africa.

  • *US tech stocks buoyed by Apple; Facebook at record high. Those measures were proposed after a Malaysian Airlines plane was downed over Ukraine last week, killing 298, possibly by a missile furnished by Russia.

  • LONDON, July 24- The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business surveys beat expectations, although the risks to the euro zone economy from any tougher sanctions on Russia curbed gains.

  • UK: Former reporter sentenced for phone hacking Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    LONDON— A former British tabloid reporter was given a 10- month suspended prison sentence Thursday for his role in the long-running phone hacking scandal that shook Rupert Murdoch's media empire.

  • *BASF still sees slightly higher adj EBIT in 2014. FRANKFURT, July 24- BASF, the world's largest chemicals maker by sales, became the latest euro zone company to suffer from the strength of the euro, posting lower-than-expected earnings growth even as sales volumes rose.