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  • UPDATE 4-Alstom shares jump on report of $13 bln GE bid Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 12:36 PM ET

    *Alstom shares up more than 14 percent. PARIS, April 24- Shares in Alstom jumped more than 14 percent on Thursday after a report that U.S. conglomerate General Electric was in talks to buy the struggling French turbine and train maker for about $13 billion.

  • *Barclays: 34 pct of investors oppose or withhold vote on pay. In a rare gesture of public opposition, Standard Life said it had voted against Barclays' decision to pay out 2.4 billion pounds in bonuses for 2013- a 10 percent increase on 2012 despite posting profits a third lower.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- Brent crude futures rose by more than a dollar a barrel on Thursday as mutual accusations of aggression by Ukraine and Russia raised concerns over future oil supplies, while strong U.S. economic data suggested higher demand.

  • *Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border. NEW YORK, April 24- Global stock markets and the dollar pulled back from strong early gains on Thursday on worries about rising tensions in Ukraine, but U.S. technology shares were higher on upbeat earnings from Apple and Facebook.

  • London's Gherkin tower goes into receivership Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    LONDON— Accountancy firm Deloitte LLP said Thursday it has been appointed receiver of one of London's most iconic buildings, the Gherkin. The 41- story office tower in London's financial district is co-owned by Germany's IVG Immobilien AG, which went into bankruptcy protection last year.

  • *Syria due to hand over all chemicals by Sunday. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme.

  • NEW YORK, April 24- The U.S. dollar rose on Thursday after better-than-expected U.S. durable goods orders while ECB President Mario Draghi undermined the euro by reiterating the potential for asset purchases to ward off deflation risks.

  • *Obama says more sanctions "teed up" against Russia. LONDON, April 24- Oil rose towards $110 a barrel on Thursday as the dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.

  • *Syria due to hand over all chemicals by Sunday. Syria became a member of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons last year as part of a deal with Russia and the United States to destroy its chemical weapons programme.

  • LONDON, April 24- AstraZeneca announced faster-than-expected progress of its experimental cancer drugs and plans to spin off billions of dollars of non-core assets as it staked a claim for independence following reports of bid interest from Pfizer.

  • LONDON, April 24- Barclays Chairman David Walker defended pay levels at the bank on Thursday, telling shareholders that it needed to raise bonuses to stop an exodus of senior executives.

  • UPDATE 3-Alstom shares jump on report of GE bid Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 8:08 AM ET

    *Alstom shares up more than 14 percent. *GE declines to comment; Bouygues supports Alstom strategy. A deal, which would be GE's biggest ever and would hand it control of Alstom's high-speed TGV trains and rail-signal technology, has the support of Bouygues, Alstom's biggest shareholder with a 29 percent stake, the report said.

  • *Bourse looking to expand in China, rest of Asia. "Ten-25 percent on any given day of outright trading on the electronic system comes from Asia," LME Chief Executive Garry Jones said at a conference in Hong Kong, adding that overall electronic trade volumes grew 28 percent last year.

  • LONDON, April 24- Starbucks suffered its first ever drop in UK sales last year, a period when the company became the subject of boycotts and public criticism over its tax practices.

  • LONDON, April 24- Oil edged further above $109 a barrel on Thursday as the dispute between Russia and the West over Ukraine added to supply concerns, although record U.S. crude inventories kept gains in check.

  • *Physical copper premiums in China rising sharply. LONDON, April 24- Copper touched its strongest level in three weeks on Thursday and nickel surged to a new 14- month peak as seasonal Chinese demand for metals ramped up and concerns over nickel supplies prompted more speculative buying. "People are looking for slightly firmer demand out of China.

  • Oil near $102 on Ukraine crisis, Libya export woes Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 4:38 AM ET

    The price of oil rebounded to near $102 a barrel Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine and continued concerns about crude exports from Libya and Nigeria. By early afternoon in Europe, U.S. crude for June delivery was up 34 cents to $101.78 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • Markets muted despite Apple, Facebook Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 3:40 AM ET

    TOKYO— Global shares were mixed with European shares getting an early boost Thursday, but stocks in Tokyo slipped after talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama failed to finalize a trade agreement.

  • *Physical copper premiums in China rising sharply. SINGAPORE, April 24- London copper futures rose to three-week highs on Thursday, underpinned by strong seasonal demand in top consumer China that has lifted domestic premiums, while worries over tight supply pushed nickel to a fresh peak in more than 14 months.

  • HONG KONG, April 24- Up to a quarter of electronic trading volume on the London Metal Exchange comes from Asia- based participants, the bourse's head said on Thursday.

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