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  • *WTI discount vs Brent hits $5 a barrel, biggest in 2 weeks. *Slide came on U.S. stockpile build, Greece and Iran fears. NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. crude prices fell 4 percent on Wednesday, posting their biggest daily drop since April after oil stockpiles in the United States rose for the first time in more than two months.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- The euro fell against the U.S. dollar on Wednesday after strong U.S. economic data raised expectations the Federal Reserve will hike rates in September, while a combative address from Greece's prime minister also weighed on the euro. The ADP National Employment Report showed 237,000 private-sector U.S. jobs were created in June, handily...

  • BOGOTA, July 1- Colombia has ruled out conducting debt swaps with market participants this year, the director of public credit Ana Milena Lopez told Reuters on Wednesday. The government is also considering the possibility next year of monetizing overseas assets, mostly the proceeds of bond sales, to take advantage of a weakened peso against the dollar, Harvard-...

  • BOGOTA, July 1- Colombia has ruled out conducting debt swaps with market participants this year, the director of public credit Ana Milena Lopez told Reuters on Wednesday. The government last month announced a debt swap between state entities for up to six trillion pesos that did not involve the market. "We are considering the possibility next year of monetizing...

  • *Scepticism in euro zone about lending more to Greece. ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, July 1- A defiant Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras urged Greeks on Wednesday to reject an international bailout deal, wrecking any prospect of repairing broken relations with EU partners before a referendum on Sunday that may decide Greece's future in Europe. European Council President...

  • *OPEC output at three-year highs in June- Reuters survey. The dollar's rally on Greece's debt default, Iran's renewed efforts to reach a nuclear deal with the West to freely resume its crude exports, and signs of OPEC output at three-year highs, further weighed on the market. But the overall feel is that we have more than enough crude and the market could be in a...

  • *Carney says ready to take any action needed on Greece. LONDON, July 1- The Bank of England said on Wednesday it stood ready to take any action required in response to Greece's worsening debt crisis, and warned that lack of liquidity left financial markets vulnerable to a sell-off. The central bank's warnings came in a half-yearly report that had to be revised after...

  • *Greece says ready to accept most creditor conditions. Metals joined euro zone stocks and peripheral bonds in climbing after Greece said it was ready to accept a bailout offer from its international creditors if some conditions were changed. "There's a recognition that even in the worst scenario, if Greece leaves the euro zone, it's not necessarily going to have...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- The euro fell against the dollar on Wednesday as attention shifted to strong U.S. data and the prospect for a Federal Reserve rate hike this year, after Greece's Prime Minister signaled he would accept creditors' bailout offer with some conditions. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told international creditors Athens could accept their...

  • A statement published on the state-run Petroleum Exploration and Production Department website showed the 17 companies are from 11 countries including the United States, Russia, China and Africa's largest oil producer, Nigeria. London- listed Tullow Oil, which is already operating in Uganda alongside France's Total and China's CNOOC, was also on the PEPD...

  • NEW YORK, July 1- Issuance of green bonds for financing low-carbon transport and other environmentally friendly projects has flattened after tripling last year, with some companies seeing little price advantage and possibly higher costs from selling the debt. Deals for green bonds, including the first by issuers in India, totaled $18.22 billion in the six...

  • *Heathrow plan provides greatest benefits, commission says. Proposals to expand Heathrow in densely populated west London are politically divisive and likely to fuel tensions in the ruling Conservative party. Cameron set the deadline after a government-appointed commission selected Heathrow, Britain's busiest airport, as the preferred location for...

  • *Skepticism in euro zone about lending more to Greece. ATHENS/ BRUSSELS, July 1- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has told international creditors Greece could accept their bailout offer if some conditions were changed, but Germany said it could not negotiate while Greece was headed for a referendum on the aid-for-reforms deal. With queues forming at many cash...

  • *Greece says ready to accept most creditor conditions. LONDON, July 1- Most base metals rose on Wednesday on hopes that demand would recover in China and that Greece would eventually agree a bailout with creditors. "There's a recognition that even in the worst scenario, if Greece leaves the euro zone, it's not necessarily going to have a deep negative impact on...

  • SAO PAULO, July 1- The city council of Sao Paulo, South America's largest metropolis, voted to ban the U.S-based Uber ride-sharing service late Tuesday, the latest setback for the company after several countries took similar steps in recent months. "Uber defends the right of users to choose the way in which they move about the city," the company said in a statement...

  • LONDON, July 1- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Wednesday he would take a decision by the end of this year on how London's airport capacity will be expanded and would study a recommendation to build a third runway at Heathrow. Cameron was speaking after a government-appointed commission said a third runway should be constructed at London's...

  • *Markets rally as Greece cedes ground on creditor demands. *Unfazed after Greece misses IMF loan payment. Tsipras, who made his offer as Greece became the first advanced economy to default on the IMF overnight, said the country would want to delay some of the pension changes and cuts to military spending proposed by the creditors.

  • LONDON, July 1- The euro dipped on Wednesday, buffetted by a flurry of reports on new concessions made by Greece to its European creditors and the chances those might lead to a deal that prevents it becoming the first country to crash out of the single currency. Greece's default overnight on its International Monetary Fund loans had weakened the single currency...

  • *Report says Greece ready to accept most creditor conditions. LONDON, July 1- Base metals edged higher on Wednesday on hopes that demand would recover in China and that Greece would eventually agree a bailout with creditors. "There's a recognition that even in the worst scenario, if Greece leaves the euro zone, it's not necessarily going to have a deep negative...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ LONDON, July 1- South Africa's platinum sector is at a crucial juncture as the metal's price, near six-year lows, maintains a steady decline, with analysts now contemplating a move below $1,000 an ounce. Platinum has fallen nearly 10 percent so far this year, and at current prices of less than $1,100 an ounce, many shafts in the world's top producing...