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  • Fall-off in Indian weddings bodes ill for jewelers, gold Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 10:00 PM ET

    MUMBAI, May 24- Fewer auspicious days later this year compelled Ramesh Phalke, an auto company employee in India's Maharashtra state, to hold his daughter's wedding in May. Gold is an essential part of the bride's dowry in India and also a popular gift from family and guests at weddings. "Jewelry demand could drop by 30 percent in the second half due to fewer weddings,"...

  • WARSAW, May 24- Poles vote for a president on Sunday in a run-off that is too close to call but already spells trouble for the ruling Civic Platform as it looks to re-election later in the year. Originally seen as a shoo-in for a second five-year term, incumbent Bronislaw Komorowski finds himself neck and neck with his conservative challenger, Andrzej Duda, who...

  • Ireland first country to vote yes on gay nuptials Saturday, 23 May 2015 | 1:34 PM ET
    The Irish national flag is shown outside the Irish prime minister's department building in Dublin.

    Ireland is now the first nation to approve same-sex marriage by a popular vote, The NY Times reports.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. Drillers cut the number of U.S. oil rigs in operation by just one this week, the strongest sign yet that a nearly six-month slump in activity was ending, data from oil services firm Baker Hughes...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Citigroup said on Friday it is selling its margin foreign exchange business, including the CitiFX Pro and TradeStream platforms to U.S.-based FXCM and Danish investment bank SAXO Bank. FXCM filed an 8 K form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the company would "assume the vast majority of margin forex accounts of CitiFX Pro...

  • LONDON, May 22- U.S. Steel Corp said it is close to filing several anti-dumping complaints with U.S. authorities, adding it is still having to consider idling more plants because of difficult market conditions. The Pittsburgh- based company has idled plants in Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and Arkansas this year. It's no longer a matter of if we're going to...

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes rig count at 1700 GMT. NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. U.S. crude was down 95 cents at $59.77 a barrel by 11:45 a.m. EDT.

  • *Meets handful of leaders on sidelines of summit in Riga. RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc. After his Conservative Party won an unexpected majority in a May 7 election, Cameron is committed to...

  • LONDON, May 22- French bank BNP Paribas is reviewing its global markets business in London in an attempt to cut costs and improve its profitability, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. BNP Paribas has about 4,100 staff in its corporate and institutional banking business in Britain. Efinancial News earlier reported BNP Paribas' rates and fixed...

  • *Yet sterling up solidly on the year, FTSE rides high. Neither risk materialized and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio- a vote on Britain's EU membership. "The market believes that whether now or later on...

  • NEW YORK— The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Just 2.5 billion shares changed hands on the New York Stock Exchange, three-quarters of the normal level. Among stocks making big gains, Deere& Co. rose $3.89, or 4.3 percent, to $93.35 after the equipment maker beat analysts' estimates for its latest quarterly earnings.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- The U.S. dollar turned higher on Friday, spurred off its early losses by a U.S. inflation report that indicated underlying pressures are building and thereby bolstering the case for the U.S. "Stronger inflation, along with stronger growth data, is something that the Fed certainly wants to see," said Brian Daingerfield, currency strategist at the...

  • *Yet sterling up solidly on the year, FTSE rides high. Neither risk materialised and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio- a vote on Britain's EU membership. "The market believes that whether now or later on...

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares hovered near three-week highs on Friday, boosted by a dip in the euro on currency markets, although luxury goods stocks underperformed after weak sales figures from Richemont. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond-buying program and record low...

  • The talks underscored Altice's intentions to pursue a deal with Time Warner Cable, which is also being courted by Charter Communications Inc after Comcast Corp abandoned its $45.2 billion offer for Time Warner Cable last month over U.S. antitrust concerns.

  • LONDON, May 22- "Don't Fight the Fed" has long been a central tenet of financial markets and one of the most profitable trading strategies around. A speech in London on Monday from European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure about tweaks to the bank's bond-buying program, or quantitative easing caught the market on the hop and triggered one of the...

  • LONDON, May 22- Sterling fell sharply against the dollar on Friday, after a stronger-than-expected rise in U.S. core consumer prices in April revived bets that inflation may reach the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target later this year. Sterling fell 0.9 percent against the dollar to $1.5520, well off a five-month high of $1.5815 struck on May 14.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 22- Brazil's government will disclose a major spending freeze on Friday aimed at convincing investors that President Dilma Rousseff is committed to saving the nation's investment-grade debt rating. A freeze of that size would be in line with market expectations and the biggest since Rousseff took office in 2011. Most analysts believe it...

  • LONDON, May 22- A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Deutsche Bank, the euro zone's second largest bank by assets, confirmed this week it was considering cutting its UK operations if the country pulled out, and other...