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  • *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.

  • LONDON, April 14- Oil rose towards $108 per barrel on Monday on concern that escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine could lead to supply disruption, though prices were capped by the prospect of a recovery in Libyan exports.

  • LONDON, April 14- Oil was flat on Monday, as the prospect of a recovery in Libyan exports offset concern that escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine could lead to supply disruption. U.S. oil slipped 24 cents to $103.50 after settling 34 cents up in the previous session.

  • *Plenty of room to grow in France, Spain. OSLO, April 11- High-flying Norwegian media and classifieds firm Schibsted plans to keep expanding and sees a shift to mobile platforms as the advertising sector's next transformation, its chief executive said.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 22 Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Charles Plosser speaks before the "Enhancing Prudential Standards in Financial Regulations" conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia- 1845 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 16 Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- ECB President Mario Draghi speaks at the award ceremony of the Generation Euro Competition organized by the ECB in Frankfurt- 1400 GMT. LONDON- UK Finance minister George Osborne speaks to Treasury Committee in House of Commons, on his budget- 0900 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 15 Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    CHICAGO- Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard gives welcome remarks before the Homer Jones Memorial Lecture event- 2100 GMT.

  • OSLO, April 1- Norwegian technology firm Opera Software has struck a deal that will see its Skyfire data compression service used by a major Internet company, it said on Tuesday, lifting its shares. Opera shares were up 4.6 percent at 0717 GMT, among the best performers on the Oslo benchmark index.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 9 Friday, 28 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    BERLIN- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann speaks at the 53rd ACI Financial Markets World Congress "Financial Integration in Europe"- 0930 GMT. Speakers:- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg and Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry. BRUSSELS- 5th EU-Africa Business Forum.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 10 Thursday, 27 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy at an event hosted by Central Exchange- 1715 GMT. KRONBERG, Germany- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann speaks at the spring meeting of the Market Economy Foundation in Kronberg on "Principles of the market economy in a currency union"- 1730 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 7 Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks before a dinner of the Citizens Budget Commission and receives the CBC Medal for High Civic Service in New York- 0000 GMT. PARIS- ECB President Mario Draghi gives a lecture at Sciences Po in Paris- 1600 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 8 Monday, 24 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew speaks before a dinner of the Citizens Budget Commission and receives the CBC Medal for High Civic Service in New York- 0000 GMT. PARIS- ECB President Mario Draghi gives a lecture at Sciences Po in Paris- 1600 GMT.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to April 3 Friday, 21 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Jeremy Stein gives welcome remarks before the Federal Reserve "Crowdfunding for Community Development Finance" conference- 1300 GMT.

  • OSLO, March 20- The owner of a Norwegian car carrier said it planned to search through the night for two large objects sighted off Australia that could be debris from a missing Malaysian jetliner, despite the official search being suspended because it was too dark.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to April 1 Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    TOKYO- Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda speaks at the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry- 0715 GMT. BERKS, United Kingdom- Bank Of England Monetary Policy Committee member speaks at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce. ZURICH- Swiss National Bank holds Monetary policy assessment- 0830 GMT.

  • UPDATE 2-U.S., Ethiopia, PNG to join anti-corruption drive Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | 11:57 AM ET

    OSLO/ ADDIS ABABA, March 19- Ethiopia, the United States and Papua New Guinea are on course to join the leading world initiative to combat corruption in the energy and mining industries.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 30 Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will visit Miami and Florida to highlight the importance of investing in workforce skills and job training to promote lasting economic opportunity, including for the middle class. LONDON- British Finance Minister George Osborne unveils 2014 budget. FRANKFURT- ECB governing council and general council meeting.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to March 30 Monday, 17 Mar 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew will meet Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexican Finance Minister Luis Videgaray and Bank of Mexico Governor Agustin Carstens. *BRUSSELS- ECB Supervisory Board Chair Daniele Nouy to appear before European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee in Brussels- 1000 GMT.

  • Norway wealth fund examining Total's ethics in W.Sahara Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    OSLO, March 12- Norway's sovereign wealth fund is examining the operations of oil firm Total in Western Sahara, a disputed region of North Africa with a history of human rights abuses, to ascertain whether its activities there are unethical.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0930 GMT / 4.30 AM ET Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 5:13 AM ET

    LONDON- HSBC reports a 9 percent increase in annual pretax profit, which misses market expectations, and warns of greater volatility in emerging markets this year, sending its stock price sharply lower. Volkswagen shares plunge on outlook, Scania deal.

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