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  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • *European shares rise after Greece drops debt write-off call. *Greece leads euro zone bond yields lower, Bunds go below JGBs. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after meeting investors in London on Monday that the government would spare privately held bonds from losses.

  • *Novartis: received pre-notification from health ministry. *Novartis says financial impact would be manageable. ZURICH, Feb 3- Swiss drugmaker Novartis said on Tuesday its Japanese business faced suspension by the country's health ministry but that it could manage the financial impact of such a sanction.

  • LONDON, Feb 2- The value of merger and acquisition deals worldwide soared 28 percent in January compared with the same month last year, with the Asia-Pacific region enjoying its best start to a year on record, according to Thomson Reuters data. Deals in the Asia-Pacific accounted for 43 percent of the total, up from 20 percent last January, beating both Europe and...

  • ZURICH, Feb 2- Swiss bank Julius Baer plans to cut around 100 million Swiss francs of costs, including about 200 jobs, it said on Monday, blaming the recent surge in the Swiss currency. Private bank Julius Baer, which employs around 5,250 staff worldwide, said it aimed to cut both personnel and general costs. Zurich- based Baer said adjusted net profit in 2014 rose 22...

  • European shares inch higher; Julius Baer jumps Monday, 2 Feb 2015 | 3:12 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 2- European shares inched higher in early trading on Monday, starting the new month on a positive note following sharp gains in January, with Julius Baer rallying after unveiling a cost cutting plan. Shares in the Zurich- based private bank rose 7.7 percent after saying it has launched a roughly 100 million Swiss franc cost savings programme in response...

  • *Lafarge and Holcim selling assets as part of merger. DUBLIN, Feb 2- Irish building supplies group CRH has agreed to pay 6.5 billion euros for assets Lafarge and Holcim were obliged to sell ahead of their planned merger. France's Lafarge and Swiss peer Holcim announced merger plans last year, hoping to cut costs and tackle overcapacity and weak demand.

  • LONDON, Jan 30- The European Central Bank's quantitative easing programme may prove to be major central banks' last salvo in their post-crisis battle to revive growth, heal the financial system and kill off the threat of deflation. Germany's benchmark 10- year yield fell 140 basis points last year, Italy's 220 bps and Spain's 240 bps, all to record lows.

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- European stocks slipped and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signalled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where an anti-austerity prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • European shares knocked as oil slide hits earnings Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:59 AM ET

    *Vallourec warns of impairment, shares fall 5.5 pct. LONDON/ PARIS, Jan 29- Weak corporate updates pegged back European shares on Thursday, as the effects of a recent rout in oil prices knocked back heavyweight energy firms. France's Vallourec featured among the main losers, falling 5.5 percent after the steel pipes maker warned of an impairment charge of 1.0- 1.2...

  • ZURICH, Jan 29- The world's biggest fragrance and flavour maker Givaudan said a challenging business environment meant sales growth this year would likely stay on a similar level to 2014, below the target range it has given for 2010-2015.. Underlying sales grew 3.7 percent last year, below Givaudan's mid-term target of 4.5-5.5 percent growth, to 4.4 billion...

  • *Greece concerns weigh on Europe, Athens stocks up. LONDON, Jan 29- Stocks fell in Europe and Asia and the dollar strengthened on Thursday after the Federal Reserve took an upbeat view of the world's largest economy and signaled it was on track to raise interest rates this year. Greece, where a radical leftist prime minister took over on Monday, also kept investors...

  • MUMBAI, Jan 29- India's decision to drop a tax dispute with Vodafone Group Plc is likely to mean relief for Royal Dutch Shell PLC and others caught in similar, protracted battles, as the government tries to attract much-needed foreign investment. Late on Wednesday, India's government said it would not appeal a regional court ruling in favour of Vodafone, the...

  • European shares fall; Vallourec sinks after warning Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:05 AM ET

    *Vallourec warns of 1- 1.2 bln euro impairment, shares fall 6 pct. Vallourec featured among the top losers, falling 6 percent after the steel pipes maker warned of an impairment charge of 1.0- 1.2 billion euros on the value of its assets, blaming turmoil in the oil market. Also, Vallourec has not impaired anything in the U.S., whereas market conditions are deteriorating...

  • ZURICH, Jan 29- The world's biggest fragrance and flavor maker Givaudan confirmed its mid-term guidance for up to 5.5 percent sales growth after net profit rose 15 percent last year, helped by higher sales in emerging markets and cost cuts. The Geneva- based firm and its peers have been benefiting from strong demand for their products in emerging markets, where...

  • MISRATA, Libya, Jan 29- A power struggle between two rival governments that threatens to tear Libya apart has started to take its toll on Misrata, an important shipping and industrial hub that had shrugged off the turmoil until now. Oil production has collapsed to a fifth of what Libya used to pump before the NATO- backed uprising, while wheat imports and other...

  • Confused by currencies? Buy a Big Mac Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:43 PM ET
    A McDonald's restaurant in Moscow.

    That's right. A McDonald's Big Mac can go a long way to helping to understand the world's currency conundrum. Here's how.

  • *Gazprom cannot afford to lose Ukraine. MOSCOW/ KIEV, Jan 28- Ukraine has a stronger hand to play at talks with Russia on gas supplies thanks to the fall in oil prices, which has dragged down gas prices, and after showing it can live on less. Although a milder winter and a scramble for other sources has shown Ukraine can survive with less gas from Russia, it still needs it to...

  • *CEO says Roche committed to Switzerland despite franc rise. While cross-town rival Novartis has said it will review its Swiss cost base, Roche Chief Executive Severin Schwan said his company had no plans to move operations. "I continue to believe that Switzerland and Basel offer a very good framework for our business," Schwan told reporters.

  • Putin eyes benefits as rebels gain in Ukraine Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:09 AM ET

    *Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine. *Putin blames Kiev but could see gains. MOSCOW, Jan 28- Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West's refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.