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  • *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose more than $2 to above $81 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation that OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production. The rate cut added to a positive mood among oil traders, many of whom expected an agreement by the Organization of the Petroleum...

  • *Libya and Ecuador also call for lower OPEC output. *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose to near $81 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation that OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production.

  • *Libya and Ecuador also call for lower OPEC output. *Market beginning to expect OPEC cut, analysts say. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose above $80 a barrel on Friday after China cut interest rates and on speculation OPEC could agree next week to reduce oil production.

  • *Libya and Ecuador also call for lower OPEC output. LONDON, Nov 21- Brent crude oil rose towards $80 a barrel on Friday on speculation OPEC could agree output cuts at a meeting next week, with strong U.S. economic data also bolstering prices. Libya and Ecuador have also called for OPEC to cut output.

  • AMSTERDAM/ LONDON/ PARIS, Nov 17- Bird flu was found on a duck farm in England on Monday days after it was discovered in Dutch chickens, forcing authorities to destroy poultry and restrict exports, although it was not a strain known to be deadly to humans. Health officials said the outbreak may have been brought to Europe by wild birds migrating from Asia where...

  • *Starbucks says confident will be cleared. BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Nov 14- A tax deal the Netherlands cut with Starbucks Corp may be illegal state aid, European Union regulators said on Friday, part of a crackdown on members attracting investment by helping companies to avoid tax. The European Commission said it suspects the Dutch tax ruling allows Starbucks, the...

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 12- Trading of coal via financial instruments in Europe is likely to jump 30 percent to 3,800 tonnes this year, boosted by demand from producers, commodity traders and hedge funds, according to a report by energy research company Prospex. The biggest trading segment is the Amsterdam- Rotterdam- Antwerp port range, where overseas coal arrives.

  • Big Oil cutbacks deal supply-chain pain Sunday, 9 Nov 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    *Fugro stock down over 30 pct since scrapping dividend. LONDON/ PARIS, Nov 9- Belt-tightening by big energy majors faced with plunging oil prices is battering the finances and share prices of their suppliers, as investors reassess the sector's ability to keep gushing cash. Fugro, once seen as a blue-chip on Amsterdam's benchmark index, has had more than 30 percent...

  • Hedge funds under threat from pension fund rethink Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 7- Pension schemes are starting to rethink their hedge fund investments in the face of high costs and poor returns, putting at risk the heady pace of capital flows into an industry with nearly $3 trillion of assets. Investors pulled more than $15 billion from hedge funds in the September quarter, industry data showed, ending six quarters of net inflows.

  • NASDAQ Dubai to promote Egyptian firms' dual listings Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    "This will reduce risk for investors," Salam told reporters, estimating that UAE investment in Egypt's stock market now totalled about 14 billion Egyptian pounds. He declined to comment on specifics, but Amsterdam- listed OCI, controlled by Egypt's billionaire Sawiris family, said on Thursday it planned to spin off its construction and engineering business and...

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Brent oil touched a new four-year low on Wednesday, briefly sinking below $82 a barrel after weak Chinese and European data, but U.S. crude rose on strong employment figures and a surprise fall in inventories. Brent crude for December fell 35 cents to $82.47 a barrel by 1450 GMT, having earlier reached the day's low of $81.63, its weakest since October...

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Brent oil dropped to a new four-year low below $82 a barrel on Wednesday, a fifth straight day of losses, as weak economic data from China and Europe intensified worries about demand as a global supply glut grows. Brent crude for December fell 65 cents to $82.15 a barrel by 1130 GMT, having earlier reached the day's low of $81.63, its weakest level since...

  • LONDON, Nov 5- Brent oil dropped to a new four-year low below $82 a barrel on Wednesday, a fifth straight day of losses, as weak economic data from top energy consumer China intensified worries about demand as a global supply glut grows. Brent fell 75 cents to $82.05 a barrel by 0913 GMT, having earlier reached the day's low of $81.63, its weakest level since late 2010..

  • *China data shows orders, factory output fall. LONDON, Nov 3- Brent crude oil slipped towards $85 a barrel on Monday as the dollar strengthened and Chinese data pointed to slower economic growth as well as weaker fuel demand in the world's biggest energy market. "Disappointing data will result in downscaling of oil demand expectations, and the dollar is stronger...

  • COPENHAGEN, Nov 1- Denmark should ban coal use by 2025 to make the Nordic nation a leader in fighting global warming, adding to green measures ranging from wind energy to bicycle power, Denmark's climate minister said on Saturday. Denmark has already taken big steps to break reliance on high-polluting coal- wind turbines are set to generate more than half of all...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 0930 GMT /5.30 AM ET Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 6:02 AM ET

    Monte dei Paschi drags Europe's banks lower post-stress test. LONDON- Italy's Monte dei Paschi slumps after having the biggest capital hole to fill in a health check of European banks that was generally seen as good news for the sector. BERLIN- German business sentiment darkens in October for a sixth month running, hitting its lowest level in almost two years and...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil slips below $86 on global oversupply Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    *OPEC ministers due to meet in Vienna on Nov. 27. Abundant global oil supplies, particularly of very high quality, light oil, coupled with a gloomy economic outlook from Europe to China pushed Brent last week below $83, to its lowest since 2010. Oil prices are down more than 25 percent since June. Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iran have all indicated reluctance to change...

  • *Gulf of Oman port bids to become transhipment centre for region. Instead they can have goods delivered to a port in Oman, outside the Gulf, and bring them into the region by road. The cheeky advertisement has been posted by Sohar Port and Freezone, an ambitious facility on Oman's northern coast about 200 kilometres to the southeast of Dubai.

  • Fiat Chrysler crowns merger with Wall Street debut Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 6:29 AM ET

    *FCA trading on NYSE opens 1330 GMT Monday, followed by Milan. *Wall Street debut comes at difficult time for auto industry. MILAN, Oct 12- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles makes its Wall Street debut to great fanfare on Monday, shifting the carmaker's centre of gravity away from Italy and capping a decade of canny dealmaking and tough restructuring by CEO Sergio...

  • LONDON/ PARIS, Oct 9- Britain, Germany and the Netherlands have asked prospective buyers for their jointly-owned nuclear fuel enrichment firm Urenco to submit indicative bids by year-end, sources familiar with the process said. France's Areva, Japan's Toshiba, a consortium led by former boss Patrick Upson and a number of private equity firms are expected to...