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  • *Most Asian shares skid, but Japan, China buck downtrend. TOKYO, Nov 28- Oil prices seized the Asian spotlight on Friday, as related shares and currencies plunged in the wake of OPEC's decision to refrain from cutting output despite a supply glut. With U.S. markets shut on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, investors focused on the Organization of Petroleum...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Oil prices plunge after OPEC decides against output cut. CALGARY- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. BOGOTA- Hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their land...

  • *OPEC leaves oil output unchanged. Nov 27- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel on Thursday, and U.S. crude fell by nearly as much, posting the steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. Crude prices have been falling all week as traders and analysts scaled back expectations...

  • *OPEC leaves oil output unchanged. Nov 27- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel on Thursday, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. Crude prices have been falling all week as traders and analysts scaled back...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Copper prices slipped on Thursday, weighed down by a strong dollar, although further falls were capped by support from monetary easing in top consumer China and an upturn in economic sentiment in Europe while a strong dollar capped gains. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange, untraded at the close, was bid at $6,555 a tonne, down 0.2...

  • The Apax Middle- market Israel fund will target the country's technology, telecoms, healthcare, services and consumer sectors, the source said on Thursday. London- based Apax has historically had a strong presence in Israel, investing 972 million euros since 2005. Reuters reported in March it was planning to launch the fund, which will be the only...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Share price falls for energy firms capped gains for top European stocks on Thursday, after OPEC resisted pressure to cut supply in the face of a global slump in the oil price. However, shares were able to edge higher, led up by the German DAX, which extended its recent sharp rally on the back of encouraging data and expectations of further stimulus...

  • *OPEC leaves oil output unchanged. LONDON, Nov 27- Brent crude oil plunged more than $6 a barrel on Thursday, the sharpest one-day fall since 2011, after OPEC decided not to cut production despite a huge oversupply in world markets. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries had been discussing at their meeting in Vienna whether to...

  • *Norwegian crown hit as OPEC keeps oil output unchanged. LONDON, Nov 27- The euro fell against the dollar on Thursday after data showed German inflation sinking to its lowest since February 2010 in November, reinforcing bets the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy more aggressively. Oil-rich Norway's crown slid crown slid 1 percent to 8.6190 per...

  • *Coke to buy SABMiller some non-alcoholic brands. *SABMiller says merger to save soft drink expansion spending. JOHANNESBURG, Nov 27- SABMiller and Coca-Cola will combine the operations which mix, bottle and distribute their soft drinks in Africa, creating a group with sales of $2.9 billion and ambitions to corner a fast-growing market.

  • *Oil price slump squeezes Nigeria, Angola. The highest profile victim so far has been Africa's top producer, Nigeria, which was forced to devalue its naira currency by 8 percent this week after the central bank admitted dwindling reserves were making it hard to defend it. In dollar terms, the devaluation knocked $40 billion off the value of Nigeria's economy-...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- European firms squeezed by low interest rates are having to consider new, riskier ways to manage trillions in corporate cash as they are snubbed by banks awash in new regulation that may also spell the demise of their go-to investment funds. Corporate treasurers have been under pressure since the financial crisis of 2007-09 when the collapse of...

  • BERLIN/ LONDON, Nov 27- Subdued food price inflation in Europe is unlikely to pick up any time soon, adding to the pressure on mainstream grocers as they struggle with changing shopping habits and competition from discounters. Prices paid in Europe for fast-moving consumer goods rose at their slowest pace since 2010 in the third quarter, and fell in Spain, France...

  • COLUMN-How JPMorgan struck gold with copper: Andy Home Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    JPMorgan was "outed" in the media as the controlling hand, which only fuelled further the whirl of speculation, given the same bank was proposing to launch an exchange-traded fund backed by physical copper. As is always the way with such things, JPMorgan declined to confirm or deny its involvement. Now, thanks to documents submitted to the U.S. Senate subcommittee...

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY/ CAIRO Nov 27- Automobiles are supposed to get you from Point A to Point B. They can also get you into trouble, even if you aren't driving or riding in one, because they possess potent social symbolism. During a by-election in Rochester that was won by the anti-immigration United Kingdom Independence Party, she tweeted a picture of a white cargo van in...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Britain agreed to further dismantle its highly centralised system of government on Thursday, striking a political deal to grant Scotland new tax-raising powers in a move critics fear could trigger the beginning of the end of the United Kingdom. The deal, unveiled on Thursday after an agreement between all the Scottish chapters of Britain's main...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- The euro fell against the dollar on Thursday as German inflation appeared to have softened more in November, reinforcing expectations that the European Central Bank will ease monetary policy more aggressively. Oil-rich Norway's crown hit a three-week low of 8.6350 per euro as OPEC looked unlikely to cut oil output despite a huge oversupply,...

  • Virgin, Stagecoach expand UK rail operation Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 6:42 AM ET

    LONDON— Richard Branson's Virgin company will next year play an increased role in train service linking Scotland to London. The British government said Thursday that Virgin Group and the Stagecoach company have been chosen to run the east coast rail franchise starting in March. The two companies already operate the west coast route between London and...

  • Scots to get new powers after rejecting separation Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    LONDON— Britain's main political parties agreed Thursday to grant Scotland new tax and spending powers to fulfill a promise of greater autonomy made as politicians scrambled to persuade Scots to reject independence in a recent referendum. Since then a commission of politicians from Scotland and the rest of Britain has been thrashing out proposals to...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Britain's main political parties struck what they said was a historic deal to grant Scotland tax-raising powers and greater autonomy to try to satisfy disappointed separatists who lost an independence vote two months ago. The deal, which was unveiled on Thursday but will not be implemented until after a UK- wide parliamentary election next year,...