The Scottish referendum campaigns have been "divisive" says Scottish comedian, Danny Bhoy, but they have got people interested in politics. However, he highlights, it has "not been particularly good for jokes".» Read More
LONDON, Sept 17- Sterling crept higher on Wednesday, helped by a handful of polls showing the "No" camp holding onto a slender lead in the run-in to Thursday's referendum on Scottish independence.
Russian investigators accused Sistema's Vladimir Yevtushenkov of money laundering late on Tuesday in connection with his company's acquisition of up-and-coming oil producer Bashneft.
*Smiths Group falls after slump in operating profit. LONDON, Sept 17- European shares rose in cautious trading on Wednesday on expectations that the U.S. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index was up 0.2 percent, against a 0.6 percent gain for the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares to 1,386.66 points by 1035 GMT.
*Need for skilled talent puts London at odds with national policy. LONDON, Sept 17- When Efe Cakarel picked London as a new base for his video streaming company, he was counting on its location, capital markets and infrastructure, but also on the city's reputation as a hub for talented people from Europe and beyond.
LONDON, Sept 17- Global stocks and commodity prices rose on Wednesday, boosted by speculation the U.S.
*OPEC could trim 2015 output to 29.5 mln bpd- Badri. Many OPEC countries need oil prices above $100 a barrel in order to meet their budget needs and analysts say Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer, could cut production in an effort to support prices. Any production cut by OPEC, due to meet in November, would be the group's first since 2008..
PARIS, Sept 17- European shares rose in early trade on Wednesday, mirroring a rally on Wall Street sparked by a report that shifted investor expectations for the U.S.
*OPEC could trim 2015 output to 29.5 mln bpd- Badri.
CAERNARFON/YORK, Sept 17- Scotland's chance to vote for independence has lit hopes in other regions of Britain that a reworking of political ties might boost their chances of self-rule too.
HONG KONG— A Hong Kong tycoon has placed the biggest ever order for Rolls-Royce cars, agreeing to buy 30 Phantoms to chauffeur guests at a luxury resort he's building in the global gambling capital of Macau. Hung and Rolls-Royce executives signed the deal Tuesday at the company's Goodwood factory in England.
*OPEC could trim 2015 output to 29.5 million bpd- Badri. The European benchmark sank to a 26- month low this week on continued worries about rising supplies and slower demand growth in China and Europe, but prices rose on Tuesday after OPEC's secretary general Abdullah al-Badri said the group could trim its 2015 output target by 500,000 barrels per day.
STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of September monetary policy meeting- 0730 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Central Bank Deputy Governor Martin Floden speaks on the topic "The economic situation and my views on monetary policy"- 0900 GMT.
Alibaba risk: China's rise leaves out investors. WASHINGTON— American investors are clamoring to buy a stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, which is launching what may prove the biggest initial public stock offering ever. IPOs, according to research by Jay Ritter, a finance professor at the University of Florida.
BOSTON, Sept 16- The California Public Employees Retirement System handed fellow U.S. pension funds a hefty club to beat down hedge fund fees and demand better returns this week when it voted to pull out of hedge funds entirely, investors said.
Stung by slower growth in China, global miners have reined in expansion plans and brought in new management to sell assets and drive their mines harder, raising hopes that BHP Billiton alone could hand back up to $8 billion to investors.
*Gold still about $10 away from 8- month low. *Silver gains lift market out of oversold conditions. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 16- Gold rose on Tuesday as a weaker dollar and rallying crude oil prices prompted bullion investors to cover bearish bets ahead of a closely watched policy statement by the Federal Reserve.
*U.S. stocks near record levels, Europe lower. *Crude oil rises on possible OPEC supply cut. "The rumor is won't change the' considerable time' language," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial in Newark, New Jersey, referring to the Fed's previously stated timeline of when it will raise rates.
NEW YORK, Sept 16- The dollar fell to nearly two-week lows against the euro and Swiss franc on Tuesday, pressured by a report that said the Federal Reserve was unlikely to change its dovish stance on near-zero interest rates at a two-day policy meeting that ends on Wednesday.
In a sign of the growing maritime piracy problem, the U.S. will join a multinational organization battling crime at sea next month.
NEW YORK, Sept 16- U.S. After surrendering bigger price gains, driven in part by an independence referendum on Thursday in Scotland, yields on benchmark 10- year Treasury notes late on Tuesday were little changed at 2.582 percent.