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  • Stock traders seek edge in pre-market twilight zone Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    *High-speed trading, tough markets spur out-of-hours interest. LONDON, Aug 20- On most weekday mornings over the past year, Paris- based financial trader David Sibi has turned on a computer program designed to try and beat the U.S. stock market before it even opens.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- Commodities group Glencore became the first of the large miners to honour promises to return cash to shareholders, announcing a share buyback programme of up to $1 billion as it reported forecast-beating first-half profit.

  • Some Bank of England board members seek rate hike Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:56 AM ET

    LONDON— Consensus among policymakers at the Bank of England has been shattered, with two of nine members of the monetary policy committee voting to increase interest rates from a record low of 0.5 percent. Minutes published Wednesday for the August meeting showed policymakers breaking ranks for the first time since 2011..

  • FOREX-Dollar breaks out to 11-month highs, eyes on Fed Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    *All eyes on Fed minutes, Jackson Hole speeches. WARSAW, Aug 20- The dollar reached an 11- month high against the euro and a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, buoyed by optimism over the health of the U.S. economy. The greenback broke through resistance around $1.3300 and last November's high of $1.3295 per euro in morning trade in Europe.

  • Business Highlights Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 PM ET

    It all makes Sonia Rao, a stay-at-home mother of a 1- year-old in Mountain View, California, "a little uncomfortable." WASHINGTON— U.S. home construction rebounded in July, rising to an eight-month high and offering hope that housing has regained momentum after two months of declines.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- U.S. crude oil lost nearly $2 on Tuesday, falling for a second straight day as a rush of selling ahead of the session close brought the contract to its lowest price since January.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign advisor, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-growing car rides-on-demand firm runs into stiff resistance from taxi companies in some cities.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- British banking company Standard Chartered Plc will pay a $300 million penalty and suspend or exit some important businesses after failing to weed out risky transactions that could be linked to money laundering.

  • Brent crude oil for delivery in October was up 4 cents at $101.64 a barrel at 12:56 p.m. EDT, after falling to $101.07, the lowest level since June 2013, the same month Brent prices were last below $100 a barrel.

  • AstraZeneca says DOJ closes probe into drug trial Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— British drugmaker AstraZeneca says the U.S. Department of Justice has closed its investigation into a clinical trial of the company's blood thinner Brilinta, and plans no further action. The London- based drugmaker said in a statement Tuesday: " AstraZeneca has always had absolute confidence in the integrity of the PLATO trial."

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Brent crude prices fell to a 14- month low on Tuesday, giving up early gains as recovering Libyan output, sustained Iraqi production and weak demand offset concerns about threats to supply.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Private equity firm Apax Partners LLP is exploring a sale of U.S. healthcare information technology company TriZetto Corp, hoping to fetch as much as $3 billion including debt, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • *Oil price at level seen as favourable by Saudi Arabia. LONDON/ DUBAI, Aug 19- OPEC is not worried about a slide in oil prices towards $100 a barrel, delegates from the producer group said, with current levels seen as acceptable for producers while higher seasonal demand in the coming weeks was expected to support the market.

  • COLUMN-Testing the aluminum stock financiers: Andy Home Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 19- The enigma machine that is the London aluminum market has shifted gears again. The front part of the London Metal Exchange curve has been tightening for several weeks now to the point that the shortest-dated spreads are currently in backwardation.

  • Thousands of intense earthquakes rock Iceland Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 10:26 AM ET

    LONDON— Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting. Iceland has raised its aviation alert level for the risk of a possible volcanic eruption to orange— the second-most severe level.

  • LONDON, Aug 19- Europe's banks have done the heavy-lifting in the toughest ever test of their financial strength, but an intensive quality assurance process and decisions still to be taken by supervisors means they can't work out how they've fared.

  • LONDON/ HELSINKI/ COPENHAGEN, Aug 19- Team Niinivirta, a Finnish family-run transportation firm, turned 60 this year, but its third-generation managers now don't know if the business will see Christmas, because of Russia's new ban on European food imports.

  • LONDON/ MELBOURNE- The world's biggest mining company, BHP Billiton, announces plans to spin off businesses worth an estimated $16 billion, most of them acquired in a 2001 merger, to focus on its most profitable activities.

  • Lower oil price adds to economic pressure on Russia Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    *Short-term impact on Russia limited by conservative budget. MOSCOW, Aug 19- A fall in the price of Urals crude oil, the benchmark on which Russia bases its budget calculations, is adding to the government's problems at a time when western sanctions are already hurting the economy.