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  • DUBAI/ KHOBAR, May 1- Saudi Arabia has approved a restructuring of Saudi Aramco that includes separating it from the oil ministry, a Saudi-owned TV station reported, in a decision analysts said aims to make the state oil giant more transparent and keep it away from political sway. On Wednesday King Salman appointed Saudi Aramco's chief executive Khalid al-Falih...

  • LONDON, May 1- The London Metal Exchange has fined one of its warehousing operators, CWT Commodities, 100,000 pounds for breaching information barriers with associated trading companies. The only directly comparable disciplinary action to that against CWT was the 50,000- pound fine imposed on Henry Bath in 1999 for trading metal on its own account.

  • *UK manufacturing growth falls to seven-month low. *GRAPHIC: UK factory PMI http://r.reuters.com/tap74s. Sterling hit a three-week low against the euro after the Markit/ CIPS UK Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, a closely watched monthly business survey, suffered its biggest fall in more than two years.

  • Aon beats 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 1 May 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    LONDON _ Aon PLC on Friday reported first-quarter earnings of $328 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.29 per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.97 billion.

  • The MSCI emerging equity index was marginally weaker on the day and was set to chalk up the steepest weekly losses since mid-March, down more than 1 percent. That was after weak corporate earnings dented sentiment on Wall Street and data showed China's manufacturing sector barely grew in April. There was little liquidity, with stock markets in Russia, Turkey and...

  • *Gold extends losses after falling 1.7 pct on Thursday. LONDON, May 1- Gold edged down towards key chart support on Friday after its biggest one-day loss in eight weeks, as disappointment at its failure to maintain a push this week above $1,200 an ounce undermined investor confidence. "Gold did try to push up to $1,215 briefly, but it really struggled to get any new...

  • LONDON, May 1- A holiday in most of Europe on Friday thinned trade after a tumultuous week which has seen the dollar collapse in value, bond yields soar and stock markets in Europe and the United States weaken. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday, but the euro was up another 0.3 percent to a two-month high of $1.1270.

  • Brexit: Not good for business   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
    Brexit: Not good for business

    Would London lose its reputation as a financial hub if Britain left the EU? Lothar Mentel, chief investment officer at Tatton Investment Management, weighs in.

  • Labour won't 'throw in the towel' on Scots   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:00 AM ET
    Labour won't 'throw in the towel' on Scots

    Ed Balls, opposition Chancellor of the Exchequer in the U.K. Labour party says he won't "throw in the towel" on Scottish voters.

  • UK banking is a difficult space: Strategist   Friday, 1 May 2015 | 3:00 AM ET
    UK banking is a difficult space: Strategist

    Will Hobbs, head of equity strategy at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, discusses the challenges facing Lloyds and the wider banking sector.

  • *China's official PMI shows manufacturing sector barely grew. TOKYO, May 1- An index of Asian shares recovered from session lows but struggled to stay positive on Friday after weak corporate earnings dented Wall Street, while the dollar clawed back some losses after suffering its worst monthly performance in four years against a basket of six major currencies.

  • Why the UK election has got homebuyers worried Friday, 1 May 2015 | 2:03 AM ET

    The U.K.'s once-frothy property market is stuck in "wait-and-see" mode, with homebuyers jittery ahead of the most uncertain election in decades.

  • Japanese stocks drifted lower Friday after weak U.S. earnings underlined an uncertain economic outlook and dented Wall Street. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 was down 0.4 percent at 19,431.52 while Australia's S&P/ASX 200 added 0.6 percent to 5,824.60. Most markets in Asia and Europe are closed for the holiday.

  • Argentina's capital is world capital of bookstores Friday, 1 May 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    From hole-in-the-wall joints with used copies of works by Jorge Luis Borges, Miguel de Cervantes and Gabriel Garcia Marquez to elegant buildings with the latest children's books in several languages, Buenos Aires is filled with locales that pay homage to print. With a population of 2.8 million people within the city limits, there are 25 bookstores for every...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • LONDON, April 30- Prime Minister David Cameron won the last major TV contest of Britain's election campaign, a snap Guardian/ICM poll showed on Thursday, with 44 percent of viewers saying he had performed best on the night. Conservative Party leader Cameron, up for re-election on Thursday next week, was subjected to 30 minutes of questions from a BBC TV audience.

  • Glaxo gets OK to expand marketing of inhaler drug Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— GlaxoSmithKline plc says it has received U.S. approval to sell its once-a-day respiratory inhaler Breo Ellipta for a new use in asthma patients ages 18 and older. The expanded approval from the Food and Drug Administration will help Glaxo replace sales of its best-selling product, Advair, which faces generic competition in Europe and pricing...

  • *Stronger-than-expected U.S. data helps dollar. *Euro rises to 2- month high, posts best month in 4-1/ 2 years. NEW YORK, April 30- The dollar rose against the Japanese yen Thursday after U.S. data showed signs of a stabilizing labor market and an economy that was gathering momentum, putting the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates at least once this year.

  • The 'Megacities' are coming, and they're voracious Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 2:09 PM ET
    San Paulo, Brazil.

    The New York metropolitan area gobbles up more energy than any other major city in the world, according to new research.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 1:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.; Freddie Mac, the mortgage...