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  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. Across the Atlantic, Greece was headed to a referendum on Sunday that could decide its future in the euro zone. Days after Greece defaulted on part of its IMF debt, the Fund said Greece needs an extra 50 billion euros over the next three years, including 36 billion from its European partners, to stay afloat.

  • *First rise in U.S. oil rig count since December- Baker Hughes. *Some caution prevails over long July 4 weekend, Greece and Iran. Pulling crude futures off highs was the latest data on the U.S. oil rig count from Baker Hughes.

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets also ticked down. Across the Atlantic, Greece was headed to a referendum on Sunday that...

  • LONDON, July 2- Tom Hayes, a former trader on trial in London on Libor-rigging charges, said he must have been either stupid or untroubled by his business practices because he left reams of evidence, according to documents presented to the court on Thursday. In the first trial of an individual accused of benchmark interest rate manipulation, the court heard that...

  • HOUSTON, July 2- BP Plc will pay up to $18.7 billion in penalties to the U.S. government and five states to resolve nearly all claims from its deadly Gulf of Mexico oil spill five years ago in the largest corporate settlement in U.S. history. Under the agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice and the states, BP will pay at least $12.8 billion for Clean Water Act...

  • LONDON, July 2- In all the huff and puff over Greece in the past month, a number of major banks and investors have decided the main driving force behind the dollar's 18- month surge against the euro is evaporating. But with some money market interest rates implying a full percentage point increase in official U.S. rates by the start of 2017 and the European Central...

  • LONDON, July 2- BP's $18.7 billion settlement over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill draws a line under years of uncertainty to allow it to focus once again on growth but could make it an acquisition target. The British energy giant, whose shares are still some 35 percent below their value before the largest offshore spill in U.S. history, still faces headwinds from the...

  • The case for Greece: when it forgave Germany's debt Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 11:46 AM ET

    The International Monetary Fund certainly thinks so, according to a new report in which it argues Greece should get help. But Germany, another major creditor to Greece, is resisting, even though it knows better than most what debt relief can achieve. The 1953 agreement, in which Greece and about 20 other countries effectively wrote off a large chunk of Germany's...

  • *Some caution prevails over long July 4 weekend, Greece and Iran. But with the Greek debt crisis unresolved and Iran nuclear talks pending, and Friday's U.S. The market is also expecting latest weekly estimate on the U.S. oil rig count from industry firm Baker Hughes at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

  • *Greece concerns hang over markets. NEW YORK, July 2- The U.S. dollar index fell from a three-week high on Thursday as chances of a U.S. interest rate hike as soon as September took a hit following a weaker-than-expected U.S. payrolls report, while Wall Street and world stock markets were slightly higher. Greece heads to a referendum on Sunday that could decide its...

  • July 2- BP has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. PAVEL MOLCHANOV, ANALYST AT RAYMOND JAMES:. "The total amount-- $18.7 billion-- obviously is a massive payout, but it's spread over 15 to 18 years, making it quite manageable from a cash flow standpoint.

  • China stocks plunge as market rout deepens Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 10:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks ended a tumultuous trading week with slight losses Thursday as investors sought safety ahead of an extended holiday weekend. Investors bought at the opening of trading after a Labor Department report on job creation suggested the economy was improving, though not so fast as to raise the specter of inflation and higher interest rates.

  • *Europe bourses in 2015: http://link.reuters.com/pap87v. LONDON, July 2- European shares fell on Thursday under pressure from concerns over Greece's debt crisis and with a rebound in the euro weighing on exporters that typically benefit from the single currency's weakness. Electrolux, which owns the Frigidaire, Kenmore and Tappan brands, fell about 10...

  • July 2- BP Plc has reached a comprehensive $18.7 billion settlement with the U.S. government and five states, a landmark deal that effectively ends years of litigation over environmental damage and human casualties caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. Clean Water Act fines and natural resources damages, along with claims by Alabama, Florida, Louisiana,...

  • July 2- BP said it has reached an $18.7 billion settlement of damages claims from the U.S. government and five states after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill. BP said the agreement covered claims from the states Of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas and 400 local government entities. Florida's Attorney General said her state's economic damages...

  • *Glencore takeover risk rises as shares fall. LONDON, July 2- Anglo American is planning to cut between 5 and 20 percent of staff at head offices around the world, sources close to the matter said, in an effort to keep shareholders on side and respond to a commodity price rout that has hit profits. Anglo American declined to comment.

  • LONDON, July 2- German utility stocks rose sharply on Thursday after plans for a coal levy were scrapped, outperforming a flat showing on other benchmark European equity indexes that remained dogged by concerns over Greece. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was also flat while the euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 index slipped 0.1 percent.

  • *Sunday's referendum could be flashpoint for Greece. LONDON, July 2- The Swedish crown sank 1 percent on Thursday after the central bank in Stockholm surprised markets by cutting interest rates and saying it would pump more money into the economy, citing risks from Greece. Sweden's Riksbank said that uncertainty abroad had increased and it was difficult to...

  • Saudi economy accelerates in Q1, may not be sustained Thursday, 2 Jul 2015 | 7:02 AM ET

    DUBAI, July 2- Saudi Arabia's economy accelerated in the first quarter of 2015, showing the world's top oil exporter can cope with low energy prices, but growth may slow as the government faces pressure to rein in spending. The figures indicated Saudi Arabia had offset the impact of oil's 50 percent plunge since mid-2014 with a combination of heavy state...

  • LONDON, July 2- European shares made little headway on Thursday, as uncertainty over Greece's debt crisis pegged back the region's stock markets, while Sweden's Electrolux slumped after a U.S. legal challenge to a deal. Electrolux, which owns the Frigidaire, Kenmore and Tappan brands, fell around 10 percent after the United States filed a lawsuit to prevent it...