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  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Sept 10 Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LJUBLJANA- Bled Strategic Forum 2014 in Slovenia.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 29- Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva plans to put a price on greenhouse gas emissions and implement a national carbon market if elected, according to policy proposals released on Friday.

  • Business Highlights Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    Malaysia Airlines to cut 6,000 staff in overhaul. KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia— Malaysia Airlines will cut 6,000 workers as part of a $1.9 billion overhaul announced Friday to revive its damaged brand after being hit by double passenger jet disasters.

  • IMF board expresses confidence in Lagarde Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:14 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The executive board of the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence Friday in IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde after receiving a briefing on a French corruption probe in which Lagarde is being investigated.

  • Shares of United Therapeutics closed up $26.14 at $117.83 on the Nasdaq, boosting the company's market value by about $1.24 billion to $5.57 billion.

  • In afternoon trading, United Therapeutics' shares were up $24.56, or 26.8 percent, at $116.25, after earlier rising as much as 28.7 percent to a record $118.00.

  • Financial daily Les Echos reported on Friday that negotiations, which first began before a planned $35 billion merger of Publicis and Omnicom Group Inc was unveiled in July 2013, restarted three months ago after the Omnicom deal fell through.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.3 pct. *Euro STOXX 50 posts biggest monthly gain since Feb. LONDON, Aug 29- European shares eked out small gains in thin, choppy trade on Friday, helping one key euro zone index of blue chips record its biggest monthly rise since February.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:39 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for August, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for July, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for July, 10 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases Beige Book, 2 p.m..

  • Criteo shares jump after Publicis deal speculation Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    Negotiations, which first began before a planned $35 billion merger of Publicis and Omnicom Group Inc was unveiled in July 2013, restarted three months ago after the Omnicom deal fell through, financial daily Les Echos reported.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Airlines down after volcano eruption in Iceland. LONDON, Aug 29- European shares were poised to end a positive August on a softer note on Friday after euro zone inflation data slightly cooled market speculation about fresh monetary stimulus by the European Central bank.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 29- Russia is ready for talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday, warning of disruption to flows to Europe this winter if a row over pricing and debts was not resolved.

  • *Mobile is weak link in Sony's struggling electronics division. TOKYO, Aug 29- Japan's SoftBank Corp and its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint Corp will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the two technology titans confront daunting challenges in the U.S. market.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 29- The Ukraine conflict has evoked many memories of the Cold War, including a footloose attitude to the truth. But there are also some European powers, including Germany and France, who despite being on the opposite side of the crisis share Putin's desire not to paint it as an out-and-out war between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Ukraine wants $268.50 as offered to previous government. MOSCOW, Aug 29- Russia is open to talks on resuming gas supplies to Ukraine and willing to offer a price cut of nearly 20 percent, Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Thursday, but the discounted price is still above the level Kiev demands.

  • BERLIN, Aug 29- Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings staged a six-hour strike on Friday, disrupting travel plans of thousands of people returning from summer holidays and putting pressure on Lufthansa management in a pension scheme dispute.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.1 pct. *Euro STOXX 50 set for best monthly gain since Feb. LONDON, Aug 29- European shares trimmed their early gains on Friday as euro zone inflation data slightly cooled market speculation about fresh monetary stimulus by the European Central bank.

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Aug 29- Euro zone inflation dropped as expected to a fresh five year low in August, data showed on Friday, something likely to concern the European Central Bank but not force it into immediate policy intervention.

  • German economic fears growing but Merkel strong Friday, 29 Aug 2014 | 5:12 AM ET

    "She holds her line, and this gives the German electorate the impression she is doing a good job in the interests of Germany," said Nils Diederich, a political scientist at Berlin's Free University. Merkel's support stands at 65 percent according to the latest polls, and her party was also by far the most popular in Germany.