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July 29- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the biggest U.S. bank by assets, is slashing its technology support workforce in corporate and investment banking division following a revenue dip, Bloomberg News reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Offices affected include New York, Tampa, Chicago and Dubai, according to the report.
-Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 29- China's refineries produced the most fuel on record in June and oil consumption reached the highest in 17 months, but there are still doubts as to the true strength of demand.
PARIS, July 28- European planemaker Airbus is set to lose its only Japanese customer for the A380 superjumbo as Skymark Airlines prepares to cancel an order for six jets worth more than $2 billion, industry sources said on Monday. An Airbus spokesman declined to comment on the threat to the Skymark order, which was first reported by Bloomberg News.
*South Korea, Japan refiners to take first two U.S. cargoes. *Iran condensate exports to China made at deep discounts. While buyers in Japan and South Korea have been willing to trial a U.S. grade of the super-light crude known as condensate, China has already locked in annual contracts with Tehran and is not expected to take any U.S. oil in the short-term.
*Investors agree to share issue of up to 250 million euros. ROME, July 25- Alitalia shareholders on Friday approved a share issue of up to 250 million euros to keep the Italian flag carrier flying as it seeks to finalize a life-saving tie-up with Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi's state-owned Etihad Airways plans to buy a 49 percent stake in the Italian carrier.
*Investors asked to agree to cash call for up to 250 mln euros. ROME, July 25- Alitalia shareholders are meeting on Friday to vote on a share issue of up to 250 million euros to keep the Italian flagship carrier flying as it attempts to finalize a life-saving tie-up with Etihad Airways.
Duerheimer, who took charge of the Volkswagen- owned luxury marque on June 1, told reporters in London that previous sales estimates had proved too optimistic. Bentley had said that 2014 was on course to be the brand's best year after first-half sales rose by almost a quarter to 5,254 saloons, coupes and convertibles, thanks to demand from China and the Middle East.
*Bourse opening follows labour, mortgage, other reforms. DUBAI, July 24- Saudi Arabia's decision to open its stock market to foreign investors is part of an accelerating series of economic reforms that may culminate in the most far-reaching change yet: higher domestic energy prices.
*Saudi Arabia as big as other Gulf markets combined. DUBAI, July 23- The opening of Saudi Arabia's bourse to international investors may double the amount of foreign money flowing into the Gulf's securities markets, making it more attractive to invest in the region but also bringing new risks.
LONDON, July 23- Emerging equities hit new 17- month highs on Wednesday, buoyed by strong post-election gains in Indonesia and a rise in Russian stocks after a conciliatory tone from the Kremlin over the downed Malaysian Airlines jet.
ABU DHABI, July 22- National Bank of Abu Dhabi raised its 2014 profit forecast as a buoyant economy and a surge in fee-based income helped it to beat second-quarter expectations and rein in projected provisions to cover bad loans. Economists forecast the UAE economy will grow by 4.3 percent this year, boosting demand for banking services.
*Saudis expected to follow quota model similar to China. RIYADH/ DUBAI, July 22- Saudi Arabia plans to open its stock market, the Arab world's biggest, to direct investment by foreign financial institutions in the first half of next year, the market regulator said on Tuesday.
RIYADH, July 22- Saudi Arabia's cabinet gave permission to the financial regulator to open the Arab World's biggest stock market to direct investment by foreign financial institutions. The opening of the Saudi market, capitalised at about $530 billion, is one of the most keenly awaited economic reforms in the world's biggest oil exporter.
*Poste willing to invest up to 40 million euros. ROME/ MILAN, July 21- Poste Italiane will only invest more money in Alitalia if it avoids taking on the airline's past liabilities, three sources close to the matter said on Monday, a condition likely to hamper a rescue deal with Etihad Airways.
BERLIN, July 21- Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline by revenue, joined rival Emirates in calling for an airline summit to discuss the industry's response to the downing of an airliner over Ukraine, saying international security protocols should be reviewed.
*Gulf banks reducing loan fees, easing terms. *Eager to deploy cash supplies amid high oil prices. DUBAI, July 21- Cash-rich Gulf banks are grabbing a growing share of the region's loan market as they cut fees and ease terms, elbowing aside some of the foreign banks which used to dominate lending.
The increasingly deadly conflict between Israel and Gaza- based militants, fighting in eastern Ukraine and new sanctions on Russia over its perceived role in the Ukraine crisis were capping further advances in global equities, with MSCI's emerging index half percent off recent 16- month highs.
PARIS, July 20- The head of one of the world's largest airlines has called for an international meeting of carriers to agree a response to the downing of a Malaysian airliner, including a potential rethink of the threats posed by regional conflicts.
SYDNEY, July 18- Australia's Qantas Airways, Korea Air Lines Co Ltd and Asiana Airlines Inc said on Friday they shifted flights operating over Ukrainian air space months ago amid increasing tensions between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels.
LONDON, July 17- A Malaysian airliner was brought down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard and sharply raising the stakes in a conflict between Kiev and pro- Moscow rebels in which Russia and the West back opposing sides.