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  • India pays 3rd tranche of oil dues to Iran -sources Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:28 AM ET

    *India owed Iran $4.6 bln for oil imports as of May 31. NEW DELHI, July 24- India paid a third and final instalment of $550 million to Iran on Thursday, three industry sources said, part of the frozen funds released to Tehran in the interim deal with world powers.

  • LONDON, July 24- Luxury carmaker Bentley, part of Germany's Volkswagen, expects to increase sales volumes this year by less than previously forecast, Chief Executive Wolfgang Duerheimer said on Thursday.

  • *Physical premiums in China increase, but imports down. LONDON, July 24- Gold broke below the psychological level of $1,300 an ounce for the first time in a week on Thursday as robust economic data from China and the euro zone deterred investors from buying into safe haven assets like the metal.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • LONDON, July 24- Brent crude dipped below $108 a barrel on Thursday as unseasonably weak demand from European refiners and plentiful supplies offset strong Chinese factory data. Brent for September delivery was down 31 cents at $107.72 a barrel by 0909 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.

  • World shares subdued amid Russia sanctions report Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 4:05 AM ET

    TOKYO— World shares were rattled Thursday by reports the European Union is weighing stiffer financial sanctions against Russia.

  • *Hamas sticks to demand embargo on Gaza be lifted. GAZA/ JERUSALEM, July 24- Israel won a partial reprieve from the economic pain of its Gaza war on Thursday with the lifting of a U.S. ban on commercial flights to Tel Aviv, as fighting pushed the Palestinian death toll over 700..

  • European shares edge lower on mixed earnings, PMIs Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:52 AM ET

    The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 slipped 0.2 percent in early trade to 1,372.80 points, with benchmark indexes in France, Germany and the UK down 0.3 to 0.6 percent.

  • Oil drifts down despite China manufacturing bounce Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:17 AM ET

    Benchmark U.S. crude for September delivery was down 16 cents at $102.96 a barrel at 0650 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

  • The company forecast that pretax profits for the 12 months to the end of September would be in the range of 545 million pounds to 570 million pounds and the range included the impact from situations in Israel, Egypt and Moscow.

  • TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Thursday in choppy trade as investors awaited Japanese quarterly results, while geopolitical worries about Gaza curbed risk appetites, offsetting a strong private survey on Chinese manufacturing. The Nikkei ended 0.3 percent lower at 15,284.42 after trading in positive territory earlier.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude held steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday as a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's No.2 oil consumer. Brent crude for September delivery traded up 8 cents at $108.11 a barrel by 0539 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.

  • FAA lifts ban on US flights to Tel Aviv airport Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    "Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude was steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday, holding on to the previous day's gains, after a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's second-biggest oil consumer.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Gold broke below the key psychological level of $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as safe-haven demand for the metal eased due to rising Asian equities and strong Chinese manufacturing data.

  • *Volume may be low as market focused on China survey, Japanese earnings. TOKYO, July 24- Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Thursday morning as the slightly weakening yen supported sentiment, but geopolitical worries over Ukraine and Gaza kept activity in check.

  • SYDNEY, July 24- London copper was little changed on Thursday, shrugging of news that miners in Indonesia may soon resume ore exports that have been halted since January, while traders awaited a string of flash manufacturing sector reports.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- U.S. crude was little changed near $103 a barrel in early Asian trading on Thursday, holding on to previous day gains due to a higher-than-expected decline in crude inventories. Geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East helped underpin oil prices, but had yet to cause disruptions to well-supplied global crude markets.

  • *Tech stocks boosted by Apple, Facebook hits record high. SYDNEY, July 24- Asian stocks inched higher on Thursday, encouraged by upbeat corporate results and a record close on Wall Street, while unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine underpinned demand for high-rated bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up a slim 0.09 percent.

  • SINGAPORE, July 24- Gold was holding its ground above $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as violence deepened in the Middle East over the Gaza strip and as holdings in the top bullion-backed fund rose on safe-haven bids. *Meanwhile, tensions remained high between Russia and the West over Ukraine.