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  • BOGOTA, March 3- Colombia's state-controlled oil company Ecopetrol will propose distributing 70 percent of its 2014 net profit of 7.5 trillion pesos as an ordinary dividend at its upcoming shareholder meeting, the company said on Tuesday. The size of Ecopetrol's dividend payouts has a direct impact on the Andean nation's public finances since the...

  • Oil boom's end threatens pain for much of Latin America Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:07 AM ET

    PUERTO GAITAN, Colombia— Soaring oil prices the past decade transformed this rural backwater into Colombia's richest city as nearby fields pumped black gold, drawing new businesses, international pop stars and vanity art projects such as the biblical-themed arch that towers over these sweltering grasslands. "Things are going badly but we haven't touched...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 20- Colombia's central bank board voted unanimously to keep its key lending rate unchanged for a sixth straight month on Friday, as economic growth slows in the face of depressed oil prices. Central bank chief Jose Dario Uribe said consumer confidence remained strong in the economy, whose growth has been driven largely by robust consumer demand and a...

  • Mack-Cali reports 4Q results Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 7:15 AM ET

    EDISON, N.J. _ Mack-Cali Realty Corp. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 45 cents per share. Analysts expected $149.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • BOGOTA, Feb 17- U.S.-based Drummond said it expects coal production in Colombia this year to reach about 30 million tonnes as it increases mining even as prices remain low, its Colombia president Jose Miguel Linares said on Tuesday. Colombia's second biggest coal miner produced about 26.8 million tonnes last year, up 17.5 percent from 2013. The company is...

  • BOGOTA, Feb 2- Colombia's economy will probably grow slightly more in 2016 than the 3.6 percent predicted for this year, the central bank chief said on Monday. "The technical team is projecting 2016 growth figures a bit above those for 2015," Jose Dario Uribe told reporters after his quarterly presentation in Bogota. A nearly 60 percent drop since June in prices for...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 30- Colombia's central bank will likely keep its key lending rate unchanged for a fifth straight month on Friday, in an effort to bolster slowing economic growth amid plunging oil revenue and a mounting crisis in Europe. The vote comes as world economies grapple with a slump in prices for crude, Colombia's biggest export and source of foreign exchange,...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg launched a free Internet application in Colombia on Wednesday as part of a drive to bring developing markets online, but remained mute on when and if the company would look to move into China. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America and the fourth in the world to receive the new Internet.org...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership...

  • BOGOTA, Jan 14- Facebook Inc on Wednesday launched a mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership...

  • QUITO, Jan 6- Ecuador imposed tariffs on imports from Colombia and Peru in a bid to shield its economy from cheap goods entering as a result of depreciating currencies in those two nations, while its biggest export is being hit by the slumping price of oil. The Andean nation, the smallest member of OPEC, will temporarily levy a 21 percent duty on imports from Colombia...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company rank among the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank,...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 17- A tiny mutual fund based in Miami, a clutch of cruise line operators and a Canadian natural resources company are the early winners in the Obama administration's surprise move on Wednesday to thaw relations with Cuba. While the Cuban economy is small, with gross domestic product of roughly $70 billion, according to the World Bank, comparable to...

  • BOGOTA, Dec 10- Bidding to build a long-awaited $6.9 billion subway system in Bogota, Colombia's capital city, will open in the second half of 2015, the mayor said on Wednesday, adding that the project has garnered interest from foreign companies. Now the city has plans to open a first 32 km line serving 27 stations by 2020, mayor Gustavo Petro- considered the...

  • *Good news for robusta growers such as Vietnam, Indonesia. MUMBAI/ SEOUL, Dec 4- Mumbai civil servant Sachin Kenjale regularly ends his day with a steaming cup of instant coffee after trying the drink for the first time with friends around two years ago. Reaching that milestone would underscore a major market shift, with robusta's popularity soaring as increasing...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Colombia's government rewarded children who showed up for school in Bogota with cash payments for their families, an attempt to reduce high school drop-out rates and encourage university attendance. But the program was less effective until the government made a tweak: some families would receive smaller regular sums and get a bigger payout...

  • Global air ticket fraud sweep nets 118 arrests Friday, 28 Nov 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    AMSTERDAM, Nov 28- More than 100 people were arrested worldwide this week after an investigation spanning 45 countries into the use of stolen credit cards to buy plane tickets, European police agency Europol said on Friday. The probe, run from Europol's headquarters in The Hague as well as from Singapore and Bogota, Colombia, was aimed at curbing a type of crime...

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 2000 GMT / 3:00 p.m. ET Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Oil prices plunge after OPEC decides against output cut. CALGARY- Brent crude oil plunged as much as $6.50 a barrel, and U.S. crude dropped by nearly as much, posting their steepest one-day falls since 2011, after OPEC decided against cutting output despite a huge oversupply in world markets. BOGOTA- Hundreds of thousands of people displaced from their land...

  • BOGOTA, Oct 30- Colombia has room to take on additional debt next year to make up for a shortfall in revenue if the international price of oil continues to decline, Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said on Thursday, adding the government would maintain its spending pace. A decline in Colombia's crude output coupled with a drop in price has raised concern in...

  • BOGOTA, Oct 27- Colombia's central bank will hold its benchmark interest rate at 4.5 percent until at least the end of the year because of economic uncertainty at home and abroad, according to a Reuters survey on Monday, while the peso will continue depreciating. "Being conscious of the moderation in local economic growth in the second half of the year, it still...