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  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- The U.S. bond market could enjoy a solid 2015, but don't expect a repeat of the spectacular run that some fixed-income sectors enjoyed this year, investors said on Wednesday. U.S. government debt that matures in 20 years and beyond is on track for a 27 percent return for 2014, according to Barclays, in a year when the S&P 500 index has gained nearly 15...

  • Dec 30- Inovalon Holdings Inc, an analytics and data-based technology service provider to the healthcare sector, filed with U.S. regulators on Tuesday to raise up to $500 million in an initial public offering of Class A common stock. Goldman, Sachs& Co, Morgan Stanley& Co LLC and Citigroup Global Markets Inc are the lead underwriters of the IPO, the company told the...

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Dec 29- Civeo Corp, which provides temporary housing for oilfield workers and miners, slashed its workforce on Monday and said revenue could fall by a third as slumping crude prices force oil producers to cut costs. The warning adds jitters to the already-wary global oil market and highlights weakness in Australia's coal industry, one of Civeo's...

  • Dec 21- On December 13, as thousands of protesters mobbed the New York streets, Yuseff Hamm, an NYPD police officer, was monitoring the demonstrations from a mobile command unit near the Brooklyn Bridge. Nor had he ever seen anything like what happened one week later, on Saturday: a lone gunman, hours after warning on Instagram that he planned an attack in retribution...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Foreclosure activity across the United States fell in November as banks repossessed fewer homes and scheduled a lower number of auctions, according to a report released on Thursday. "The housing market is struggling to find the new normal when it comes to a tolerable level of foreclosure activity in this post-Great Recession economy,"...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- More top global financial executives expect a stronger dollar to help their bottom line than see harmful effects from the currency's rise, a private survey released on Tuesday showed. Twenty-four percent of corporate treasurers and chief financial officers said they expected a stronger dollar to improve their companies' earnings in 2014,...

  • Innovative lawyer changed the way top firms operate Monday, 8 Dec 2014 | 5:32 AM ET

    BETHESDA, Maryland, Dec 8- Although large firms dominate the list of those that are most successful at getting cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, there are a handful of exceptions. Perhaps the most notable is the unusual four-lawyer firm run by Thomas Goldstein in a Washington suburb 10 miles from the high court. Some of Goldstein's success can be traced to...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. Treasuries investors are focused on the wide difference in yields between European government bonds and higher-paying Treasuries, especially among long maturities, according to Dan Heckman, senior fixed income strategist, at U.S. Bank Wealth Management in Kansas City.

  • TREASURIES-Prices rise as ECB reduces growth forecasts Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 4- U.S. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi told reporters in Frankfurt that the ECB's Governing Council was unanimous in backing such potential steps as a government bond-buying program with new money. Treasuries initially rose on the ECB's actions and Draghi's comments but then slipped as investor reassessed the timing and...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Wednesday how to decide a case that could determine whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have physical limitations on duties they can perform. During a one-hour argument before the nine justices, two of the court's three women- Elena Kagan and Ruth Bader...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 3- U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared unsure on Wednesday how to decide a case that could determine whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have physical limitations on the duties they can perform. During a one-hour argument before the nine justices, two of the court's three women- Ruth Bader Ginsburg and...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 2- Delving into the sensitive subject of women's rights in the workplace, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Wednesday whether employers must provide accommodations for pregnant workers who may have a hard time doing their usual job duties. The case concerns whether package delivery company UPS Inc treated part-time truck driver Peggy...

  • Nov 28- Wells Fargo& Co was sued on Friday by Cook County, Illinois, which accused the largest U.S. mortgage lender of targeting black, Hispanic and female borrowers with predatory and discriminatory lending in the Chicago area. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, which is part of Cook County and the third-most populous U.S. city,...

  • Nov 28- Wells Fargo& Co was sued on Friday by Cook County, Illinois, which accused the largest U.S. mortgage lender of targeting black, Hispanic and female borrowers with predatory and discriminatory lending in the Chicago area. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, which is part of Cook County and the third-most populous U.S. city,...

  • That was the day 100,000 tonnes of metal being stored in LME-registered sheds in Detroit were canceled prior to physical load-out. The cancellations created an instantaneous bottleneck at Metro International, the dominant LME warehouse operator in Detroit. A relatively benign load-out queue of just over 20 days at Detroit mushroomed to a monster queue of...

  • COLUMN-Oil in Arcadia: John Kemp Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    Some of that crude came from states such as North Dakota, Texas and Alaska, and the rest from foreign suppliers like Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Nigeria. On Saturday, the New York Times published a carefully researched essay chronicling "The Downside of the Boom" about how " North Dakota took on the oversight of a multi-billion dollar oil industry with a...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 15- President Barack Obama's plan to extend private health coverage to the uninsured entered a new uncertain phase on Saturday as government-backed online insurance marketplaces opened their 2015 plans to millions of potential enrollees. A 2010 law known as Obamacare is intended to extend health coverage to millions of uninsured...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- A spike in home auctions last month helped drive the biggest gain in U.S. foreclosure activity in more than four years, according to a report from RealtyTrac on Thursday. "The October foreclosure numbers are not a complete surprise given that over the past three years there has been an average 8 percent monthly uptick in scheduled foreclosure...

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 6- Responding to a dizzying array of issues that threaten to break the Internet, from privacy to tax dodging to cybercrime, a group of the world's leading governance organisations say greater user involvement, not top-down control, is needed. Three organisations-- Brazil's Internet Steering Committee, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and...

  • In September life-science company Calico, which was set up by Google last year to investigate the ageing process, joined with U.S. drugmaker AbbVie in committing an initial $250 million apiece to developing cures for age-related diseases. Away from the limelight, however, Switzerland's Novartis and Denmark's Novo Nordisk are already testing new roles for...