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  • Jan 26- IBM dismissed on Monday a Forbes magazine report claiming the technology firm is preparing to cut about 26 percent of its workforce. IBM is in the process of layoffs, as disclosed in its latest earnings report last week, but they will affect "several thousand" employees only, according to an emailed statement from IBM to Reuters. A report last Thursday on...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- When Mario Draghi announced the European Central Bank's trillion-euro scheme to buy government bonds, he acknowledged that in the round of strategies to revive inflation and boost the economy, the bank had just played its last hand. Asked by reporters what would happen if the plan to purchase 60 billion euros of assets a month for 19 months failed,...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 26- U.S. private equity firm Blackstone Group said it has agreed to sell a prime Sydney office building to China's Dalian Wanda Group for about A $415 million. China's biggest property conglomerate plans to build a 5- star hotel as well as luxury residential and retail developments at the location, the company said in a statement.

  • Jan 23- Moody's Investors Service slashed Atlantic City's credit rating six notches deeper into junk territory on Friday, a day after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie appointed an emergency manager with a mandate to consider a debt restructuring. Atlantic City has about $344 million of long-term debt outstanding. The order from Christie to consider a...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 23- Deere& Co, the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery. Iowa will be hit hardest by the reductions, with about 565 workers in Waterloo and 300 others in Ankeny slated...

  • Jan 23- SkyMall, whose in-flight shopping catalogs have long been a staple of airline travel, has filed for bankruptcy protection, blaming changing consumer habits and the loss of contracts from two major carriers, Delta and Southwest. Xhibit and SkyMall filed for Chapter 11 protection from creditors on Thursday night in the U.S. bankruptcy court in Phoenix,...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 23- Troubled Chinese property firm Kaisa Group is talking to banks and rival developers about selling its assets as the company scrambles to raise cash, according to people with knowledge of the matter. The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that developers speaking to Kaisa include China Vanke and Shenzhen Overseas Chinese Town.

  • Jan 22- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc will cut about 500 jobs, more than a fifth of its workforce, and produce one fewer movie a year as part of a major restructuring after a string of box-office misses. DreamWorks, which held unsuccessful buyout talks twice last year, said it plans to produce two feature films per year, down from three, and close its Northern...

  • Jan 22- DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc will cut about 500 jobs, more than a fifth of its workforce, and produce one fewer movie a year as part of a major restructuring after a string of box-office misses. Most of this charge will be incurred in the quarter ended Dec. 31 and the remainder by 2016. DreamWorks, which had about 2,200 employees as of Dec. 31, 2013, expects to...

  • "It is unclear at this point whether or not this move up in the trend reflects issues seasonally adjusting the data around the holidays or if it represents a more meaningful deterioration in the labor market," said Daniel Silver, an economist at JP Morgan in New York. State-level data for the week ending Jan. 10 showed an increase in claims in the oil-producing...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Ukraine's sovereign dollar bonds slumped on Thursday after the government said it would seek talks with bondholders to "improve debt sustainability", interpreted by many as a call to restructure the debt. The comments by Finance Minister Natalia Yaresko are being seen as a call for creditors to write down some of Ukraine's debt as the country...

  • Russia's Gazprom to build LNG plant on the Baltic Sea Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:02 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Jan 22- Russia's Gazprom said on Thursday it would build a liquefied natural gas plant with an annual capacity of up to 15 million tonnes on the Baltic Sea.

  • Jan 21- More than 4,000 employees of American Express Co will lose their jobs over the next year as part of a restructuring program at the credit card company, a spokeswoman said. This will occur over the course a year throughout the organization, " Marina Hoffmann Norville, a spokeswoman for American Express, said in an email. It said American Express would continue...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 21- EBay Inc plans to cut its workforce by 7 percent, or 2,400 jobs, in the current quarter and is exploring a sale or public offering of its enterprise unit as the e-commerce company prepares to split from its payments division, PayPal, this year. The jobs will be cut across the marketplace, payments and enterprise divisions, eBay said on Wednesday...

  • HOUSTON— Oil services company Baker Hughes Inc. will lay off about 7,000 workers as it prepares for a downturn in orders because of the plunge in crude prices, the company said Tuesday. The layoffs represent about an 11 percent cut to the 62,000- plus workers Baker Hughes says it employs worldwide. Oil services rival Halliburton had announced in November it...

  • UPDATE 1-Life Partners Holdings files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:26 PM ET

    Jan 20- Life Partners Holdings Inc, which deals in the secondary market for life insurance, said it filed for bankruptcy on Tuesday as it pursues an appeal of a $46 million judgment against it and two executives over misleading investors about the core aspects of its business. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had sued Life Partners in 2012 and sought to...

  • Life Partners Holdings files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 1:46 PM ET

    Jan 20- Life Partners Holdings Inc, which deals in the secondary market for life insurance, said it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.

  • *Halliburton says job cuts to be in line with primary competitors. Jan 20- Oilfield service providers Baker Hughes Inc and Halliburton Co plan to cut thousands of jobs as drilling activity slows further due to a steep fall in crude oil prices. Baker Hughes, which is being acquired by Halliburton in a near- $35 billion deal, said earlier in the day it would lay off 7,000...

  • Starboard asks Staples to merge with Office Depot Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    Jan 20- Activist investor Starboard Value LP called for office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc to merge, saying it would lead to greater savings. A merger will result in synergies of at least $2 billion, which would more than double operating profits, and the two chains will be more efficient at closing stores when combined, Starboard said in a...

  • *Baker Hughes fourth-quarter adjusted profit $1.44 vs est $1.07. Jan 20- Oilfield services provider Baker Hughes Inc said it expects to lay off about 7,000 employees, days after industry leader Schlumberger Ltd said it would cut jobs as drilling activity slows due to a steep fall in oil prices. Halliburton, which is buying Baker Hughes in a near- $35 billion deal,...