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  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Aug 15 Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 8:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg holds a press conference from the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington- 1100 GMT. ATHENS- European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker visits Athens and meets Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras- 0800 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • *Food and medicine exempt from U.S., EU sanctions on Iran. LONDON/ ANKARA, Aug 1- It should have been a routine delivery of vegetable oil to Iran for making margarine; instead the tanker spent months in the Gulf as banks held up payment for the cargo, fearing they would run foul of international sanctions.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, paring big losses that had been indicated by trading before the market opened, as a weak July jobs report allayed concerns the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates sooner than many had expected.

  • BEIJING, Aug 1- China's central bank will keep up reasonable growth in credit and social financing and fine-tune its monetary policy in a timely way, the bank said on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 1- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Friday as a weak July jobs report allayed concerns that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates sooner than many had expected. *On Thursday, Wall Street suffered its biggest one-day decline in months as data sparked worries the U.S.

  • Europe's investment banks resilient in retreat Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 1- Europe's investment banks are giving Wall Street a run for its money despite shrinking their trading arms more aggressively than U.S. rivals.

  • Yuan barely changed, set to rise 0.2 pct on week Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 1:36 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Aug 1- China's yuan was flat against the dollar on Friday after the central bank set its official midpoint barely changed from the previous day and it was set to show a marginal gain on the week.

  • Russian groups moving cash holdings into Asia Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 1:10 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a government meeting on the Russian economy on July 30, 2014 in Moscow, Russia. The U.S. government joined the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russias energy sector, arms industry and financial institutions following the the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 on July 17 and increased destabilisation and support of insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

    Russian companies are moving cash holdings to Asian banks as sanctions have raised fears that Russia could be shut out of US dollar funding markets.

  • Singapore's DBS posts record first-half profit Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 11:26 PM ET

    DBS Group Holdings said second-quarter net profit climbed 9 percent, beating expectations with the help of 10 percent growth in loans.

  • UOB: Mortgage sector impacting growth     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 8:17 PM ET

    Lee Wai Fai, Group CFO at United Overseas Bank (UOB), describes the factors weighing on the bank's slowing mortgage growth.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 1- DBS Group Holdings, Singapore's biggest bank, on Friday said second-quarter net profit climbed 9 percent, beating expectations with the help of 10 percent growth in loans. The result meant Southeast Asia's biggest lender, which earns most of its profit from Singapore and Hong Kong, achieved a record first-half net profit of S $2.2 billion.

  • WASHINGTON, July 31- Consumers who opt in for bank overdraft protection end up paying more than double for small purchases, a U.S. consumer watchdog warned on Thursday, giving banks a fee bonanza when checking accounts are short of funds.

  • *Sberbank says has resources to continue successful work. Russia's largest lender Sberbank as well as the country's second and third largest banks, VTB and Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on the bloc's capital markets.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. stocks tumbled on Thursday, with the S&P 500 posting its worst daily decline since April and first monthly drop since January as economic data sparked concern that the Federal Reserve could raise interest rates sooner than some expect.

  • Debit overdraft fees often exceed cost of purchase Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The fees that banks charge debit-card users who overdraw their accounts usually cost more than the items being bought. That's the result of a study that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released Thursday.

  • Bondholders may sue Bulgarian government: Sources Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 3:43 PM ET
    The Corporate Commercial Bank (Corpbank) is seen on the facade of a branch in Sofia, Bulgaria.

    Holders of dollar-denominated bonds at Bulgaria's Corpbank are gearing up for legal action against the government if the bond defaults.

  • MOSCOW, July 31- VTB, Russia's second-largest bank by assets, and Gazprombank said they would continue to honour investor and shareholder obligations despite sanctions from Brussels that ban them from raising funds on EU capital markets.

  • Argentina's tumble into default     Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 2:25 PM ET

    The Economist Correspondent Haley Cohen provides insight to Argentina's second debt default in 13 years.

  • TORONTO, July 31- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has named wealth management head Victor Dodig as its next president and chief executive, replacing Gerry McCaughey who will retire in September.

  • *Default risks turning Bulgaria into " Argentina of Europe": source. BUCHAREST, July 31- Holders of dollar-denominated bonds at Bulgaria's Corporate Commercial Bank are gearing up for legal action against the government if the bond defaults and the bank is tipped into insolvency, two sources told Reuters on Thursday.

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