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*China consumer inflation slows in December. LONDON, Jan 9- Euro zone periphery bonds and stocks rallied for a third day on Thursday, as investors cast aside their normal caution ahead of policy meetings at the European Central Bank and Bank of England.
*European Central Bank rate decision at 1245 GMT. LONDON, Jan 9- Copper prices fell to two-week lows on Thursday after upbeat jobs data increased expectations that the U.S. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange dropped to $7,257.25 a tonne at 1045 GMT, down 1.2 percent from Wednesday's close of $7,344.
LONDON, Jan 9- Banks were pleased this week by news that Europe would impose less-restrictive rules on trading than the United States, but the announcement proves that global regulations are likely to remain inconsistent despite pledges to unify them.
BlackRock agreed to end its analyst survey program worldwide, as part of an agreement reached Wednesday with the New York Attorney General's office.
Regulators eager to resolve China's local government debt are setting standards for an emerging class of asset management companies. Caixin reports.
STANDARD CHARTERED'S MEDDINGS SAYS HAS' TIME TO REFLECT ON WHAT HE WANTS TO DO, CONSIDER BROADER RANGE OF ROLES BEYOND BANKING'.
LONDON, Jan 9- The euro recovered some ground ahead of a European Central Bank news conference on Thursday after falling to one-month and one-year lows against the dollar and British pound, reflecting concern over Europe's poorer growth outlook.
*China consumer inflation slows in December. LONDON, Jan 9- Investors traded cautiously ahead of policy meetings at the European Central Bank and Bank of England on Thursday, tending to favour the euro and pound over the dollar and holding back on major equities purchases. The pound looked the firmer of the two gainers at $1.6469.
After two years of stellar gains for global investment banks, JPMorgan has announced its top picks for the sector in the coming year.
*Eyes equity capital increase of up to 2.25 billion euros. VIENNA, Jan 9- Shares in Raiffeisen Bank International fell as much as 9 percent on Thursday after central and eastern Europe's second-biggest lender said it may sell stock to increase its capital by around 40 percent.
LONDON, Jan 9- Standard Chartered has announced the surprise departure of its finance director Richard Meddings, saying he would leave the Asia- focused bank as part of a restructuring.
Dutch insurance and banking group ING is on track for its planned initial public offering, the group's chief financial officer told CNBC.
Erwin Sanft is MD, Head of China & Hong Kong Equity Research at Standard Chartered tells CNBC's Cash Flow why he's expecting Hong Kong financials to outperform their Chinese counterparts in 2014.
NEW YORK, Jan 9- Credit Suisse Group AG is betting it can turn around its unprofitable U.S. private wealth business with new loan products and a focus on the ultra-rich, a strategy greeted with skepticism by some securities analysts and former officials at the bank.
WASHINGTON, Jan 9- U.S. consumer delinquencies dropped sharply in the third quarter of 2013 as the economy grew and the housing market improved, the American Bankers Association said on Thursday. Late payments dropped significantly in two home-related loan categories, the bank industry group said.
SYDNEY, Jan 9- London copper edged down on Thursday after a brightening economic picture in the United States raised prospects the Federal Reserve could more aggressively scale back stimulus, eroding support for commodities.
SEOUL, Jan 9- South Korea's central bank kept interest rates steady for an eighth straight month on Thursday, standing back to monitor the effects of the Federal Reserve's stimulus tapering and the weakening of the Japanese yen. The Bank of Korea held its base rate at 2.50 percent, a media official said without elaborating.
WASHINGTON, Jan 8- Several U.S. lawmakers waded into a squabble between small banks and their regulators this week, supporting the companies' efforts to scale back the so-called Volcker rule which restricts banks' ability to make bets with their own money.
Jan 8- A subcommittee of the powerful Senate Banking Committee has scheduled a hearing for Jan. 15 to discuss regulating Wall Street's role in physical commodity markets.
U.S. SENATE BANKING COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES HEARING FOR JAN. 15 ON REGULATING FINANCIAL HOLDING COMPANIES, PHYSICAL COMMODITIES.