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  • *Avago to buy LSI for $6.6 bln; AIG to sell unit for $5.4 bln. *Charter prepares offer letter for Time Warner Cable: source. NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, as large deals boosted optimism after a steep decline last week, though investors remained heavily focused on an upcoming Federal Reserve policy meeting.

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japan's Nikkei share average fell 1.6 percent to a 3-1/ 2- week closing low on Monday, hit by selling in futures and index-heavyweight stocks as investors braced for possible tapering in monetary stimulus by the U.S.

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Monday morning, hit by selling in futures and index-heavy stocks as investors braced for a possible start of the U.S. Sprint Corp, which is 80 percent owned by Softbank, is mulling a takeover of smaller rival T-Mobile US and could make a bid in the first half of 2014, according to a Wall Street Journal report.

  • *Japan business confidence at 6- year high as yen retreats. "It's still 50/ 50 as to whether the Fed will announce tapering," said Shane Oliver, head of investment strategy at AMP Capital in Sydney. The cautious mood in markets was aptly encapsulated by MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan which was trading 0.05 percent lower.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- The U.S. dollar hovered near a five-year high against the yen and rose against the euro on Friday, while global equity indexes slipped on growing concerns the U.S. The current Thomson Reuters consensus among economists is still for the Fed to begin withdrawing stimulus in March.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- The U.S. dollar hovered near a five-year high against the yen and rose against the euro on Friday, while global equity indexes slipped on growing concerns the U.S. The current Thomson Reuters consensus among economists is still for the Fed to begin withdrawing stimulus in March.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- The U.S. dollar touched a five-year high against the yen and rose against the euro on Friday, while global equity indexes slipped on growing concerns the U.S. The current Thomson Reuters consensus among economists is still for the Fed to begin withdrawing stimulus in March 2014.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- The U.S. dollar touched a five-year high against the yen and rose against the euro on Friday, while global equity indexes slipped on growing concerns the U.S. The current Thomson Reuters consensus among economists is still for the Fed to begin withdrawing stimulus in March 2014.

  • European shares slip further; Peugeot tumbles Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 11:00 AM ET

    *Peugeot shares tumble again as GM offload stake. PARIS, Dec 13- European stocks inched lower on Friday in light volumes, adding to a near 5 percent pullback in two weeks, as investors remained on edge ahead of next week's U.S. Around Europe, UK's FTSE 100 index was down 0.04 percent, Germany's DAX index down 0.1 percent, and France's CAC 40 down 0.2 percent.

  • *Qualcomm says COO Steve Mollenkopf to become CEO in March. NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. stocks were modestly higher on Friday, bouncing back after a three-day drop, though market participants remained cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week.

  • LONDON, Dec 13- Global equities headed for their biggest two-week drop since June and the dollar hit 5- year highs against the yen on Friday amid concern the U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 13- Wall Street rose modestly at the open on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to snap a three-day decline, though market participants remained cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week.

  • U.S. House passes bill for $633 bln in defense spending. NEW YORK, Dec 13- Wall Street was set for a higher open on Friday, poised to bounce back after a three-day decline, though market participants remained cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week. Federal Reserve could decide to start scaling back stimulus at its policy meeting on Dec. 16-17.

  • *U.S. House passes bill for $633 bln in defense spending. NEW YORK, Dec 13- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Friday, rebounding after a three-day decline on Wall Street, though market participants remained cautious ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting next week.

  • LONDON, Dec 13- Global equities headed for their biggest two-week drop since June and the dollar hit 5- year highs against the yen on Friday amid concern the U.S.

  • *FTSE underperforms as RSA plummets. LONDON, Dec 13- European shares edged higher on Friday but remained near two-month lows and were set for their worst fortnight since June, pegged back by concerns over the U.S.

  • LONDON, Dec 13- Global equities headed for their biggest two-week drop since June and the dollar hit 5- year highs against the yen on Friday amid concern the U.S. Such concerns saw U.S.-based funds pull $6.51 billion out of stock mutual funds in the past week, the biggest outflow this year, according to Thomson Reuters Lipper data.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 flat, Euro STOXX 50 edges 0.3 pct higher. LONDON, Dec 13- European shares were holding at two-month lows on Friday and are set for their worst fortnight since June, weighed down by a decline in RSA and by concern over the U.S.

  • Hong Kong shares trim weekly losses, banks support Friday, 13 Dec 2013 | 3:07 AM ET

    HONG KONG, Dec 13- Hong Kong shares trimmed weekly losses on Friday, with the Chinese banking sector leading a tepid rebound after it was hit this week by worries Beijing would lower 2014 growth targets and signs of quicker interest rate liberalisation. The Hang Seng Index, which closed on Thursday at its lowest since Nov. 18, ended up 0.1 percent at 23,246 points.

  • TOKYO, Dec 13- The Nikkei stock average ended a three-day run of losses on Friday as the yen slumped to a five-year low against the dollar following strong U.S. retail sales data, lifting the appeal of Japanese equities.

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