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  • SHANGHAI, June 18- China's scuppering of a planned alliance of the world's top three container shipping lines signals its protectionist stance on key industries and is a reminder to foreign firms to not take Beijing's nod for granted on deals, analysts and lawyers said.

  • FACTBOX-Iraq's oil exports, key oil facilities Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    June 17- Iraq's oil exports, confined to its southern terminals, have not so far been affected by escalating violence in the north, where an export pipeline has been out of action since March.

  • June 16- Star Bulk Carriers Corp said it would buy Oceanbulk Shipping LLC and Oceanbulk Carriers LLC in an all-stock deal to create the largest U.S.-listed dry bulk shipper.

  • June 16- Star Bulk Carriers Corp said it would buy fellow dry bulk carriers Oceanbulk Shipping LLC and Oceanbulk Carriers LLC in an all-stock deal that will make Oaktree Capital Management its largest shareholder.

  • LONDON, June 11- Russian oil firm Rosneft bought a cargo of Kurdish oil for a German refinery it co-owns with oil major BP, quietly circumventing Baghdad's ban on independent oil sales by its autonomous region, according to trading sources.

  • June 9- Morgan Stanley is selling its controlling stake in oil storage and transport company TransMontaigne Inc to NGL Energy Partners LP for $200 million, essentially ending its long run as the biggest physical oil trader on Wall Street.

  • June 9- Morgan Stanley is selling its controlling stake in oil pipeline company TransMontaigne Inc to NGL Energy Partners LP for $200 million, essentially ending its long run as the biggest physical oil trader on Wall Street.

  • RUSSIA WILL NOT PRIVATIZE TELECOMS COMPANY ROSTELECOM, SHIPPING COMPANY SOVKOMFLOT, NOVOROSSIISK SEA PORT THIS YEAR- RIA CITES DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTER NESTERENKO.

  • *ABN AMRO expects to grow its ship finance business in coming years. ATHENS, June 4- ABN AMRO is pumping billions of dollars into its shipping finance business as the sector looks to recovery- just as European rivals cut their exposure due to tougher capital constraints, the Dutch state bank's head of shipping said.

  • Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    **Pilgrim's Pride Corp, the second largest U.S. chicken processor, raised its offer for Hillshire Brands Co, escalating a bidding war with Tyson Foods Inc for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages. **Germany's Siemens said on Tuesday it called off the sale of its baggage handling and postal automation business.

  • BRUSSELS, June 3- European Union antitrust regulators have approved an alliance planned by world No. 1 container shipping company AP Moller-Maersk and another that includes Japan's largest shipper Nippon Yusen Kaisha aimed at tackling excess capacity.

  • SINGAPORE, June 3- U.S. crude held steady above $102 a barrel on Tuesday, but was near a two-week low as a rise in OPEC supply offset an improved demand outlook after manufacturing activity expanded in the United States and China last month.

  • NEW YORK, June 2- Private equity firms Warburg Pincus LLC and Vestar Capital Partners Inc are exploring an initial public offering of Triton Container International Ltd that could value the company at more than $6 billion, including debt, said three people familiar with the matter.

  • *First 1 million barrel cargo being loaded at Ceyhan, Turkey. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday, defying the Baghdad government, which claims sole authority over Iraqi crude and declares any independently sold oil as' smuggled'.

  • *Move likely to infuriate Baghdad. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday despite a dispute with Baghdad, which claims sole authority over Iraqi oil and declares any independently sold oil as' smuggled'.

  • *Demand on Europe/ Asia route surprising- CEO. COPENHAGEN, May 21- Profit at A.P. Moller-Maersk's container shipping business, a bellwether for global trade, more than doubled in the first quarter as demand on the world's busiest route between Asia and Europe picked up and it cut costs.

  • *A.P. Moller-Maersk raises 2014 outlook after Q1. COPENHAGEN, May 21- Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk reported first-quarter net profit above forecasts due to a doubling of profit at container shipping business Maersk Line and raised its outlook for the underlying result in 2014..

  • Maersk expects P3 to start operations later than expected Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, May 21- Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Wednesday it expected the so-called P3 container shipping alliance to start operations in autumn and not in the second quarter as previously expected.

  • LONDON, May 20- Global miners and commodity traders are using multiple strategies to lock in favorable rates for shipping costs, anticipating a freight market recovery after years of turmoil.

  • *Baghdad has threatened to sue companies doing trade. LONDON, May 15- Israeli and U.S. oil refineries have joined the growing list of customers for crude from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region locked in a bitter struggle with the central government in Baghdad that says the sales are illegal. Baghdad refuses to sell oil to Israel, echoing other Arab states.