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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. Drillers cut the number of U.S. oil rigs in operation by just one this week, the strongest sign yet that a nearly six-month slump in activity was ending, data from oil services firm Baker Hughes...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Citigroup said on Friday it is selling its margin foreign exchange business, including the CitiFX Pro and TradeStream platforms to U.S.-based FXCM and Danish investment bank SAXO Bank. FXCM filed an 8 K form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that the company would "assume the vast majority of margin forex accounts of CitiFX Pro...

  • LONDON, May 22- U.S. Steel Corp said it is close to filing several anti-dumping complaints with U.S. authorities, adding it is still having to consider idling more plants because of difficult market conditions. The Pittsburgh- based company has idled plants in Indiana, Illinois, Alabama, Texas, Ohio and Arkansas this year. It's no longer a matter of if we're going to...

  • *Coming up: Baker Hughes rig count at 1700 GMT. NEW YORK, May 22- Oil fell more than 1 percent on Friday as a rallying dollar and profit-taking ahead of a long U.S. holiday weekend cut short a two-day run-up in crude prices. U.S. crude was down 95 cents at $59.77 a barrel by 11:45 a.m. EDT.

  • *Meets handful of leaders on sidelines of summit in Riga. RIGA, May 22- British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday he was confident of winning concessions from European Union leaders before he asks voters whether Britain should stay in the bloc. After his Conservative Party won an unexpected majority in a May 7 election, Cameron is committed to...

  • LONDON, May 22- French bank BNP Paribas is reviewing its global markets business in London in an attempt to cut costs and improve its profitability, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. BNP Paribas has about 4,100 staff in its corporate and institutional banking business in Britain. Efinancial News earlier reported BNP Paribas' rates and fixed...

  • *Yet sterling up solidly on the year, FTSE rides high. Neither risk materialized and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio- a vote on Britain's EU membership. "The market believes that whether now or later on...

  • NEW YORK— The stock market capped a quiet week of trading on a down note. Just 2.5 billion shares changed hands on the New York Stock Exchange, three-quarters of the normal level. Among stocks making big gains, Deere& Co. rose $3.89, or 4.3 percent, to $93.35 after the equipment maker beat analysts' estimates for its latest quarterly earnings.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- The U.S. dollar turned higher on Friday, spurred off its early losses by a U.S. inflation report that indicated underlying pressures are building and thereby bolstering the case for the U.S. "Stronger inflation, along with stronger growth data, is something that the Fed certainly wants to see," said Brian Daingerfield, currency strategist at the...

  • *Yet sterling up solidly on the year, FTSE rides high. Neither risk materialised and the bounce in the pound after Prime Minister David Cameron's re-election with an unexpected outright majority could be viewed as a sign of investors' faith that he can weather the third of the trio- a vote on Britain's EU membership. "The market believes that whether now or later on...

  • *London and Wall St closed for holiday on Monday. LONDON, May 22- European shares hovered near three-week highs on Friday, boosted by a dip in the euro on currency markets, although luxury goods stocks underperformed after weak sales figures from Richemont. European equities have rallied this year on the back of a government bond-buying program and record low...

  • The talks underscored Altice's intentions to pursue a deal with Time Warner Cable, which is also being courted by Charter Communications Inc after Comcast Corp abandoned its $45.2 billion offer for Time Warner Cable last month over U.S. antitrust concerns.

  • LONDON, May 22- "Don't Fight the Fed" has long been a central tenet of financial markets and one of the most profitable trading strategies around. A speech in London on Monday from European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure about tweaks to the bank's bond-buying program, or quantitative easing caught the market on the hop and triggered one of the...

  • LONDON, May 22- Sterling fell sharply against the dollar on Friday, after a stronger-than-expected rise in U.S. core consumer prices in April revived bets that inflation may reach the Federal Reserve's 2 percent target later this year. Sterling fell 0.9 percent against the dollar to $1.5520, well off a five-month high of $1.5815 struck on May 14.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, May 22- Brazil's government will disclose a major spending freeze on Friday aimed at convincing investors that President Dilma Rousseff is committed to saving the nation's investment-grade debt rating. A freeze of that size would be in line with market expectations and the biggest since Rousseff took office in 2011. Most analysts believe it...

  • LONDON, May 22- A shortage of prime office space in rival European financial centres may torpedo plans by some of London's banks to quit the UK capital if Britain opts out of European Union membership. Deutsche Bank, the euro zone's second largest bank by assets, confirmed this week it was considering cutting its UK operations if the country pulled out, and other...

  • LONDON, May 22- Britain's new Conservative government could take control of planning decisions to speed up the development of shale gas and prevent investor money from drying up, lawyers say. Prime Minister David Cameron, facing dwindling resources of North Sea oil and gas, and eyeing the shale boom that has set the United States on the path to energy...

  • LONDON, May 24- Global regulators meet in London next month to try to tighten their grip on markets after banks were fined billions of dollars for manipulating interest rates and currencies, Britain's top financial supervisor said. The hefty penalties on British, American and Swiss banks have forced authorities to rethink regulation for a chunk of the market...

  • LONDON, May 22- British lawmaker Andrew Tyrie is on course to win a second term as head of a powerful panel in parliament that scrutinizes the work of the finance ministry, the Bank of England and the London's financial services industry. It also holds question-and-answer sessions with top policymakers such as the governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and...