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LONDON, Dec 21- Investors, stung by losses in commodity investments this year and last, are warily preparing to put money into oil and industrial metals in 2013 if recovery takes hold in the global economy and especially in top raw materials consumer China.
*Europe sales down; demand grows in U.S., Japan, China. PARIS, Dec 21- Depressed by weak economies and the lingering shadow of a sovereign debt crisis, Europeans are struggling to find good reasons to crack open the bubbly.
LONDON, Dec 21- Global stock markets weakened on Friday and both the euro and gold slipped, as a new setback in talks to avert a U.S. fiscal crisis and evidence of Europe's ongoing economic difficulties stoked investor nerves.
LONDON, Dec 21- Copper prices edged up on Friday from steep falls in the previous session, although investors remained nervous that the United States will not be able to avert a fiscal crisis which could push the world's largest economy into recession.
LONDON, Dec 21- Brent crude oil fell more than $1 per barrel towards $109 on Friday after talks in the United States to avert a budget crisis stalled, reviving worries about demand in the world's biggest oil consumer. Brent dropped $1.05 to a low of $109.15 before recovering slightly to trade around $109.35 by 1045 GMT.
*Takeover values NYSE Euronext at $8.2 bln. LONDON, Dec 21- IntercontinentalExchange's $8.2 billion takeover of New York Stock Exchange owner NYSE Euronext allows it to tap into a dramatic expansion of demand for clearing financial derivatives expected next year.
LONDON, Dec 21- Brent crude oil fell below $110 a barrel on Friday after talks in the United States to avert a budget crisis stalled, reviving worries about demand i n the world's biggest oil consumer. Brent crude slipped 75 cents to $109.45 per barrel by 0930 GMT.
*JPMorgan tops global fee rankings, Deutsche top in Europe. Economic woes, particularly in the euro zone, have hurt dealmaking and dragged worldwide investment banking income down 7 percent to $69.4 billion so far this year, data from Thomson Reuters and Freeman Consulting showed.
LONDON, Dec 21- The euro fell and the yen firmed against the dollar on Friday after talks to resolve a U.S. budget crisis ground to a halt, fuelling concerns the world's largest economy could be tipped into recession.
LONDON, Dec 21- European shares fell in early trade on Friday on signs that a deal to avoid tax hikes and spending cuts that could tip the United States into recession might not be the forgone conclusion markets had broadly thought.
LONDON, Dec 21- European and Asian shares weakened on Friday and both the euro and gold slipped, as a new setback in talks to avert a U.S. fiscal crisis stoked investor nerves. "The market is still too complacent and the odds are increasing that a deal will not get done in the immediate future," Saxo Bank Chief Economist Steen Jakobsen said.
LONDON, Dec 21- European shares fell in early trade on Friday on signs that a deal to avoid growth curdling tax hikes and spending cuts in the United States might not be the forgone conclusion markets were anticipating.
*Shanghai equities dominate investors top picks. LONDON, Dec 21- With a whiff of global recovery in the air and central bank liquidity abundant, investors in 2013 are packing their bags for China, fellow' BRICs' Brazil and Russia, long-dormant Japan and even some Mediterranean sun.
Britain needs to introduce legislation that could break up banks if standards slipped because current reform proposals fall short of what is needed, an influential panel of lawmakers said.
SINGAPORE, Dec 21- U.S. crude futures and gold slipped on Friday after Republican lawmakers abandoned their fiscal cliff plan, leaving budget talks with President Barack Obama in limbo, but London copper bounced from lows while U.S. grains regained strength on technical buying.
NEW YORK, Dec 21- Oil prices fell on Friday after Republican lawmakers in the United States withheld support for a proposal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, reinforcing concerns that a budget deal will not be reached before the end of the year.
*Shanghai spot copper discount widens. SINGAPORE, Dec 21- London copper rebounded on Friday, but remained near a three-week low hit in the previous session, as uncertainty whether the world's top economy could avoid an imminent fiscal calamity continued to drag.
SINGAPORE, Dec 21- London copper edged up on Friday, but remained near a three-week low hit in the previous session as a mixed bag of U.S. economic data and uncertainty on whether the world's top economy could avoid an imminent fiscal calamity continued to drag.
*ICE buying NYSE Euronext for $8 billion. NEW YORK, Dec 20- After its blockbuster $8 billion deal to buy NYSE Euronext, the IntercontinentalExchange will have a near monopoly on futures trading in the world's tastiest commodities, from sugar to cocoa to coffee.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 20- Cocoa hit multi-month lows in U.K. and U.S. trading on Thursday as technical selling pressure and liquidation by funds seeking to balance books before the year-end weighed on the confection and beverage commodity.