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*Brisk pace of sugar exports seen from Brazil. March raw sugar futures on ICE were up 0.10 cent or 0.5 percent to 18.64 cents a lb at 1434 GMT after dipping to 18.31 cents the previous session, the lowest level for the benchmark front month since August 2010. Dealers said a fast pace of exports from top producer Brazil showed firm demand.
BRUSSELS, Dec 14- Britain must use the upheaval created by the euro zone crisis to forge a new relationship with the European Union, Prime Minister David Cameron said on Friday as he fights a rising anti-EU mood at home that could threaten his chances of re-election.
*Penalty would be more than twice that on Barclays. Such a penalty, more than double the $450 million fine levied on British bank Barclays in June for related conduct, indicates the scope of the misconduct by UBS could dwarf that exposed by Barclays' settlement.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 14- China's vast manufacturing sector grew in December and U.S. factories had their best month since April, surveys showed on Friday, adding to hopes that the world's top two economies were on the mend.
*Switzerland faces U.S. crackdown, OECD implementation. ZURICH, Dec 14- Switzerland's banks have suffered a major setback in their fight to maintain client secrecy after Germany rejected a key tax pact to sweep Swiss accounts clean of tax dodgers.
LONDON, Dec 14- Signs recession is deepening in the euro zone and an impasse in U.S. budget talks subdued global shares and Europe's bond markets on Friday, taking some of the shine off a week of mainly steady gains in risk assets.
LONDON, Dec 14- BNP Paribas was named "Bank of the Year" by International Financing Review on Friday, recognising France's biggest bank for its aggressive moves to boost capital and liquidity.
LONDON, Dec 14- BNP Paribas was named "Bank of the Year" by International Financing Review on Friday, recognising France's biggest bank for its aggressive moves to boost capital and liquidity. IFR is a Thomson Reuters publication.
LONDON, Dec 14- Crude oil rose toward $109 a barrel on Friday on a brighter outlook for the economy in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, but worries about the impact of a possible U.S. fiscal crisis capped gains.
LONDON, Dec 14- Gold held steady below $1,700 an ounce on Friday, with prices heading for their third straight weekly fall, as uncertainty over stalled U.S. budget negotiations to avert a fiscal crisis kept investors on the sidelines.
*Akzo Nobel and Daimler among top gainers. *Rise in China manufacturing boosts sentiment for equities. LONDON, Dec 14- European shares steadied near 18- month highs on Friday, lifted by chemicals group AkzoNobel and carmaker Daimler, and many traders expected a further gradual rise before the year-end.
LONDON, Dec 14- Copper was steady on Friday, with a brightening outlook for big metal consumer China's economy offsetting concerns about the euro zone's deteriorating economy and a potential fiscal crisis in the United States.
AMSTERDAM, Dec 14- Dutch chemicals group AkzoNobel is selling its struggling North American decorative paints arm to U.S. rival PPG Industries for $1.1 billion to focus on its larger European and faster-growing businesses.
LONDON/ BEIJING, Dec 14- China's vast manufacturing sector expanded in December but the euro zone is probably deeper in recession, business surveys suggested on Friday. China's data, however, may signal that the global economy is on the mend.
MOSCOW/ LONDON, Dec 14- Russia's Rosneft could raise as much as $10 billion on bond markets to finance its takeover of Anglo-Russian oil firm TNK-BP, potentially matching loans backed by future oil exports.
LONDON, Dec 14- Brent crude rose toward $109 a barrel on Friday on a brighter outlook for China's economy, the world's second-largest oil consumer, but worries about the impact of a possible U.S. fiscal crisis capped price gains.
LONDON, Dec 14- German Bunds held broadly steady on Friday, as investors welcomed European steps to overcome the debt crisis but stayed cautious over an impasse in U.S. budget talks, leaving the market devoid of clear direction.
LONDON, Dec 14- Weaker-than-expected European economic data sent the region's shares and the euro into reverse on Friday, as hopes of a quick recovery by the struggling bloc were left looking fragile. By 0930 GMT London's FTSE 100, Paris's CAC-40 and Frankfurt's DAX were down between 0.1 and 0.2 percent having all opened in positive territory.
*Sale to U.S.-based PPG Industries. AMSTERDAM, Dec 14- Dutch chemicals group AkzoNobel is selling its struggling North American decorative paints arm to U.S. rival PPG Industries for $1.1 billion to focus on its larger European and faster-growing businesses.
LONDON, Dec 14- European shares edged up on Friday, lifted by chemicals stocks, and many traders expected equities to rise gradually before the year-end as the asset class offers better returns than cash or government bonds.