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  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the oil market to balance itself. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he hoped and expected the oil market to balance and prices, which hit a nearly six-year low around $45 in January, to stabilize, adding to signs OPEC's largest exporter is...

  • LUXEMBOURG— A European Union high court has handed Britain and its London financial hub a victory by ruling against a European Central Bank decision that would have forced financial institutions clearing trades in euros to be based in the eurozone. Britain is part of the EU but doesn't use the euro. London is Europe's predominant financial center and the ECB's...

  • LONDON— The British government has agreed to sell its stake in Eurostar, the high-speed rail service that connects London with Paris and Brussels through a tunnel under the English Channel, for 757 million pounds, a move that's prompted accusations that it is selling the family silver. The Treasury said Wednesday that a group of international investors,...

  • *Asia shares fall despite India rate cut, China data. LONDON, March 4- Global equities pulled back from recent record highs on Wednesday, with investors turning cautious after underwhelming euro zone PMI data and ahead of central bank meetings. The MSCI All Country World equity index slipped 0.2 percent, with Asian shares lower overall despite data showing a...

  • FOREX-Euro slides ahead of ECB; dollar at 11-year high Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:35 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- The euro crashed through support levels that have held for more than a month on Wednesday, hitting a six-week low under pressure from the imminent launch of outright quantitative easing by the European Central Bank. "Its really the dollar side of the equation that is at stake at the moment," said Daragh Maher, a strategist with HSBC in London.

  • Eurozone showing signs of economic momentum Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:16 AM ET

    LONDON— The 19- country eurozone's economy is kicking into a higher gear thanks to falling oil prices and the lower euro, but the recovery is still far short of that experienced by the U.S. And that's likely to be welcomed by policymakers at the European Central Bank as they head off for their latest meeting Thursday in Nicosia, the capital of the Mediterranean...

  • *Fighting escalates in Libya, militants seize oilfield. LONDON, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes and militant raids on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence in a demand recovery, the OPEC kingpin raised official selling prices for its...

  • LONDON, March 4- The European Union's second-highest court has ruled the European Central Bank was wrong to insist that euro clearing houses should be based in the single currency area, a policy Britain had challenged. Britain, which is a member of the EU but not the euro zone, had challenged the ECB's policy, saying it went against the EU's single market.

  • Euro zone business growth at 7-month high in Feb -PMI Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:00 AM ET

    *PMIs point to Q1 GDP growth of 0.3 pct- Markit. Survey compiler Markit said the surveys pointed to first quarter GDP growth of 0.3 percent, the same as at the tail-end of 2014, as business activity expanded in all of the bloc's four biggest economies for the first time since last April. The weaker euro should help boost exports and, perhaps most importantly, the...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 17 Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    LAKE FOREST, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago President Charles Evans speaks on current economic conditions and monetary policy before the Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club 2015 Economic Breakfast- 1400 GMT. KANSAS CITY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George speaks on the U.S. economy at an event hosted by...

  • Sony plans to launch virtual-reality headset in 2016 Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 8:29 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Sony plans on putting its virtual-reality headset on consumers' noggins next year. Sony Corp. originally unveiled a prototype of the headset at last year's gathering of video game developers. The headset works in tandem with Sony's PlayStation 4 console and camera by covering users' vision and simulating virtual worlds on screen.

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, while rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia on its crude buyers in Asia, the United States and northwest Europe was another...

  • *Netanyahu hits out against Iran in U.S. Congress, fueling rise. NEW YORK, March 3- Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, and rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Gains accelerated just before noon in New York when...

  • *Brent crude ends above $61 on conflict in Libya. NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stocks followed other equities markets lower on Tuesday, with major indexes pulling back from record highs as soft auto sales raised doubts about the U.S. economy, while the dollar fell from an 11- year peak versus a basket of currencies. "The air gets a little thin up at new highs and you need a driver...

  • SYDNEY, March 3- Australia has ordered the Chinese owner of a A $39 million Sydney mansion to sell up, the first crackdown on foreign residential purchases in nearly a decade amid government attempts to cool one of the world's hottest property markets. "Villa del Mare" was bought "illegally" in November by Golden Fast Foods Pty, a firm owned by Hong Kong- listed...

  • *Brent crude climbs near $61 on conflict in Libya. NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stock prices fell on Tuesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard& Poor's 500 pulling back from record highs, while the dollar fell from an 11- year peak versus a basket of currencies. "The air gets a little thin up at new highs and you need a driver to keep it going, and one of the...

  • *Netanyahu hits out against Iran in U.S. Congress, fuelling rise. NEW YORK, March 3- Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran and rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Gains in Brent accelerated after Netanyahu told the U.S....

  • *Veolia falls after Groupama sells stake. LONDON, March 3- European stock markets slipped from multi-year highs on Tuesday, pegged back by falls in French environment company Veolia and British bank Barclays. Veolia fell 3 percent after insurer Groupama sold a 5.1 percent stake in the company.

  • *Coming Up: American Petroleum Institute data at 2130 GMT. Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia for its crude buyers in Asia, the U.S. and northwest Europe did not immediately boost benchmark Brent and U.S. oil futures, although some traders saw the move as supportive. Brent jumped almost 3 percent, trading firmly above the $60- a-barrel support level, as rival...

  • LONDON, March 3- Sterling rose on Tuesday after a survey of construction managers came in better than expected, reinforcing a brighter economic start to a year that also features political uncertainty. By late afternoon in London, sterling was up just under 0.1 percent at 72.75 pence per euro, near Monday's seven-year low of 72.35. "Sentiment for the pound is...