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  • Hitler watercolor fetches $161,000 at auction Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 7:29 AM ET
    An auction house employee puts away a watercolor of the old registry office in Munich by Hitler, Nov. 18, 2014.

    A 1914 watercolor by Adolf Hitler fetched 130,000 euros ($161,000) at auction in the German city of Nuremberg on Saturday, the auctioneers said.

  • *Buffett's Berkshire, Novartis, Givaudan doing well. But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway or Swiss toilet maker Geberit. "Investors are ready to invest on the equity market but under the condition...

  • Valeant slashes stake in Allergan after losing bid Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 7:14 PM ET

    Nov 20- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc said it cut its stake in Allergan Inc to 0.1 percent from 9.7 percent, three days after Actavis Plc trumped its offer for the Botox maker. Pershing Square Capital Management informed Valeant that PS Fund 1 sold all of its 2.2 million shares in Allergan allocated to Valeant USA, Valeant said in a regulatory filing.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Six years of interest rate suppression by the U.S. "The high-yield market is sort of in a bubble and sooner or later there will be a price paid for that," said Carl Icahn, the billionaire investor who said he owns credit default swaps on high yield debt against the 5- year U.S. Martin Fridson, chief investment officer of wealth management firm Lehmann...

  • SPECIAL REPORT-Crimean savers ask: Where's our money? Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:30 AM ET

    Ten months after Russia invaded this Black Sea peninsula and seized it from Ukraine, the financial fallout is still being felt. Lawyers for the banks are preparing legal actions against Russia, which confiscated many of the banks' buildings, equipment and cash. The banking and phone chaos are another front in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 19- Several months ago, U.S. mutual funds scooped up most of the $1.25 billion in high-yield junk bonds issued by Denbury Resources Inc, a Plano, Texas, oil and gas exploration company. The 5.5 percent coupon on the Denbury bonds maturing in 2022 attracted a number of U.S. mutual fund buyers, including the Franklin Income Fund, which held nearly 10 percent...

  • *Uralkali suspends work at mine after water flows in. *Uralkali is key market player, part-owned by Putin ally. MOSCOW/ YEKATERINBURG, Russia, Nov 19- Shares in Russia's Uralkali, the world's top potash producer, fell sharply for a second day on Wednesday after a mine accident that could reduce global supplies and push up prices of the crop nutrient worldwide.

  • COLUMN-Keystone is dragging down the Democrats: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- "Keystone" would be a fitting epitaph for Democratic lawmakers, who will lose their majority in the United States Senate in January 2015. Polls show majority support for the pipeline, especially among the white working class and union voters that used to be the bedrock of the Democratic Party but which it has increasingly lost to the Republicans in...

  • UPDATE 6-Keystone XL pipeline bill dies in U.S. Senate Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- A bill to force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline failed in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sparing President Barack Obama from an expected veto of legislation that several fellow Democrats supported. She has staked her hopes of winning a fourth Senate term on the Keystone gambit. The tally was 59 to 41 on TransCanada Corp's $8 billion project,...

  • SAC's Martoma to begin prison term on Nov. 20 Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 6:22 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 17- Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors LP, has been ordered to begin serving his nine-year prison sentence for his insider trading conviction on Nov. 20. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan issued the order on Monday, five days after the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...

  • Indian retailers hobble as e-commerce race ahead Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 5:58 PM ET

    Indian retailers are struggling to keep up online as e-commerce garner large investments.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Gains in shares of Apple Inc could take the world's largest publicly traded company to a market capitalization of perhaps as high as $1 trillion, some of the country's biggest investors said on Monday. Apple's current market cap stands at about $670 billion, according to Thomson Reuters data. "Apple is one of the best companies I would say of the last...

  • MUMBAI, Nov 18- The head of Future Group, one of India's largest and most established retailers, admits he can't keep up with web sites like Snapdeal and Flipkart when it comes to spending money to entice shoppers to buy online. Private investors have poured $2.3 billion into India's e-commerce companies so far this year, according to consulting firm Technopak,...

  • Nearly 18 months after the low-cost carrier, backed by Australia's Qantas Airways and Shanghai- based China Eastern Airlines, lodged an application for a licence, Hong Kong authorities are still weighing its approval. Budget airlines account for just 8 percent of the capacity out of Hong Kong, compared with 30 percent in Singapore and 50 percent in Kuala Lumpur...

  • Nov 17- Carl Icahn isn't forecasting a dramatic stock market drop quite yet, but the billionaire investor is still bracing for an equity sell-off in the next three to five years, he told Reuters on Monday. "I am still concerned that one day you'll see a break like you had a few weeks ago," Icahn said at the Reuters Investment Outlook Summit in New York on Monday, "but it...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Billionaire Steven A. Cohen can face questions about insider trading at his hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors from lawyers representing his ex-wife in a civil lawsuit against him, a U.S. judge said on Monday. District Judge Loretta Preska at a court hearing in Manhattan ruled that lawyers for Patricia Cohen can ask Steven Cohen during a Dec. 10...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Billionaire activist investor Carl Icahn increased his stake in e-commerce company eBay Inc. while booking more profits from his stake in Netflix Inc. in the third quarter, a regulatory filing showed on Friday. He cut his stake in Netflix, the streaming video company, by 353,000 shares to 1.4 million shares, a filing with the Securities and...

  • BOSTON, Nov 14- Soros Fund Management, one of the world's most widely followed investment firms, slashed its stake in Herbalife Ltd. by 60 percent during the third quarter, a period when Herbalife missed Wall Street earnings estimates and its stock price tumbled. Herbalife has become one of America's most closely watched companies since billionaire investor...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Hedge funds scooped up shares of China's Alibaba Group Holding in the third quarter, making the e-commerce giant one of the most commonly bought stocks among some of the biggest U.S. investors, according to regulatory filings on Friday. Among the institutional investors that took new stakes in Alibaba were Soros Fund Management, the hedge fund...

  • *FCC reaches deal with creditor banks to refinance debt. MADRID, Nov 14- U.S. billionaire George Soros will become a key investor in Spanish building and services company FCC following a 1 billion euro rights issue aimed at paying down debt, a source with knowledge of the matter said on Friday. FCC shares rose 7.5 percent on the news.