*Tencent buys 15 pct of e-commerce firm JD.com for $215 mln. BEIJING, March 10- Tencent Holdings Ltd's new partnership with China's No. 2 online retailer JD.com takes aim at dominant rival Alibaba's Achilles heel- its weakness in mobile- in a move set to reshape the country's e-commerce industry.» Read More
*EasyJet bucks weak market after strong profits, dividend. LONDON, Nov 19- European shares eased on Tuesday, with caution on stocks from U.S. billionaire investor Carl Icahn and a retreat on Wall Street overnight encouraging profit-taking after a rally that took Germany's DAX to a record high.
PARIS, Nov 19- European shares fell early on Tuesday, snapping a three-day winning run and mirroring losses on Wall Street where cautious comments from U.S. billionaire investor Carl Icahn at a Reuters summit prompted some late losses. On the macro front, investors awaited the ZEW economic think tank's monthly poll of German economic sentiment, due at 1000 GMT.
HELSINKI, Nov 19- Nokia shareholders are expected to approve the sale of its mobile phone business to Microsoft on Tuesday, with the deal's financial benefits likely to outweigh resistance from a minority of investors upset over the sale of a Finnish national icon.
*New York federal appeals court denies "en banc" review. NEW YORK, Nov 19- A federal appeals court on Monday refused to disturb the insider trading conviction of Galleon Group hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam, one of the most prominent defendants in the U.S. government's wide-ranging probe into insider trading.
Icahn, speaking at the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit, also hinted at his ongoing plan for Apple Inc, the most valuable U.S. stock by market value, saying that he does not want to fight with management at the iPhone giant but has no plans to walk away from his investment.
NEW YORK, Nov 18- J.C. Penney Co has a fan in hedge fund manager Marc Lasry, who says the struggling retailer is likely to survive after an ambitious reinvention failed, its stock price tumbled and its biggest investor exited.
DUBAI, Nov 18- Turn on a Saudi television and you'll usually get a diet of religious programming and uncontroversial imported fare. The programmes of Jeddah- based UTURN, from drama to reality shows, are typical.
ROME, Nov 16- Silvio Berlusconi, facing expulsion from parliament over a tax conviction and a revolt which split his centre-right party, said on Saturday he may no longer back Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta but would not be able to bring down the government.
*Exxon Mobil leads Dow after Buffett buy. *J.C. Penney, FedEx gain on hedge fund stakes. They rose 2.2 percent to $95.27 a day after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a new $3.45 billion stake in the second-largest U.S. company by market value, behind only Apple Inc.
China has a word for its flashy new rich: Tuhao (tu means “crass” and “hao” means rich). And it’s quickly gaining global traction.
*EU agrees Spain does not need to extend bank rescue. MADRID, Nov 14- Potential buyers of Spain's rescued banks, which include foreign investors, are pressuring the government to sweeten sales with more state aid, just as Madrid pulls its financial sector off European support, banking sources said.
The previous day, hedge fund managers, oil princes and oligarchs were bidding by telephone at Christie's when the auction house sold Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" for a record $142.4 million, in what was seen as a test of the global art market's health.
VIENNA, Nov 14- America Movil does not plan a hostile takeover bid for Telekom Austria following its failed attempt to buy Dutch company KPN, its chief executive said. But CEO Daniel Hajj said America Movil had not acquired its stake a year ago in order to mount a takeover and saw itself as a stable partner of fellow large shareholder Austria.
Nov 14- Shares of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co, a textbook publisher that emerged from bankruptcy last year, rose as much as 33 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $2.23 billion. The offering was priced at $12 per share on Wednesday, below its expected price range of $14- $16.
*Severstal to focus on steel sales within Russia. LONDON, Nov 14- Russia's second-biggest steel producer, Severstal, said global steel prices may have reached their lowest point, though a recovery will be slow and average prices in 2014 are likely to be close to levels seen this year.
*Sawiris to invest in Egypt in 2014. *Gulf money will not save Egypt. CAIRO, Nov 14- Egyptian tycoon Naguib Sawiris, whose family controls the Orascom corporate empire, said he would invest $1 billion in Egypt in 2014 and warned that urgent measures were needed to save the economy from collapse.
VIENNA, Nov 14- America Movil does not plan a hostile takeover bid for Telekom Austria following its failed attempt to buy Dutch company KPN, its chief executive said.
Marion Maneker, publisher of Art Market Monitor, discusses the art market following a Sotheby's auction and says there's been a appreciation in the modern art market driven by an expansion in collectors and buyers.
A jury found Fabrice Tourre guilty in August of six of the seven civil charges he faced over transactions the SEC said caused $1 billion of investor losses. The request for salary information, which could reveal the scope of the penalties the SEC will seek from Tourre, was disclosed in a Wednesday night filing in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan.
Microsoft is eliminating its long-standing practice of evaluating employees on a bell curve in an effort to foster more team-work and collaboration. CNBC's Bob Pisani and Kayla Tausche weigh in on the company's new direction.