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  • Feb 26- Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill iron ore project is close to finalising a $7.8 billion financing deal, sources said, a vital step towards an end-2015 start for the giant mine in Western Australia's iron-rich Pilbara district.

  • TOKYO/ MACAU, Feb 26- Billionaire Sheldon Adelson is willing to bet $10 billion that his Las Vegas Sands will become the leader in casino gambling in Japan, an offer he says his competitors can't match.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- U.S. electric luxury car Tesla Model S was named by Consumer Reports magazine on Tuesday as its overall top pick for 2014, while Japanese models took just five of the top 10 spots, their worst showing in the 18- year history of the annual rankings.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 25- U.S. electric luxury car Tesla Model S was named by Consumer Reports magazine on Tuesday as its overall top pick for 2014, while Japanese models took five spots in the annual rankings, their worst showing in the 18- year history of the ratings.

  • *Initially valued at $500- 600 mln, but the value has fallen. LONDON, Feb 25- Brazilian mining firm B&A Mineração has pulled out of talks to buy BHP Billiton's stake in the Mount Nimba iron ore deposit in Guinea, bank and industry sources said, in the latest sign that projects in riskier countries have become a tough sell.

  • SEOUL/ TOKYO, Feb 25- South Korea's Naver Corp said it had no plans to sell a stake in its mobile-messaging service Line Corp after a media report that Japan's SoftBank Corp was seeking to buy part of the fast-growing mobile app operator. Naver, whose shares shot up more than 8 percent on Tuesday on the report, denied it was discussing a possible sale.

  • *Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. Humana Inc and UnitedHealth Group ranked among the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainers, with Humana's stock jumping 10.6 percent to $113.69 after it said the government's proposed cuts to the private Medicare program appeared to be less than it had forecast. UnitedHealth shares rose 3 percent to $76.01.

  • Feb 24- A U.S. district court in Utah has frozen the assets of several Internet business coaches accused of lying to customers about their potential earnings after signing up for the services, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday.

  • *S&P 500 sets intraday record in broad U.S. equity rally; German sentiment helps. NEW YORK, Feb 24- Stocks on Wall Street surged to an all-time high on Monday on optimism over merger activity that also lifted global equity markets, while crude oil prices rose, helped by expectations of revived growth in the demand for oil.

  • What's up for Alibaba's mobile app strategy? Monday, 24 Feb 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    HONG KONG/ BEIJING, Feb 25- Billionaire Jack Ma's Alibaba, the dominant force in China's $1.6 trillion e-commerce market, may already have lost a battle with rival Tencent for the world's biggest mobile market.

  • KIEV, Feb 24- Ukraine's fugitive president was indicted for "mass murder" on Monday over the shooting of demonstrators as new leaders in Kiev sought urgent Western aid to make up for a loss of funding from Russia, which is angry at the overthrow of its ally.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The chief of Swiss bank Credit Suisse Group AG will square off on Wednesday against U.S. Levin is expected to release a report on Credit Suisse to coincide with the hearing at which bank CEO Brady Dougan and three other senior bank officers are slated to appear.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn accused eBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe of failing to spot- or ignoring- conflicts of interest on the company's board and called again for the spinoff of its fast-growing PayPal payments business.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Stocks on Wall Street surged to an all-time high on Monday, helping to lift global equities markets on optimism over merger activity, while crude oil prices rose on expectations of revived growth in the demand for oil.

  • Feb 24- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn accused eBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe of failing to spot- or ignoring- conflicts of interest on the company's board and called again for the spinoff of its fast-growing PayPal division.

  • Feb 24- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn accused eBay Inc Chief Executive John Donahoe of failing to spot- or ignoring- conflicts of interest on the company's board and called again for the spinoff of its fast-growing PayPal division. Marc Andreessen and Scott Cook, both long-term eBay board members, bore the brunt of Icahn's conflict allegations.

  • BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb 23- Investors are growing impatient with the makers of global brands like Cadbury chocolate, Campbell Soup and Tide laundry detergent, as these stalwart consumer products companies try to boost profits through cost cuts and brand makeovers while smaller rivals take risks and grab market share.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- BuzzFeed has come a long way from cat lists. This month one of its journalists was on the ground in Kiev reporting on the crisis in Ukraine, and last December it published an in-depth article on a Chinese dissident living in Harlem, New York.

  • BANGKOK, Feb 22- Some Thai anti-government protesters followed the advice of their leader on Saturday, shunning products of firms linked to the family of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and handing back cellphone SIM cards.

  • Charter was outmaneuvered in its $37.3 billion bid to acquire Time Warner Cable when Comcast Corp offered $45.2 billion. Rutledge declined to comment when asked if he was worried about the size of Comcast, already the No. 1 cable provider in the United States, if regulators allow the Time Warner Cable deal to go through.