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  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 26- For the past month, the name most associated with venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield& Byers is former partner Ellen Pao, who took the firm to trial for gender discrimination and retaliation. "You can imagine that over the next 18-24 months we'll be adding people to the firm," said Mike Abbott, 42, one of the newest Kleiner partners,...

  • --Clyde Russell is a Reuters columnist. LAUNCESTON, Australia, March 27- What's the real thinking behind Andrew Forrest's remarkable call for iron ore miners to cap production in order to boost prices? It's easy to dismiss the comment by the Fortescue Metals Group founder and chairman as "harebrained," as did Sam Walsh, the chief executive of Rio Tinto, the world's...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japan remains cautious about joining the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday, as a March 31 deadline draws near for becoming a founding member. Japan is in close contact with key ally the United States about the Beijing- based institute, and has yet to receive any response from China over...

  • *Lingering concerns over conflict in Yemen limit stock gains. TOKYO, March 27- Asian stocks crawled higher on Friday as upbeat U.S. economic data helped revive some risk appetite lost following air strikes on Houthi militants in Yemen, while the dollar rebounded. Crude oil prices were slightly lower on the dollar's bounce after surging overnight on the...

  • TOKYO— Japan reported lackluster inflation and wages data for February that suggested Friday that its economic recovery remains in the doldrums. Excluding the impact of an April 2014 sales tax hike, inflation was flat. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sought to spur growth through extreme monetary easing by the central bank that is meant to drive prices higher,...

  • March 26- Builders FirstSource Inc, a U.S. supplier of residential building products, is in discussions to acquire peer ProBuild Holdings Inc for approximately $1.5 billion, including debt, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The negotiations between Builders FirstSource and privately held ProBuild are ongoing and may not lead to an...

  • CHICAGO, March 26- A cool April in the U.S. southern Plains and Delta region will slow some planting of corn, soybeans and other crops but below-normal rainfall across the main crop belt should prevent any major planting delays this spring, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday. "We'll see delays continue across some southern areas but when you get into...

  • HOUSTON, March 26- Motiva Enterprises said on Thursday that operations at its Convent and Norco, Louisiana, refineries will be integrated to take advantage of increased production of lower-cost U.S. shale oil. Gas oil produced by the Convent refinery will go to the expanded hydrocracker and 112,000 bpd catalytic cracking unit at the Norco plant.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 9 Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, United States- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks on "Monetary Policy" before the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco Conference: The New Normal for Monetary Policy- 1945 GMT. PRISHTINA- European Central Bank's Deputy Director General International& European Relations, Gilles Noblet, speaks at an event to celebrate the conclusion of a...

  • SEOUL, March 27- U.S. crude futures dipped on Friday on crude stocks extending their record build, but stayed above $51 a barrel and near 2015 highs as air strikes in Yemen by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf Arab allies stoked supply concerns. *Conflict in Yemen risks spilling out into the busy sea lanes that pass it and potentially disrupt the less than 40 km wide waters...

  • *Expects 2015 profit of $3.60- $3.80/ share vs est $4.04/ share. *Expects strong dollar to hit 2015 profit by 6- 9 cents per share. March 26- GameStop Corp's full-year profit forecast missed Wall Street expectations as the dollar strengthened and demand for new PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles failed to make up for falling sales of earlier versions.

  • By Yasmeen Abutaleb and Lisa Baertlein. NEW YORK/ LOS ANGELES, March 26- The White House is due to issue an ambitious plan to slow the growing and deadly problem of antibiotic resistance over the next five years, one that requires massive investments and policy changes from a broad array of U.S. government health agencies, according to a copy of the report reviewed...

  • TOKYO, March 27- Japan's annual core consumer inflation ground to a halt in February when excluding the effect of last year's tax hike, the first time it has stopped rising in nearly two years, keeping the central bank under pressure to expand monetary stimulus further. Household spending slumped even as job markets continued to improve, underscoring the...

  • March 26- A former LPL Financial LLC broker who borrowed nearly $2.3 million from clients to build a vacation rental property in Hawaii has been permanently barred from the securities industry in a settlement reached with Wall Street's watchdog. Raymond Daniel Schmidt, who was affiliated with the unit of LPL Financial Holdings Inc in Oceanside, California,...

  • Japan Feb core CPI flat yr/yr excluding tax hike effect Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 7:40 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 27- Japan's core consumer price index was flat in February compared with a year earlier when excluding the effect of last April's sales tax hike, government data showed on Friday, the first time since May 2013 that it has stopped rising. The data could keep the Bank of Japan under pressure to ease monetary policy further with inflation moving further...

  • March 26- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook is joining the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth. Fortune magazine cited the head of the world's largest technology corporation as saying he planned to donate his estimated $785 million fortune to charity- after paying for his 10- year-old nephew's college education. Billionaire financier...

  • NEW YORK/ BOSTON, March 26- At the prompting of at least one director of Bank of New York Mellon Corp, an executive recruiting firm has come up with a list of potential candidates to replace embattled CEO Gerald Hassell, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The overture to Fleming does not appear to represent an official search effort by BNY Mellon's...

  • APPROACH TO FLEMING BY SPENCER STUART FOLLOWED PROMPTING FROM AT LEAST ONE BNY MELLON DIRECTOR- SOURCES.

  • HEADHUNTER CONTACTS MORGAN STANLEY'S FLEMING ABOUT CEO JOB AT BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON- SOURCES.

  • BNY MELLON BOARD SAYS IT IS NOT CONDUCTING A SEARCH AND FULLY SUPPORTS CURRENT CEO HASSELL.