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  • WASHINGTON— The productivity of American workers fell again in the first three months of the year, while labor costs for employers rose at the fastest pace in more than a year. Productivity declined at an annual rate of 1 percent in the January-March period, following a 1.7 percent decline in October-December quarter, the Labor Department reported Wednesday.

  • *Tianjin caused estimated insured losses of up to $3.3 bln. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Jan 7- Reinsurance rates in the marine sector continued to fall at the start of the year, in spite of the huge cost of explosions at China's Tianjin port last August, reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter said on Thursday. The blasts at Tianjin caused insured losses of up to $3.3 billion, Guy...

  • *Barclays, BNP Paribas, Deutsche likely to cut jobs- sources. *Barclays likely to add to S.Korea, Taiwan cuts- sources. Bankers and headhunters told Reuters that BNP Paribas SA, Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays PLC are among lenders likely to cut back equities trading and research teams in non-core markets in Asia this year.

  • "The continued scarcity of costly catastrophe losses and more than adequate capacity led to reinsurance pricing reductions, although there are signs the rate of descent is slowing as compared to 2015," reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter said on Wednesday. Both Guy Carpenter and peer broker Aon Benfield said the amount of capital available to write...

  • SHANGHAI/ NEW YORK, Jan 6- A growing number of China's retail investors are opening trading accounts on messaging and social media app WeChat, and some institutional investors are even using it to instruct brokers, making it harder for regulators to monitor trades and spot illegal activity, traders and investors told Reuters. While using mobile messaging and...

  • *HSBC says not caused by cyber-attack or malicious activity. *UK lawmaker says to ask HSBC CEO for explanation. LONDON, Jan 5- HSBC said on Tuesday online banking was returning steadily to service after a blackout affected its customers in Britain.

  • *HSBC says not caused by cyber-attack or malicious activity. *UK lawmaker says to ask HSBC CEO for explanation. LONDON, Jan 5- HSBC said on Tuesday that customers affected by a blackout on its personal banking online services in Britain will not "lose out," as technical problems suffered by Europe's biggest bank ran into a second day.

  • LONDON, Jan 5- HSBC said on Tuesday that customers affected by a blackout on its personal banking online services in Britain will not "lose out", as technical problems suffered by Europe's biggest bank ran into a second day. State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland promised to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in its computer systems after a series of high-profile...

  • *Bank of Japan to invest $2.5 bln a year in exchange-traded funds. *BOJ already owns about half of Japan's ETF market. TOKYO, Jan 4- Japan's central bank, which dominates the domestic bond market, has begun to call the shots in the equity market as well-- to the point where asset managers are looking to design investment funds with the Bank of Japan in mind.

  • *Topix's rebalancing may contribute to volume rise after 3 Japan Post stocks to be added to index- traders. The construction sector attracted buying, with Kumagai Gumi jumping 6.7 percent after Daiwa Securities raised its rating to' buy' from' outperform', citing its strong first-half operating profit and brisk domestic construction demand.

  • *Topix's rebalancing may contribute to volume rise after 3 Japan Post stocks to be added to index- traders. The construction sector attracted buying, with Kumagai Gumi jumping 6.7 percent after Daiwa Securities raised its rating to' buy' from' outperform', citing its strong first-half operating profit and brisk domestic construction demand.

  • Dec 24- Business services companies Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp, NTT Data Corp and Atos SE are competing to acquire Perot Systems, an IT management business of Dell Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. Dell is hoping Perot Systems will fetch more than $5 billion, helping it trim its debt load following its agreement to acquire data storage...

  • Prosecutors said the trades enabled SAC Capital to make $275 million, making it the most lucrative insider trading case ever charged in the United States. The $10 million class action accord, which requires court approval, follows earlier deals with U.S. authorities in which SAC Capital agreed to pay $1.8 billion and plead guilty following investigations...

  • An agreement would successfully end Dublin- based Shire's five-month pursuit of Bannockburn, Illinois- based Baxalta and create one of the world's leading specialists in rare diseases. Baxalta's board rejected an all-stock offer from Shire in August, saying it had significantly undervalued the company. Baxalta shares were up 4.4 percent at $39.74 in...

  • LONDON, Dec 21- Some of Europe's biggest banks have said in the last six months they plan to cut more than 130,000 jobs as they ramp up plans to cut costs, sell businesses and restructure. Earlier this month, Dutch lender Rabobank said it would cut 9,000 jobs, joining Deutsche Bank, UniCredit, Credit Suisse, HSBC and Standard Chartered to announce hefty job culls since...

  • BRASILIA, Dec 18- Brazilian investment bank Banco BTG Pactual SA said on Friday it was in talks to sell a stake in Recovery do Brasil, the biggest debt collector in Latin America. A source with direct knowledge of the conversations told Reuters on Thursday that Lone Star Funds had signed an agreement for exclusive talks to acquire BTG Pactual's 50 percent stake in...

  • ZURICH, Dec 18- Catastrophes in 2015 proved more deadly than the previous year, although the total cost to the insurance industry is likely to be 8.6 percent lower at $32 billion, reinsurance specialist Swiss Re said in its annual "sigma" report on expected global insured losses, which was released on Friday. Meanwhile record temperatures saw over 5,000 deaths...

  • BEIJING, Dec 18- When an explosion devastated parts of China's Tianjin port in August, one insurance company turned to Chinese-made drones to help analyze the rubble and estimate the damages. Already well established as a world leader in drone manufacturing, China is slowly emerging as a world-class innovator, not just a duplicator of foreign designs.

  • *Dollar and previous "liftoffs" http://reut.rs/1PuuPZI. *Who's right on rates: Fed or market? LONDON, Dec 17- The reaction across global markets to Wednesday's historic rise in U.S. interest rates appears to have been smooth and pain-free.

  • WARSAW, Dec 17- Poland will replace eight of the 10 members of the central bank's Monetary Policy Council by the end of the first quarter of 2016.. The MPC's responsibilities include setting base interest rates for the National Bank of Poland and drawing up annual monetary policy guidelines used by the central bank board. An economist who has worked as head of the...