MUMBAI, March 27- Global drugmakers, battered by recent intellectual property decisions in India, are girding for a landmark court ruling next week that could have broad consequences for their ability to sell lucrative patented medicines in the country.
GENEVA, March 28- Commodity trading houses are expanding aggressively in Africa as they look to add volume and take on assets that promise to benefit from a continent achieving some of the highest economic growth in the world.
SINGAPORE, April 1- U.S. crude futures steadied after a softer dollar pushed them to six-week highs on Monday, with investors waiting for Chinese manufacturing data for signs on the economic health of the world's second-largest oil consumer. By 0038 GMT, it was little changed at $97.04 versus Thursday's settlement of $97.23.
*Analysts see thin trade ahead of Thursday's USDA data. LONDON, March 26- Chicago corn and soybean futures were barely changed on Tuesday as both markets waited for clearer indications on the outlook for U.S. plantings with a key government report later this week expected to provide further insights.
LONDON, March 29- World markets have reacted calmly to the twists and turns of Cyprus's financial rescue in the last fortnight but many investors fear the economic fallout is yet to come. Cyprus's 10 billion euro rescue averted an immediate financial meltdown that could have caused a Lehman Brothers-style shock in financial markets.
TORONTO, March 22- Nearly two months after its formal unveiling, BlackBerry's new Z10 smartphone finally went on sale in the hyper-competitive U.S. market on Friday, where its performance may well decide whether BlackBerry can reestablish itself as an industry leader.
HONG KONG, March 29- China shares closed mixed in light trading on Friday, with many investors away for the Easter holiday. The CSI300 index of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings lost 0.2 pct to 2,495.1 points.
SINGAPORE, April 1- Brent crude eased under $110 a barrel on Monday after Chinese manufacturing data missed market expectations, signalling possibly slower oil demand growth in the world's second-largest consumer.
WASHINGTON, March 29- Biogen Idec Inc said on Friday it will charge $54,900 a year for its multiple sclerosis drug, Tecfidera, which received U.S. approval on Wednesday. The company has priced the drug at a discount to key competitors such as Novartis AG's MS pill Gilenya, which costs roughly $60,000 a year, in a bid to maximize its market share.
SINGAPORE, April 1- Gold was little changed below $1,600 an ounce on Monday as the euro weakened on persistent worries about ripples from the debt crisis in Cyprus, while safe-haven buying has remained passive despite ongoing tension in the Korean Peninsula.
SINGAPORE, April 1- Shanghai copper fell to its lowest level in more than eight months on Monday, pressured by a weak euro and new measures to douse China's red hot property sector, while the London Metal Exchange was closed, draining liquidity from the market.
Hundreds of millions of tech-savvy young people have turned to a wave of smartphone-based messaging apps that are now sweeping across North America, Asia and Europe.
March 31- Exxon Mobil on Sunday continued cleanup of a pipeline spill that loosed thousands of barrels of heavy Canadian crude in Arkansas as opponents of oil sands development latched on to the incident to attack plans to build the Keystone XL line.
NEW ORLEANS, March 25- The officer in charge of safety on Transocean's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, destroyed in a BP well accident that caused the worst-ever U.S. offshore oil spill, said the post-blowout fire was too big to fight and the evacuation saved lives.
NEW YORK, March 29- A U.S. judge on Friday dismissed a "substantial portion" of claims facing a number of banks in a barrage of lawsuits accusing them of interest-rate rigging.
*Argentina vows to pay restructured bonds no matter what. NEW YORK/ BUENOS AIRES, March 30- Argentina challenged a U.S. court over the weekend by proposing that "holdout" bond investors be repaid only about one sixth the money federal judges hearing the case say they are owed, setting the stage for a legal showdown in New York.
WASHINGTON, March 30- Prospects for a U.S. law to create a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants brightened on Saturday after major business and labor groups reached an agreement on a guest-worker program, a source familiar with the deal said.
BRASILIA, 30 Mar- The collapse of a river bank where a floating pier was moored has halted shipments by global miner Anglo American from its iron ore operation in Amapa state in Northern Brazil, the company said on Saturday.
MILAN, March 27- Italy paid more to borrow over five years than it has since October at an auction on Wednesday as lack of progress in forming a new government and worries about Cyprus's bailout hit demand. Volumes seem all right... but when we turn to the pricing side it looks quite weak, " Commerzbank senior strategist Michael Leister said.
*Deal should help German company grow outside Europe. *Batista lost about $20 bln of his fortune last year. SAO PAULO, March 28- Eike Batista, who lost the title of Brazil's richest man as his fortune shrank by two-thirds in the past year, agreed to sell a stake in power company MPX Energia SA to Germany's E.ON SE for about 2.1 billion reais.