LONDON/ SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold's hefty losses picked up pace on Monday, dropping to its lowest since March 2011, and investors slashed exposure to commodities for a second day after underwhelming Chinese data signalled a setback for the global economy.
*Gold slides to over 2- year lows. SINGAPORE, April 15- Gold sank to its weakest in two years and oil and copper hit multi-month lows as investors sold off commodities for a second day on Monday, worried that central banks will pull the plug on stimulus and as disappointing Chinese data signaled a setback for the global economic recovery.
WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, April 15- For the past year, a special team of U.S. bank regulators has been on a quiet mission to end the belief on Wall Street that large banks are "too big to fail."
NEW YORK, April 14- Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc is nearing a deal to buy genetic testing equipment maker Life Technologies Corp for close to $13 billion, according to four people familiar with the matter, in what would be one of the year's biggest corporate takeovers.
CARACAS, April 14- Both sides in an election to choose a successor to Venezuela's late leader Hugo Chavez expressed confidence of victory after Sunday's vote, raising fears that the official result could be contested.
SINGAPORE, April 15- U.S. and Brent crude futures fell more than $1 on Monday after weak U.S. and Chinese data stoked investor concerns of a slowdown in economic growth in the world's top oil consumers.
SINGAPORE, April 15- U.S. crude futures fell more than $2 on Monday, hitting a more than three-month low, after Chinese and U.S. data stoked investors' concerns of a slowdown in economic growth in the world's top oil consumers.
CARACAS, April 14- Ruling party candidate Nicolas Maduro narrowly won Venezuela's presidential election on Sunday, the electoral authority said, allowing him to continue the socialist policies of the late Hugo Chavez.
*NYMEX crude for May delivery was down 68 cents at $90.61 a barrel by 0035 GMT, after settling down $2.22 on Friday. *Iran wants oil prices to stay above $100 a barrel, its oil minister said on Sunday, ahead of OPEC's next meeting on May 31.
*Streamlining on market in the United States. BRUSSELS, April 15- European trucks of the future should have longer, rounded, more aerodynamic cabs to save fuel and cut down on accidents, and adopt some innovations already on the road in the United States.
TOKYO, April 15- The dollar moved further away from last week's four-year high against the yen on Monday after the United States said it would watch Japan to ensure its policies were not aimed at weakening its currency. The Aussie dollar slipped 0.6 percent to $1.0439 as industrial output in China, Australia's biggest export market, also disappointed.
*Firmer yen, weak U.S. and China data dent exporters& industrials. *BNP Paribas, Nomura lift year-end Nikkei target.
*Embraer says firm orders to start in 1st qtr of 2014. RIO DE JANEIRO, April 9- Brazilian planemaker Embraer SA is looking to shock rivals with the price of its KC-390 military transport plane when it starts booking firm orders within the next 12 months, according to a senior executive.
Lion Air captain tried in vain to abort 737 landing. All 108 passengers and crew miraculously survived when the Boeing 737 passenger jet, operated by Indonesian budget carrier Lion Air, undershot the tourist island's main airport runway and belly-flopped in water on Saturday.
*Deutsche Tel sweetens T-Mobile USA deal for MetroPCS. The German group's T-Mobile USA unit lacks the critical mass to take on bigger U.S. rivals Verizon, AT&T and Sprint and has been losing market share.
LISBON, April 14- After a bungled bailout of Cyprus, the recession-stricken euro zone will stand out for the wrong reasons when finance ministers meet in Washington this week to run the rule over the global economy.
*Copper prices fell 2.7 percent on Friday to $7,375 a tonne, their lowest since April 4, ending down for a third consecutive week, by nearly 2 percent. Copper prices are within reach of 8- month lows plumbed in early August at $7,331.25. *The most-traded August copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange fell 1.8 percent to 54,100 yuan a tonne.
TOKYO, April 15- Japan's Nikkei share average shed 0.9 percent in early trade on Monday, slipping further from a nearly five-year high, as exporters retreated after weak U.S. retail sales raised concerns over the recovery in the world's largest economy.
*BNP Paribas, Nomura lift year-end Nikkei target. TOKYO, April 15- Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday morning, slipping further from a nearly five-year high, as exporters retreated after dismal U.S. retail sales raised concerns over the recovery in the world's largest economy. I wouldn't be too worried about it, "a Tokyo- based sales trader said.
*China Q1 GDP, industrial output undershoot forecasts. This raised investor sensitivity to data due this session from China, the world's second-largest economy.