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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- The U.S. credit union regulator said on Wednesday it filed a lawsuit against U.S. Bank and Bank of America over mortgage securities sold in the years leading up to the financial crisis. The regulator accused U.S. Bank and Bank of America of knowing about defects in the mortgage loans but not providing required notices to the investors.

  • *Risk aversion rises on Russia's financial crisis. TOKYO, Dec 17- The dollar nursed its losses in early Asian trading on Wednesday, pulling away from lows hit overnight on skidding oil prices, Russia's financial crisis, and speculation that the Federal Reserve might take a more cautious tone on monetary policy. We also expect committee members to raise their...

  • *Repsol to buy Canada's 5th largest oil producer. *Repsol offers 56 pct premium to Talisman market value. MADRID, Dec 16- Spain's Repsol has agreed to buy Talisman Energy, Canada's fifth-largest independent oil producer, for $8.3 billion as the drop in oil prices pushes energy companies to take the plunge on big M&A deals.

  • Dec 16- The salient fact in the Japan election wasn't the big victory for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe or the record low voter turnout, but that it is all happening in a country with fewer and fewer people. With fewer and aging people and little immigration, Japan's ability to capitalize on this is in doubt, even if labor reforms to bring more women into the workforce...

  • Apple just got reinforcements in mobile pay battle Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:16 AM ET
    A worker demonstrates Apple Pay inside a mobile kiosk sponsored by Visa and Wells Fargo to demonstrate the new Apple Pay mobile payment system on October 20, 2014 in San Francisco City.

    Dozens more companies—including big banks, retailers and start-ups—have begun to adopt Apple's mobile payments platform, The New York Times reports.

  • Co-op Bank fails stress tests: Lloyds dividend threat Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 8:05 AM ET

    Co-operative Bank has failed a key test of how it would perform in a financial crisis by the Bank of England.

  • Co-op Bank fails Bank of England stress tests  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:30 AM ET

    Co-operative Bank has failed a key test of how it would perform in a financial crisis by the Bank of England. CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi discusses the results and what it means for Britain's banks.

  • Cramer Remix: What I'm waiting to see in oil Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:05 PM ET
    Jim Cramer on Mad Money.

    Only then will "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer expect the recent ridiculous action to subside.

  • TOKYO, Dec 16- The Russian rouble rebounded from record lows on Tuesday after the Russian central bank hiked interest rates to halt a collapse in its currency, while the backdrop of falling oil prices and concerns over global growth supported the safe-haven yen. U.S. crude futures fell 3.3 percent on Monday after OPEC once again said it will not cut oil output...

  • Cramer: Things are awesome right now! Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    Jim Cramer wonders... if things are really so bad, then why are so many things going right? He uncovers who is really behind this market decline.

  • Dec 15- The trustee handling the liquidation of the brokerage unit of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday seeking review of the business's cash assets awarded to Barclays Plc. Trustee James Giddens, who has been seeking to recoup money for the brokerage's creditors, said lower court rulings granting margin assets...

  • *Factory capacity use highest since December 2007. WASHINGTON, Dec 15- U.S. manufacturing output recorded its largest increase in nine months in November as production expanded across the board, pointing to underlying strength in the economy. "There is little evidence here that weaker global growth or a stronger dollar has hurt U.S. manufacturing," said John...

  • *OPEC repeats intention to keep output steady despite glut. LONDON, Dec 15- Brent crude oil hit a fresh five-year low close to $60 a barrel on Monday after producer group OPEC restated its determination not to cut output despite a global fuel glut, but the North Sea benchmark later rallied to above $62. Things will be left as is, "OPEC Secretary-General Abdullah...

  • LONDON, Dec 15- Russia's rouble has tumbled to successive record lows against the dollar, shrugging off central bank interventions and interest rate rises, and paying heed to only one factor- the oil price. To defend the currency, Russia's central bank cranked up its main lending rate by 100 basis points last Thursday to 10.5 percent- the fifth increase so far this...

  • *OPEC repeats intention to keep output steady despite glut. LONDON, Dec 15- Brent crude hit a fresh five-year low close to $60 a barrel on Monday after oil producer group OPEC restated its determination not to cut output despite a global fuel glut, but the North Sea benchmark later rallied to trade around $63. Things will be left as is, "OPEC Secretary-General...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 15- Oil markets saw volatile trading in Asia on Monday as Brent prices first fell to a 5-1/ 2 year low after the International Energy Agency cut its outlook and then rose on hopes of improving manufacturing data. Brent futures fell to near $60 per barrel after the IEA forecast further price falls and OPEC's chief on Sunday defended the group's...

  • Dec 14- Pet supply retailer PetSmart Inc succumbed to calls from some shareholders for a sale on Sunday with an agreement to be bought by a private equity consortium led by BC Partners Ltd for $8.7 billion, in the largest leveraged buyout of the year. PetSmart said BC Partners, as well as some of its fund investors, including La Caisse de dépôt et placement du...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 12- Holders of U.S. inflation bonds are feeling the pain as tumbling oil prices intensify fears of global disinflation and a possible interest rate increase by the Federal Reserve next year. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities, commonly known as TIPS, become more popular when investors sense inflation is quickening. Since September,...

  • LONDON, Dec 12- Britain has all the right ingredients for an M&A boom, upbeat company bosses, a vibrant economy and a buoyant stock market, but dealmaking is lagging behind the rest of the world. In Britain, although M&A activity is up compared to 2013, it has been flat for the last five years. Ten years ago, dealmaking in Britain, Europe's financial hub and home to some of...

  • Oil plunges again, reaches recession-level depths Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    Friday's trigger was a lowered expectation for oil consumption from the International Energy Agency. The benchmark U.S. oil price closed down $2.14 to close at $57.81 a barrel in New York. OPEC said Wednesday that higher production from non- OPEC members and weak global economic growth will reduce demand for its oil to 28.9 million barrels a day next year.