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  • DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— Qatar Airways said Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals. "It makes sense for us to work more closely together in the near term and we look forward...

  • JetBlue Airways profit beats on cheaper fuel Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
    Customers check in at the JetBlue counter at John F. Kennedy Airport

    JetBlue Airways reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it benefitted from lower fuel prices and flew more passengers.

  • Jan 29- JetBlue Airways Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it benefitted from lower fuel prices and flew more passengers. JetBlue, whose shares were up 4.6 percent in premarket trading, said average fuel cost per gallon fell to $2.70 in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $3.10 a year earlier. JetBlue's net profit increased to $88 million,...

  • Jan 29- Viacom Inc, owner of movie studio Paramount Pictures Corp and cable network Nickelodeon, reported lower-than-expected quarterly revenue as weak U.S. advertising spending more than offset the box-office success of "Interstellar". Barclays analyst Kannan Venkateshwar had forecast a 0.2 percent drop in advertising across cable networks in the...

  • UPDATE 3-Deutsche Bank's legal headaches drag into 2015 Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Legal costs will weigh down Deutsche Bank's results well into 2015, Germany's biggest bank said on Thursday, as global investigations into cases such as the alleged manipulation of interest rate and currency benchmarks drag on. Deutsche Bank, which had originally hoped to clear its decks of legal problems in 2014, postponed a big litigation...

  • SEOUL, Jan 29- U.S. crude futures were trading near 6- year lows just below $44.50 a barrel in early Asian trade on Thursday, remaining under pressure after data showing U.S. crude stocks surged to their highest on record. *U.S. crude's front-month contract shed 1 cent at $44.44 a barrel as of 0000 GMT. *Benchmark Brent crude closed down $1.13, or 2.3 percent, at $48.47,...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- A federal judge on Wednesday said U.S. investors may pursue a nationwide antitrust lawsuit accusing 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market. The bank defendants include Bank of America Corp, Barclays Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, HSBC...

  • *Fed says to keep "patient" approach on rates. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks closed down on Wednesday, driven by a sharp decline in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said the domestic economy was growing at a solid pace, signaling it remains on track to raise interest rates later this year. While many market participants said they were unsurprised by the...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Boeing Co on Wednesday said the tide of commercial aircraft demand will keep rising despite cheap oil and a strong dollar, and that it was getting more adept at converting plane orders into piles of cash, sending shares to a 52- week high. But even as Boeing posted strong fourth-quarter results and offered a robust 2015 outlook, its report raised...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- A federal judge on Wednesday said U.S. investors may pursue a nationwide antitrust lawsuit accusing 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market. The bank defendants are Bank of America Corp, Barclays Plc, BNP Paribas SA, Citigroup Inc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Deutsche Bank AG, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, HSBC...

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks fall after Fed statement, oil drop Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, driven by extended losses in the S&P 500 energy sector, after the Federal Reserve said it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates. Concluding their first policy-setting meeting of the year, Fed officials looked past the urgent moves made by other central banks this month to boost their struggling...

  • US STOCKS-U.S. stocks give up gains after Fed statement Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks fell slightly in volatile trading on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy is on track and it will remain "patient" in deciding when to raise interest rates. Concluding their first policy-setting meeting of the year, Fed officials looked past the urgent moves made by other central banks this month to boost their...

  • Jan 28- The London Stock Exchange Group Plc plans to put Russell Investments up for sale in mid-February and hopes to fetch around $1.4 billion for the unit, two sources told Reuters Wednesday. The exchange operator has tapped Barclays to sell the business, according to the sources, who wished to remain anonymous because they are unauthorized to speak to the...

  • US STOCKS-Apple, Boeing keep Wall St afloat; energy weighs Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 12:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. stocks were buoyed on Wednesday by earnings including Apple and Boeing, but a sharp drop in energy shares cut into gains, leaving indexes little changed. Boeing added 6 percent to $140.41 after handily beating top- and bottom-line expectations. But the energy sector of the S&P 500 dropped 2 percent as U.S. crude futures tumbled and after...

  • *Barclays cuts 2015 forecast to $44 a barrel from $72 for Brent. Jan 28- Barclays Plc and Goldman Sachs Group Inc issued even more bearish forecasts for oil prices on Wednesday, predicting no significant recovery in the first half of 2015.. Barclays slashed its 2015 Brent crude oil price forecast to $44 a barrel from $72, while Goldman said it expected prices for...

  • LONDON, Jan 28- Oil slipped to $49 a barrel on Wednesday as the dollar strengthened, while an industry report showing a larger-than-expected rise in U.S. crude inventories also pressured prices. "The key driver for oil prices in the last few days has been currency fluctuations... we had seen some weakness in the U.S. dollar which helped support prices overnight," Ric...

  • Nintendo's nine-month profit jumps on cheap yen Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:34 AM ET

    TOKYO— Nintendo reported a nearly six-fold increase in profit for the first three quarters of the fiscal year Wednesday and raised its earnings forecast as a cheap yen masked weak sales. Nintendo Co., the Japanese manufacturer of Pokemon and Super Mario video games, said Wednesday profit for the nine months ended December 2014, totaled 59.52 billion yen, up from...

  • "The key driver for oil prices in the last few days has been currency fluctuations... we had seen some weakness in the U.S. dollar which helped support prices overnight," Ric Spooner, chief analyst at CMC Markets in Sydney said. Brent crude hit a low of $48.79 a barrel and was down 45 cents at $49.15 by 0717 GMT. U.S. crude was at $45.68 a barrel, down 55 cents, after earlier...

  • JPMorgan profited from soaring Swiss franc - Bloomberg Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:47 PM ET

    Jan 27- JPMorgan Chase& Co's currency traders made a profit of as much as $300 million when the Swiss central bank shocked markets by scrapping its cap on the franc this month, Bloomberg reported, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. JPMorgan netted $250 million to $300 million on the day the Swiss National Bank removed the franc's ceiling of 1.20...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 27- Economies and investors, having suffered the pain of the tumble in energy prices, may soon start to see more of the benefits. Russia, highly dependent on oil earnings and suffering from the effects of sanctions over its conduct in Ukraine, has seen its currency and stock market tumble. "The effects of the oil price decline are being priced in now, for...