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  • Jeb Bush stepping down from Tenet Healthcare board Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 2:01 PM ET

    MIAMI— As he takes steps toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning from the board of Tenet Healthcare Corp.. The health care company said in a regulatory filing Wednesday that the former Florida governor told Tenet's board of directors that he would step down at the end of the year. A Bush spokesman said last week that the potential Republican contender...

  • JERUSALEM, Dec 23- Shares of Israel's Bank Leumi jumped nearly 4 percent on Tuesday after it agreed to pay $400 million to settle two separate investigations into whether it helped its American clients evade U.S. taxes. "We expect to see upward moves in the stocks as the settlement with U.S. authorities should lift a major overhang from the shares," said Barclays...

  • LONDON, Dec 23- Investment bankers working on corporate takeovers and share issues can expect good news on bonuses after a buoyant year when they return from the holidays, but bond and currency traders face lower payouts. "We're seeing bonus pools on average up by between 5 and 10 percent on 2013 numbers, but that's massively differentiated across different...

  • US new home sales fall 1.6 percent in November Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Sales of new U.S. homes fell in November, evidence that recent job gains have yet to boost the housing sector. The Commerce Department said Tuesday that new home sales slid 1.6 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 438,000, the second straight monthly decline. "Soft November new-home sales are consistent with what has been a slow...

  • HOUSTON, Dec 22- Plunging oil prices will prompt energy companies to cut investments in new projects by 25 percent or more in 2015, analysts said over the past week, as firms try to stay cash-flow positive and keep debt in check. With oil prices down more than 40 percent since June, some companies, including ConocoPhillips, have slashed spending by 20 percent.

  • TOKYO, Dec 22- Asian shares and the dollar began a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, with the euro testing two-year lows against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.3 percent in early trade, while Japan's Nikkei stock average was up 0.4 percent ahead of...

  • *Metro Bank broke mould by using software supplier. LONDON, Dec 21- When Metro Bank prepared to launch in 2010 as the first new bank to appear on British high streets for over a century, its founders broke with convention by outsourcing the construction of its computer systems. "That's the way the whole process developed in America," said Metro Bank co-founder Vernon...

  • Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market, it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too. If the index were to end December at that level, it would mark the biggest two-month slump since June 2013. By comparison, a broader Barclays index tracking the entire bond market, which includes corporate bonds with better credit ratings and Treasurys, is largely...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 19- Hong Kong's de facto central bank said it found no evidence of rigging in Hong Kong's foreign exchange benchmark following an 18- month investigation into the trading operations of 10 banks. However, it identified "inappropriate" behavior by individual traders at Standard Chartered and Deutsche Bank. The HKMA began the investigation into...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. LONDON, Dec 19- World markets are ending their last full week of 2014 on a high, as Wall Street made its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 and European shares headed for their strongest week of the year. French IT services company Atos SE Xerox Corp's outsourcing arm.

  • In the end, the deal survived only after Taser dropped Amazon.com Inc as the data storage provider for the year-long project. The fact that Amazon did not have a data center in Britain was a deal breaker for British officials, according to Taser. The case is an example of the challenges that Amazon faces as it works to expand its cloud computing business, known as...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian shares enjoyed their best day in 15 months on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to withdraw stimulus from the U.S. economy. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan put on 1.5 percent,...

  • *Asia shares buoyed as Wall St surges for second day. SYDNEY, Dec 19- Japanese stocks led Asian markets higher on Friday, after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei climbed 1.9 percent to erase much of it's recent losses, while Australia's...

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian stocks catch Wall St tailwind Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:26 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Dec 19- Asian markets looked set for another upbeat session on Friday after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates. Brent was quoted $1.37 lighter at $59.81 a barrel, while U.S. crude was hovering around $55.00 after losing more than $2 on Thursday.

  • Jeb Bush to step down from Barclays Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:54 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Taking another step toward a presidential run, Jeb Bush is resigning his advisory role with British banking giant Barclays. A Bush spokesman said Thursday that the former Florida governor would leave his senior adviser position at the end of the year. The news comes two days after Bush announced plans to "actively explore" a White House bid.

  • BP faces heavy hit from former prized asset Rosneft Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 12:08 PM ET

    *BP EPS could be cut to 5 cents due to first Rosneft loss. LONDON, Dec 18- BP faces a first and heavy loss from its stake in Russia's Rosneft due to plummeting oil prices and a crumbling rouble, potentially forcing it to write down the value of its once-prized asset. This would be the first loss since BP acquired its 19.75 percent stake in government-controlled Rosneft...

  • 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.

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    The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone.