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  • *Weekly jobless claims decline 10,000. WASHINGTON, Jan 7- The number of Americans filing for jobless benefits fell last week and layoffs in December were the smallest in 15-1/ 2 years, pointing to a firmer labor market even as economic growth appears to have slowed sharply in the fourth quarter. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 10,000 to a...

  • *Barclays, BNP Paribas, Deutsche likely to cut jobs- sources. *Barclays likely to add to S.Korea, Taiwan cuts- sources. Bankers and headhunters told Reuters that BNP Paribas SA, Deutsche Bank AG and Barclays PLC are among lenders likely to cut back equities trading and research teams in non-core markets in Asia this year.

  • *HSBC, Barclays say EU has been crucial to London success. *HSBC could realign some ops to continent after a Brexit. Officials from two UK banks, HSBC and Barclays, said access to the EU's single market and its common rules was "crucial" and a key factor in London's success as Europe's biggest financial center.

  • Goldman Sachs: THIS will drive markets in 2016 Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016 | 12:16 PM ET
    China manufacturing

    In a volatile market, look for this one factor to be the main force, chief global equity strategist Peter Oppenheimer tells CNBC.

  • Jan 6- The euro zone economy finished 2015 on solid footing, with business growth in Germany and Italy accelerating to multi-year highs, although inflation pressures remained weak despite months of lavish European Central Bank stimulus. Survey compiler Markit said a rise in the composite PMI to 54.3-- compared with a flash estimate of 54.0 and November's...

  • Barclays to reveal Asia investment banking job cuts Wednesday, 6 Jan 2016 | 2:00 AM ET
    Barclays

    Barclays will announce investment banking job cuts across Asia next week, including closures in South Korea and Taiwan, sources said.

  • SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Jan 5- Barclays will announce investment banking job cuts across Asia next week, including closures in South Korea and Taiwan, sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. In common with other European lenders, Barclays is facing up to a harsh environment for investment banks in Asia after the region's economies and markets...

  • SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Jan 5- Barclays Plc will announce job cuts in its investment banking businesses across Asia, including closing the businesses in Korea and Taiwan, people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters, in the latest cuts for the London- based lender in the region. If any firm decisions are made, we will provide an update, "a Hong Kong- based...

  • Global investment banking fees fall 8 pct in 2015 Tuesday, 5 Jan 2016 | 6:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 5- Global investment banking fees fell 8 percent in 2015 compared to a year earlier, with a boom in mergers and acquisition activity failing to offset a slump in equity and debt capital markets fees, Thomson Reuters data published on Tuesday showed. Regionally, fees in Europe declined 16 percent compared with a year ago, Asia Pacific fees fell 12 percent...

  • TOKYO, Jan 4- The dollar fell to a 10- week low against the yen as tensions in the Middle East and soft Chinese data added bids to the safe-haven Japanese currency in the first trading session of 2016.. Investor risk appetite took a knock at the start of the new year after Saudi Arabia on Sunday severed ties with Iran and data showed China's factory activity shrank...

  • TOKYO, Jan 4- The dollar hovered near a two-week high against a basket of currencies on Monday in the first trading session of 2016, a year in which the market expected divergence in central bank monetary policies to give the greenback an edge over its peers. The index gained roughly 10 percent last year as the Federal Reserve began hiking interest rates for the...

  • LONDON, Jan 3- Two more investment banks have reported paying zero tax in Britain in 2014, prompting the opposition Labour party to urge the government to reverse a tax change it made for banks last year. Citigroup and Credit Suisse disclosed in the past fortnight that their main UK subsidiaries paid no corporate income tax in 2014, the most recent year for which...

  • Expect less, buy antacid: 2016 investment forecast Friday, 1 Jan 2016 | 11:49 AM ET
    A trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Dec. 31, 2015.

    Analysts, mutual-fund managers and other forecasters are telling investors to expect lower returns from stocks and bonds in 2016 than in past years.

  • TREASURIES-Bond prices end turbulent 2015 higher Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 4:06 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF was down 4.280 percent for the year while the iShares 1-3- year Treasury Bond ETF was down 0.047 percent. The SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF was down 12.173 percent for the year, and the iShares iBoxx$ Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF fell 4.430 percent for the year.

  • TREASURIES-Bond prices rise, on track to end year up Thursday, 31 Dec 2015 | 11:36 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. In the previous year Treasuries returned 4.95 percent while long bonds returned 27.23 percent, according to Barclays data. "Treasuries really didn't perform that badly this year, especially given that it was a Fed hiking year and they're still up a bit," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rates strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • LONDON, Dec 31- A public review of Britain's banking culture has been scrapped just months after it was announced, with the UK regulator saying on Thursday it had opted instead to work with lenders individually to address any concerns. The move will likely add to the public perception that the Financial Conduct Authority is softening its approach after several...

  • LONDON, Dec 31- A public review of Britain's banking culture has been scrapped just months after it was announced, with the UK regulator saying on Thursday it had opted instead to work with lenders individually to address any concerns. The move will likely add to the public perception that the Financial Conduct Authority is softening its approach after several...

  • Europe ends lower as oil slides; Fingerprint booms Wednesday, 30 Dec 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Crude oil production

    European equities finished lower on Wednesday as investors fretted over renewed weakness in global commodity markets.

  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE at 1930 GMT/2:30 PM ET Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky: +1 646 223 6200. Third time's a charm for UPS at Christmas, but FedEx stumbles. CHICAGO- After two consecutive years of problems during its holiday peak package season, UPS delivered on time at Christmas this year, but its main rival, FedEx, stumbled at the last minute, leaving some gifts undelivered until after the holiday.

  • REUTERS BUSINESS SCHEDULE at 1600 GMT/11 AM ET Tuesday, 29 Dec 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky: +1 646 223 6200. China eyes fiscal splurge to cushion reforms, slowing growth. BEIJING- China could run its biggest budget deficit as a percentage of GDP in perhaps half a century next year as leaders turn to government spending to arrest the slowdown in the economy, policy advisers say, after disappointing returns from a year of monetary...