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  • Feb 19- U.S. drinks can maker Ball Corp agreed to buy British rival Rexam Plc in a sweetened 4.43 billion pounds deal, creating an industry giant that can better manage capital spending and costs as aluminium premiums rise. Shares in Rexam, which makes cans for Coca-Cola Co and Anheuser-Busch InBev, rose more than 6 percent to 571.5 pence in early trading before...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 19- The U.S. dollar was nursing losses in Asia on Thursday while bonds held hefty gains as investors scaled back expectations on how fast, and how far, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in coming months and years. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was near flat with much of the region on holiday.

  • Kaisa raises red flag on Chinese developers' leverage Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 8:11 PM ET
    At a property trade fair in Beijing, China

    A jump in homebuilder Kaisa's debt levels has left investors worried that leverage at other Chinese developers could be much higher than estimated.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 19- The U.S. dollar was nursing losses in Asia on Thursday while bonds held hefty gains as investors scaled back expectations on how fast, and how far, the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in coming months and years. Equities were relatively calm with much of Asia on holiday, and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was...

  • Feb 18- Boeing Co will keep returning significant cash to shareholders and will not cut production of wide-body 777 jetliners as it shifts to a new version later this decade, Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said on Wednesday. His remarks suggested that Boeing believes it can generate cash by delivering already-sold aircraft while winning new sales.

  • Feb 18- Boeing Co will keep returning significant cash to shareholders and is confident that it won't cut production of its widebody 777 jetliner as it shifts to a new version later this decade, Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney said on Wednesday.

  • Singapore

    Singapore's 2015 budget will be keenly watched by residents hoping for more financial help and increases in health care spending.

  • *Germany's Schaeuble says up to Greece to act fast. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Feb 17- A war of words between Greece and EU paymaster Germany escalated on Tuesday with Athens' new leftist prime minister refusing what he called "blackmail" to extend an international bailout and vowing to rush through laws to reverse labor reforms. Financial markets held their nerve after the...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 17- European Union finance ministers wielded enticements and veiled threats on Tuesday to press Greece to stay in an international bailout as financial markets slipped on fears of disruption if Athens' credit lines expire in 10 days time. If there is no deal on further financing this month, Greece could face a bank meltdown and run out of money as...

  • *Greece defies creditors, negotiations to drag on. LONDON, Feb 17- Gold snapped a three-day rally on Tuesday, losing almost 1 percent as investors remained cautious after a breakdown of debt talks between Greece and euro zone finance ministers, while demand from China decreased ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday. It gained about 1 percent in the past three...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 17- European Union finance ministers piled pressure on Greece on Tuesday to remain in an international financial rescue program as the euro weakened on fears of disruption when Athens' credit lines expire in 10 days time. "The next step is the responsible step," he said, offering no detail on what Athens was willing to propose. But time is short and...

  • 'Grexit' risks rise but compromise seen still possible Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 2:35 AM ET

    ATHENS, Feb 17- The chances of Greece being forced out of the euro zone have risen but a compromise agreement between Athens and its European partners is still possible, Greek media and investment banks said on Tuesday. Talks in Brussels between Greece and the rest of Dijsselbloem's Eurogroup broke down on Monday when Athens rejected a proposal to request a...

  • Foreign banks plan India boost in growth revival Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 | 12:45 AM ET

    Foreign private banks are bulking up in India, anticipating new opportunities to advise eager Indian millionaires and on signs of economic revival.

  • *Gold has added 1 percent over past three sessions. SINGAPORE, Feb 17- Gold took a breather on Tuesday after a three-day rally as a stronger dollar offset gains from safe-haven bids prompted by a break down in talks between Greece and its creditors. The dip comes on the last trading day before China heads for a week-long Lunar New Year holiday, after which prices...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- The euro inched higher on Monday as a meeting began of euro zone finance ministers who investors expect will find enough common ground to support Greece beyond its current bailout programme and keep it in the currency bloc. The euro has risen steadily through a nervous month of deadlock between the new government in Athens and its international...

  • Euro edges up before crunch meeting on Greece Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 8:56 AM ET
    A cashier counts euro banknotes in Vilnius, Lithuania, on Jan. 1, 2015.

    The euro inched higher ahead of a meeting of euro zone finance ministers that investors expect will find enough common ground to support Greece.

  • FOREX-Euro edges up before crunch meeting on Greece Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 8:23 AM ET

    *New Zealand dollar up almost 1 percent. LONDON, Feb 16- The euro inched higher on Monday ahead of a meeting of euro zone finance ministers that investors expect will find enough common ground to support Greece beyond its current bailout program and keep it inside the currency bloc. That, and the relative calm on debt markets in Spain, Italy and Portugal, suggests...

  • LONDON, Feb 16- The euro edged up on Monday ahead of a meeting of euro zone finance ministers that investors hope will find common ground to support Greece beyond its current bailout program and keep it inside the currency bloc. The single currency has gained steadily through a nervous month of deadlock between the new government in Athens and its international...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 16- Oil prices steadied on Monday as Japan's economy emerged from recession and as strong demand for refined products translated into healthy orders for crude. Japan's economy rebounded from recession in the final quarter of last year, supporting oil prices, even though the data was weaker than expected. Benchmark Brent crude futures were...

  • *Euro awaits Greece news as ministers meet again. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, Feb 16- The euro edged up on Monday on hopes that Greece and euro zone finance ministers will find common ground to support Greece beyond the expiry of the current bailout programme at the end of February. "I think the market is pricing in a positive outcome today, such as an agreement to extend support for...