CNBC's Julia Wood discusses a new report from Barclays, which indicated a lack of innovation to weigh on Apple for 2014. It also slashed its forecasts for smartphone sales growth in 2014.» Read More
*U.S. housing starts, permits tumble in January. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stocks edged lower on Wednesday with the S&P 500 facing technical resistance near its record high, while economic data continued to be blurred by extreme weather. Goldman Sachs lowered its first-quarter growth estimate by a tenth of a percentage point to a 1.8 percent annual rate.
WASHINGTON, Feb 19- U.S. housing starts recorded their biggest drop in almost three years in January as harsh weather disrupted activity, but the third month of declines in permits hinted at some weakness in the housing market.
*Prices rise as housing data weakens, Ukraine bonds drop Forward guidance, tapering in focus in Fed minutes. Ukraine's sovereign bonds and currency tumbled on Wednesday as a renewed wave of violence hit the capital Kiev, adding pressure on Russia's rouble which has hit an all-time low against the euro.
*Russia, Iraq oil sales rise more than projected China import growth. *Latin America, Africa volumes to China dropping this year.
WASHINGTON, Feb 18- The U.S. Foreign banks with sizable operations on Wall Street such as Deutsche Bank and Barclays had pushed back hard against the plan because it means they will need to transfer costly capital from Europe.
Even after the recent spate of staggering breaches, companies haven't learned all their lessons on securing sensitive data.
The Fed is getting tougher on foreign banks in a move aimed at saving taxpayers from footing the bill for some bailouts.
*Nordea, Goldman Sachs and UBS will be joint global coordinators. Funds managed by Swedish private equity firm EQT and by Goldman Sachs bought ISS for 22.1 billion Danish crowns and delisted it from the Copenhagen bourse in 2005..
LONDON, Feb 18- South Africa's Standard Bank, now selling a controlling stake in its markets unit to China's ICBC, is emerging as a frontrunner to buy Deutsche Bank's place in the global gold price-setting process, sources familiar with the matter said. Market sources said Standard Bank, in conjunction with ICBC, is in prime position to buy the Deutsche seat.
*Denmark's ISS aims to be listed on Copenhagen Stock Exchange. *Nordea, Goldman Sachs and UBS will be joint global coordinators. Private equity company EQT and Goldman Sachs bought the company for 22.1 billion Danish crowns and delisted it from the Copenhagen bourse in 2005..
Feb 17- Former AIG boss Maurice "Hank" Greenberg's Starr Investment Holdings LLC said on Monday it had agreed to take over health insurance claims processor MultiPlan Inc in what is by far its biggest private equity investment to date. Since its launch in 2012, all of Starr Investment Holdings' previous private equity deals have been below $1 billion.
Russia boosts Ukraine's Yanukovich with $2 billion fresh credit. KIEV- Russia says will give Ukraine a fresh cash injection of $2 billion to support its heavily indebted economy in a boost to the embattled president in Kiev, who has been forced onto the back foot by 12 weeks of unrest.
The dollar slipped to a six-week low on Monday as soft U.S. economic data stood in contrast to better figures out of the euro zone and China.
MultiPlan helps manage the claims process for big health insurers and has a network of over 900,000 healthcare providers.
LONDON, Feb 17- Copper climbed for a second straight session on Monday, touching the strongest in 11 days, as the dollar weakened slightly and worries about slower Chinese growth faded, prompting some shorts to buy back positions.
LONDON, Feb 17- China is once again exerting a powerful gravitational pull on the global copper market. It's also a highly moot point as to whether China's renewed hunger for copper is being driven by manufacturing demand or financing demand. And as long as China gorges itself at the expense of the rest of the world, that tension is only likely to get worse.
LONDON, Feb 17- Britain's fraud agency started criminal proceedings against three former bankers at Britain's Barclays Plc on Monday for the alleged manipulation of Libor interest rates.
Britain's fraud agency has started criminal proceedings against three former bankers of Barclays for the alleged manipulation of Libor interest rates.
Brent crude oil steadied above $109 a barrel on Monday, supported by a weak dollar, supply disruptions and a severe winter across North America that has boosted heating demand.
LONDON, Feb 17- Copper climbed for the second straight session on Monday, touching the strongest in 11 days as the dollar weakened slightly and worries about slower Chinese growth faded, prompting some shorts to buy back positions.