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  • LONDON, July 24- The euro climbed from an eight-month low on Thursday after German and French business activity beat expectations, although fears that possible tougher sanctions on Russia would hurt the euro zone were seen limiting gains.

  • July 23- Britain's markets regulator and a group of global banks are in talks to reach a first settlement in a currency-rigging probe, with a deal possible this year, Bloomberg reported.

  • NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. authorities' $8.9 billion settlement last month with French bank BNP Paribas for sanctions busting will pay for New York cops to get live computer feeds of street crime and for new carpets in the offices of prosecutors, among many other things. In some places- particularly New York state- that is leading to ugly wrangling over how to spend it.

  • By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while its Australian peer rose after a survey showed China's factory sector expanded at its fastest pace in 18 months.

  • FOREX-Kiwi hits skids, others buy time before China PMI Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:53 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 24- The New Zealand dollar skidded to a six-week low on Thursday after the country's central bank switched to a wait-and-see stance following its fourth straight rate hike, while other major currencies snoozed. The kiwi dollar dropped nearly a full U.S. cent to as low as $0.8606, touching levels not seen since June 12.

  • Standard & Poor's may face SEC charges over ratings Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    In a regulatory filing, McGraw-Hill Financial Inc said it received a "Wells notice" on July 22 indicating the SEC is weighing filing civil charges for alleged securities law violations over S&P's ratings of six commercial mortgage-backed securities transactions issued in 2011..

  • *To file criminal changes against Alstom imminently. David Green, who announced on Monday that the SFO would join U.S. prosecutors and regulators worldwide in investigating allegations of misconduct in the $5.3 trillion- per-day foreign exchange market, said he had "reasonable grounds" to suspect that an offence of serious or complex fraud was involved.

  • Final Glance: Banks companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    Citigroup Inc. rose$. 25 or. 5 percent, to $49.60. Goldman Sachs rose $3.30 or 1.9 percent, to $175.02. JPMorgan Chase rose$. 43 or. 7 percent, to $58.67.

  • Corn extends slump; grain price at four-year low Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 3:44 PM ET

    Corn for delivery in September dropped 3.75 cents, or 1 percent, to $3.68 a bushel on Tuesday. "The weather conditions are beyond good," said Sterling Smith, a commodities analyst at Citigroup. Soybeans for the same month dropped 13.75 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $10.58 a bushel.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- A U.S. judge ordered Argentina and investors who did not participate in the country's past debt restructurings to meet "continuously" with a court-appointed mediator until a settlement is reached, warning of the threat of a new default.

  • Midday Glance: Banks companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 PM ET

    Bank of America Corp. fell$. 01 or percent, to $15.52. Citigroup Inc. rose$. 35 or. 7 percent, to $49.70. Goldman Sachs rose $3.05 or 1.8 percent, to $174.77.

  • Early Glance: Banks companies Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    Bank of America Corp. rose$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $15.53. Citigroup Inc. rose$. 21 or. 4 percent, to $49.56. Goldman Sachs rose $1.57 or. 9 percent, to $173.29.

  • *But as yields tick up, buyers of Portugal debt come in. LONDON, July 22- Portuguese bonds' worst week of the year shows that even when the headlines are grim, investors will snap up peripheral euro zone debt provided the yield is right- thanks to Mario Draghi.

  • MOVES-Desombre joins Citi from Credit Suisse Tuesday, 22 Jul 2014 | 9:23 AM ET

    LONDON, July 22- Citi has hired Credit Suisse banker Nicolas Desombre to lead its investment bank in France, the latest in a series of senior hires in Europe to help strengthen its operations in the region. In a memo to employees seen by Reuters, Citi said Desombre will also run its global insurance business alongside Gautam Chawla.

  • *Cautions on uncertainties in Hong Kong. ZURICH, July 22- Swatch Group on Tuesday warned of an uncertain outlook for its major market Hong Kong after reporting an 11.5 percent fall in first-half profits due to a strong Swiss franc, costs linked to the Sochi Olympics and a factory fire.

  • *Credit Suisse to exit commodities trading. ZURICH, July 22- Credit Suisse Group AG reported its biggest quarterly loss since the peak of the financial crisis in 2008, the result of a 1.6 billion Swiss franc settlement with U.S. authorities over helping its clients evade taxes.

  • TORONTO, July 21- Worried they may be given the cold shoulder by an imperious leadership, shareholders of Barrick Gold Corp, the world's biggest gold miner, are taking a "show me" approach to the company's latest management shakeup.

  • TORONTO, July 21- Worried they are being given the cold shoulder by an imperious leadership, shareholders of Barrick Gold Corp, the world's biggest gold miner, are taking a "show me" approach to the company's latest management shakeup.

  • LONDON, July 21- Currency investors began on Monday to show a glimmer of concern over the risks a surprise from Scotland's September vote on independence might pose to sterling, having appeared complacent over the issue so far.

  • July 21- Volume in Barclays Plc's private U.S. trading venue, or "dark pool," fell 79 percent in the week and a half after the New York attorney general accused the British bank of giving an unfair edge to high-speed traders, according to data released on Monday.