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  • Companies such as General Electric Co and Intel Corp have reported solid results. Intel declared that personal computer sales have stabilized, while it forecast third-quarter revenue above Wall Street's expectations.

  • July 18- The success of General Electric Co's impending initial public offering for its private-label credit card unit could ride on investors' willingness to bet that a lukewarm consumer-led U.S. economic recovery heats up.

  • NEW YORK, July 18- Citigroup Inc has about $280 million in loans tied to commodities in two Chinese ports which are at the center of a probe into possible fraud, a senior executive said on Friday, becoming the first U.S. bank to disclose its potential exposure.

  • *Euro falls after Italy cuts 2014 growth outlook. NEW YORK, July 18- The euro slipped below the psychologically significant $1.35 level on Friday for the first time since February as the dollar gained broadly amid geopolitical tensions aggravated by the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

  • Hedge funds piled into what seemed a one-way bet in early June, grabbing up oil contracts as the rapid advance of Islamist insurgents in northern Iraq threatened supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer at the same time that peak summer demand was approaching.

  • LONDON, July 18- The world's top trading houses appear to be quickly turning into commodity finance banks, by lending billions of dollars to clients as a decades-long dominance of French banks shrinks.

  • FOREX-Euro dips under $1.35, dollar gains broadly Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    *Euro falls after Italy cuts 2014 growth outlook. NEW YORK, July 18- The euro on Friday traded under the psychologically significant $1.35 level for the first time since February as the dollar gained broadly amid geopolitical tensions aggravated by the downing of a Malaysian airliner in Ukraine.

  • July 18- General Electric Co's credit card unit, Synchrony Financial, said it expects to raise up to $3.25 billion in a public offering of shares, in what is expected to be the biggest U.S. The offering of 125 million shares is expected to be priced at between $23 and $26 per share, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday.

  • US stocks mount strong rebound on company earnings Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 8:53 AM ET

    The gains wiped out much of the market's losses from the day before, when the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet in eastern Ukraine stirred concerns that tensions between Russia and the West could escalate. Israel's launch of a ground offensive into Gaza also stoked geopolitical uncertainty.

  • LONDON, July 18- Oil producer Norway's crown jumped on Friday, boosted by concerns about Europe's energy supply as tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine rose. Other major currency markets calmed after an initial surge for the traditionally safe-haven yen and Swiss franc following the downing of a passenger jet over eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

  • Value of worldwide M&A hits $2 trillion this year Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Worldwide merger and acquisition activity has reached $2 trillion so far this year, up 75 percent from last year, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • One such deal came on Tuesday, when Camel cigarettes maker Reynolds American said it would buy rival Lorillard for $26.8 billion. As part of the takeover, Britain's Imperial Tobacco Group bought a number of brands and assets from both companies for $7.1 billion. Imperial adviser Goldman Sachs ranked top in the M&A league tables, ahead of Morgan Stanley and Citi.

  • TORONTO, July 17- Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd reported stronger-than-expected results on Thursday, and said rising freight volumes and prices should push already record results to new highs later this year. The shares of the Calgary- based railway, which have risen some 20 percent since its last quarterly report, surged as much as 4.7 percent on the news.

  • Ca-ching! Morgan Stanley doubles earnings Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 12:33 PM ET

    Strong showings in wealth management and investment banking helped Morgan Stanley more than double quarterly earnings and beat estimates.

  • *U.S. imposes toughest Russia sanctions yet over Ukraine. LONDON, July 17- New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will make it more difficult for Russian companies to refinance existing international loans and has dashed hopes that Russia's syndicated loan market is reopening, bankers said on Thursday.

  • *U.S. imposes toughest Russia sanctions yet over Ukraine. LONDON, July 17- New U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for its actions in Ukraine will make it more difficult for Russian companies to refinance existing international loans and has dashed hopes that Russia's syndicated loan market is reopening, bankers said on Thursday.

  • LONDON, July 17- Britain's financial watchdog said it had prioritized the worst cases of Libor benchmark interest rate fixing, providing a signal that the largest fines for banks' alleged role in the scandal may already have been levied.

  • Morgan Stanley quarterly profit more than doubles Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York City.

    Morgan Stanley's earnings jumped as stronger performances by its investment banking and wealth management businesses made up for a fall in bond trading.

  • Are Swiss trading houses turning into banks? Not quite Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    LONDON, July 17- The world's top trading houses appear to be quickly turning into commodity finance banks, by lending billions of dollars to clients as a decades-long dominance of French banks shrinks.

  • July 17- Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley's quarterly earnings more than doubled, beating market estimates, as stronger performances by its investment banking and wealth management businesses more than made up for a fall in revenue from bond trading.