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*Yuan nearly hits weak end of 1 pct trading band Yuan suffers biggest weekly loss around 0.9 pct. HONG KONG, Feb 28- China's yuan suffered its biggest weekly loss on record on Friday, as the central bank stepped up its intervention to weaken the currency ahead of a key government meeting next week which may be used as a platform to unveil more market reforms.
LONDON, Feb 28- European stocks rose on Friday, supported by expectations a low reading of euro zone inflation later in the day will force the European Central Bank to ease monetary policy further and a record high close on Wall Street the previous session.
*6.20 yuan per dollar seen as inflection point below which losses multiply. HONG KONG, Feb 28- China's weakening of the yuan over the past 10 days has exposed risks created by the rapid growth of offshore derivative products, with holders seen potentially facing billions of dollars of losses if the currency keeps falling.
This is the latest settlement among 18 lawsuits over some $200 billion in mortgage-backed securities at the heart of the 2008 financial crisis.
NEW YORK, Feb 27- Societe Generale has agreed to pay $122 million to settle a lawsuit by a U.S. regulator accusing the bank of misleading Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in the purchase of mortgage-backed securities.
*Platinum group metals up after Impala's force majeure. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 27- Gold prices were flat on Thursday after U.S.
PARIS, Feb 27- GDF Suez took a 15 billion euro writedown in 2013, mainly for gas storage and gas power plants whose value was hit by a price slump, but new dividend and profit guidance for the years ahead lifted its share price.
LONDON, Feb 27- Gold prices edged up on Thursday due to a steady dollar, but remained well below the previous day's four-month high as buyers of coins, bars and jewellery in Asian markets held off in expectation of a further price drop.
MOSCOW, Feb 27- Russian hypermarket chain Lenta has narrowed guidance for its initial public offering to $10- $10.25 per global depositary receipt, two banking sources told Reuters on Thursday.
*Business investment and trade help drive Britain's recovery. LONDON, Feb 26- Britain's economic recovery broadened in the last three months of 2013, driven by a pick-up in business investment and trade that will hearten the Bank of England and the government.
Eighteen brokerages agreed to end participating in analyst surveys as a result of a N.Y. investigation into the early release of analyst sentiment.
Feb 25- Bank of America Corp may have a new mortgage problem on its plate, saying on Tuesday that federal investigators are looking into whether the bank violated requirements of a U.S. government housing program.
NEW YORK, Feb 25- Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc is weighing a merger with rival TI Automotive, looking to combine the world's two largest suppliers of fluid systems for cars and trucks, according to people familiar with the matter.
*Yuan falls below midpoint for first time since Sept, 2012. HONG KONG, Feb 25- China's spot yuan fell below the official midpoint rate for the first time since September 2012 on Tuesday, as economists and traders suspected the central bank had intervened to add volatility to the currency in preparation for reform.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 24- Brazil's state-run oil company, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, will likely post a 30 percent drop in fourth-quarter profit, according to a Reuters poll of analysts, after a weaker Brazilian currency against the dollar undercut the impact of fuel-price increases.
SAO PAULO, Feb 24- Deutsche Bank AG agreed on Monday to pay $20 million to settle charges in Brazil that Europe's largest investment bank by revenue helped manage funds embezzled by former city of São Paulo officials in the 1990 s, a prosecutor said on Monday.
Deutsche Bank has laid out plans to slash its US balance sheet in response to the Fed's foreign banking rules, the Financial Times reports.
*HSBC releases 2013 results at 0815 GMT on Monday. LONDON, Feb 23- HSBC's profits are expected to rise by almost a fifth to $24 billion for 2013 as it benefits from a cost-cutting drive that spans managing its documents more efficiently to telling staff to use business class air travel less.
BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb 23- Investors are growing impatient with the makers of global brands like Cadbury chocolate, Campbell Soup and Tide laundry detergent, as these stalwart consumer products companies try to boost profits through cost cuts and brand makeovers while smaller rivals take risks and grab market share.
*Pro-Palestinian activists see hope in Israel boycotts. JERUSALEM, Feb 23- Though voices are getting louder inside and outside Israel about the threat of economic boycotts for its continued occupation of Palestinian territories, there seems little prospect of it facing measures with real bite.