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  • BRASILIA, Aug 27- Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil's October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers' Party rule.

  • FOREX-Euro falls widely on ECB easing speculation Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    *Euro hits lowest since January 2013 against Swiss franc. LONDON, Aug 27- The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, hitting a 19- month low against the Swiss franc, as speculation that the European Central Bank will resort to quantitative easing was fuelled by yet more bad news from the euro zone.

  • Scottish businesses: no case for independence Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:22 AM ET

    LONDON— A group of 130 business leaders in Scotland have signed an open letter arguing that the case for independence from Britain has not been made. The leaders say much is at stake but uncertainties surround a number of key issues should Scotland vote to break away from Britain on Sept. 18.

  • *Lonmin to cut South African workforce 21 pct- sources. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 25- Gold slipped on Monday, hovering near its lowest in two months, under pressure from a stronger U.S. dollar and from rallying global financial markets. Gold fell 0.3 percent at $1,277.19 an ounce by 1:52 p.m. EDT.

  • SHANGHAI, Aug 25- The entanglement of H.J. Heinz Co. in China's latest food scare highlights a key concern for international and local firms- how to keep track of ingredients from diverse sources in a country where food supply tracing technologies are far from the norm.

  • The action, part of the Elliott's quest to recover around US $1.7 bn in claims from its decade-long dispute with the sovereign, will target financial institutions including Citigroup, HSBC and Standard Chartered, the source said.

  • SINGAPORE/ ZURICH Aug 22- Royal Bank of Scotland plc might split its international private bank into separate European and Asian divisions to attract Asian buyers who have the financial muscle for a deal but are reluctant to take on European client risk.

  • LONDON, Aug 22- The London Stock Exchange Group said on Friday it would raise 938 million pounds in its first rights issue to part fund the acquisition of U.S. indexes group Frank Russell.

  • *Aims to challenge dominance of New York and London. The strong response from foreign players will boost efforts by China- also the world's biggest producer of gold- to gain pricing power over the metal and to challenge the dominance of London and New York in trading.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- A group of Argentina's exchange bondholders is working with Deutsche Bank to remove the so-called RUFO clause that prevents the sovereign from voluntarily offering holdout creditors better terms than those of its 2005 and 2010 restructurings.

  • *Business activity growth slows in China and Europe. LONDON/ BEIJING/ NEW YORK, Aug 21- Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, but U.S. activity picked up speed, leaving a mixed picture of global economic growth.

  • German data helps Europe shares extend 2-week rally Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    *Raiffeisen Bank jumps on reassuring comments on Russia. PARIS, Aug 21- European stocks rose on Thursday, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures which reassured investors about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy following a soft patch.

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, Aug 21- China's Bank of Communications Co Ltd said on Thursday it expects bad loans to rise this year as businesses in major manufacturing regions suffer in a slowing economy, the second big lender to make such a forecast this week.

  • *Business growth slows in China, Europe. LONDON/ BEIJING, Aug 21- Business growth in China and across Europe slowed this month, surveys showed on Thursday, providing more evidence that the world economy is stuttering and may need more monetary stimulus to keep it going.

  • Germany's DAX climbs to 3-week high, European shares up Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 21- European shares rose on Thursday, with Germany's DAX index climbing to a three-week high after a survey showed the country's private sector grew for the 16th month running in August.

  • LONDON, Aug 21- Some reassuring data from Germany eased pressure on the struggling euro on Thursday after speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve had pushed the dollar to an 11- month high.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 21- Hong Kong's benchmark share index posted its biggest daily loss in two weeks on Thursday, after a preliminary private survey showed growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August, triggering broad profit-taking on recent gains.

  • European shares edge lower, miners weigh Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 21- European equities edged lower in early trading on Thursday, with miners slipping after a disappointing manufacturing survey from China, the world's biggest metals consumer.

  • HONG KONG, Aug 21- China shares posted their worst daily loss in a week on Thursday after a preliminary private survey showed growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August, reinforcing concerns about increasing softness in the economy.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 21- Asian shares came under pressure on Thursday as a disappointing survey on Chinese manufacturing overshadowed better news from Japan, while the U.S. dollar was buoyed by speculation of an earlier rate rise from the Federal Reserve.