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  • *Copper on track for 2 percent fall this week. *Premiums for bonded nickel in China surge. LONDON, Jan 23- Copper fell on Friday, and was on track for its sixth week of falls after failing to post a convincing rebound from last week's 5-1/ 2 year low, weighed by concerns about the outlook for demand from top consumer China.

  • Jan 22- Regulatory measures to curb China's shadow banking growth appear to be having an effect and have prompted a shift in credit activity back to the formal banking system, Moody's Investors Service said on Thursday. "Although shadow banking has continued to grow, it has done so more slowly in recent quarters as regulatory measures to rein in the sector's...

  • An SEC official said he expected more enforcement activity in the future. In Wednesday's settlement, the SEC said S&P agreed to pay $58 million to settle three matters with the agency plus $19 million to settle parallel cases with the attorneys general of New York and Massachusetts. Unlike the Justice Department case, the charges brought by the SEC involve...

  • Oil settles 5% lower after IMF cuts growth outlook Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 2:34 PM ET

    Brent crude prices steadied below $49 a barrel after the IMF cut its forecast for global economic growth in 2015 implying lower demand for fuel.

  • Should you try to catch the falling Swiss knife? Monday, 19 Jan 2015 | 8:38 PM ET
    People queue outside a currency exchange office in Geneva, January 16, 2015.

    Switzerland's stock market dived after its central bank de-pegged its currency from the euro, but it's not time to bargain hunt yet, analysts said.

  • *Qatar could invest in energy, tourism, property sectors. DOHA, Jan 15- Qatar is considering funding projects in Venezuela, industry and diplomatic sources said, as the Latin American state lobbies fellow crude producers to help repair the damage done to its economy by plummeting oil revenues. Industry sources in Qatar said on Thursday the country was still...

  • Rural India slowdown threatens hopes for better days Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 6:37 PM ET
    A supporter takes a picture of a map of India made of flowers with a picture of BJP leader Narendra Modi on it at the party's headquarters.

    Slowdown in rural India goes against Indian PM Narendra Modi's promise of "better days" - new jobs and development to lift Indians out of poverty.

  • Venezuelan and Algerian officials have this year initiated talks over production levels between Russia and producers group OPEC, but officials in Moscow have said the country, in which around 40 percent of output is in private hands, would find it technically tough to cut. Yet Maduro's move is supported by some in OPEC such as Iran and Venezuela, who want output...

  • Maduro's call is supported by OPEC price bulls, such as Iran and Venezuela, who want output cuts from OPEC but can contribute little themselves. Gulf OPEC sources have said Saudi might consider cutting production if non- OPEC members, such as Russia, joined. Russia agreed to symbolic output cuts in tandem with OPEC during the 2001 price collapse, but never followed...

  • Jan 13- Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on Venezuela by two notches to the agency's third lowest on Tuesday, citing a high risk of the country defaulting on its debt due to lower oil prices. The rating agency also forecast that Venezuela's estimated current account surplus of more than 2 percent of gross domestic product in 2014 would likely shift to a...

  • Default risk leads to Moody's Venezuela downgrade Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 9:35 AM ET
    People line up to pay inside a Makro supermarket in Caracas, Venezuela, Jan. 9, 2015.

    Moody's lowered Venezuela's rating from Caa3 to Caa1 on Monday as the country's default risk rises on plummeting oil prices.

  • Jan 13- Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on Venezuela to Caa3 from Caa1, saying there was high risk of the country defaulting on its debt due to lower oil prices. The rating agency raised the outlook to "stable" from "negative", with the view that even if the oil prices drop further, the losses to bondholders would be consistent with the current Caa3 rating.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 12- The economies of almost all U.S. counties grew by leaps and bounds last year, yet few returned to the health they reached before the 2007-09 recession, a report released on Monday shows. Unemployment declined in nearly all of the country's 3,069 counties in 2014, according to the National Association of Counties, but not enough to hit the lows...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 9- Indonesia has raised $4 billion in a U.S. dollar bond issue, taking advantage of the current low-yield environment and improving sentiment about the country and policies its new president is pursuing. With the improved terms on the new bonds, " Indonesia has to fork out a lower percentage than in a tough market," said Wellian Wiranto, an economist at...

  • HONG KONG, Jan 8- Moody's Investors Service began an appeal on Thursday against a decision by Hong Kong's markets watchdog to fine the ratings agency $3 million for a report that raised concerns about corporate governance at some Chinese companies. The case before the Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal comes amid growing investor scrutiny...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 7- The announcement came without fanfare, in line with Indonesian President Joko Widodo's style, but his decision to let petrol prices float freely is the most significant move to stabilise Southeast Asia's largest economy in years and shows his resolve to promote reform. "It took some guts," said economist Wellian Wiranto at OCBC in Singapore.

  • China developer Kaisa fails to repay $51M loan Thursday, 1 Jan 2015 | 11:30 PM ET
    At a property trade fair in Beijing, China

    Property developer Kaisa had failed to repay a HK$400 million loan and may default on more debt, amid a downturn in the real estate sector.

  • S&P deal on mortgage bond ratings near: Report Friday, 26 Dec 2014 | 6:52 AM ET
    Standard & Poors

    Standard & Poor's Ratings Services is nearing a settlement with regulators over how the company graded real-estate bonds.

  • S&P nears settlement on real-estate bond ratings - WSJ Thursday, 25 Dec 2014 | 10:34 PM ET

    Dec 25- Standard& Poor's Ratings Services is nearing a settlement with regulators over their investigation of how the company graded real-estate bonds, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The proposed deal, which could be reached as early as next month, is a joint settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, New...

  • Dec 22- A Michigan board on Monday agreed to send nearly $195 million in state funds to Detroit's two retirement systems on Feb. 9 as part of a pivotal deal that helped to end the city's historic bankruptcy, a state spokesman said. The state funds are part of the so-called grand bargain, which includes $366 million from philanthropic foundations and $100 million...