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  • *64 percent of e-cigarette patents come from China. Research by Thomson Reuters shows that China- with over 300 million smokers- is the front runner in the manufacture and development of so-called e-cigarette technology, while new versions being patented include a "pay as you go" computer-assisted device and others that can deliver caffeine instead.

  • *Euro STOXX 50 up 1 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.4 pct. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was up 1 percent at 3,225.47 points at 1150 GMT, taking its gain since the close on Thursday to 4 percent. Around Europe, Germany's DAX index and France's CAC 40 rose 0.8 percent and 0.9 percent, respectively, outperforming a 0.1 percent fall in Britain's FTSE 100 and Switzerland's SMI.

  • European shares extend Friday's rally; helped by M&A Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    *Friends Life surged 7.9 pct on Aviva deal. Shares in UK insurer Friends Life surged 7.9 percent after rival Aviva agreed terms on a possible deal to buy it for 5.6 billion pounds. Aviva stock slipped 3.7 percent.

  • Korea holds winning hand as Japan gambling bill dies Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET
    Hanging above the "Center Bar," a Pepsi-branded LED display with 2.1 million pixels.

    South Korea looks like the consolation prize as Japan's $15 billion casino dream fades.

  • TOKYO/ SEOUL, Nov 24- South Korea looks like the consolation prize as Japan's $15 billion casino dream fades, a setback for companies such as Las Vegas Sands Corp that envisioned a new gaming hub rivalling Las Vegas in 2020.. Japan is seen as the biggest unclaimed prize, a market that research firm Union Gaming estimated would generate $15 billion in annual...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- GameStop Corp's shares fell 13 percent on Friday, a day after the company posted disappointing quarterly results, and its options attracted bearish bets as traders appeared to be preparing for a further slide in the share price over coming months. Shares of GameStop, the world's largest retailer of video game products, closed down $5.68 at $37.86...

  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc retained its No. 1 position as M&A adviser with deals worth $877 billion, followed by JPMorgan Chase& Co with $651 billion and Citigroup Inc with $633 billion. The $66.4 billion bid for Allergan Inc by Actavis PLC this week more than doubled the total value of deals in the healthcare sector to $364 billion. Halliburton Co's plans to buy...

  • Monthly FX volumes dip from record highs in Oct - CLS Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 21- Average daily volumes in the global foreign exchange market in October eased from September's record high of nearly $6 trillion, data from FX settlement system CLS showed on Friday. The value of all transactions through the CLS system, which is used almost universally by the banking industry to process or settle trades, fell to $5.29 trillion from...

  • *Buffett's Berkshire, Novartis, Givaudan doing well. But good news is emerging now for those who prefer safer strategies: some of the best returns this year have come from stable stocks like billionaire Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway or Swiss toilet maker Geberit. "Investors are ready to invest on the equity market but under the condition...

  • China's yuan set to show biggest advance in 6 weeks Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:48 PM ET

    HONG KONG, Nov 21- China's yuan is set to score its biggest weekly gain in six weeks but the dollar's pronounced strength is making investors increasingly wary about the outlook for the Chinese currency in the coming months. "We believe the dollar strengthening cycle is a major challenge for capital flows to China," said Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts in a...

  • Nov 20- The Federal Reserve's 2 percent inflation objective feels more and more like an aspiration or, maybe, like steadily rising middle-class wages, a nostalgic anachronism. Policy-makers noted in the minutes from their October meeting that inflation not only continues to run below the Fed's longer-run goal but that some markets show investors demanding...

  • FACTBOX-U.S. restaurants' IPO proceeds double in 2014 Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    Nov 20- Habit Restaurants Inc's initial public offering on Wednesday raised $90 million, making it the fifth restaurant chain to list on U.S. stock exchanges so far this year. Restaurant IPOs have raised about $486 million this year, more than double the amount raised in the same period last year. Month/Year Company IPO Price Proceeds.

  • U.S. assets in strategies using what are often termed "socially responsible investing" guidelines stood at $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014, or 18 percent of total assets under professional management, up from $3.74 trillion, or 12 percent of the total at the start of 2012, said officials at US SIF- The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

  • Caesars, creditors consider turning unit into REIT Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 6:14 PM ET

    Caesars Entertainment proposed a restructure plan that would the debt of its largest unit into a real estate investment trust.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 19- Gold fell in choppy trade on Wednesday after a poll showed weaker support among Swiss voters for a referendum that would force the central bank to boost its gold reserves. "Gold has been on a long-term downward trend and it's much easier to sell into any weakness," Sanchez said. Gold prices later pared losses to trade slightly lower.

  • LONDON, Nov 19- Gold dipped on Wednesday as traders awaited Federal Reserve minutes later in the day and an opinion poll ahead of next week's Swiss gold referendum, with dollar strength pulling prices back from near three-week highs. Spot gold was at $1,195.80 an ounce at 1251 GMT, down 0.1 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were down $1.70 an...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- Computers stole a march on their human trading rivals this year and should continue to do so in 2015 as a much-heralded return to sustained volatility is unlikely to happen, an executive of Man Group, the world's biggest listed hedge fund, said. Japan and China are both easing policy and the U.S. Federal Reserve has yet to start taking money out of the...

  • WUZHEN, China, Nov 19- Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. "This place is crowded with tourists, who are perfectly orderly, and cyberspace should also be free and open, with rules...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near $1,200/oz ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Gold held near $1,200 an ounce on Wednesday as traders awaited Federal Reserve minutes later in the day and an opinion poll ahead of next week's Swiss gold referendum, with dollar strength holding prices back from near three-week highs. Spot gold was at $1,200.97 an ounce at 1027 GMT, up 0.3 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were...

  • DUBAI, Nov 18- The Middle East's private equity market is trying to put its Wild West days behind it, drawing big international players for the first time since investors lost heavily when the global financial crisis hit the region. While most of the interest is focused on the stable Gulf Arab states, Western investors are still seeking risk premiums over markets...