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  • Dec 17- PepsiCo Inc earnings could come under pressure in the fourth quarter due to currency fluctuations, investors said, as the company's biggest foreign markets- Russia, Mexico and Canada- have all taken hits to their currencies in recent months. While international expansion has helped PepsiCo diversify, it has exposed it to broader economic problems and...

  • Buy American? Not so for retail stock fund investors Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 17- A record run in U.S. stocks does not appear to have won over one large investor pool: Mom-and-pop retail investors. So far this year, mutual fund buyers have added about $1.6 billion in net new cash to domestic stock funds, according to data from Thomson Reuters unit Lipper. "That's almost a rounding error," said Tom Roseen, head of research services at...

  • Investors in beat-up oil bonds lean on banks for rescue Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    BOSTON, Dec 17- Independent oil exploration and production companies are leaning heavily on bank credit lines to survive plunging crude prices, making it a nervous time for U.S. funds holding their junk-rated debt. 'said Francis Bradley III, a Greenberg Traurig attorney in Houston who specializes in energy company financing deals. " U.S. mutual funds hold an...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies rose in the fourth quarter with builders switching to most optimistic from least just three months earlier due in part to increased new orders, while property developers also showed a rise in sentiment. The Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index rose to 72 in the fourth quarter, up...

  • NEW DELHI, Dec 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies rebounded in the fourth quarter to the second-highest level in almost three years, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed, helped by a stronger U.S. economy and a plunge in oil prices. The Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index increased to 72 in the fourth quarter from 66 in the...

  • NEW DELHI, Dec 17- Business sentiment among Asia's top companies rebounded in the fourth quarter to the second-highest level in almost three years, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed, helped by a stronger U.S. economy and a plunge in oil prices. The Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index increased to 72 in the fourth quarter from 66 in the...

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIA SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS FINANCIAL, SHIPPING SECTORS LEAST POSITIVE.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIA SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS BUILDING, PROPERTY, RETAIL SECTORS MOST POSITIVE.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIA SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS GLOBAL ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY REMAINS BIGGEST RISK.

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIA SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS BUSINESSES IN CHINA, SINGAPORE LEAST OPTIMISTIC.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 17- Asia's top companies reported a much more positive outlook in the fourth quarter of 2014 with optimism among Indian companies in particular buoyed by a change in government, the latest Thomson Reuters/INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asia Business Sentiment Index rose to 72 in the fourth quarter...

  • THOMSON REUTERS/ INSEAD ASIA SENTIMENT SURVEY SHOWS BUSINESSES IN INDIA, AUSTRALIA MOST OPTIMISTIC.

  • *Japanese lenders also planning to offer new services in India. MUMBAI, Dec 17- Faced with a shrinking economy and tepid loan demand at home, Japan's largest banks are looking to bolster their presence in India, enthused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda and improving ties between the two countries. Standard Chartered, the biggest foreign player in...

  • Russia rout hits European shares Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET

    *Stocks with strong exposure to Russia tumble. Shares in Austrian lender Raiffeisen Bank International, which relies heavily on Russia for profits, slid 5.3 percent to a record low, after Russia's central bank raised its key interest rate to 17 percent from 10.5 percent in an emergency move that failed to immediately halt the collapse in the rouble.

  • Online ventures target global Muslim consumer market Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    A growing minority, however, want to certify more areas of their consumption as religiously permissible- a trend that appears partly due to rising incomes in majority-Muslim areas of the Gulf and southeast Asia, as well as to expanding choices for consumers. One is Singapore- based CrescentRating, a firm which focuses on the halal travel market.

  • *Gold posted biggest weekly gain since October last week. LONDON, Dec 15- Gold fell 1 percent on Monday, after posting its biggest weekly gain in two months, as the dollar firmed before a Federal Reserve meeting that could provide clues on the timing of a possible interest rate rise by the U.S. central bank. Spot gold fell to a session low of $1,209.10 an ounce earlier...

  • After "Hoovergate", EU torn over power-saving rules Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Now, fear of fuelling rage at Brussels bureaucracy, especially in Britain where critics branded the "Hoover ban" a foreign attack on consumer freedoms, is pushing new EU leaders to axe a host of planned regulations in proposals expected on Tuesday. Yet Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission is also under pressure to keep rolling out more laws on the "...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold slips as U.S. rate hike woes surface Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 9:53 PM ET

    *Gold's drop came after best week since October. SINGAPORE, Dec 15- Gold retreated on Monday, after posting its biggest weekly gain in two months, amid expectations the U.S. The latest upbeat evidence came on Friday when the Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment jumped to a near eight-year high in December.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 15- Chinese financial firms are targeting purchases of distressed banking assets coming on the market in Europe, having been urged by Beijing to expand their reach beyond emerging markets. The first Chinese purchase of a European investment bank was announced this week, with Haitong Securities agreeing to pay 379 million euros for an investment...

  • *Oil price plunge knocks Norway, Canadian dollar lower. NEW YORK, Dec 12- The U.S. dollar cut its losses against the euro, extended gains against the yen and reached an 11- year high against the Norwegian crown on plunging oil prices and stronger-than-expected U.S. economic data on Friday. U.S. consumer sentiment rose to an eight-year high in December, above...