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  • Global IPO activity jumps 70 percent in 2014 Friday, 7 Mar 2014 | 7:41 AM ET

    LONDON, March 7- Global activity in initial public offerings has leaped 70 percent to hit $28.2 billion in 2014 so far, compared with the same period last year, Thomson Reuters data showed on Friday.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- Gold rose 1 percent on Thursday, nearing four-month highs hit earlier in the week, as the dollar tumbled against the euro and oil, copper and corn climbed too, pushing commodities broadly higher. Gold prices were boosted by the European Central Bank's decision not to take fresh action to inject liquidity into the euro zone market.

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. private equity group Carlyle said assets at its commodities hedge fund Vermillion fell by more than half in the nine months to December, suggesting investor redemptions at the fund after some negative returns.

  • BOGOTA, March 5- Some arabica coffee buyers in Colombia have ripped up supply contracts with exporters, setting off a price war for high-quality beans in the first sign a 75 percent surge in prices so far this year is starting to disrupt the market, exporters say.

  • *Sales rise 6 pct to $25.76 bln, misses est $26.65 bln. March 6- Warehouse retailer Costco Wholesale Corp reported a bigger-than-expected 15 percent fall in quarterly profit as unusually deep discounting in the holiday shopping season hurt margins, sending its shares down as much as 3.6 percent.

  • WASHINGTON, March 6- Individual investors have been fleeing the U.S. municipal bond market for more than a year, and data released by the Federal Reserve on Thursday shows they now hold the smallest amount of the debt in more than seven years.

  • U.S. retailers say business picked up later in February Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp on Thursday said U.S. sales at stores open at least a year rose 3 percent, while L Brands Inc reported a better-than-expected 2 percent rise, lifted by gains at its Victoria's Secret lingerie chain.

  • Patience wearing thin with French reform results Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:48 AM ET

    *EU Commission subjecting France to enhanced monitoring. PARIS, March 6- France is facing pressure to deliver on long-promised, deep budget savings in the next couple of weeks to keep the increasingly strained faith of its EU partners, bond markets and ratings agencies.

  • U.S. retailers' February same-store sales Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    Feb 6- Click onfor a table that compares U.S. retailers' reported February same-store sales with analysts' estimates published by Thomson Reuters.

  • LONDON, March 6- BP Plc said regulators from the United States and Asia have asked it for information after the European Commission's started an investigation last year into suspected manipulation of oil prices. London- based BP, Europe's second-largest oil company, made the disclosure in its annual report released on Thursday.

  • March 6- Warehouse retailer Costco Wholesale Corp reported a bigger-than-expected 15 percent fall in profit as unusually deep discounting in the holiday shopping season hurt margins, sending its shares down about 3 percent in premarket trading.

  • FRANKFURT, March 6- Germany's Merck KGaA, the worlds largest maker of liquid crystals for display screens, reported an unexpected rise in underlying profits on Thursday as the benefits of its cost cutting campaign more than offset the impact of weaker foreign currency exchange rates.

  • NEW YORK, March 5- Oil slid further on Wednesday, weighing on a key commodities index, but gold, nickel and coffee prices rose as investor attention returned after a brief pause over the Ukraine crisis.

  • LONDON, March 5- The Bank of England revealed on Wednesday that allegations of rigging of world currency markets had been flagged as far back as mid-2006 as it suspended a staff member as part of a probe into what it knew about the alleged manipulation.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- Arabica coffee futures surged above $2 per lb for the first time in two years on Wednesday, on heavy investor buying as concern about crop damage from a drought in top grower Brazil continued to fuel the volatile market.

  • LONDON, March 5- The Bank of England suspended a staff member on Wednesday as part of a probe into what it knew about alleged manipulation of world currency markets and revealed that rigging allegations had been flagged as far back as mid-2006.

  • *Cocoa moves sideways, underpinned by firm demand. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 5- Arabica coffee futures surged on heavy investor buying on Wednesday, nearing a two-year high as concern about crop damage from a drought in top grower Brazil continued to fuel the volatile market, while raw sugar jumped to a four-month high. Cocoa on ICE Futures U.S. and Liffe were firm.

  • March 4- Investment banker Ken Moelis' boutique investment firm, Moelis& Co, filed to go public as it looks to take advantage of rising demand for independent advisory services and an improving market for public offerings in the United States.

  • HONG KONG, March 5- The volume of M&A activity in South Korea has posted its strongest start to the year since 2008, rising 18 percent to date and dominated by a spate of private equity dealmaking.

  • NEW YORK, March 4- Oil and gold prices tumbled on Tuesday after Russia said it would only use military force against Ukraine as a last resort, easing political tensions that sent some commodity markets rallying a day earlier.