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  • Dec 21- U.S. stocks ended stronger on Monday, helped by bounces in Apple and Microsoft as well as a rally in hospital stocks after more Americans signed up for subsidized health insurance. Shares of Apple Inc, under pressure in December over concerns that iPhone sales could miss estimates, rose 1.23 percent and boosted major indexes. Notwithstanding Monday's...

  • *FedEx rises after 3rd- quarter profit beats view. Dec 17- U.S. stocks dropped Thursday on persistent concern over faltering global economic growth, led by declines in energy and materials shares, a day after shares had rallied on the Federal Reserve's decision to raise interest rates. Newmont Mining, which fell 7.7 percent to $17.61, led declines on the materials...

  • *More companies expected to list in China. HONG KONG, Dec 17- China's landmark decision this month to implement a U.S.-style registration system for stock listings will boost revenues at local banks and brokers and lure more companies to the stock market, analysts said. Under official proposals unveiled by the State Council on Dec. 9, issuers and underwriters...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- U.S. top-rated municipal bonds were little changed on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade and bond investors adjusted to the likelihood of more increases next year. "We are on a new trajectory and potentially a totally new economic environment," said Jim Colby, chief municipal strategist...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 17- Temasek is willing to give Standard Chartered time to work on its turnaround before deciding on the fate of its underperforming $4 billion stake in the UK bank as part of a portfolio reshuffle, people familiar with the matter said. Pressured by weak returns from low interest rates and a commodities rout, the Singapore state investor is taking a...

  • Earlier this year, Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway bought another $2 billion of Phillips 66 shares, more than doubling its stake. This month, however, shares of Phillips and others such as PBF Energy and Tesoro have tumbled from 8 to 12 percent, some from record or near-record highs, a turnaround that some dealers have linked to talk of ending the exports ban, a move...

  • Dec 16- Mobileye NV's stock is "short of the year: 2016," influential short-selling firm Citron Research said in a tweet on Wednesday, pushing down shares of the driving assistant software maker nearly 7 percent. Citron also tweeted a link to a Bloomberg report in which George Hotz, the first person to hack iPhone and PlayStation 3, calls Mobileye's technology "...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- If you're trying to identify next year's big risk from global currency markets, look no further than a sharper-than-expected fall in China's yuan. That would in turn encourage more money to leave China and China- related investments, slashing the value of currencies in South Korea, Malaysia or Taiwan and raising broader questions over the...

  • *Co may file for bankruptcy this year- BB&T Capital Markets. Dec 15- Arch Coal Inc, the second-largest coal miner in the United States, delayed a $90 million interest payment that was due Tuesday, pushing back a widely expected bankruptcy filing. If Arch Coal files a Chapter 11 petition, it will become the fourth coal miner to declare bankruptcy this year, joining...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- Barclays Plc has sold its benchmark indices and risk analytics business, which includes the widely used Barclays U.S. Barclays said on Wednesday the sale of its Risk Analytics and Index Solutions business will result in a pretax gain of about 480 million pounds and lift its common equity capital ratio by about 10 basis points when the deal...

  • Dec 16- The extent of snow across the Northern Hemisphere is alarmingly low, especially considering the increased risk of much colder weather come January. North America, Europe and Western Asia have all been consistently 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average over the past month. Record warmth across the Eastern United States last weekend had...

  • Dec 16- Asia's biggest companies were the least optimistic in four years for their near-term business prospects as concern over slowing economic growth in China damped sentiment in the fourth quarter, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index, representing the six-month outlook at 103 firms, was 58 for...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 16- Sentiment at some of Asia's biggest firms deteriorated again in the fourth quarter, falling to a four-year low under the weight of concerns about slowing growth in China, the region's biggest economy, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed. China's economy- growing at its slowest pace in six years- ranked as the chief risk to corporate forecasts...

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 16- Sentiment at some of Asia's biggest firms deteriorated again in the fourth quarter, falling to a four-year low under the weight of concerns about slowing growth in China, the region's biggest economy, a Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD survey showed. The Thomson Reuters/ INSEAD Asian Business Sentiment Index, representing the six-month outlook at 103...

  • *Co may file for bankruptcy this year- BB&T Capital Markets. Dec 15- Arch Coal Inc, the second-largest coal miner in the United States, delayed a $90 million interest payment that was due Tuesday, pushing back a widely expected bankruptcy filing. If Arch Coal files a Chapter 11 petition, it will become the fourth coal miner to declare bankruptcy this year, joining...

  • "There has been a tremendous amount of emerging market debt issued in dollars over the last decade, yet these same corporations don't have revenue in dollars," Bonnie Baha, lead portfolio manager at DoubleLine Capital told the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in New York in November. Year-to-date, emerging market financial and non-financial...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 15- Standard Chartered plc has axed at least half a dozen oil and gas advisory banking roles in recent weeks, ending an eight-year attempt to build a global energy M&A team, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. Asia- focused lender Standard Chartered expanded its energy M&A advisory team just before the global financial crisis by acquiring...

  • *DuPont, Dow Chemical fall; materials only losing sector. Concerns about high-yield bonds, oil price swings and the Fed made for a skittish market, said Peter Costa, president of Empire Executions Inc.. Traders see an 83- percent chance that the Fed will lift rates by 25 basis points, according to the CME Group's FedWatch program.

  • VANCOUVER/ TORONTO Dec 14- Private equity and pension funds may provide the next wave of funding to the slumping mining sector through metal streaming deals as dedicated funding sources struggle to raise their own cash, industry sources said. But the bumper deal-making year has reduced the coffers of dedicated stream funders like Silver Wheaton Corp, which...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- General Electric Co shares are trading at their highest valuation in more than a decade, reversing discounts to other industrial rivals and adding pressure on the U.S. conglomerate to show it can drive profits in line with its newfound market premium. After a big run this year, GE shares sit at 20 times forward 12- months earnings projections, their...