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  • Jan 8- One of Bloomberg LP's top news executives, Laurie Hays, is leaving the company following a shake up of the financial information provider's newsroom leadership in December. Hays is departing Bloomberg News under "amicable circumstances," according to a staff memo written by company founder Michael Bloomberg and obtained by Reuters.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 8- The best bond funds in 2014 posted returns of more than 40 percent betting on long U.S. Treasury bonds, a strategy that had scant support when the year began. In that case, long-dated maturity funds will struggle, said Josh Barrickman, head of Vanguard bond indexing Americas, who also helps manage the Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury Index Fund, the...

  • U.S. retailers' December same-store sales Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    Jan 8- Click on http://tmsnrt.rs/1wxy7x0 for a table that compares U.S. retailers' December same-store sales with analysts' estimates as published by Thomson Reuters.

  • StanChart's "snap" decision nearly a year in the making Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, Jan 8- Standard Chartered CEO Peter Sands's decision to cut the bank's loss-making equities business was almost a year in the making, despite the shock Thursday's announcement caused among staff in the division, according to sources at the bank and recruiters. On Thursday morning, employees in Hong Kong arrived at the financial hub's IFC 2...

  • Investors turn more cautious on "Frontier" debt Thursday, 8 Jan 2015 | 7:35 AM ET

    Within the diverse group of economies, which ranges from Belarus and Belize to Egypt and Pakistan, interest is likely to shift in 2015 towards energy importing nations that will benefit from cheaper crude, and away from oil exporters. Debt issuance by frontier countries is a small proportion of the total for emerging markets, which are dominated by bigger names...

  • *Greater China, South Korea lead overseas Uniqlo sales. TOKYO, Jan 8- Japanese clothing firm Fast Retailing Co Ltd suggested it may lift its full-year profit guidance as global expansion takes root, with strong overseas sales at its flagship Uniqlo brand helping to boost quarterly profit more than expected. Growth outside its home turf is key to Fast Retailing...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 8- The best bond funds in 2014 posted returns of more than 40 percent betting on long U.S. Treasury bonds, a strategy that had scant support when the year began. In that case, long-dated maturity funds will struggle, said Josh Barrickman, head of Vanguard bond indexing Americas, who also helps manage the Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury Index Fund, the...

  • SHANGHAI/ HONG KONG, Jan 7- China is expected to allow significantly more companies to list on its stock exchanges this year, with some analysts predicting proceeds from initial public offerings will nearly double to $20 billion. The China Securities Regulatory Commission said late on Monday it had approved listings by 20 firms- about twice the average monthly...

  • Jan 6- U.S. small businesses reduced borrowing in November, sending the Thomson Reuters/ PayNet Small Business Lending Index to its lowest level in eight months, according to data released on Tuesday. The index was set at 100 at its January 2005 launch, and peaked two years later at 131.7 before plummeting to about half that level around the time of the Great...

  • DETROIT, Jan 5- Automakers reported strong December U.S. sales Monday, boosted by falling gas prices, but industry executives and analysts cautioned that growth would slow this year after five years of rapid recovery from the recession. General Motors Co easily beat analyst expectations, logging a 19 percent gain to 274,483 vehicles, the best December for the No....

  • DETROIT, Jan 5- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said its U.S. sales rose 20 percent on strong Jeep SUV and pickup truck sales but still missed expectations of analysts. Nissan Motor Co's December U.S. sales narrowly topped and Honda Motor Co. And a separate poll of 35 economists polled by Thomson Reuters showed that they expect on average an annualized selling rate for...

  • China aiming to triple patents by 2020 Saturday, 3 Jan 2015 | 10:26 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, Jan 4- China is aiming to triple the number of patents it files by 2020 as Beijing looks to boost the country's high-tech economy in areas from agriculture to pharmaceuticals, according to a notice from the central government on Sunday. China is targeting 14 invention patents per 10,000 habitants by 2020 compared to four in 2013. It published 629,612...

  • Energy sector earnings are seen down 19.6 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data; on Oct. 1, the consensus estimate was for growth of 6.4 percent. "It won't surprise anyone to see profits fall, so if you have no exposure this is a good time to step in," said Scott Wren, senior equity strategist at St. Louis- based Wells Fargo Advisors, which has an "...

  • But analysts warned that sluggish demand in Europe and China could make exports erratic again in the new year. Exports in December gained 3.7 percent over a year earlier to $49.74 billion, while imports slipped 0.9 percent to $43.96 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $5.78 billion, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said. "Europe holds the key in...

  • SEOUL, Jan 1- Following are South Korea's preliminary export and import figures for December 2014, released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on Thursday:. DEC* NOV Balance 5.8 5.5 Exports 49.7 46.9 +3.7 -2.1 Imports 44.0 41.4 -0.9 -4.0* Revised figures released on Dec. 15. -The ministry said South Korea's exports for the whole of 2014 grew 2.4 percent from...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 31- Sales of new U.S. municipal bonds in 2014 will exceed 2013' s total, Thomson Reuters data showed on Wednesday, a twist ending to a year that began with shrinking supply. Preliminary data shows issuance for 2014 was likely $314.95 billion, 1 percent more than the $311.86 billion sold in 2013. The increase was from refinancing, with refunding bonds...

  • *Average rents for all metals to rise by 3.5 pct vs 3 pct. LONDON, Dec 31- Warehouses registered by the LME will raise average rental rates for aluminium by 3.6 percent in 2015, more than double the increase for the previous year, partly offsetting the impact of falling load-out queues. As a result, warehouse owners will from April 1 next year raise average rental...

  • Dec 31- Revelers ringing in of the new year this week need to watch out for the next day's hangover. And yet Wall Street analysts' estimates for S&P 500 earnings growth for coming quarters are languishing in the mid-single digits. "Multiples almost always go down when the Fed raises rates- you're going to have to depend on earnings," said Jim Paulsen, chief investment...

  • Emerging market bond issuance hits record high in 2014 Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 | 7:35 AM ET

    *China was biggest issuer, followed by Brazil. According to Thomson Reuters data, total issuance from emerging market borrowers, both sovereign and corporate, amounted to nearly $480 billion in 2014, across 742 deals, compared with $439 billion in 2013 and 725 deals. China was the biggest source of hard currency issuance this year, accounting for $101 billion of...

  • LONDON, Dec 30- Chinese economic growth may be cooling but Shanghai shares were the best returning investment in 2014.. Anyone who bought A-shares listed in Shanghai at the start of 2014 would be sitting on a 45.9 percent gain on a total return basis in dollar terms. Copper, which traded near 4 1/ 2- year lows on Tuesday on concerns about slowing demand in China, is off...