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  • "In the next couple of quarters, should drilling and the build-out of infrastructure slow down, these are the guys that are going to get hit," said Kim Forrest, senior equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group in Pittsburgh. Goldman Sachs pointed out in a note this week that some big manufacturers have significant exposure to the oil and gas industry.

  • Dec 5- Private equity firm JH Partners has sold its 40 percent stake in jeweler Alex and Ani, according to people familiar with the matter, who added the charm bracelet maker could be worth as much as $1 billion. San Francisco- based JH Partners, which bought the stake in 2012, sold its holding to British buyout firm Lion Capital LLP, three people confirmed this week.

  • MILAN, Dec 5- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles began meeting U.S. investors on Friday after launching a $2.5 billion convertible bond issue and a share sale to reduce its debt pile and fund an ambitious investment plan. The newly created FCA, which moved its primary share listing to New York in October, wants to invest 48 billion euros over five years to turn Jeep, Maserati...

  • *Germany's DAX ends at record close of 10,087.12 points. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks rallied on Friday, with Germany's DAX hitting a record closing high, boosted by data showing U.S. employers took on the most workers for nearly three years in November. Germany's DAX surged 2.4 percent, ending at a record closing high of 10,087.12 points.

  • LISBON, Dec 5- Telecoms group Altice's plan to buy the Portuguese operations of Brazil's Oi for 7.4 billion euros depends on winning the backing of shareholders in Portugal Telecom SGPS, the holding company which owns 25.6 percent of Oi, a spokesman for Portugal Telecom said. Lisbon- listed Portugal Telecom SGPS is the target of a 1.2 billion-euro takeover offer...

  • LONDON, Dec 5- Rouble depreciation, Western sanctions and collapsing commodity prices have sent Russian companies' hard currency bonds tumbling to multi-year lows and there is very likely more stress ahead. With around $650 billion in external debt, more than $100 billion due for repayments in the coming year and global capital markets effectively shut to...

  • *Oil services shares drop as Brent at $69/ barrel. PARIS, Dec 5- European stocks extended their broad rally on Friday afternoon after data showed U.S. employers added the largest number of workers in nearly three years in November. It really fuels the bullish sentiment on the market, " Saxo Bank trader Pierre Martin said.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 4- Highland Capital Management, a relative newcomer to Argentina's sovereign debt crisis, placed a hefty bet on a resolution early in the new year by putting more than a quarter of its Global Allocation fund into the country's bonds. James Dondero, the founder of the Dallas- based investment firm with $20 billion under management, started buying...

  • U.S. retailers' November same-store sales Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    Dec 4- Click on http://tmsnrt.rs/1tMq0v3 for a table that compares U.S. retailers' reported November same-store sales with analysts' estimates published by Thomson Reuters.

  • These states- Texas, Florida, Arizona, Nevada, North and South Carolina, Georgia and California- accounted for about half of the total job growth in the 12 months to September, according to RBC Capital Markets. The shift bodes well for D.R. Horton Inc, the largest U.S. homebuilder, and rivals Lennar Corp and PulteGroup Inc, each of which gets a large part of its revenue...

  • Dec 4- ICAP Plc, the world's largest interdealer broker, said on Thursday it would combine its foreign exchange trading platform EBS and fixed-income trading platform BrokerTec. Interdealer broker revenues have plunged as banks retreat from risky trading to comply with new rules brought in after the 2008 financial crisis, and ICAP has been trying to offset a...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Under pressure from the federal government, the trade group for the U.S. casino industry has released the first ever set of best practices aimed at helping the industry police itself for money laundering activity. "For a number of years, individual properties and companies within the casino industry have made anti-money laundering...

  • TORONTO, Dec 4- Shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce slid on Thursday after posting soft results in what is shaping up to be a disappointing fourth-quarter earnings season for Canadian lenders. TD Bank reported a weaker-than-expected profit, even as its revenue and earnings rose, and said it expects a more challenging...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 4- Under pressure from the federal government, the trade group for the U.S. casino industry has released the first ever set of best practices aimed at helping the industry police itself for money laundering activity. "For a number of years, individual properties and companies within the casino industry have made anti-money laundering...

  • TORONTO, Dec 4- Toronto-Dominion Bank reported a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, even as its revenue and earnings rose, and said it expects a more challenging operating environment in 2015.. Canada's second-largest lender said its net income rose to C $1.75 billion, or 91 Canadian cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, from...

  • TORONTO, Dec 4- Toronto-Dominion Bank reported a weaker-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, even as its revenue and earnings rose, and said it expects a more challenging operating environment in 2015.. Canada's second-largest lender said its net income rose to C $1.75 billion, or 91 Canadian cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Oct. 31, from...

  • FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, Dec 4- Pilots at Lufthansa started their second strike this week on Thursday, grounding about half of scheduled long-haul flights at the German flagship carrier, in a drawn-out dispute over an early retirement scheme. VC board member Joerg Handwerg said VC would discuss the offer at a meeting of its pay committee at the start of next week.

  • HONG KONG, Dec 4- A hiatus in Hong Kong's yuan deposit growth has probably become more pronouced since the advent of a landmark stock connect scheme with Shanghai that saw money flow back to China, while a spate dim sum bond issues also has siphoned off yuan funds. Despite the stock connector's lukewarm start, there was a net outflow of 44.7 billion yuan from Hong...

  • LONDON, Dec 3- With an economy in meltdown, a currency that has tanked 45 percent and a possible sovereign default ahead, more and more of Ukraine's companies are finding themselves unable to repay overseas debt. While a relatively modest $12.4 billion in private sector debt falls due in 2015, according to International Monetary Fund estimates, it still exceeds...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share on a fully diluted basis, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31,...