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  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a January 14 spike in trading in BlackBerry Ltd options that took place hours before Reuters reported that Samsung Electronics Co was in talks to buy the Canadian smartphone maker, according to a person familiar with the investigation. One trade the SEC is looking at took place at...

  • Feb 5- Click on http://tmsnrt.rs/1Icbvgj for a table that compares U.S. retailers' January same-store sales with analysts' estimates as published by Thomson Reuters.

  • U.S. retailers' January same-store sales Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 3:09 PM ET

    Jan 8- Click on http://tmsnrt.rs/1KvEc3M for a table that compares U.S. retailers' January same-store sales with analysts' estimates as published by Thomson Reuters. **Gap Inc is yet to report same-store sales for the month. **Walgreens said it would not report monthly same-store sales results any longer.

  • PARIS/ ZURICH Feb 5- Shares in Swatch Group reversed earlier losses on Thursday after the Swiss watchmaker gave a buoyant trading update and said it expected trends in the important market of China to improve. Analysts said management forecast sales could rise by about 5-8 percent in Asia, Swatch Group's biggest market, this year. Swatch shares fell sharply...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Real estate stocks have been on a tear for more than a year, jumping almost 7 percent in January alone, but a recent dip suggests some are worried about too-high valuations, despite the sector's strong fundamentals. Last month's jump was driven by the start of the European Central Bank's $1 trillion- plus stimulus and a new wave of monetary easing by...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- Greece's new Syriza government spent its first week in power trying to make friends with European policymakers and wary investors. While most in the market see Syriza as a threat to Greece's future in the euro zone-- and implicitly to their Greek and other European bond holdings-- the Providence, Rhode Island company praised voters for showing "...

  • Feb 5- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as a jump in corporate dealmaking boosted M&A advisory fees. Lazard's M&A and other advisory fees rose 17 percent to $297.2 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from a year earlier. Among the deals Lazard advised on during the quarter were specialty...

  • *Pfizer to buy Hospira for about $15 billion. *Twitter gains after Bloomberg reports deal with Google. *Pfizer said it would buy Hospira Inc for about $15 billion to gain access to its biosimilars.

  • *Deal builds on last year's purchase of Almirall drugs. LONDON, Feb 5- AstraZeneca has agreed to buy Actavis' branded respiratory drug business in the United States and Canada for an initial $600 million as it seeks external deals to ensure growth. AstraZeneca will also pay another $100 million, after Actavis agreed to a number of changes to ongoing agreements...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had agreed to buy Actavis' branded respiratory drug business in the United States and Canada for an initial payment of $600 million as it seeks external deals to ensure growth. The British group, which saw off a $118 billion bid by Pfizer last year, said its sales in the fourth quarter fell 2 percent to $6.68 billion,...

  • *Banks bulking up include Barclays, RBS, SocGen, Naxitis. SYDNEY, Feb 5- European investment banks that scaled back in Australia after the global financial crisis are scrambling to rebuild advisory and financing teams, keen for a slice of A $90 billion worth of privatisations expected in the next three years. With investors focused on countries possessing high...

  • LONDON, Feb 4- Sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine have compounded the impact of oil's plunge but Moscow may have the financial buffers to hold out for two years without a change in policy. European governments meet next week to review the sanctions, imposed after Russia annexed Crimea last March and threw its support behind pro- Moscow separatists in...

  • *Crude falls after 4- day rally. NEW YORK, Feb 4- U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday, in the wake of a two-day rally for the S&P 500, as oil prices declined and labor market data disappointed. U.S. crude was down 5.1 percent to $50.37 and Brent was off 3.6 percent to $55.83.

  • Feb 4- The Templeton Global Bond Fund, one of the biggest investors in Ukraine bonds, weathered a 29 percent hit to the market value of its holdings in the worn-torn country's debt during the fourth quarter. The market value of the fund's Ukraine bonds fell to $1.8 billion at the end of December, down from $2.53 billion at the end of the third quarter, according to the...

  • *Novartis deal on track to close in first half 2015. GSK is also banking on an asset swap with Novartis to help revive its fortunes, and looking to unlock value by floating its HIV unit ViiV Healthcare. GSK is buying vaccines, selling cancer drugs and forming a consumer health joint venture with Novartis in a $20- billion transaction designed to ensure more stable...

  • LONDON, Feb 4- GlaxoSmithKline said on Wednesday it expected to start to regain market share in respiratory medicine after weak demand for lung drug Advair again hurt fourth-quarter sales, capping a rough year for Britain's top drugmaker. GSK is also banking on an asset swap with Novartis to help revive its fortunes, and looking to unlock value by floating its...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 4- Any revival in initial public offerings in Brazil seems to hinge on whether new Finance Minister Joaquim Levy can clean up public finances and get the country's economy back on track. Strengthening the market for new listings depends increasingly on how much leeway President Dilma Rousseff will give the University of Chicago-trained...

  • TOKYO, Feb 4- Japan's Sony Corp said its net annual loss will likely be smaller than previously forecast after cost cuts and higher-than-expected sales of its image sensors and PlayStation video game consoles helped its third-quarter profit beat estimates. Sony also forecast a preliminary full-year net loss of 170 billion yen, narrower than its forecast...

  • TOKYO, Feb 4- Japan's Sony Corp said its net loss for 2014 was likely less than previously forecast as cost cuts and higher-than-expected sales of its image sensors and PlayStation video game consoles helped lift its third-quarter profit. Sony said its preliminary results showed that operating profit had doubled to 178.3 billion yen while sales rose 6...

  • *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. NEW YORK, Feb 3- U.S. stocks jumped more than 1 percent on Tuesday, led by energy shares as oil prices extended their recent rally, while higher-than-expected January car sales also bolstered the advance. Merger activity also helped, with shares of Office Depot jumping 21.6 percent to $9.28 after the Wall Street...