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  • *FTSE 100 up 0.6 pct. ARM rose 2.4 percent, the top FTSE 100 riser, recovering after dropping 10 percent in two days last week. The broader FTSE 100 also recovered from a weekly fall, up 55.98 points, or 0.6 percent, at 6,911.00 by 0813 GMT, after dropping 2.4 percent last week.

  • BRIEF-Taiwan's Quanta says Q4 net profit T$5.41 bln Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:23 AM ET

    *Says FY14 net profit T $18.88 billion.

  • SEOUL, South Korea— South Korea chose a state-run aircraft maker on Monday as the sole preferred bidder for a contract to develop a midlevel fighter jet with the help of Lockheed Martin Corp. in the country's biggest-ever weapons development project. The deal worth $7.8 billion is only for system development and the production of prototype jets by 2025. South...

  • Rallying techs help European stocks bounce back Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 4:15 AM ET

    *Lafarge drops as two Holcim shareholders reject revised deal. U.S. tech stocks climbed on Friday after news that Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent while Altera shares surged 28.4 percent.

  • PARIS, March 30- U.S. hedge fund P. Schoenfeld Asset Management has accused French media group Vivendi of giving too much leeway to chairman and largest shareholder Vincent Bollore to boost his stake at "undervalued prices". PSAM, which says it owns 0.8 percent of Vivendi, is trying to rally other shareholders to vote for two resolutions at an upcoming annual...

  • LONDON, March 30- The World Bank will hold an auction worth $25 million in June for U.N.-backed carbon credits from projects designed to cut methane emissions, the bank said on Monday. The so-called Pilot Auction Facility will offer tradable put options, giving project owners the right to sell credits to the bank's Methane and Climate Change Fund at a set price,...

  • *UK faces close national election on May 7. LONDON, March 30- Campaigning in Britain's closest national election in decades will start on Monday after Prime Minister David Cameron meets Queen Elizabeth following parliament's dissolution, teeing up an unusually fraught battle to govern the $2.8 trillion economy. The opposition Labour Party is due to present...

  • *Gold pulls further away from 3- week high as dollar gains. SINGAPORE, March 30- Gold dropped for a second straight session on Monday, slipping further from a three-week high, as the dollar climbed after Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen signaled the U.S. central bank may be on course to raise interest rates later this year. Spot gold fell as much as 1 percent to...

  • LONDON, March 30- Greek bond yields edged up on Monday as investors cautiously waited to see whether Athens would come up with a list of reforms sufficient to unlock much-needed bailout cash. While Greece sounded an upbeat tone on talks through the weekend, creditors said the list submitted by Athens on Friday was more a collection of ideas that something that...

  • ATHENS, March 30- Greece has not given up on its aim to renegotiate its debt to render it manageable, the country's deputy finance minister said on Monday as talks between Athens and its lenders on reforms to unlock aid continue. He reiterated a plan to link the repayment of Greece's 318 billion euros of debt with economic growth or exports, along the lines of a deal...

  • Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Monday he pressed Chinese leaders over proposed curbs on the use of foreign security products by banks and other restrictions on access to China's technology market. The United States and Europe say Beijing is improperly blocking access to its growing technology market with the curbs in proposed anti-terrorism and...

  • *Euro weighed down by uncertainty over Greece. LONDON, March 30- The euro fell on Monday, hurt by uncertainty over whether Greece and its international creditors will be able to strike a deal that will help Athens secure funding before it runs out of money by April 20. "Even though euro short positions are at record highs, given the Greek uncertainty and the bias for...

  • Greece says not backing down on debt relief goal Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 3:30 AM ET

    ATHENS, March 30- Greece has not given up on its aim to renegotiate its debt to render it viable, the country's deputy finance minister said on Monday as talks between Athens and its lenders on reforms to unlock aid continue.

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen rose 2.9 percent, to 4,088.18 points, while the Shanghai Composite Index gained 2.6 percent, to 3,786.57 points. Infrastructure-related shares climbed 5.6 percent after Beijing unveiled details of an ambitious plan to improve links from Asia to Europe and Africa.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The federal Bureau of Reclamation oversees several large-scale projects aimed at delivering drinking water to rural communities in the West. Would provide for a single water treatment plant along the Missouri River and distribution of water through 3,200 miles of pipeline in northeastern Montana. Would replace existing water and...

  • European stocks bounce back, helped by techs Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    PARIS, March 30- European stocks rose early on Monday, bouncing back from last week's losses with tech shares rallying after news of merger talks in the sector spurred a late-session rally on Wall Street on Friday. Infineon, STMicroelectronics, ARM and ASML were up 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent. U.S. tech shares climbed on Friday after news that Intel Corp is in talks to...

  • 4 tips to avoid getting fleeced by your broker Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 3:01 AM ET

    Can your broker or adviser be trusted? There is no way to be 100 percent certain, but far too many investors don't even take a few simple steps to protect themselves. Here are four key ones, and tips for finding the answers.

  • NEW YORK— Susan Bernardo trusted her stockbroker. Her broker, David Harris, advised her to sell $400,000 worth of relatively safe municipal bonds, she says, and sink the proceeds into real estate and energy partnerships in hopes of earning more income. "I thought,' OK, someone is watching over me,'" says Bernardo, now 57, of Wantagh, New York.

  • BEIJING, March 30- It is critical for China to move towards a more market-determined exchange rate, U.S. The U.S. supports China's efforts to transform its economy to relying more on domestic demand, he said during a meeting with China's vice premier Wang Yang, while the United States looks forward to China deepening its financial reforms. "It is critical that China...

  • KIEV, March 30- Ukrainian state-run energy firm Naftogaz said on Monday it had proposed to Russian gas producer Gazprom that its current gas supply agreement be extended until April 1, 2016, and that it was ready to discuss the proposal. "Naftogaz welcomes the proposal by the European Commission to extend the so-called' winter package' until the end of the next...