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  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- Stock markets around the world rose on Tuesday and the yen hit a seven-year low as news of a surprise election and a delayed tax increase in Japan strengthened hopes for new stimulus measures a day after data showed the country slid back into recession. Oil prices dropped again, with Brent under $79 a barrel. The MSCI index of world stocks rose 0.65...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 18- Ukraine aims to avoid using an interim gas deal signed last month for as long as it can and eventually end its reliance on Russian gas through better EU connections, Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolyev told Reuters on Tuesday. Ukraine and Russia signed an agreement, brokered by the European Commission, at the end of October to cover gas...

  • LONDON, Nov 18- The biggest product of the U.S. petroleum industry is not oil, gas or condensate but water-- billions and billions of gallons containing dissolved salts, grease and even naturally occurring radioactive materials. The five old oil- and gas-producing states of Texas, California, Oklahoma, Kansas and Louisiana accounted for almost three quarters of...

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 hits record again; Actavis rallies Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday, lifting the S&P 500 to a record high, boosted by healthcare after Actavis' acquisition of Allergan triggered bullish analyst notes. Allergan on Monday accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Actavis Plc in cash and stock. At least two analysts raised Actavis' price target, one to as high as $300.

  • Agilent beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    Agilent Technologies on Monday reported profit of $16 million in its fiscal fourth quarter.

  • *China home prices fall for second consecutive month in Oct. LONDON, Nov 18- Copper, aluminium and other base metals prices fell on Tuesday, as weak property sector data from China raised concerns about the outlook for demand from the world's top metals consumer. Copper prices have stayed between $6,500 and $6,800 a tonne since mid-September.

  • LONDON, Nov 18- Gold steadied below a 2-1/ 2 week high hit earlier on Tuesday as the dollar softened against the euro due partly to better-than-expected German economic data. Spot gold was up 0.6 percent at $1,193.60 an ounce by 1539 GMT after earlier reaching its highest since Oct. 30 at $1,204.70. "Gold is finding more strength after we broke the $1,180 resistance...

  • EXCLUSIVE-BANK OF TOKYO- MITSUBISHI EXECUTIVE RESIGNS AFTER BEING TARGETED IN SANCTIONS-RELATED PROBE- SOURCE.

  • EXCLUSIVE-BANK OF TOKYO- MITSUBISHI TO MOVE U.S.

  • EXCLUSIVE-BANK OF TOKYO- MITSUBISHI TO PAY $315 MLN TO NEW YORK REGULATOR OVER WHITEWASHED REPORT ON SANCTIONS-RELATED MISCONDUCT- SOURCES.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that the central bank had made the right decision earlier this month to allow the rouble to float and that the rouble's slide had not changed the life of ordinary citizens. "The central bank made the right decision," Putin told a meeting with his core support group, the People's Front.

  • In making the decision, the National Transportation Safety Board sent its first case involving an FAA fine against a drone back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the flight in question was "careless or reckless." The FAA is developing specific regulations for such aircraft but has effectively banned their commercial use except when...

  • PPI rises unexpectedly but core stays tame. NEW YORK, Nov 18- U.S. "The headline was firmer than expected, but the sub-text reveals no inflation pressures and are closer to the traditional way we looked at PPI," said David Ader, head of government bond strategy at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut.

  • *No policy change seen after Oct. 31 stimulus. TOKYO, Nov 19- The Bank of Japan is expected to hold policy steady when its two-day meeting ends on Wednesday, but what it has to say about the country's slide into recession may unsettle markets already digesting the government's decision to call a snap election. Having stunned markets with a surprise monetary easing...

  • The application is part of IBM's attempt to shift its focus to cloud computing and data analytics from the hardware services that had long been the company's bread and butter. "We came at this from the perspective that this is about changing the game, not just incremental improvements in e-mail," Jeff Schick, IBM's general manager of social solutions, told Reuters.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 18- Russians increased their foreign-currency bank deposits in October while the size of their rouble deposits fell, central bank data showed on Tuesday, pointing to rising concern over a steep slide in the rouble. Russians had 3.856 trillion roubles' worth of foreign-currency deposits as of Nov. 1, compared to 3.421 trillion roubles on Oct. 1, an...

  • JERUSALEM, Nov 18- A move by Israel's telecoms regulator to create a wholesale market for fixed-line phone and Internet services will hurt Bezeq, the country's largest telecoms provider, Bezeq said on Tuesday. After a two-year debate, Communications Minister Gilad Erdan announced late on Monday that Bezeq, one of Israel's two fixed-line operators, must lease...

  • FOREX-Euro gains on sentiment data, yen steady Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 18- The U.S. dollar weakened against the euro on Tuesday on a better than expected survey of German sentiment and was steady against the Japanese yen after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he would call an early election to seek a fresh mandate for his economic policies. "The German ZEW index came in much, much better than expected," said Sireen...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 18- Backers of the Keystone XL oil pipeline hope a vote in the U.S. Senate late on Tuesday will send a bill clearing the way for the controversial project to President Barack Obama. Republican Senator John Hoeven of North Dakota, who introduced the bill with Landrieu, was asked on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program on Tuesday if there were enough votes to...

  • Shell wins India tax case Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 9:39 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Nov 18- The Bombay High Court on Tuesday ruled in favour of the Indian unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc in a multi-million dollar tax dispute, the latest verdict against the tax department that has been vigorously pursing claims against foreign firms in India. A rash of high-value tax claims on foreign firms including IBM Corp and Nokia Oyj in the past year has...