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  • MOSCOW, Oct 13- Russia is on course to freely float the rouble from next year, the central bank's governor said, but she defended the bank's policy of intervening to support the currency as it skidded to record lows in the past week. Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers in Russia's lower house of parliament that the central bank had spent around $6 billion defending...

  • German Bunds moved higher, accentuating flows towards safer currencies like the yen and the Swiss franc after rating agency S&P on Friday downgraded Finland and cut its outlook on France. The dollar was down 0.3 percent to 107.38 yen, after falling as low as 107.06 yen, its weakest level in about a month and well off a six-year high of 110.09 yen on Oct. 1.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed after selloff Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    *NetScout to buy Danaher's communications business. *Earnings season will pick up steam this week, with results expected from Dow components including Intel, Johnson& Johnson, UnitedHealth, American Express and General Electric as well as financials Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, Bank of America and Wells Fargo. *Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd has approached CSX...

  • BEIJING, Oct 13- China will scrap some charges for homebuyers who borrow from a government housing fund, state media said on Monday, as Beijing makes another move to boost the weak property market by reducing costs. China's housing market has softened this year, with sales slowing and banks becoming more cautious about lending to developers and investors.

  • FACTBOX-Six concepts for the future of nuclear power Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    Oct 13- The Generation IV International Forum was created in 2000 to perform research on new types of nuclear reactors to replace the water-cooled models that make up the majority of today's global nuclear fleet. *Prototypes have been tested in France, Russia and Japan, with China, South Korea and India also proceeding with SFR projects. *A European consortium is...

  • The key to nuclear's future or an element of doubt? Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    CADARACHE, France, Oct 13- Behind thick glass in a laboratory nestled in French woodland, a silvery molten metal swirls like a liquid mirror. Launched by the United States in 2000, the Generation IV International Forum has 13 member countries including China, Russia, France, Japan and Britain, which have whittled down nearly 100 proffered concepts to focus...

  • *FCA trading on NYSE opens 1330 GMT, followed by Milan. MILAN, Oct 13- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles makes its Wall Street debut to great fanfare on Monday, shifting the carmaker's centre of gravity away from Italy and capping a decade of canny dealmaking and tough restructuring by CEO Sergio Marchionne. Analysts think the U.S. auto industry is nearing a peak, while...

  • *Agile Property shares close down 17.2 pct. HONG KONG, Oct 13- Chinese developer Agile Property Holdings Ltd, battling an industry slowdown and speculation about ties to China's former security chief, said it is in talks with banks about extending a bridge loan and the founder's family would commit to lending $200 million. Agile said Chen- whose family wealth of...

  • Oct 13- NetScout Systems Inc said it would buy Danaher Corp's communications business in a stock deal valued at about $2.6 billion, to expand its IT management and cybersecurity businesses. Danaher shareholders will get about 62.5 million NetScout shares, the companies said in a joint statement. NetScout shares closed at $41.91 on Friday on the Nasdaq.

  • *Luxottica shares tumble as new CEO set to leave. PARIS, Oct 13- European stocks paused on Monday following their steep three-week sell-off, with shares in airlines bouncing back as oil prices extended their slide on ample supply. Air France-KLM gained 3.4 percent and Lufthansa climbed 3.3 percent as Brent crude sank below $88 a barrel, its lowest level in almost...

  • BEIJING, Oct 13- Universal Studios said on Monday it had a sealed an agreement to open a $3.3 billion theme park in Beijing, the culmination of a 13- year effort to enter China's fast-growing entertainment market. Tom Williams, chief executive of Universal Parks and Resorts, told a news conference in Beijing that the park would also aim to draw visitors from...

  • *S&P downgrades Finland, cuts France's outlook. *Italy sells 6.75 billion euros of bonds. LONDON, Oct 13- Euro zone bond yields held near record lows on Monday as Standard& Poor's credit rating downgrade of Finland and its cut in France's outlook to negative added to concerns about a deteriorating global growth outlook.

  • ABIDJAN, Oct 13- Ivory Coast's government has introduced stricter regulation of its world-leading cocoa sector for the 2014/ 15 season as it reasserts its control following a decade of liberalization, according to a document from the country's marketing board. Under the new measures contained in a memorandum sent to exporters and merchants by the Coffee and...

  • *China trade data brighter than expected; alleviates worries. China copper imports up 14.7 pct m/m to 390,000 T in Sept. LONDON, Oct 13- Copper and other base metals rose on Monday after the dollar fell and better-than-expected Chinese trade data eased fears of a slowdown in demand in the top commodities consumer.

  • *Singapore launches 25 kg gold contracts on Monday. LONDON, Oct 13- Gold prices rose on Monday as the dollar fell and worries over the global economic outlook hit investors' appetite for risk, lifting the appeal of assets perceived as safer. "It would appear that the global risk aversion is the only friend to gold and that is reflected in a slightly lower dollar and the...

  • BEIJING, Oct 13- China's surprisingly strong trade performance in September may reduce the chances of aggressive policy action such as an interest rate cut, but the prospects of a prolonged property slump suggests more measures are still needed to shore up the economy. With the euro zone and Japanese economies floundering, a bounce in China's exports and...

  • LONDON, Oct 13- European stock markets turned positive on Monday, recovering from earlier losses, with airline stocks such as Lufthansa and Air France-KLM boosted by a further drop in the oil price. Germany's DAX also advanced by 0.2 percent, although the DAX remained near one-year lows, while both France's CAC and the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 were up 0.1...

  • *Malaysia to build rubberised roads from June 2015. *Vietnam says supports price floor of $1.50/ kg. While third-biggest rubber grower Vietnam became the latest, after other major players Thailand and Malaysia, to support the minimum-price plan, skepticism remains on how effective it will be as similar acts of co-ordination have failed before.

  • RPT-ANALYSIS-In Brussels, reasons to be cheerful Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 4:43 AM ET

    *Juncker gets all but one of team confirmed by parliament. BRUSSELS, Oct 12- Jean-Claude Juncker has come through his first big test as the European Union's chief executive with reasons to be cheerful, even if he faces another tricky couple of weeks to get a team in place that can take office next month. The president-elect of the European Commission was pleased,...

  • LONDON, Oct 13- Stocks started the week on a negative note and crude oil prices fell to near-four-year lows with forecast-beating Chinese trade data unable to lighten investors' mood about the health of the global economy. Gold jumped and yields on low-risk German government bonds edged lower. The nervousness is still there, "said Terry Torrison, managing...