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  • IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS PAYMENT DELAYS TO FUND HAVE NOT BEEN GRANTED.

  • IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS FUND HAS NEVER GIVEN PAYMENT DELAY TO ADVANCED ECONOMY.

  • IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS GREECE PAYMENT DELAYS NOT A COURSE OF ACTION THAT WOULD BE RECOMMENDED IN CURRENT SITUATION.

  • IMF'S LAGARDE SAYS FINANCIAL RISKS ARE NOT' ARMAGEDDON,' CAN BE ADDRESSED.

  • LONDON, April 16- BP shareholders have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a resolution that means the oil major will test its business strategy against climate change risks from next year, making it one of the first global oil companies to disclose such details. "This resolution is about disclosure, it's not about setting targets," said BP Chairman Carl-Henric...

  • April 16- Engaged Capital LLC has written to Rovi Corp, which sells television guide programs to cable providers, seeking changes to the company's board. Engaged Capital, which owns a 0.49 percent stake in Rovi, is seeking to replace three of Rovi's long-term directors, Andrew Ludwick, James Meyer and James O'Shaughnessy. Reuters reported in March that Rovi had...

  • UPDATE 1-SunPower, Apple to build solar projects in China Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    April 16- Solar panel maker SunPower Corp said it would partner with Apple Inc to build two solar power projects in China's Sichuan province with total capacity of 40 megawatts. The projects, when complete, will be co-owned by Apple and Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co Ltd, SunPower's project development joint venture. SunPower and longstanding...

  • US TREASURY YIELDS RISE SLIGHTLY AFTER PHILLY FED DATA, 10- YEAR NOTE YIELDS INCREASE TO 1.89 PERCENT.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St dips, but Netflix surge supports Nasdaq Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    *Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower. April 16- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as corporate results showed little organic growth even as they largely beat profit expectations. While Netflix surged following blockbuster results, curbing the decline on Nasdaq, shares of SanDisk slumped following a weak revenue outlook that added to concerns about...

  • LONDON, April 16- The lead market is on a tear. The least sexy of the industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange has surged by over 20 percent from its March lows to a current $2,040 per tonne. The impact on spreads and positioning is still evolving, not least because of follow-on hits on LME inventory such as this morning's fresh 15,500 tonnes of...

  • BAKU, April 16- Azerbaijan has sentenced a human rights activist to six and a half years in jail on embezzlement and tax evasion charges, a court spokesman said on Thursday, in a case that critics say laid bare growing government repression. Energy-rich Azerbaijan, governed by President Ilham Aliyev since he succeeded his father in 2003, has been courted by the...

  • China suspends new bank-technology rules - WSJ Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:51 AM ET

    April 16- China suspended bank-technology rules that Washington complained represent unfair regulatory pressure on foreign firms, the Wall Street Journal said, citing an official notice. China was working on an anti-terrorism law that would require foreign companies to hand over encryption keys, triggering U.S. protests. Reuters reported in March that...

  • LONDON, April 16- Default insurance markets show no obvious concern at the growing risk that Greece will leave the euro zone, suggesting investors can now contemplate a future for the currency union without Athens. Default probabilities derived from credit default swaps-- seen as the purest gauge of credit risk-- have fallen this year in Italy, Spain and Portugal...

  • BERLIN, April 16- Germany should use its strong fiscal position to lower taxes, leading German, Swiss and Austrian economic institutes said on Thursday in a report commissioned by the German government. The German government balanced its budget in 2014, a year ahead of schedule, and the institutes forecast that Berlin would achieve public budget surpluses of...

  • WASHINGTON, April 16- Alpha Natural Resources, a struggling U.S. coal company, may be forced into buying costly new insurance or shedding liabilities to ensure it can cover obligations to clean up any abandoned mines, officials in West Virginia said. Alpha Natural Resources has been allowed to leave about $262 million in cleanup liabilities uninsured in West...

  • ALPHA MAY HAVE TO SHED ASSETS, BUY INSURANCE TO COVER $262 MLN IN LIABILITIES- OFFICIAL.

  • ALPHA NATURAL RESOURCES INC MUST ANSWER FOR SHORTFALL OF CLEANUP FUNDS- WEST VIRGINIA OFFICIAL.

  • Microsoft and Yahoo amend search deal Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:39 AM ET

    April 16- Microsoft Corp and Yahoo Inc amended a 2009 partnership to give Yahoo more flexibility to enhance the search services on any platform. Microsoft will get exclusive rights to sell ads delivered by its Bing ads platform, while Yahoo will continue to sell ads on its Gemini platform. The 10- year search partnership was crafted by former Microsoft CEO Steve...

  • NEW YORK, April 16- U.S. Treasury yields fell slightly on Thursday as weak housing data added to concerns over slowing U.S. economic growth, while the standoff between Greece and its creditors also added a safety bid to the debt. "We turned a little bit on the housing data, which was weaker than expected, and it's getting harder to blame the weather," said market...

  • TEXT-Greek PM Tsipras's statement to Reuters Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 9:37 AM ET

    ATHENS, April 16- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told Reuters he was "firmly optimistic" his government would reach an agreement with foreign creditors by the end of April despite disagreements on issues such as pension and labour reform. "The Greek government is working hard on every individual aspect of the negotiations, in Brussels just as much as in...