HONG KONG, March 15- China's e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is planning a U.S. Alibaba does not want to miss the technology boom, which has boosted valuations of Internet companies both in the United States and in Hong Kong.» Read More
LONDON, Nov 6- The recently completed retail market review is the last chance to deal with concerns about the poor functioning of gas and electricity markets without fundamental institutional or structural reform, Britain's regulator, Ofgem, has warned.
DUESSELDORF/ BERLIN, Nov 6- A leading Social Democrat warned on Wednesday that the European Union planned to investigate German renewable energy discounts for industry, a move that could end up hitting a raft of companies operating in Europe's biggest economy.
Nov 6- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc on Wednesday said it expected earnings to decline next year because of spending on the new health exchanges and on the Medicaid program for the poor. Humana and its competitors began selling insurance plans to individuals on Oct. 1 on state-based exchanges created under the national healthcare reform law.
The deals, which could have important geo-political consequences for the Middle East, could see Kurdistan export some 2 million barrels per day of oil to world markets and at least 10 billion cubic metres per year of gas to Turkey.
*UN conference in Warsaw to seek new emissions pact. GENEVA, Nov 6- Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2012, the World Meteorological Organisation said on Wednesday.
*Earnings beats for ING and Adecco boost sentiment. Results from Dutch banking and insurance group ING and Adecco, the world's No. 1 staffing agency, beat forecasts while cement major Lafarge confirmed debt reduction targets for this year and next. Shares in ING rose 4.4 percent, Adecco 3.7 percent and Lafarge was up one percent.
*Growth in Germany, France steady, Italy disappoints. LONDON, Nov 6- The euro zone's economic recovery lost a little momentum last month, according to surveys that showed only modest growth in German and French businesses.
Barclays said government bonds in rouble and lira would enter the Barclays Global Aggregate Index from March 31 2014, joining the 22 currencies already included. Although the index share-- 0.14 for Turkey and 0.17 for Russia-- is small, it will give investors extra access to two important emerging markets and their high yielding bonds.
Healthcare spending in Saudi Arabia is set to increase to around 174 billion riyals in 2017 from 68.7 billion in 2010, according to a November 2012 report from Riyadh- based NCB Capital.
CAIRO, Nov 6- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood failed in an attempt on Wednesday to overturn a court ruling banning it, the state news agency said, another blow to the debilitated Islamist movement. A court in September outlawed the Brotherhood after the army overthrew President Mohamed Mursi in July following mass protests against his rule.
Nov 6- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc reported a lower third-quarter profit on Wednesday and said spending related to health exchanges and the Medicaid program for the poor would reach 50 cents to 90 cents per share in 2014.. The company said it expected 2014 earnings of $7.25 to $7.75 per share including those costs.
*Gold up after 3- percent drop over 7 sessions. *But could break below $1,300 before Friday jobs report- analysts. LONDON, Nov 6- Gold advanced on Wednesday, halting its longest losing streak in nearly six months as the dollar fell on continued talks of extending the lifespan of the U.S.
*3- quarter profit $1.39/ share vs estimate $1.34/ share. Nov 6- Canadian auto parts manufacturer Magna International Inc reported a nearly 13 percent rise in quarterly sales as its European business improved. In Europe, production sales jumped 18 percent to $2.36 billion.
LONDON, Nov 6- Copper ticked higher on Wednesday for a second session as the dollar weakened and investors kept up hopes of extended U.S. monetary stimulus.
AMSTERDAM, Nov 6- ING said it should complete its restructuring two years ahead of schedule, meaning the Dutch banking and insurance group could be one of the first euro zone casualties of the 2008 global crisis to emerge from a state rescue.
TOKYO, Nov 6- Toyota Motor Corp is closing in on a record profit set before the Lehman crisis after topping up its annual net profit forecast by nearly $2 billion and outperforming Japanese rivals as its expansion plans bear fruit.
Nov 6- Canadian oil and gas producer Talisman Energy Inc reported a smaller quarterly net loss compared with the year-earlier quarter, when it took a $1.04 billion impairment charge.
LONDON, Nov 6- Last month's dive in euro zone inflation has put a European Central Bank rate cut back on the agenda, but with bank-to-bank lending rates already near zero, markets are struggling to see what difference it might make. In recent months, further ECB cuts had all but been written off.
Nov 6- Canadian auto parts manufacturer Magna International Inc reported an 18 percent drop in quarterly profit, hurt by restructuring charges. The company's net income fell to $319 million, or $1.39 per share, in the third quarter ended Sept. 30 from $390 million, or $1.66 per share, a year earlier. The charges reduced net profit by $33 million, or 14 cents per share.
GENEVA, Nov 6- Atmospheric volumes of greenhouse gases blamed for climate change hit a new record in 2012, the World Meteorological Organization said in its annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin on Wednesday.