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  • LONDON, Jan 21- The co-founder of Russian-owned Alpari said he had applied a year ago to wind up the parent company of its retail foreign exchange brokerage Alpari UK, fearing it was "doomed" long before the company's collapse from trading losses last week. The comments by Alpari's Andrey Dashin raise questions for UK regulators, already under pressure over how...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open as IBM weighs Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday after a disappointing outlook from IBM and as investors reduced their exposure ahead of an upcoming European Central Bank meeting that could result in new stimulus. ExxonMobil Corp was up 0.7 percent to $91.70 before the bell.

  • DAVOS, Jan 21- Christophe Weber, chief operating officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., said on Wednesday he had been approached in connection with the vacant chief executive post at French drugs group Sanofi but decided to stay put. I just arrived and I'm not the kind of guy who would jump like that, "the French national told Reuters on the sidelines of the World...

  • Oil export losses to reach $300 billion in Middle East Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Losses from lower oil exports should sap up to $300 billion from economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year, as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. Economies that are particularly dependent on oil exports, including Qatar, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, will be hit...

  • Jan 21- Netflix Inc's faster-than-expected rollout in overseas markets surprised many analysts, who scrambled to raise their price targets on the stock. The stock has been under pressure in recent months on fears of increased competition from Time Warner Inc's HBO, Amazon.com Inc and Hulu, as well as on-demand offerings from pay TV providers.

  • Deadly attacks could have lasting impact on Paris tourism Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Paris hotel occupancy rates down and still falling- MKG. PARIS, Jan 21- The deadly attacks in Paris earlier this month could have a lasting impact on tourism if anti- France protests that have swept the Muslim world lead wealthy Arabs to shun the city. But hospitality research firm MKG Group fears a longer-term impact in Paris after satirical magazine Charlie...

  • Brewing goliaths struggle to fit in at craft beer party Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ BRUSSELS, Jan 21- At Top Hops on Manhattan's hip Lower East Side, drinkers can choose from 20 beers on tap from Dark Penance to Devil Dancer and over 600 more in bottles. The bar is tapping into the surge in demand for craft beers and finds only the occasional customer opting for Budweiser or other brands of the two major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and...

  • CRUDE FUTURES RALLY AHEAD OF EXPECTED EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK STATEMENT.

  • *Strongest public criticism of OPEC by Oman so far. Oman is a small non- OPEC oil exporter which lacks the huge financial reserves that its Gulf neighbors can use to ride out low energy prices. Iran and Venezuela have already complained bitterly about OPEC policy but Oman, a diplomatic ally of key OPEC states such as Saudi Arabia, had previously held back.

  • U.S. single-family starts hit 6-1/2-year high in December Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21- U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in December as groundbreaking for single-family homes hit its highest level in more than 6-1/ 2 years, in a hopeful sign for the sluggish housing market recovery. Starts increased 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.09 million units, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.

  • ATHENS, Jan 21- Greece's Socialist PASOK party could support a government led by the radical leftist Syriza party as part of a wider pro-euro alliance to steer the country out of its bailout programme, PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos told Reuters. PASOK once dominated Greek politics and won power outright in 2009, just before the country sank into a debt...

  • GREEK DEPUTY PM VENIZELOS TELLS REUTERS HIS PASOK PARTY OPEN TO ALLYING WITH SYRIZA AS PART OF WIDER, PRO-EUROPEAN COALITION.

  • VENIZELOS CALLS ON EUROPEAN LEADERS NOT TO INTERVENE IN GREEK ELECTIONS, RESPECT SOVEREIGNTY OF GREEK PEOPLE.

  • FDA banned BPA from babies' bottles. LONDON, Jan 21- The chemical bisphenol A, used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, Europe's food safety watchdog said on Wednesday. Some studies have suggested possible links to everything from cancer to heart disease to...

  • TD Ameritrade misses Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:19 AM ET
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    TD Ameritrade on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $211 million.

  • Jan 21- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, on Wednesday reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit as it added new customers in government-paid plans and its Optum pharmacy management business hit record revenue. "We believe these results offer a solid finish to a year of transition," BMO Capital Markets analyst Jennifer...

  • DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 21- Somewhat slower growth will allow a reforming Chinese economy to become more stable and should be good news, the head of China's central bank said on Wednesday, after the country announced its lowest expansion rate in 24 years. "If China's growth slows down a bit but economy becomes more sustainable, that's good news," Zhou told a global...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- Gold climbed above $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday for the first time since August, on increased investor interest due to a softer dollar, worries about the global economy and prospects of stimulus measures from the European Central Bank. Spot gold hit its highest level since Aug. 18 at $1,303.20 an ounce in early trade and was up 0.6 percent at...

  • *Romania follows Hungary, Poland in proposing help for borrowers. BUCHAREST, Jan 21- Romania's government plans to expand a scheme to ease the debt burden of its lowest earners as holders of Swiss franc-denominated loans are being hit by the currency's surge, its finance minister said on Wednesday. Romania is the latest country in the region to float measures to...

  • TD Ameritrade profit rises 10 pct Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:59 AM ET

    Jan 21- Discount broker TD Ameritrade Holding Corp's quarterly profit rose about 10 percent as net new assets increased. The company's net income rose to $211 million, or 39 cents per share, for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, from $192 million, or 35 cents per share, a year earlier. Net revenue rose about 9 percent to $819 million.