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  • Comcast Corp said on Tuesday it was "optimistic" that it would close its $45 billion deal to buy Time Warner Cable Inc in early 2015.. Chief Executive Officer Brian Roberts said during a conference call on Tuesday that lots of information-gathering was taking place between Comcast and U.S. regulators. Comcast is one of the leading broadband and cable providers...

  • BERNE, Feb 24- Switzerland's financial markets regulator FINMA is unlikely to look into possible wrongdoing at HSBC's Swiss private bank in the light of leaked information that was published this month, FINMA's head of enforcement said on Tuesday. But FINMA, which already faulted HSBC in 2010-2011 for its poor internal controls and violations of money...

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 24- Israel's competition regulator has delayed a decision on whether to declare the country's natural gas fields a monopoly for two months to allow time for an agreed solution to be reached. Noble Energy and Israel's Delek Group own 85 percent of the large Leviathan gas site off the Mediterranean coast, and also control the nearby Tamar well-- a...

  • Medicago wins contract to develop Ebola treatments Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    Feb 24- Canadian drugmaker Medicago said it received a contract from a U.S. federal agency to develop three different potential treatments for Ebola. The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has told the company that its anti-Ebola treatments should be efficient as Mapp Biopharmaceutical's ZMapp. The company said on Tuesday it would...

  • Feb 24- Office Depot Inc said it expected sales to fall this year, mainly due to weak demand for office supplies and a stronger dollar. Office Depot's North America retail sales fell 7 percent in the fourth quarter, including the acquisition of OfficeMax. Staples said earlier this month that it would acquire Office Depot to better compete with online retailers.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The Federal Reserve is preparing to consider interest rate hikes "on a meeting by meeting basis," Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a congressional committee on Tuesday in a subtle change of emphasis in how the Fed has been speaking about its plans for the first interest rate increase since 2006.. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 24- The CEO of Singapore Exchange Ltd is to step down in June after five and a half years during which the bourse suffered a damaging penny stock crash that hit trading volumes. Singapore is Asia's leading venue for foreign exchange and has seen strong growth in derivatives trading, but the average daily value of shares traded on its exchange has...

  • Feb 24- New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has won agreement from the state's teachers union on a "roadmap" for addressing New Jersey's massive pension problem, a dramatic turn in a long-bitter relationship between the two camps. Christie, a Republican weighing a bid for the White House in 2016, will reveal the development formally in his annual budget address...

  • *Yellen's two-day testimony before Congress to start at 10 a.m.. *Toll Brothers rises after results. Yellen will give the central bank's semi-annual Monetary Policy Report to the Senate Banking Committee at 10 a.m., the first of her two days of testimony.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Copper rose on Tuesday as investors were encouraged over Greece's bailout plan and as oil prices staged a rebound. Euro zone finance ministers approved Greece's reform plan, paving the way for a four-month extension of its financial rescue after Athens backed down on key leftist reforms. Also supporting the market was a rebound on oil markets,...

  • BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Feb 24- Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue on Tuesday when its euro zone partners approved a reform plan that backed down on key leftist measures and promised that spending to alleviate social distress would not derail its budget. Finance ministers sealed the decision in a one-hour telephone conference convened...

  • NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CHRIS CHRISTIE AND STATE TEACHERS UNION AGREE TO' ROADMAP' TO ADDRESS PENSION GAP.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Brent crude oil rose more than $1 to around $60 a barrel on Tuesday after Libya's largest oilfield stopped production. The Sarir oilfield in Libya shut because of a power cut, in a further blow to exports from the OPEC member. Brent for April was up $1.10 at $60.00 a barrel by 1435 GMT, recovering from an earlier low of $58.10.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- With strong trade and banking links with Greece, Bulgaria and its Balkan neighbors remain highly vulnerable to the threat of Greek financial collapse, even though dependence is lower than it was a few years ago. while Bulgaria sends around 7 percent of its exports to Greece, this graphic shows: http://link.reuters.com/cek24w.

  • *Greece relief hurts safe-haven debt. Treasuries prices edged lower on Tuesday, giving back some of Monday's gains on uncertainty ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate and reduced appetite for safe-haven assets on greater relief over Greece. Yellen will give the central bank's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 holding near record levels ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen.

  • MILAN, Feb 24- Italian aerospace and defence group Finmeccanica has agreed to sell its rail business to Hitachi Ltd in a deal which will cost the Japanese conglomerate up to 1.9 billion euros and cut Finmeccanica's debt by 15 percent. For Hitachi the acquisition will give it a stronger foothold in Europe where it competes with the world's top three train makers-...

  • MOSCOW/ KIEV, Feb 24- Russia's Gazprom said on Tuesday there were serious risks to gas transit to Europe via Ukraine after Kiev failed to pay in advance for supplies as a dispute between the two countries intensified. Gazprom cut off flows to Ukraine between June and December last year in a dispute over pricing and Kiev's unpaid bills. "It creates serious risks for...

  • *London house prices set to slow below the national rate in 2015. *London housing rated 9 out of 10 for expense; UK 6/ 10. Feb 24- British property price rises will slow this year as tighter lending standards limit access to credit and big deposit requirements keep newcomers out of the market, especially in cities like London, a Reuters poll showed.

  • Feb 24- Greece's reform plan is sufficient to continue giving the country aid but is lacking necessary detail, International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday. In a letter to Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem, Lagarde said the Greek list was comprehensive but "not very specific". "In some areas like combating tax evasion and corruption I am...