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  • ZURICH, Feb 27- A group representing Swiss bankers demanded an apology from Credit Suisse boss Brady Dougan on Thursday after he said the practice of helping Americans conceal their wealth was the work of a few dishonest employees.

  • FOREX-Dollar inches lower amid Yellen testimony Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    *Yellen testifies before Senate Banking Committee. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on the economy and monetary policy in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee.

  • LONDON, Feb 27- By publishing a new primer on the changing landscape for commodity markets and emerging issues for regulators, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority has taken a welcome first step towards greater transparency.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods excluding transportation and a gauge of business spending unexpectedly rose in January, offering hopeful signs for factory activity which has slowed in recent months.

  • Feb 27- Pharmacy benefit manager Catamaran Corp forecast full-year profit below analysts' estimates, sending its Toronto- listed shares down as much as 12 percent. The Schaumburg, Illinois- based company said it expected adjusted earnings of $2.04- $2.19 per share for 2014, which analysts said was probably due to lower margins.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Stocks on world markets edged lower on Thursday, as tension in Ukraine and Russia curbed risk appetite, though Wall Street managed to hold near unchanged as investors tuned in to Fed chair Janet Yellen's testimony in Washington.

  • CORRECTED-Puerto Rico bonds do the unexpected: Rally Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market has been stunned by what would have been unthinkable a few months ago: Puerto Rico debt is rallying. Most notably, the three rating agencies cut Puerto Rico's credit score to junk earlier this month.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said it would send a fact-finding team to Ukraine next week in response to Kiev's request for support after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich.

  • Feb 27- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday the central bank would be on alert to make sure recent signs of weakness in the U.S. economy are due to cold weather and storms, and not signals of a more fundamental slowdown.

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Feb 27- Brazil's economy ended 2013 on a upbeat note thanks to strong consumer spending and investment, providing a much-needed boost to President Dilma Rousseff as she tries to rebuild her credibility with business leaders and win re-election in October.

  • *J.C. Penny, Best Buy rally after results. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday as comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen failed to provide clarity on the impact of a harsh winter on recent economic weakness, while concerns rose over turmoil in Ukraine.

  • *Royal Bank of Scotland falls after posting losses. LONDON, Feb 27- European equities fell further to a one-week low in late trading on Thursday, with downbeat company news combined with political tension in Ukraine prompting investors to trim their positions in riskier assets.

  • Feb 27- Essilor International will buy Coastal Contacts Inc, an online retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, for C $430 million, Coastal said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The seemingly intractable problem of identity theft once again led the list of top consumer complaints in 2013, with U.S. consumers reporting that they lost $1.6 billion to various types of fraud, the Federal Trade Commission said in a report released Thursday. Florida had the highest per capita rate of identity theft.

  • IMF says its team will be in Kiev next week Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 27- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday said it would send a fact-finding team to Ukraine next week in response to the country's request for support after the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovich. IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said earlier that the IMF and its international partners were discussing how to help Ukraine.

  • *Q4 deficit C $16.01 bln, forecast C $17.00 bln. *Q3 deficit revised to C $14.80 bln from C $15.47 bln.

  • ZURICH, Feb 27- A group representing Swiss bankers demanded an apology from Credit Suisse boss Brady Dougan on Thursday after he said the practice of helping Americans conceal their wealth was the work of a few dishonest employees.

  • Feb 27- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Thursday recent cold weather and storms may have weakened U.S. spending and, while the central bank will monitor it closely, it is yet difficult to know to what extent the U.S. economic recovery will be weaker than expected.

  • TREASURIES-Prices up on Ukraine unrest Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Treasuries debt prices inched up on Thursday as tensions in Ukraine and Russia spurred safety buying, but investors remained cautious ahead of comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on recent economic data.

  • PARIS, Feb 27- GDF Suez took a 15 billion euro writedown in 2013, mainly for gas storage and gas power plants whose value was hit by a price slump, but new dividend and profit guidance for the years ahead lifted its share price.