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  • BRASILIA, Jan 20- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has vetoed a decree that exempted more workers from income tax this year, according to the official gazette published on Tuesday, in another move to save cash to meet a key fiscal target. Congress later raised the adjustment to 6.5 percent, which the government said would have cost state coffers about 7 billion...

  • *Oil lower again; Halliburton rises after results. *FXCM shares plummet 90 percent, details loan agreement. NEW YORK, Jan 20- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday as lower growth forecasts from the International Monetary Fund spurred hopes that central banks would take more aggressive policy stances to accelerate economic improvement.

  • JAKARTA, Jan 20- Indonesia's transport minister proposed a number of changes to improve aviation safety standards at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday, just over three weeks after an AirAsia passenger jet crashed killing all 162 people on board. Ignasius Jonan also told the hearing that, according to radar data, the plane had ascended faster than normal in its...

  • By the end of 2012, efficiency improvements, substitution, and changes in behaviour had cut oil consumption in the advanced economies by 8 million barrels per day compared with the pre-2005 trend, according to James Hamilton at the University of California. Today, consumption of petroleum products in the United States is 1.8 million b/d lower than it was in...

  • PARIS, Jan 20- Airbus' Defense and Space division will reveal a revised 2015 delivery schedule for its A400M military transport plane at the end of February, a company executive said on Tuesday. Germany's defense ministry said last week there were signals from European defense equipment agency OCCAR, which is negotiating with Airbus on behalf of governments...

  • *Saudi Telecom tumbles on Q4 earnings miss. DUBAI, Jan 20- Most Gulf stock markets closed either flat or lower on Tuesday as oil prices remained volatile and local companies delivered no positive fourth-quarter earnings surprises. However, the commodity's price rose above $49 per barrel later in the day, supporting Saudi Arabia's bourse which, unlike other Gulf...

  • Express Inc ends deal talks with Sycamore Partners Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    Jan 20- Apparel retailer Express Inc said it terminated talks to be bought by private equity firm Sycamore Partners, its largest shareholder. The company said talks ended due to the "unavailability of financing on commercially acceptable terms". Express's shares were down nearly 12 percent at $12.75 in premarket trading on Tuesday.

  • Tribune CFO John Bode to resign Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:17 AM ET

    Jan 20- Chicago Tribune publisher Tribune Publishing Co said Chief Financial Officer John Bode would resign. The company, which also publishes newspapers such as Los Angeles Times and The Baltimore Sun, said Sandra Martin, senior vice president of corporate finance and investor relations would be interim CFO. Bode, who became CFO in September 2013, will be...

  • BOSTON, Jan 20- Fidelity's $110 Billion Contrafund has trimmed its stake in Google Inc, its largest holding, as portfolio manager Will Danoff sees a potentially choppy market for the stock over the short term. Google remains Contrafund's largest holding, accounting for about 4.8 percent of the fund's assets. At the end of November, the fund held Google stock worth...

  • ISTANBUL, Jan 20- Turkey's central bank lowered its main interest rate by 50 basis points on Tuesday in response to slowing inflation and in the face of increased political pressure for softer monetary policy before a June parliamentary election. "It's hard to say is just due to political pressure because there was a downside surprise in inflation in December,"...

  • *China data, QE prospects lift European shares. *China slows less than expected, IMF cuts global outlook. LONDON, Jan 20- Shares rose on Tuesday and the dollar gained 1 percent against the yen after China said its economy had not slowed as much as many in markets had feared.

  • Jan 20- Morgan Stanley's adjusted quarterly earnings fell short of market expectations as unexpected market swings in December hit its division that trades bonds, currencies and commodities and the bank deferred fewer bonus payments. Choppy markets caused by factors ranging from plunging oil prices to political upheaval in Greece, sent investors...

  • Delta Air Lines posts 4th-qtr loss after fuel hedging Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    Jan 20- Delta Air Lines Inc said on Tuesday it lost $712 million last quarter largely due to fuel hedge settlements, although the carrier topped analysts' estimates. For the fourth quarter, the Atlanta- based carrier lost 86 cents per diluted share, including a $1.2 billion charge for mark-to-market adjustments on fuel hedges, which Delta had previously...

  • LONDON, Jan 20- Britain's financial regulator has fined Reckitt Benckiser for not informing the market properly about share trading by two senior executives, in the latest crackdown on disclosure failures by London- listed firms. Consumer goods producer Reckitt failed to monitor the internal share dealings of the executives, leading to late and incomplete...

  • MUTUAL FUND INVESTOR IN GOOGLE, HOLDING $7.06 BLN OF ITS STOCK AT END OF NOVEMBER.

  • CONTRAFUND MANAGER DANOFF SAYS GOOGLE'S SHORT-TERM PERFORMANCE COULD REMAIN CHOPPY.

  • CONTRAFUND SAYS INVESTORS DIGESTING INCREASED SPENDING ON DATA CENTERS AND INITIATIVES NOT TIED TO CORE SEARCH BUSINESS.

  • FIDELITY'S CONTRAFUND SAYS TRIMMED STAKE IN GOOGLE, ITS LARGEST HOLDING- Q4 FUND DISCLOSURE.

  • J&J's profit beats estimates on sales of new drugs Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    Jan 20- Johnson& Johnson reported a slightly better-than-expected quarterly profit as surging sales of new drugs and mainstay older brands offset weak demand for medical devices and consumer healthcare products. The company's earnings fell to $2.52 billion, or 89 cents per share, in the fourth quarter from $3.52 billion, or $1.23 per share, a year earlier.

  • Strong dollar could scare tourists away from U.S. Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    Jan 20- New York restaurant owner Jeremy Merrin has seen business droop in recent weeks at his Havana Central eatery in Times Square. International tourists to the United States spend more than $200 billion annually on travel, hotels, dining and shopping, but growth in 2015 is expected to decelerate as would-be visitors balk at the stronger dollar and grapple...