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  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Denver asset manager Janus Capital Group said fourth-quarter profit rose 22 percent after its hiring of star bond fund manager Bill Gross helped it reach its first quarter of net deposits since 2009.. Janus on Thursday reported net income of $46.7 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with $38.3 million, or 21 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Jan 22- Verizon Communications Inc's quarterly revenue rose 6.8 percent due to higher net addition of postpaid subscribers and a rise in average revenue per account as users added more devices to shared data plans. Excluding items, Verizon earned 71 cents per share. Verizon's retail postpaid average revenue per account rose to $158.82 from $157.21, but was...

  • POLL-Egypt's economy seen growing 3.5 pct in 2014/15 Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    The forecast is in line with the government's target for the 2014/ 15 fiscal year that began in July and would represent a modest rebound for Egypt, which has struggled to restore growth during four years of political turmoil. However, Egypt has received billions of dollars in aid from Gulf states since ex-army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president...

  • DETROIT, Jan 22- Johnson Controls Inc on Thursday posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and affirmed its fiscal-year outlook. Net income rose 12 percent to $507 million, or 76 cents a share, in the first quarter ended Dec. 31 from $451 million, or 69 cents a share, a year earlier. In October, Johnson Controls said it would earn 74 cents to 77 cents a share.

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge up as investors await ECB, data Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    *F5 Networks down in premarket after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures gained slightly as investors awaited confirmation that the European Central Bank would announce new economic stimulus measures at a meeting on Thursday. *ECB President Mario Draghi will speak to the media at 8:30 a.m., and if the details of the plan are perceived as...

  • Travelers profit rises on lower catastrophe losses Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    Jan 22- Property and casualty insurer Travelers Cos Inc reported a 5 percent rise in quarterly net profit, helped by lower weather-related catastrophe losses. The company, a Dow Jones Industrial Average component, said net income rose to $1.04 billion, or $3.11 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $988 million, or $2.70 per share, a year earlier.

  • Sanctions sap allure of Russia's Arctic shipping route Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:58 AM ET

    OSLO/ STOCKHOLM, Jan 22- Western sanctions on Russia are restricting the Arctic shipping route along its north coast to domestic cargoes and energy exports with many foreign firms staying away after test voyages on a fabled short-cut between Europe and Asia. Now it seems that reality is kicking in, "said Bjorn Gunnarsson, managing director of the Centre for High...

  • TEL AVIV, Jan 22- Israeli technology firms catering to the country's disabled war veterans are exploring ways to bring their innovations to the mass market with applications that make mobile phones easier to use. Israel, with its thriving start-up scene and large number of military veterans, is a natural incubator of technology for the disabled, some of which is...

  • European shares pause for breath before ECB decision Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:44 AM ET

    PARIS/ LONDON, Jan 22- European shares paused on Thursday after a sharp five-day rally as investors waited to see the size and shape of a bond-buying programme the European Central Bank is expected to unveil later. Euro zone banks have been among the top gainers ahead of today's ECB meeting, with Societe Generale, UniCredit and Mediobanca all up about 11 percent in...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Gold fell further below a five-month high on Thursday, undermined as investors betting on the size and shape of a European Central Bank stimulus programme due later in the day extended a run of gains for shares. Spot gold fell 0.6 percent to $1,285.60 an ounce by 1103 GMT. It climbed to its highest since Aug. 15 at $1,305 on Wednesday, but then fell back...

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Copper slipped on Thursday from one-week highs hit the session before as oversupply in the market was highlighted by climbing inventories and as consumers waited for weaker prices. Copper inventories on the London Metal Exchange rose 5,925 tonnes on Thursday to 225,375 tonnes, bringing the increase this month to 27 percent.

  • *Copper at 832,618 tonnes, aluminium 2.18 million tonnes. HONG KONG, Jan 22- China's output of refined copper jumped 10.2 percent month-on-month in December, hitting a record for the fifth straight month as smelters rushed to meet targets for the year and plentiful supply of raw materials supported full production. Refined copper output reached 832,618 tonnes,...

  • *Saudi Arabia 2015 growth forecast cut to 3.2 pct from 4.3 pct. *Even Oman, Bahrain to sustain solid growth. As a result, Saudi Arabia's hydrocarbon export revenue in 2015 is forecast to tumble to $213 billion, instead of totalling $290 billion as the September survey predicted.

  • LONDON, Jan 22- Britain's financial regulator has fined and banned the former chief executive and compliance chief of UK interdealer broker RP Martin for "compliance and cultural failings" that it said permitted the alleged manipulation of benchmark interest rates. In its first fine on individuals for failings related to a sprawling, global investigation,...

  • Talking to reporters from Russian news agencies on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Andrei Kostin said the actual amount the bank would receive would depend on the Deposit Insurance Agency, which is distributing the funds, but "in any case, it will be around 250- 300 billion roubles."

  • UPDATE 2-Royal Mail shares lifted by parcels progress Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:04 AM ET

    *UK parcels revenue improves from half-year. LONDON, Jan 22- Britain's Royal Mail announced an improved performance at its key parcels business over a busy Christmas period, helped by price promotions, the Black Friday retail rush and its own longer business hours in an increasingly competitive market. Royal Mail's efforts to compete more effectively in...

  • *ECB could buy 50 billion euros in bonds per month- source. LONDON, Jan 22- Brent crude oil crept above $49 a barrel on Thursday ahead of an expected decision by the European Central Bank to start buying bonds, a move which could push the dollar to new highs and put downward pressure on commodities. A strong dollar, buoyed by an expected U.S. interest rate hike and an...

  • India, U.S. near tax pact to boost foreign investment Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:02 AM ET

    MUMBAI, Jan 22- India is set to strike a bilateral tax agreement with the United States as early as this weekend, hoping to boost foreign investment and ease concerns raised by bruising disputes including cases against Vodafone and Shell. President Barack Obama' s visit to India, which begins on Sunday. Transfer pricing, or the value at which multinational...

  • INSIGHT-The smoke around e-cig science Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    *Wide variety of e-cigs a problem for researchers. *Tobacco firms join e-cig companies in sponsoring research. LONDON, Jan 22- From Apple Pie to Bubbly Bubble Gum, Irish Car Bomb or Martian bar- from Mars!

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 22- The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy option for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy. Market expectations are sky-high for the ECB to unveil large-scale quantitative easing- printing money to buy government bonds- despite opposition from...