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  • CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS, UP MORE THAN $3 AHEAD OF SETTLEMENT.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- About 6 percent of U.S. adults plan to buy Apple Inc's smartwatch according to a Reuters/ Ipsos poll, with men twice as likely as women to purchase Apple boss Tim Cook's first new major product. Ipsos polled 1,829 U.S. adults online between April 8 and 14 about the watch, which opened for preorders last week. Wall Street estimates had varied...

  • OTTAWA, April 15- The leader of Canada's opposition Liberals said on Wednesday that he is "unequivocally opposed" to forming a coalition government with the left-leaning New Democratic Party following an election set for October. NDP leader Tom Mulcair has previously urged the centrist Liberals to consider a coalition to defeat Prime Minister Stephen...

  • LONDON, April 15- China's Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max smartphones on Wednesday, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. Huawei, a major player in the telecoms network equipment market, ranked fourth in global smartphone sales last year, shipping 68 million units,...

  • WASHINGTON STATE SAYS MARCH UNEMPLOYMENT RATE 5.9 PCT, DOWN FROM 6.3 PCT IN FEBRUARY AND YEAR EARLIER.

  • *U.S. crude futures hit 2015 peak, May Brent heads to expiry. NEW YORK, April 15- Oil futures rallied and U.S. crude rose 5 percent to a 2015 peak on Wednesday after government data showed crude oil inventories in the United States rose less than expected last week. Expiring front-month May Brent rose $1.22 to $59.65, having reached $59.95.

  • FRANKFURT, April 15- EU accusations that Google is abusing its dominant position in web searching to favour its own sites over rivals' centre on a controversy nearly as old as the Web itself: do shopping comparison sites help consumers to make better choices, or do they simply link to other sites they don't control? But it is complaints by niche e-commerce players...

  • WASHINGTON, April 15- U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch said on Wednesday he hopes to reach an agreement by the end of the day on a bipartisan bill to speed trade deals through Congress. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is due to address a joint meeting of Congress on April 29 and having fast-track in train by then would be a positive sign for the...

  • Senator Elizabeth Warren on Wednesday called on lawmakers to break up big banks and change tax rules that benefit Wall Street, part of an ongoing effort to advance a more populist agenda. The Massachusetts Democrat and longtime consumer advocate has sought this year to draw public attention to what she sees as the unfinished job of revamping Wall Street...

  • McDonald's relations with franchisees hit new low-survey Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 1:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 15- McDonald's Corp's relations with its U.S. franchisees have hit a fresh low as the fast-food giant's new chief executive fights to turn around its domestic business amid fierce competition, according to a survey released Wednesday. said one of the 32 franchisees participating in the monthly survey, published by Janney Capital Markets...

  • CHICAGO, April 15- Low oil prices and the strong U.S. dollar made for a somewhat painful first quarter for major U.S. railroads CSX Corp and Norfolk Southern Corp, and may continue to weigh on their profits. Chief Executive Officer Michael Ward told Reuters the reduced outlook reflected the impact of the strong dollar, low oil prices and the weak coal market.

  • *Bank of America profit rises as costs fall. *Netflix to report after the bell. Intel jumped 4.5 percent to $32.91 after it said late on Tuesday it expects flat revenue for the entire year, despite some weakness in the first quarter.

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday it does not yet consider it necessary to tame the rouble's recent strength by intervening in the foreign exchange market. Battered by falling oil prices in the second half of 2014 and Western sanctions imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukraine crisis, the currency fell briefly to an all-time low of 80...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- An improving economy helped push sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California up to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 391,680 units in March, marking a 7.3 percent rise from a year earlier and a 6.3 percent gain from February, the California Association of Realtors said on Wednesday.

  • BERLIN/ STUTTGART, April 15- Volkswagen's first leadership crisis in a decade has burst into the open with Chairman Ferdinand Piech's surprise public denunciation of CEO Martin Winterkorn-- but the standoff is now more likely to play out behind closed doors. Piech, 77, will meet cousin Wolfgang Porsche and other family members within days, company sources said,...

  • NEW YORK, April 15- Ernst& Young LLP will pay $10 million to settle a New York lawsuit accusing the accounting firm of helping Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc deceive investors in the years leading up to its 2008 collapse, the New York attorney general said on Wednesday. While the $10 million was much smaller than what the attorney general's office had sought, Ernst&...

  • OTTAWA, April 15- The Canadian government on Wednesday unveiled a C $350 million deal to supply uranium fuel to India, formally ending a lengthy dispute that began after New Delhi used Canadian technology to develop a nuclear bomb. Canadian producer Cameco Corp will supply 7.1 million pounds of uranium concentrate to India over the next five years.

  • INSIGHT-London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    *Bitcoin backers say UK attitude makes London attractive. *World's biggest bitcoin networking group is London- based. LONDON, April 15- London, centre of the $5- trillion- a-day global currency market, now wants to be home to a controversial upstart- bitcoin.

  • FRANKFURT, April 15- A woman protesting against the European Central Bank leapt onto a desk in front of ECB President Mario Draghi on Wednesday as he spoke at a news conference, disrupting the usually sombre event before she was carried away. "End the ECB dictatorship," she shouted, throwing confetti and sheets of paper at Draghi as she stood above him.

  • EU charges seen unlikely to hurt Google valuation Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:14 PM ET

    The charges, which come after a five-year investigation, could lead to a fine of up to 10 percent of Google's annual sales, or about 6.2 billion euros. If Google were to stop the practices immediately, the impact on revenue trajectory over the next 12-18 months would be minimal, Bernstein analyst Carlos Kirjner said in a note. Apart from accusing Google of cheating...