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  • *Spain sells 4.3 billion euros at bond auction. *Portugal, Slovakia also in the market in busy supply week. LONDON, Jan 14- German Bund yields hit their lowest levels since the European Central Bank's December meeting on Thursday, after oil prices fell below $30, pinning long-term inflation expectations in the euro zone at 3-1/ 2 month lows.

  • LONDON, Jan 14- The euro gained around half a percent against the dollar on Thursday after Reuters reported that European Central Bank policy makers are sceptical about the need for further policy action in the near term. Oil-rich Canada's dollar fell to its lowest level since April 2003 with a further slide in crude prices expected to undermine the Canadian...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 14- The European Investment Bank has stopped loans to Volkswagen pending an investigation into whether some of its previous funding could been used by the German carmaker to cheat diesel emissions tests. While no link had been proven between any EIB loans and defeat devices, the bank cannot yet exclude a connection between the banned software and "...

  • Copper's next stop: $4,200 a tonne- UBS. The slump in the oil price is in effect telling us that global growth is extremely weak while trade activity on a global basis we know is struggling, "said Robin Bhar, head of metals research at Societe Generale in London. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange had shed 0.3 percent to $4,378 a tonne by 1055 GMT, after...

  • *UK sales up 25 pct, international up 20 pct. Jan 14- British online fashion retailer ASOS reported a recovery in sales growth in the United States and Europe on Thursday, helped by moves to make its prices more responsive to exchange rate volatility, but it also saw its margins slip. Established in 2000 for fashion-conscious 20- somethings, ASOS was an early...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 14- Brazil's Embraer SA delivered 33 commercial jets and 45 executive aircraft in the final three months of 2015, according to a Thursday filing. The world's third-largest commercial planemaker had delivered 30 planes to airlines in the fourth quarter of 2014, along with 52 jets in its executive aviation division. Embraer's backlog of firm...

  • LONDON, Jan 14- Emerging assets took another dive on Thursday with stocks plumbing fresh 6-1/ 2 year lows and currencies slipping as oil dipped below a key threshold and fresh investor concerns over global growth. "The worries about China aren't over yet- there might be a respite, or a calmer period now the Chinese authorities are intervening," he said, adding that any...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 14- The European Investment Bank, the EU's lending institution, lent 77.5 billion euros in 2015 and plans to maintain a similar level of financing this year, bank president Werner Hoyer said on Thursday. "Our borrowing normally is somewhere between 60 and 85 billion euros and in that range will remain again," he said, adding that EIB's first big...

  • PARIS, Jan 14- French President Francois Hollande, now in his last full year in office before 2017 elections, will present a job creation plan on Monday that temporarily subsidises low-wage workers at a cost to the state of around 2 billion euros. Sapin, asked by local radio station Europe 1 if the employment plan would cost something like two billion euros, replied...

  • HAMBURG, Jan 14- German agricultural commodities cooperative Agravis said on Thursday it had bought a 33 percent shareholding in German palm products and animal feed trading house H. Boegel from Singapore- listed commodities group Wilmar International Ltd.. The move will give Agravis direct access to purchase markets for palm-based animal feed...

  • Stocks fell in Europe and Asia on Thursday following steep losses on Wall Street, after volatility in Chinese stocks early in the year battered appetite for risk. Spot gold was $1,092.10 an ounce at 1020 GMT, little changed from $1,093.11 late on Wednesday, while U.S. gold futures for February delivery were up $4.80 an ounce at $1,091.90. "It's more the safe haven...

  • *Sees 2016 investments at NOK 135 bln, down c10 pct vs 2015. STAVANGER, Norway, Jan 14- Investments in Norway's key oil and gas sector will fall further in 2016 and in the coming years following a 16- percent drop in 2015, the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate said on Thursday, suggesting more pain ahead for the country's economy. Norway's economy, long one of Europe's...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 14- The European Investment Bank said on Thursday it had suspended any further loans to Volkswagen while it investigated whether previous funding could have had any link to the German carmaker's emissions test cheating scandal.

  • *ECB, BOJ, Riksbank all easing, yet currencies gain. LONDON, Jan 14- Investors have become acclimatised to developed economies trying to boost growth by devaluing their currencies, taking away the one-way bets on exchange rates such actions created in the recent past. The Bank of Japan, the European Central Bank and Sweden's Riksbank are all creating new money...

  • *UN likely to confirm Iran compliance with nuclear deal on Friday. LONDON, Jan 14- Oil prices steadied on Thursday, but remained near 12- year lows on the prospect of Iran unleashing its oil on an oversupplied market and few signs of improving demand in a fragile global economy. The United Nations' nuclear watchdog is likely to confirm on Friday that Iran has...

  • *Oil back above $30 a barrel as markets take breather. LONDON, Jan 14- Share markets and heavily commodity-dependent currencies took a fresh beating on Thursday, having been floored again by the latest plunge in oil prices, this time to below $30 a barrel. MSCI's 46- country All World stock index was down for the 10th day in the last 11 as Europe's main markets fell...

  • JAKARTA, Jan 14- Indonesia's central bank, comfortable that higher U.S. interest rates have not spurred big outflows, cut its interest rates for the first time in nearly a year to try to lift an economy growing at its slowest pace since the global financial crisis. The cut, announced hours after a terror attack in central Jakarta left at least six dead, might kick off...

  • *2016 capex likely $9 bln to $10 bln. Demand for high-end smartphones has started the year weak, while in other segments there are already signs of upward demand momentum in emerging markets including China, the world's biggest for smartphones, TSMC said. Last year's total capex of $8.12 billion came as a slump in the global technology sector and slowing economic...

  • MILAN, Jan 14- European shares fell sharply on Thursday after two sessions of gains, with sentiment depressed by continued weakness in oil prices- which briefly dipped below $30- and worries over global economic growth. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 to its lowest intraday level since late August following a Reuters report saying many European Central...

  • LONDON, Jan 14- Associated British Foods said on Thursday unusually warm winter weather meant sales at its Primark discount fashion chain stalled in the nine weeks to Jan. 2, a drop shrugged off by the fast-growing retailer as a temporary blip. Shares in AB Foods, which also has major sugar, grocery, agriculture and ingredients divisions, traded down 0.8 percent to...