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  • Aug 11- Juice maker Cutrale Group and Brazilian investment firm Safra Group said on Monday they have offered to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc in a cash deal that valued the banana distributor's equity at $610.5 million.

  • HOUSTON, Aug 11- Kinder Morgan Inc as a combined company will have the opportunity to make sizable acquisitions in the natural gas and crude oil pipeline and processing sector, the company's chief executive officer told investors on a conference call on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday, with major indexes extending Friday's sharp rally as it appeared less likely that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate. Equities were also given a boost by Stanley Fischer, the vice chairman of the U.S.

  • Cutrale and Safra make offer for Chiquita Brands Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    Aug 11- Juice maker Cutrale Group and Brazilian investment firm Safra Group said on Monday they had offered to acquire Chiquita Brands International Inc in a cash offer that valued the banana distributor's equity at $610.5 million.

  • Aug 11- Dean Foods Co, the largest U.S. milk processor, withdrew its full-year profit forecast, saying raw milk prices remained "unpredictable and volatile."

  • Aug 11- Packaged foods maker ConAgra Foods Inc said long-time Chief Executive Gary Rodkin would retire in May 2015 at the end of the company's fiscal year.

  • *MannKind signs agreement with Sanofi, shares jump. NEW YORK, Aug 11- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Monday, suggesting that Friday's sharp rally could continue as it appeared less likely that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine would escalate.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil under $105 as Iraq supply concerns ease Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    *U.S. air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Iraq. LONDON, Aug 11- Brent crude oil slipped below $105 a barrel on Monday as U.S. intervention in Iraq eased concerns over the risk of disruption to supply from OPEC's second-largest producer.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • KIEV, Aug 11- Ukraine said on Monday European companies would have to agree major contract revisions when purchasing Russian gas if the country's parliament imposed sanctions on Russian gas export giant Gazprom.

  • BAGHDAD, Aug 11- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was battling to keep his job on Monday, deploying forces across Baghdad as erstwhile allies nominated a replacement and the United States warned him not to block popular demands for change.

  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Aug 11- Strong sales of luxury Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles helped India's Tata Motors triple its first-quarter net profit, more than making up for a drop in domestic sales.

  • Dean Foods withdraws full-year forecast Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    Aug 11- Dean Foods Co said it was withdrawing its full-year forecast, citing record high milk costs. Dean Foods' shares fell as much as 8.3 percent in premarket trading on Monday. The company's net loss narrowed to $1 million, or 1 cent per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $57 million, or 61 cents per share, a year ago.

  • *RBS exploring sale of Coutts International. *Coutts International has come forward in U.S. tax probe.

  • ANKARA, Aug 11- Turkey's government will maintain its calls for lower interest rates following Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's victory in the country's first direct presidential election, the economy minister said on Monday.

  • UKRAINE STATE GAS COMPANY SUGGESTS EUROPEAN COMPANIES COULD BUY GAS ON RUSSIA- UKRAINE BORDER IF UKRAINE SLAPS SANCTIONS ON GAZPROM.

  • U.S. biotech firm Celladon hopes that its Mydicar treatment can help patients like Lee Adams who have advanced heart failure and rely on so called Left Ventricular Assist Devices to keep them alive until a donor heart becomes available.

  • Aug 11- Biodel Inc said its experimental insulin formulation was found more effective than current therapies in controlling glucose after two meals, in a mid-stage trial. Type 2 diabetes patients are usually given both basal and prandial insulin in a single injection such as Humalog Mix 75/ 25, Biodel said.

  • ConAgra Foods CEO Gary Rodkin to retire Monday, 11 Aug 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Aug 11- Packaged foods maker ConAgra Foods Inc said long-time Chief Executive Gary Rodkin would retire in May 2015 at the end of the company's fiscal year. The company, whose products include Slim Jim meat snacks and Healthy Choice frozen meals, said it had set up a search committee to find a successor.

  • Aug 11- Online travel agency Priceline Group Inc forecast third-quarter earnings below analysts' estimates, mainly due to heavy spending on its international expansion. Priceline has been expanding in fast-growing markets such as Asia. Priceline forecast an adjusted profit of $19.60- $21.10 per share for the third quarter ending September.