HONG KONG, Aug 28- Hong Kong's benchmark index finished at a two-week low in choppy conditions on Thursday, hurt by continued weakness in the Chinese onshore market and poor corporate earnings. The Hang Seng Index closed down 0.7 percent at 24,741.00 points. China Construction Bank and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China both shed 1.2 percent.» Read More
CONAKRY, April 17- Guinea's government has approved a report recommending that BSG Resources and its joint venture partner, Brazilian mining giant Vale, be stripped of two iron ore concessions, a Guinean government source said on Thursday.
LONDON, April 17- Barclays announced a number of promotions in its investment bank's management on Friday, while it continues with a review of the division that contributes about half of the group's total profits. Felder, who joined Barclays from now-defunct U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, was previously co-head of securities.
NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. "There is follow-through from yesterday, there was significant selling in the middle of the curve," said Tom Tucci, head of Treasuries trading at CIBC in New York.
April 17- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd said it settled a patent litigation with Pfizer Inc, allowing the Israeli drugmaker to launch a generic version of Pfizer's blockbuster pain medication, Celebrex, in December. Celebrex's basic chemical patent expires on May 30.
HELSINKI, April 17- Nokia has suspended sales of its Lumia 2520 tablet in some European countries while it fixes a fault with charger units which it said on Thursday could pose a risk of causing an electric shock.
*Inflow of $5.8 bln so far after 2013 outflow. LONDON, April 17- Money is flowing back into commodity investments this year as the sector has broken out of lock-step with other asset classes and outperformed them, attracting investors who aim to diversify portfolios.
WASHINGTON, April 17- New applications for unemployment benefits held near their pre-recession levels last week, offering further evidence of the economy's underlying strength. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday.
April 17- DuPont, which is making a big push into the agriculture market, reported a steeper-than-expected 3 percent fall in quarterly revenue as severe winter in North America delayed the planting of crops.
*Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- Wall Street was set to open little changed Thursday, following three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech giants Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers from the likes of Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric.
NEW YORK, April 17- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, said on Thursday its first-quarter profit rose 20 percent, boosted by strong performance fees and strength in its retail business as investors poured money into long-term funds.
*First-quarter EPS $2.64 vs est. *Sales rise 24.4 pct to $904.2 mln; same-restaurant sales rise 13.4 pct. April 17- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc raised its full-year sales forecast after reporting better-than-expected quarterly revenue as sales surged at established restaurants.
*Morgan Stanley says "strong performance" bolstered FICC. LONDON, April 17- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley both reported stronger net revenue in commodities trading during the first quarter on Thursday, as the two longest-serving banks in the sector took on more risk and benefited from rivals scaling back.
*Bank of Canada expected higher overall inflation. OTTAWA, April 17- Costlier energy helped boost Canada's annual inflation by more than expected in March to 1.5 percent from 1.1 percent in February but the less volatile core measure that guides the Bank of Canada edged up to only 1.3 percent from 1.2 percent.
NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. stock index futures remained little changed after data showed the number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits rose less than expected last week and remained near its pre-recession levels.
US TREASURIES YIELDS HIT SESSION HIGHS AFTER JOBLESS CLAIMS, 10- YEAR NOTES YIELD 2.66 PERCENT.
LONDON, April 17- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. The metal had fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday and has remained broadly range-bound since then around $1,300 on fears over slowing demand in top consumer China.
KIEV, April 17- Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to sabotage the country's upcoming presidential election and said Moscow was responsible for deaths in recent clashes in eastern Ukraine.
LONDON, April 17- Combined production of crude oil, gas and condensates in the United States is on course to a hit a record this year, passing the previous peak set in 1972.. The rise in output has confounded the famous forecast made by Shell geologist M King Hubbert who predicted that U.S. oil and gas production would peak in the 1970 s and then decline.
UKRAINE PM YATSENIUK SAYS RUSSIA SEEKING TO SABOTAGE MAY 25 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS.
April 17- Schlumberger Ltd, the world's largest oilfield services company, reported a profit that beat analysts' estimates for the tenth straight quarter, but revenue fell short of expectations due to reduced drilling and pricing pressure in Latin America.