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  • US THIRTY-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELDS FALL AFTER ECB HEADLINES, LAST YIELD 2.355 PERCENT.

  • AMSTERDAM, Jan 21- ASML Holding NV, the world's largest maker of semiconductor production equipment, has reported forecast-beating results on the back of stronger-than-expected demand from memory chip makers, sending its shares to a record high. ASML, whose rivals include Applied Materials, which it outranks by stock market value, and Nikon, reported...

  • Jan 21- U.S. stocks opened lower on Wednesday after a disappointing outlook from IBM and as investors reduced their exposure ahead of an upcoming European Central Bank meeting that could result in new stimulus.

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The eight states at the heart of the American shale oil revolution all grew faster than the U.S. national average over the last decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, underscoring the importance of oil production to the U.S. economy. North Dakota's private industry achieved a spectacular CAGR of 7.4 percent while Wyoming, Utah and...

  • *Erdogan, ministers slam central bank over rate cut. ISTANBUL, Jan 21- Turkish Central Bank Governor Erdem Basci must be wondering what more he can do to get President Tayyip Erdogan off his back. He described the cut as insufficient and said current rates made it impossible for Turkey to secure investment.

  • *Oil's plunge boosts Egypt's economic prospects. *Global Telecom surges on Djezzy deal report. DUBAI, Jan 21- Low oil prices helped Egypt's stock index hit a 6-1/ 2- year closing high on Wednesday, as bets on property stocks and positive corporate news also buoyed sentiment.

  • TREASURIES-Long bond prices gain, ECB meeting in focus Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 21- Thirty-year bonds rallied on Wednesday and the yield curve flattened as investors anticipated Thursday's European Central Bank meeting, when the ECB is expected to announce purchases of government bonds to fight deflation and try to kickstart growth. The potential size of the program is seen at around 600 billion euros, according to a Reuters...

  • Volvo names new U.S. sales chief as sales decline Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    He will report to Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson. "Volvo is not only in the U.S. to stay, it is in the U.S. to prosper." Volvo faces an uphill battle in the U.S. market, the world's second largest behind China, given the product onslaught from the German luxury automakers BMW and Daimler's Mercedes, the renaissance at Toyota Motor Corp's Lexus brand and the turnaround efforts...

  • *Groundbreaking for single-family homes highest since March 2008. WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Groundbreaking for U.S. single-family homes rose in December to the highest level in more than 6-1/ 2 years and permits surged, in a hopeful sign for the sluggish housing market recovery. The Commerce Department said on Wednesday single-family housing starts, the largest part...

  • LONDON, Jan 21- The co-founder of Russian-owned Alpari said he had applied a year ago to wind up the parent company of its retail foreign exchange brokerage Alpari UK, fearing it was "doomed" long before the company's collapse from trading losses last week. The comments by Alpari's Andrey Dashin raise questions for UK regulators, already under pressure over how...

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open as IBM weighs Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday after a disappointing outlook from IBM and as investors reduced their exposure ahead of an upcoming European Central Bank meeting that could result in new stimulus. ExxonMobil Corp was up 0.7 percent to $91.70 before the bell.

  • DAVOS, Jan 21- Christophe Weber, chief operating officer of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., said on Wednesday he had been approached in connection with the vacant chief executive post at French drugs group Sanofi but decided to stay put. I just arrived and I'm not the kind of guy who would jump like that, "the French national told Reuters on the sidelines of the World...

  • Oil export losses to reach $300 billion in Middle East Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21- Losses from lower oil exports should sap up to $300 billion from economies in the Middle East and Central Asia this year, as countries in the region adjust to falling crude prices, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. Economies that are particularly dependent on oil exports, including Qatar, Iraq, Libya and Saudi Arabia, will be hit...

  • Jan 21- Netflix Inc's faster-than-expected rollout in overseas markets surprised many analysts, who scrambled to raise their price targets on the stock. The stock has been under pressure in recent months on fears of increased competition from Time Warner Inc's HBO, Amazon.com Inc and Hulu, as well as on-demand offerings from pay TV providers.

  • Deadly attacks could have lasting impact on Paris tourism Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Paris hotel occupancy rates down and still falling- MKG. PARIS, Jan 21- The deadly attacks in Paris earlier this month could have a lasting impact on tourism if anti- France protests that have swept the Muslim world lead wealthy Arabs to shun the city. But hospitality research firm MKG Group fears a longer-term impact in Paris after satirical magazine Charlie...

  • Brewing goliaths struggle to fit in at craft beer party Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:48 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ BRUSSELS, Jan 21- At Top Hops on Manhattan's hip Lower East Side, drinkers can choose from 20 beers on tap from Dark Penance to Devil Dancer and over 600 more in bottles. The bar is tapping into the surge in demand for craft beers and finds only the occasional customer opting for Budweiser or other brands of the two major brewers Anheuser-Busch InBev and...

  • CRUDE FUTURES RALLY AHEAD OF EXPECTED EUROPEAN CENTRAL BANK STATEMENT.

  • *Strongest public criticism of OPEC by Oman so far. Oman is a small non- OPEC oil exporter which lacks the huge financial reserves that its Gulf neighbors can use to ride out low energy prices. Iran and Venezuela have already complained bitterly about OPEC policy but Oman, a diplomatic ally of key OPEC states such as Saudi Arabia, had previously held back.

  • VENIZELOS CALLS ON EUROPEAN LEADERS NOT TO INTERVENE IN GREEK ELECTIONS, RESPECT SOVEREIGNTY OF GREEK PEOPLE.

  • U.S. single-family starts hit 6-1/2-year high in December Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Jan 21- U.S. housing starts rose more than expected in December as groundbreaking for single-family homes hit its highest level in more than 6-1/ 2 years, in a hopeful sign for the sluggish housing market recovery. Starts increased 4.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual pace of 1.09 million units, the Commerce Department said on Wednesday.