*Shrinking factory activity in China limits oil demand growth. LONDON, May 24- Oil was poised to post its biggest weekly loss in more than a month, with Brent edging down towards $102 per barrel on Friday- pressured by ample supply and a sluggish economic recovery that could dent demand for fuel.» Read More
*Lew, 57, appears likely to win Senate confirmation. Lew will succeed Timothy Geithner and take the lead on difficult negotiations with Congress on how to cut the nation's massive debt and rein in spending- a central challenge for Obama's second term. He appears likely to win Senate confirmation.
Jan 10- A storm moving up the Mississippi River valley will help replenish the river, low in parts from drought, and ease concerns that shipping could be halted along a shallow stretch from St. Louis to Cairo, Illinois. Colin Fogarty, public affairs officer for the Coast Guard's upper Mississippi River sector that covers the Cairo area and northward.
*Nasdaq OMX has said would "take a look" at Euronext. LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Jan 10- I ntercontinentalExchange would consider selling Euronext as an alternative to floating it if bids for the European stock market emerge during ICE's planned $8.2 billion takeover of NYSE Euronext, three sources close to the exchange said.
President Barack Obama joked on Thursday that he considered taking back his offer to make White House chief of staff Jack Lew his next Treasury secretary after seeing- thanks to media reports- his loopy, illegible signature.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan 10- In a dramatic about-face, Florida's health agency now says the cost to state taxpayers of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law would be barely more than a tenth of its original estimate.
NEW YORK, Jan 10- Prices for U.S. The ECB "brought a great bit of selling and renewed bear steepening into the market through all the morning, and that was the guiding thought," said Jim Vogel, interest rate strategist at FTN Financial in Memphis, Tennessee.
Los Angeles, Jan 10- News Corp's 20th Century Fox received 31 Oscar nods on Thursday, taking the lead among studios in nominations for the 85th annual Academy Awards next month, and positioning it for the box office bounce that films' selections often bring.
NEW YORK, Jan 10- Brent crude futures edged up on Thursday as supportive Chinese trade data fanned expectations for improving demand, while news that Saudi Arabia has cut oil production in the previous two months also helped lift oil prices.
NEW YORK, Jan 10- World stock prices rose to an eight-month high on Thursday and oil prices climbed as stronger-than-expected Chinese exports raised hopes of a more robust recovery for the global economy this year.
SACRAMENTO, Jan 10- California's budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosting total expenditures by 5 percent.
February crude rose 72 cents, or 0.77 percent, to settle at $93.82 a barrel, having traded from $93.08 to $94.70.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 10- Best Buy Co, the world's largest electronics retailer, said its online sales have increased in certain markets as arch rival Amazon.com Inc collects tax on purchases in more states.
*Communications gaffes blights French government. *Anti-business image overshadows pro-growth reforms. PARIS, Jan 10- On the campaign trail, Francois Hollande pleased working-class voters with promises of a super-tax on millionaires and sought to reassure foreign investors with commitments to restore public finances and revive French industry.
* "Second screen" coming into its own, developers ramp up efforts. LAS VEGAS, Jan 10- Television makers, networks and movie studios are embracing the tablet and developing original content and software to drive audience interaction and new advertising revenue after initially dismissing mobile devices as a distraction.
*Prospects for Africa's biggest economy deteriorated- Fitch. NEW YORK, Jan 10- Fitch Ratings on Thursday cut South Africa's sovereign credit rating to BBB from BBB-plus, citing rising social and political tensions and the inability of the government to implement effective reforms.
NEW YORK, Jan 10- Sirius XM Radio Inc's grip on U.S. drivers is under an increasing threat as the availability of Internet connections in more cars is helping Pandora Media Inc counter some of its rival's big selling points.
NEW YORK, Jan 10- The euro catapulted to an 18- month high versus the yen and hit a one-week peak against the dollar on Thursday after the European Central Bank gave no indication of cutting rates and as robust Chinese export data assuaged concerns about global growth.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 10- California's budget deficit is gone after years of financial troubles, Governor Jerry Brown said on Thursday, proposing a plan that raises spending on education and healthcare, boosts expenditures by 5 percent but vows to maintain fiscal discipline.
Jan 10- Herbalife Ltd executives defended the business as a "legitimate company" that has customers other than people who sign up to sell its nutrition products, stepping up its defense against pyramid scheme accusations by short seller Bill Ackman.
*Delays annual shareholder meeting until June 9. Jan 10- TV station operator Fisher Communications Inc, under pressure from billionaire investor Mario Gabelli, said it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a sale. Fisher shares jumped as much as 20 percent to $34.25, valuing the company at $304 million.