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  • *Ukraine accuses Russia of sending column of tanks across border. The Ukrainian military accused Russia of sending 32 tanks and truckloads of troops across the border, which if true would signal an end to the lull in violence between the two countries. "There's not been a single supply disruption from the Ukraine situation in the past four, five months, though this...

  • LONDON, Nov 7- The London Metal Exchange on Friday launched consultations on proposed changes to rules governing physical delivery and its global network of storage warehouses. The LME, the world's oldest and biggest market for industrial metals which is now owned by Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd, oversees warehouses where companies that buy metals on...

  • PARIS, Nov 7- The International Monetary Fund and the United States encouraged the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan toward greater monetary stimulus on Friday and urged governments around the world to do their share to encourage growth in their countries. Calling the world economy "fragile, brittle and fragmented", IMF Managing Director Christian...

  • OEP, which is 50 percent owned by JP Morgan, has received several expressions of interest from rival buyout groups such as CVC, Cinven, Permira and EQT valuing Constantia at about 2 billion euros, they added. JP Morgan has been retained as an adviser to manage the sale of the maker of aluminium foil, paper and plastic-film packaging and labels for the food,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- The dollar slipped and global equity markets were mostly flat on Friday after a solid but below-expectations U.S. jobs report for October took the edge off a months-long rally in both the greenback and stocks. Wall Street was mixed in a narrow range, and MSCI's all-country world index, a gauge of stock performance in 45 countries, was flat at 418.20.

  • LONDON, Nov 7- Iraqi Kurdistan has sold 34.5 million barrels of oil worth almost $3 billion since January, the Kurdistan Regional Government said, despite opposition from the federal government to independent oil sales from the region. Companies producing oil in the semi-autonomous region include the UK's Genel Energy, Gulf Keystone Petroleum and Afren, and...

  • *Dow, S&P 500 coming off record closing highs. NEW YORK, Nov 7- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, though the Dow and S&P 500 still inched up to new records as the October payroll report pointed to economic resilience in the face of slowing global demand. "It's hard to not bet on the economy, with the fundamentals looking like a full house: earnings are rock solid,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- The Vanguard Group was the latest U.S. asset manager to post record monthly inflows into its bond funds for October, benefiting from an exit of funds from rival Pacific Investment Management Co. after the departure of its co-founder Bill Gross. BlackRock Inc's bond funds posted record monthly inflows of $5.2 billion in October, the most investors...

  • IMF's Lagarde calls for rethink of EU fiscal goals Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 11:48 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 7- International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde called on Friday for a reset of the European Union's fiscal targets to take into account the debt levels of its member countries.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- U.S. Those expectations were dashed after the Labor Department reported a 214,000 job increase last month, below the 231,000 increase forecast by economists polled by Reuters. These soft spots in the latest jobs report, underpinned by expectations of further policy easing from the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan to help their...

  • BOSTON, Nov 6- Welcome back "Big Oil." The strong balance sheets and diversified global operations of majors like Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and BP plc, have sheltered index funds and some active portfolio managers from the worst of a volatile ride on energy markets, where oil prices have plunged 21 percent since early August. The $33 billion Ivy Asset Strategy...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 7- U.S. community banks and vendors providing services to them should expect more stringent exams to ensure they have adequate defenses against computer hackers, a top U.S. regulator said on Friday. Smaller banks are particularly vulnerable through outside vendors on whom they often rely for expertise and technology support, Comptroller of the...

  • LONDON, Nov 7- Iraqi Kurdistan has sold 34.5 million barrels of oil with a value of almost $3 billion since January, the Kurdistan Regional Government said, despite opposition from the federal government to independent oil sales from the region. The KRG said in a statement on Friday that the proceeds of the $2.87 billion sales were being treated as part of what it...

  • BOSTON, Nov 7- Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc can pay "substantially" more for Allergan Inc and should get a fair shot at buying it, William Ackman, the Botox maker's biggest shareholder, said on Friday. Ackman wrote to Allergan's board the day after the company said it was discussing a merger with another company, widely reported to be Actavis, to fend...

  • Humana says profit fell on investments, drug costs Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    Humana said that profit fell as it invested in the Obamacare health exchanges and health contracts, and paid for costly hepatitis C treatments.

  • UPDATE 1-Freshpet whets investor appetite in debut Friday, 7 Nov 2014 | 11:09 AM ET

    New Jersey- based Freshpet, valued at about $644 million at the day's high, is aiming to grab a bigger share of the U.S. pet care industry, estimated to be worth nearly $59 billion this year. Freshpet is unique in that it sells cat and dog food fresh, rather than in cans, using refrigerators installed in retailers such as PetSmart Inc, Petco and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 7- As the prospect of a global glut of oil sends shares of once-booming U.S. energy companies lower, some fund managers see value in pipeline and refinery companies, whose fortunes are tied more to the volume of oil than to its price. "They're like toll roads," said ClearBridge Investments' Chris Eades, who oversees about $8 billion in energy strategies at...

  • LAGOS, Nov 7- Nigeria's central bank has vowed to defend the naira, despite a drop in oil prices which has unnerved foreign investors and sent its stock and bond markets into a tailspin, Deputy Governor Sarah Alade told Reuters on Friday. The currency closed at 165.90 naira following the central bank's intervention, after weakening to 173.05 naira intraday...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 7- Two Democratic lawmakers on Friday called for the U.S. Justice Department to examine whether air bag-maker Takata broke the law, as authorities study the dangers of the safety device that is now part of a sweeping recall. The statement comes a day after the New York Times reported that officials with Takata Corp examined air bag dangers in 2004...

  • *ArcelorMittal gains after results beat forecasts. PARIS, Nov 7- European shares lost ground on Friday as pessimism over economic growth and loan demand in Europe hit bank stocks, while mixed U.S. jobs data did little to buoy investor sentiment. Equities had staged a short-lived rally on Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi reiterated plans...