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  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- Investors and bankers have been lamenting the potential death of large cross-border healthcare mergers since the U.S. Treasury Department announced in late September that it would curtail the tax breaks from international deals designed to give U.S. companies a legal home in a low-tax country. Now many bankers and investors expect companies...

  • Amazon launches a speaker you can talk to Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 2:23 PM ET

    Amazon.com Inc has launched "Amazon Echo," a speaker you leave on all day and give it voice directions, like Siri on an Apple Inc iPhone. As well as taking commands such as "play music by Bruno Mars" or "add gelato to my shopping list," Amazon said the device accesses the internet to answer questions such as "when is Thanksgiving?" Amazon said the speaker, which runs on Amazon...

  • Nov 6- Hospira Inc reported a quarterly profit that handily beat analysts' estimates as the company raised prices and sold more of its injectable drugs. Hospira's shares rose as much as 9.2 percent to a more than three-year high of $57.99 on Thursday. Hospira challenged the decision but lost the case.

  • Nov 6- Cablevision Systems Corp's video subscriber losses doubled in the third quarter as customers opted for lower priced bundled TV and internet services from telecom companies. Shares of Cablevision were down marginally on Thursday afternoon after falling as much as 4 percent. "Verizon has been Cablevision's primary competitor and has been pretty...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 6- The controversial patent assertion company MPHJ Technology Investments has reached an agreement with U.S. authorities barring it from using phony legal threats to demand patent licensing fees from small businesses, the Federal Trade Commission said on Thursday. "A patent is not a license to engage in deception," said Jessica Rich, director of...

  • SUN LIFE CEO SAYS PRIORITY IN ASIA IS GROWING IN EXISTING MARKETS, BUT ENTERING THAILAND, SINGAPORE OF INTEREST.

  • SUN LIFE CEO SAYS STILL VERY FLEXIBLE ON DEPLOYING CAPITAL GIVEN C $1.7 BLN OF CASH AT HOLDING COMPANY.

  • SUN LIFE CEO SAYS WOULD LIKE TO IMPLEMENT A SHARE BUYBACK PROGRAM EACH YEAR.

  • INTERVIEW- SUN LIFE CEO SAYS LOOKING AT MANY ACQUISITION OPPORTUNITIES, BUT DEMAND DRIVING UP PRICES AT THIS POINT IN CYCLE.

  • TORONTO, Nov 6- Singapore and Thailand are the two Asian countries that Sun Life Financial Inc would be most interested in expanding into, though its priority in the region is growing within existing markets, its chief executive said on Thursday. Sun Life, Canada's No. 3 life insurer, already operates in mainland China and Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Malaysia,...

  • Falling rouble may still be overvalued Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    LONDON, Nov 6- The rouble may have plunged 25 percent against the dollar so far this year, but some currency traders are betting on a further 10 percent drop in 2015 on the grounds that the currency is still expensive once trade and inflation are factored in. Russia's currency is on course for its biggest weekly loss since early 2009 after the central bank decided to...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 6- A number of high-profile brokers have left Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch wealth management unit in recent weeks, and top executives at the company have grown concerned enough to ask business head John Thiel to explain the departures, three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The brothers had been with Merrill Lynch for decades,...

  • *Eurogroup chief calls on Germany to do more. BERLIN, Nov 6- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble announced 10 billion euros in additional public investments on Thursday but said Berlin would only splash out more money once it had achieved its goal of balancing the federal budget next year. Germany is under intense pressure from some of its European...

  • PARIS, Nov 6- The French government and the top private shareholder in Thales, Europe's largest defence electronics firm, are split over how to pick a successor to departing Chief Executive Jean-Bernard Levy, people familiar with the matter said. External candidates include Antoine Bouvier, chief executive for the past seven years at MBDA, a missile maker owned...

  • HANGZHOU, China, Nov 6- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper arrived in China on Thursday, facing the delicate task of improving economic ties with a major trading partner without sparking voter backlash or a revolt within his own party a year ahead of an election. The stakes are high for Harper, who last went to China in February 2012 and ended a successful visit...

  • *European stocks finish slightly higher; Wall Street flat ECB's Draghi promises more easing. NEW YORK, Nov 6- The euro slumped to a two-year low and European government bond yields dipped on Thursday after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi reiterated plans to revive the struggling euro zone economy by increasing the ECB's balance sheet.

  • Nov 6- Genworth Financial Inc lost more than a third of its market value after the life and mortgage insurer said a turnaround in its long-term care business would take longer than expected and posted a surprise quarterly loss. Shares of Genworth, the largest long-term care insurer in the United States, fell as much as 38 percent, wiping out about $2.7 billion of...

  • US STOCKS-Dow, S&P hit records in volatile trading Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    *Genworth and Qualcomm slump following results. *Whole Foods rallies in bright spot for market. NEW YORK, Nov 6- U.S. stocks edged up in a volatile session on Thursday as an indication that Europe would step in with additional stimulus in the case of weak economic conditions boosted cyclical shares, though some lackluster tech results kept a lid on gains.

  • Investment firms including George Soros's Quantum Partners, Knighthead Master Fund and Hayman Capital, have filed a lawsuit in the UK asking the court to declare that the interest payments are subject to English law and that any attempt by a foreign court to modify contracts governing them would be ineffective. Although defendant Bank of New York Mellon Corp...

  • Dovish Draghi helps European stocks end higher Thursday, 6 Nov 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    *Credit Agricole CEO raps France's lack of' clear vision'. PARIS/ LONDON, Nov 6- European shares pared early losses and ended higher on Thursday after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the bank's governing council was unanimous in its commitment to using additional unconventional measures if needed. "He's still suggesting that QE is on the table,"...