WASHINGTON, July 28- Nasdaq OMX's chief urged U.S. regulators on Monday to re-examine the pricing model that stock exchanges use to attract trading, joining the debate about a fee-based incentive for traders that has come under scrutiny in recent months. New Jersey Republican Representative Scott Garrett to explore potential equity market reforms.» Read More
*Mounting tensions in Ukraine keep risk appetite in check. LONDON, Feb 28- Oil dropped below $109 a barrel on Friday as tension in Ukraine dampened risk appetite and easing winter weather prompted expectations of weaker demand.
*Offers C $17.75 per Mega Brands share, premium of 36 pct. Feb 28- Mattel Inc, the world's No. 1 toymaker, said it agreed to buy Canada's Mega Brands Inc for about $460 million, including debt, to expand its construction and arts and crafts offerings.
*Euro tops $1.38 for first time this year. LONDON, Feb 28- European stocks reversed course and fell on Friday, and the euro rose to its highest level this year after an unchanged reading of euro zone inflation cooled growing expectations the European Central Bank could ease monetary policy as early as next week.
LONDON, Feb 28- Gold steadied around $1,330 an ounce on Friday and was on track for its biggest monthly gain in seven as persistent concerns about a slowdown in the U.S. economy hurt the dollar.
ATHENS, Feb 28- Free-trade talks between the United States and the European Union are in danger of being derailed by populist groups opposing everything from globalisation to multinationals, EU ministers and business leaders said on Friday.
ZURICH, Feb 28- The Swiss government ordered the freezing of the assets of 20 Ukrainians, including ousted president Viktor Yanukovich and his son Oleksander, Switzerland's financial markets authority FINMA said in a statement on Friday. The government published a list of the 20 people concerned on its website.
Feb 28- Toy company Mattel Inc said it offered to buy Canada's Mega Brands Inc for about $460 million, including debt. Mattel will pay C $17.75 per Mega Brands share, representing a premium of 36 percent to the stock's close on Thursday. Mega Brands makes construction toys, games and puzzles and arts and crafts.
LONDON, Feb 28- Russia's rouble stayed near five-year lows to the dollar on Friday, hit by fears about instability in neighbouring Crimea, but Ukraine's hryvnia rebounded, trading 5-10 percent firmer on hopes of an IMF loan.
SWISS POLICE RAID GENEVA OFFICES OF YANUKOVICH FIRM IN MONEY-LAUDERING PROBE- GENEVA JUSTICE MINISTRY.
*Will invest jointly with Canada's OMERS, Japan's DBJ. TOKYO, Feb 28- Japan's public pension fund, the world's largest, reported a 4.73 percent return on investments in the October-December quarter, thanks to gains in Japanese stocks and an increase in the value of its foreign assets due to a weaker yen.
*Freeport McMoran says Indonesia unit may have to call force majeure. LONDON, Feb 28- Copper dipped on Friday and looked set to close flat on the month on lingering worries over a slowdown in China though soothing comments by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen limited losses.
LONDON, Feb 28- European shares dipped on Friday as euro zone inflation data came in above expectations, which investors said could lessen the prospect of new monetary stimulus measures from the European Central Bank.
GENEVA PROSECUTOR SAYS OPENS MONEY LAUNDERING PROBE INTO VICTOR AND ALEXANDER YANUKOVICH.
Chief executive Mark Karpeles, bowing in contrition and wearing a suit instead of his customary T-shirt, apologised in Japanese at a news conference for the company's collapse, blaming "a weakness in our system."
BRUSSELS, Feb 28- Euro zone inflation stabilised in what the European Central Bank has called the "danger zone" in February, data showed on Friday, while unemployment remained stuck near record highs ahead of an ECB policy meeting next week.
*Purchase may also signal China's goal to build a global trading firm. SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Feb 28- China's biggest grains trader COFCO Corp said it is buying a 51 percent stake in Dutch peer Nidera, in a deal that will give the world's most populous country direct access to South American grain and oilseed supplies.
KIEV, Feb 28- Ukraine hopes to receive international financial aid soon and is determined to fulfil all the conditions needed to secure support from the International Monetary Fund, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday.
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine, Feb 28- Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine's government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, raising tension between Moscow and the West.
SHANGHAI, Feb 28- China's central bank delivered two major surprises to investors this week: it engineered a sharp decline in the yuan against the dollar and at the same time relaxed its tight grip on money markets that had kept interest rates firm.