*HSBC, Standard Chartered fear further tax hike. LONDON, May 6- Lack of a clear winner in Britain's national election on Thursday is likely to impact the appetite of businesses to borrow, senior bankers told Reuters. Both the Conservative Party, which has led a coalition government with the Liberal Democrats for the past five years, and the opposition Labour Party...» Read More
WASHINGTON, Dec 18- New York state plans to soften proposed rules for virtual currencies such as bitcoin, its banking regulator said on Thursday, after receiving a round of public comments. Start-up companies dealing in the budding technology could get a two-year partial waiver from complying with the full set of rules to help them continue their business, New...
LAWSKY SAYS BITCOIN RULES WILL ALLOW VIRTUAL CURRENCIES TO COUNT TOWARD LICENSEES' CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS.
*Wall Street on track for second day of strong gains. NEW YORK, Dec 18- Global equities markets rallied on Thursday, with Wall Street up more than 1 percent for a second straight day on what investors viewed as a favorable result from the Federal Reserve's most recent meeting. A Reuters poll of Wall Street dealers puts expectations for the first interest-rate...
Traders also cited a Bloomberg report that a port workers' union in Nigeria had ended its strike, potentially allowing crude oil shipments to resume out of the country.
TIPS breakeven rates slip before $15 bln auction. NEW YORK, Dec 18- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as Wall Street stock prices rose a day after U.S.
OIL PRICES DROP AFTER BLOOMBERG REPORT OF NIGERIA DOCKWORKERS UNION SUSPENDING STRIKE AT PORTS- TRADERS.
*Shares in GSK partner Agenus jump 10 percent. LONDON, Dec 18- An experimental shingles vaccine from GlaxoSmithKline has produced impressive results in a late-stage study, giving the group's expanding vaccine unit a potential $1 billion boost. The data suggests the British company's new shot could be a strong competitor for Merck& Co's established vaccine...
PIMCO SAYS FORMER FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN BEN BERNANKE PARTICIPATED AT FIRM'S CYCLICAL OUTLOOK FORUM LAST WEEK IN NEWPORT BEACH.
IVASCYN SAYS PIMCO REMAINS FAVORABLE ON EUROZONE PERIPHERAL BONDS; SEES POTENTIAL OUTPERFORMANCE IN EQUITY MARKETS IN JAPAN, EURO ZONE.
PIMCO SAYS BERNANKE' SUGGESTED THAT MONETARY POLICYMAKERS ARE LIKELY TO REMAIN DELIBERATE'; THEY WILL LOOK PAST DROP IN HEADLINE INFLATION IN U.S.
PIMCO'S GROUP CIO DAN IVASCYN SAYS TREASURY INFLATION-PROTECTED SECURITIES ARE' ATTRACTIVELY VALUED' GIVEN RECENT UNDERPERFORMANCE, SUGGESTS' UNDERWEIGHTING' INTEREST RATES.
PIMCO SAYS DECLINE IN OIL PRICES IS PREDOMINANTLY SUPPLY-DRIVEN; SAYS IMPROVED GLOBAL OUTLOOK DUE TO POSITIVE EFFECTS FOR ECONOMIES DUE TO SUPPLY-DRIVEN DROP IN OIL.
PIMCO EXPECTS GLOBAL GROWTH TO ACCELERATE IN 2015; SEES 2.5 TO 3 PCT WORLD GROWTH, 2.75 PCT TO 3.25 PCT GROWTH IN UNITED STATES.
PIMCO SAYS UPSIDE SURPRISES TO GROWTH LIKELY FOR CONSUMERS OF OIL- JAPAN, U.S., EUROZONE, CHINA, WILL BE NEGATIVE FOR BRAZIL, RUSSIA.
LONDON, Dec 18- European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 2.8 percent at 1,353.52 points, its biggest rise since...
LONDON, Dec 18- "If we consider the actual basis of this, how unreliable and transient it is, we soon realise that war is a flimsy structure that can easily collapse and bury us in its ruins." German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz was writing about the role of intelligence in warfare, but his insight about unreliable information is equally applicable to...
BRENT CRUDE OIL FUTURES TURN NEGATIVE, JOINING U.S.
MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia will provide state development bank Vneshekonombank with 30 billion roubles in additional capital, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday, part of measures to shield banks from Western economic sanctions. VEB is among a number of state banks sanctioned by the West over Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis, meaning its access to...
NEW YORK, Dec 18- Factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region grew at a slower pace in December, a survey showed on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank said its business activity index fell to 24.5 from 40.8 the month before. The survey covers factories in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey and Delaware.
FRANKFURT, Dec 18- The European Central Bank said on Thursday it would start publishing accounts of its monetary policy meetings next year, a move that will raise the ECB's transparency but still leave it behind other big central banks. The ECB will begin publishing the accounts of Governing Council discussions starting with the meeting on Jan. 22.