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  • Feb 5- TMX Group Ltd, the owner of Canada's main stock exchange, reported a fourth-quarter profit that comfortably beat analysts' estimate as trading activity improved.

  • EU'S ALMUNIA SAYS WILL NOT MARKET TEST GOOGLE'S LATEST ANTITRUST OFFER.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 5- Google has offered further concessions to address regulatory concerns about its search technology, the European Commission said on Wednesday, effectively settling a three-year investigation and avoiding a fine of up to $5 billion.

  • Feb 5- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss as it took a $243 million charge to set aside financial reserves for a group of long-term care policies that it no longer sells. Besides health plans, Humana also provides dental, vision.

  • "Time is on our side", says EU in showdown over Ukraine Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:28 AM ET

    *EU sets out its case for drawing in Ukraine, says offer remains. *Message underlines Europe's battle of ideals with Russia. BRUSSELS, Feb 5- If there is a consistent message the European Union has tried to send since Ukraine rejected a trade deal last November in favour of stronger ties with Moscow, it is that it does not want to end up in a tug-of-war with Russia.

  • Time Warner revenue beats estimates Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:27 AM ET

    Feb 5- Time Warner Inc reported a better-than-expected 5 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by growth in its Warner Bros movie studio business and premium TV service Home Box Office. Revenue rose to $8.56 billion in the fourth quarter, from $8.16 billion a year earlier.

  • GOOGLE HAS OFFERED TO DISPLAY LINKS TO THREE RIVAL SITES TOGETHER WITH ITS OWN SERVICES IN SEARCH RESULTS.

  • EU COMMISSION SAYS GOOGLE HAS PROVIDED IMPROVED CONCESSIONS TO SETTLE EU ANTITRUST CASE.

  • EU COMMISSION SAYS GOOGLE'S LATEST PROPOSALS ADDRESS REGULATORY CONCERNS THAT IT BLOCKS RIVALS' SEARCH RESULTS.

  • Google improves antitrust offer, EU says deal in sight Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 5- Google has offered further concessions to address regulatory concerns about its search results, the European Commission said on Wednesday, taking the company a step closer to settling a three-year investigation and prevent a fine of up to $5 billion.

  • EU COMMISSION SAYS WILL MAKE FINAL DECISION AFTER RECEIVING FEEDBACK FROM GOOGLE CRITICS.

  • Toronto Stock Exchange owner profit rises Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:23 AM ET

    Feb 5- TMX Group Ltd, the owner of Canada's main stock exchange, reported a 27 percent rise in fourth-quarter net profit as trading activity gained momentum. Net profit attributable to the company's equity holders rose to C $41.4 million, or 77 Canadian cents per share, from C $32.6 million, or 61 Canadian cents per share.

  • *Copper stocks in LME warehouses drop further to 311,225 T. *China markets closed until Friday. LONDON, Feb 5- Copper prices rose on Wednesday, rebounding from two-month lows hit in the previous session, boosted by encouraging factory orders data from the United States overnight and limited short-term availability of the metal in the physical market.

  • LONDON, Feb 5- The euro zone's private sector logged its busiest month in 2-1/ 2 years in January but firms slashed prices, which could fan fears of deflation before a policy decision from the European Central Bank, surveys showed on Wednesday.

  • Humana reports fourth-quarter loss due to charge Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:13 AM ET

    Feb 5- U.S. health insurer Humana Inc on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss as it took a 99- cent- per-share charge to set aside financial reserves for a group of long-term care insurance policies that it no longer sells. Besides health plans, Humana also provides dental, vision.

  • Feb 5- IT services firm Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp reported higher quarterly revenue, helped by a 22 percent rise in revenue from its financial services business. Cognizant's net income rose to $324.3 million, or $1.06 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $278.8 million, or 92 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • UPDATE 1-Christmas shopping tumbles in the euro zone Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 6:08 AM ET

    *Retail sales fall 1.0 percent in December yr-on-yr. *Sales also fall 1.6 percent compared to November. *Falling demand raises concerns about deflation.

  • BANGKOK, Feb 5- Thailand's fiery protest leader denounced the government's battered rice-buying scheme as corrupt and the prime minister leapt to its defence on Wednesday, days after an election did nothing to restore stability in the divided country.

  • DETROIT, Feb 5- Toyota Motor Corp cemented its lead in an annual survey of consumer perceptions of car brands released on Wednesday, while Tesla Motors Inc shot up the ranks on the strength of the design and crash-test performance of its Model S electric car.

  • *Gold holds in narrowest range since Christmas Day. LONDON, Feb 5- Gold firmed on Tuesday as some investors bought back into bullion-backed funds, but uncertainly ahead of U.S. jobs data and a lack of Asian demand during the Lunar New Year break kept the metal in its tightest range in six weeks.