*Ukraine tension eases but Gaza worries keep investors risk averse- analysts. TOKYO, July 23- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Wednesday morning as investors avoided risk due to geopolitical concerns in the Gaza Strip, which offset upbeat sentiment from gains in U.S. and European markets overnight.» Read More
As one of the world's largest makers of consumer food products, the Minneapolis- based company has hefty buying power in the marketplace for corn, soy, sugar, oats, and other commodities needed for its packaged food products.
*FTSEurofirst 300 off 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Analysts see near-term Euro STOXX 50 drop to 3,063. The euro zone's blue-chip Euro STOXX 50 was down 0.2 percent at 3,112.81 points by 1559 GMT, consolidating further after a slight drop in the previous session.
Feb 18- Shares of Prana Biotechnology Ltd rose as much as 31 percent after the company said its experimental brain disorder drug improved cognitive function in a study on patients with Huntington's disease. "In a small trial, you don't expect to hit statistical significance on a secondary endpoint of efficacy," MLV& Co analyst Graig Suvannavejh told Reuters.
TORONTO, Feb 18- BlackBerry shares rose more than 6 percent in early trading on Tuesday after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smartphone maker and technology company.
Foreigners sold long-dated U.S. securities for a second month in December, selling almost all asset classes except Treasurys, data showed.
NEW YORK, Feb 18- Stock markets around the world edged higher in volatile trading on Tuesday following a fresh round of stimulus from the Bank of Japan, though gains were limited by some tepid data following a recent rally.
SAO PAULO, Feb 18- Vale SA, the world's largest iron ore producer, will move forward with a planned offering of 10- year, U.S. dollar-denominated global bonds during the first half of the year, a source with direct knowledge of the transaction said.
NEW YORK, Feb 18- Boeing Co said it would locate a new factory for building the wings of its forthcoming 777 X jet in Everett, Washington, where it currently builds 777 jetliners. It marks a departure from the large-scale outsourcing to overseas suppliers that caused significant delay on Boeing's 787 jet.
BUENOS AIRES, 18 Feb- Argentine state-run oil company YPF said Tuesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding for Malaysian energy company Petronas to invest in its massive Vaca Muerte shale formation.
NEW YORK, Feb 18- Foreigners sold long-dated U.S. securities for a second straight month in December, selling almost all asset classes except Treasuries, data from the U.S. Treasuries posted a net inflow of $17.9 billion in the month after sales of $127 million in November.
*Forest Labs surges after Actavis confirms acquisition. NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday after Wall Street's biggest gain of the year as disappointing economic reports weighed on investor sentiment.
NEW YORK, Feb 18- U.S. Treasury yields held in tight ranges on Tuesday, hemmed in as a weaker-than-expected regional manufacturing report and the biggest ever one-month decline in homebuilder confidence nibbled away at confidence in the strength of the U.S. economic recovery.
RIO DE JANEIRO/ LONDON, Feb 18- Emerging market stocks dipped on Tuesday, led by a drop in Chinese shares, while a fresh outbreak of violence drove Ukraine's currency towards five-year lows and weighed on its bond prices.
*Nowotny says possible low inflation will "self correct". LONDON, Feb 18- Low euro zone inflation and the strong euro could both start to self-correct this year without necessarily requiring any action from the European Central Bank, one its policymakers Ewald Nowotny said on Tuesday.
*Peugeot and Dongfeng to announce tie-up- sources. PARIS, Feb 18- PSA Peugeot Citroen and China's Dongfeng have agreed a 3 billion euro capital tie-up that buys the French carmaker more time to turn its business around, brings in new management and ends two centuries of family control.
LONDON, Feb 18- Oil rose towards $110 a barrel to its highest in almost seven weeks on Tuesday, supported by a weaker dollar, cold weather in the United States and renewed concern about threats to supply in the Middle East and Africa.
*China's central bank drains $7.9 bln from the market. *Alcoa to shut Port Henry aluminium smelter in Australia. LONDON, Feb 18- Copper was steady on Tuesday as support from a weak dollar offset concerns about short-term demand in China after its central bank moved to tighten the money supply.
Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than the company expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down as much as 4 percent. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States, as people reach for healthier options.
STOCKHOLM, Feb 18- King, the Swedish firm behind hit mobile phone game Candy Crush Saga, is planning a U.S. stock market debut which some analysts think could value it at more than $5 billion and herald a flurry of technology company listings this year.
Feb 18- Medtronic Inc on Tuesday reported a lower quarterly net profit after it took charges for an experimental blood pressure device that failed to prove effective in a clinical study. Medtronic shares fell 2.3 percent to $55.56 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.