Jan 29- Property and casualty insurer Chubb Corp's quarterly operating profit rose 3.4 percent as premium income increased. The company's consolidated operating income rose to $544 million, or $2.29 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $526 million, or $2.07 per share, a year earlier. Chubb also approved a share buyback program of up to $1.3 billion.» Read More
BERNE, Sept 2- Switzerland is not doing enough to rid itself of ill-gotten funds, despite loosening its banking secrecy, and should now beef up its law against money laundering, an global corruption watchdog said on Tuesday.
COPENHAGEN, Sept 2- Novo Nordisk has launched its type 2 diabetes treatment Ryzodeg in Mexico, a combination drug that could reap the company billions in revenue in years to come.
*Took place in Eastern Province where minority Shi'ites live. DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 2- A small fire broke out on a gas pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after assailants shot at a police patrol, security and oil industry sources said, in an incident that may heighten concern about the vulnerability of Saudi energy infrastructure.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2- The Washington Post's owner, Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos, has named a former executive from rival Politico as publisher of the 137- year-old newspaper, replacing Katharine Weymouth. Frederick J. Ryan Jr. will lead the paper, the Washington Post said in a statement on Tuesday.
*Weak factory data in China, Europe stoke oil demand fears. NEW YORK, Sept 2- Brent crude oil futures fell to the lowest level in 15 months on Tuesday, pressured by the prospect of slowing oil demand growth in China and Europe, while a strong dollar and ample supplies pressured U.S. prices.
Sept 2- Software maker Compuware Corp, under pressure from investors for more than a year over its poor performance, agreed to be taken private by investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in a deal valued at about $2.5 billion.
LONDON, Sept 2- Global manufacturing growth accelerated last month as factory activity in the United States increased sharply although growth in new orders ticked lower, a survey showed on Tuesday.
CRUDE OIL FUTURES FALL $2 ON STRONG DOLLAR, AMPLE SUPPLY.
NEW YORK, Sept 2- The dollar jumped to its highest this year against the yen on Tuesday, lifted by strong U.S. economic data, while the euro slipped to a one-year low on speculation the European Central Bank will move toward looser monetary policy when it meets later this week.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Ukraine may need as much as $19 billion in additional funds from donors if its conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the eastern part of the country continues in 2015, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday.
BOLIVAR, Argentina, Sept 2- Grains powerhouse Argentina could increase soy, corn and wheat output by as much as a fifth if the president elected next year scraps export quotas, eases taxes and reverses other policies that have slowed investment, farmers and commodity traders say.
Brazil's oil industry may be large and growing, but little of what Rousseff promised when elected in 2010- or before then as energy minister or chairwoman of state-run energy giant Petrobras- has come to pass.
Dollar General sweetens Family Dollar bid, may go hostile. Dollar General Corp raises its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc to $9.1 billion, and warns it may turn hostile and appeal directly to shareholders if the new offer is rejected.
NEW YORK, Sept 2- U.S. Treasuries yields rose on Tuesday after traders took profits on uncertainty ahead of a highly anticipated European Central Bank meeting this week.
*Dollar breaks above 105 yen for first time since January. NEW YORK, Sept 2- The euro sagged on Tuesday to fresh one-year lows against the dollar on bets the European Central Bank will do more to help a wobbly euro zone economy, while the pound fell to a near five-month low versus the greenback on worries about a Scottish secession.
*Dollar General ups Family Dollar bid. *Markit factory activity expands in August. Financial data firm Markit said its final U.S.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2- Ukraine will not be able to meet all of its targets under a $17 billion IMF loan program due to the ongoing fighting in the country's eastern region and a gas dispute with Russia, the IMF said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2- U.S. manufacturing activity increased to its highest level in nearly 3-1/ 2 years in August and construction spending rebounded strongly in July, in further signs of vigor in the economy.
Sept 2- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said it would buy Prestige Cruises International Inc from its owner Apollo Global Management LLC in a $3 billion deal to expand its high-end luxury cruise offerings.
IMF SAYS TWO KEY RISKS FROM UKRAINE PROGRAM HAVE MATERIALIZED: INTENSIFIED CONFLICT IN EASTERN REGION AND ESCALATION OF KIEV'S GAS DISPUTE WITH GAZPROM.