Jan 29- Scientific instruments maker PerkinElmer Inc on Thursday reported better-than-expected fourth quarter revenue and profit, helped by strong demand for its newborn screening tests in developing markets. PerkinElmer, which also sells environmental and food safety testing equipment, gets more than half of its revenue from sales outside the United...» Read More
IMF SAYS TWO KEY RISKS FROM UKRAINE PROGRAM HAVE MATERIALIZED: INTENSIFIED CONFLICT IN EASTERN REGION AND ESCALATION OF KIEV'S GAS DISPUTE WITH GAZPROM.
IMF SAYS ALLOWING SOME TEMPORARY DEVIATIONS FOR UKRAINE PROGRAM, BUT' COMPENSATORY MEASURES' NEEDED.
IMF SAYS SOME INITIAL PROGRAM TARGETS FOR UKRAINE' IN JEOPARDY,' SOME TARGETS FOR END-2014 ARE OUT OF REACH.
IMF SAYS ECONOMIC ACTIVITY IN EASTERN UKRAINE DECLINING MORE THAN IN REST OF THE COUNTRY.
IMF SAYS UKRAINE'S HRYVNIA CURRENCY REACHED MORE DEPRECIATED LEVEL THAN EXPECTED, INFLATION ON THE RISE.
IMF SAYS UKRAINE'S BANKING SECTOR COPING WITH LARGER THAN ANTICIPATED DEPOSIT OUTFLOWS.
*Bid target AstraZeneca falls; CEO says "back to normal". LONDON, Sept 2- European shares slipped on Tuesday as major healthcare stocks fell after drugmaker AstraZeneca tried to play down speculation about a new bid from Pfizer. A 1.8 percent fall at AstraZeneca took the most points off the index.
*Took place in Eastern Province where minority Shi'ite live. DUBAI/ RIYADH, Sept 2- A small fire erupted on a gas pipeline in eastern Saudi Arabia on Tuesday after assailants shot at a security patrol, security and oil industry sources said, in an incident that may heighten concern about the vulnerability of Saudi energy infrastructure.
LONDON/ MOSCOW, Sept 2- Russia has a little more than a year of breathing space if western sanctions stop it from selling new sovereign debt, and then the strain on state finances would start to bite, investors say.
WASHINGTON, Sept 2- U.S. construction spending rebounded strongly to hit its highest level in more than 5-1/ 2 years in July as private construction increased and state and local government outlays surged, in a further sign of vigor in the economy.
BERLIN, Sept 2- It is not yet certain Germany can refrain from any net new borrowing in 2015 as set down in its draft federal budget, a senior lawmaker from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats said on Tuesday.
Sept 2- Business software maker Compuware Corp agreed to be bought by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo LLC in a deal valued at about $2.5 billion.
*Europe shares edge higher after gains in Japan, China. Investors in Asia had been subdued, having been robbed of their usual U.S. lead-in overnight, but the mood in Europe had seemed brighter until fresh talk of sanctions on Russia and more soft producer prices data triggered a pullback.
NEW YORK, Sept 2- U.S. stocks opened flat on Tuesday after the S&P 500 closed out its best month since February, ahead of reports on the manufacturing sector.
JERUSALEM, Sept 2- Israel's longer-term credit rating depends on its defence costs and the frequency of military conflicts, but a bigger budget deficit expected for 2015 is unlikely to prompt a downgrade, Standard& Poor's said. The agency is due to issue an update on Israel's rating on Sept. 19, which coincides with the start of discussions on the 2015 budget.
Sept 2- Halliburton Co said it reached a $1.1 billion settlement for a majority of claims against the company for its role in the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.. The settlement, which includes legal fees, is subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Sept 2- Canada's Pembina Pipeline Corp said it would buy the Vantage pipeline system, gaining access to the prolific Bakken shale field in North Dakota. Vantage, a recently constructed pipeline system with a capacity of 40,000 barrels per day, originates in North Dakota and ends at Alberta.
BARCELONA, Sept 2- Though speculation is rife of a new Pfizer bid, AstraZeneca's chief executive is not holed up with advisers in London or New York. Strict British takeover rules limit what Soriot and other players can say about Pfizer's abortive attempt to buy AstraZeneca and the possibility of a resumption of talks.
*Compuware climbs in premarket; near deal to sell itself. *Exelixis tumbles after cancer drug fails study; to cut jobs. *Dollar General ups Family Dollar bid.