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  • MOSCOW, Feb 3- Russian Central Bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina said on Tuesday that Rosneft's bond placement worth 625 billion roubles in December was "non-transparent". "I think that Rosneft deal was non-transparent, unclear to the market and was an additional factor of volatility in the market. But not the main one, "she told the Russian edition of Forbes...

  • *Staples, Office Depot in advanced merger talks- WSJ. A source told Reuters that Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, in London to reassure private investors he was not seeking a showdown with Brussels over a new debt agreement, said the new left-wing government would spare privately held bonds from losses. Shares of offshore contract driller Transocean...

  • HCA posts higher Q4 profit as admissions rise Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:41 AM ET

    Feb 3- HCA Holdings Inc, the largest U.S. hospital operator, reported a higher quarterly profit as it benefited from an increase in admissions and emergency room visits. The company said net income attributable to shareholders rose to $527 million, or $1.19 per share, in fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $424 million, or 92 cents a share, a year earlier.

  • TULA, Russia, Feb 3- Russian banks' cost of financing and loan-loss provisioning jumped last year, hurting their profits and eroding their capital as their access to Western markets was restricted due to sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis. Analysts say that the pressure on banks could increase this year, as the Russian economy is expected to contract by at...

  • LONDON, Feb 3- Gold prices surrendered early gains to turn lower on Tuesday as news that the Greek government had dropped calls for a write-off of its foreign debt sharpened risk appetite, sparking a rally in stock markets. Spot gold was down 0.5 percent at $1,268.90 an ounce by 1321 GMT, off an earlier high of $1,284.10. "repositioning away from safe havens,"...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 3- U.S. agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland Co on Tuesday reported higher quarterly earnings as a record-large U.S. harvest boosted grain volumes and supported strong exports, though revenue fell short of expectations. Good oilseed crush margins in North America and Europe underpinned ADM's soybean processing results, but that was offset by...

  • Feb 3 (Reuters)- National Oilwell Varco Inc, the largest U.S. oilfield equipment provider, warned of a challenging market in 2015 after orders in its rig technology business plunged nearly 90 percent in the fourth quarter. Orders in the business, which makes rigs and drilling components, fell to $470 million from $3.61 billion in the quarter ended Dec. 31, from a year...

  • Hardliner takes helm of France's CGT union Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:35 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- France's powerful CGT trade union elected hardliner Philippe Martinez as its new chief on Tuesday in a shift that could make it harder for President Francois Hollande to win its assent to economic reforms. Hollande wants to push through changes aimed at creating more flexibility in France's rigid labor market and deregulating certain sectors,...

  • Broadcasting revenue boosts Gannett profit Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:30 AM ET

    Feb 3- Gannett Co, publisher of USA Today, reported a 24 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher spending on political advertising and increased TV retransmission revenue. Net income attributable to Gannett rose to $676 million, or $2.92 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 28 from $90.7 million, or 39 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • PARIS, Feb 3- A United Nations agency may press on Tuesday for rapid adoption of new aircraft tracking proposals, weeks ahead of the anniversary of the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, officials said. The International Civil Aviation Organization is expected to tell a safety conference in Montreal that new guidelines should come in force as...

  • Feb 3- McGraw Hill Financial Inc and its Standard& Poor Ratings Services unit have reached a $1.38 billion settlement with the U.S. government and several states over ratings of mortgage-backed securities that went sour in the runup to the 2008 financial crisis. McGraw Hill said it would pay $687.5 million to the U.S. Department of Justice and $687.5 million to...

  • DETROIT, Feb 3- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' U.S. arm said January car sales rose 14 percent to 145,007 vehicles, topping analysts' expectations on the continued strength of utility vehicles and full-size pickups. FCA US on Tuesday reported its best January since 2007 and well above last year's mark of 127,183.. All five of the U.S. brands had year-to-year increases,...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 3- Russia's Finance Ministry said on Tuesday it would auction 10 billion roubles' worth of OFZ treasury bonds on Wednesday. The ministry said in a statement that it was auctioning bonds from a new series, with a maturity date in December 2017. The ministry has been forced to cancel most of its bond auctions in recent months due to unfavorable market...

  • Arch Coal reports smaller loss, suspends dividend Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    Feb 3- U.S. miner Arch Coal Inc reported a smaller quarterly loss, but suspended its annual dividend, citing weak coal prices. Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal miner, slashed its quarterly dividend last week on expectations that prices of natural gas would stay low in 2015, keeping a lid on demand for coal. Arch Coal's net loss shrank to $240.1 million, or...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 3- The Russian central bank is considering further relaxing regulation of the banking sector to ease burden on banks pressured by Western sanctions and an economic slowdown, a first deputy governor of the central bank said on Tuesday. Alexei Simanovsky, the first deputy governor, told journalists that the bank was considering temporarily relaxing...

  • Feb 3- Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental diabetes drug was effective in reducing the body weight and blood sugar in patients with type 2 diabetes. The drug, ISIS-PTP1B, was tested against a placebo in a mid-stage study comprising 92 type 2 diabetes patients with uncontrolled blood sugar, despite treatment. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition...

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SAYS CONSIDERS FURTHER RELAXATION OF BANKING SECTOR TO EASE BURDEN ON BANKS PRESSURED BY WESTERN SANCTIONS, ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN.

  • JERUSALEM, Feb 3- Israeli voters' security concerns have boosted Benjamin Netanyahu's popularity in the past month, helping him to skirt criticism of a widened rift with the White House as he aims for a fourth election success. The same monthly opinion poll, conducted on Sunday and published in the left-wing Haaretz daily, forecast Netanyahu's right-wing Likud...

  • Feb 3- Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, which makes fuselages for Boeing Co, reported a 5 percent rise in quarterly revenue as the world's largest planemaker bumped up production. The company's net loss narrowed to $106.2 million or 77 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $586.9 million, or $4.15 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $1.57...

  • Feb 3- Wendy's Co, the No. 3 U.S. hamburger chain by sales, said it would sell about 500 restaurants to franchisees and reduce company ownership of its outlets to about 5 percent by mid-2016. Wendy's, like market leader McDonald's Corp, has been struggling in an increasingly competitive fast-food market, losing out to casual dining restaurants such as Chipotle...