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  • *China's yuan on track for fourth monthly loss. LONDON, April 30- The euro recovered and the currency bloc's government bonds retreated on Wednesday after euro zone inflation stayed just about strong enough to suggest the European Central Bank will take no action when it meets next week.

  • LONDON, April 30- Nickel is the only game in town right now among the base metals traded on the London Metal Exchange. Nickel is trading a strong fundamental story with Indonesia's ban on exports of nickel ore expected to turn the market from supply feast to supply famine in double-quick time.

  • GENEVA, April 30- Guinea's President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday he would welcome a bid by Brazilian miner Vale for re-allocation of mining permits because it had not been involved in the corruption that led to their cancellation.

  • Hyatt reports higher revenue as business travel increases Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 6:47 AM ET

    April 30- Hyatt Hotels Corp reported a 10 percent rise in quarterly revenue as growth in business travel in North America boosted both occupancy and room rates. Net income attributable to Hyatt rose to $56 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter, from $8 million, or 5 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • MUMBAI, April 30- An Indian court has temporarily halted generic drugmaker Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's $3.2 billion takeover of rival Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd until it decides on a petition for a probe into alleged insider trading.

  • April 30- WellPoint Inc, the second-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Wednesday that first-quarter profit fell, largely because of investment spending related to healthcare reform and the higher administrative costs of adding new commercial customers.

  • Ryanair buys five more Boeing 737-800 planes Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 6:38 AM ET

    DUBLIN, April 30- Low cost carrier Ryanair said on Wednesday it had agreed to buy five more Boeing 737-800 aircraft, taking its order book to 180 new Boeing planes worth over $16 billion. Ryanair, Europe's largest airline by passenger numbers, said four of the five planes would be delivered in the summer next year, with the fifth coming in Feb, 2016..

  • April 30- Exelon Corp, the largest U.S. nuclear power producer, said it would buy Pepco Holdings Inc for $6.83 billion to create the biggest electric and gas utility in the U.S. Exelon's $27.25 per share cash offer represents a near 20 percent premium to Pepco Holdings' Tuesday close of $22.79 on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • *Alstom says committee to review offer before end-May. *Alstom says would refocus on transport, repay debt. PARIS, April 30- Cash-strapped French engineering group Alstom said on Wednesday it would study a $16.9 billion offer from General Electric for its energy arm but left the door open for a rival bid from Germany's Siemens.

  • Carlyle profit falls as compensation costs rise Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    April 30- Private equity firm Carlyle Group LP reported an 18 percent fall in quarterly profit as compensation costs rose.

  • *Russian firms look to Chinese, Singapore bonds. LONDON/ HONG KONG April 30- Russian companies shut out of Western markets as a result of the Ukraine crisis are scouting the possibility of raising cash via Chinese or Singapore bonds instead, even if a large scale funding switch to Asia is likely to be a tall order.

  • OSLO, April 30- Oil services firm Aker Solutions said on Wednesday it would split into two, keeping its best assets in a streamlined firm under new management as the market sours for several of its top business segments.

  • April 30- Canadian oil and gas producer Cenovus Energy Inc reported a 44 percent rise in first-quarter profit, helped by increased production at its Christina Lake oil sands project in northern Alberta.

  • WellPoint says first-quarter profit fell on reform costs Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    April 30- WellPoint Inc, the second-largest U.S. health insurer, said on Wednesday that first-quarter profit fell, largely because of investment spending related to healthcare reform and the higher administrative costs of adding new commercial customers.

  • MILAN, April 30- Etihad Airways has signalled that it is ready to continue talks on a potential investment in Italy's troubled Alitalia but it refuses to budge on tough conditions on debt restructuring and job cuts, a source close to the talks said on Wednesday.

  • Exelon Corp to buy Pepco Holdings for $6.83 bln Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | 6:12 AM ET

    April 30- Nuclear power producer Exelon Corp said it would buy Pepco Holdings Inc for $6.83 billion to create the biggest Mid-Atlantic electric and gas utility.

  • BRUSSELS, April 30- Euro zone inflation rose in April, reducing chances the European Central Bank will act soon to ward off potential deflation, although it was below forecast and still within the ECB's "danger zone" of under 1 percent.

  • *Yuan has shed 3.3 pct against the dollar in 2014. SHANGHAI, April 30- China's yuan fell again on Wednesday, at one point touching an 18- month low, posting its fourth straight month of losses, which have erased of all of last year's gain. In Wednesday afternoon trading, the currency hit a trough of 6.2676 versus the dollar, weakest since 6.2756 touched on Oct. 16, 2012.

  • LONDON, April 30- Nickel prices inched higher on Wednesday, on track to post their biggest monthly gain in 19 months, on tight supplies from Indonesia and fears of sanctions on top refined producer Russia. Three month nickel on the London Metal Exchange rose 1 percent to $18,350 a tonne at 0927 GMT.

  • GENEVA, April 30- Guinea's President Alpha Conde said on Wednesday that he would strongly welcome a bid by Vale for re-allocation of mining permits, stating that the Brazilian miner had not been involved in the corruption that led to their cancellation.