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  • March 23- Hospital operator Tenet Healthcare Corp said it would form a joint venture with United Surgical Partners International in a cash and debt transaction valued at $1.93 billion to be the largest provider of ambulatory surgery in the United States. Dallas- based USPI is controlled by private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson& Stowe.

  • MOSCOW, March 23- Russia expects Ukraine to repay a $3 billion Eurobond in full and on time, Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak said on Monday. Storchak also said that Moscow would not exercise a covenant of the Eurobond that stipulates that Russia has the right to ask for early repayment if Ukraine's overall debt exceeds 60 percent of nominal gross...

  • MOSCOW, March 23- German car producer Volkswagen said on Monday it would reduce shifts and lay off at least 150 workers at its Russian car plant in Kaluga, south of the capital Moscow. The carmaker said the Kaluga plant would work four days a week from April to July this year, while in May the number of shifts would decrease to two from three. It added that the production...

  • *Tencent joins Alibaba, Baidu in car ventures. Hon Hai, WeChat operator Tencent and luxury car dealer China Harmony Auto Holding Ltd signed an agreement to work together in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, Henan province, the contract manufacturer said without detailing specifics. The partnership would put Tencent on a par with online peers Alibaba Group Holding...

  • *European bourses open lower on Greece woes after gains in Asia. LONDON, March 23- Caution about Greece ahead of a meeting between its prime minister and Germany's Angela Merkel prompted a nervy start to the week for European markets on Monday. Attention was focusing back on Greece with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras due to meet Angela Merkel in Berlin later.

  • *Saudi wants non- OPEC cooperation on any output cuts. LONDON, March 23- Oil prices fell further on Monday, with Brent dropping below $55 a barrel, after top exporter Saudi Arabia said it would only consider cutting output if other producers outside OPEC did so too. "We repeat that, as for prices, the market determines it," Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi said on Sunday,...

  • LONDON, March 23- The dollar index is not far from fair value but it is unclear how much more the U.S. currency will strengthen against the euro, St Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Monday. He also said an exit of Greece from the euro would be possible but prove very painful for Greece itself. "Greece would face a very different and I think bleak...

  • LONDON, March 23- The euro fell on Monday, unable to build on its best weekly performance since late 2011 versus the dollar, on concerns about whether Greece can reach agreement with creditors to secure fresh funds. European Central Bank President Mario Draghi was due to address a European Parliament committee, with Greece and the progress of the ECB's...

  • Also names company behind Iceberg Research. The injunction, filed at a Hong Kong court, comes after Iceberg Research issued its third report about one of Asia's biggest commodity traders, saying Noble had substantially understated its gross and net debt. In the legal writ, Noble named the defendants as Arnaud Vagner, a Hong Kong- based credit analyst it said it had...

  • SHANGHAI, March 23- Laden with debt and struggling to make money as the world's No.2 economy loses momentum, China's steel mills do not appear obvious candidates for overseas expansion. In a draft of a revised restructuring plan for the industry issued late last week, Beijing included a line saying it would support mills' efforts to buy assets abroad, with...

  • European shares slip from 7-1/2 year high Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 5:06 AM ET

    *Pirelli rises after takeover bid from ChemChina. PARIS, March 23- European shares slipped on Monday, taking a breather following recent sharp gains, while shares in Pirelli rose 3.5 percent after China National Chemical Corp agreed to buy the tyre maker in a 7.1 billion euro deal. The acquisition, agreed with Pirelli shareholders on Sunday, will see state-owned...

  • LONDON, March 23- The dollar index is not far from fair value but it is unclear how much more the U.S. currency will strengthen against the euro, St Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard said on Monday. Speaking on CNBC, Bullard also said an exit of Greece from the euro would be possible but prove very painful for Greece itself. "Greece would face a very...

  • MOSCOW, March 23- Russian private healthcare company MD Medical Group said on Monday its 2014 net profit jumped 73 percent, helped by growth at its Lapino hospital outside Moscow and an acquisition. The company, which specialises in women's healthcare, has been increasing the number of clinics and its range of healthcare services, meeting a growing demand from...

  • FED' S BULLARD SAYS UNCLEAR AT THIS POINT WHERE THE DOLLAR/EURO EXCHANGE RATE WILL GO.

  • *Saudi wants non- OPEC cooperation on any output cuts. Weak demand from top energy consumer China comes at a time when the OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia has reiterated its decision to keep production unchanged and ride out a market slump, which has roughly halved prices since last June. "We repeat that, as for prices, the market determines it," Saudi oil minister Ali...

  • FED' S BULLARD SAYS GREXIT POSSIBLE BUT WOULD NOT BE ADVISABLE, WOULD BE BLEAK FOR GREECE- CNBC.

  • FEDERAL RESERVE'S BULLARD SAYS DOLLAR IS NOT FAR FROM ITS "FAIR VALUE".

  • CRUDE OIL FUTURES FALL $1 TO $45.57 A BARREL AFTER SAUDI VOWS TO HOLD OUTPUT.

  • March 23- Hong Kong stocks rose on Monday, taking cues from bullish mainland China shares, which extended their winning streak to a ninth straight session. Strength in the Hong Kong market also reflected gains in Wall Street and European markets on Friday. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were China Mining, up 21.8 percent to HK $0.19...

  • European shares pause; Pirelli rises after deal Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 4:08 AM ET

    PARIS, March 23- European shares slipped on Monday, taking a breather following recent sharp gains, while shares in Pirelli rose 2.1 percent after China National Chemical Corp agreed to buy the tyre maker in a 7.1 billion euro deal. The acquisition, agreed with Pirelli shareholders on Sunday, will see state-owned ChemChina take over the world's fifth-largest...