LOS ANGELES, Dec 9- Plenty of college students- including the vast majority of those in community college- take at least one break from their studies. A study of 38,000 community college students in Texas found that 94 percent had at least one "period of non-enrollment."» Read More
June 21- Dell Inc's billionaire founder Michael Dell said he would oppose any leveraged recapitalization of the company and called on stakeholders to vote in favor of his buyout offer, ahead of a shareholder meeting next month.
*MSCI World index on track for worst week for 12 months. *European shares up 0.6 pct, Wall Street seen higher. LONDON, June 21- Leading world shares, bonds and commodities staged a modest recovery on Friday after sharp falls triggered by the U.S.
TORONTO, June 21- Sun Life Financial Inc on Friday warned of a likely delay in the sale of its U.S. annuity business because the New York Department of Financial Services has yet to approve the deal.
*Greek bond yields eye biggest daily rise since July 2012. ATHENS, June 21- The smallest party in Greece's ruling coalition pulled out of the government on Friday after a row over the abrupt closure of the state broadcaster, leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras with a tiny majority in parliament.
*Canada May CPI rises to 0.7 pct year-on-year from 0.4 pct. OTTAWA, June 21- A jump in natural gas prices drove up Canada's annual inflation to 0.7 percent in May from a 3-1/ 2- year low of 0.4 percent, but the rate remained well below the central bank target, confirming there is little pressure to raise interest rates soon.
*Iraq and Lebanon alarmed at spread of Syria war. LONDON, June 21- Brent crude held above $102 a barrel as some investors cautiously returned to oil on Friday, a day after a steep decline sparked by the U.S. Brent crude was up 16 cents to $102.31 by 1232 GMT.
*Gold prices recover some ground after Thursday's rout. LONDON, June 21- Gold recovered some ground to trade more than 1 percent higher, after hitting near three-year lows earlier on Friday, but stayed on track for its biggest weekly drop in almost two years after the U.S. central bank signalled an end to easy money.
*News Corp spinoff to replace Apollo Group in S&P 500. Share prices had slumped since Wednesday, when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke laid out the U.S. central bank's plans to pull back on its $85 billion in monthly asset purchases.
PARIS, June 21- France's Socialist government aims to introduce a law preventing online retailer Amazon from offering both discounts and free delivery for books in France, the culture minister said, arguing this amounts to unfair competition. Amazon in France declined to comment.
LONDON, June 21- A major recent study has put the cat among the pigeons on climate change, challenging the size of the problem in the near-term and the role of a recent slowdown in warming.
LONDON, June 21- Copper crept back from a 20- month low on Friday but remained on track for a third weekly fall on fears of a slowdown in China's economic growth. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.7 percent at $6,817 at 1055 GMT, off an intraday low of $6,692 a tonne, its weakest since October 2011.
*Company is targeting Middle East, India, Japan. PARIS, June 21- Lockheed Martin Corp, already the biggest U.S. weapons maker and largest provider of IT services to the U.S. government, wants to become a powerhouse in foreign markets such as the Middle East and India, a top executive said.
Banks have been accused of foreclosing on homeowners because they failed to maintain mortgage paperwork. Now there are signs the same problem hurts mortgage bond investors too.
LONDON, June 21- The dollar retreated from a two-week high against a basket of major currencies on Friday but was still likely to clock its best weekly gains in a year on expectations of an eventual end to ultra-loose U.S. monetary policy.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21- Russia's top Group of 20 official said on Friday that China was the country most vulnerable to the impact of the Federal Reserve's plan to scale back ultra-loose monetary policies aimed at stimulating a U.S. economic recovery.
LONDON, June 21- European shares rose on Friday, led by food and beverages as investors cautiously bought defensive sectors after the previous session's market rout on the prospect of reduced stimulus from the U.S. The FTSEurofirst 300 was up 0.8 percent at 1,153.08 by 1054 GMT, having slid 3.1 percent on Thursday suffering its biggest one-day fall in 19 months.
June 21- Chinese fabless chipmaker Spreadtrum Communications Inc said it had received a $1.38 billion buyout proposal from a unit of government-owned Tsinghua Holdings Co Ltd..
He did not say how advanced the plans were, but named oil major Rosneft, gas producer Gazprom and Russian Railways among companies which need to cut costs.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 21- Russia's state-run gas export monopoly Gazprom will not bid for Greek natural gas company DEPA in a possible new privatisation tender, said the head of Gazprom's export arm. Asked whether Gazprom would bid again if there was a new tender in Greece, Alexander Medvedev said: "No, we won't go."
CHICAGO, June 21- Harley-Davidson Inc doesn't do much quietly. Some background: In a recent interview, a top Harley-Davidson executive told Reuters that in 2012, for the first time in years, the average buyer of the company's bikes was not a baby boomer.