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  • LONDON, Dec 11- Following are five big themes likely to dominate the thinking of investors and traders in the coming week and the Reuters stories related to them. Assuming the Fed hikes on Dec. 16, the question will be how far and how fast rates rise. *POLL-Fed set for very gradual rate path after expected Dec. 16 hike.

  • *China fears, global market volatility later pushes dollar lower. NEW YORK, Dec 11- The dollar fell on Friday against key world currencies amid a selloff sparked by market volatility concerns and slumping commodity prices that overshadowed solid U.S. retail sales data and in-line consumer sentiment. "At this point, the market is shifting its focus off next week's...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 11- Argentina's new government is negotiating with a group of Wall Street banks for a credit line worth up to $7 billion to bolster its low foreign reserves and help it lift capital controls, a banking source said on Friday. The commercial banking source said Argentina was in talks with HSBC, JPMorgan Chase& Co., Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank and...

  • FRANKFURT, Dec 11- German financial market watchdog Bafin has watered down its criticism of Deutsche Bank in a draft final report of the regulator's investigation into the manipulation of benchmark interest rates, Der Spiegel magazine said on Friday. Deutsche Bank agreed in April to pay $2.5 billion to U.S. and British authorities for manipulation of the...

  • *Companies to merge, then split up into three. Dec 11- Chemical titans DuPont and Dow Chemical Co agreed to combine in an all-stock merger valued at $130 billion, a move that could trigger more consolidation, please activist investors and generate tax savings while drawing scrutiny from regulators. The "deal of three centuries," as Wells Fargo analyst Frank Mitsch...

  • LONDON, Dec 11- With the first U.S. interest-rate hike in a decade widely expected within days, investors are questioning whether European stock markets can withstand the aftershocks. If that is exacerbated by tightening liquidity and an end to years of easy credit, Europe is unlikely to be immune; investment bank Goldman Sachs says European equities are...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 11- Argentina's new government is negotiating with a group of Wall Street banks for a credit line worth up to $7 billion to bolster its low foreign reserves and help it lift capital controls, a banking source said on Friday. Center-right President Mauricio Macri, who took office on Thursday, wants to move quickly to remove currency controls that...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- U.S. regulators are considering restrictions on how mutual, exchange-traded and other funds can use derivatives, with the Securities and Exchange Commission head saying she is concerned that investors are exposed to too much risk. Three out of four SEC commissioners voted to take the proposed rule to the next step on the path to approval, a 90-...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 11- The website for Trump Towers, Donald Trump's glitzy signature skyscraper in Manhattan, went offline for about an hour on Friday after activist hacking group Anonymous denounced the real-estate mogul and Republican presidential front-runner for his anti-Muslim comments. The website for 68- story Trump Towers, which Trump often uses for his...

  • PARIS, Dec 11- From storming the Arc de Triomphe in central Paris to handing out condoms to bureaucrats in the suburbs, climate change activists stepped up public stunts on Friday in a last-ditch bid to get negotiators to agree a powerful accord. Seeking to step up pressure to deliver an' ambitious' agreement, Greenpeace activists abseiled off the top of the Arc de...

  • LONDON, Dec 11- Former Perella Weinberg Partners Capital Management partner Andrew Dickson is preparing to launch an equities hedge fund firm called Albert Bridge Capital, six sources familiar with the matter said. The firm is set to open an initial fund with $100 million in the first quarter of 2016, one source said, while a second added the size could be in the "...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 11- Stock markets worldwide tumbled on Friday as falling Brent crude oil prices to seven-year lows and a drop in China's yuan currency stoked investor risk aversion ahead of a widely anticipated U.S. interest rate increase next week. Indeed, the International Energy Agency said it sees the oil glut worsening in 2016 as demand slows and OPEC shows no...

  • THE HAGUE, Dec 11- Electronic cigarettes and water pipes will be banned in the Netherlands for children under 18 from next year, the government said, after finding that the devices were more damaging to health than expected. Tobacco companies, including BAT, Philip Morris, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco, are all jostling for position in the emerging vaping...

  • The decision on whether to build a new runway at Heathrow in the densely populated west of London, or at Gatwick to the south, will now come after the mayoral election in May. The candidate for Cameron's Conservative Party had threatened to resign if the government backed Heathrow, which an independent report commissioned by the prime minister said was the best...

  • LONDON, Dec 11- The European Union's executive body has postponed for the fourth time imposing tougher capital requirements on banks from the EU that pass derivatives through non-EU clearing houses. "The commission has today decided to extend the transitional period for capital requirements for EU banking groups' exposures to central counterparties," the...

  • LONDON, Dec 11- Europe's drivers are in for a winter treat as plummeting oil prices and a surplus of distillates are set to pressure diesel pump prices that are already at six year lows. Their pain is to the benefit of Europe's drivers, who have had to wait longer for price declines than their American counterparts due to higher fuel taxes and a strong U.S. dollar.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 11- The contribution to inflation from sanctions Russia imposed on Turkey over the downing of a Russian warplane will be realized over the first or second quarter of next year, the Russian central bank said in a monetary policy document on Friday.

  • *DuPont, Dow Chemical fall after agreeing to merge. The International Energy Agency said it sees the oil glut worsening in 2016 as demand slows and OPEC shows no signs of slowing production. Adding to the somber mood, China's yuan fell to its lowest in 4-1/ 2 years on concerns about the country's slowing economy and expectations of a U.S. rate hike.

  • *Brent slips below $39; WTI reaches $35 territory. NEW YORK, Dec 11- Oil futures extended their tumble with little pause on Friday, with crude prices hitting their worst levels since the 2008/ 9 credit crunch, after the International Energy Agency warned that global oversupply could worsen next year. Brent crude futures slipped below $39 a barrel the first time...

  • *Europe airports to face capacity crunch by 2035. BERLIN, Dec 11- Moves by Britain to delay, once again, a decision on where to build a new airport runway to serve the London area highlights Europe's difficulties in keeping up with emerging countries when it comes to creating vital airport capacity. By 2035, airports across Europe will be unable to accommodate some...