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  • *U.S. added 292,000 nonfarm jobs in Dec.- Labour Department. NEW YORK, Jan 8- Crude prices steadied on Friday, supported by higher stock prices on Wall Street, but oil was still headed for a 10 percent weekly decline as global oversupply and a bleak demand outlook made it hard to guess the market's bottom. "It is extremely difficult to forecast the exact bottom," Hans van...

  • Jan 8- Apple Inc has lost about $50 billion of its market value in the first four days of the year, but Wall Street brokerages remained confident the stock would bounce back. Nevertheless, China remained a concern, at least for the near-term. Apple counts China as one its biggest markets and the recent economic tumult in the world's second-biggest economy is likely...

  • *Index has worst weekly loss since August 2011. LONDON, Jan 8- European shares fell on Friday, with lingering worries about China causing a major regional equity index to suffer its worst weekly loss since August 2011. That marked its worst weekly performance since early August 2011, when it fell nearly 10 percent during the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis.

  • The company, which also makes Pepperidge Farm cookies and Prego pasta sauces, said it would withdraw from all efforts by groups opposing such measures. Several big companies such as PepsiCo Inc, Kellogg Co and Monsanto Co have resisted such calls and have spent millions of dollars to defeat GMO-labeling ballot measures in states such as Oregon, Colorado,...

  • LONDON, Jan 8- Standard Life Investments, a major shareholder in Royal Dutch Shell, said on Friday it will vote against the Anglo-Dutch's oil company's proposed $49 billion acquisition of BG Group. "We have concluded that the proposed terms of the acquisition of BG are value destructive for Shell shareholders," David Cumming, Head of Equities at Standard Life...

  • *Short-covering ahead of USDA report next week lifts grains. CHICAGO, Jan 8- U.S. grain and soybean futures firmed on Friday on technical buying and short-covering as investors squared positions before a key government crop report scheduled for release early next week. Chicago Board of Trade March wheat was up 10 cents, or 2.1 percent, at a 2-1/ 2 week high of $4.78-1/...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 8- Argentina expects to resume long-awaited debt talks in New York next Wednesday with U.S. hedge funds suing the country over defaulted sovereign bonds, a finance ministry source said on Friday. The funds, led by billionaire Paul Singer's Elliott Management, are suing Argentina for full repayment of debt the country defaulted on in 2002.

  • Jan 8- Akashi Therapeutics Inc, a U.S.-based biotech funded by DMD patient foundations, said it would get up to $100 million under a partnership with Germany's Grunenthal SA for developing a drug for the muscle-wasting disorder. BioMarin Pharmaceuticals Inc, Sarepta Therapeutics Inc and PTC Therapeutics Inc are leading the development of a drug for the...

  • Jan 8- Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen blasted Volkswagen AG on Friday for citing German law to withhold documents from a group of U.S. state attorneys general investigating the German automaker's use of illegal diesel emissions software. We are not commenting on ongoing investigations, "a spokesman at Wolfsburg- based VW said.

  • BOSTON, Jan 8- Media company Viacom Inc will allow investors to vote in March on whether to extend voting rights to all shareholders, according to documents provided to Reuters, as concern grows over the health of the company's 92- year-old executive chairman Sumner Redstone. Seamus Finn, director of socially responsible investing for Missionary Oblates, a...

  • EXCLUSIVE-ACTIVIST INVESTOR SEAMUS FINN SAYS PROPOSAL REFLECTS CONCERNS ON GOVERNANCE AND EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN REDSTONE'S HEALTH.

  • EXCLUSIVE-VIACOM TELLS ACTIVIST INVESTOR IT WILL HOLD VOTE ON WHETHER TO EXPAND SHAREHOLDER RIGHTS.

  • EXCLUSIVE-VIACOM TO OPPOSE SHAREHOLDER PROPOSAL THAT CALLS FOR MOVING TO ONE VOTE PER SHARE.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 8- German business software giant SAP is expected to hit the high-end of its 2015 operating profit forecast, helped by solid renewals of higher-margin licensed software. Chief Executive Bill McDermott said in October that the company was "feeling good" about its capacity to meet its full-year financial targets and that it certainly had a chance...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 8- Companies interested in lighting assets will be able to bid for top European brands Philips and Osram in two separate auctions starting this month, industry sources on Friday. Dutch technology group Philips has put its entire lighting arm on the block as the group focuses on its healthcare systems business. While Philips has not yet decided...

  • NFL SAYS ALL 2015 NFL POSTSEASON GAMES TO BE STREAMED LIVE ONLINE AND ON MOBILE.

  • EXCLUSIVE-NFL TO LIVE-STREAM ALL THREE LONDON GAMES NEXT SEASON- SOURCES.

  • APPLE, GOOGLE AMONG THE BIDDERS FOR THE RIGHTS TO THE LIVE STREAM- SOURCES.

  • *Oil prices dip below $33/ barrel. Jan 8- U.S. stocks pared gains and turned negative on Friday, weighed down by energy stocks as oil prices dipped below $33 a barrel- their lowest in more than a decade. Stocks had been higher earlier in the day as market tumult in China eased and data showed robust U.S. job growth.

  • *China drops circuit breaker, stocks rally. NEW YORK, Jan 8- A surprisingly strong payrolls report in the United States on Friday failed to entice investors into stocks even as equities appeared oversold globally following a near 5- percent drop to start the year. "The market's reaction is something between curious and concerning," said Richard Scalone, co-head of...