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Sept 23- BlackBerry shares were set to open 3 percent lower on Monday after it warned of a huge quarterly loss and at least 15 brokerages slashed their price targets. Brokerage National Bank Financial, which believes that any recovery is very unlikely for BlackBerry, cut its price target to $5 from $8, valuing the company at about $2.6 billion.
Sept 23- Apple Inc said it sold 9 million iPhone 5 s and iPhone 5 c models in the first three days after their launch on Friday. Shares of Apple rose 3.6 percent in premarket trade on Monday following the news. On Friday, long lines formed outside stores in Tokyo, New York, San Francisco and other cities for Apple's new top-of-the-line 5 s and the less-expensive 5 c.
DETROIT, Sept 23- General Motors Co said on Monday it had reached a deal to buy back 120 million of its preferred shares from the United Auto Workers health care trust for about $3.2 billion.
Sept 23- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it would hire 55,000 temporary staff to work at its stores in the United States during the holiday season. The world's largest retailer also said it would transition more than 35,000 employees from temporary to part-time and another 35,000 from part-time to full-time.
LONDON, Sept 23- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after her re-election, must now come up with an energy reform that balances support for renewable power against the need to keep gas-fired plants in operation to ensure reliable supply.
*New chairman reviewing Novartis' five business divisions. Novartis board member Pierre Landolt cited agrochemicals company Syngenta- formed in 2000 through the merger of Novartis' Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals- as a guide for how the drugmaker could unlock value for shareholders.
Federal prosecutors, in a filing in U.S. District Court in Boston on Friday, said they plan to decide by Oct. 31 whether to seek the death penalty in the case. Tsarnaev, who is being held at a federal prison west of Boston ahead of trial, is not expected to be in court on Monday.
*CFO says organic capex to fall to $24- 25 bln in 2015-2017. LONDON/ PARIS, Sept 23- Total will start a "soft landing" next year to scale back heavy capital spending while keeping long-term output targets and generating greater cash flow, the French oil major said, raising investor hopes of higher dividends.
NEW DELHI, Sept 23- India's oil ministry wants to raise imports of Iranian crude- even though U.S. sanctions call for a cut- and has argued its case in a memorandum ahead of President Barack Obama's meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh next week.
The lack of major foreign entrants is good news for the three dominant Canadian companies- Rogers, BCE Inc and Telus Corp.. The three companies' shares took a beating in June on reports that Verizon Communications Inc was looking to enter the Canadian telecommunications market.
Sept 23- Apple Inc said it sold 9 million iPhone 5 s and iPhone 5 c models in the first three days since their launch.
U.S. stock index futures were little changed in light volume following upbeat data from Germany and China, while Federal Reserve speakers could keep investors on edge after last week's hawkish comments from a top Fed official. **APPLE INC, Friday close $467.41, up 4 pct premarket.
*Concerns: Greece, Portugal, Italy stability, France policy. BRUSSELS/ PARIS, Sept 23- Once Angela Merkel has savoured her third and biggest general election victory, the small issue of Europe awaits.
*Wholesale nitrogen, phosphate sales volumes likely to be lower. *Says customer demand delayed across all three nutrients. Sept 23- Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc warned that its potash volumes are expected to be about 30 percent lower than normal in the current quarter.
Moody's remains the only one of the three big agencies to class Ireland as "junk", but its move to lift the rating outlook to stable from negative is against a trend of mostly negative rating actions against euro zone sovereigns in recent years.
LONDON, Sept 23- Shares and the euro trod water on Monday as an election triumph for Angela Merkel and upbeat euro zone and Chinese data helped balance renewed concerns about the Federal Reserve's policy stance.
The lack of major U.S. entrants on the list of registered bidders, published by the government on Monday, is good news for the three dominant Canadian players, BCE Inc, Rogers Communications Inc and Telus Corp..
Sept 23- Canadian fertilizer company Agrium Inc said potash volumes are expected to be about 30 percent lower than normal in the current quarter. The company said wholesale nitrogen and phosphate sales volumes are expected to be down 20 and 30 percent, respectively,. Agrium raised its dividend by 50 percent to $3.00 per share.
Sept 23- Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental gene-based therapy reduced the level of a disease-causing protein, which leads to a rare organ-damaging hereditary disorder, in an early-stage trial. The therapy was also found to be generally safe and well tolerated, Alnylam said in a statement. Alnylam shares closed at $57.23 on Friday on the Nasdaq.
*BlackBerry shares fall further after change in focus. NEW YORK, Sept 23- U.S. stock index futures were little changed in light volume on Monday following upbeat data from Germany and China, while Federal Reserve speakers could keep investors on edge after last week's hawkish comments from a top Fed official.