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  • *Brent crude drops below $66 a barrel. *Costco, Toll Brothers post quarterly results. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stocks were set for a modestly lower open on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to erase a decline of nearly 1.3 percent and close out trading nearly flat.

  • WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Dec 10- The actors of "Birdman," " The Grand Budapest Hotel," "Boyhood," "The Theory of Everything" and "The Imitation Game" earned Screen Actors Guild award nominations for best ensemble cast, the top film prize from the organization, it announced on Wednesday. The SAG awards, which are voted on by more than 100,000 actors, honor film and television...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 9- Venezuelan sovereign bond prices plunged and the cost to insure the debt against a default surged on Tuesday in thin seasonal trading as five-year low oil prices cut the OPEC nation's cash flow, compounding already weak economic conditions. Analysts point out that Venezuela, despite all its debt, is not a heavily indebted nation.

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Growing worries that plunging oil prices may send the euro zone into a deflationary spiral will push the European Central Bank to buy sovereign debt early next year, a Reuters poll showed. Economists were near unanimous: 25 of 27 said the ECB would begin buying sovereign bonds within a few months, some half a decade after the Bank of England and...

  • LONDON, Dec 10- British finance minister George Osborne's plans to cut state spending to its lowest since the 1930 s are unrealistic, according to a firm majority of economists polled by Reuters. With less than five months before the next general election, Osborne last week sought to impress voters with new plans to put Britain's budget back in the black before...

  • DUBAI, Dec 10- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has blamed unnamed countries of plotting to bring down crude prices and said the recent slump in oil prices was not based solely on economic factors. While some such as Iran and Venezuela have urged an output cut to support prices, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries decided in a meeting last...

  • 'BIRDMAN,'' THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL,'' THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING,'' BOYHOOD' AND' THE IMITATION GAME' ACTORS EARN TOP SAG FILM AWARD NOMINATION.

  • GENEVA, Dec 10- An aviation industry task force has recommended that airlines should install available flight-tracking systems within 12 months following the disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner with 239 people on board. "Airlines are taking the tracking issue very seriously," IATA Director General Tony Tyler told journalists. Its top safety official...

  • ICE NORTH SEA BRENT CRUDE OIL FUTURES FALL TO $65.28 A BARREL, DOWN $1.56 AND LOWEST SINCE SEPTEMBER 2009.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 10- Doctor On Demand is the latest Silicon Valley startup to bet that people will turn to mobile devices for confidential counseling. The Doctor On Demand app is available on mobile devices with both Google Inc's Android and Apple Inc's iOS platforms. It has raised $24 million from such venture firms as Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures,...

  • You may already be too late for hottest holiday toys Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:45 AM ET
    Disney's Frozen dolls were the hot holiday item, especially at J.C. Penney's Disney shop in shop.

    If you still have Disney's Frozen Castle and Ice Palace Playset on your holiday gift list this year, you may already be out of luck.

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Crude prices are likely to extend their 43 percent slump since June, the oil chief of commodities and mining group Glencore Plc said on Wednesday, with the drop so far not large enough to shut down excess production over the next six to nine months. Glencore, which has investments in a number of small fields in West Africa, said one project may be farmed...

  • UPDATE 2-BP to spend $1 bln on thousands of job cuts Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 10- BP will cut thousands of jobs cut across its global oil and gas business by the end of next year in a $1 billion restructuring programme announced on Wednesday following steep falls in oil prices. "Given the recent position taken by OPEC and with oil prices where they are today, we will continue to review this further," BP head of upstream Lamar McKay...

  • US STOCKS-Futures edge lower after volatile session Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:36 AM ET

    *Costco, Toll Brothers post quarterly results. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Wednesday, a day after stocks staged an intraday rally to erase a decline of nearly 1.3 percent and end nearly flat. Oil prices have been under pressure from the dollar's strength and OPEC's decision against an output cut, with Brent down more than 40 percent from...

  • INTERVIEW-BG in advanced talks with BP over Egypt deal Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:32 AM ET

    *BG eyeing deals to pump gas from Israel, Cyprus, to Egypt. CAIRO, Dec 10- British gas company BG is in advanced talks that could boost supplies to power-hungry Egypt by allowing rival BP to use its pipelines, the head of BG Egypt told Reuters. Egypt is battling its worst energy crisis in decades.

  • Yum Brands lowers forecast on slow China recovery Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 8:13 AM ET
    Doritos Locos tacos and a fountain drink from Taco Bell

    Yum Brands lowered its profit forecast for 2014, hurt by slower-than-expected sales recovery in China, following a food safety scare in July.

  • LONDON, Dec 10- Global demand for OPEC crude in 2015 will be less than expected and far below its current output, the group said on Wednesday, pointing to a hefty supply surplus without OPEC output cuts or a slowdown in the U.S. shale boom. The report follows OPEC's decision last month not to prop up prices by cutting output. Top exporter Saudi Arabia urged fellow...

  • OMISALJ, Croatia, Dec 10- Spurred by the demise of Russia's South Stream gas pipeline project, Croatia has revived a decade-old idea of building a liquefied natural gas import terminal at the deepwater oil port of Omisalj on the island of Krk. But the Ukraine crisis and the collapse of South Stream have refocused minds in central and eastern European nations on...

  • BUDAPEST, Dec 10- Hungary's ruling party wants supermarkets to close on Sundays, a measure likely to hurt big foreign retailers such as Tesco, Auchan and Aldi which say they were also targeted by new taxes. Prime Minister Viktor Orban says he wants to protect the Christian day of rest with the sort of trading restrictions in place in Germany, Austria and other...