*Pro-Europe, nationalist-leaning assembly will irk Russia. KIEV, Oct 26- Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko's mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may fuel tension with Russia. The emergence of a strong force committed to a united Ukraine could...» Read More
LONDON, May 23- HSBC's Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver told shareholders on Friday that Europe's biggest bank had no plans to follow rivals by dramatically reshaping its investment bank.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was upbeat on the prospects for resolving the crisis in Ukraine and that doing so would help improve relations with the United States.
*Ghana and Zambia downgraded due to wider deficits. Resource-reliant Ghana and Zambia show how star economic performers can quickly face the heat. Ghana's cedi and Zambia's kwacha have hit record lows against the dollar this year as rising spending has strained state finances.
*Deutsche Post aims to help European clients expand in e-commerce. BERLIN, May 23- Deutsche Post is aiming to tap an expected surge in online shopping in developing countries by offering clients in its main European markets a service that can deal with shipping and red tape, as well as delivering to a customer's door.
OSLO, May 23- The IMF called on Norway to cut back on spending its oil income, saying the economy needs no further stimulus and the government should focus on fostering private sector growth instead as it begins the long transition to life after oil.
LONDON, May 23- Barclays Plc has been fined 26 million pounds for failures in internal controls that allowed a trader to manipulate the setting of gold prices, Britain's Financial Conduct Authority said.
*Blow for Barclays' efforts to put past sins behind it. LONDON, May 23- Barclays Plc has been fined 26 million pounds for failures in internal controls that allowed a trader to manipulate the setting of gold prices, just a day after the bank was fined for rigging Libor interest rates in 2012.. It marks another blow to Barclays' attempts to put past problems behind it.
COULD BE PRESSING SANCTIONS AGAINST RUSSIA TO WIN COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE OVER EUROPE.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23- Russian President Vladimir Putin told an investment forum on Friday that the Kremlin will respect the outcome of the presidential election in Ukraine scheduled for May 25.
PUTIN SAYS HE IS AN OPTIMIST OVER CHANCES OF RESOLVING UKRAINE CRISIS, SAYS RESOLUTION WOULD HELP IMPROVE DIALOGUE WITH U.S.
*Fund's CEO says there is "big potential" in Russia. ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23- China Investment Corporation, a sovereign wealth fund responsible for managing part of China's foreign exchange reserves, is keen to explore investment opportunities in Russia and expand its exposure to the country, its CEO said on Friday.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that Moscow's biggest concern over the crisis in Ukraine was that the former Soviet republic would join NATO. "Tomorrow Ukraine may join NATO, while the day after tomorrow parts of the U.S. anti-missile system could be deployed there," he told an investment forum.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA PLANS NO SELF-ISOLATION, WANTS TO WORK WITH U.S.
*Aeropostale stumbles before the bell after outlook. NEW YORK, May 23- U.S. stock index futures inched higher on Friday, ahead of data on the housing market, with the S&P 500 on track to score its first weekly gain in the past three. *New home sales data for April is due at 10:00 a.m..
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN, ASKED ABOUT UKRAINE'S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, SAYS WITHOUT DOUBT WILL RESPECT THE WILL OF UKRAINIAN PEOPLE.
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT PUTIN SAYS RUSSIA'S BIG CONCERN IS THAT UKRAINE WILL JOIN NATO.
*Areva, Alstom in competing French offshore consortia. *Areva keen on Alstom's contracts, not its technology. PARIS, May 23- France's nuclear group Areva would be interested in Alstom's offshore wind turbine contracts but would use its own turbine technology rather than the engineering group's, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Reuters.
ST PETERSBURG, Russia, May 23- Russian President Vladimir Putin told an economic forum in St Petersburg on Friday that the world's top oil and gas producer should diversify from energy exports and pledged to boost major domestic banks and industries.
*Little impact of ratings upgrades for Spain and Greece. *Investors wary ahead of Ukraine vote, European result. LONDON, May 23- The euro fell to a three-month low against the dollar and stocks and bonds in the region climbed on Friday, after a wobble in German business confidence added to expectations the European Central Bank will cut interest rates next month.