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  • Equals euro era record of July 2009. BRUSSELS, Jan 30- Euro zone consumer prices fell at a record-equalling pace in January, more steeply than expected and supporting the backers of the European Central Bank's money-printing plan to combat sustained deflation. The 0.6 percent decline this month matched the lowest figure during that period, in July 2009.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- The Russian rouble fell on Friday after the central bank unexpectedly cut its key interest rate, little more than a month after pushing it up to combat a crisis aggravated by low oil prices and Western sanctions over Ukraine. At 1105 GMT, the rouble was around 4 percent weaker against the dollar at 71.55 and lost over 4 percent to trade at 81.40 versus...

  • *Copper upside limited without physical Chinese buying-analyst. LONDON, Jan 30- Copper and aluminum gained on Friday after upbeat European retail sales data and as some investors bought back short positions ahead of the weekend. While the smattering of upbeat data in Europe gave metals markets a lift, Citi analyst David Wilson said the market was not out of the...

  • PARIS, Jan 30- Search engine Google has agreed to better inform users about how it handles their personal information after an investigation by Britain's data protection regulator found its privacy policy was too vague. The Information Commissioner's Office said in a statement that it required Google to sign a "formal undertaking" that it would make the...

  • Mattel's Barbie sales fall 12 pct in holiday quarter Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:10 AM ET

    Jan 30- Mattel Inc said worldwide sales of its Barbie dolls fell 12 percent in the all-important holiday quarter, while those of Fisher-Price preschool toys declined 11 percent. Mattel, which also makes Hot Wheels cars and Monster High and American Girl dolls, removed Brian Stockton as chief executive on Monday after another disappointing holiday shopping...

  • *Gold rebounds after 2 pct drop, eyes worst week in 2 mths. LONDON, Jan 30- Gold is headed its for its worst week in two months even as it edges higher on Friday, following a 2 percent slide in the previous session on expectations for a U.S. interest rate rise. Gold is up 6.7 percent so far this month on uncertainty over European stability, after the Swiss National Bank...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- The United States has proposed analyzing genetic information from more than 1 million American volunteers as part of a new initiative to understand human disease and develop medicines targeted to an individual's genetic make-up. Of that, $130 million would go to the NIH to fund the research cohort and $70 million to NIH's National Cancer...

  • PROPOSES $215 MILLION INITIATIVE TO ANALYZE GENETIC DATA OF 1 MILLION AMERICANS.

  • WHITE HOUSE SEEKS $215 MILLION FOR GENETIC EFFORT, AIMED AT SPEEDING DRUG DEVELOPMENT.

  • Jan 30- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's financial services affiliate is planning an initial public offering that could take place next year, Bloomberg reported. Zhejiang Ant Small& Micro Financial Services Group, which contains Alibaba's Alipay payment processing and financial services arm, has an estimated value of about $50 billion, Bloomberg reported,...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate on Friday, defying expectations of a hold, as the economy slides towards recession because of a collapse in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Following the decision, the rouble fell, and was down over 3 percent on the day against the dollar and euro at 1045 GMT.

  • ROUBLE LOSSES DEEPEN AFTER C.BANK RATE CUT, DOWN AROUND 3 PCT VS DOLLAR FROM PVS CLOSE.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by two points to 15 percent on Friday, as the economy slides towards recession because of a collapse in global oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. The central bank said in a statement it was reducing its one-week minimum auction repo rate, which had been 17 percent, seeing...

  • FRANKFURT/ DUESSELDORF, Jan 30- SMA Solar, Germany's largest solar company, expects to make a loss for the third year in a row in 2015, with no let up in falling demand in Europe and fierce competition from Asia. Shares in SMA Solar, down more than 27 percent year-to-date, were 6.9 percent higher at 11.179 euros by 1015 GMT, bouncing back from a record low of 10.275 euros...

  • *RUSSIAN ROUBLE FALLS AFTER C.BANK CUTS KEY RATE Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 5:32 AM ET
  • BEIJING, Jan 30- China's securities regulator said on Friday it will punish five fund management companies for faulty internal controls that led to insider trading, another move in a Beijing's widening crackdown on Chinese brokerages and fund managers. The China Securities Regulatory Commission named only two of the five: China Asset Management Co Ltd and...

  • MUMBAI, Jan 30- Only three of India's 45 commercial banks have cut base lending rates since the Reserve Bank of India's surprise easing this month, hurting the government's drive to lift business investment. Bankers say the average funds the RBI provides the market has been steady at around 1 trillion rupees a day since the repurchase rate was cut by 25 basis...

  • BENGALURU, Jan 30- The Reserve Bank of India, having cut interest rates on Jan. 15, is likely to keep them steady at a policy review next week, according to economists in a Reuters poll who said future moves could depend on the government's annual budget in late February. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, who is mandated to set policy independently, signalled after an...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russian state-controlled oil company Rosneft will not be able to resume drilling in the Kara Sea this year after Western sanctions halted its cooperation with ExxonMobil, two company sources told Reuters on Friday. Asked for comment, Rosneft said: "In 2015, Rosneft will ensure implementation of its licence obligations related to geological...

  • FOREX-Franc down 5 percent on week, dollar dips Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 4:51 AM ET

    *Swiss franc down 5 percent this week. LONDON, Jan 30- The Swiss franc fell past 1.05 francs per euro for the first time since the Swiss National Bank dumped its 1.20 francs cap two weeks ago on Friday, with markets increasingly convinced the bank is now intervening on both euro and dollar markets. "Really what we're going through now is an exercise to determine where...