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  • S&P DOWNGRADES RUSSIA'S SOVEREIGN CREDIT RATING TO BELOW INVESTMENT GRADE- RATINGS AGENCY.

  • Monster winter storm about to sock Northeast US Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A resident shovels snow after a snowstorm in Buffalo, New York, November 20, 2014.

    The National Weather Service called "potentially historic" could dump 2 feet or more of snow between New York and New England.

  • Jan 26- Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners LP said on Monday it would buy affiliate Regency Energy Partners LP for about $11 billion, the latest example of master limited partnerships trying to simplify their structures and lift returns. Unlike the $44 billion deal industry leader Kinder Morgan Inc led last year to fold all of its units into a...

  • Jan 26- American Airlines Group has canceled all late afternoon and evening flights scheduled for Monday from the New York area, Philadelphia and Boston as a major winter storm bears down on the northeast, spokeswoman Andrea Huguely said. The cancellations affect flights of American Airlines, US Airways and all regional partners, Huguely said in an email.

  • The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between coastal New Jersey and Connecticut, beginning 1:00 p.m. EST on Monday and worsening overnight into Tuesday morning. It warned of two days of winter storms across the East Coast, from Pennsylvania to Maine. "Crude is getting some help from supportive heating...

  • Mega-funds start to beat retreat from emerging markets Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 26- Big pension, insurance and sovereign funds that kept faith with emerging markets during the massive selloffs of 2013 and 2014 may be starting to waver, potentially depriving the sector of a key source of support. But years of weak returns and cloudy growth prospects are now souring the mood, with the World Bank this month again cutting its growth...

  • PARK CITY, Utah, Jan 26- Facebook Inc's Oculus VR is getting into movies with an in-house studio dedicated to making virtual-reality films and will show its first short movie at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, the company said. Tapping talent from both Pixar, the animation studio behind computer graphics imagery films including "Toy Story" and " Monsters Inc,"...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The Obama administration on Monday unveiled an ambitious plan to control health costs by moving the $2.9 trillion U.S. health systems away from costly fee-for-service medicine, beginning with the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled. About 20 percent of traditional Medicare payments currently go to providers with cost-saving...

  • GOVT UNVEILS PLAN TO TIE 50 PCT OF TRADITIONAL MEDICARE PAYMENTS TO ALTERNATIVE PAYMENT MODELS BY 2018.

  • *Nordea, Deutsche Bank lead with results this week. LONDON, Jan 26- The euro zone's attempt to kick-start its stagnant economy should provide a bright spot for European bank bosses in a results' season that will be grim for investment bank revenues, sluggish for returns and where cost-cutting is key. Deutsche Bank's co-CEO Anshu Jain said QE could cause "real...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras' post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. "This is a slap at what I see as very right-wing economic policy in Europe," Finnish Foreign Minister...

  • Jan 26- IBM dismissed on Monday a Forbes magazine report claiming the technology firm is preparing to cut about 26 percent of its workforce. IBM is in the process of layoffs, as disclosed in its latest earnings report last week, but they will affect "several thousand" employees only, according to an emailed statement from IBM to Reuters. A report last Thursday on...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 26- U.S. oil prices were steady Monday, ahead of the first big snowstorm this year in the country's Northeast, while benchmark Brent crude fell after pledges of no policy change by the top oil exporter Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death. The National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for New York City and surrounding areas between...

  • FOREX-Euro ricochets off lows following Greek vote Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 11:57 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 26- The euro rebounded on Monday as investors took advantage of steep losses from two days of dramatic selling, with the final push down to a fresh 11- year low coming after the results of elections in Greece put an anti-austerity government in power. Greece elected, as expected, left-wing leader Alexis Tsipras of the anti-bailout Syriza party.

  • CHICAGO, Jan 26- Norfolk Southern Corp, the No. 4 U.S. railroad, expects a solid U.S. economy to boost its business in 2015 but said on Monday it was too early to gauge the overall impact of lower energy prices. Norfolk Southern's fourth-quarter profit was hurt by a 15 percent drop in coal revenue. The Norfolk, Virginia- based company said gains in its intermodal, or...

  • Turkish Airlines and Airbus declined to comment. A senior executive at the airline said last week it was considering expanding its fleet and was studying a list of Airbus and Boeing models including the A380. Fast-growing Turkish Airlines has long been on Airbus's target list as a potential customer for the aircraft.

  • Jan 23- Kimberly-Clark Corp is set to increase advertising and promotional spending for its diapers and launch new products in an escalating war with bigger rival Procter and Gamble Co in North America. Industry analysts say moms are either going upscale and choosing Pampers or going down-market with Luvs, both P&G brands, leaving Kimberly-Clark's mid-tier...

  • *Sees little imminent prospect of non- OPEC help on supply. LONDON, Jan 26- Oil prices at current levels may have reached a floor and could move higher very soon, OPEC's secretary-general said on Monday, his first public comment that oil's second-biggest decline on record may have run its course. Defending OPEC's decision, Badri warned that any oil supply cut would...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 26- A California turkey farm has been quarantined after confirmation of the first case of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Pacific Northwest and in a commercial flock, the U.S. government said. In the latest outbreak, Foster Farms said in a statement that it had informed the U.S. Department of Agriculture after...

  • *MSCI world shares, U.S. stocks edge lower. The victory by the Syriza party spurred concern over fresh instability in the euro zone, even as the possibility of Greece leaving the bloc was considered remote. "The ongoing display of angst is that Greece removes itself from the euro zone.