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  • *Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. Humana Inc and UnitedHealth Group ranked among the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainers, with Humana's stock jumping 10.6 percent to $113.69 after it said the government's proposed cuts to the private Medicare program appeared to be less than it had forecast. UnitedHealth shares rose 3 percent to $76.01.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 24- Deutsche Bank AG agreed on Monday to pay $20 million to settle charges in Brazil that Europe's largest investment bank by revenue helped manage funds embezzled by former city of São Paulo officials in the 1990 s, a prosecutor said on Monday.

  • Feb 24- A U.S. district court in Utah has frozen the assets of several Internet business coaches accused of lying to customers about their potential earnings after signing up for the services, the Federal Trade Commission said on Monday.

  • Feb 24- The head of the United Automobile Workers said on Monday that the union's appeal of a failed organizing effort at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will focus on the actions of outside parties, not the German automaker itself.

  • CARACAS, Feb 24- Venezuela's top economy official vowed on Monday that a new currency exchange platform would undermine the spiraling black market for U.S. dollars by adding a market-based mechanism to existing currency controls.

  • PERU'S ENERGY AND MINES MINISTER JORGE MERINO RESIGNS- GOVERNMENT SOURCE.

  • Feb 24- U.S. solar installer SolarCity Corp delayed reporting its complete fourth quarter results and said it expects to install fewer panels in a seasonally weak first quarter due to cold weather, sending its shares down 6 percent after the bell.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 24- Gold rose 1 percent on Monday, reaching its highest level in nearly four months, as investors grew more anxious about economic and political uncertainty over Ukraine.

  • Feb 24- Alabama's securities regulator said he will issue an alert on Tuesday, cautioning consumers and investors to stop trading on bitcoin exchanges or adding to their accounts if they are having trouble redeeming the digital currency or cashing out.

  • TORONTO, Feb 24- Canada's housing market is at risk of a meaningful correction, Nouriel Roubini said on Monday, though the economist known as "Dr.

  • LIMA, Feb 24- Peru's Finance Minister Luis Miguel Castilla is resigning and President Ollanta Humala is now considering "other options" to replace him, a government source said on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- Brent oil rose on Monday after production outages in Libya and South Sudan curbed exports and tightened global supply.

  • *Insurance stocks rise after Humana comments. *Men's Wearhouse raises offer for Jos. Humana Inc and UnitedHealth Group ranked among the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainers, with Humana's stock jumping 10.6 percent to $113.69 after it said the government's proposed cuts to the private Medicare program appeared to be less than it had forecast.

  • *S&P 500 sets intraday record in broad U.S. equity rally; German sentiment helps. NEW YORK, Feb 24- Stocks on Wall Street surged to an all-time high on Monday on optimism over merger activity that also lifted global equity markets, while crude oil prices rose, helped by expectations of revived growth in the demand for oil.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- Unusually cold weather will take a bite out of U.S. economic growth this quarter, but a rebound seems likely on the horizon and expectations for stronger growth this year have not changed. The economy will regain strength, "said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester Pennsylvania.

  • Feb 24- U.S. solar installer SolarCity Corp said it expects to install fewer panels in the first quarter, sending its shares down 6 percent after the bell. SolarCity said in October that it would acquire Zep Solar, a maker of mounting systems for residential solar panels, for about $158 million in stock. SolarCity shares were at $75.25 after market close on Monday.

  • Feb 24- The head of the United Automobile Workers said on Monday that the union's appeal of a failed organizing effort at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, will focus on the actions of outside parties, not the German automaker itself.

  • Feb 24- Detroit's plan to deal with its $18 billion of debt and emerge from municipal bankruptcy would set a troubling precedent for the U.S. municipal bond market, Fitch Ratings said on Monday. "Fitch considers Detroit's plan of adjustment to be hostile to GO bondholders," the rating agency said in a statement.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks rose on Monday, with the S&P 500 ending less than a point away from a record closing high, helped by gains in health insurers and optimism over merger activity. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 103.84 points or 0.64 percent, to end unofficially at 16,207.14.

  • Feb 24- XPO Logistics Inc's quarterly revenue more than doubled as it placed more freight with other carriers and shipped a higher number of quick delivery packages. Revenue from XPO's expedited transportation, or quick delivery, division rose 19.4 percent to $26.4 million in the quarter ended Dec. 31.