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  • G20 DRAFT COMMUNIQUE WELCOMES STRONGER ECON ACTIVITY IN SOME COUNTRIES BUT SAYS GLOBAL GROWTH FALLS SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS.

  • G20 FINANCIAL LEADERS SAY CONFIDENT GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECOVERY WILL GAIN SPEED- DRAFT.

  • G20 FINANCIAL LEADERS SAY WILL CAREFULLY CALIBRATE AND CLEARLY COMMUNICATE MONETARY POLICY ACTIONS TO LIMIT NEGATIVE SPILLOVER EFFECTS- DRAFT.

  • G20 FIN LEADERS REITERATE RESOLVE TO TACKLE TERRORIST FINANCING, DEEPEN INFORMATION EXCHANGE-- DRAFT.

  • Sept 4- U.S. stocks opened lower on Friday after the August jobs report showed moderate job growth and the lowest unemployment rate in more than seven years, increasing chances the Fed could raise interest rates sooner rather than later.

  • Lufthansa CEO sees opportunities in Iran Friday, 4 Sep 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Sept 4- Germany's Lufthansa is excited by the possibilities offered by the opening up of Iran, especially for its maintenance and catering divisions, the airline group's chief executive told Reuters. Carsten Spohr said he would be travelling to Iran shortly and that talks with partners had intensified. Iran and six world powers struck a deal on...

  • LONDON, Sept 4- U.S. stock futures fell and the dollar was little changed on Friday after data showed the U.S. economy created fewer jobs than expected last month, though the unemployment rate fell to a 7-1/ 2- year low. Non-farm payrolls increased 173,000 in August as the manufacturing sector lost the most jobs since July 2013, after an upwardly revised 245,000 rise...

  • *Iran paid $87 mln for Romanian rig to bypass sanctions. *Broker says he is targeted by interests in Tehran. DUBAI, Sept 4- Four years after Iran spent $87 million to buy an oil drilling rig that was never delivered, the broker in the deal has given his side of a story he describes as a cautionary tale for Western investors impatient for an end to sanctions.

  • Sept 4- BlackBerry Ltd plans to acquire rival mobile software provider Good Technology for $425 million in cash, the Canadian smartphone company said on Friday, boosting its ability to help companies manage smartphones that run any operating system. Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry pioneered smartphones, but after losing ground to Apple Inc and Samsung...

  • Instead, the euro has been bolstered by an unwinding of risky carry trades, in which investors sell low-yielding currencies such as the euro in search of higher returns elsewhere, on the back of worries related to China. The broad-based euro trade-weighted index has risen 1.3 percent since China devalued the yuan on Aug. 11, a move that injected volatility into...

  • FDA delays decision on key Alexion drug by 3 months Friday, 4 Sep 2015 | 8:49 AM ET

    Sept 4- Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would delay by three months its decision on approving a key drug the company got through the acquisition of Synageva BioPharma Corp.. The FDA, which has granted the drug "breakthrough therapy" status for LAL deficiency in infants, was expected to make its decision by Sept. 8.

  • OTTAWA, Sept 4- The labor productivity of Canadian businesses fell 0.6 percent in the second quarter, while the previous quarter's decline was revised lower, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. The decline in the second quarter was in line with economists' expectations. The first quarter was revised to a decline of 0.5 percent from the initially...

  • OTTAWA, Sept 4- Canada's economy unexpectedly added jobs in August, though the unemployment rate rose to its highest level in a year as more people were looking for work, data from Statistics Canada showed on Friday. Canada added 12,000 jobs last month, surpassing economists' expectations for a decline of 4,500 jobs. Canada fell into a modest recession in the first...

  • *Average hourly earnings increase eight cents. WASHINGTON, Sept 4- U.S. job growth rose less than expected in August, which could dim prospects of a Federal Reserve interest rate hike later this month, even as the unemployment rate dropped to a near 7-1/ 2- year low of 5.1 percent and wages accelerated. Nonfarm payrolls increased 173,000 last month as the...

  • *Delegates seeking more from China on market turmoil. Federal Reserve is coming under pressure from emerging markets not to raise rates too soon as turmoil in China threatens global growth, but the G20 will not publicly call for any delay, delegates meeting in Turkey said on Friday. Slower growth in China and rising market volatility have boosted the risks to the...

  • MADRID, Sept 4- Spain is sending a high-level government and business delegation to Iran next week, joining other countries drawn to Tehran by the possibility of lucrative opportunities that could be unlocked by a nuclear deal. Business delegations from around the world have hurried to Tehran since Iran and six major world powers reached a nuclear deal on July...

  • *Corn under pressure from near-record U.S. harvest. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 4- Chicago wheat steadied after touching a five-year low on Friday but remained on course for a fourth straight weekly loss in the face of stiff export competition from northern hemisphere harvests. Corn edged higher after nudging a three-week low earlier in the session and soybeans also...

  • BlackBerry to acquire Good Technology for $425 mln Friday, 4 Sep 2015 | 8:10 AM ET

    Sept 4- Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd said it would acquire software security provider Good Technology for $425 million in cash.

  • LONDON, Sept 4- Investors continued to pull billions of dollars out of emerging market stocks in the week to Sept. 2, but the cumulative outflow recently is now so large it is flashing a "buy" signal to investors, Bank of America Merrill Lynch said on Friday. The $5.2 billion outflow brought redemptions over the last four weeks to $24 billion, or 2.94 percent of assets...

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 4- A day after Mario Draghi presented a sobering economic outlook for the euro zone, the nervousness coursing through his European Central Bank was underscored by a fellow policy maker. "There is serious uncertainty at the moment because you don't know exactly whether this is a pothole on the road or a landslide," said Ewald Nowotny, the head of...