*China Feb exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears. SINGAPORE, March 10- Brent futures slipped towards $108 a barrel on Monday as data showing an unexpected fall in China's exports added to fears of a slowdown in the world's No. 2 economy, though geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya limited the decline.» Read More
SAO PAULO, Sept 17- German automaker Volkswagen AG will soon announce investments of 1.2 billion reais in Brazil to begin local assembly of its newest Golf model and restart local production by its Audi premium division, a spokesman for the state of Parana told Reuters.
Sept 17- Microsoft Corp raised its quarterly dividend by 22 percent to 28 cents per share and said its board had authorized a new share buyback program of up to $40 billion. Microsoft shares rose about 1 percent in early trading on the Nasdaq on Tuesday.
*Deutsche, Citi to advise on London flotation-sources. DUBAI, Sept 17- DAMAC Properties, a privately held Dubai property developer, has hired two international investment banks to help arrange an initial public offering of shares in London and join a growing list of Gulf companies seeking overseas listings.
**KYTHERA BIOPHARMACEUTICALS INC, $42.00, up 25 pct. **REPROS THERAPEUTICS INC, $26.75, up 26 pct. **REGADO BIOSCIENCES INC, $9.11, up 20 pct.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. homebuilder sentiment was unchanged in September after four straight months of gains, the National Association of Home Builders said on Tuesday. Federal Reserve will soon taper its $85- billion- per-month in buying of Treasuries and mortgage-backed securities.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- JPMorgan Chase& Co has increased its spending on control efforts by about $1 billion and added 3,000 employees this year alone to handle mounting legal, risk and compliance issues, Chief Executive Jamie Dimon said in a memo sent to employees on Tuesday.
*Easing tensions over Syria reduce risk premium. LONDON, Sept 17- Brent crude fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday as a deal averting any imminent U.S. attack on Syria calmed fears of a disruption to Middle East oil supplies and after output resumed at a large oilfield in western Libya.
**KYTHERA BIOPHARMACEUTICALS INC, $42.00, up 25 pct. **AGENUS INC $3.46, up 26 pct. **HUNTSMAN CORP, $20.21, up 6 pct.
LONDON, Sept 17- Power prices in Europe have diverged further this year than at any time since markets were linked three years ago, showing how interconnector capacity is failing to keep up with expanding German wind and solar generation.
Nucor said it expects third-quarter earnings between 35 and 40 cents a share, compared with earnings of 35 cents a share in the third quarter of 2012..
Boston- based Fidelity, the largest money market fund provider in the world, said the pricing reform put forth by the SEC would affect about 65 percent of money fund assets. "The staff estimated that only 30 percent of all assets would be subject to a floating if adopted by the SEC," Fidelity said in a comment letter. "
Sept 17- Huntsman Corp said it would combine its pigments business with that of Rockwood Holdings Inc as part of a $1.1 billion deal that could mark the start of a long-expected shake-up in the volatile industry. Huntsman shares rose 6 percent in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks edged up at the open on Tuesday ahead of the start of a highly anticipated Federal Reserve two-day meeting, while inflation data supported the case for the Fed to start to reduce its stimulus measures.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. government officials have briefed the Belgian government about the capabilities of the Lockheed Martin Corp F-35 fighter jet, as Brussels prepares to replace its aging fleet of 60 F-16s, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters.
LONDON, Sept 17- Global investors cut their allocation to bonds to the lowest in seven years in September as they positioned for stronger global growth and higher inflation, a poll showed on Tuesday.
ADDIS ABABA, Sept 17- When global drinks giant Diageo bought a brewery in Ethiopia, it paid a premium for a stake in a barely tapped African market that in the 1980 s had spectacularly failed to feed its own population.
LONDON, Sept 17- Prestige, not pay, was the main goal for banks who completed Europe's biggest equity capital market deal so far this year, in the shape of Britain's sale of 3.2 billion pounds worth of shares in Lloyds Banking Group.
**MICROSOFT CORP, Monday close $32.80, up 2 pct premarket. The new share repurchase program, which has no expiration date, replaces a $40 billion buyback program that was set to expire on Sept. 30. **KYTHERA BIOPHARMACEUTICALS INC, Monday close $33.53, up 19.4 pct after market.
Sept 17- Microsoft Corp said it would buy back up to $40 billion of its shares and raise its quarterly dividend by 22 percent. The new share repurchase program, which has no expiration date, replaces a $40 billion buyback program that was set to expire on Sept. 30.
*Consumer price index rises 0.1 percent in August. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- U.S. consumer prices barely rose in August, but gains in rents and medical care costs pointed to a stabilization in underlying inflation that could allow the Federal Reserve to start trimming its bond purchases.