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  • Rouble weakens in volatile trade before Putin speech Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's rouble weakened against the dollar and euro in volatile trade on Thursday, reversing gains made at market opening, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. At 0822 GMT, the rouble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 61.92 after opening more than 1 percent higher. Putin will hold his press conference at...

  • ROUBLE CONTINUES SLIDE, MOVES OVER 4 PCT WEAKER THAN DLR FROM PVS CLOSE.

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE WEAKENS VS DOLLAR IN VOLATILE TRADE, MOVES OVER 2 PCT WEAKER THAN PVS CLOSE.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The rouble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. "We are expecting verbal interventions today during Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's speech," Gleb Zadoya, head analyst at Profit Group in Moscow,...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 18- Hong Kong shares finished up on Thursday, snapping five consecutive days of losses, underpinned by a rally on Wall Street. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were CCT Land Holdings Ltd, up 11.8 percent at HK $0.02, North Mining Shares Co Ltd, up 1.4 percent at HK $0.36 and Bank Of China, unchanged at HK $4.14.

  • Chevron Corp has put a plan to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea in Canada's Arctic on indefinite hold, while Marathon Oil cut its capital expenditure for next year by about 20 percent. Canadian oil producers also deepened cuts in 2015 spending, as Husky Energy, MEG Energy and Penn West Petroleum joined those hacking back capital budgets in response to tumbling...

  • PARIS, Dec 18- European stocks rose early on Thursday, tracking a rally on Wall Street after the U.S. At 0804 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 1.4 percent at 1,335.46 points. Fed Chair Janet Yellen told a news conference that "patient" meant the policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee was unlikely to hike rates for "at least a couple of...

  • SAN JOSE, Calif., Dec 18- Google will try to persuade a U.S. judge on Thursday to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit over its Android smartphone operating system, as the Internet search company faces increased regulatory pressure from European authorities. The hearing in San Jose, California, federal court is over the lawsuit filed by two smartphone consumers who say...

  • METALS-LME copper eases in step with oil Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:44 AM ET

    *Shanghai copper gets lift via upbeat China economic survey. SYDNEY, Dec 18- London copper was lower on Thursday, shedding modest overnight gains in step with weaker oil, while Shanghai copper futures ended flat, stabilised by a positive economic survey of Chinese companies. Sales, profits, and employment in China improved "a bit" during the second half of the year,...

  • Carrefour confirms deal with Brazilian tycoon Diniz Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 AM ET

    PARIS, Dec 18- French supermarkets group Carrefour on Thursday announced that Brazilian billionaire Abilio Diniz had bought a 10 percent stake in its Brazil division through his investment company Peninsula for about 1.8 billion reais. The anouncement confirms information provided on Wednesday by a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

  • Hackers who said they were incensed by the film attacked Sony Corp last month, leaking documents that drew global headlines and distributing unreleased films on the Internet. "Sony has no further release plans for the film," a Sony spokeswoman said on Wednesday when asked whether the movie would be released later in theaters or as video on demand.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The Russian government proposed providing up to 1 trillion roubles in additional capital to support the banking sector, a draft law posted on the lower house of parliament's web site showed on Thursday.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Shares in Russian business conglomerate Sistema surged around 35 percent in early trading on Thursday after the company's chairman was freed from house arrest after the market closed on Wednesday. Interfax reported that Vladimir Yevtushenkov was freed on Wednesday, citing his lawyer. Yevtushenkov's arrest and the seizure by the state of one...

  • SEOUL, Dec 18- Iconic Swedish furniture retailer IKEA built its biggest store in the world to serve South Korea's shrinking households, targeting millions of people living alone with Korea- only items like super-sized single beds and in-store kimchi rice. The store opened on Thursday in Gwangmyeong, less than an hour's drive or 14 minutes by train from central...

  • RUSSIAN GOVT SUBMITS DRAFT LAW ON PROVIDING ADDITIONAL CAPITAL TO BANKING SECTOR FOR UP TO 1 TRLN RBLS- RIA.

  • Russian rouble firms before Putin news conference Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- The Russian rouble firmed at opening on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by the currency's dramatic decline this year. At 0705 GMT, the rouble was 2.8 percent firmer against the dollar at 58.00 after opening more than 1 percent higher. Market participants have been encouraged by a...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's central bank said on Thursday it had conducted no interventions on the foreign exchange market on Dec. 16, when the rouble suffered its largest intraday loss since 1998..

  • The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 0.4 percent, to 3,345.93, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.1 percent, to 3,057.52 points. Among the most active stocks in Shanghai were Minsheng Bank, up 1.3 percent to 9.59 yuan; China Shipbuilding Industry, up 8.9 percent to 9.30 yuan and China State Construction...

  • YOUR MONEY-The best place to retire? You get to pick Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 18- There are plenty of lists proclaiming "The Best Places to Retire." Designed by real estate information company Zillow.com for Reuters, it incorporates reams of data on more than 15,000 locales across the United States. For instance, if you find all of the screening categories to be very important, and you are looking for a reasonably-priced home,...

  • RUSSIAN ROUBLE OPENS UP MORE THAN 1 PCT AGAINST DOLLAR ON THURSDAY AHEAD OF PUTIN'S ANNUAL PRESS CONFERENCE.