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  • Feb 5- Time Warner Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday, helped by the success of the space thriller "Gravity" released by its movie studio, and shed light on the performance of its cable units. Time Warner Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said in a statement that HBO recorded its biggest gain in domestic subscribers in 17 years.

  • MOODY'S ANALYTICS ECONOMIST ZANDI ESTIMATES JAN US NONFARM PAYROLLS WILL RISE 170,000.

  • BRASILIA, Feb 5- A Cuban doctor working in Brazil has sought political asylum in the office of a conservative party complaining that Cuba's communist government takes too big a slice of her pay, a party official said on Wednesday.

  • TORONTO, Feb 5- Canadian National Railway Co said on Wednesday that the union representing roughly 3,000 of its train and yard operation employees in Canada has given the company a notice of its intention to strike. A workers strike at Canada's largest rail operator could disrupt a cross-country network that ships goods ranging from lumber to crude oil.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Charles Schwab Corp is taking broader aim at the retirement market with a new 401 platform that will allow participants to invest 100 percent of their plan in low-cost exchange-traded funds.

  • U.S. services growth quickens in Jan -Markit Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 5- Growth in the U.S. services sector quickened to a four-month high in January and hiring remained robust, an industry report showed on Wednesday. But the pace of hiring "remains resilient as firms report the brightest business outlook for three years," said Chris Williamson, Markit's chief economist.

  • Former HP executive stars on brink of exit: Wires Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:59 AM ET
    Todd Bradley, executive vice president at Hewlett-Packard Co.

    Two of Hewlett-Packard's most powerful executives, until they were sidelined by CEO Meg Whitman, are preparing to leave the company soon.

  • Feb 5- CVS Caremark Corp said on Wednesday that it would stop selling tobacco products at its 7,600 stores by October, becoming the first national drugstore chain in the United States to take cigarettes off the shelf. "I think it will put pressure on other retailers who want to be in healthcare," said CVS Caremark Chief Medical Officer Dr.

  • European Union seeks to stem use of conflict minerals Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Feb 5- The EU's trade chief will present a voluntary scheme in March aimed at stemming the import of minerals from conflict zones and prevent mining them from financing war and strife, EU officials said on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. private employers added 175,000 jobs in January, the smallest gain since August as wintry weather kept a lid on hiring, a report by a payrolls processor showed on Wednesday.

  • As Sony prepares PCs exit, pressure is up TV reboot Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:55 AM ET
    Sony is in talks to sell its personal computer business to a Japanese investment fund as part of the electronics giant's wider restructuring. A business daily said Sony was looking to sell the division to Japan Industrial Partners for between 396 million to 495 million USD.

    Sony's plans to quit making personal computers after years of losses focus a spotlight on how it intends to fix its flagship TV division.

  • MOODY'S ANALYTICS SAYS JOBLESS RATE WILL DECLINE FURTHER, MAY END YEAR CLOSE TO 6 PCT, AS WORKES LEAVE WORKFORCE.

  • ECB options for staving off euro zone deflation threat Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Feb 5- A shock slump in euro zone inflation to a level way below the European Central Bank's target is focusing the minds of its policymakers, who have the chance to respond at Thursday's monthly meeting.

  • MOODY'S ANALYTICS ECONOMIST ZANDI SAYS JAN ADP REPORT CONSISTENT WITH TREND OF 175 K-200K JOB GAINS PER MONTH.

  • *Tableau Software soars after earnings, outlook. NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. stocks were set to fall at the open on Wednesday after a slightly disappointing reading on the private labor market and ahead of data on the services sector.

  • *Q4 core earnings 30.1 pence vs consensus 30.2 p. LONDON, Feb 5- GlaxoSmithKline has predicted a pick-up in sales growth to around 2 percent this year as productivity in its drug research labs improves and pressure on sales in China moderates following a damaging bribery scandal.

  • Feb 5- Merck& Co Inc's quarterly profit and sales just missed expectations as its medicines faced competition from cheaper generics, but shares rose 1.5 percent on enthusiasm for newly announced cancer-drug partnerships with rival U.S. companies.

  • Greek yields drop on report EU mulling extending loans Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:39 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 5- Greek bond yields fell sharply on Wednesday after a media report said European Union officials were weighing extending the maturity of loans to Athens to 50 years, which could ease the debt burden on Greece.

  • UPDATE 1-Payroll processor ADP's results beat estimates Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 8:38 AM ET

    *2nd- quarter EPS from cont. ops 78 cents vs est 77 cents. Feb 5- Automatic Data Processing Inc reported better-than-expected second-quarter results due to higher revenue from its payroll-processing business as the U.S. job market recovers.

  • LONDON, Feb 5- European shares clung to slender gains on Wednesday as disappointing Christmas retail sales took the gloss off the best euro zone PMI figures in 2-1/ 2 years and calmer conditions in emerging markets.