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  • MOSCOW, Feb 27- The rouble and Russian shares fell on Friday, ending the month on a cautious note after a rally the day before, as support from monthly taxes waned and oil prices remained volatile. At 1550 GMT the Russian currency was down 1 percent to 61.73 against the dollar and by a similar amount against the euro at 69.32. Although oil benchmark Brent was up around 2...

  • *Lenovo says "we will significantly reduce preloaded applications". *Lenovo says its standard image will only include OS and related software, software required to make hardware work well security software, Lenovo applications. *Lenovo says "we have worked with partners to create tools and update antivirus programs to eliminate superfish software".

  • KIEV, Feb 27- Ukraine on Friday reported the first deaths in three days in east Ukraine and President Petro Poroshenko said Russia would pose a "military threat" even if a ceasefire holds. Kiev and Western governments have accused Russia of sending troops and weapons to support the separatists in east Ukraine, despite a peace deal agreed in the Belarussian...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. consumer sentiment fell from an 11- year high in February, weighed down by an unusually severe winter, a survey released on Friday showed. The University of Michigan's final February reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment was 95.4, sliding from January's 98.1, which was the highest since January 2004. February's final number,...

  • Google scraps plan to block porn on Blogger Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    Feb 27- Google Inc has abandoned its plan to ban adult content on its blogging site Blogger after receiving negative feedback from users. Google will instead "step up enforcement" of its existing policy prohibiting commercial porn, Jessica Pelegio, the company's social product support manager, wrote on Google Product Forums on Friday. Google said earlier this...

  • *China's implied oil demand set to grow 3 percent this year. *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. At 1453 GMT, Brent crude futures were up $1.26 at $61.32 a barrel, off an earlier high of $61.75.

  • DETROIT, Feb 27- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it will recall about 467,500 SUVs worldwide in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause the engine to either stall or not start. The vehicles affected are the Dodge Durango from model years 2012 and 2013 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel versions from 2011 model year sold outside North America.

  • STOCKHOLM, Feb 27- Sweden's central bank chief abandoned his cautious approach in February when he unleashed negative rates and bond buys to fight falling prices, but there are already signs the bank might not have tools sharp enough to match that rhetoric. As recently as July, Stefan Ingves became the first governor since the bank became independent to put...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 27- Moody's Investors Service on Friday cut Chicago's already-weak credit rating one notch to Baa2, citing the city's growing costs related to its big unfunded pension liability. The downgrade to Baa2, which is just two notches above the junk level, affects $8.3 billion of Chicago's general obligation bonds. Moody's warned the rating could fall...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. consumer sentiment fell from an 11- year high in February, a survey released on Friday showed. The University of Michigan's final February reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment was 95.4, higher than the initial reading of 93.6 and the market forecast for a reading of 94.0. However, February's final sentiment index was lower than...

  • *Vodafone, alternative ops warn on "re-monopolisation". Germany's Deutsche Telekom and Spain's Telefonica have predicted that revenues will grow this year, while France's Orange and Norway's Telenor have promised higher future dividends, a major motivation for investors in the sector. Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Tim Hoettges attributed the rebirth...

  • Sacked Sanofi boss joins PureTech board Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 10:08 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 27- Chris Viehbacher, sacked as chief executive of French drugs firm Sanofi last year, is to join the board of PureTech, a privately owned healthcare science and technology R&D company. Viehbacher, who moved to Boston last year while he was still running Sanofi, raised the French company's multinational profile during his six years in the job by...

  • Feb 27- Fund managers in the United States raised their recommended exposure to North American debt to the highest in nearly four years in February, but made minor changes to their overall global model portfolios, a Reuters poll showed. "The U.S. economy will continue to grow but probably not at as fast a pace as in the last two quarters I think the Fed will be very...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- British investment managers have cut back on bonds and increased reserves of cash as they warn of market volatility across asset classes in the year ahead, a Reuters poll found. Many stocks benchmarks are trading near multi-year highs, such as Britain's blue chip FTSE 100 index which this week finally breached a peak not seen since 1999....

  • LONDON, Feb 27- European investors lifted their bets on stocks and bonds in February, focusing on markets outside the United States as they sought to catch onto the boost from central bank money printing, according to a Reuters poll. "In our view the biggest opportunities are in Euroland and Japan. While the United States is withdrawing economic pump-priming...

  • LONDON, Feb 27- Global investors increased their bets on stocks during February as major equity markets broke through all-time highs, fuelled by the promise of more monetary stimulus, Reuters' monthly asset allocation poll showed. As around 20 central banks have cut interest rates since the start of 2015, and with the European Central Bank set to launch...

  • Dublin- based Actavis Plc holds the commercial license for the product, but the marketing application was submitted by non-profit pharmaceutical company Medicines360, which holds the U.S. public sector clinic rights. The companies expect the device, which also helps to check heavy menstrual bleeding, to be available in the United States by the second quarter...

  • DETROIT, Feb 27- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said on Friday it will recall about 467,500 SUVs globally in order to fix a fuel-pump issue that could cause engine stall. The U.S. arm of FCA says it is not aware of any crashes or injuries linked to this issue. Affected vehicles are the Dodge Durango from model years 2011 and 2012 and the Jeep Grand Cherokee diesel versions...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 27- Striking truckers lifted their blockade of dozens of highways in Brazil after police began fining and arresting protesters, though strike organizers said they had no plans to end their stoppage now in its 10th day. Brazil is the world's No. 2 soy producer and a top global supplier. Silos at Paranagua, the second-largest soy export port in Brazil,...

  • *J.C. Penney tumbles after earnings. NEW YORK, Feb 27- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark shortly after the open on Friday, following data on economic growth and ahead of a report on consumer sentiment. said Tim Ghriskey, chief investment officer of Solaris Group in Bedford Hills, New York.