*Navy threatened tankers loading crude at seized ports. TRIPOLI, March 8- Armed protesters controlling ports in eastern Libya said on Saturday they had started independently exporting oil, bypassing the central government in a major escalation of their blockade to demand a share of the nation's petroleum wealth.» Read More
Sept 17- Huntsman Corp said it would combine its pigment business with Rockwood Holdings Inc's as part of a $1.1 billion deal and eventually take the business public. Huntsman said its purchase of Rockwood's titanium dioxide business would make it the world's second-largest producer of the chemical, a key ingredient for white paint and coatings.
Sept 17- Beauty products maker Coty Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted profit in its first quarterly results as a public company, mainly due to strong sales of branded perfumes such as Marc Jacobs and Chloe in Asia.
LONDON, Sept 17- The euro rose against the dollar on Tuesday after a German sentiment survey rose more than forecast, but gains were limited before a Federal Reserve meeting expected to result in a cut in stimulus. The euro was up 0.2 percent at $1.3360, nearing a peak of $1.3385 hit on Monday, its highest since late August.
BEIJING, Sept 17- A state-owned asset management company in China said the "best business strategy" for the country's banks is to slightly underestimate their bad loan ratios, a rare affirmation of investor suspicions that Chinese lenders downplay their bad-debt woes.
*Peru copper production likely do more than double by 2016. LONDON, Sept 17- Copper steadied near a five-week low on Tuesday in cautious trade ahead of a Federal Reserve policy meeting at which the U.S. central bank is widely expected to announce it will begin rolling back its monetary stimulus.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- The Devil, it seems, wears anything but Prada in the eyes of Chinese bloggers determined to expose corrupt government officials flashing luxury labels way past their pay grades.
Sept 17- Perfume and cosmetics maker Coty Inc reported a smaller loss in its first quarterly results as a public company. The company's net loss narrowed to $62.3 million, or 16 cents per share, in the quarter ended June 30, from $357.3 million, or 95 cents per share, a year earlier.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- Italian luxury fashion house Prada posted a 7.6 percent rise in first-half profits on Tuesday, lifted by solid growth in its key greater China market but the result was lower than what analysts had forecast.
Sept 17- Huntsman Corp said it would buy Rockwood Holdings Inc's paint pigments and performance additives businesses for $1.1 billion in cash.
LONDON, Sept 17- Gold edged higher on Tuesday as the dollar remained under pressure on prospects the Federal Reserve will announce a modest reduction in its bond-buying stimulus at its two-day meeting.
HAMBURG, Sept 17- To the casual observer, the Landesbanken's results for the first half of this year might suggest Germany's publicly-owned regional banks are in good financial health.
AMSTERDAM, Sept 17- Philips raised most of its financial targets and announced plans to return 1.5 billion euros to shareholders, saying it would reap the benefits of a two-year revamp to focus on healthcare, lighting and consumer appliances.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong shares slipped from a 17- week high on Tuesday, led by financial counters as turnover dropped ahead of the two-day meeting at which the U.S. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong inched up 0.4 percent.
*Wing Hang Bank leads Hong Kong up after takeover offer. HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong shares slipped from a 17- week high in early Tuesday trade, with mainland Chinese markets also weaker, ahead of a U.S.
*Russia oil exports to Belarus seen at 3.1 mln T in Q4 vs 5.3 mln in Q3. *Moscow announced cuts to Belarus following potash boss arrest in Minsk. MOSCOW, Sept 17- Russia will cut oil pipeline supplies to Belarus by 42 percent in the fourth quarter, an export schedule showed on Tuesday, amid a spat over the arrest of a Russian potash industry boss in Minsk last month.
*Easing tensions over Syria reduce risk premium. LONDON, Sept 17- Brent crude fell below $110 a barrel on Tuesday as easing worries over a potential U.S. attack on Syria calmed fears of a disruption to Middle East oil supplies and after output resumed at a western Libyan oilfield.
*Costs seen coming down from Pentagon projections. The decision is a boost for Lockheed Martin and Washington, which had urged the Netherlands in April not to turn to other suppliers because of fears of rising costs in a project that has been blighted by technical faults and delays.
LONDON, Sept 17- Commercially recoverable reserves of tight oil in the rest of the world could be double or more those of North America and the geology of the 23 best opportunities is better in some cases, according to a new study.
HONG KONG, Sept 17- Hong Kong shares slipped from a 17- month high on Tuesday, led by financial counters as turnover dropped ahead of the two-day meeting at which the U.S. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong inched up 0.4 percent.
In Asia, the MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan lost 0.3 percent, while Japan's Nikkei stock average, which opened higher after a holiday on Monday, changed gears and closed 0.7 percent lower.