SYDNEY, Dec 6- Asian shares spent much of Friday in a state of suspended animation as tension mounted ahead of jobs data that could make or break the case for an imminent scaling back in U.S. stimulus.» Read More
*Rules allow EU to catch up with United States. LONDON, June 13- European Union states struck a deal on Thursday to overhaul the bloc's stock, bond, derivatives and commodities markets, an EU official said, ending a near two-year deadlock.
NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 13- Gold fell almost 1 percent on Thursday as encouraging U.S. retail sales and job data fueled speculation on the possible scaled-back U.S. Platinum group metals also tumbled on easing supply fears after South Africa's top mining union delayed plans to strike.
SEATTLE, June 13- Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would open 500 special stores within existing Best Buy Co Inc stores in the United States selling exclusively Windows-based tablets and computers and other Microsoft products, in an effort to revitalize sales of its flagship operating system.
*Port workers threatening strike from June 25. SAO PAULO, June 13- The lineup of ships waiting to load sugar at Brazilian ports has edged up to 55 vessels from 54 a week ago, as crushing of the record 2013/ 14 cane crop enters its peak, shipping agents Williams Servicos Maritimos Ltda said.
*Strong U.S. retail sales, claims data help Wall Street recover. But Wall Street rebounded and oil prices recovered after the United States reported stronger-than-expected retail sales and jobless claims, which suggested signs of resilience in the economy.
Central banks from India to Turkey have acted this week to stem currency losses, and on Thursday the Indonesian rupiah was boosted by a surprise central bank rate hike. Markets have been shaken by doubts over the next moves of major central banks such as in Japan and the United States.
*Myriad Genetics shares up more than 10 percent after ruling. WASHINGTON, June 13- In a first of its kind ruling on human genes, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday decided that synthetically produced genetic material can be patented but naturally occurring DNA extracted from the human body cannot.
MOSCOW, June 13- Russian hypermarket chain Lenta, part-owned by U.S. private equity firm TPG and Russia's VTB Capital, has selected banks for a possible initial public offering next year, two sources familiar with the situation said. The banks chosen are JP Morgan Chase& Co, Credit Suisse, UBS, Deutsche Bank and VTB, the sources said.
NEW YORK, June 13- U.S. stocks edged higher on Thursday, with the Dow back above 15,000, as stronger-than-expected data on retail sales and the jobs market signaled the economy may be shaking off a recent soft patch. U.S. equities had initially headed into the session looking weaker following a slump in stocks globally, especially Japan's Nikkei.
TREZZANO SUL NAVIGLIO, Italy, June 13- When Italian car parts multinational Maflow imploded under the weight of the financial crisis, workers at its nerve centre in Trezzano sul Naviglio occupied the factory to protest against mismanagement and seek redress.
NEW YORK, June 13- Brent crude oil reversed an earlier loss to trade slightly higher on Thursday as a higher-than expected rise in U.S. retail sales and fall in jobless claims boosted the U.S. economic outlook, although subdued global demand limited the rebound. Brent crude rose 38 cents to $103.87 a barrel by 11:44 a.m. EDT, having traded as low as $102.75.
NEW YORK, June 13- John Hogan, who became chief risk officer of JPMorgan Chase& Co as the company was just beginning to lose billions of dollars on its London Whale derivatives trades last year, may leave the company, CEO Jamie Dimon said on Thursday.
CHICAGO, June 13- Older Americans are being urged to repair their retirements by working longer. The number of age discrimination complaints filed annually with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC, surged during the recession of 2008, and in 2012 it was still running 43 percent higher than it was as recently as 2000..
*Almost 150 grain ships line up in Argentina, more expected. BUENOS AIRES, June 13- Scores of grain export vessels will be delayed in Argentina next week due to a planned sales strike by farmers, potentially causing millions of dollars in extra shipping costs to be passed along to final consumers, a key port official said on Thursday.
PARIS, June 13- European shares ended broadly steady on Thursday, recovering from the session's lows after upbeat U.S. retail sales and a drop in jobless claims prompted bargain hunters to pick up hammered mining and banking stocks.
Midwest traded steady to $2 per cwt higher on Thursday as supplies tightened and packer demand rose, dealers said.- Packers were paying up for hogs amid seasonally tight supply. "
*SEC says Revlon hid details of proposed share swap. The civil case stemmed from 2009, when Revlon's majority shareholder MacAndrews and Forbes Holdings Inc, controlled by billionaire Ronald Perelman, asked the company to give minority shareholders a chance to tender their common shares for preferred stock, as part of a plan to pay down Revlon debt.
June 13- Marathon Oil Corp tapped an Exxon Mobil Corp executive to become its next CEO when Clarence Cazalot retires at the end of the year. Lee Tillman, Exxon Mobil's vice president of engineering, will take the top post at the energy exploration company in January 2014, Marathon Oil said on Thursday.
LONDON, June 13- The European Union, United States and China are most likely to resolve a multi-billion dollar trade dispute over solar power equipment by agreeing on a floor price for Chinese products.
WASHINGTON, June 13- The Democratic-led U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected a Republican amendment that foes said would have undermined a key element of the White House- backed bill that aims to provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.