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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- President Barack Obama is set to announce a new cybersecurity executive order on Friday designed to encourage companies to share information about cyber threats, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel told reporters. The executive action will kick off a process for setting standards and security protocols for new...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 13- London copper was steady on Friday as a weaker dollar kept it on track for a second week of gains from last month's more than five year lows, but the start of Lunar New Year next week was likely to curb any rise. *The most-traded April copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange climbed 1.9 percent to 41,800 yuan a tonne. *Greece agreed on Thursday...

  • Feb 12- Two senior executives at JPMorgan Chase& Co who are connected to an investigation into its hiring practices in Asia will exit the bank, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Todd Marin, vice chairman of Asia Pacific investment banking, and Catherine Leung, vice chairwoman of Asia investment banking, are set to leave...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12- Activist Investor Carl Icahn thinks Apple Inc is already worth over $1 trillion but others on Wall St. think it will take a few more years for the iPhone maker's stock value to get there. With Apple's stock market value ballooning this week beyond $700 billion, larger than Switzerland's gross domestic product, activist investor Icahn said...

  • MEDIA-TRANSCANADA PLANS TO SEEK U.S.

  • *Board meets Feb 17-18, decision expected Feb 18 0330-0430 GMT. TOKYO, Feb 13- Bank of Japan policymakers meet next week for that most delicate of monetary missions- raising inflationary expectations without scaring households into cutting back consumption. Having eased monetary policy less than four months ago, the BOJ is set to maintain its "quantitative and...

  • MEDIA-TWO JPMORGAN EXECUTIVES CONNECTED TO ASIA HIRING PROBE.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Asian shares gained on Friday on news of a ceasefire accord in Ukraine, while Sweden's surprise move to cut its main rate into negative territory and hopes of a resolution between debt-strapped Greece and its creditors burnished risk appetite. The main driver of receding anxiety was news of a ceasefire in Ukraine, providing relief to investors as...

  • *Soft U.S. retail sales, jobless claims halt dollar's advance. TOKYO, Feb 13- The dollar was on the defensive on Friday after soft U.S. economic data halted its surge against peers such as the yen and euro while the market awaited further developments in Greek debt negotiations. The dollar traded at 119.04 yen, knocked down from a five-week high of 120.48 touched on...

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 13- Gold held firm above a five-week low on Friday on a weaker dollar and uncertainty over Greece, but the safe-haven metal was headed for its third weekly drop on expectations of higher U.S. interest rates. *In the latest out of Europe, Greece agreed on Thursday to talk to its creditors about the way out of its hated international bailout in a political...

  • SEOUL, Feb 13- U.S. crude futures held above $51 a barrel on Friday, after it jumped on the previous session as news of deeper industry spending cuts and a sinking U.S. dollar revived buying. It rose $2.37 or 4.85 percent to settle at $51.21 on Thursday. *Expiring March Brent futures rose $2.39, or 4.37 percent to settle at $57.05 a barrel on the previous session.

  • CARACAS/ SAN CRISTOBAL, Feb 12- Venezuelan security forces faced off with stone-wielding protesters on Thursday as supporters of President Nicolas Maduro also rallied on the anniversary of last year's fatal unrest. The flare-ups, in the volatile western city of San Cristobal and the capital Caracas, recalled four months of protests and violence in 2014...

  • MEXICO CITY/ WASHINGTON, Feb 12- Grappling with tumbling auto sales and weak economic growth, Brazil wants to renew an auto quota pact with Mexico that is set to expire in March, a move that could stoke trade tensions. Another source said Brazil wants a broader treaty with Mexico that would allow free trade between the two Latin American peers in areas where...

  • Feb 12- The fickleness of the gaming industry was on full display in the earnings reports of "FarmVille" creator Zynga Inc and "Candy Crush" maker King Digital Entertainment Plc. Zynga's shares fell 10 percent while King Digital's soared 18 percent in extended trading on Thursday after the companies reported contrasting fortunes in a key industry metric.

  • CARACAS, Feb 12- Venezuela on Thursday unveiled a devaluation of 69 percent at the opening of a new free-floating currency exchange rate system, part of President Nicolas Maduro's efforts to stem capital flight and shore up the OPEC nation's coffers amid tumbling crude prices. It could also lead to billions of dollars in write-downs by foreign corporations...

  • Feb 12- A former Goldman Sachs Group Inc computer programmer on Thursday sued the FBI agents who investigated him in connection with allegations he stole secret code from the bank's computers, contending they violated his constitutional rights. Sergey Aleynikov, the former programmer, filed his lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Jersey less than two months...

  • DETROIT, Feb 12- An investor group demand that General Motors Co give back more of its $25 billion cash hoard confronts Chief Executive Mary Barra with a challenge to her plans for building the company and rewarding shareholders. "Having a very, very strong balance sheet is wise, but we're beyond wisdom and into excess capital," said Grant Taber, portfolio manager at...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- Brazilian Trade Minister Armando Monteiro said on Thursday he does not see much chance of agreeing on a tax treaty with the United States in the short term. Monteiro did not hold out much hope of resolving the issue during a presidential visit, noting that there was no date set for President Dilma Rousseff to visit the United States.

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to Feb 26 Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SAN ANTONIO, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed" before a community luncheon sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas San Antonio branch- 1830 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank executive board member Peter Praet to speak at AFME Conference- 1550 GMT. COVENTRY, England-...

  • Feb 12- Standard& Poor's said on Thursday it had downgraded Puerto Rico's general obligation debt by three notches, deeper into junk territory, citing a judge's decision to void the U.S. commonwealth's plan for debt restructuring. The credit ratings agency lowered Puerto Rico's GO debt rating to B from BB, citing the island's potential inability to pay its debts,...