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  • *Significant progress at Geneva talks on Ukraine seen slim. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of defusing the crisis at talks in Geneva later in the day among foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's foreign policy chief appear slim.

  • *Google and IBM fall after hours as earnings disappoint. Disappointing results from Google and IBM had also knocked their shares lower after the bell and put a crimp on technology stocks in the region. Other markets made modest gains with shares in Australia up 0.5 percent and MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan adding 0.33 percent.

  • Nikkei ends flat as profit-taking tempers Fed optimism Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average ended flat in choppy trade on Thursday as profit-taking from the previous day's large gains offset optimism that the U.S. Federal Reserve will keep interest rates low for an extended period.

  • China to appeal WTO rare earth ruling Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 17- China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defence and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as China's unfair trade practices.

  • Car sales upturn fails to halt European price war Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    PARIS, April 17- Europe's car sales recovery may be taking hold, according to registrations data published on Thursday, but confidential industry surveys show the price war is raging on.

  • UPDATE 2-SAP warns exchange rate impact to worsen in Q2 Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:03 AM ET

    *Q1 operating profit 919 mln euros, below poll of 961 mln. FRANKFURT, April 17- German business software maker SAP warned on Thursday that it expected the negative impact of volatile exchange rates to worsen in the second quarter as the strong euro weighs on its financial results.

  • India cuts Iran oil imports nearly a fifth in 2013/14 Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:54 AM ET

    *India's 2013/ 14 Iran imports at 222,000 bpd, down 16.5 pct- trade. The Geneva agreement struck between Iran and six world powers in November and implemented for six months from Jan. 20 eased some restriction on Tehran's oil trade in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.

  • NEW DELHI, April 17- India's oil imports from Iran more than doubled in March from a year ago to about 387,000 barrels per day. Iranian shipments in the first quarter of this year rose about 43 percent from the same period in 2013, according to tanker arrival data obtained from trade sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Analytics. For a full story, see:.

  • Home Depot puts a lid on new-store openings - WSJ Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:35 AM ET

    April 17- Home Depot Inc is putting a lid on new-store openings and focusing its expansion efforts on e-commerce, which presents some logistical challenges for a retailer that sells a lot of bulky materials, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • FOREX-Yen reclaims lost ground against dollar, euro Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:31 AM ET

    TOKYO/ SYDNEY, April 17- The yen bounced back from a one-week low against the dollar on Thursday, with investors taking their cues from recently volatile Japanese equities, though activity was thin as investors wound down trading ahead of the Easter holidays.

  • India's cotton exports hit as China shifts policy Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:24 AM ET

    MUMBAI, April 17- Indian raw cotton exports are expected to plummet around 20 percent in the next crop year, with demand from China fading as Beijing unwinds a controversial stockpiling scheme.

  • *Significant progress at Geneva talks on Ukraine seen slim. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of defusing the crisis at talks in Geneva later in the day among foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's foreign policy chief appear slim.

  • April 17- The Federal Reserve indicated to Citigroup Inc that the bank would get more time to fix certain "stress test" planning problems before rejecting its capital plan last month, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people close to the company.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, April 17- In an otherwise upbeat report on the outlook for China's gold demand, the World Gold Council slipped in some details about the use of the precious metal for credit deals.

  • Between March 2013 and March 2014, more than 50 complaints about e-cigarettes were filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to data obtained through a public records request.

  • *Tencent gains on plans to bring Candy Crush to China. BEIJING, April 17- China stocks traded flat on Thursday, as investors piled into Shanghai Free Trade Zone related stocks but retreated from property firms ahead of data expected to show the sector slowed.

  • US Treasury plans new unit to monitor muni market - WSJ Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:42 AM ET

    April 17- The U.S. Treasury Department is forming a new unit to monitor the municipal bond market, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a Treasury official.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Sompo Japan Insurance and Nipponkoa Insurance, already run as one entity ahead of their merger in September, plan to invest "tens of billions of yen" in new areas, such as energy, environment and infrastructure, mainly through private equity funds, company officials said.

  • JGBs subdued, new 20-year paper well received Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:04 AM ET

    TOKYO, April 17- Japanese government bond prices were little changed on Thursday, reflecting the absence of catalysts with Tokyo equities held to a narrow range after the previous session's surge.

  • Minneapolis- based Cargill had been in late-stage talks to buy the business, which spans bean pressing in Abidjan in Ivory Coast to fine chocolate making in Belgium. The combined company would have been big enough to rival Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut, the world's largest industrial chocolate producer.