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  • LONDON, Feb 19- A softer stance from the Federal Reserves knocked the dollar down on Thursday but failed to lift stock markets in Europe, where the looming deadline for Greece to get a new debt deal kept investors nervous. In Europe, whose barely growing economy could benefit from a weaker currency, the euro rose 0.2 percent to $1.1412 and the broader FTSEurofirst...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 19- Belgian steel wire and cable maker Bekaert said on Thursday that a slowdown in the Chinese market for wire to reinforce tyres meant its 2014 operating profit had risen at a slower rate than expected. "Tyre cord activities in China did deteriorate towards year-end 2014 and impacted our annual results on some key performance criteria compared to...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 19- Authorities in New Delhi have set Uber Technologies Inc a Feb. 25 deadline to provide supporting details for the online taxi-hailing firm's application to operate in the city. Uber was banned in Delhi in December after one of its drivers was accused of raping a female passenger. Rules set by Delhi's transport department in December require...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 19- Authorities in New Delhi have set Uber Technologies Inc a Feb. 25 deadline to provide supporting details for the online taxi-hailing firm's application to operate in the city. Uber was banned in Delhi in December after one of its drivers was accused of raping a female passenger. Rules set by Delhi's transport department in December require...

  • JONKOPING, Sweden, Feb 19- Currency intervention is still an option for the Swedish central bank but is not reasonable at the Swedish crown's current level, Deputy Riksbank governor Per Jansson told reporters on Thursday. "Currency intervention is still there as a possibility, but clearly when the crown is weak... the likelihood that we will use that measure...

  • LONDON, Feb 19- European shares edged off 7- year highs on Thursday, hit by a slide in oil prices and a mixed batch of corporate results, with disappointing updates from companies including utility Centrica and airline Air France-KLM. Centrica's shares fell 7.7 percent, on track for its biggest one-day drop since 2008, after slashing its dividend and reporting a...

  • TOKYO, Feb 19- For many months it seemed certain that with the Bank of Japan buying more bonds than the Ministry of Finance issued, bond prices had nowhere to go but up. If it takes another one it would be up against the ropes, "said Tadashi Matsukawa, head of fixed income investment at PineBridge Investments in Tokyo. The 10- year JGB yield has more than doubled since...

  • Feb 19- British drinks can maker Rexam Plc said U.S. rival Ball Corp offered to buy the company in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about 4.43 billion pounds. Rexam said its shareholders will get 407 pence in cash and 0.04568 new Ball share for each Rexam share held, amounting to 628 pence per share. Ball Corp said in a statement that the deal valued Rexam at $8.4...

  • BRIEF-REXAM SHARES UP 4.469 PCT ON BALL CORP'S 4.43 BLN STG. Feb 19- Shares In Rexam Plc. *Open up 4.469 percent after co says Ball Corp makes a cash-and-stock offer that values the it at about 4.43 billion pounds.

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Electricity components and energy management group Schneider Electric outlined on Thursday a five-year plan to improve its profit margins through cost-saving measures and the possible sale of non-core assets. The firm, which has suffered from slow growth in its core European market in recent years, also promised a share buyback plan of 1...

  • *Reg-Ball corporation: offer for Rexam plc. *Deutsche Bank AG, London branch and Goldman, Sachs& Co. Also represent ball as financial advisors. *Lead financial advisor is Greenhill& Co., with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher& Flom acting as lead legal advisor, and Axinn, Veltrop and Harkrider acting as lead antitrust advisor.

  • UPDATE 1-Falling oil drives Russian rouble lower Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:40 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 19- Falling oil prices drove the Russian rouble lower on Thursday, eating into gains made earlier in the week, but foreign-currency sales for tax purposes meant that losses could be reversed later in the session. At 0735 GMT, the rouble was around 0.9 percent weaker against the dollar at 62.15 and lost 1 percent to trade at 70.99 versus the euro.

  • PARIS, Feb 19- French IT services company Capgemini expects sales to accelerate this year with improved profitability fueled in large part by strength in the North American market. Capgemini, which helps corporations implement software projects to better run their businesses, also proposed a dividend for 2014 of 1.20 euro per share, compared to 1.10 euro in...

  • Can maker Rexam gets $6.85 bln offer from US rival Ball Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:16 AM ET

    Rexam, which makes cans for Coca-Cola and RedBull, said under the 628 pence per share offer, its shareholders would get 407 pence in cash and 0.04568 of a new Ball share for every Rexam share.

  • Russian rouble weaker at opening as oil falls Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 2:05 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 19- The Russian rouble opened weaker on Thursday, hurt by a fall in oil prices to below $60 a barrel. At 0704 GMT, the rouble was around 0.4 percent weaker against the dollar at 61.85 and lost 0.6 percent to trade at 70.67 versus the euro. For rouble poll data see.

  • TOKYO, Feb 19- Japanese government bond prices gained on Thursday after minutes from the U.S. Federal Reserve's last policy meeting showed policymakers were concerned that raising interest rates too soon could pour cold water on the U.S. economic recovery. Traders said buying came from investors such as Japanese life insurers as well as from traders who...

  • Schneider plans asset sales, sales grow modestly Thursday, 19 Feb 2015 | 1:51 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 19- Electricity components and energy management group Schneider Electric said it was targeting low single-digit growth in revenue for 2015 and an improvement in profit margins led by favourable currency effects and growth in North America. It said it expected EBITDA margins of 14-14.5 percent next year against 13.9 percent in 2014 where...

  • PARIS, Feb 19- Air France-KLM is accelerating cost cuts and deferring debt-reduction goals as pressure on revenue and a weak euro threaten to dampen the benefits of lower oil prices this year. Although lower oil prices have boosted airline balance sheets, Air France-KLM expressed concern about currency swings and overcapacity in some long-haul markets.

  • ASTANA, Feb 19- Kazakhstan sees industrial output falling by 0.3 percent this year, its worst level in 17 years, after a 0.2 percent rise in 2014, the National Economy Ministry said on Thursday. Kazakhstan, the second-largest post-Soviet oil producer after Russia, has been hit by plunging world oil prices and by an economic crisis in Russia, a close trading partner.

  • WILLISTON, N.D., Feb 19- One of the strongest leaders of the U.S. shale revolution has been humbled by plunging oil prices. EOG Resources Inc slashed its 2015 budget on Wednesday amid cheap crude and said its output will not grow this year, mere months after confidently saying it was strong enough to weather the downturn without cutbacks. ConocoPhillips and...