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  • SINGAPORE, Feb 4- The Australian dollar stole the limelight on Tuesday, surging over half a U.S. cent after Australia's central bank surprised some traders by dropping its bias towards easing rates.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 4- Brent hovered at around $106 a barrel on Tuesday as a frigid winter boosted heating oil demand in Europe and the United States, offsetting weak economic data from the US and China. Supply cuts in Libya and in the North Sea also limited losses for Brent.

  • The $115 million campaign by the Food and Drug Administration will target the 10 million people aged 12 to 17 who are open to trying cigarettes or who are already experimenting with them and are in danger of becoming regular smokers, the FDA said.

  • BlackRock launches new currency-hedged ETFs Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 4- BlackRock Inc's iShares, the largest U.S. provider of exchange-traded funds, is launching a new set of currency-hedged ETFs on Tuesday as it looks to target investors interested in international equity exposure but concerned about potential losses from a rising U.S. dollar.

  • *Hong Kong reopens after New Year holiday, China reopens on Friday. Feb 4- Hong Kong shares stumbled in their first Year of the Horse trading on Tuesday, as the reopened market caught up with plunges elsewhere and Chinese growth-sensitive sectors led losses that made benchmark indexes reel.

  • Feb 3- U.S. medical device maker Biomet Inc will pay at least $56 million to settle a multi-district lawsuit relating to defective metal hip replacements, a court filing showed, ending a protracted legal tussle. The lawsuits were combined and jointly heard at the federal court of Indiana, the state where Biomet is headquartered.

  • SINGAPORE, Feb 4- Brent hovered at around $106 a barrel on Tuesday as a frigid winter boosted heating oil demand in Europe and the United States, offsetting weak economic data from the US and China. Supply cuts in Libya and in the North Sea also limited losses for Brent.

  • *Gold steady after 1.1 pct rise on Monday. SINGAPORE, Feb 4- Gold held on to sharp overnight gains on Tuesday as Asian equities slumped and investors worried over U.S. economic growth after disappointing manufacturing data. Gold will continue to benefit as there are likely to be more flows out of emerging markets, according to ETF Securities.

  • PETA bought stock in SeaWorld when the company made its initial public offering on April 19, 2013, announcing at the time that it purchased the minimum number of shares needed to attend and speak at annual meetings and to submit shareholder resolutions.

  • Feb 3- General Electric Co has understated or misstated the environmental harm of its chemical dumping into New York's Hudson River, federal officials alleged on Monday.

  • Feb 3- Replacing the Keystone XL pipeline with oil-laden freight trains from Canada may result in an average of six additional rail-related deaths per year, according to a U.S. State Department report that is adding to pressure for President Barack Obama to approve the line.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expressed confidence on Monday that Lenovo Inc would gain approval from U.S. regulators to buy Google's Motorola smart-phone hardware business in what would be China's biggest technology acquisition to date.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Google Inc Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt expressed confidence on Monday that Lenovo Inc would gain approval from U.S. regulators to buy Google's Motorola smart-phone hardware business in what would be China's biggest technology acquisition to date.

  • Feb 3- A credit card data breach has been detected that exposed guests at certain Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and other hotel properties to theft, hotel management firm White Lodging Services Corp said on Monday.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 4- London copper extended losses into a tenth consecutive session after U.S. manufacturing lost steam in January, further souring sentiment already tarnished by moderating growth in China.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 4- The sale of power firm Macquarie Generation heralds the start of a busy year for Australian privatisations, as strong demand for high-quality assets coincides with tight government budgets and a need for major infrastructure spending.

  • The world's biggest smartphone maker is bracing for its weakest mobile annual profit growth in seven years amid fierce competition from Apple Inc and Chinese vendors, and as growth for high-end smartphones eases due to near saturation in many markets.

  • *MSCI Asia ex- Japan tumbles to fresh five-month low. TOKYO, Feb 4- Asian shares tumbled on Tuesday though the dollar regained some footing, after disappointing U.S. manufacturing data cast a pall over Wall Street and gave investors little reason to hope for stability in emerging markets after their recent rout.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 3- Target Corp, which suffered a massive data breach during the holiday shopping season, is speeding up a $100 million program to implement the use of chip-enabled smart cards to protect against cyber theft, a senior company executive said.

  • SEOUL, Feb 4- U.S. crude futures held around $96.50 a barrel in early Asian trade on Tuesday after falling in the previous session as weaker-than-expected U.S. factory data added to concerns about oil demand in the world's largest economy. *U.S. oil edged up 10 cents to $96.53 a barrel as of 0029 GMT, after settling $1.09 down at $96.43 a barrel.