*OPEC could trim 2015 output to 29.5 mln bpd- Badri. Many OPEC countries need oil prices above $100 a barrel in order to meet their budget needs and analysts say Saudi Arabia, OPEC's biggest producer, could cut production in an effort to support prices. Any production cut by OPEC, due to meet in November, would be the group's first since 2008..» Read More
April 6- An unexplained blast this week at a liquefied natural gas facility in rural Washington state, which injured workers, forced an evacuation and raised alarm about a potentially large second explosion, could focus attention on the risk of storing massive gas supplies near population centers.
*S.Africa, Nigeria vying to be' voice' of Africa. ABUJA, April 6- Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy after a rebasing calculation almost doubled its gross domestic product to more than $500 billion, data from the statistics office showed on Sunday.
WASHINGTON, April 6- General Motors should make restitution to victims' families and face criminal action if merited for the way it handled defective ignition switches that caused fatal auto accidents, U.S.
LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, April 6- "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," the sequel to Marvel's 2011 film about the red, white and blue superhero, smashed its way to $96.2 million in weekend ticket sales, setting a new record for an April release and speeding past last week's winner, "Noah."
The Defense Department decided it could skip further orders for Boeing's F/A-18 fighter jets and EA-18G electronic attack planes after concluding that a halt in their production would not jeopardize suppliers for other big weapons programs, said Elana Broitman, the Pentagon's top industrial base official.
WASHINGTON, April 6- The head of the International Monetary Fund dismissed a European central banker's recent remark that the IMF weighs in at his agency more than others such as the U.S. "We do say what we have to say when we think that it's appropriate to say it," IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said in an interview that aired on Fox News on Sunday.
ABUJA, April 6- Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy after a rebasing calculation nearly doubled its gross domestic product, data from the statistics office showed on Sunday.
April 6- Pfizer Inc's experimental breast cancer drug in a clinical trial nearly doubled the amount of time patients lived without their disease getting worse, but overall survival was not yet shown to be statistically significant, researchers said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted "breakthrough" status for palbociclib.
LAGOS, April 6- Nigeria has overtaken South Africa as Africa's largest economy after a rebasing of its gross domestic product, data from the statistics office showed on Sunday.
NIGERIA'S 2012 DEBT TO GDP RATIO FELL TO 11 PCT FROM 19 PCT AFTER GDP REBASING- STATS OFFICE.
NIGERIA'S 2013 GDP ESTIMATED AT 80.3 TRLN NAIRA AFTER REBASING, FROM 42.3 TRLN NAIRA- STATISTICS OFFICE.
NIGERIA'S GDP INCREASED TO 54.2 TRLN NAIRA AFTER REBASING, FROM 33.9 TRLN NAIRA- STATISTICS OFFICE.
ANALYSIS-DARK MARKETS MAY BE MORE HARMFUL THAN HIGH-FREQUENCY.
*Lafarge declines to comment, Holcim not immediately available. PARIS, April 6- The world's two largest cement makers, France's Lafarge and Switzerland's Holcim, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a company with a stock market value of around $55 billion, a source close to the situation said on Sunday.
HOUSTON/ NEW YORK, April 6- High-yielding energy partnerships have lured billions in capital from investors in the past few years and the returns have often matched or beaten expectations.
PARIS, April 6- The world's two largest cement makers, France's Lafarge and Switzerland's Holcim, have agreed the terms of a merger that would create a company with a stock market value of around $55 billion, a source close to the situation said on Sunday.
NEW YORK, April 6- China's growing appetite for staples like soybeans and corn seems the likely driver behind state trader COFCO's deal to buy a majority stake in Noble Group's agriculture business, yet the move has as much to do with soft commodities.
NEW YORK, April 6- Companies across America are blaming the brutal winter for weak first-quarter results, but investors are expecting a quick rebound in the second quarter and will likely judge harshly companies that are less optimistic about a recovery.
*Starbucks payment/reward app already has 10 million users. BERLIN, April 6- Big retailers are muscling in on the likes of Visa, MasterCard and Google in a fiercely competitive and growing mobile payment market that promises to cut transaction costs and increase customer loyalty.
BASEL, Switzerland, April 6- A recent advert from luxury watchmaker Omega shows a large, technologically-advanced timepiece. These customers' interest has waned little despite economic fluctuations- though the recent financial crisis hurt sales, it was followed by a stronger rebound that was driven by demand in China.