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  • *Nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 150,000 in February. WASHINGTON, March 4- U.S. job growth likely picked up enough in February to encourage the Federal Reserve to continue to scale back its monetary stimulus, although the gain is likely to be tepid given the unrelentingly harsh winter weather.

  • *RadioShack closing 1,100 stores after sales tumble 20 pct. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday, with the S&P 500 at a record high, as fears eased of a confrontation between Russia and Ukraine and Russian President Vladimir Putin said there was no need to use military force in the Crimea region for now.

  • DETROIT, March 4- General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said the No. 1 U.S. automaker was sorry for the recent recall of an ignition-switch linked to 13 deaths, and said the process would take time to play out but the company would work to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 4- Steve Mollenkopf, the new chief executive of Qualcomm, said on Tuesday that the mobile chipmaker is developing technologies that will drive continued demand for smartphones even as others worry that the smartphone market's best days are behind it. He was named in December to replace Paul James, the son of a Qualcomm co-founder.

  • *Putin pulls back troops near border with Ukraine. NEW YORK, March 4- The yen and Swiss franc fell on Tuesday while the rouble rebounded, as signs Russia may be seeking to avoid further military involvement in Ukraine diminished bids for safe-haven currencies.

  • UPDATE 1-Investment bank Moelis files for IPO Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:24 PM ET

    The New York- based company, led by Wall Street dealmaker Kenneth Moelis, will look to take advantage of an improving U.S. IPOs by dollar volume since 2000, according to Thomson Reuters data, as large floats such as Hilton Worldwide Holdings and Plains GP Holdings lifted deal proceeds 21 percent to $56.4 billion.

  • DETROIT, March 4- General Motors Co Chief Executive Mary Barra said the No. 1 U.S. automaker was sorry for the recent recall of an ignition-switch linked to 13 deaths, and said the process would take time to play out but the company would work to ensure customer satisfaction.

  • *Crop expectations for Brazil, Argentina fall. Corn received further support from the uncertainty over unrest in Ukraine, hitting its highest on a continuous basis since mid-September.

  • DONETSK/KHARKIV, Ukraine, March 4- More than 1,000 demonstrators with Ukrainian flags took to the streets of the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Tuesday, for the first time outnumbering pro- Moscow youths who have seized its government building, which flies the Russian flag.

  • March 4- Caterpillar Inc's chief executive said on Tuesday several of the company's biggest markets, including China and North America, were strengthening modestly, but he warned that the global economy was largely fragile and sensitive to unexpected shocks like the crisis in Ukraine.

  • March 4- Morgan Stanley's wealth management unit said it hired six financial advisers from UBS and Wells Fargo. Daniel Tedesco and Dennis Madden joined on Feb. 14 from UBS where they managed $161 million in client assets. James Wong, Matthew Barker, Justin Harris and Desiderio Rodriquez joined on Feb. 28 from Wells Fargo where they managed $264 million in assets.

  • BEIJING, March 5- China will unveil key economic targets and reform priorities for 2014 at the start of an annual parliament meeting on Wednesday, and expectations are that Beijing will stick to gradual changes to avoid an economic shock.

  • COLUMN-Russia and the dead BRIC thesis: James Saft Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 3:00 PM ET

    Russia's power move in Ukraine is the slap and the so-called BRICs as an investment concept is the belief. That's not because India will bomb Sri Lanka or Brazil impose a' co-prosperity zone' on Surinam.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. Harper, who did not give further details, has been particularly critical of Russia over the actions of its armed forces in Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The eastern and central United States were plunged into a deep freeze on Tuesday, with record low temperatures in the wake of a deadly storm expected to moderate in coming days. Baltimore; Scranton, Pennsylvania; Morgantown, West Virginia; Zanesville, Ohio; and Flint, Michigan all set or tied record lows.

  • GENEVA, March 4- Daimler's Mercedes and Nissan's Infiniti plan to pool development of compact cars to cut costs, expand the German carmaker's North American production and broaden the Infiniti lineup, people familiar with the matter said.

  • MOSCOW, March 4- Russia needs more guarantees on food safety from two U.S. pork packing plants in order to resume imports from the United States around March 10 as it had originally targeted, Russia's veterinary and phytosanitary watchdog said on Tuesday.

  • OTTAWA, March 4- The Group of Seven leading industrialized nations are discussing whether to hold a meeting in the near future, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday, a move that would pointedly exclude Russia. The G7 became the G8 in 1998 when Russia was formally included.

  • *Commerzbank selling 4 bln euro portfolio of property loans. FRANKFURT/ MADRID, March 4- Banks such as Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan are teaming up with international funds to bid for a multi-billion-euro portfolio of Spanish property loans as the country's real estate market thaws, sources close to the process said.

  • Investment bank Moelis files for IPO Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 2:32 PM ET

    March 4- Moelis& Co, an independent investment bank, filed with U.S. regulators to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of its Class A common stock.