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  • Coal miner Alpha Natural's quarterly loss widens Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    Aug 6- Coal miner Alpha Natural Resources Inc reported a bigger quarterly loss as coal prices remained weak. Net loss widened to $512.6 million, or $2.32 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $185.7 million, or 84 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue dropped 21 percent to $1.05 billion.

  • Aug 6- Canadian oil sands producer Athabasca Oil Corp reported a bigger quarterly loss as it set aside C $49 million to settle some claims by PetroChina Co Ltd's Phoenix Energy Holdings Ltd..

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Wells Fargo& Co has relaxed its standards for loans for some high-priced homes as the largest U.S. mortgage lender tries to combat an industry-wide drop in mortgage volumes.

  • SINGAPORE, Aug 6- Indonesia's Lion Group, which boasts an order backlog of about 500 Boeing and Airbus aircraft, has clinched the first deal for its leasing subsidiary in a key diversification move for one of the world's fastest-growing airlines.

  • China c.bank says to keep monetary policy stable in H2 Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 6:41 AM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 6- China will keep its monetary policy stable in the second-half of this year while making "targeted" adjustments to policy settings, the central bank said on Wednesday.

  • *Equities fall as Russia gathers forces near Ukraine. LONDON, Aug 6- Gold steadied on Wednesday as concerns of increasing military action along the Ukraine border put global equities under pressure, raising demand for assets perceived as an insurance against risk, but a stronger dollar kept gains in check.

  • Aug 6- U.S. retailer Walgreen Co will make a full takeover of Europe's biggest pharmacy chain Alliance Boots, but won't use the deal to move its tax domicile overseas after fierce criticism of such tax-cutting moves at home.

  • Chrysler is owned by Fiat SpA while Volkswagen owns Audi, and both are premium brands in China. The NDRC also said it was launching a probe into Mercedes-Benz, owned by Daimler AG, and that it had finished investigating a dozen Japanese spare-part manufacturers on similar anti-trust charges.

  • Canada's Athabasca Oil posts bigger loss Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 6:25 AM ET

    Aug 6- Canadian oil sands producer Athabasca Oil Corp reported a bigger quarterly loss as the company made a C $49 million provision to settle some claims made by PetroChina Co Ltd's Phoenix Energy Holdings Ltd..

  • MILAN, Aug 6- Shares in Fiat fell more than 8.5 percent on Wednesday to their lowest level this year, with traders citing concerns that investors who voted against the Italian carmaker's merger with Chrysler would exercise their right to sell the stock, potentially jeopardising the tie-up.

  • Dish Network revenue rises 5.7 pct Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    Aug 6- Dish Network Corp, the second-largest U.S. satellite TV company, reported a 5.7 percent rise in second-quarter revenue as it earned more from each subscriber. Revenue rose to $3.69 billion from $3.49 billion a year earlier.

  • China suspends work at 214 factories after deadly blast Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 6:15 AM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 6- China has shut 214 factories for safety risks in a city where an explosion at an auto parts factory last week killed 75 people, state media said on Wednesday. Based about an hour's drive from Shanghai, Kunshan Zhongrong polishes wheel hubs for automakers including General Motors Co The blast is China's worst industrial accident in a year.

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Standard Chartered Plc has warned it faces another fine from New York's financial regulator for problems related to detecting transactions vulnerable to money laundering, piling more pressure on the Asia- focused bank and its bosses.

  • Cognizant quarterly revenue rises 16.5 pct Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    Aug 5- IT services provider Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp reported a 16.5 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher IT spending in North America and Europe. The company's net income in the second quarter ended June 30 rose to $371.9 million, or 61 cents per share, from $300.4 million, or 49 cents per share, a year ago.

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Copper sank to its weakest in more than two weeks on Wednesday, and nickel fell to new six-week lows on a strong dollar and data pointing to slowing growth in top metals consumer China. Three-month nickel hit new lows of $18,256 a tonne, its weakest since June 25, before recovering to $18,369 a tonne, down 0.3 percent.

  • Aug 6- U.S. retailer Walgreen Co will make a full takeover of Europe's biggest pharmacy chain Alliance Boots, but won't use the deal to move its tax domicile overseas after fierce criticism of such tax-cutting moves at home.

  • *Stocks fall as Russian troops gather near Ukraine border. LONDON, Aug 6- European stocks fell on Wednesday while nervous investors took refuge in high-rated bonds on reports of a build-up of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 6- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi held talks with incoming European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday, against the backdrop of a debate among euro zone policymakers about their fiscal rules.

  • UPDATE 2-Italy's economy returns to recession Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 5:45 AM ET

    ROME, Aug 6- Italy slipped into recession for the third time since 2008 in the second quarter, underlining the chronic weakness of the euro zone's third-largest economy and pressuring the government to complete promised reforms.

  • BEIJING, Aug 6- Accenture PLC said on Wednesday it was providing client information to a Chinese regulator, which is investigating Microsoft Corp for anti-trust violations. The State Administration for Industry and Commerce conducted new raids on Microsoft and Accenture, its partner in China, the agency said on its website on Wednesday.