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  • Nov 19- Health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Thursday cut its full-year profit forecast due to continued pressure on its individual plans, which are sold on exchanges created under the U.S. The company said it now expects to earn $6 per share this year, down from its previous estimate of $6.25- $6.35 per share. "In recent weeks, growth expectations for...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- British manufacturers expect their output will fall in the coming three months, the first such decline in three years, an industry survey showed on Thursday. The Confederation of British Industry said expectations for manufacturing output over the next three months worsened to -6 from +5 in October, the first prediction of a fall since November...

  • LONDON/ BEIJING, Nov 19- Chinese regulators vetting Royal Dutch Shell's proposed merger with BG Group are pressing the Anglo-Dutch company to sweeten long-term gas supply contracts in a move that could cast new doubt over the near-term benefits of the $70 billion tie-up. For China, the opportunity to re-negotiate existing liquefied natural gas supply...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- Lonmin shareholders on Thursday provisionally approved the company's proposal to raise $407 million in a share issue. The final results of the votes will be announced later in the day, the company's Chairman Brian Beamish said after the shareholder meeting in London. The loss-making platinum producer had asked its shareholders to vote on five...

  • *PBOC to cut overnight rate to 2.75 pct, 7- day rate to 3.25 pct. BEIJING, Nov 19- China will lower lending rates for loans made under the standing lending facility- a policy tool to inject cash into the banking system, the central bank said on Thursday, in the latest step to support the slowing economy. The overnight rate would be cut to 2.75 percent and the seven-day rate...

  • *Oil prices could fall further- Goldman Sachs. *Iraq sells some crudes at $30/ barrel. Brent crude futures were up 33 cents at $44.47 a barrel by 1030 GMT.

  • Nov 18- Volkswagen of America said on Wednesday that 120,000 owners of diesel cars that have violated U.S. emission standards will receive $500 gift cards and $500 toward vehicle repairs. Last week, Volkswagen said it was offering a $500 prepaid Visa gift card, a separate card good for $500 toward services at a VW dealerships and free 24- hour roadside assistance...

  • HSINCHU, Taiwan, Nov 19- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd will not be conservative about capital expenditure next year as customer demand improves, albeit slowly, the two chief executives of the world's largest contract chipmaker said on Thursday. TSMC, which supplies Apple Inc, also expects growth in China to continue at around 20 percent throughout...

  • PARIS, Nov 19- French food services and facilities management group Sodexo reported a further rise in annual sales and profits on Thursday and having won some big new contracts it said it had embarked on a new round of cost-cutting. The world's second-biggest catering company after Britain's Compass Group said it was confident it could deliver on its mid-term...

  • *Wider violence worsens problems facing farmers across Syria- FAO. AMMAN, Nov 19- Intensified fighting in Syria's main wheat growing areas in the north this year will make it even more difficult for farmers to access fields and could hamper planting more cereals this season, a senior United Nations food agency official said. "The conflict in Syria has further...

  • *Sodexo rallies after solid update, buyback. MILAN, Nov 19- European shares rose to three-month highs on Thursday, helped by strong gains among miners, while French catering-to-vouchers group Sodexo rallied after giving a solid update and launching a share buyback. Sodexo was up 9.5 percent, its best one day gain since Oct. 2008, after saying it would cut costs...

  • *Bank of Japan maintains stimulus, ECB minutes due later. European stocks also opened strongly with the FTSEurofirst 300 pushed to a three-month high by more than 1 percent gains in London, Frankfurt and Paris, after Japan's Nikkei had hit a similar peak in Asia. "We have had an interesting FOMC minutes and risk assets have rallied across the board with the dollar...

  • TOKYO, Nov 19- BlackRock's flagship retail fund sold long-dated Treasuries earlier this month, its lead portfolio manager said, on the view financial markets may be too complacent about potentially higher yields as U.S. interest rates are set to rise. Michael Fredericks, who leads a team of more than 20 fund managers managing a total of $45 billion, including the...

  • FRANKFURT/ SINGAPORE, Nov 19- Mobile messaging service Telegram is racing to shut down broadcast channels used by Islamic State to promote its causes and recruit members, but the group is creating new channels apparently just as quickly. Berlin- based Telegram, created two years ago by the founder of Russia's most popular social network site Vkontakte, has...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 19- A gold deposit scheme launched amid fanfare by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi two weeks ago has so far attracted only 400 grammes, an industry official said on Thursday, out of a national hoard estimated at 20,000 tonnes. A shortage of centres to assay the gold being put on deposit is a problem that the government has agreed to address, said...

  • *Australian and New Zealand dollars biggest gainers. The Japanese yen gained almost half a percent against the dollar on Thursday after the Bank of Japan kept policy steady while the New Zealand and Australian dollars both gained almost 1 percent. "That the dollar is lower signals that this outcome is increasingly discounted, particularly in the wake of recent,...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- U.S. and UK banks charge on average more than 7 percent for international money transfers worth $1000, several times the average cost at a new group of web providers, the first detailed study of the market showed on Thursday. Those are gathered by shopping expeditions at dozens of Canadian, U.S., Australian and UK banks and brokers.

  • *Oil prices could fall further- Goldman Sachs. *Iraq sells some crudes at $30/ barrel. Brent crude futures were up 23 cents at $44.37 a barrel by 0908 GMT.

  • *BOJ maintains massive stimulus program. TOKYO, Nov 19- The Bank of Japan kept its monetary stimulus program unchanged on Thursday, with Governor Haruhiko Kuroda holding fast to his view that the corporate capital expenditure vital to economic growth will pick up- suggesting that no new monetary easing is imminent. "The BOJ places a lot of importance on inflation...

  • BEIJING, Nov 19- China will lower lending rates for loans made under the standing lending facilities, a policy tool to inject cash into the banking system, the central bank said on Thursday.