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  • GHANA TARGETS 2015 GROSS INTERNATIONAL RESERVES AT NO LESS THAN 3 MONTHS OF IMPORT COVER AND NOT LESS THAN 4 MONTHS BY 2017- BUDGET.

  • GHANA TO IMPOSE SPECIAL PETROLEUM TAX OF 17.5 PCT AND CONTINUE TO FREEZE HIRING OF PUBLIC SECTOR EMPLOYEES- BUDGET.

  • *GHANA TARGETS 2015 INFLATION OF 11.5 PCT - BUDGET SPEECH Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:50 AM ET
  • *Cliffs Natural Resources shares slide. NEW YORK, Nov 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday following record closing highs for both the Dow and S&P 500 and ahead of housing data and minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. *Cliffs Natural Resources said it was looking to exit its Eastern Canadian iron ore operations,...

  • MOSCOW, Nov 19- A surge in profits at Russian meat company Cherkizovo confirmed it as one of the few winners from a ban on Western food imports, but the pork and poultry producer signaled on Wednesday that a weaker rouble could curb a good run. Russia slapped a one-year ban on many Western food imports in August in retaliation to sanctions over Moscow's role in the...

  • Nov 19- Cloud security software maker CipherCloud said it raised $50 million financing from Transamerica Ventures, Delta Partners, and existing investors Andreessen Horowitz and T-Ventures. The company's products enable users to secure data by encryption across multiple cloud applications such as Salesforce.com Inc, Google Inc's Gmail and Microsoft...

  • Brussels and Washington say the $40 billion pipeline will entrench the Kremlin's energy stranglehold on eastern Europe and they see Budapest's support as a sign Hungary is drifting into Russia's orbit. But Budapest says the collapse of the rival Western-backed Nabucco project to bring gas from Azerbaijan to Europe, and stalled plans to build...

  • COLUMN-Why we don't need better forecasts: Kemp Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- One of my first assignments as a newly-minted graduate in the late 1990 s was to produce a 30- year forecast for the Bangladesh taka against the U.S. dollar on behalf of a client contemplating a multi-billion dollar investment. Even then, I realised this was not a sensible question. I wasn't even sure how much of Bangladesh would still be above sea...

  • WPP'S Sorrell eyes higher dividend payout ratio Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    BARCELONA, Nov 19- WPP Chief Executive Martin Sorrell said on Wednesday he would like, as a large shareholder, to see the payout ratio for the advertising group's dividend increase to 50 percent from the current target of 45 percent. "From my point of view as a significant shareholder in WPP, with most of my net worth being tied up in the company, personally I would like...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday ahead of Federal Reserve minutes that could shed more light on the divergence in monetary policy between the U.S. central bank and its major global peers. The dollar rose as high as 117.65 yen, its highest level since October 2007, and was last trading at 117.55 yen, up 0.6 percent on the day.

  • CITI JOB CUTS ARE ACROSS ASSET CLASSES, INCLUDE HEAD OF G10 FX STRATEGY VALENTIN MARINOV- SOURCES.

  • CITI CUTS AROUND 35 JOBS ACROSS LONDON CAPITAL MARKETS TRADING OPERATION- SOURCES.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 19- Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Wednesday for deeper ties with North Korea to improve regional security, a day after holding talks with a personal envoy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Russia is also one of five countries involved in talks with North Korea on its nuclear program. But receiving the credentials of North Korea's new...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- Computers stole a march on their human trading rivals this year and should continue to do so in 2015 as a much-heralded return to sustained volatility is unlikely to happen, an executive of Man Group, the world's biggest listed hedge fund, said. Japan and China are both easing policy and the U.S. Federal Reserve has yet to start taking money out of the...

  • Nov 19- Staples Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly sales and profit as demand recovered for core office supplies such as paper and ink products after six quarters of decline. Staples also raised its free cash flow forecast for the year to "more than $800 million" from "more than $600 million." Staples, which has been focusing on growing its online...

  • UPDATE 2-Ukraine rules out direct talks with separatists Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    *Russia presses Kiev to hold direct talks with separatists. KIEV/ MOSCOW, Nov 19- Russia urged Ukraine's leaders on Wednesday to talk directly to separatists to end the conflict in the east, but Kiev rejected the call and told Moscow to stop "playing games" aimed at legitimizing "terrorists." Kiev and the West accuse Russia of destabilizing Ukraine by providing the...

  • Nov 19- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it was looking to exit its Eastern Canadian iron ore operations, which may result in the closure of its Bloom Lake mine in Quebec. "Despite the continued interest of the prospective equity partners in Bloom Lake... the potential investment is not achievable within a time frame acceptable to Cliffs," Chief Executive Lourenco...

  • BUDAPEST, Nov 19- U.S.-Hungarian company Prezi.com, which makes online tools for creating presentations, has raised $57 million in financing from U.S. venture capital firm Spectrum capital and existing investor Accel Partners. Prezi CEO Peter Arvai told Reuters in an interview that the company, which he started five years ago in Hungary and now has 50 million...

  • WUZHEN, China, Nov 19- Chinese officials called on Wednesday for controls on the Internet to preserve stability, saying its model for cyberspace regulation can be the framework for spawning commercial successes like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. "This place is crowded with tourists, who are perfectly orderly, and cyberspace should also be free and open, with rules...