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  • Treasuries prices fell on Thursday as traders pared bond holdings ahead of the January payrolls report, though market losses were limited due to tension between Greece and its euro zone partners in their debt negotiation. The move stoked anxiety about the solvency of Greek banks and fears Greece might exit the euro zone bloc. Greek Prime Minister Alexis...

  • *Wall St rises after data, Europe still down. NEW YORK, Feb 5- Stock markets around the world were mostly higher on Thursday, lifted as crude oil resumed its recent rise, but investors digested the European Central Bank's surprise decision to strike Greek bonds off its list of accepted collateral. The ECB move increases the pressure on Greece to put new reforms in...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 5- Low oil prices helped Canada's trade deficit to sharply widen to C $649 million in December, but in a more promising sign for the economy, export volumes surged. Statistics Canada's official release on Thursday also cut November's deficit to C $335 million from an initial C $644 million, citing a number of revisions. "This report helps to allay the doom...

  • DOHA, Feb 5- Bentley will likely see sales growth of its upscale autos in 2015 fall short of last year's level, a board member of the British marque told Reuters, as economic uncertainties and the slump in oil prices leave consumers more cautious about luxury purchases. But slower growth in China, fears of deflation in Europe, weak oil prices and the threat of Islamic...

  • The London Metal Exchange plans to hold fast as the last bastion of open outcry trading, even after the world's largest futures market operator, CME Group Inc, said it would shut almost all its open-outcry futures pits by July 2. The impact of CME's move will stretch from grain and livestock pits in Chicago to gold and oil trading in New York. "The LME is a much more of a...

  • TRIPOLI, Feb 5- Libya's only commercial flight link to mainland Europe was severed on Thursday when the state carrier said its foreign partner had pulled out of the country after a deadly attack last week on a Tripoli hotel. The Georgia- based company that provided the planes and crews had decided to quit Libya for security reasons, Afriqiyah said in a statement.

  • COLOMBO, Feb 5- Sri Lanka's cabinet said on Thursday it would allow a $1.5 billion "port city" deal with China to go ahead, apparently dropping its earlier threats to cancel the project, approved by the last government. Cabinet Spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said new President Maithripala Sirisena would however discuss with Beijing controversial arangements...

  • Interpublic appoints three independent directors Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    Feb 5- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc said it appointed three independent directors and that two current directors would retire, increasing the size of its board to 10.. Deborah Ellinger, Henry Miller, and Jonathan Miller will join the board, while Jill Considine and Richard Goldstein will step down with effect from March 1, Interpublic said.

  • *Q4 adjusted EPS $1.31, in line with expectations. TEL AVIV, Feb 5- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries is ready to return to making acquisitions, it said on Thursday, after a year of focusing on costs under its new chief executive. The company posted fourth-quarter earnings of $1.31 per diluted share, excluding one-time items, against $1.42 a year earlier.

  • Feb 5- Luxury accessories retailer Michael Kors Holdings Ltd forecast a lower-than-expected profit for the current quarter after North American same-store sales in the holiday shopping period rose at the slowest pace since the company went public in 2011.. Michael Kors increased discounting and offered more promotions in the quarter, in contrast to Coach...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- Greece's new Syriza government spent its first week in power trying to make friends with European policymakers and wary investors. While most in the market see Syriza as a threat to Greece's future in the euro zone-- and implicitly to their Greek and other European bond holdings-- the Providence, Rhode Island company praised voters for showing "...

  • *Pfizer to buy Hospira for about $15 billion. *Twitter gains after Bloomberg reports deal with Google. NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday, bouncing back from a late selloff in the prior session thanks to higher oil prices, an upbeat report on the labor market, and news Pfizer would buy Hospira in a massive deal.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 5- Russian assets reversed their early session losses on Thursday, with markets players betting that German and French leaders' visits to Kiev and Moscow would take the edge off the Ukraine crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande plan to fly together to Kiev and Moscow with a proposal to resolve the conflict.

  • Here's what net neutrality could mean to you Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 9:48 AM ET
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

    A look at the issue of net neutrality and why you should care.

  • ATHENS, Feb 5- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tore into his European Union allies on Thursday, pledging to "put an end once and for all" to the EU's austerity policies. "Greece won't take orders any more, especially orders through emails," he said. In an apparent reference to the tough stance taken by the European Central Bank and others, Tspiras said: " Greece cannot...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- U.S. stocks rose at the open on Thursday, following an upbeat report on the labor market and as energy shares tracked oil prices higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 86.44 points, or 0.49 percent, to 17,759.46, the S&P 500 gained 9.57 points, or 0.47 percent, to 2,051.08 and the Nasdaq Composite added 11.62 points, or 0.25 percent, to 4,728.33.

  • VIENNA, Feb 5- The European Central Bank may again accept Greek bonds in return for funding should Athens agree on a new bailout program with international creditors, ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny was quoted on Thursday as saying. Nowotny told the nzz.at website that the ECB step was in line with its rules and did not mark a special sanction for...

  • Hamburg, 59, is one of the longest-serving FDA commissioners in the modern era. In a note to staff, Hamburg said it was "with very mixed emotions" that she planned to step down at the end of March and that her tenure as FDA chief "has been the most rewarding of my career." Stephen Ostroff, the FDA's chief scientist, will fill Hamburg's position until a new commissioner is...

  • *Ukraine's economy hit by conflict in the east. *IMF mission has extended visit as Kiev seeks loans. KIEV, Feb 5- Ukraine's hryvnia currency plunged about 30 percent against the dollar on Thursday, traders said, after the central bank abandoned the foreign currency auctions that had effectively pegged the exchange rate.

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 5- Egypt's state grain buyer could soon announce tenders to buy wheat of U.S. origin only in order to make use of a $100 million credit line made available to it by the United States. Egypt's General Authority for Supply Commodities has been relying heavily on French and Romanian wheat purchases since Russia announced informal curbs on its wheat...