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  • April 17- Companies looking to go public in the United States will have to temper their expectations as investors begin to question valuations in a crowded market. Sabre Corp, the airline ticketing technology provider that also owns online travel agency Travelocity, sold fewer shares than expected and priced them below the targeted range.

  • BRASILIA, April 17- Brazil's jobless rate dropped unexpectedly in March as fewer people sought jobs, highlighting a trend that has helped keep unemployment near record lows despite weak economic growth. Brazil's non-seasonally-adjusted jobless rate declined in March to 5.0 percent from 5.1 percent in February, statistics agency IBGE said on Thursday.

  • Minimum wage hike's cost? Try $15 billion, CBO says Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:42 PM ET

    The CBO estimates that boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 hourly would force businesses to spend $15 billion more in salaries in 2017.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Morgan Stanley's big bet on wealth management is looking strong as fees, commissions and interest collected by its more than 16,000 brokers fueled a 13 percent rise in the business's first-quarter net income from a year earlier to $423 million, the company said Thursday.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. GENEVA/ MOSCOW, April 17- The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

  • BRUSSELS, April 17- NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- Shares of Weibo Corp rose as much as 41 percent in their U.S. debut on Thursday, sweeping aside concerns that censorship in China will hurt the growth of the country's Internet sector and broader worries about the outlook for tech-sector stocks.

  • SAO PAULO, April 17- Eduardo Campos, the centrist former state governor running third in Brazil's presidential race, plans to lower the tax burden and set a formula to automatically raise fuel prices at state-run oil company Petrobras if he wins the October election.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 17- Platinum prices fell to their lowest in more than two weeks on Thursday, reversing initial gains after South Africa's biggest platinum producers offered to raise wages for miners in a bid to end a 13- week-old strike that has curbed metal output.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.

  • *Obama budget seen adding $1.4 trillion in revenue over 10 years. WASHINGTON, April 17- President Barack Obama's fiscal 2015 budget request would boost U.S. tax revenue by nearly $1.4 trillion over 10 years if fully enacted, slashing deficits by $1.05 trillion while funding new spending, the Congressional Budget Office said on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States has taken steps to release a $450 million installment of frozen Iranian funds following a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency verifying that Iran is living up to its part of a landmark nuclear pact with world powers, the U.S. State Department said on Thursday.

  • *U.S., Russia, Ukraine and EU issue joint statement. LOS ANGELES, April 17- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday after the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union joined to call for an end to the violence in Ukraine, taking some risk premium out of the market, while U.S. oil rose on positive economic data.

  • April 17- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that a surgical procedure used to mince uterine fibroids and remove them through a tiny abdominal incision could spread cancer tissue beyond the uterus in women with undetected uterine cancer.

  • April 17- Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc on Thursday said it will increase menu prices for the first time in nearly three years, fueled by all-time high costs for steak as well increasingly expensive avocados and cheese.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher during earnings flurry Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:40 PM ET

    *Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. stocks advanced slightly in choppy trading on Thursday after three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech bellwethers Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers, including those from Morgan Stanley and General Electric.

  • Gold in particular has fallen from more than $1,500 an ounce in early 2013 to briefly below $1,200 at the start of this year. "We're not expecting miraculous numbers," said Elvis Picardo, strategist and vice president of research at Global Securities in Vancouver.

  • April 17- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

  • OTTAWA, April 17- The Canadian government will take several more weeks to evaluate its options for the much-delayed replacement of the country's CF-18 fighter jets, Public Works Minister Diane Finley said on Thursday.