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  • RIO DE JANEIRO, April 15- Fundraising among private-equity and venture capital firms in Brazil is expected to rise this year, a senior industry executive said, a move that could help propel a fresh round of acquisitions in the infrastructure, logistics and information technology sectors.

  • *Yahoo, Morgan Stanley rise after research notes. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday after earnings from Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson and ahead of economic data including inflation and manufacturing.

  • BlackBerry buys minority stake in healthcare IT firm Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    Waterloo, Ontario- based BlackBerry, a pioneer in the smartphone industry, has fallen on hard times as its market share has waned in recent years.

  • DONGGUAN/ HONG KONG, April 15- Thousands of workers at a giant Chinese shoe factory shrugged off an offer for improved social benefits on Tuesday, prolonging one of the largest strikes in China in recent years amid signs of increased labour activism as the economy slows.

  • Coca-Cola profit falls 8 pct Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 7:44 AM ET

    April 15- Coca-Cola Co reported an 8 percent fall in quarterly net earnings after a decline in volumes in Europe and the sale of its bottling operations in Brazil. The company's net income attributable to shareholders fell to $1.62 billion, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter ended March 28 from $1.75 billion, or 39 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Lloyds FX chief leaves bank -market sources Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    LONDON, April 15- Lloyds Bank's head of foreign exchange spot trading has left the bank, citing personal reasons unrelated to the investigation into manipulation of the global currency market, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

  • April 15- Aaron's Inc, a rent-to-own furniture and electronics retailer, said it bought Progressive Finance Holdings LLC from private equity firm Summit Partners for about $700 million in cash. Aaron's said it expects the deal to add to its cash earnings per share from 2014.. The company services more than 5,500 retailers in the United States.

  • April 15- Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise business, which makes rugged mobile computers, tablets and barcode scanners, for $3.45 billion in cash. Motorola Solutions' enterprise business has been struggling as clients delay orders and cut spending.

  • LONDON, April 15- Aggreko, the world's biggest temporary power provider, said was on track to meet its profit expectations for 2014, helped by events such as the soccer World Cup, after posting a 5 percent rise in first-quarter group revenue.

  • *European shares hit by weak sales, Ukraine crisis. LONDON, April 15- Crisis in Ukraine, weak trading updates from European companies and worries over China's economy turned investors sour on riskier assets on Tuesday, driving shares lower and bond prices higher.

  • *Pro-Russian rebels ignore ultimatum, tighten grip in Ukraine. LONDON, April 15- Brent crude fell below $109 a barrel on Tuesday as investors weighed tension between Russia and Ukraine against the prospect of a gradual recovery in Libyan oil exports.

  • TOKYO, April 15- The Bank of Japan's massive purchases of government debt hit a milestone this week, sucking liquidity out of the market to such an extent that the benchmark 10- year bond went untraded for more than a day, the first time in 13 years.

  • April 15- Aaron's Inc, a rent-to-own furniture and electronics retailer, said it will buy Progressive Finance Holdings Llc from private equity firm Summit Partners for about $700 million in cash. Aaron's said it expects the deal to add to its cash earnings per share from 2014.. The company services more than 5,500 retailers in the United States.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress on Tuesday to approve a $15 million funding request to better equip law enforcement and first responders to handle active shooters.

  • *Some wariness about tension in Ukraine. LONDON, April 15- The dollar climbed against a basket of major currencies on Tuesday, helped by firmer U.S. The common currency was weighed down by a mixed German ZEW survey for April and growing rhetoric from European Central Bank officials warning against a firmer currency.

  • RABAT, April 15- Morocco's economic growth slowed sharply to 2.5 percent in the first quarter from a year earlier, and is likely to ease slightly again this quarter as agricultural output shrinks, the country's planning agency said on Tuesday.

  • MUSCAT, April 15- Oman said it would extend curbs on the hiring of foreign workers in construction and housekeeping as part of efforts to save more jobs for local citizens and limit outflows of money from the economy.

  • April 15- Barcode printer maker Zebra Technologies Corp said it would buy Motorola Solutions Inc's enterprise business for $3.45 billion in cash. The business, which makes rugged mobile computers and tablets for companies, has struggled as clients delay orders and cut spending.

  • INTERVIEW-Japan's Osaka Gas seeks U.S. shale gas stake Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 AM ET

    *In talks with JBIC, other banks to finance Freeport investment. TOKYO, April 15- Osaka Gas Co is looking to buy a stake in at least one U.S. shale gas project to help supply fuel to the Freeport LNG project in Texas, a senior company official said on Tuesday.

  • *Dry weather in France, Germany seen threat to wheat yields. LONDON, April 15- Wheat prices on the Chicago Board of Trade edged higher on Tuesday, moving back towards the prior session's two-week peak, boosted by cold, dry weather in the U.S.