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  • *KB Home lifts housing index after earnings. NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. stocks rallied on Tuesday to bounce from a two-day decline as financial results from Alcoa helped ease some investor worry regarding the corporate earnings season. Alcoa Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to automotive demand, higher aluminum prices and lower energy...

  • BUDAPEST, Jan 13- Hungary wants Russia to store more gas in the central European country's big underground reservoirs to boost supply security, Hungary's foreign minister told Reuters on Tuesday. Hungary, which is heavily reliant on Russian gas imports, is seeking to secure new gas supply options after Russia cancelled the South Stream project last year, Peter...

  • *Oil importer Egypt outperforms; GB Auto soars again. Brent crude fell to its lowest level in almost six years and traded below $46 per barrel on Tuesday as the United Arab Emirates defended OPEC's decision not to cut output to tackle a glut in the market. "The markets fell very steeply in the fourth quarter and hence investors think there is value in this market," said...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. stocks rose broadly at the open on Tuesday, following two days of losses on the S&P 500, the day after financial results from Alcoa helped ease some investor jitters regarding the corporate earnings season.

  • The company, based in San Luis Obispo, California, is working with banks including Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and UBS on the potential offering, which could come in the second or third quarter, these people said. Representatives for Mindbody, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and UBS declined to comment. It has raised more than $100 million in funding with backers...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The United States plans to provide up to $2 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine this year, the U.S. But the IMF and the European Union, which last week offered an additional 1.8 billion euros to Kiev, fear Ukraine could abandon some of its economic pledges, including reforming the energy and banking sectors and tackling corruption.

  • Amazon signs on Woody Allen for a TV series Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 9:25 AM ET

    Jan 13- Amazon.com Inc said it signed Woody Allen to write and direct a new TV series for its video streaming service. The half-hour series will be shown on Amazon's Prime Instant Video in the United States, the UK and Germany, Amazon said. The company said it had ordered an entire season of the " Untitled Woody Allen Project", Allen's first TV series.

  • BRIEF-Amazon signs Woody Allen for television series Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    *Amazon Studios signs Woody Allen to create his first television series ever.

  • *Alcoa up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. stocks were poised for a higher open on Tuesday after the S&P 500 fell for a second consecutive session, as financial results from Alcoa helped ease some investor jitters regarding the corporate earnings season. Alcoa Inc gained 1.9 percent to $16.48 before the opening bell.

  • Jan 13- Moody's Investors Service cut its rating on Venezuela to Caa3 from Caa1, saying there was high risk of the country defaulting on its debt due to lower oil prices. The rating agency raised the outlook to "stable" from "negative", with the view that even if the oil prices drop further, the losses to bondholders would be consistent with the current Caa3 rating.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- MetLife said it would file on Tuesday a lawsuit against regulators subjecting it to tougher oversight, challenging their verdict the firm harbors enough risk to endanger the financial system in a crisis. The designation of MetLife as a so-called "systemically important" company would make insurance products more expensive without...

  • TOKYO, Jan 13- The Bank of Japan is expected to cut its core consumer inflation forecast for next fiscal year- the deadline for meeting its 2 percent target- to 1.5 percent or lower, sources say, keeping it under pressure to expand an already huge stimulus program. Sources told Reuters in December that the BOJ looked set to cut its inflation forecasts at its Jan. 20-21...

  • *Germany achieves "schwarze Null" a year ahead of schedule. BERLIN, Jan 13- Germany has balanced the federal budget for the first time in almost half a century, helped by strong tax revenues and rock-bottom interest rates, but the extra leeway is unlikely to translate into spending that could boost weak euro zone growth. It was the first time since 1969 that Germany...

  • BAKU, Jan 13- Azerbaijan's central bank said on Tuesday it had sold nearly $1.13 billion to support the national currency in December after a wave of currency devaluations in Russia and other former Soviet republics. "The crisis in Russia and neighbouring countries that caused the devaluation of their currencies had a negative psychological effect on the...

  • Jan 13- Antares Pharma Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked for additional safety data on its testosterone drug after a patient developed hives in a mid-stage trial. The FDA has become more cautious about approving testosterone drugs after it found late last year that more than a fifth of the patients prescribed such drugs did not get their...

  • AZERI CENTRAL BANK SAYS SOLD $1.13 BLN IN DEC TO SUPPORT MANAT NATIONAL CURRENCY.

  • MOSCOW, Jan 13- Russia has strengthened informal curbs on grain exports since the start of the year, further complicating trading before the introduction of an export tax, a Russian grain exporters' lobby said on Tuesday in a letter to officials. Russia, expected to be the world's fourth-largest exporter this year, hopes export curbs will cool domestic grain...

  • *Alcoa up in premarket after results. NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. stock index futures climbed on Tuesday after the S&P 500 fell for a second consecutive session, as financial results from Alcoa helped ease some investor skittishness about the corporate earnings season. *Financials including JPMorgan Chase& Co, Wells Fargo& Co, Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Citigroup Inc are...

  • LONDON, Jan 13- Crude oil prices hit their lowest in almost six years on Tuesday in a market readying for further falls, as a big OPEC producer stood by the group's decision not to cut output to tackle a supply glut. Oil prices have fallen 60 percent from their June 2014 peaks, driven down by rising production, particularly U.S. shale oil, and weaker-than-expected...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- Gabriela Bustelo could not handle Facebook anymore. The 52- year-old journalist for a London- based news agency wrote for Spanish Vogue for six years. Whenever Bustelo logged on to Facebook, she was confronted with an array of five-star images: Luxury vacations, designer clothes, Michelin- starred restaurants.