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  • Hollywood will pack 13 sequels into theaters over the next 20 weeks. "When you can say, here's' Avatar 2,' and you've got six billion people ready to see it, it doesn't take a lot of marketing to get them into the theater," said Jim Gianopulos, chairman and chief executive of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

  • BRUSSELS, April 2- Investment bank Goldman Sachs, the world's top cablemaker Prysmian, Nexans and eight cable firms were fined a total of 302 million euros by EU antitrust regulators on Wednesday for running a cartel. Prysmian received the biggest penalty at 104.6 million euros, which included a joint fine of 37.3 million euros with Goldman Sachs.

  • CORRECTED- Chrysler to recall about 800,000 SUVs Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 6:54 AM ET

    April 2- Chrysler Group on Wednesday said it would recall about 800,000 vehicles to fix a defect in the brake systems, after it received complaints about excessive brake-pedal firmness.

  • Spain, which came close to requesting an international rescue in 2012, is slowly emerging from a long recession and professional investors have gained confidence in Spanish assets, despite stubbornly high unemployment. However, the number of jobless in Spain fell in March for the second straight month and the workforce grew.

  • Chrysler to recall about 800,00 SUVs Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 6:40 AM ET

    April 2- Chrysler Group on Wednesday said it would recall about 800,000 vehicles to fix a defect in the brake systems, after it received complaints about excessive brake-pedal firmness.

  • MOSCOW, April 2- Russian mid-sized lender Binbank plans to buy Moskomprivatbank, a Russian unit of Ukraine's largest lender Privatbank, and may close the deal in two weeks, Interfax news agency quoted Binbank's co-owner as saying on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, April 2- Gold rose on Wednesday, recouping some strength after two days of losses but remained near its lowest in seven weeks on expectations of strong jobs data in the world's largest economy. Gold futures for April delivery rose $4.00 to $1,284.00 an ounce.

  • MOSCOW, April 2- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday economic growth would "most probably" fall below 1 percent in 2014 and it was also concerned about above-target inflation that constrains its ability to cut interest rates.

  • *Epicenter of quake off Chile's northwest coast. SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, causing five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2- meter-tall waves.

  • *Epicenter of quake off Chile's northwest coast. SANTIAGO, April 1- A major earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the coast of northern Chile on Tuesday, causing five deaths and triggering a tsunami that pounded the shore with 2- meter-tall waves.

  • *Weak China, Europe factory data weighs. Crude prices on both sides of the Atlantic tumbled nearly 2 percent on Tuesday after Libyan rebels said they would re-open vital oil ports within days, while poor manufacturing data from China and Europe weighed on the outlook for fuel demand.

  • LONDON, April 2- World share markets extended their rally on Wednesday as investors focused on the good news in a mixed bag of global economic data. Trading was still cautious before Thursday's meeting of the European Central Bank and Friday's U.S. jobs numbers.

  • HONG KONG, April 2- Prada SpA, known for its luxury handbags, reported a less than 1 percent increase in 2013 full-year profit on Wednesday, hurt by a continued weakness in European markets. Prada, which also sells Miu Miu, Church's and Car Shoe branded goods, recorded a profit of 627.8 million euros in the year ended Jan. 31, up 0.3 percent from the previous year.

  • *Shares in Stallergenes rise 6 percent. CHICAGO/ PARIS, April 2,- France's Stallergenes has received U.S. regulatory approval to sell the first immunotherapy pill against grass allergies in the world's biggest pharmaceutical market, sending its shares up 6 percent on Wednesday.

  • Tatneft, which has most of its production assets in Russia's Tatarstan region, a largely Muslim province on the Volga river, had invested about $200 million in exploration in Libya before suspending operations when an uprising broke out in 2011 which led to the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi.

  • SHANGHAI, April 2- Hong Kong shares finished up 0.3 percent on Wednesday, with property stocks posting their biggest one-day percentage gain in over two years after state media reported that some Chinese cities may relax house purchasing restrictions. But the China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong fell 0.8 percent.

  • FOREX-Dollar, euro higher ahead of jobs data, ECB Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 4:18 AM ET

    LONDON, April 2- The dollar traded close to a 10- week high against the yen on Wednesday, bolstered by expectations of stronger U.S. jobs data over the next few days and by signs Beijing may move to counter a slowdown in China.

  • *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.1 pct, Euro STOXX 50 up 0.2 pct. BMW, which derives 17 percent of its revenue from the United States, its largest market, rose 1.4 percent after reporting a 7.9 percent U.S. sales increase. "Clearly the premium manufacturers like BMW, Mercedes, Audi and Porsche are best positioned to benefit from the U.S."

  • LONDON, April 2- GlaxoSmithKline Plc has stopped a high-profile clinical trial using a novel vaccine to fight lung cancer after deciding it will not be possible to find a sub-group of patients who might benefit.

  • MOSCOW, April 2- Russia's government may allow state-controlled companies to cut their dividend payments by calculating them according to Russian accounting standards rather than international standards to help weather an economic downturn, Vedomosti reported on Wednesday.