Treasuries' retreat overnight and gains in Tokyo shares. Participants said the market was so far taking in stride the appointment of reform-minded Yasuhisa Shiozaki to head the ministry that oversees the giant Government Pension Investment Fund.» Read More
TRIPOLI, March 10- Libya's parliament has ordered the formation of a military force to end the occupation of oil ports by rebels, a spokesman said on Monday, after a North Korean-flagged tanker had loaded crude at one of the rebel-held ports.
March 10- EBay Inc in a preliminary proxy statement on Monday urged its shareholders to vote against the two directors whom activist investor Carl Icahn nominated to its board. Icahn, who owns just over 2 percent of eBay, has also been pressuring the company for weeks to spin off its PayPal payments business.
NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks were set to open slightly lower on Monday, on the heels of a record high for the S&P 500, following unexpectedly weak data in China which tempered enthusiasm over the strength of the global economy.
March 10- Chipmaker Montage Technology Group said it received a buyout offer from a Chinese state-owned company, valuing it at about $600 million. Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology Investment Co Ltd offered to buy Shanghai- based Montage for $21.50 per share in cash.
Soliris, the company's sole product on the market, is approved in the United States, the European Union and Japan for the two conditions. The drugmaker raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $4.37- $4.47 per share from its previous estimate of $3.70- $3.80.
LONDON, March 10- Gold prices steadied on Monday, under pressure from last week's strong U.S. payrolls data and a sharp drop in Chinese exports which fuelled selling of commodities, but supported by tensions in Ukraine. Spot gold was at $1,339.30 an ounce at 1214 GMT, little changed from $1,339.85 late on Friday.
March 10- McDonald's Corp on Monday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in comparable global sales at established restaurants for February, hurt by competition and bad weather that battered U.S. sales. In Europe, which has edged out the United States as the company's biggest revenue market, restaurant sales last month rose 0.6 percent.
*Each company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. March 10- Chemical manufacturer FMC Corp said it would split into two companies, one comprising its minerals business and the other its agricultural solutions, health and nutrition business.
March 10- NII Holdings Inc, which provides telecom services under the Nextel brand in Latin America, said it hired financial firms for advise on a potential sale of the company and on ways to deal with its $5.79 billion debt load. NII is struggling to stem customer losses in Mexico and Brazil, where it faces intense competition.
LONDON/ FRANKFURT, March 10- French food ingredient maker Diana Group has attracted bids worth more than 1.2 billion euros including debt from Germany's Symrise and Japan's Ajinomoto, sources familiar with the matter said on Monday.
March 10- McDonald's Corp on Monday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in comparable global sales at established restaurants for February, with competition and bad weather battering U.S. sales. The world's biggest restaurant chain by revenue said worldwide sales at restaurants open at least 13 months fell 0.3 percent last month.
March 10- American Airlines and JetBlue Airways said they plan to end agreements covering ticketing, baggage handling and frequent flyer programs. The frequent-flyer program agreement between the two includes select routes from Boston Logan International Airport and New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport.
MALABO, March 10- On land cleared of tropical forest, gleaming new office towers, apartment blocks, homes and highways dazzle the eye in Equatorial Guinea, Sub-Saharan Africa's No. 3 energy producer where oil and gas revenues have fed a frenzy of construction.
DUBLIN, March 10- U.S. fruit firm Chiquita Brands and Irish rival Fyffes, Europe's largest distributor, have struck an all-stock merger deal to create the world's biggest banana supplier. The global banana market is controlled by four multinationals, according to the United Nations: Chiquita, Fresh Del Monte, Hawaii-founded Dole Food Company and Fyffes.
LONDON, March 10- Coffee prices rose on Monday towards last week's two-year high as dry weather in Brazil raised the prospect of a global deficit in 2014/ 15 and potentially the following season as well.
March 10- Chemical manufacturer FMC Corp said it would split into two companies, one comprising its minerals business and the other its agricultural solutions, health and nutrition business. FMC said the split would be through a tax-free distribution of shares in the new companies to its shareholders.
March 10- German health regulators have granted Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc special permission to sell its experimental brain cancer drug, DCVax-L, in the country, even though the small U.S. biotechnology company has not yet completed its late-stage trial of the immunotherapy.
The value of the cargo is close to $30 million. State-run National Oil Corp said it would sue anyone trying to buy the oil. "NOC will... enforce its rights over the cargo and hold responsible all the parties participating in illicit transactions relating to it in any jurisdiction, both within and outside of Libya," it said in a statement.
KUALA LUMPUR/ PHU QUOC ISLAND, Vietnam, March 10- T he disappearance of a Malaysian jetliner is an "unprecedented mystery", the country's civil aviation chief said on Monday, as a massive air and sea search now in its third day failed to find any trace of the plane or 239 people on board.
*Impairments and' hard to value' assets key areas. DUBLIN, March 10- The European Central Bank's stance on how bad loans are defined will be one of the biggest revelations to the euro zone's largest banks when it details on Tuesday how it will test balance sheets, three sources with knowledge of the tests told Reuters.