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  • *Italy's FTSE MIB outperforms as Renzi wins EU vote. LONDON, May 26- European equities advanced in thin trading on Monday, with Italian shares outperforming the regional market after voters endorsed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party's reforms in European elections.

  • MADRID, May 26- U.S. alternative energy group NextEra has filed a complaint against Spain before the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes over changes to renewable energy rules, the fourth complaint of its kind. The complaint by NextEra, posted on the ICSID website, was filed on May 23.

  • ATHENS, May 26- Greece's ruling coalition will find it harder to push through unpopular reforms demanded under an EU/IMF bailout after a clear EU election victory by the radical leftist Syriza party.

  • "You had the Ukraine elections, and Russia said it will respect it... so there is no escalation," Olivier Jakob at Petromatrix consultancy in Zug, Switzerland. Last week, fighting in Ukraine along with Libyan and South Sudanese production cuts had helped drive up Brent, but tensions eased after Russia said it would respect Ukraine's presidential elections.

  • *Secret public spending to reach 25 pct of total by 2016. MOSCOW, May 26- Russian public spending that is classified as secret will nearly double by 2016 to reach a quarter of all expenditures, the IMF said on Monday, urging more disclosure and analysis of budget risks.

  • NAIROBI, May 26- Equity Bank of Kenya plans to launch a mobile telecoms service in July, eyeing a piece of the fast-growing cellphone-based financial services market, it said on Monday.

  • LAS VEGAS, May 26- As a $14.8 billion hedge fund with a reputation for savvy mortgage trades and a record of double-digit returns, Pine River Capital Management has long signed up multi-billion-dollar pension and sovereign wealth funds as investors.

  • FOREX-Euro inches up after EU elections Monday, 26 May 2014 | 7:56 AM ET

    *Euro inches up after Italian, Greece fears dampened. There was little immediate reaction to comments by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi ahead of a meeting next week expected to take steps to ease monetary policy further and boost growth.

  • Ethiopia pushes retail door ajar to foreigners Monday, 26 May 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    ADDIS ABABA, May 26- Ethiopia has pushed the door ajar for foreign retailers keen to enter the fast-growing market of 90 million people, welcoming them as managers but keeping the state in control.

  • *Italy's FTSE MIB outperforms as Renzi wins EU vote. *London, New York closed for public holiday. LONDON, May 26- European equities rose on Monday, with Italy's FTSE MIB outperforming the regional stock market after voters endorsed Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party's reforms in European elections.

  • "You had the Ukraine elections, and Russia said it will respect it... so there is no escalation," Olivier Jakob at Petromatrix consultancy in Zug, Switzerland. Last week, fighting in Ukraine along with Libyan and South Sudanese production cuts had helped drive up Brent, but tensions eased after Russia said it would respect Ukraine's presidential elections.

  • LONDON, May 26- Gold held below $1,300 an ounce on Monday after ending flat for two straight weeks, but a Ukraine presidential election win by a pro-West candidate could bring stability to the country and undermine the precious metal's safe haven status.

  • TOKYO, May 26- Sony Corp aims to expand sales of its PlayStation 4 games console as the key driver of its fast-growing network and streaming services business, Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said on Monday.

  • BEIJING, May 26- Some of China's biggest power generators are struggling to meet CO2-reducion targets via Shanghai's carbon market as a lack of supply means they cannot buy enough permits to cover their emissions, sources said.

  • LONDON, May 26- Italian assets surged and German shares hit all-time highs on Monday as solid election showings by pro-European forces in both countries provided an antidote to Eurosceptic gains in France, the UK and Greece.

  • FOREX-Euro roughly flat after Eurosceptic surge Monday, 26 May 2014 | 4:33 AM ET

    *U.S. and UK markets shut for public holidays. LONDON, May 26- The euro recovered early losses on Monday after election results handed a significant share of the EU parliament to Eurosceptics but failed to deliver the serious domestic blow to some European governments feared by some analysts.

  • TOKYO, May 26- Bank of Japan Deputy Governor Kikuo Iwata signalled on Monday the possibility of withdrawing the central bank's massive monetary stimulus if the economy overheats and nudges up inflation well above its 2 percent price target.

  • Hong Kong shares end flat, autos up but energy weak Monday, 26 May 2014 | 4:06 AM ET

    HONG KONG, May 26- Hong Kong shares finished flat on Monday, as weakness in energy counters offset strength in Chinese car makers. Leading H-share gainers were Great Wall Motor, which climbed 3.7 percent and Guangzhou Automobile Group, up 3.1 percent. PetroChina shed 0.6 percent after hitting six-month highs last week, while Sinopec Corp was off 1.0 percent.

  • *French CAC lags after National Front win. *London, New York closed for public holiday. LONDON, May 26- European equities rose on Monday, with Italy's FTSE MIB outperforming after Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's centre-left Democratic Party's reforms were endorsed by a strong showing in European elections.

  • PARIS, May 26- Atos is to buy Bull in an all-French IT sector deal worth 620 million euros to create the top Europe- based cloud computing company and a major player in cybersecurity.