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  • LONDON, Sept 9- Emerging stocks hit one-week lows on Tuesday and most currencies fell versus the robust dollar as investors re-assessed the likely timing of a U.S. interest rate hike, but a delay in EU sanctions fueled a rebound in Russian assets.

  • BEIJING, Sept 9- Russia and China pledged on Tuesday to settle more bilateral trade in rouble and yuan and to enhance cooperation between banks, Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said, as Moscow seeks to cushion the effects of Western economic sanctions.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- Nickel shed 2 percent on Tuesday after worries faded about a squeeze on supply from the Philippines and other metals were knocked by a robust dollar that hit a 14- month high. Three month nickel on the London Metal Exchange slipped 1.8 percent to $19,580 a tonne by 0951 GMT, having hit its highest since July 3 at $19,940 on Monday.

  • RUSSIA'S NOVATEK CEO SAYS YAMAL-LNG PLANS UNCHANGED DESPITE WESTERN SANCTIONS- ITAR-TASS.

  • BORDEAUX, France, Sept 9- The head of one of Britain's largest defence suppliers, France's Thales, has voiced concerns over jobs and investment if Scotland votes to leave the United Kingdom. "There would be questions over the capabilities we keep in the UK and there would also be questions over the facilities we maintain in Scotland," he said.

  • BEIJING, Sept 9- Russia and China pledged on Tuesday to settle more bilateral trade in rouble and yuan and to enhance cooperation between banks, Russia's First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said, as Moscow seeks to cushion the effects of Western economic sanctions.

  • Other companies signing a letter to Pritzker published on Tuesday included Alcatel Lucent SA, Ericsson, Nokia Oyj's network arm NSN, Panasonic Corp of North America and CommScope Holding Co Inc.

  • PARIS, Sept 9- France's CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping firm, said on Tuesday it has signed agreements with China Shipping Container Lines and United Arab Shipping Company to share services on routes to and from Asia.

  • Japan stands at crossroads of further yen weakness Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 5:34 AM ET

    *Few companies want yen to drop below 110 yen- Reuters poll. TOKYO, Sept 9- Japan is waking up to the reality that a blessing can come with a curse: the weaker yen sought by policymakers has a downside for some companies and the broader economy. By contrast, the Bank of Japan is expected to keep its ultra-easy policy until it meets its target of two percent inflation.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- Brent crude fell for a fourth straight day on Tuesday, with prices near a 16- month low below $100 a barrel, under pressure from ample global supplies and slower-than-expected growth in the world's top oil consumers.

  • BEIJING, Sept 9- China's tough competition policy is souring the mood for foreign investment, a European business lobby said on Tuesday, in the latest report to criticize Chinese regulators over a series of contentious investigations into international firms.

  • KUWAIT, Sept 9- Kuwait is suspending a programme under which foreign winners of big government contracts are required to invest in the local economy, its finance minister said on Tuesday, as it tries to attract more overseas companies to the Gulf state.

  • *Telecom Italia says America Movil may join Brazil unit bid. LONDON, Sept 9- European equities steadied after choppy early trading on Tuesday as gains for shares in companies including Telecom Italia and ABB were offset by weaker energy shares following a sharp decline in crude oil prices.

  • In a statement on Tuesday, McDonald's Japan said sales at stores open at least 13 months dropped 25.1 percent in August, while the number of customers fell 16.9 percent, mainly due to concerns about food safety. "At the moment, we don't know how long the impact will last," a McDonald's Japan spokeswoman added.

  • LONDON, Sept 9- A robust dollar swept to a 14- month high on Tuesday as investors tweaked bets on an early hike in U.S. interest rates, burdening oil, gold and stocks in the energy majors. As the dollar broke to a six-year peak on the yen and a 14- month top against the euro, gold sagged to a three-month trough and Brent oil settled below the $100 a barrel mark.

  • Sept 9- British IT outsourcing firm Quindell Plc said on Tuesday it had won a libel lawsuit against U.S.-based short-seller Gotham City Research LLP, which had raised questions about the company's revenue model and profit quality.

  • *Sterling hamstrung by risk of Scotland independence. Sterling extended losses to drop to fresh 10- month lows, a day after it posted its biggest daily drop in 2-1/ 2 years on growing worries that Scotland may vote for independence. Investors had until late August largely ruled out the chance of Scotland breaking away from the three-century old union.

  • TOKYO, Sept 9- Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said on Tuesday it would buy U.S. rebate site operator Ebates Inc for $1 billion in cash, the latest in a series of acquisitions to expand its business overseas. Rakuten expects the transaction to close next month, the company said in a statement.

  • UPDATE 1-Petra finds $10 million-plus white diamond Tuesday, 9 Sep 2014 | 3:35 AM ET

    Sept 9- Petra Diamonds Ltd has recovered a 232.08 carat white diamond at its Cullinan mine in South Africa, which three analysts said could fetch between $10 million and $16 million. Shares in the diamond miner climbed as much as 6.5 percent in early Tuesday trading, the biggest rise on Britain's FTSE -250 Midcap Index.

  • SINGAPORE, Sept 9- Brent crude eased for a fourth straight session on Tuesday, with prices holding near a 16- month trough below $100 a barrel, amid concerns of ample global supply and slower-than-expected growth in the world's top oil consumers.