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  • *FTSE 100 down 0.9 pct. Consumer staple stocks trimmed nearly 16 points off the blue-chip FTSE 100, weighed down by a 2.4 percent fall in British American Tobacco and a 2.6 percent drop in Imperial Tobacco. Imperial Tobacco hit record highs earlier this month and is up 13 percent since the deal was announced.

  • US STOCKS-Futures pull back after strong advance Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 31- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Tuesday, indicating a modest retreat from the previous session's rally, including the strongest session for the Dow in more than a month. *Energy shares will continue to be in focus as crude oil fell 2.3 percent to $47.58 per barrel, sending Exxon Mobil Corp down 0.7 percent to $85 in premarket trading.

  • PARIS/ LONDON, March 31- European shares fell on Tuesday, taking a breather from their sharp rally of the past three months sparked by the drop in the euro, with Germany's DAX index set to record its biggest first-quarter gain since its creation in mid-1988. "Quantitative easing in Europe has been the surprising positive in the first quarter, thanks to its huge size...

  • Vitae Pharmaceuticals reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:19 AM ET

    FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. _ Vitae Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $7.3 million in its fourth quarter. Vitae Pharmaceuticals shares have decreased 32 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Vitae Pharmaceuticals, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK— Movado posted a surprisingly strong fourth quarter and said it would raise prices and streamline the operations of the luxury watchmaker to offset slow growth and the strong dollar. Movado reported $10.1 million, or 40 cents per share, in fourth-quarter profit, topping expectations. Movado said that operating expenses decreased 4.3 percent to $57.3...

  • March 31- Johnson Control Inc, a maker of climate control systems for buildings, said it would sell its global workplace solutions business to CBRE Group Inc for $1.48 billion in cash. CBRE, the world's largest commercial real estate services firm, said it expects the deal to add to adjusted earnings in 2016.. Johnson Controls' global workplace solutions provides...

  • BRUSSELS— Dairy farmers hit the streets of Brussels Tuesday to protest the lifting of European Union milk quotas, fearing that the move will flood the market with cheap surplus milk. "With quotas being lifted, we're really scared that production is going to explode and we won't be able to pay our costs anymore," said Belgian milk farmer Yvan Deknudt after driving...

  • GENEVA- SAUDI-LED COALITION MEMBERS BLOCKING PLANE CARRYING RED CROSS MEDICAL SUPPLIES FROM LANDING IN SANAA, YEMEN- ICRC SPOKESWOMAN.

  • ISTANBUL, March 31- Turkey's economy grew a better-than-expected 2.9 percent last year but still fell short of a government target, data showed on Tuesday, a sign the central bank could face more political pressure for a rate cut before June's general election. "The central bank was already under attack from the government when Turkey was growing at a faster clip,"...

  • TransUnion plans to raise up to $100M from IPO Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— TransUnion plans to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering for shares of the credit score company. Affiliates of Advent international Corp. and Goldman Sachs& Co. will still own a majority of the voting power in the company after the IPO is complete, according to a regulatory filing Tuesday,. The Chicago company's 2014 revenue totaled...

  • LIMA, March 31- Peru's prime minister was ousted by Congress in a vote of no confidence late on Monday following allegations of spying on her opponents, delivering a blow to President Ollanta Humala who will now have to form another new government. "It is an honor that this Congress has censured me," Jara said in a Twitter message. There were no immediate indications...

  • BERLIN— A prominent opponent of Chancellor Angela Merkel's eurozone bailout policies has announced that he's stepping down as deputy leader of one of Germany's governing parties and giving up his parliamentary seat. Peter Gauweiler, who has repeatedly filed complaints to Germany's highest court against the bailout of Europe's strugglers, said Tuesday...

  • BEIJING— China announced plans on Tuesday to roll out its first deposit insurance in May as part of steps to make the state-owned banking industry more flexible and competitive. It said that would cover more than 99.6 percent of depositors but would exclude branches of foreign banks in China. "The introduction of deposit insurance is an important step in...

  • Bellerophon Therapeutics posts 4Q loss Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:10 AM ET

    HAMPTON, N.J. _ Bellerophon Therapeutics Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $12.8 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $2.16 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • LONDON, March 31- After three months dominated by a rising dollar, interest rate cuts by 26 central banks and hefty equity gains, the big winner was the Chinese stock market. Investors who bought Shanghai- listed A shares at the start of the year have registered gains of 17 percent on a total return basis in dollar terms. Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank,...

  • *Market seen in global surplus of around 65,000 T in 2015- Natixis. Nickel has almost halved in value since hitting two-year highs above $21,000 last May, as an expected supply crunch in China failed to materialise while LME stocks hit record highs. While the market has concentrated heavily on the supply scenario, Nic Brown, head of commodities research at...

  • Orthofix posts 3Q profit Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    NETHERLANDS ANTILLES, Netherlands Antilles _ Orthofix International NV on Tuesday reported third-quarter net income of $452,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Netherlands Antilles, Netherlands Antilles- based company said it had net income of 2 cents per share. Orthofix shares have increased 4 percent since the beginning of...

  • March 31- Medical tests maker Quest Diagnostics Inc and contract research company Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc said they were combining their clinical trial laboratory operations in a joint venture. The combined revenue of the joint venture would have been about $575 million in 2014, the companies said. Quest Diagnostics shares closed at $77.69...

  • SAIC tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    MCLEAN, Va. _ Science Applications International Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $36 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 71 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $940 million.

  • PARIS, March 31- Euro zone shares are enjoying their best first-quarter performance in 17 years as global investors pour money back into the region on expectations the European Central Bank's asset-buying scheme will spark a corporate profit renaissance. The Euro STOXX index, including euro zone shares such as brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev and planemaker...