*Slovenia risks joining euro zone bailout club. LJUBLJANA, Dec 12- Slovenia, once the economic star of Europe's ex-communist east, is set to reveal on Thursday how much money its banks need to stay afloat and whether it can get by without help from its euro zone peers.» Read More
NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday in broad-based selling as traders locked in recent gains after a provisional budget deal out of Washington removed one of the near-term reasons for the Federal Reserve to continue its current pace of economic stimulus.
Dec 11- Better economic data has pushed a tapering of bond buying by the Federal Reserve higher up the agenda- even as early as next week. Wants very badly to taper, in my opinion, "writes Fed watcher and University of Oregon economist Tim Duy.
The FDA said it approved cheaper versions of the drug, known chemically as duloxetine, in a variety of strengths for sale by several generic drugmakers, including Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, Aurobindo Pharma Ltd, Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd, Lupin Ltd, Sun Pharmaceutical Industries and Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd..
BEIJING, Dec 12- The day before China's Communist Party published one of its most important policy statements in a decade, a copy of the reform plans was already circulating on Chinese social media.
SEOUL/ BEIJING, Dec 12- Ssangyong Motor Co, a small, Indian-owned, South Korean sport utility vehicle maker, says it expects to invest nearly $1 billion on its line-up as part of a new strategic plan to break into the United States and Asian markets.
NEW YORK-- Shares of Smith& Wesson Holding Corp. rose Wednesday after the gun maker reported better-than-expected results for its most recent quarter and issued a strong outlook for the current period. For the third quarter, the company expects earnings between 28 cents per share and 30 cents per share and revenue between $140 million and $145 million.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Russia on Wednesday proposed a series of bilateral trade negotiations with the United States under the umbrella of a hoped-for new trade agenda between the two countries, a senior Russian official said.
NEW YORK, Dec 11- KKR& Co LP and Carlyle Group LP are competing for National Vision Inc, the fourth-largest U.S. retailer of eyeglasses and contact lenses, in an auction that could fetch up to $1 billion, people familiar with the matter said this week. It competes in the United States with Luxottica Group Spa, Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Visionworks of America Inc..
NEW YORK, Dec 11- A fund established to offer investors exposure to Bitcoin is holding around $65 million in the digital currency after two months in operation, its creator, SecondMarket Chief Executive Officer Barry Silbert, said on Wednesday.
"Because antimicrobial drug use in both humans and animals can contribute to the development of antimicrobial resistance, it is important to use these drugs only when medically necessary," the FDA said in a release.
*Moves in Europe, Australia clear the decks for new CEO Barra. DETROIT, Dec 11- With General Motors Co in recent days setting in motion big changes around the globe, the focus for new Chief Executive Mary Barra and her team will be making cars and trucks that prove popular enough to help end losses in Europe, analysts said.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11- Palantir Technologies, the data-mining company that is partly backed by the Central Intelligence Agency, has raised another $107.5 million, according to a filing.
Dec 11- Hudson's Bay Co cut its 2013 outlook on Wednesday on expectations of heavier holiday discounting and as overall sales were weaker than expected in the third quarter, depressing the retailer's stock 5 percent. Excluding acquisition-related and restructuring costs, Hudson's Bay reported earnings that fell short of analysts' expectations.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Russia proposed a series of bilateral trade negotiations with the United States in talks with senior U.S. officials, a senior Russian official said on Wednesday. He said Russia wanted to establish a trade agenda with Washington that could provide a framework for ironing out up to five separate deals.
LONDON, Dec 11- The bar is still open, but last orders may be near. "The clock is ticking for risk assets," wrote Barclays global head of research Larry Kantor this week, seeing profit margins peaking and equity valuations versus bonds shrinking.
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc will pay $100 million to resolve U.S. probes into the bank's dealings with Sudan, Iran, and other sanctioned countries, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday.
JERUSALEM, Dec 11- Stanley Fischer, who led the Bank of Israel for eight years until he stepped down in June, has been asked to be the Federal Reserve's next vice chair once Janet Yellen takes over as chief of the U.S. central bank, a source familiar with the issue said on Wednesday.
TBILISI, Dec 11- The Georgian government said on Wednesday it expected the economy to grow by 5 percent next year, rebounding from an economic slowdown in 2013..
WASHINGTON, Dec 11- The top Republican on the U.S. Senate's tax-writing panel on Wednesday endorsed President Barack Obama's nominee to be the next chief of the Internal Revenue Service, smoothing the path for what will likely be a prompt Senate confirmation.
LONDON, Dec 11- Leading countries set a goal of finding a cure or effective treatment for dementia by 2025 on Wednesday and ministers said the world needed to fight the spread of the memory-robbing condition just as it fought AIDS.