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  • KIEV, Feb 13- Ukraine expects to receive up to $15 billion from debt talks with private sector creditors, a finance ministry spokeswoman said on Friday, after the International Monetary Fund announced a bigger, longer-term bailout plan. "Debt negotiations should lead to up to $15 billion," the spokeswoman told Reuters in an email. Of that sum, the IMF has pledged...

  • CALGARY, Feb 13- Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz on Friday said he was not worried that the country's first case of mad cow disease since 2011 would hit beef exports.

  • UPDATE 1-Freescale Semiconductor explores sale -source Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:33 AM ET

    The New York Post first reported that Freescale was working with investment banks to explore a sale. Freescale shares were up 8.5 percent at $37.66 in morning trading, giving it a market value of $11.5 billion. Freescale went public in 2011 after it was taken private in 2006 for $17.6 billion in a leveraged buyout by a group of private equity firms that included...

  • CEO says HSBC sometimes fell short of standards Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 13- HSBC Holdings Plc said it had sometimes failed to live up to the standards expected by society in the past, but it had overhauled its Swiss private bank and some people alleged by media reports to have been its clients were not. HSBC's Chief Executive Stuart Gulliver said in a memo to staff seen by Reuters he had also been called to give evidence to...

  • UKRAINE EXPECTS UP TO $15 BILLION FROM DEBT NEGOTIATIONS WITH CREDITORS- FINANCE MINISTRY.

  • BRASILIA, Feb 13- President Dilma Rousseff's austerity push has run into stiff opposition from her own allies in Congress that could derail her efforts to restore Brazil's fiscal credibility and avoid a damaging credit rating downgrade. The leftist leader's allies, including members of her own Workers' Party, are seeking to water down a first batch of...

  • Feb 13- J.M. Smucker Co said it expected its coffee business to get back on track later this year as bean prices stabilize and the company introduces smaller Folgers cans to win back customers it lost after raising prices. The company expects a modest decrease in net sales in the fourth quarter ending April as demand for its coffee products is likely to stay low due...

  • US oilfield jobs cull gains pace, more pain ahead Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    Feb 13- When Ian Sandlin was laid off last week after 13 months working on oil rigs in southeast Texas, he was surprised to have lasted that long. The 27- year-old Houston native is among thousands of workers caught in an accelerating cull of oil field jobs across the once booming U.S. oil industry. Interviews with more than a dozen oil workers and job recruiters...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 13- Brazilians are in a dour mood at the moment, giving them all the more reason to party as Carnival celebrations officially kick off in earnest on Friday. "Carnival has always been an escape valve," said Gerson Moraes, a history and philosophy professor at Mackenzie University in São Paulo. A severe drought in southeastern Brazil has raised the...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Friday, as the S&P 500 scaled a new intraday record, buoyed by upbeat German growth data. Equities have rallied this week after a ceasefire agreement between Ukraine and Russia, and apparent progress on a deal on Greek debt in the euro zone. "The tape is news sensitive, the overall feel is that headline risk is waning and...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 13- Brazil's oil regulator, the ANP, ordered state-run oil company Petrobras to study ways to boost output on a floating natural gas and oil production ship a week before a deadly explosion on Wednesday, according to agency documents. Studying ways to reduce unused production capacity on the Cidade de Sao Mateus, a floating production, storage...

  • GENEVA, Feb 13- Almost 200 countries agreed a draft text for a deal to fight climate change on Friday, but put off hard choices about narrowing down a vast range of options for limiting a damaging rise in temperatures. "Although it has become longer, countries are now fully aware of each other's positions," said Christiana Figueres, the head of the U.N.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. consumer sentiment falls in February Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. consumer sentiment fell more than expected in February, dropping from an 11- year high on concerns about wage growth, a survey released on Friday showed. The University of Michigan's preliminary February reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 93.6, below the final January read of 98.1. "Although confidence reversed the...

  • *US 30-YEAR TREASURY BOND YIELDS HIGHEST SINCE JAN 5 Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET
  • US 30- YEAR TREASURY BONDS EXTEND PRICE LOSSES TO A FULL POINT, YIELDS RISE TO 2.63 PCT.

  • LONDON, Feb 13- Gold rose one percent on Friday, erasing a week of losses, as the dollar dropped on weaker than expected U.S. economic data. "We have the long weekend in the U.S., so we may continue to see some book-squaring throughout the day ahead of that," MKS SA head of trading Afshin Nabavi said. "We are in a holding pattern between $1,150 and $1,300 because there isn't...

  • UPDATE 1-FDA approves Eisai's thyroid cancer drug Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:34 AM ET

    Feb 13- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it approved Japan's Eisai Co Ltd's drug to treat the most common form of thyroid cancer more than two months ahead of the review date. The FDA was slated to make a decision on Lenvima by April 14. Lenvima will be sold in the United States by Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey- based Eisai Inc, a unit of Tokyo- based Eisai.

  • World needs more German spending -Obama aide Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 13- The latest European growth data underline the case for Germany to spend and invest more both at home and abroad, a senior economic advisor to President Obama told a public discussion in London on Friday. Caroline Atkinson, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics, also said European...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 13- The rouble rallied on Friday and Russian shares also rose on the back of an agreement to end the war in Ukraine and an increase in oil prices, but trading was volatile and analysts said it was too early to say whether the peace deal would hold. On Wednesday, the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France signed an accord that envisages a new ceasefire...

  • U.S. consumer sentiment falls in February Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 13- U.S. consumer sentiment fell in February, dropping from an 11- year high, a survey released on Friday showed. The University of Michigan's preliminary February reading on the overall index on consumer sentiment came in at 93.6, below the final January read of 98.1. It was below the median forecast of 98.1 among economists polled by Reuters.