*Yuan, more important for euro than dollar, could weaken. LONDON, Dec 28- While investors are betting the euro will fall against the dollar next year, hopes that the European economy will therefore get a boost could be premature: it may not depreciate at all against currencies of other major trading partners. As speculation grows that the European Central Bank will...» Read More
NEW YORK/ SYDNEY, Sept 23- Swiss commodity trader Mercuria, known best for its energy prowess, is now mounting an audacious challenge to metal titans like Glencore Plc and Trafigura AG, but not in the way that industry sources had expected.
SINGAPORE, Sept 24- Singapore's Pavilion Energy said it had signed two long-term contracts to buy liquefied natural gas for trading and supply to Asia, adding to a previous contract as the state-owned firm seeks to become a global supplier.
FRANKFURT, Sept 24- Rocket Internet, the global e-commerce investor, will take a more hands-on role in its stable of companies following a stock market listing which was fully subscribed within the first hour of taking orders, it said on Wednesday.
CARACAS, Sept 23- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said state oil company PDVSA's U.S. unit, Citgo Petroleum Corp, will continue a welfare project in the United States begun by his predecessor, Hugo Chavez.
Sept 24- Lipocine said its treatment for low testosterone met the goals of a late-stage study, sending its shares up 33 percent in premarket trading. Lipocine, which is also developing a second testosterone product, said it would file for marketing application of the drug in the second half of next year.
UKRAINE'S STATE GAS COMPANY NAFTOGAZ WILL REPAY $1.67 BLN EUROBOND ON SEPT. 30- UKRAINIAN FINANCE MINISTRY.
BEIJING, Sept 24- China said on Wednesday it would allow qualified foreign couriers to deliver packages in its domestic market, potentially hotting up competition in a fast-growing business already marked by bruising price wars.
LONDON, Sept 24- Gold steadied above $1,220 an ounce on Wednesday as the dollar's rally paused and global political tensions intensified, but investors remained cautious ahead of U.S. economic data later in the week. Spot gold, stronger initially, was down 0.1 percent at $1,221.40 an ounce by 1156 GMT.
NEW YORK, Sept 24- Merrimack Pharmaceuticals shares were surging in premarket trade, up 24.5 percent to $8.95 after the company said it reached a deal to develop and market Merrimack's pancreatic cancer drug outside the U.S. with Baxter International.
*Banks likely to bid for 175 bln euros at TLTRO in Dec. In the latest monthly survey on European Central Bank policy taken Sept. 22-24, forecasters were also sceptical over whether the bank's latest offer of hundreds of billions of cheap cash in exchange for lending will even work.
*Iran has world's second biggest gas reserves. LONDON, Sept 24- The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier.
Sept 24- Drug developer Merrimack Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would partner with Baxter International Inc to develop and market its pancreatic cancer drug outside the United States, sending its shares up as much as 27 percent premarket.
REUTERS SUMMIT-NORILSK CEO SAYS PLATINUM SWAP OR CASH COULD BE PAYMENT OPTIONS IF PALLADIUM DEAL IS AGREED; BANK OF AMERICA MERRILL LYNCH HAS SHOWN INTEREST IN FINANCING.
REUTERS SUMMIT-NORILSK CEO SAYS PALLADIUM FROM BANK WOULD ALLOW NORILSK TO GUARANTEE STOCK AVAILABILITY FOR LONG-TERM CUSTOMERS, INCREASE MARKET TRANSPARENCY.
REUTERS SUMMIT-NORILSK CEO SAYS TRADERS, INCLUDING GLENCORE, TRAFIGURA, AND MITSUI HAVE SHOWN INTEREST IN NORILSK'S $1- BLN COPPER PROJECT IN RUSSIA.
REUTERS SUMMIT- RUSSIA'S NORILSK NICKEL CEO POTANIN SAYS COMPANY IN TALKS TO BUY UP TO $2 BLN OF PALLADIUM FROM RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK.
REUTERS SUMMIT-NORILSK OPENS UP COPPER SALES, OFFERING OPPORTUNITIES TO TRADERS- CEO.
DAMASCUS, Sept 24- A Syrian government minister said U.S.-led air strikes against militants are going in the "right direction" because the government was being kept informed and they were not hitting civilians or Syrian military targets.
Sept 24- Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc forecast first-quarter revenue largely below analysts' expectations as stiff competition from rivals hurt new contracts wins. Accenture forecast first-quarter revenue of $7.55 billion- $7.80 billion. Accenture has faced pricing pressure amid sluggish business spending in the last few quarters.
*Taiwan gov't investigating phones' data transmission to China. The government began performing independent tests on Xiaomi phones after reports in recent months that some models automatically send user data back to the firm's servers in mainland China, Gin-Shian Lou, a director at Taiwan's National Communications Commission, said on Wednesday.