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  • Sterling dips, Treasury acts on Scottish vote concerns Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 13- Sterling and gilt yields dipped in steady trade on Monday with a move by the UK Treasury to head off any nerves around this year's vote on Scottish independence prompting the first open market talk of the risks involved.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- A measure of world stock markets rose to near a six-year high on Monday while the dollar and bond yields slipped as last week's surprisingly weak U.S. jobs data strengthened the case for the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates low for longer.

  • *Nine out of 10 worst UK funds in 2013 focused on gold. It comes as no surprise then that nine of the 10 worst-performing funds in the UK in 2013, and six out of the 10 worst in the United States made bets on gold equities. At the top of that list is the Junior Gold fund, which lost almost 66 percent- a level that even its manager, Angelos Damaskos, describes as "eye-watering".

  • Jan 13- Juniper Networks Inc shareholder Elliott Management Corp urged the network equipment maker to buy back shares, cut costs and consider exiting some businesses to boost shareholder value. Juniper shares rose 10 percent to $25.95, their highest in more than two years, in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Monday.

  • DETROIT, Jan 13- Ford Motor Co may incorporate more aluminum into its other models in the future, executives said, after the second-largest U.S. automaker unveiled a new lightweight version of its F-150 pickup truck at the Detroit auto show on Monday.

  • *Morocco pushes ahead with oil search off disputed Western Sahara. Morocco has issued exploration licenses for blocks in the Atlantic waters off Western Sahara, a desert tract that it mostly controls but that is also claimed by an Algerian-backed independence movement that deems those contracts illegal.

  • Jan 13- Activist investor Barington Capital Group said on Monday it was disappointed with a recent plan by Darden Restaurants Inc to spin off its Red Lobster chain to enhance shareholder value. Barington also said it believes that just separating Red Lobster from the rest of Darden will still leave the company with too many brands.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 13- The IMF on Monday added Denmark, Finland, Norway and Poland to its list of countries that must have regular check-ups of their financial sectors, under an effort to prevent a repeat of the global financial crisis. The International Monetary Fund in 2010 had identified 25 other countries where financial sector evaluations will be mandatory.

  • Rice Energy sets IPO price range at $19-$21/share Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    Jan 13- Natural gas exploration and production company Rice Energy Inc said it expects a price of between $19 and $21 per share for its IPO, valuing the company at up to $2.7 billion. NGP Holdings, Rice Energy's largest shareholder, will see its stake fall to 26.1 percent from 44.4 percent after the IPO.

  • LONDON, Jan 13- U.S. oil firm Chevron Corp will go ahead with the development of the Alder gas field off the coast of Britain, helping to boost investment in the region and adding to its future production outlook.

  • *Suntory Holdings to acquire Beam for $83.50 per share. *Lululemon, Sodastream, Express fall after outlooks. "It may be that people are speculating that is it is not going to be a very good season at this point," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- The dollar dropped to its lowest in four weeks against the yen on Monday as last week's soft U.S. jobs data dampened optimism about the outlook for the world's largest economy and fueled uncertainty as to the pace of the Federal Reserve's reduction in stimulus.

  • Jan 13- Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its chief executive would leave and it would cut its workforce by about 45 percent, as it moves its focus away from drug discovery to completing the studies of its drugs in late-stage development. The company said Arthur Sands, CEO since 1995 and a co-founder, intends to develop a succession plan with the board.

  • *Fed to buy $1 bln- $1.25 bln TIPS due 2018-2043. NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. The lower-than-expected jobs gain is not yet seen as likely to alter the Fed from its course of reducing bond purchases, which were cut in December by $10 billion to $75 billion- a-month and are seen as likely to be further pared over coming months.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 13- U.S. stocks slipped at the open on Monday as investors braced for a quarterly earnings season that picks up steam this week and which has raised some red flags about valuations.

  • LONDON, Jan 13- Britain sought on Monday to reassure bondholders by promising to honour all 1.2 trillion pounds of UK government debt regardless of whether Scots vote for independence in a referendum this year.

  • Elliott urges Juniper to buy back shares, cut costs Monday, 13 Jan 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    Jan 13- Juniper Networks Inc shareholder Elliott Management Corp urged the network equipment maker to buy back shares, streamline its product line and cut costs to boost shareholder value. Elliott, which owns 6.2 percent of Juniper, said the company should repurchase $3.5 billion of shares.

  • *Suntory Holdings to acquire Beam for $83.50 per share. *Lululemon, Sodastream, Express fall after outlooks. "It may be that people are speculating that is it is not going to be a very good season at this point," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

  • *Expects fourth-qtr net revenue $513 mln- $518 mln, down from $535 mln- $540 mln. *Forecasts earnings of 71- 73 cents/ share, down from 78- 80 cents. Several U.S. apparel retailers including American Eagle Outfitters Inc and Zumiez Inc lowered their forecasts last week as reluctant shoppers forced them to offer steep discounts during the holiday shopping season.

  • The company has been revamping its restaurants and adding new products such as the Pretzel Bacon Cheeseburger to its menu to fend off competition from McDonald's Corp and Burger King Worldwide Inc.. The Dublin, Ohio- based company on Monday forecast full-year adjusted earnings of 34- 36 cents per share, beating the average analyst forecast of 29 cents per share.

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