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  • *Upswing seen as intact but volume has been light. NEW YORK, Aug 27- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Wednesday, as investors found few reasons to keep buying after a rally that has taken indexes to repeated records, even as there was little seen on the horizon that could derail the rally.

  • FOREX-Euro falls widely on ECB easing speculation Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    *Euro hits lowest since January 2013 against Swiss franc. LONDON, Aug 27- The euro fell broadly on Wednesday, hitting a 19- month low against the Swiss franc, as speculation that the European Central Bank will resort to quantitative easing was fuelled by yet more bad news from the euro zone.

  • *Case seen as retaliation to U.S. sanctions over Ukraine. MOSCOW, Aug 27- Russian courts on Wednesday ordered the temporary closure of three McDonald's restaurants in Moscow over breaches of sanitary rules, news agencies reported, amid a standoff with the West over Ukraine.

  • LONDON, Aug 27- The spot iron ore market is sinking under the weight of new supply. The benchmark price for 62 percent iron ore as assessed by the Steel Index has just fallen below the $89 per tonne level for the first time since September 2012.

  • *Helaba, big savings banks, BNY Mellon form joint venture. FRANKFURT, Aug 27- Helaba, the German landesbank, has unveiled a joint venture with U.S. banking group BNY Mellon and the country's 25 largest savings banks to help corporate customers to expand foreign trade with Asia.

  • PARIS, Aug 27- IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation by French magistrates for negligence in a political fraud affair dating from 2008 when she was finance minister.

  • TORONTO, Aug 27- National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a stronger quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets arms.

  • Aug 27- Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss and cut its forecast for 2014 panel shipments as demand begins to falter due to U.S. duties on China- and Taiwan- made solar products.

  • UPDATE 1-Jeweler Tiffany raises full-year profit forecast Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    Aug 27- Upscale jeweler Tiffany& Co raised its full-year profit forecast for a second time following a better-than-expected quarterly profit, driven by strong sales in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Same-store sales in the Asia Pacific region grew 7 percent, driven by strong demand in Greater China and Australia.

  • National Bank of Canada reports stronger quarterly profit Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

    TORONTO, Aug 27- National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a stronger quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by a sharp jump in earnings at its wealth management and financial markets arms.

  • UPDATE 2-Brazil telecoms battle heats up as Oi steps in Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:31 AM ET

    MADRID/ PARIS, Aug 27- The battle over Brazil's telecoms market is heating up, with the country's biggest fixed-line firm Oi signaling it may make an offer for Telecom Italia's local mobile business.

  • Arch Venture Partners raises $400 million fund Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27- Chicago- based Arch Venture Partners raised a $400 million fund to invest in early stage companies, the firm announced Wednesday, underscoring renewed investor confidence in the once moribund life sciences sector.

  • Yingli Green loss narrows on rising panel demand Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    Aug 27- Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd reported a smaller loss for the fifth straight quarter, helped by rising demand for solar modules from China, Japan, the United Kingdom and other new markets.

  • *JP Morgan calls for ECB rate cut next week. LONDON, Aug 27- German Bund yields reached record lows on Wednesday, as further evidence of the region's faltering economy fed market expectations for more European Central Bank stimulus.

  • Wednesday is the first day Dutch farmers could sign up for the compensation for either having their produce destroyed or given to the Food Bank, a charity that supplies food to 35,000 needy Dutch households. "Most of the products are being taken to destruction plants, rather than the Food Bank," he said. "

  • Aug 27- Upscale jeweler Tiffany& Co reported a 16 percent rise in quarterly profit as sales grew strongly in the Americas and the Asia-Pacific region. The company's net income rose to $124.1 million, or 96 cents per share, in the second quarter ended July 31, from $106.8 million, or 83 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher with indexes at records Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:15 AM ET

    *Upswing seen as intact, but volume has been light. NEW YORK, Aug 27- U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Wednesday, suggesting the market's recent upswing that has taken indexes to repeated records, was set to continue with little on the horizon to derail the rally. Federal Reserve stimulus and the conflict between Ukraine and Russia.

  • European shares steady, Seadrill slips after results Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    *FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.05 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.2 pct. *Seadrill falls after below-forecast earnings. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions.

  • METALS-London copper dips on dollar, increasing supply Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 6:58 AM ET

    *Dollar sets 13- month high, euro struggles. LONDON, Aug 27- Copper fell on Wednesday as a firm dollar and the prospect of increasing supply of the metal offset growing confidence in U.S. economic growth.

  • *Corn around 2- wk low on hopes of record U.S. production. Corn fell to levels near Tuesday's two-week low as the expected record-large U.S. crop thrives in favourable weather. Corn fell 0.4 percent to $3.63-1/ 2 a bushel, not far from last session's two-week low of $3.61-3/ 4 a bushel.