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  • Nov 6- InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, one of the world's largest hoteliers, is exploring strategic options including a potential sale or merger, Bloomberg reported on Friday. IHG is discussing with financial advisers whether to sell itself or combine with a competitor as the sector consolidates, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the...

  • Security in the Gulf and wider Middle East is at its most uncertain in years, with the region's conflicts sending hundreds of thousands of homeless into Europe and Islamic State expanding its anti-Shi'ite sectarian campaign of bombings from Iraq and Syria into the Gulf Arab states, Yemen, Libya and Egypt. The fighting in Syria and Yemen may bolster demand for...

  • BEIJING, Nov 6- China's securities regulator has banned Shanghai DZH Ltd from the market for violating regulations, the company said in a filing with the Shanghai bourse on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, Nov 6- Sergei Shvetsov, the first deputy chairman of Russia's central bank, said on Friday he saw potential for a reduction in interest rates this year. "There is potential for cutting rates just as there is a potential for a lowering of inflation by the end of the year. We will be watching these figures, "he said in Shanghai at a forum of the Moscow and Shanghai...

  • Nov 6- Mobile payments company Square Inc, headed by Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, said it expects its initial public offering to price at between $11 and $13 per share, valuing the company up to $4.2 billion. The San Francisco- based company said in a regulatory filing on Friday it would sell 25.7 million Class A common shares, while selling stockholder...

  • ANKARA, Nov 6- Behind its monolithic facade, a row over economic policy is raging in Turkey's AK Party as it readies for another four years in power, with President Tayyip Erdogan's aides pumping populist growth plans while others lobby for reforms. On the one side are presidential advisors including Cemil Ertem and Yigit Bulut, former journalists who, like...

  • *The report by the Labor Department, due at 8:30 a.m. ET, is expected to show that nonfarm payrolls increased 180,000 in October, above the 139,000 jobs per month average for August and September. **Nvidia's shares rose 10 percent to $30.50 premarket after the chipmaker's third-quarter results beat expectations. *TripAdvisor fell 9.2 percent to $75.50 after...

  • BRDO PRI KRANJU, Slovenia, Nov 6- Slovenia's banking sector is not sustainable in its current form and the number of lenders should be reduced, its central bank chief said on Friday, two years after problems at its banks almost required an international bailout. Bostjan Jazbec, who sits on the European Central Bank's Governing Council, also said easing monetary...

  • *Chicago continues to fall back from four-week high. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Nov 6- Chicago wheat futures eased for a second session on Friday, as slow U.S. exports and forecasts for more rain relief in dry growing belts stifled a wave of buying that took prices to a four-week high earlier this week. "Wheat and corn prices are under pressure following weak U.S. export data,"...

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 6- Bank of China and Singapore's government trade agency International Enterprise Singapore have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Singapore's commodity finance and trading, the two said on Friday. Singapore is Asia's main oil trading hub and its exchange, Singapore Exchange, also deals in other commodities like iron ore and...

  • *Border fence shuts down migrant route through Hungary. BUDAPEST, Nov 6- With an anti-immigrant campaign and razor-wire border fence Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has reversed a slide in his party's popularity, emerging at home as a winner in the crisis that has divided Europe. Personal approval ratings have also jumped for the man who closed down a...

  • MARIANA, Brazil, Nov 6- Casualties from a collapsed dam at a Brazilian mine owned by Vale and BHP Billiton mounted on Friday after rescue teams worked through the night to find the dozens missing in mudslides that devastated a nearby village. We don't even know that we'll find everybody, "said firefighter Adão Severino Junior in Mariana. He said the local hospital...

  • Nov 6- Mobile payments company Square Inc, headed by Twitter Inc Chief Executive Jack Dorsey, said it expects its initial public offering to price at between $11 and $13 per share, raising up to $403.7 million. San Francisco- based Square, founded in 2009, was valued at $6 billion after its last funding round a year ago. Goldman Sachs& Co, Morgan Stanley& Co LLC and J.P....

  • BERLIN, Nov 6- German industrial output posted its steepest drop in more than a year in September, raising some concerns that Europe's biggest economy may feel a year-end chill from a slowdown in emerging markets. Following the 1.1. percent drop in industrial production in Germany, economists at J.P. Morgan also cut their third-quarter growth forecasts for the...

  • BEIJING, Nov 6- China will keep the yuan within a reasonable range and continue to push forward interest rate and exchange rate reforms, the central bank said on Friday, in its third-quarter monetary policy report.

  • LONDON, Nov 6- The dollar inched up to a three-month high against a basket of currencies on Friday, looking set for an attack on longer-term resistance around $1.08 per euro if jobs data on Friday backs a rise in U.S. interest rates next month. Atlanta Fed President Dennis Lockhart, seen by many as a swing voter at the U.S. central bank, was the latest to sound open to...

  • Nov 6- Health insurer Cigna Corp reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong performance in its government and commercial businesses. Revenue at Cigna's unit that sells commercial and government plans rose 8 percent to $6.62 billion. On an adjusted basis, Cigna earned $2.28 per share, well above the average analyst estimate of $2.20...

  • Nov 6- Mobile payments company Square Inc said it expects its initial public offering to be priced at between $11 and $13 per Class A common share. The IPO is expected to raise up to $403.7 million, the company said in a regulatory filing. Square is headed by Twitter Inc chief executive, Jack Dorsey.

  • Nov 6- Health insurer Humana Inc, which agreed to be bought by Aetna Inc for $37 billion in July, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it added more members to its individual Medicare Advantage business. Humana, which manages large Medicare Advantage health plans for the elderly and disabled, said individual Medicare Advantage membership rose...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 6- Rules on the testing of car emissions should be toughened up to prevent a repeat of the Volkswagen scandal and the destruction of shareholder value which resulted, a group of leading investors has urged European Union policymakers. They include BlackRock, Deutsche Asset& Wealth Management, Henderson Global Investors, Nordea, Janus Capital and...