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  • *March wheat in Paris falls to contract low. LONDON, Feb 5- Wheat futures in both Chicago and Paris were lower on Friday, weighed down by the slow pace of exports while corn was little changed and soybeans edged up. March wheat on the Chicago Board of Trade was off 0.3 percent at $4.71-1/ 2 a bushel at 1152 GMT.

  • SAO PAULO/ NEW YORK, Feb 5- Gávea Investimentos Ltda, the hedge fund run by former Brazilian central bank president Arminio Fraga, is doubling down on contrarian bets on Mexico's currency and against Brazil's, a sign that disparities between Latin America's two biggest economies will grow faster. Gávea also kept bets against the currencies of Thailand, South...

  • Feb 5- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday as investors awaited the January employment report that could provide clues on the Federal Reserve's monetary policy outlook. The data is expected at 8:30 a.m. ET. *Stocks have had a rough start to 2016, hurt by tepid U.S. growth, falling oil prices and concern that the world faces a China- led slowdown.

  • *U.S. firms face uncertainty over Europe privacy rules. Restive regulators in Europe are gearing up to enforce tough privacy laws and further court challenges await, activists say. These range from stricter data-handling policies to new technologies or paying to lease datcenters based in Europe.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 5- Monsanto could seek to expand in agricultural chemicals by deepening its partnership with Germany's BASF after losing out to ChemChina in its bid to buy seeds and pesticides firm Syngenta. But while the Ludwigshafen, Germany- based company is not willing to sell its pesticides unit, recent consolidation in the industry means it is now seen by...

  • Under the supply deal, Europe's largest zinc smelter will ship physical zinc to Trafigura over three years, in return for a prepayment of $150 million, Nyrstar Chief Executive Bill Scotting said in an interview with Bloomberg. A spokesman for Nyrstar confirmed the Bloomberg story. A spokeswoman for Trafigura also confirmed the $150 million prepayment, but...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd has received the EU's view on its plan to buy Telefonica's O2 to create Britain's biggest mobile operator and reduce the number of networks from four to three, according to a person familiar with the situation. The Hong Kong- based company, which owns Britain's smallest network Three, showed it was willing to address any...

  • Feb 5- CME Group Inc, the world's largest futures market operator, reported a 4.8 percent fall in quarterly profit due to lower transaction volume and clearing fees. Net income attributable to CME fell to $291.7 million, or 86 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $306.5 million, or 91 cents per share, a year earlier. CME, which owns the Chicago Board of...

  • Feb 5- M.A.C beauty products maker Estee Lauder Cos Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and profit, helped by strong demand for makeup products such as Smashbox and Tom Ford. The company has been focusing on catering to younger customers by offering brands such as Jo Malone and Bobbi Brown, as "heritage" brands Estee Lauder and Clinique lose some...

  • EXCLUSIVE- VENEZUELA CENTRAL BANK IN TALKS WITH DEUTSCHE BANK ON GOLD SWAP-SOURCES.

  • PARIS, Feb 5- France's Vinci is looking at opportunities to grow in concessions in Latin America and in oil and gas and infrastructures in Iran, as it further expands abroad to counter weak growth at home, its chief executive said on Friday. Vinci was also looking to grow all its businesses in America, notably motorway concessions in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico, and...

  • January non-farm payrolls at 1330 GMT. LONDON, Feb 5- Copper slipped on Friday as investors squared positions ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in China, and as they awaited key U.S. jobs data later in the day. The U.S. non-farm payrolls report due at 1330 GMT will be keenly eyed for its impact on the currency.

  • Feb 5- Beauty products maker Estee Lauder Cos Inc said net sales rose 2.6 percent in the second quarter, helped by higher demand for makeup products such as Smashbox and Tom Ford. Net income attributable to the company rose to $446.2 million, or $1.19 per share, in the quarter ended Dec.31, from $435.7 million, or $1.13 per share, a year earlier. The company's net sales...

  • *Labour boss demands more open management style. INGOLSTADT, Germany, Feb 5- Audi's labour boss said he will "hold management responsible" for adopting a new leadership culture, raising pressure on the luxury carmaker to implement change as it grapples with its emissions scandal. "Now we also want a thorough implementation" of new leadership principles, Audi works...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- Even as millions of barrels of oil are pumped at a loss at current prices, only a fraction of the production has been shut, industry research group Wood Mackenzie said on Friday. Just 100,000 bpd out of the 96.1 million bpd of oil pumped worldwide have been closed so far since the price plunge, most of it in Canada's oil sands, conventional U.S. projects and...

  • ALMATY, Feb 5- Tajikistan, hit hard by spillover from Russia's economic woes, is in talks with the International Monetary Fund on financial aid, Tajik state news agency Khovar reported on Friday citing government and Fund officials. The IMF resident representative office in Tajikistan had no immediate comment. According to IMF data, Tajikistan most recently...

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 5- ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, launched plans on Friday for a $3 billion share issue to help reduce debt and cut costs, having been hit by a plunge in steel prices which it blamed on a surge in cheap exports from China. The company, twice the size of its nearest rival, reported that its core profit dropped by 32 percent last year to $5.2...

  • *Coming up: U.S. non-farm payrolls at 1330 GMT. LONDON, Feb 5- Gold hit a three-month high on Friday, on track for its strongest weekly gain in a month after growing doubts about whether the Federal Reserve can keep raising interest rates put pressure on the dollar. Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,158.3 an ounce by 1055 GMT, after touching $1,158.80, its highest since...

  • LONDON, Feb 5- Ukraine's restructured Eurobonds extended losses on Friday as fears grew over the fate of the ruling coalition and its IMF bailout, though a reduction in U.S. rate rise bets continued to support other emerging assets. MSCI's emerging equity index rose 0.4 percent after shares in Hong Kong and Mumbai rose around half a percent.

  • *Jan exports seen at -1.9 pct y/y vs Dec's -1.4 pct. BEIJING, Feb 5- China's January exports may have fallen for a seventh month with factories still battling falling prices, but an expected jump in bank lending may underscore the government's bid to put a floor under the slowing economy. That may produce a trade surplus of $58.85 billion for January, compared with a...