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  • DUBLIN/ LONDON, Jan 7- Ireland made a storming return to the international bond market on Tuesday, with bumper demand for the country's first debt sale since exiting its EU/IMF bailout helping to drive down yields across the euro zone's periphery.

  • COLUMN-Texas comes close to rolling blackouts: Kemp Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 7- Texas struggled to keep the heating working on Monday as unusually cold weather combined with unexpected power plant outages to reduce reserve margins to critically low levels.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 7- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding after three days of losses on the S&P 500 with the help of upbeat data out of Germany.

  • LONDON/ SYDNEY, Jan 7- Copper steadied on Tuesday above the two-week lows it hit on Monday, helped by a weaker dollar versus the euro although the market was quiet as traders focused on U.S. data due later this week.

  • PARIS, Jan 7- French trade unionists held two executives overnight on Tuesday at the country's Goodyear tyre plant- a flashpoint for France's troubled industrial relations- to demand higher pay-outs for more than a thousand planned layoffs.

  • Jan 7- U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday forecast a decline in earnings this year in line with Wall Street estimates, with results hurt by cheaper generic forms of its Zyprexa schizophrenia drug and Cymbalta depression treatment. Lilly expects earnings, excluding special items, of $2.77 to $2.85 per share this year.

  • ZURICH, Jan 7- Credit Suisse is accelerating a drive to scale back riskier fixed-income businesses following a tough 2013 and amid strict new regulation, moving further away from its traditional focus on investment banking.

  • BEIJING, Jan 7- China will unify the way it calculates provincial economic output to help close a gap with national figures, the country's chief statistician said on Tuesday, amid scepticism about the reliability of Chinese data.

  • Jan 7- U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday forecast a decline in earnings this year in line with Wall Street estimates, with results hurt by cheaper generic forms of its Zyprexa schizophrenia drug and Cymbalta depression treatment. Lilly expects earnings, excluding special items, of $2.77 to $2.85 per share this year.

  • LONDON, Jan 7- Oil rose above $107 a barrel on Tuesday after five straight declines supported by doubts about a recovery in Libyan output, fighting in Iraq and as cold weather across the central United States threatened production.

  • *Gold attempts to extend rally to sixth day. *India considering easing tough import rules. LONDON, Jan 7- Gold steadied below a three-week high on Tuesday, attempting to extend gains to a sixth straight session, as funds rebalance weightings of gold at the start of the year, but gains were limited by a slightly higher dollar and firmer stock markets.

  • LONDON, Jan 7- Ireland's 10- year government bond yields plunged to eight-year lows on Tuesday as the country's first debt sale since it exited an international bailout drew bumper demand.

  • China video game mkt third-largest by revenue, worth $14 billion. BEIJING, Jan 7- China has temporarily lifted a 14- year-old ban on selling video game consoles, paving the way for Sony Corp, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co Ltd to enter the world's third largest video game market in terms of revenue.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 7- Euro zone inflation fell in December after a small increase the previous month, increaing the European Central Bank's challenge of avoiding deflation as well as supporting the bloc's recovery.

  • Jan 7- Research firm IHS Inc posted a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and forecast strong full-year results due to revenue growth in its subscription business in America and Europe.

  • *Altice owns cable operators in France, Israel, Portugal. *Expanding into mobile in Israel, Dominican Republic. PARIS, Jan 7- Altice, which owns French and Belgian cable companies and mobile operations in Israel, plans to list its shares on Amsterdam's NYSE Euronext with the aim of raising 750 million euros to cut debt.

  • *Spanish stocks outperform; hopes of Panama deal for Sacyr. LONDON, Jan 7- European stocks rose back towards five and a half year highs on Tuesday, boosted by strength in the region's periphery and lower than expected unemployment figures from Germany.

  • LONDON, Jan 7- Oil rose above $107 a barrel on Tuesday after five straight declines supported by doubts about a recovery in Libyan output and as cold weather across the central United States threatened production.

  • SEOUL, Jan 7- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, the world's largest smartphone maker, has reignited shareholder calls for more returns after splashing out on a special employee bonus estimated at nearly $1 billion.

  • Euro zone inflation drops unexpectedly in December Tuesday, 7 Jan 2014 | 5:07 AM ET

    BRUSSELS, Jan 7- Euro zone inflation fell surprisingly in December after a small increase in the previous month, adding to concerns about deflation across the bloc and the risks to a fragile economic recovery.

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