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Feb 1- Newell Rubbermaid Inc reported a better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Friday, but gave a forecast that 2013 could fall short of Wall Street expectations as the consumer products maker spends more on advertising to increase business in North American and emerging markets.
NEW YORK, Feb 1- Wall Street's current jubilant narrative is that a rush into stocks by small investors has sparked a "great rotation" out of bonds and into equities that will power the bull market to new heights. Investors pumped $20.7 billion into stocks in the first four weeks of the year, the strongest four-week run since April 2000, according to Lipper.
NEW YORK, Feb 1- Gold rose in unison with equities and commodities on Friday, notching a weekly gain, after U.S. nonfarm payrolls data showed modest job growth in January.
Feb 1- Shares of Pfizer Inc's animal health subsidiary Zoetis Inc, which sells drug products and other services for livestock and pets, jumped 21 percent in their New York Stock Exchange debut on Friday. Shares opened at $31.50 after the Madison, New Jersey- based company's stock was priced at $26, above an expected range of $22 to $25 a share.
The European Commission this week said it was putting on hold transfers of money due to Poland for road projects, which could add up to about 5 billion euros, because it wants assurances the alleged fraud could not be repeated on other projects in Poland, the biggest recipient of European Union funds.
*Chrysler says it is No.1 in sales in Canada in Jan. Feb 1- Detroit automakers started off the year with strong sales in Canada, figures for January showed on Friday, helped by demand for fuel-efficient passenger cars, leaving vehicle manufacturers optimistic about the outlook for 2013..
*January $4.0 bln trade deficit worse than expected. SAO PAULO, Feb 1- Brazil posted its worst monthly trade deficit on record in January due to a surge in imports of fuel and a slight drop in exports, trade ministry data showed on Friday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 1- U.S. Senate Republicans on Friday pledged to block President Barack Obama's choice to lead the consumer finance watchdog until Democrats agree to restructure it, ramping up an expected fight this year over the controversial new bureau.
*Google shares briefly touch all-time high before retreating. NEW YORK, Feb 1- U.S. stocks rose to five-year highs on Friday after jobs and manufacturing data showed the economy's recovery remains on track.
HOUSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1- Renewed strength in refining and chemicals led to higher-than-expected fourth-quarter earnings for Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp, the two largest U.S. oil companies.
*Russia bans imports of U.S. beef and pork. MOSCOW/ LOS ANGELES, Feb 1- Russia has decided to ban imports of U.S. beef and pork due to the feed additive ractopamine, which they may contain, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service said in a statement.
*Follow similar writedown by Deutsche Bank. PARIS, Feb 1- Credit Agricole, France's No. 3 bank, announced a further 3.8 billion euros in charges on Friday as banks struggle to move on from ill-timed deals before the 2008 financial crisis. They also come a day after Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest bank, announced almost $4 billion of charges.
Feb 1- Mississippi River barge traffic remained congested on Friday near Vicksburg, Mississippi, where a barge accident and oil spill shuttered the major shipping artery on Sunday, but the backlog of boats was slowly declining.
Feb 1- St. Jude Medical Inc, frustrated by regulatory and product issues last year, vowed that it would meet or exceed its 2013 earnings forecast, even though it does not expect much of a recovery in the medical technology market. Chief Executive Dan Starks acknowledged that St.
*GM, Ford, Toyota top Wall Street forecasts. DETROIT, Feb 1- Several major automakers, including General Motors Co and Toyota Motor Corp, posted better-than-expected U.S. vehicle sales for January, kicking off the fourth straight year of the sector's recovery from the depths of recession.
Chu lauded Gregoire, a Democrat who served as governor of Washington state from 2005 until mid-January and is long-time backer of President Barack Obama.
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 1- Apple Inc became the top mobile phone seller for the first time in the lucrative U.S. market during the fourth quarter of 2012, outshining arch rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, a report by Strategy Analystics showed.
PARIS, Feb 1- Google is to pay 60 million euros into a special fund to help French media develop their presence on the Internet under a top-level deal signed on Friday, but will not pay them for posting links to their content.
PARIS, Feb 1- Car sales extended their declines in France, Spain and Italy last month, data showed on Friday, leaving little hope of a European auto market rebound anytime soon. "The French passenger car market started 2013 on as weak a note as it exited 2012," analyst David Arnold at Credit Suisse said in a note.
NEW YORK, Feb 1- Major world stockmarkets rose to their highest levels in nearly two years on Friday helped by manufacturing and employment data indicating the global economic recovery is on track.