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  • EU COMMISSIONER: DONORS' CONFERENCE WOULD SEEK TO RAISE AT LEAST $15 BLN TO PLUG UKRAINE'S FINANCING GAP.

  • EU COMMISSIONER: DONORS TO HOLD CONFERENCE IN KIEV IN APRIL IF UKRAINE GOV'T SUBMITS DETAILED INVESTMENT PLAN.

  • *OPEC sees increased demand for its oil in 2015. *Cartel also slashes forecast for non- OPEC supply. NEW YORK, Feb 9- Oil rose for a third straight session on Monday as OPEC forecast greater demand for crude this year than previously thought and projected less supply as well from countries outside the group.

  • Feb 9- American Airlines Group Inc on Monday lowered its forecast for first-quarter profit margins due to the recent rise in oil prices, and its shares fell 3 percent. Global oil prices have risen by more than 21 percent in the past two weeks, pushing estimated fuel costs for the quarter to between $1.81 and $1.86 per gallon, up from American Airlines' prior forecast...

  • Crane maker Manitowoc settles with Carl Icahn Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 9:34 AM ET

    Feb 9- Crane maker Manitowoc Co Inc said activist investor Carl Icahn will have the option to nominate a person to the company's board as part of a settlement agreement. Icahn, the company's second-largest shareholder, will also have the right to nominate a person to the board of the company's food services business after its spinoff. The company decided to spin...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 9- U.S. stocks opened lower on Monday, on the heels of disappointing economic data out of China and signs of rising tensions surrounding Greek debt negotiations.

  • VIENNA/ ATHENS, Feb 9- Greece's government is confident of striking a compromise with its European partners in the coming days, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday, in a bid to quell growing concern over the country's future in the euro zone. Speaking in Vienna after talks with Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann, Tsipras renewed his appeal for a "bridge"...

  • *OPEC slashes forecast for non- OPEC supply growth by third. Forecast demand for OPEC oil revised sharply higher. LONDON, Feb 9- OPEC forecast on Monday that demand for its oil this year would be much higher than previously thought, as its strategy of letting prices fall to hurt other producers begins to take effect.

  • Feb 9- Rig contractor Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc reported a 7 percent drop in quarterly revenue as demand fell due to weak oil prices, and said it would not pay a special dividend as it had been doing since 2006.. "We had been expecting Diamond Offshore to follow its prior downturn playbook," analysts at Jefferies& Co wrote in a note to clients.

  • Feb 9- McDonald's Corp's worldwide same-restaurant sales fell a steeper-than-expected 1.8 percent in January, as the company struggles to shake off the after-effects of food scandals in China and Japan. January marked the eighth straight month of worldwide same-restaurant sales declines at McDonald's, which is also battling changing consumer tastes,...

  • *Qualcomm near deal with China on antitrust dispute. NEW YORK, Feb 9- U.S. stocks were poised for a lower open on Monday, on the heels of disappointing economic data out of China and signs of rising tensions surrounding Greek debt negotiations. "We are seeing heightened nervousness over the Greek elections and the policies that could make or break its EU membership,"...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- The recent slide in global oil prices is a benefit for the world economy and could lead to some upgrades of economic forecasts, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday. "For the world economy, without a doubt, weaker oil prices are a plus," Kuroda told reporters on the sidelines of the G20 meeting of finance ministers and central bankers in...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • Feb 9- Hasbro Inc reported lower-than-expected holiday quarter revenue, hurt by a strong dollar and a decline in sales in its games and girls toys businesses. If not for the stronger dollar, revenue would have increased 7 percent, Hasbro said. Sales of toys for boys, Hasbro's largest business, rose about 21 percent to $421.9 million in the quarter ended Dec. 28, helped...

  • *OPEC sees increased demand for its oil in 2015. LONDON, Feb 9- Brent crude prices rose above $58 a barrel on Monday after OPEC forecast demand for its oil would be greater than expected in 2015 and the number of U.S. oil rigs hit a three-year low. In a monthly report issued on Monday, OPEC also slashed its forecast for the rate of growth in non- OPEC supply, citing a slowdown...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 9- The recent slide in global oil prices is a benefit for the world economy and could lead to some upgrades of economic forecasts, Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said on Monday.

  • ATHENS, Feb 9- Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis confirmed on Monday he would go to the Eurogroup of euro zone finance ministers with a request for a bridge agreement to tide Greece over until a new debt pact with international lenders could be sealed. But the outspoken leftist was unwavering in dismissing bailouts and the austerity that went with them,...

  • LONDON/ ZURICH, Feb 9- British bank HSBC Holdings Plc admitted failings by its Swiss subsidiary in response to media reports it helped wealthy customers dodge taxes and conceal millions of dollars of assets. The Guardian, along with other news outlets, cited documents obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists via Le Monde.

  • MUMBAI/ NEW DELHI, Feb 9- The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to ensure they comply with rules regarding monitoring of export advances that flow into India, saying lenders needed to ensure that outbound shipments are carried out within the stipulated time frame. A source close to the Enforcement Directorate, a state law enforcement agency, has told Reuters...

  • LAGOS, Feb 9- The Nigerian naira slid to a record low on Monday after a six-week delay to the Feb. 14 presidential election that is stirring concerns about political stability and the central bank's ability to manage a currency hammered by weak oil prices. The currency of Africa's biggest economy and top oil producer was quoted at 196.22 against the dollar at 1234...