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  • *Q4 net profit falls to 24 mln Swiss francs. *Proposes steady dividend of 0.40 francs per share. ZURICH, Feb 17- Clariant had its worst day on the stock market in five months on Wednesday after its chief executive threw cold water on lingering speculation the Swiss specialty chemicals maker could be a takeover target.

  • REYKJAVIK, Feb 17- Workers at Rio Tinto's unit in Iceland voted to block exports of aluminum from the Hafnarfjordur plant in the southwest of the North Atlantic island due to a long-running dispute over wage contracts. A bigger strike on the same issue, which would have closed operations at the smelter, was narrowly avoided in December over fears that Rio Tinto...

  • Feb 17- U.S. oil and gas producer Noble Energy Inc reported a quarterly loss, compared with a year-earlier profit, hurt by $2.2 billion in charges including asset writedowns. Noble, which also operates in U.S. shale fields and offshore Gulf of Mexico, Israel and West Africa, bought Rosetta Resources in a $2 billion deal last year, adding to production.

  • Feb 17- Canada's Shopify Inc, a maker of software that helps retailers set up online stores, forecast a 56-61 percent jump in its 2016 revenue as the company adds more customers. Shopify said on Wednesday that it expected revenue to rise to $320 million- $330 million in 2016 from $205.2 million reported for 2015.. However, net loss and comprehensive loss widened to...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 17- India is planning to auction at least three gold mines in 2016, a top government official said, opening up the sector to private firms for the first time ever in a bid to slash imports of the metal that cost the government $36 billion last year. Economically crippling shipments of up to 1,000 tonnes of gold, accounting for about a quarter of India's...

  • The company's net income fell to $132.4 million, or 70 cents per share, from $210.2 million, or $1.09 per share. It reported pro forma earnings of 74 cents per share, handily beating the average analyst estimate of 48 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net sales fell 2.7 percent to $781.4 million, still above the average analyst estimate of $760.1 million.

  • Regulus said its injection, RG-101, was evaluated in combination with FDA- approved hep C drugs such as Harvoni, Olysio, or Daklinza.

  • INTERVIEW-PRICELINE GROUP INC CEO SAYS IMPACT FROM NOV. 13 PARIS ATTACKS ON BOOKINGS IS MOSTLY' BEHIND US'.

  • PRICELINE GROUP INC SEES NO IMPACT ON TRAVEL PATTERNS SO FAR DUE TO ZIKA VIRUS- CEO.

  • PRICELINE GROUP INC IS COMMITTED TO ITS NAME-YOUR-OWN-PRICE BOOKING FEATURE FOR THE SHORT, MEDIUM AND LONG-TERM- CEO.

  • PRICELINE GROUP INC VIEWS HOME AND VACATION RENTALS AS A FOCUS AREA FOR 2016- CEO.

  • *Wall Street closed with solid gains on Tuesday, with the benchmark S&P 500 rallying to its best two-day gain since late August. *Still, the S&P 500 has fallen 7.3 percent this year due to slumping oil prices, fears of a China- led slowdown in global growth and uncertainty over central bank policies. *Investors will watch oil as a barometer of broader market sentiment...

  • *Forecasts 2016 rev of $16.5 bln- $17.5 bln, vs est $18.07 bln. Montreal- based Bombardier now has 678 total orders and commitments for the CSeries, including 243 firm orders. The company expects to record $250 million- $300 million in restructuring charges in 2016 in connection with the layoffs.

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Gold retreated from earlier highs on Wednesday as a rise in European share prices pointed to a retreat in the risk aversion that drove prices to one-year highs last week, though uncertainty over U.S. monetary policy kept the metal underpinned. Spot gold was at $1,203.63 an ounce at 1210 GMT, up 0.3 percent but off an earlier high of $1,212.20.

  • The company's shares rose 11.1 percent to $7.30 in premarket trading on Wednesday. Zika, whose symptoms include mild fever and rash, has been linked to brain damage in thousands of babies in Brazil. Inovio said it was developing the vaccine with GeneOne Life Sciences Inc and academic collaborators.

  • Feb 17- Canada's Shopify Inc, which helps retailers set up online stores, said its loss widened in the fourth quarter from the third quarter as costs rose. The company, which went public in May last year, said net loss and comprehensive loss widened to $6.3 million, in the quarter ended Dec. 31 from $4.7 million in the prior quarter. On a per-share basis, net loss...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- The yen gave up gains on Wednesday as oil prices and stock markets in Europe ticked higher, removing some of the appeal of the safe-haven Japanese currency. Against the yen, the dollar was steady on the day at 114.12 yen, recovering from a low of 113.37 yen struck early in the London session. "We expect the dollar to trade between 112- 114 yen, with the market...

  • DUBAI, Feb 17- Global transaction network SWIFT has reconnected a number of Iranian banks to its system, allowing them to resume cross-border transactions with foreign banks after the lifting of sanctions on Tehran, a SWIFT official said. Iranian banks were disconnected from Belgium- based SWIFT, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial...

  • *Plans to buy CS300 aircraft for list price of $3.8 bln. *Q4 adjusted earnings of 40 cents/ shr in line with estimate. Canada's biggest airline said it expects adjusted cost per average seat mile, which excludes fuel expenses, to fall 2-3 percent this year, "if the value of the Canadian dollar were at 2015 levels".

  • Feb 17- GPS-based devices maker Garmin Ltd reported a 2.7 percent fall in quarterly revenue as lower demand for its products used in automobiles offset strong growth in its fitness and aviation businesses. Net sales fell to $781.4 million in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 26 from $803.3 million a year earlier. Net income fell to $132.4 million, or 70 cents per share,...