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  • *U.S. crude for March delivery was 47 cents higher at $28.41 a barrel by 0113 GMT. *The front-month Brent contract was 50 cents higher at $30.82 a barrel, after it had closed $2.56, or 7.8 percent, down on Tuesday. *Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency predicted the world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and that OPEC is...

  • *India ruled Monday against differential data pricing. *Regulators in other Free Basics markets may follow India. "Not only because India was expected to be such a critical piece of the overall Internet.org success story, but more so because it has potential dangerous knock-on effects for the universal access initiative in other markets."

  • *Stops short of $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 9- Gold turned higher on Tuesday but hovered beneath the previous session's 7-1/ 2- month high of $1,200 an ounce, buoyed by risk aversion as equities remained volatile and the dollar extended losses. Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,192.30 an ounce at 2:12 p.m. EST, below the session high of $1,198.90...

  • *Stops short of $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday. Analysts said the metal is looking overbought and it pulled back after stopping short of testing key psychological resistance at $1,200 an ounce on Tuesday, but many say it could push higher again in coming days. Spot gold was trading down 0.1 percent at $1,189.96 an ounce by 1527 GMT, after rising to $1,200.60 on Monday,...

  • MUMBAI, Feb 9- Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is still carrying out due diligence to buy a stake in Essar Oil Ltd, the Indian group which runs India's second biggest private sector refinery said on Tuesday. Last week, Bloomberg reported that the company was in talks with Saudi Arabia's biggest oil company Saudi Aramco and National Iranian Oil Company to sell a...

  • *Looks set to retest $1,200 an ounce. The precious metal saw some profit taking in early trade after failing to push through key psychological resistance at $1,200 an ounce, but picked up after U.S. markets opened and looked set to retest the $1,200 level. If we can reach $1,200 and hold above it that would probably set the scene to go higher, "said David Govett, head of...

  • Under President Benigno Aquino, the Philippines has seen annual growth of more than six percent on average, its best five-year record in four decades. Party affiliations have historically counted for little in the Philippines and policies have mattered less than personalities. "It will be very interesting to see what are the positions of each of the...

  • *India ruled Monday against differential data pricing. *Regulators in other Free Basics markets may follow India. "Not only because India was expected to be such a critical piece of the overall Internet.org success story, but more so because it has potential dangerous knock-on effects for the universal access initiative in other markets."

  • *Next test is $1,200 an ounce. Spot gold was trading at $1,187.6 an ounce, down 0.3 percent, by 0925 GMT, after rising to $1,200.60 on Monday, its strongest since June 22 last year. The next key level is $1,200 but it is looking in overbought territory, "said Citigroup analyst David Wilson.

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. Hopes of an accord to shore up prices which are languishing close to 2003 have dimmed over the past week, but the meeting between cash-strapped...

  • DUBAI, Feb 8- Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said. Foreign business delegations have flocked to Tehran since the United States, European Union and United Nations lifted...

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. After a flurry of diplomacy over the last two weeks about a possible production cut roiled oil markets, Sunday's meeting between cash-strapped...

  • Brent futures fell 68 cents to $33.38 a barrel, a 2 percent loss, by 10:36 a.m. EST, paring a fall of as much as 3.3 percent earlier in the session. "With the possibility of a production cutting deal quickly fading into the sunset, market participants are once again left to focus on the reality of the oversupplied global market," Energy Management Institute analyst...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- India's economic growth slowed in the last quarter of 2015, adding to pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government to expedite stalled reforms in the next session of parliament when it presents its annual budget. That rate of growth was faster than the 6.8 percent posted by China in the same quarter, although many economists say the...

  • *India, Philippines, Indonesia consider tax on sugary drinks. *British lawmakers debate issue, follows sugar tax in Mexico. Scandinavian countries have had such taxes, with varying degrees of success, for many years, and in 2012, France and Hungary joined the list, followed by Mexico in 2014..

  • NEW DELHI— India says its economy grew 7.3 percent in the last three months of 2015, a rate of expansion that puts the South Asian nation ahead of China's 6.8 percent growth during the same period. The data released Monday by the Indian Central Statistics Office shows a slight downturn for India from the previous quarter, when the country registered growth of 7.4...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil prices slide, supply overhang in focus Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET

    *Focus shifting to Fed testimony, IEA, EIA and OPEC data. *Iran says European buyers agreed to lift its crude. Global benchmark Brent futures were down 68 cents at $33.38 at 1212 GMT, while U.S. crude futures lost 81 cents to $30.08.

  • *Focus shifting to Fed testimony, IEA, EIA and OPEC data. LONDON, Feb 8- Crude oil prices eased in thin trade on Monday as a meeting between OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela showed little indication that steps would be taken to boost prices. Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi discussed cooperation between members of the Organization of the...

  • BANGKOK, Feb 8- Investors in Big C, one of Thailand's largest supermarket chains, cheered on Monday an up to $3.5 billion deal by France's Casino Group to sell its majority holding to TCC Group, owned by whiskey tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi. Shares in Big C Supercenter hit a 13- month high of 251 baht on Monday, just below the offer price of 252.88 baht, and jumped...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 8- A doctor at a hospital in India's capital, New Delhi, was recently tracking a wall of monitors displaying the vital signs of intensive care patients admitted hundreds of miles away when red-and-yellow alerts rang out. India's top private hospitals, seizing on a shortage of critical-care doctors, are expanding into the remote management of...