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  • *Kirkuk flows to Ceyhan still at around 200,000 bpd. *Russia's Rosneft takes control of Kurdish oil pipeline. NEW YORK, Oct 20- Oil prices were up slightly on Friday in see-saw trade, ending the week up on support from a sharp decline in Iraqi crude exports due to tensions in the Kurdistan region after contending with weak demand data.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto-currencies. On Friday, bitcoin hit a record peak $6,000.10 on the BitStamp platform, and was last at $5,964.24,...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 20- Bitcoin surged to a record high of more than $6,000 on Friday, pushing its market capitalization to $100 billion at one point, as investors continued to bet on an asset that has a limited supply and has paved the way for a whole slew of crypto-currencies. On Friday, bitcoin hit a record peak $6,000.10 on the BitStamp platform, and was last at $5,964.24,...

  • *RBR CEO speaking at a conference in New York. ZURICH, Oct 20- Activist investor RBR Capital Advisors wants to expand its stake in Credit Suisse to 1 billion Swiss francs, as the hedge fund pushes to spin off the Swiss lender's investment bank and asset management business. RBR Chief Executive Rudolf Bohli is trying to drum up fresh cash to take a larger position in...

  • DUBLIN, Oct 20- A majority of Ryanair pilots at its largest base have rejected management's offer of improved pay and conditions, the airline said on Friday, dealing a blow to its efforts to address a recent pilot shortage. Pilots at London's Stansted Airport rejected the Ryanair offer by a margin of 60 percent to 40 percent at Friday evening's vote, the Irish...

  • Oct 20- The U.S. oil rig count fell for a third week in a row, extending a two-month drilling decline, although producers have sharply ramped up bets against a fall in oil prices, which could spur another investment surge. RIG-OL-USA- BHI> The rig count, an early indicator of future output, is still much higher than a year ago when only 443 rigs were active after energy...

  • *Kirkuk flows to Ceyhan still at around 200,000 bpd. NEW YORK, Oct 20- Oil prices were flat on Friday in see-saw trade, under pressure from weak U.S. demand but drawing support from a sharp decline in Iraqi crude exports due to tensions in the Kurdistan region. Oil exports from Iraq's Kurdistan via the Turkish port of Ceyhan were flowing at average rates of 216,000...

  • *FTSE 100 closes up 0.2 percent. LONDON, Oct 20- Britain's FTSE closed up 0.2 percent on Friday as sterling bounced back on hopes of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations, and consumer heavyweights Unilever and Reckitt Benckiser weighed down an index that was earlier lifted by financials. The FTSE 100, which hit a record level last week, was on track for a slight...

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Sterling bounced back from an eight-day low against the euro on Friday, with investors hopeful of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations after British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled talks with the European Union. "May's acknowledgement that the UK will honour its financial commitments to the EU while claiming her...

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Sterling bounced back from an eight-day low against the euro on Friday, with investors hopeful of a breakthrough in Brexit negotiations after British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled talks with the European Union. "May's acknowledgement that the UK will honour its financial commitments to the EU while claiming her...

  • Wall Street capped a week with no shortage of milestones with a few more Friday. The latest milestones came as investors drew encouragement from the Senate's passage of a budget bill that is expected to ease the path for the White House's tax cut proposal. "That changed a bit today with the Senate passing the budget resolution for 2018.".

  • *Singapore oBike hopes to launch in Paris in coming weeks. Launched just last week, Hong Kong's Gobee.bike has already spread its bikes all over Paris and Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike, as well as Singapore startup oBike, see entering the French capital as a key step in their plans to conquer Europe's city centres. Paris deputy mayor for urban planning Jean-Louis...

  • So it said on Friday it was launching a programme of start-up collaborations in Paris as it ramps up digital investments and seeks out new beauty products like its "smart" hairbrushes. The French group said it was looking to develop more inventions at a site for start-up companies in Paris, where 10 to 12 firms will work on projects with L'Oreal every year.

  • *EU says Britain must address divorce bill to unlock talks. BRUSSELS, Oct 20- British Prime Minister Theresa May won a modest reprieve in stalled Brexit talks on Friday, with European Union leaders signalling their readiness to move the negotiations forward in the coming months. French President Emmanuel Macron was tougher, saying the two sides had not yet...

  • LONDON, Oct 20- Adidas has launched the first of six planned city-themed running shoe models in London as it capitalises on its first Speedfactory, which it has opened in Germany and equipped with time-saving robotics. After London it plans shoe models inspired by Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Shanghai. Adidas relies on more than one million workers in...

  • SINGAPORE/ LONDON, Oct 20- The world's largest oil trader Vitol Group is nearing a deal to buy Noble Group's global oil liquids business, which analysts had valued at about $1 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday. Shares of Singapore- listed Noble Group were halted earlier on Friday, pending the "announcement of a major transaction," Noble...

  • *Senate passes budget plan that could usher in tax reform. *Stock futures portend firm start for Wall Street. LONDON, Oct 20- European stocks, the dollar and bond yields climbed on Friday as investors speculated that the "Trumpflation trade" could be back in play, after the U.S. Senate approved a budget blueprint that paves the way for tax cuts.

  • *Ireland joined Panama and Monaco on Brazil blacklist. LONDON, Oct 20- Brazil has provided investors with some of the best returns in the world this year but investment funds based in Ireland have been forced to adopt new strategies to get their money's worth. Brazil blacklisted Ireland as a tax haven in September 2016 because of its low corporate tax rates, so...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 20- Uber said on Friday it would open up its trove of travel data in Paris to the public to help city officials and urban planners better understand transportation needs, as the company seeks to woo national authorities. The U.S. ride-hailing app collects huge amounts of data from the billions of trips taken by customers which it uses to improve its...

  • *Kirkuk flows to Ceyhan still at around 200,000 bpd. Oil exports from Iraq's Kurdistan via the Turkish port of Ceyhan were flowing at average rates on Friday of 216,000 barrels per day down from the usual flows of around 600,000 bpd, a shipping source said. Iraqi troops regained control of two major oilfields northwest of Kirkuk from Kurdish Peshmerga forces...