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  • MILAN, Sept 22- European shares steadied on Friday amid fresh tensions over North Korea but remained near recent highs ahead of this weekend's general election in Germany, where conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel is expected to win a fourth term. L'Oreal rose as much as 6.7 percent after billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, whose family founded the firm and...

  • *N Korea tensions, China downgrade weigh on risk sentiment. North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean after U.S. The dollar dropped as much as 0.8 percent to 111.65 yen, before recovering to trade down around half a percent on the day at 111.96 yen in early London trade.

  • LONDON, Sept 22-- September Flash Composite PMI jumps to 56.7. LONDON, Sept 22- Euro zone private businesses ended the third quarter with much stronger growth than predicted, bolstered by manufacturers, who had their best month since early 2011, a survey showed on Friday. That growth, alongside rising inflationary pressures, is likely to increase expectations the...

  • Some ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and from other producers are set to meet in Vienna at 0900 GMT on Friday to discuss a possible extension of an oil supply cut deal that is aimed at supporting oil prices. An OPEC source told Reuters the meeting had been postponed from 0800 GMT. The ministers from OPEC nations and others led...

  • jitters@ MELBOURNE, Sept 22- Metals in Shanghai and London tumbled on Friday as investors slashed risk given escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and ongoing jitters about China debt after a ratings downgrade. "Metals have had quite a rally in the past few months and have done so much faster than fundamentals would suggest they should," said analyst Amy Li...

  • ZURICH, Sept 22- Adecco Group is investing in digital technology to make it more attractive to employers seeking flexible workers, the world's largest staffing company said on Friday, as it targets faster growth as the global economy recovers. It also unveiled a raft of cost savings and digital investments ahead of its investor day in London.

  • HONG KONG— Most Asian stock markets fell Friday as investors turned cautious following new U.S. sanctions targeting North Korea and credit rating downgrades for China and Hong Kong. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 slipped 0.2 percent to 20,309.58 and South Korea's Kospi lost 0.9 percent to 2,385.22. CHINA RATING: Markets in Asia were getting their...

  • MELBOURNE, Sept 22- Metals soured in Shanghai and London on Friday as investors slashed risk given escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and ongoing jitters about China debt. *SHFE: In Shanghai, metals fell between 1 percent and 4.5 percent, with the steepest tumble in volatile nickel, which will also face higher trading fees on the Shanghai Futures...

  • Sept 22- Gold edged up from a four-week low on Friday as the latest twist in tensions between the United States and North Korea prompted investors to seek out the safe-haven asset. President Donald Trump ordered new sanctions against North Korea on Thursday and Pyongyang's leader defiantly vowed to persist with its nuclear and missile programmes and said it...

  • DUBLIN- ECB President Mario Draghi gives Keynote speech at Henry Grattan Lecture Invitation organized by Trinity College in Dublin- 0830 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio gives closing remarks at the ECB conference "Low inflation: Lessons from the past! FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio chairing panel "Macroprudential policy...

  • DUBLIN- ECB President Mario Draghi gives Keynote speech at Henry Grattan Lecture Invitation organized by Trinity College in Dublin- 0830 GMT. FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio gives closing remarks at the ECB conference "Low inflation: Lessons from the past! FRANKFURT- ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio chairing panel "Macroprudential policy...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 21- The U.S. Lingering worries over North Korea added to the weaker tone in U.S. stocks, with U.S. According to a Reuters poll late Wednesday of Wall Street's top banks, the Fed will resume rate hikes in December and in 2018 raise borrowing costs three more times.

  • *Airline sparked wave of anger with 2,000 flight cancellations. DUBLIN, Sept 21- Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary on Thursday scrambled to placate pilots and reassure investors as the airline's annual general meeting was dominated by the cancellation of 2,000 flights in a "cock-up" that exposed major staffing issues. The often outspoken CEO told investors that no...

  • *Also plans to trim asset holdings in $4.2 trillion portfolio. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Sept 21- Gold fell about 1 percent to its lowest in nearly four weeks on Thursday, shrugging off further weakness in the dollar, after the Federal Reserve signalled it was on track to raise U.S. interest rates again in December. Spot gold was down 0.7 percent at $1,291.46 an ounce since late...

  • *China credit rating gets cut. NEW YORK, Sept 21- The U.S. "The meeting was definitely more hawkish than what the market was anticipating," said Mary Ann Hurley, vice president in fixed income trading at D.A.

  • *OPEC cartel meets in Vienna on Friday. *OPEC panel to discuss extending oil cut deal, tracking exports. "Compliance looks to be a bit of an issue" if prices rise much from current levels, said John Kilduff, partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.

  • Credit reporting company Equifax corporate offices are pictured in Atlanta, Georgia, September 8, 2017.

    CEO Richard Smith will testify before the Senate Banking Committee about the Equifax security breach.

  • *OPEC meets in Vienna on Friday. *OPEC panel to discuss extending oil cut deal, tracking exports. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, Russia and other producers meeting in Vienna on Friday, will discuss a possible extension of a deal to cut 1.8 million barrels per day of supply to support prices and will consider monitoring...

  • FRANKFURT/ BERLIN, Sept 21- A profit warning from one of the world's largest reinsurers is the latest sign that the death and destruction from a spate of hurricanes and earthquakes in North America are now taking a toll on the titans of global finance. Munich Re last issued such a warning in 2011 after losses from an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a spokeswoman...

  • LONDON, Sept 21- Sterling firmed against the dollar on Thursday, with traders hopeful that a much-anticipated speech from Prime Minister Theresa May the following day would signal she wants a "soft" exit for Britain from the European Union. The BBC reported on Thursday that May will say on Friday that Britain is willing to pay 20 billion euros to the EU during a...