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  • *Iraqi forces take Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk. *U.S.- Iran tension helps raise global risk premium for oil. LONDON, Oct 17- Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, holding on to gains made as fighting between Iraqi and Kurdish forces threatened supplies from northern Iraq while political tension rose between the United States and Iran.

  • LONDON, Oct 17- Britain wants more say over deals in its military and technology sectors, as the government tries to prevent homegrown companies in sensitive industries from falling into foreign hands. The weakening of the pound since Britain's vote to leave the European Union has also made UK companies cheaper for foreign buyers. "Britain has and always has had...

  • *Cfo says do not expect a repeat of last year when trading deteriorated. *Shares rise 7 percent after group nudges full-year profit forecasts higher. *Cfo says should assume a better second half will influence the final dividend payout Further company coverage:.

  • *Kobe previously said data tampering may go back 10 years. *Kobe still trying to nail down extent of tampering- source. Japan's No.3 steelmaker is still trying to nail down the extent of the tampering, said the source, requesting anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

  • LONDON, Oct 17- Borrowing costs in the euro area inched up from one-month lows on Tuesday, as bond investors weighed up the implications of a potentially more hawkish Federal Reserve chief taking over from Janet Yellen. U.S. short-term interest rates and bond yields jumped on Monday on news that Donald Trump met Stanford University economist John Taylor to...

  • *Spot gold may drop to $1,281/ oz- Technicals. Oct 17- Gold prices fell on Tuesday, pressured by a firmer dollar but worries over geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and on the Korean peninsula kept further losses in check. Spot gold was down 0.4 percent at $1,289.20 an ounce, as of 0706 GMT, while U.S. gold futures for December.

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 17- China stocks ended little changed on Tuesday as investors awaited key mainland economic data and a major leadership summit later in the week, though resources firms posted losses on concerns the sector's recent rally may be over. The central bank injected 190 billion yuan into the interbank market, a move apparently aimed at easing liquidity...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 17- London copper slipped from three-year highs on Tuesday as a stronger dollar encouraged profit-taking, but renewed optimism over China's economic outlook supported prices. Metals prices could find more support if China's National Party Congress this week unveils polices that extend the country's industry reform to protect the environment,...

  • ZURICH, Oct 17- Activist investor RBR Capital Advisors has launched a campaign to break up Credit Suisse after building up a small stake in Switzerland's second biggest lender. RBR, which is led by Rudolf Bohli, wants to divide Credit Suisse into an investment bank, an asset management group and a wealth manager accommodating the Zurich- based bank's retail and...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- Borrowing costs in the euro area inched up from one-month lows on Tuesday, as bond investors weighed up the implications of a potentially more hawkish Federal Reserve chief talking over from Janet Yellen. U.S. short-term interest rates and bond yields jumped on Monday on news that Donald Trump met Stanford University economist John Taylor to...

  • *Sees 2017 adjusted operating profit 576- 606 mln stg. *Guidance range was previously 546- 606 mln stg. LONDON, Oct 17- Pearson expects full-year operating profit in the top half of its forecast range, in the first positive trading news for the British education group in recent years.

  • *Iraqi forces take Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk. SINGAPORE, Oct 17- A risk premium has returned to oil markets, boosting global prices as escalating fighting in Iraq threatens supplies while political tensions loom between the United States and Iran. After months of range-bound trading during which OPEC- led supply cuts supported crude prices but rising U.S....

  • Iran plans to load a total of about 297,000 barrels per day of condensate for export in November, up slightly from around 295,000 bpd this month, said the source, who declined to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to media. Shipments of the ultra-light oil from Iran have eased since reaching a post-sanctions high of 601,000 bpd in February this year,...

  • TOKYO, Oct 17- Japan's Nikkei share average rose for an 11th straight day in choppy trade on Tuesday as a stable yen supported exporting automakers, while expectations that the ruling bloc will win the election later this month continued to underpin sentiment. "The Japanese market's main buyers are seen to be foreign investors because the election outcome...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- Pearson said it expects its full-year operating profit to come in at the top half of its forecast range, in the first positive news on trading for the British education group in recent years. Pearson, which has been hit by the shift to digital from paper textbooks, said it now expected 2017 adjusted operating profit to come in between 576 million...

  • *Q3 like-for-like baby food sales in China up over 50 pct. PARIS, Oct 17- Danone reported a better-than-expected 4.7 percent rise in underlying third-quarter sales on Tuesday, helped by a strong recovery in demand for infant milk formula and water products in China. The world's largest yoghurt maker, whose brands include Actimel and Activia, nevertheless said...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- British education group Pearson said it expected its full-year operating profit to come in at the top half of its forecast range, in the first positive news on trading for some time. Pearson, which has been hit in recent years by the sudden shift to digital from paper textbooks, said it now expected 2017 adjusted operation profit to come in between 576...

  • LONDON, Oct 17- An experimental cancer drug discovered by Hutchison China MediTech has demonstrated promising activity in shrinking tumours in lung cancer patients whose disease had worsened following treatment with approved medicines. The treatment, which Hutchison China MediTech or "Chi-Med" is developing with AstraZeneca, is one of a new wave of...

  • PARIS, Oct 17- French spirits company Remy Cointreau on Tuesday said improving appetite in the United States for higher-end cognac had buoyed sales in its second quarter, while strong demand in China also drove growth and helped the company beat forecasts. Remy Cointreau, which also makes Mount Gay rum and Cointreau liqueur, is focusing on pricier spirits at $50...

  • Casino, which controls Brazil's top retailer Grupo Pao de Acucar, said third quarter sales reached 9.2 billion euros, slightly ahead of analysts' expectations for sales of 9.119 billion euros. Casino, whose credit rating was cut to junk by Standard& Poor's in March 2016 and which has been criticised by U.S. activist fund Muddy Waters, is under pressure to show it can...