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  • NEW YORK— The latest on developments in financial markets:. Stocks are opening slightly higher on Wall Street, led by gains in health care companies. Alexion Pharmaceuticals climbed 3 percent in early trading Wednesday, and IBM rose 2.3 percent.

  • LONDON, Sept 26- Only a small fraction of banks in Britain are planning properly to mitigate risks to their businesses from climate change, the Bank of England said on Wednesday, adding it would push lenders to take action. The British central bank, which oversees the City of London global financial hub, said it would consult with banks to show what it expected them...

  • Sept 26- U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Wednesday ahead of a widely expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, with investors focusing on the central bank's steer on the pace of monetary tightening. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 44.65 points, or 0.17 percent, at the open to 26,536.86. The S&P 500 opened higher by 1.42 points, or 0.05 percent, at...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Sept 26- South Africa's central bank should stick to targeting inflation rather than trying to stimulate the economy, because an abrupt change in policy would damage its credibility and push up prices, a policymaker at the bank said late on Tuesday. The speech by Deputy Governor Francois Groepe came after the ruling African National Congress...

  • *Gunvor, Congo, Ivory Coast, others deny allegations. LONDON, Sept 26- A former Gunvor employee said he paid bribes to the president of the Republic of Congo via a presidential aide and Belgian firm Semlex to win Congolese oil contracts, according to a Swiss prosecution document. The employee said he also paid other bribes on behalf of Gunvor, the Geneva- based...

  • *Furore over Swiss grenades in IS cache helped prompt vote. ZURICH, Sept 26- After an uproar over Swiss-made hand grenades found with Islamist militants, lawmakers on Wednesday voted to block the government from forcing through new weapons export rules aimed at allowing sales to nations fighting civil wars. "This doesn't just have to do with whether a company is...

  • Sept 26- Wall Street was set to open slightly higher on Wednesday as bank stocks gained ahead of a widely expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, with investors focusing on the central bank's steer on the pace of monetary tightening. Some analysts are expecting a more aggressive tilt, whether it comes in the policy statement at 2 p.m. ET, the accompanying...

  • LONDON, Sept 26- Driverless car features are moving closer to mass-market production, with British chip designer ARM introducing the first in a new line of safety-hardened processors for building features such as automated collision avoidance into vehicles. The new line of AE, or "Automotive Enhanced", application processors lets chipmakers design chips...

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 26- India's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the validity of a controversial biometric identity system, but flagged privacy concerns and reined in a government push to make it mandatory for everything from banking to telecom services. "This is a fabulous judgment," said lawyer Kapil Sibal, a member of the opposition Congress party.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 26- JPMorgan Chase& Co is expanding the reach and funding of a group established to promote women working inside the bank to also help female clients, including entrepreneurs and individuals. The group, which grew out of a networking and career advancement effort started in 2013, on Wednesday held its third annual "Leadership Day" by expanding the...

  • Sept 26- Amazon.com Inc's Echo smart speakers faced outages in the U.K. and some other European countries on Wednesday, according to outage tracker Downdetector.com. The website logged https://downdetector.co.uk/problems/amazon-alexa/map hundreds of reports about the issue with the speakers, which are powered by Amazon's voice-controlled...

  • MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. _ Actuant Corp. on Wednesday reported a loss of $37.7 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in December, Actuant expects its per-share earnings to range from 20 cents to 25 cents.

  • PARIS— French President Emmanuel Macron has sidestepped a question over a controversial multi-million dollar deal to sell 36 fighter jets to India. In a news conference at the United Nations in New York, Macron said Tuesday he was "not in charge" when the deal was signed in 2016 through "a government-to-government discussion." Indian main opposition Congress...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 26- Facebook, Google and other tech firms have agreed a code of conduct to do more to tackle the spread of fake news, due to concerns it can influence elections, the European Commission said on Wednesday. Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Portugal and Ukraine are also all due to hold national elections next year. Russia has faced...

  • MILAN— Italy's economy minister says the first budget of the new Italian government will include a basic income scheme sought by one of the governing parties, the 5- Star Movement. Tria, who is unaffiliated with either governing party, is under pressure to come up with a draft budget that maintains commitments as part of Italy's membership of the eurozone, but...

  • COPENHAGEN, Sept 26- The internal whistleblower who helped reveal alleged money laundering at Danske Bank's Estonian branch was Howard Wilkinson, a former head of its trading business in the Baltics, Danish newspaper Berlingske reported on Wednesday. "I can confirm that I worked as Head of Markets in the Baltics based in Tallinn from 2007 until my last working...

  • BEIJING— China announced more tariff cuts Wednesday on construction machinery and other goods but no action on U.S. complaints about its technology policy that are fueling an escalating trade battle. It gave no indication the reductions would apply to U.S. goods on which Beijing has imposed additional taxes of 5 to 25 percent. The United States, Europe and other...

  • Sept 26- Uber's head of corporate development, Cameron Poetzscher, was disciplined after a probe found he had a pattern of making sexually suggestive comments about other co-workers, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the investigation. When the findings of the probe by an outside law firm were presented to an internal...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Worthington Industries Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $54.9 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.02 per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.01 billion.

  • BEACHWOOD, Ohio _ Omnova Solutions Inc. on Wednesday reported a fiscal third-quarter loss of $1.9 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks...