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  • KIEV, June 19- Ukraine state oil and gas firm Naftogaz said on Tuesday a London court has granted its request to freeze the British assets of Russia's Gazprom, to enforce an earlier arbitration ruling from Sweden. But Naftogaz says Gazprom has not complied with the ruling, which obliged the Russian company to resume gas supplies to Ukraine at market equivalent...

  • VIENNA— The oil ministers of the OPEC cartel are arriving in Vienna to discuss this week whether to increase production of crude oil and help ease the price of global energy. The officials were gathering Tuesday ahead of the official meeting Friday, when they will also confer with Russia, a non- OPEC country that has cooperated with the cartel to limit production...

  • NEW YORK, June 19- U.S. Treasury yields fell on Tuesday, as trade tensions between China and the United States intensified after President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing warned it would retaliate. "This trade war is driving the risk-off mode," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rates strategist, at TD...

  • *Canadian dollar at C $1.3270, or 75.36 U.S. cents. *Loonie hits weakest in nearly one year at C $1.3291. TORONTO, June 19- The Canadian dollar weakened to a nearly one-year low against its U.S. counterpart on Tuesday as an escalating trade dispute between the United States and China pressured global stock and commodity markets.

  • U.S. stock markets are set for a sharply lower open as tensions over trade between the U.S. and China seem closer to a boil. China threatened to retaliate, leading Trump to seek broader penalties. International markets slumped, with China- focused stocks hard hit.

  • June 19- Wall Street was set to open sharply lower on Tuesday as President Donald Trump's latest threat to impose duties on additional Chinese goods heightened concerns that tit-for-tat tariffs could spiral into a trade war. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing warned it would fight back...

  • LONDON, June 19- A 200- basis-point increase in interest rates could cause a sharp rise in emerging-market corporate debt at risk of default, with Brazilian and Indian companies most vulnerable, a report from McKinsey Global Institute showed. India, for example, raised rates this month for the first time since 2014.. In that situation, the share of bonds at higher...

  • June 19- Private equity firm Veritas Capital will buy Cotiviti Holdings Inc in a deal valued at $4.9 billion, the U.S. healthcare analytics company said on Tuesday. Atlanta- based Cotiviti, which provides payment accuracy and analytics services to health insurers and other healthcare companies, will combine with Veritas-controlled Verscend Technologies...

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- U.S. homebuilding surged to near an 11- year high in May amid an acceleration in both single-family and multi-family home construction, but a second straight monthly drop in permits suggested housing market activity would remain moderate. Housing starts vaulted 5.0 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.350 million units last...

  • *France hit with strikes across country. PARIS, June 19- France's EDF said workers had gone on strike on Tuesday at the utility's hydroelectric plants and that a fall in power output was possible, although latest data from the grid operator showed no dip for the moment. Hydropower accounted for 10.1 percent of France's power supply in 2017..

  • June 19- Fender Musical Instruments Corp, the iconic electric guitar maker whose instruments have powered music from Eric Clapton to contemporary acts like Daniel Caesar, is replacing its biggest-selling lineup of guitars as its sales tick up. Fender plans to keep making the instruments in Mexico, CEO Andy Mooney told Reuters. Fender's chief rival, Gibson...

  • June 19- Canadian National Railway Co said on Tuesday it plans to invest C $210 million in Saskatchewan this year to expand its network across the province. Canada's largest railway operator is rolling out its biggest expansion in decades, including a roughly 20 percent boost to its workforce over two years by the end of 2018.. The company, which said on Tuesday...

  • June 19- Healthcare analytics company Cotiviti Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would be acquired by private equity firm Veritas Capital in a deal valued at $4.9 billion. Cotiviti shareholders will receive $44.75 in cash per share, a premium of 12.2 percent to Monday's close and Veritas Capital said it would assume all of Cotiviti's outstanding debt.

  • June 19- Jefferies Group LLC on Tuesday reported a 40.5 percent jump in quarterly profit as strength in its investment banking business, which advises on deals and listings, helped offset weakness in its trading unit. New York- based Jefferies, which usually kicks off the earnings season for U.S. investment banks, is widely seen as an indicator of the performance...

  • *China ambassador says Australia harbouring' Cold War mentality'. *Australia- China ties in " Beijing freezer"- analyst. China has denied any meddling in Australia.

  • WASHINGTON— A surge of construction in the Midwest drove U.S. housing starts up 5 percent in May from the prior month. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that housing starts rose to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.35 million, the strongest pace since July 2007. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released...

  • WASHINGTON— US housing starts climbed 5 percent in May to strongest pace since 2007..

  • *OPEC refuses to discuss U.S. sanctions against Iran. VIENNA/ MOSCOW, June 19- Russia and Saudi Arabia are pushing OPEC and its allies to raise oil output steeply from July to meet growing demand and cover supply outages in Venezuela and Libya despite opposition from several members of the producer group including Iran. Novak said Russia wanted OPEC and non- OPEC to...

  • June 19- Futures on the three main U.S. indexes slumped more than a percent on Tuesday as President Donald Trump's latest threat to impose duties on additional Chinese goods heightened concerns that tit-for-tat tariffs could spiral into a trade war. President Donald Trump threatened to impose a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion of Chinese goods and Beijing...