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  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- International Monetary Fund staff and Argentine authorities in the past week have made "important progress" towards new financing arrangements and stronger economic policies that could be considered soon by the IMF's board, a Fund spokesman said on Thursday. "What I can tell you is that important progress is being made towards...

  • BARCELONA, Sept 20- Natural gas is no longer merely a transition fuel between the past of dirty coal and crude oil and the future of renewables, according to an increasingly confident cross-section of the industry. While the industry has plenty to be buoyant about, including rapid and sustained Chinese demand for liquefied natural gas and the shale gas...

  • LONDON, Sept 20- Sterling added more than a cent to hit two-month highs on Thursday after forecast-beating UK retail sales data and amid growing optimism that Britain and the European Union are making progress at a summit of EU leaders towards a Brexit deal. Sales rose by 0.3 percent in August from July, the Office for National Statistics said, defying a median...

  • PRETORIA, Sept 20- South Africa's central bank left its benchmark repo rate at 6.5 percent on Thursday, with the bank's governor striking a more hawkish note than at the last rate meeting in July. The rate decision by the South African Reserve Bank was closely watched after its emerging-market peers Turkey and Russia raised their main lending rates.

  • ANKARA, Sept 20- Turkey's inflation will peak in October, but enter a downward trend by the end of the year, Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Thursday, hours after unveiling a new medium-term programme. Speaking at an interview with broadcaster CNN Turk, Albayrak also said fluctuations and speculative moves in the economy had damaged balance sheets,...

  • SALZBURG, Austria, Sept 20- Ireland's Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May told him she would make new proposals on the post-Brexit Irish border but presented nothing in writing. Speaking after two days of talks among EU leaders in Austria, Varadkar said other states offered him their full support in Brexit talks.

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 20- Britain's finance minister urged the European Commission to help devise European contingency plans for the financial sector in case of no deal on Brexit, in a sign of growing concerns about a disorderly departure from the European Union. He called on the EU Commission to "engage" on preparing plans that could reduce or avoid disruption to the...

  • *Caterpillar biggest boost to the Dow. Sept 20- The Dow Industrial Average on Thursday became the last of the benchmark indexes to regain record territory, boosted by gains in industrial companies on continued relief that fresh U.S. and China tariffs were less damaging than feared. Brokerage BMO Capital Markets said the average selling price of Apple's iPhones...

  • Sept 20- Technology-focused investment bank Qatalyst Partners has hired Ethan Zweig, a JPMorgan Chase& Co managing director, to join its San Francisco- based banking team. Among Qatalyst's recent deals, it advised software company CA Inc on its $19 billion sale to chipmaker Broadcom Inc in July. Earlier this year, JPMorgan advised semiconductor company...

  • *THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ANNOUNCES THAT PAMELA C. DYSON PLANS TO LEAVE THE SEC. *SEC SAYS PAMELA DYSON, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, TO LEAVE. *SEC SAYS DYSON PLANS TO LEAVE SEC TO SERVE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY GROUP, AND CIO AT FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK Source: http://bit.ly/2OJphgg.

  • Sept 20- The heavyweight financial sector pushed Canada's main index higher on Thursday and a rise in shares of cannabis producers boosted the healthcare sector. *At 9:52 a.m. ET, the Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 38.61 points, or 0.24 percent, at 16,188.53. *Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he wanted to see flexibility...

  • LONDON, Sept 20- Exxon Mobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum are joining a group of major international oil and gas companies in an initiative aimed at curbing carbon emissions in the sector, they said in a statement on Thursday. Together with its three newest members, the group will account for around 30 percent of global oil and gas production and 20 percent of...

  • SEC SAYS DYSON PLANS TO LEAVE SEC TO SERVE AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF TECHNOLOGY GROUP, AND CIO AT FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK.

  • DUBAI, Sept 20- Emirates and Etihad, two state-owned airlines in the United Arab Emirates, denied on Thursday a Bloomberg report which quoted unnamed sources as saying Emirates was seeking to take over Etihad to create the world's largest airline. There is no truth to this rumor, an Emirates spokeswoman told Reuters. Etihad made a similar statement.

  • Sept 20- Canadian miner Continental Gold said on Thursday three of its geologists were killed in northern Antioquia province in Colombia in an armed attack. The incident took place in the village of Ochali in the municipality of Yaramul, Antioquia, which is located within the boundaries of Continental's Berlin project, the company said in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON— Long-term U.S. mortgage rates are up for the fourth consecutive week, with the key 30- year rate reaching its highest level since May. Costs for would-be homebuyers continue to climb. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on 30- year, fixed-rate mortgages jumped to 4.65 percent, from 4.60 percent last week.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Minneapolis police have finished their investigation into a sexual assault allegation against Chinese billionaire Richard Liu and have turned the case over to prosecutors. The founder of the Beijing- based e-commerce site JD.com was arrested Aug. 31 in Minneapolis on suspicion of felony rape. Liu is a student with the Carlson School of...

  • In a statement, the competition authority said Google LLC, Google International and Google Reklamcilik were given six months to make the necessary changes in order to "reinstill effective competition in the market and end the violation".

  • OSLO, Sept 20- Aberdeen- based Verus Petroleum has agreed to acquire Cieco, a subsidiary of Japanese commodity trading house Itochu for an undisclosed sum, Verus' majority owner, Norwegian private equity firm HitecVision, said on Thursday. The acquisition, which includes a 23- percent stake in the Western Isles field development project, a 25.8 percent stake in...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. sales of existing homes were unchanged in August, as a shortage of houses priced at less than $250,000— a level considered to be affordable for the middle class— has become a drag on the real estate market. But the sales momentum is increasingly concentrated on homes worth more than $500,000, while sales of homes worth less than $250,000 have...