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  • Gold hovers near $1,200, set for weekly dip on robust dollar

    Gold held below $1,200 an ounce on Friday and was headed for a fifth weekly decline in six, with he dollar near 11-year highs on expectations of strong U.S. jobs data and an interest rate hike. * Spot gold (XAU=) was little changed at $1,199.61 an ounce by 0028 GMT, after falling for four straight … More »

    Reuters - 1 hour 42 minutes ago
  • Dollar in demand, global shares on edge for jobs report

    Dollar in demand, global shares on edge for jobs report

    The dollar was in high demand in Asia on Friday as bulls wagered a looming U.S. jobs report would add to the chance of rate hikes there, even as the European Central Bank embarks on a trillion euro campaign of bond-buying. … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 22 minutes ago
  • George Osborne admits RBS error and calls for early sale - FT

    "When I say 'get rid of it', I mean put it into the good hands of the private sector", Osborne said in an interview with the FT. Osborne said that for several years he has been going along with the bank's then insistence that it was going to be a viable business with operations all over the world, … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 25 minutes ago
  • Sharp asks turnaround fund to take stake worth up to $250 million - Nikkei

    Sharp Corp has asked a corporate turnaround fund, Japan Industrial Solutions, to take stake of up to around 30 billion yen ($250 million) to help with the loss-making electronics maker's restructuring, the Nikkei business daily reported. Japan Industrial Solutions would purchase preferred or … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 31 minutes ago
  • Sharp asks turnaround fund to take stake worth up to 30 billion yen -Nikkei

    Sharp asks turnaround fund to take stake worth up to 30 billion yen -Nikkei

    Sharp Corp has asked a corporate turnaround fund, Japan Industrial Solutions, to take stake of up to around 30 billion yen to help with the embattled electronics maker's restructuring, the Nikkei business ... … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 47 minutes ago
  • Dollar in demand, shares on edge for jobs report

    The dollar was in high demand in Asia on Friday as bulls wagered a looming U.S. jobs report would add to the chance of rate hikes there, even as the European Central Bank embarks on a trillion euro campaign of bond-buying. … More »

    Reuters - 2 hours 47 minutes ago
  • NHTSA could tap unexercised authority to speed Takata recalls

    U.S. auto safety regulators are considering unprecedented steps to speed up the replacement of potentially deadly Takata Corp (7312.T) air bags in millions of cars that remain on American roads despite massive recalls initiated by automakers. In a letter dated March 3, National Highway Traffic … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • AbbVie CEO defends Pharmacyclics deal to sceptical investors

    AbbVie CEO defends Pharmacyclics deal to sceptical investors

    AbbVie Inc chief Richard Gonzalez fought two other drugmakers to "the bitter end" to buy Pharmacyclics Inc (PCYC.O) for its hot-selling Imbruvica cancer drug, but may have a harder time convincing investors it is worth $21 billion. Since then, some shareholders have questioned how the company will … More »

    Reuters - 3 hours ago
  • Oil falls in volatile trade on supply worries, dollar and Iran

    Oil falls in volatile trade on supply worries, dollar and Iran

    Oil closed lower on Thursday in volatile trade, as a soaring dollar and the U.S. pursuit of an Iranian nuclear deal offset earlier gains from supply concerns in Libya and Iraq. Libya's declaration of force majeure on nearly a dozen of its oilfields due to security concerns and arson attacks by … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Exclusive - Commerzbank nears $1.4 billion-plus settlement with U.S.: sources

    Exclusive - Commerzbank nears $1.4 billion-plus settlement with U.S.: sources

    Commerzbank AG (CBKG.DE) is nearing an agreement to pay U.S. authorities more than $1.4 billion to settle allegations it violated U.S. sanctions and a separate investigation that stemmed from the Olympus Corp (7733.T) accounting scandal, according to two people close to the case. Margarita Thiel, … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Euro sinks to 11-1/2-year low, bonds gain after ECB

    Euro sinks to 11-1/2-year low, bonds gain after ECB

    The euro fell to an 11-1/2-year low against the dollar on Thursday as U.S. and euro zone bond prices rose, after the European Central Bank spelled out its 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan that begins next ... … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Factbox - How a monetary policy committee in India could look

    India's government and central bank are set to consider proposals for the formation of a monetary policy committee that would take key decisions like interest rate changes, but have raised concerns over ... … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • India's government faces potential clashes with RBI over who decides rates

    India's government faces potential clashes with RBI over who decides rates

    MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Having agreed this week to formally adopt inflation targeting as a guiding star for monetary policy, India's government and central bank remain at odds over how crucial decisions are made. Both sides support the setting up of a Monetary Policy Committee, as first … More »

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
  • Brazil's elite in crosshairs as Petrobras scandal widens

    Brazil's elite in crosshairs as Petrobras scandal widens

    BRASILIA/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - A corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras has entered a volatile new phase that could lead to jail for some of Brazil's best-known politicians and business leaders while making a likely recession even worse. A prosecutor's motion on Tuesday to open … More »

    Reuters - 6 hours ago
  • New Siemens healthcare unit to start in May -sources

    German industrial group Siemens (SIEGn.DE) will house its German healthcare operations in a standalone unit in the form of a GmbH legal entity on May 1, two sources with knowledge of the matter said. Siemens wants to give the investment-hungry unit independence within the group, creating … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Bailed-out Cyprus eyes return to normal borrowing this year

    Cyprus hopes to borrow on financial markets this year, its finance minister told Reuters on Thursday, saying the island's economy had more in common with bailout turnaround Ireland than Greece. Harris Georgiades said Ireland, which reformed after near bankruptcy, was a role model as Cyprus climbs … More »

    Reuters - 7 hours ago
  • Gold rises after ECB inflation forecasts, U.S. data eyed

    Gold rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank (ECB) lifted its 2016 inflation forecast and as the market awaited key U.S. economic data. The ECB held interest rates unchanged at record lows while raising next year's inflation expectation to 1.5 percent from 1.3 percent and predicting 2017 … More »

    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • Wall Street little changed after 2-day drop, data

    Wall Street little changed after 2-day drop, data

    U.S. stocks were little changed on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, as economic data did little to alter expectations on the timing of an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. AbbVie is to buy Pharmacyclics for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is … More »

    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • Serco expects final bids for Indian BPO unit in early April

    British government services group Serco expects binding offers for its Indian outsourcing unit in early April, with private equity firms the strongest contenders to lead a management buyout, three sources familiar with the matter said. Serco, which runs one of India's largest business process … More »

    Reuters - 9 hours ago
  • Toyota India executive heads CII Karnataka council

    Bengaluru, March 5 (IANS) Toyota Kirloskar Motor Ltd. vice chairman Satish Vishwanathan was on Thursday elected chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Karnataka state council for the ... … More »

    IANS - 10 hours ago
  • Spectrum auction sees bids of Rs.65,000 crore at end of Day Two

    New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) Day Two of the e-auction of radio frequency spectrum, or airwaves, for telecom services saw bids placed for all the four frequencies on the block, with the eight companies in the fray making an offer for Rs.65,000 crore at the end of the 11th round, the government said on … More »

    IANS - 10 hours ago
  • ECB raises growth forecasts, to start printing money next week

    ECB raises growth forecasts, to start printing money next week

    NICOSIA/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next. President Mario Draghi said the first bond purchases with new money would take place on March 9. The euro zone's central … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Volatility draws billions into oil funds

    Volatility draws billions into oil funds

    LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billions of dollars are pouring into oil exchange-traded funds as investors, many of them small savers more familiar with stocks than commodities, risk big losses and focus on the chance of huge rewards. Five of the biggest oil ETFs have seen their assets more than … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Wall St to open slightly higher after two-day fall

    U.S. stocks were set to open modestly higher on Thursday, in the wake of two days of declines on the S&P 500, after higher-than-expected initial jobless claims figures and ahead of a report on factory orders. Futures trimmed gains after data showed initial jobless claims rose to 320,000 in the … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • ECB to launch 1 trillion euro bond buying scheme on March 9

    The European Central Bank said it will start its new government bond-buying programme on March 9, hoping that pumping new cash into the sagging euro zone economy will boost growth and lift inflation. The ECB will purchase sovereign debt until at least September 2016. We will also continue to … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Citigroup sells stake in Turkey's Akbank for $1.2 billion

    Citigroup sells stake in Turkey's Akbank for $1.2 billion

    Citigroup has sold its nearly 10 percent stake in Turkey's Akbank for $1.2 billion, the U.S. lender said on Thursday, its latest disposal of overseas assets to cut costs and boost capital. New York-based Citi has pared back internationally in recent years, pulling out of retail banking in Turkey … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • U.S. jobless claims rise; Q4 productivity revised down

    U.S. jobless claims rise; Q4 productivity revised down

    The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week and nonfarm productivity contracted more sharply than previously thought in the fourth quarter. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000 for the … More »

    Reuters - 12 hours ago
  • Gross direct tax collection up 11 percent

    New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The government Thursday reported an increase of 10.67 percent in gross direct tax collection at Rs.612,432 crore during during April-February 2014-15 on the back of healthy growth in revenues from corporate taxes. Gross collection of corporate taxes rose by 9.99 percent … More »

    IANS - 13 hours ago
  • Markets to take opening cues from U.S. payrolls data; seen ranged

    Markets to take opening cues from U.S. payrolls data; seen ranged

    Markets to take opening cues from U.S. non-farm payrolls data due on Friday. Financial markets will remain closed on Friday for a local holiday, with trading to resume on Monday. The partially convertible ... … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Carrefour lifts capital spend to cement turnaround

    Carrefour lifts capital spend to cement turnaround

    Carrefour SA, the world's second-largest retailer, reported higher profits on Thursday as a revival of its European hypermarkets started to pay off and said it would lift capital spending further this year to cement that recovery. The group also reiterated it would be ready to go ahead this year … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Panel recommends waiving late-stage trials for some drugs

    A panel of advisors to the government has recommended that late-stage clinical trials be waived under certain conditions for some new drugs already being sold on international markets. Indian law requires all medicines to be tested in late-stage clinical trials before being approved for sale. The … More »

    Reuters - 13 hours ago
  • Funding the unfunded: India helps small business borrow to grow

    Funding the unfunded: India helps small business borrow to grow

    A new bank announced in the annual budget last week could boost loans and cut borrowing costs for the country's cash-starved small businesses - tailors, mechanics and phone booth operators who account for around a fifth of the economy. MUDRA bank - to be set up with $3.2 billion of capital to help … More »

    Reuters - 14 hours ago
  • Citigroup's past losses may have helped it win Costco business

    Citigroup's past losses may have helped it win Costco business

    Citigroup Inc had at least one advantage in its successful bid for the exclusive right to issue credit cards for Costco Wholesale Corp, rivals and tax specialists say: it lost so much money during the financial crisis that it has billions of dollars of tax credits. Citigroup and Costco have not … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Gold flat around $1,200/oz ahead of ECB meeting, U.S. data

    Gold flat around $1,200/oz ahead of ECB meeting, U.S. data

    Gold steadied around $1,200 an ounce on Thursday after a three-day losing streak, as investors remained cautious ahead of a European Central Bank meeting set to give details on its massive bond-buying programme and the release of key U.S. economic data. The ECB is expected to detail the 1 trillion … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Adidas optimistic for 2015 amid focus on U.S. market

    Adidas optimistic for 2015 amid focus on U.S. market

    German sportswear company Adidas expects robust sales and profit growth in 2015 as consumer confidence improves around the world and it redoubles its efforts in North America, where it has fallen further behind fierce rival Nike. "North America will be a key priority for us in 2015," Chief … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Sensex edges up; consumer and healthcare stocks rise

    Sensex edges up; consumer and healthcare stocks rise

    The BSE Sensex and Nifty edged up on Thursday in a volatile session as consumer and healthcare stocks such as Sun Pharmaceutical Industries rose with investors favouring defensive bets, though losses in ... … More »

    Reuters - 15 hours ago
  • Spectrum auction: Enters Day 2, receives bids in all 4 bands

    New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) The telecom radio frequency spectrum - or airwaves - auctions that started March 4 entered the second day on Thursday and received bidding in all four bands. The auction is taking place on 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz bands. The eight telecom service providers … More »

    IANS - 15 hours ago
  • HCL, Tele2 enter into partnership for Internet of Things

    New Delhi, March 5 (IANS) IT services company HCL Technologies and European telecom operator Tele2 have entered into a partnership to address the substantial market opportunities for machine-to-machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions in Europe, a statement issued by the former said … More »

    IANS - 15 hours ago
  • Sensex closes 68 points up

    Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex) Thursday provisionally closed the day's trade up 68 points or 0.23 percent. The wider 50-scrip ... … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Global gold recycling fell to 7-year low in 2014: Report

    The report, "The Ups and Downs of Gold Recycling: Understanding Market Drivers and Industry Challenges," written and published by the World Gold Council and The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) was released on Thursday. "This is partly a result of gold prices being lower than they were several years … More »

    IANS - 16 hours ago
  • Direct tax code to be cancelled: What it means

    Direct tax code to be cancelled: What it means

    One tax-related announcement that caught more attention than others this Budget was the government’s decision to do away with the, much anticipated, Direct Tax Code (DTC). … More »

    Simplus Information Services - 16 hours ago
  • Gold monetization: What it means

    Gold monetization: What it means

    In his Budget speech, the Finance minister announced proposals to monetize gold. This means, converting the country’s gold holdings into cash to spur spending and investment, and limit the need to import gold. … More »

    Simplus Information Services - 16 hours ago
  • China signals "new normal" with higher spending, lower growth target

    China plans to run its biggest budget deficit in 2015 since the global financial crisis, stepping up spending as Premier Li Keqiang signalled that the lowest rate of growth in a quarter of a century is the "new normal" for the world's No.2 economy. "The downward pressure on China's economy is … More »

    Reuters - 17 hours ago
  • 50 years on, Nirodh-maker eyes products beyond condoms

    Thiruvananthapuram, March 5 (IANS) As it enters its 50th year of conception, the state-run HLL Lifecare, as Hindustan Latex is now called, is spreading itself into a wide range of "sexual wellness" products -- an industry estimated at Rs.8,500 crore ($1.3 billion) in India annually. From … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Sensex trades flat; capital goods stocks down

    Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading flat in the late afternoon session on Thursday. The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the ... … More »

    IANS - 17 hours ago
  • Reuters Poll - Yuan short positions near 5-year high, Asia FX sentiment worsens

    Short positions on China's yuan hit a near five-year high in the last two weeks as the central bank cut interest rates, adding to a flurry of regional policy easing which is dampening sentiment toward most emerging Asian currencies, a Reuters poll showed on Thursday. India's rupee, however, … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • UK healthcare firm Bupa sees strong growth in India

    UK healthcare firm Bupa sees strong growth in India

    British private healthcare group Bupa is eager to expand quickly in India's fast-growing health insurance market, once a rule change on foreign investment is implemented, the firm's chief executive said on Thursday. Bupa, which operates globally and gets 70 percent of its revenue from health … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago
  • Apple takes Overall Product Placement title in 2014 movies

    Washington, March 05 (ANI): Apple has taken the Overall Product Placement title in Brandchannel's Brandcameo Product Placement Awards as Apple products appeared in nine out of 35 movies that topped US ... … More »

    ANI - 18 hours ago
  • Revolutionary budget sparks Rajan to cut rates

    Mumbai, March 5 (IANS) The second unscheduled cut on Wednesday - within two months - in the repo rate at which the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lends to commercial banks was not as unexpected as the first in January. Indeed, it could even be called expected after the weekend's historic … More »

    IANS - 18 hours ago
  • Brent sticks above $60; Iran news offsets bearish US stockpiles

    Brent crude was flat on Thursday, managing to hold above $60 a barrel as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on the lack of a deal in talks over Iran's nuclear programme. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Wednesday no deal had … More »

    Reuters - 18 hours ago

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