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UPDATE 2-Bank of Canada sees evidence exports poised to heat up

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

(Adds comments from press conference)

By Bryn Levy

GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity indexes up on Apple, Ukraine tempers rise

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border

* U.S. shares pare early gains made on Apple, Facebook rally

FOREX -Dollar loses ground on escalation of Russia/Ukraine tensions

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Russian troop movements along Ukraine border raise geopolitical tensions

* ECB's Draghi reiterates warning about QE, negative rates

GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity indexes up on Apple, Ukraine tempers rise

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border

* U.S. shares pare early gains made on Apple, Facebook rally

UPDATE 1-AFRICA FX-Dollar squeeze weighs on Ghana's cedi

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

(Adds naira) Ghana's cedi may weaken further and breach 2.80 to the dollar next week, while Kenya and Tanzania's currencies may come under pressure due to dollar demand from importers.

Nigeria's naira has firmed this week, partly supported by dollar inflows from energy companies, but is expected to buckle under increased demand for the greenback next week.

U.S. data, Ukraine crisis keep up pressure on South Africa's rand

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

JOHANNESBURG, April 24 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened against the dollar on Thursday after U.S. data boosted the growth outlook of the world's largest economy, setting the rand up for a fourth straight session of daily losses.

The rand was also depressed by global aversion to risky assets as Russia/Ukraine tensions escalated, while domestically investors were watching the outcome of wage talks in the mining sector.

BRIEF-Platinum Producers to take settlement offer directly to employees

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

April 24 (Reuters) - American Platinum Limited (Amplats), Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) and Lonmin Plc (Lonmin):

* Advise that, unfortunately, no resolution has yet been achieved in resolving three-month strike relating to wages and benefits

UPDATE 3-Barclays pay row intensifies as key investors say 'no' to bonus plans

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Barclays: 34 pct of investors oppose or withhold vote on pay

* Big investor Standard Life votes against 2013 pay

UPDATE 3-Barclays pay row intensifies as key investors say 'no' to bonus plans

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Barclays: 34 pct of investors oppose or withhold vote on pay

* Big investor Standard Life votes against 2013 pay

CORRECTED-IMF board to meet April 30 to review aid package for Ukraine

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

(Corrects to show documentation has been received but that the IMF has not confirmed conditions have been met)

By Elvina Nawaguna

Russian banks move funds home as sanctions threat looms

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Gazprombank moved $6.9 billion to central bank in March

* It and other banks cut deposits in foreign banks

REFILE-UPDATE 1-National Bank of Greece bond suffers in secondary mkt

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

(Refiles to add dropped words in second paragraph)

By Aimee Donnellan

UPDATE 2-Turkey central bank ignores political pressure for rate cuts in view of high inflation

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Cbank vows to keep policy tight

* Analysts still expect rate cut in months ahead

Italy, Spain yields rise as duo meet 40 pct of 2014 funding plan

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Spain, Italy hit roughly 40 pct of annual funding target

* Supply pressures lift Spanish, Italian yields off recent lows

GLOBAL MARKETS-Global share indexes, dollar, trim gains on Ukraine tension

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border

* U.S. share off early gains on Apple, Facebook gains

UPDATE 1-Danish central bank ends negative deposits rates

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Denmark's central bank increase rate on certificates of deposit

* Rate move ends negative deposit rate regime

Sterling inches up, supported by UK retail hopes, Draghi drags euro

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

By Jamie McGeever

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Sterling inched higher against the dollar and euro on Thursday, supported by a surprisingly strong measure of UK retail sector activity that bodes well for March retail sales data due on Friday.

Danish crown soars to 5-week high after deposit rate hike

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

By Anirban Nag

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - The Danish crown rose to its highest in five weeks against the euro on Thursday after Denmark's central bank surprisingly hiked the rate on certificate of deposits by 0.15 percentage points in a bid to stem outflows and support the currency.

POLONIA Rate stays unchanged

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

WARSAW, Apr 24 (Reuters) - POLONIA the reference rate for Overnight deposits amounted to 2.49 percent.

The volume of transactions concluded till 16:30 by banks participating in POLONIA fixing amounted to 2,895 mln PLN.

Greece's NBG senior bond suffers in secondary market

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

By Aimee Donnellan

LONDON, April 24 (IFR) - National Bank of Greece's �750m five-year senior bond has traded down a point in secondary market, according to multiple banking sources.

New Issue-National Bank Greece prices 750 mln euro 2019 bond

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

April 24 (Reuters) -Following are terms and conditions

of a bond priced on Thursday.

Janet Yellen, Miley Cyrus odd bedfellows in Time's list of 100 most influential

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) - Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the U.S. Federal Reserve, pop star Miley Cyrus and Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly were among the 41 women in the Time 100, the most women ever included in the magazine's list of the world's most influential people.

The list, released on Thursday, also includes the second appearance of singer Beyoncé, who is featured on the magazine's cover, and the seventh for former U.S. Secretary of State and possible 2016 White House contender Hillary Clinton.

UPDATE 1-Moscow assets fall as Russia starts military drills near Ukraine

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

(Adds latest prices, comment)

MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) - Russian shares began sliding further into the red on Thursday after the country's defence ministry said it was starting military drills near the Ukraine border.

AFRICA FX WEEKAHEAD-Dollar squeeze weighs on Ghana's cedi

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

Ghana's cedi may fall further and breach 2.80, while dollar demand from importers will put pressure on Kenya and Tanzania's currencies.

GHANA

Dominican Republic opens books on dual currency bond

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

LONDON, April 24 (IFR) - The Dominican Republic has opened books on a new dual-currency, dual-tranche bond offering denominated in US dollars and Dominican pesos, according to a source.

The sovereign, rated B1/B+/B, has set initial price thoughts of 7.5% area on a US dollar 30-year bond. It has also set initial price thoughts of 10.125% area on a Dominican peso five-year bond, though investors will be paid in dollars.

Turkish central bank sells $50 mln in forex auction, bids $100 mln

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

ISTANBUL, April 24 (Reuters) - Turkey's central bank sold $50 million in a forex auction on Thursday after receiving bids of $100 million, bank data showed CBTQ .

The average price was 2.1353 lira and the lowest price was 2.1348, it said.

UPDATE 1-Freeport profit falls; miner still working on Indonesian dispute

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

(Adds detail on Indonesia export tax, detail on Indonesia production, analyst expectations.)

April 24 (Reuters) - Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc

Leader of Mali coup charged with conspiracy to murder after bodies discovered

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

BAMAKO, April 24 (Reuters) - Malian authorities have changed the indictment against former military coup leader General Amadou Sanogo to a more serious charge of conspiracy to murder which carries the death penalty in the West African nation, his lawyer said Thursday.

Sanogo was arrested and charged with complicity in kidnapping in November over the disappearance during the 2012 coup of dozens of paratroopers loyal to toppled President Amadou Toumani Toure.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Apple, Facebook results buoy world shares

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* European shares rise as tech stocks enjoy rebound

* Apple shares jump 8 pct premarket on buyback, results

CME plans to launch physically settled Asia gold futures-sources

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* CME likely to launch contract in Hong Kong - sources

* Contract size expected to be 1 kg

UPDATE 2-African Barrick shares rise on higher output, improved grades

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* First-quarter gold production rises 18 pct to 168,375 ounces

* Says on track to meet full-year production guidance

PRECIOUS-Gold edges up, but holds near 2-1/2-mth low as equities rally

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

* Gold to rebound to $1,298-technicals ID:nL3N0NG0D5

* Coming Up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims; 1230 GMT

Russia's Polyus Gold Q1 sales down 15 pct y-on-y

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

MOSCOW, April 24 (Reuters) - Russia's top gold miner Polyus Gold PGIL.L said on Thursday its sales fell 15 percent, year-on-year, to $447 million during the first three months of the year and reconfirmed its output guidance for 2014.

Polyus, controlled by businessman Suleiman Kerimov, said it produced 331,000 troy ounces of gold in the first quarter compared with 321,000 in the same period of the previous year.

BRIEF-Amplats sees full-year production falling to 2.1 moz

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

April 24 (Reuters) - Anglo American Platinum Ltd AMSJ.J :

* 185 koz of platinum production has been lost as a result of strike

African Barrick Gold core earnings, revenue fall on lower prices

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

April 24 (Reuters) - Miner African Barrick Gold ABGL.L said revenue and core earnings for the first quarter fell as it realised lower prices for the yellow metal during the period.

African Barrick, whose primary producing mines are located in Tanzania, said core earnings or earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for the quarter ended March 31 fell 21 percent to $64.7 million. ID:nPRrO8118a

Centamin says new Egypt law could see claim against it dismissed

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Egypt-focused gold miner Centamin CEY.L said a new law which came into effect in the country on Wednesday could result in a legal case against it being dismissed.

The company in 2012 launched an appeal against a court ruling questioning its right to operate Sukari, its only producing mine.

BRIEF-African Barrick expects first ore from Bulyanhulu mine in 2014

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

April 24 (Reuters) - African Barrick Gold Plc ABGL.L

* Approval of acceleration of Bulyanhulu upper east zone

BRIEF-Sibanye Gold says Q1 gold production rises 11 pct

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

April 24 (Reuters) - Sibanye Gold Ltd SGLJ.J

* Gold production 11% higher than in March 2013 quarter, at 10,338kg (332,400oz)

MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - April 24

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

DUBAI, April 24 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Thursday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

INTERNATIONAL/REGIONAL

Barrick-Newmont make merger headway but divide remains -sources

April 24, 2014 - reuters.com

By Euan Rocha, Nicole Mordant and Soyoung Kim

April 23 (Reuters) - The disagreements around the spin-out of certain assets that had snagged merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp ABX.TO and its rival, Newmont Mining Corp NEM.N , have been resolved but talks are at a standstill for now, said three sources familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

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