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Growth bargains, upbeat earnings boost Wall Street

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window.) * Travelers up after reporting record quarterly profit * Baker Hughes jumps on posting Q4 profit * Netflix to report quarterly results after market close * Indexes up: Dow 1.21%, S&P 1.36%, Nasdaq 1.79% By Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Shreyashi
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How Western sanctions might target Russia

By Karin Strohecker LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Growing tensions between Moscow and Western powers have raised the prospect of new sanctions being imposed on Russia, possibly the most severe yet, if it attacks neighbouring Ukraine. U.S. Senate Democrats have unveiled a bill Link to impose sweeping sanctions on Russian government and military officia
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Britain braces for big rise in fuel poverty: Kemp

By John Kemp LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Britain faces a severe cost-of-living crunch from April, when sharply higher gas and electricity bills will coincide with scheduled tax increases and rapid inflation for other goods and services, which is eroding real disposable incomes. Even before the pandemic, there were 3.2 million households in England (

Remittances from Egyptians abroad drop 1.7% yr/yr in October

CAIRO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Remittances from Egyptians working abroad declined 1.7% year-on-year in October to $2.30 billion, a central bank official said in a statement on Thursday. Overall remittances for the first 10 months of 2021 increased 7.8% year on year to $26.4 billion. Reporting by Ahmed Ismail; Writing by Ahmad Elhamy; Editing by Hugh Law

Serbian government revokes Rio Tinto's licences for lithium project

BELGRADE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said on Thursday the government will revoke all licenses to Rio Tinto RIO.L for lithium exploration. "All decisions (linked to lithium project) and all licenses have been annulled," Brnabic told reporters after a government session. Reporting by Ivana Sekularac
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Lead EU lawmaker wants airlines to pay for their CO2 emissions sooner

By Kate Abnett BRUSSELS, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Airlines should pay for all of their CO2 emissions in Europe from 2026, a year earlier than initially planned by the EU, according to an early draft of the European Parliament's position on the policy. The European Union is overhauling its climate policies Link to achieve a goal of cutting net emissions b

U.S. soy rallies to highest since June; corn firm but wheat weak

By Mark Weinraub CHICAGO, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures surged on Thursday as a combination of rising export hopes, concerns about the South American crop and technical buying pushed prices to a seven-month high, traders said. Corn futures also were firm, with dry conditions in Argentina and Brazil in focus, but wheat fu
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Growth bargains, upbeat earnings boost Wall Street

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window.) * Travelers up after reporting record quarterly profit * Baker Hughes jumps on posting Q4 profit * Netflix to report quarterly results after market close * Indexes up: Dow 1.21%, S&P 1.36%, Nasdaq 1.79% By Bansari Mayur Kamdar and Shreyashi
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Wall Street rallies as bond sell-off pauses, oil gains

* Stocks on Wall Street and in Europe gain * Crude oil prices initially slip then regain 2014 highs * China stocks gain after cut in benchmark mortgage rates * Risk of Russia-Ukraine flare up could weigh on markets -ING By Herbert Lash and Huw Jones NEW YORK/LONDON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Bond yields backed off their rapid rise this week and Wall Stree
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German Bund yield slides back below 0%; ECB divided on inflation

By Yoruk Bahceli Jan 20 (Reuters) - Benchmark German bond yields fell for the first time in five sessions and moved below 0% on Thursday as money markets slightly pulled back their bets on rate hikes and the European Central Bank appeared divided on the inflation outlook. After rising as high as 0.025% on Wednesday, Germany's 10-year yield was down

Sputnik V shows higher Omicron-antibody levels than Pfizer in preliminary study

MOSCOW, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A small preliminary laboratory study has shown that levels of Omicron-neutralising antibodies of people vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine did not decline as much as of those who had Pfizer shots. The joint Russian-Italian study - funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which markets Sputnik V abroad - compa
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Erdogan's approval ratings up as lira stabilises -poll

ANKARA, Jan 20 (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan's approval rating rose 2.1 percentage points in January, a poll by Metropoll Research showed on Thursday, as the Turkish lira steadied in recent weeks on the back of government measures despite soaring inflation. Under pressure from Erdogan and despite high inflation, the central bank has slashed

U.S. trade chief Tai says world can't go back to 2019 trading system

Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Thursday that global trade policy makers should not try to recreate the pre-pandemic trading system but should build one that is more resilient, sustainable and supportive of higher living standards. Speaking in a virtual panel of the World Economic Forum, Tai cautioned against a ba

"Decisive" moment nears as West says weeks left to salvage Iran nuclear deal

(Deletes paragraph 8 reference to eighth round of talks as the first under Iran's new hard-line President Ebrahim Raisi) By John Irish and Simon Lewis PARIS/BERLIN, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The United States and its European allies said on Thursday that it was now just a matter of weeks to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal after a round of talks in which a F

South African rand forges higher with rate hike in sight

(Updates to reflect afternoon trade) JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The South African rand forged higher on Thursday, extending strong gains made a day earlier when inflation figures bolstered the case for the central bank to raise interest rates next week. At 1430 GMT, the rand ZAR=D3 traded at 15.1275 against the dollar, around 1.3% stronger th
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Dollar little changed as Treasury yields dip, economic data disappoints

(Removes extraneous word in first paragraph) * Dollar pauses as Treasury yields rise halts * Jobless claims, home sales data disappoints * Cryptocurrencies jump By Stephen Culp NEW YORK, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The dollar pared earlier gains on Thursday as this week's upward trajectory of U.S. Treasury yields took a breather. The greenback edged lower a
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Sterling hits 23-month high versus euro on rate hike expectations

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2020 Link * Graphic: Trade-weighted sterling since Brexit vote Link Jan 20 (Reuters) - Sterling hit a fresh 23-month high and rose versus a weakening dollar on Thursday, still supported by expectations of rate rises, but with analysts questioning if the Bank of England (BoE) will be able to provide a hawkish surprise at
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Market, Omicron risks pose new challenge for Fed policy pivot

By Howard Schneider WASHINGTON, Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. Federal Reserve officials, having plotted what seemed a clear battle plan against high inflation, must now contend with fresh signs the coronavirus is again slowing the economy as well as markets conspiring to tighten financial conditions faster than Fed policymakers may have hoped. The combin

Sputnik V shows higher Omicron-antibody levels than Pfizer in preliminary study

MOSCOW, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A small preliminary laboratory study has shown that levels of Omicron-neutralising antibodies of people vaccinated with Russia's Sputnik V vaccine did not decline as much as of those who had Pfizer shots. The joint Russian-Italian study - funded by the Russian Direct Investment Fund, which markets Sputnik V abroad - compa
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Gold gains as inflation woes persist, palladium extends rally

* All precious metals near two-month highs * Supply concerns likely driving autocatalysts' rally- Commerzbank * U.S. weekly jobless claims rose to 286,000 * FOMC scheduled to meet on Jan. 25-26 (Updates prices) By Kavya Guduru Jan 20 (Reuters) - Gold and silver touched two-month highs on Thursday lifted by worries surrounding inflation and Russia-U
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Czech government cuts 2022 growth forecast, sees lasting high inflation

PRAGUE, Jan 20 (Reuters) - The Czech Finance Ministry slashed its 2022 economic growth forecast by 1 percentage point to 3.1% in a quarterly outlook released on Thursday, highlighting global supply chain disruptions, the coronavirus pandemic and high inflation and tight labour market as key factors. The ministry raised its average inflation forecas



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