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Capital hike, asset sales to fill gap at Monte Paschi -chairman

VIENNA, Dec 21 - Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena expects to complete its planned capital increase by July and can use divestments to help plug a hole in its balance sheet, Chairman Alessandro Profumo told an Austrian newspaper.

UPDATE 2-ECB's Constancio sees negative inflation rate in months ahead-magazine

BERLIN, Dec 20 - European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.

Markets 20 Dec 2014

Italy's Renzi wins confidence vote to pass budget in Senate

* Budget moves on to lower house, must pass by end of year

Markets, Regulatory News 20 Dec 2014

ECB's Constancio sees negative inflation rate in months ahead-magazine

BERLIN, Dec 20 - ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a German magazine interview that he expected the inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but added that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.

Markets 20 Dec 2014

UPDATE 1-Brazil to scrap support for development bank in 2015

(Recasts to detail decision on BNDES support; adds background from paragraph 4)

DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 25

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Markets 19 Dec 2014

Subprime auto lender Condor Capital settles with New York

NEW YORK, Dec 19 - Condor Capital Corporation, a subprime auto lender, agreed to surrender its licenses in all states and sell its remaining loans to settle a New York lawsuit accusing the company of stealing millions of dollars from borrowers.

Brazil raises key BNDES rate for the first time in nearly two years

BRASILIA, Dec 19 - Brazil's main economic policymaking body on Friday raised for the first time in almost two years the interest rate at which state development bank BNDES pegs its loans, in a bid to trim billions of reais in subsidies that are weighing down public finances.

Markets, Financials 19 Dec 2014

Investor in Meredith Whitney's hedge fund wants his money back-Bloomberg

Dec 19 - The biggest investor in Meredith Whitney's hedge fund has demanded his money back and two executives have left in the past month, Bloomberg reported, citing a person with knowledge of the firm.

GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise

(Updates prices to close, adds comment) * U.S. stocks post best three days since 2011 * Rouble bounces 5 percent; oil tops $62 a barrel By David Gaffen NEW YORK, Dec 19 - Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, as investors closed out the last full week of trading in 2014 on an upbeat note. Wall Street rose, and the S&P 500 came within a few points of its closing record high. The index has gained 5 per

Stocks, Currencies, Markets 19 Dec 2014

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