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US sanctions hit Russian firms; Kiev says Russia downs jet

WASHINGTON/MOSCOW - President Barack Obama imposes sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine. (UKRAINE-CRISIS/ (WRAPUP 4, TV, PICTURE), moved, by Steve Holland and Elizabeth Piper, 1,290 words)

+ See also:

- UKRAINE-CRISIS/GERMANY-TRADE, moved, 290 words

- UKRAINE-CRISIS/ROSNEFT-TRADING, moved, by Vladimir Soldatkin, 705 words

New Russia sanctions rattle markets, rouble tumbles

LONDON - A tightening of Western sanctions on Russia rattles world markets, sending Moscow stocks and the rouble tumbling and lifting traditional safe-haven currencies and bonds. (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 6), moving shortly, by Marc Jones, 835 words)

+ See also:

- RUSSIA-MARKETS/STOCKS (UPDATE 3), moved, by Polina Devitt, 550 words

- SPAIN-BONDS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 370 words

Morgan Stanley quarterly profit more than doubles

Wall Street bank Morgan Stanley’s quarterly adjusted earnings more than doubled as stronger performances by its investment banking and wealth management businesses made up for a fall in revenue from bond trading. (MORGAN STANLEY-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Lauren Tara LaCapra and Tanya Agrawal, 540 words

ECB will disclose unprecedented data after bank stress tests

LONDON - The European Central Bank lays out plans to publish an unprecedented trove of data on individual banks - ranging from measures of their leverage to a standard level of non-performing loans - when it completes a landmark review of their health in October. (ECB-TESTS/DISCLOSURE (UPDATE 1), moved, by Laura Noonan, 1,055 words)

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- EUROPE-BANKS/RESULTS (PREVIEW), moved, by Laura Noonan and Simon Jessop, 805 words)

- WEALTH/STUDY, moved, 400 words

Microsoft says to cut up to 18,000 jobs

SEATTLE - Microsoft Corp says it will cut up to 18,000 jobs, or about 14 percent of its workforce, as it halves the size of its recent Nokia acquisition and trims down other operations. (MICROSOFT-EMPLOYMENT/ (UPDATE 1), moving shortly, 250 words)

ECONOMY

Are markets poised for Taper Tantrum 2.0?

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK - Investors may be ignoring subtle warnings from the Federal Reserve that a rate rise may come sooner than they think, setting the stage for another painful market contraction much like last year’s “taper tantrum.” (USA-FED/TIGHTEN-RISKS (ANALYSIS), moved, by Ann Saphir and Jonathan Spicer, 1,105 words)

U.S. housing starts, permits decline in June

WASHINGTON - U.S. housing starts and building permits unexpectedly fell in June, suggesting the housing market recovery was struggling to get back on track after stalling in late 2013. (USA-ECONOMY/HOUSING, moved, 285 words)

+ See also:

- USA-ECONOMY/JOBS, moved, 350 words

Bank of England says some funds less liquid than they look

LONDON - Investment funds focused on emerging economies or high-yield debt may be unable to return investors’ money promptly if turmoil hits markets, the Bank of England’s financial stability chief warns. (BRITAIN-BOE/CUNLIFFE (UPDATE 1), moved, by David Milliken, 370 words)

Euro zone June inflation unchanged at low levels

BRUSSELS - Euro zone inflation stays low as expected in what the European Central Bank calls the “danger zone” in June as falling prices of food and phone calls offset more expensive tobacco and restaurants, data shows. (EUROZONE-ECONOMY/INFLATION, moved, by Martin Santa, 290 words)

Reuters quarterly economy polls

LONDON - Reuters has surveyed over 300 economists and analysts on the outlook for some of the most important economies in the world, collecting data on GDP, inflation, unemployment and the rates outlook. The results will be published at 1320 GMT/0920 AM ET. (ECONOMY-POLL/WRAP, by Ross Finley and Sumanta Dey, 600 words)

+ See also:

- ECONOMY-POLL/USA, by Jason Lange, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/BRITAIN, by Jonathan Cable, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/EUROZONE, by Rahul Karunakar, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/FRANCE, by Brian Love, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/GERMANY, by Cirsten Pahlke and Annika Breidthardt, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/EUROZONE-PERIPHERY, by Ashrith Rao Doddi, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/CANADA, by Deepti Govind, 600 words

- ECONOMY-POLL/LATAM, by Silvio Cascione, 600 words

Global carbon market hopes fade as Australia dumps trading

WELLINGTON/LONDON - The goal of a global carbon market to tackle climate change, once touted to reach $2 trillion by 2020, receives a major setback as Australia scraps its planned carbon trading scheme, which would have been the world’s third biggest. (AUSTRALIA CARBON/SETBACK, moved, by Naomi Tajitsu and Nina Chestney, 600 words)

COMPANIES

Ratings agencies take knife to BES, warning of more losses

LISBON - Two of the big three ratings agencies slashed their credit marks for Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo and its biggest shareholder, warning of an impact on their solvency from the founding family’s growing financial problems. (PORTUGAL-BES/ (UPDATE 1), expect by 1430 GMT/10.30 AM ET, by Andrei Khalip, 700 words)

BSkyB prepares to roll the dice again in European expansion

LONDON/MILAN/FRANKFURT - BSkyB’s plan to acquire Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV assets in Italy and Germany would represent the latest gamble by the pioneering British media firm to hunt out long-term growth at the expense of short-term profits. (BSKYB-EUROPE/, expect by 1630 GMT/12.30 PM ET, by Kate Holton, Danilo Masoni and Harro Ten Wolde, 1,200 words)

+ See also:

- BSKYB-ITV/LIBERTY (UPDATE 3), moved, by Kate Holton, 650 words

Time Warner investors want more cash, bid rise from Murdoch

BOSTON - To clinch a deal to buy Time Warner Inc, Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox Inc will not only need to raise the value of its bid above $80 billion but also boost its ratio of cash to stock, investors say. (TIMEWARNER-FOX/INVESTORS (DEALTALK), moved, by Ross Kerber, 750 words)

+ See also:

- TIMEWARNER-FOX/SPORTS (ANALYSIS), moved, by Ronald Grover and Diane Bartz, 650 words

GM lawyer, Delphi CEO to face U.S. Senate on ignition flaw

WASHINGTON - Two more major figures in General Motors Co’s safety debacle will appear for the first time before U.S. lawmakers investigating why it took the automaker more than 10 years to recall millions of vehicles with a deadly ignition switch flaw. (GM-RECALL/SENATE, moved, by Julia Edwards and Richard Cowan, 725 words)

+ See also:

- GM-RECALL/UNRECALLED (EXCLUSIVE), moved, by Paul Lienert, 610 words

Carrefour has best quarter in five years as Italy rebounds

PARIS - Carrefour, the world’s second-biggest retailer, posts its best three-month sales in five years thanks to signs of recovery in austerity-hit southern Europe, where even Italy returned to growth thanks to World Cup promotions. (CARREFOUR-SALES/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Dominique Vidalon, 600 words)

GSK confirms it fired staff for corruption in China in 2001

LONDON - GlaxoSmithKline says it fired staff in China for bribing officials in 2001 in a case that predates wider allegations of corruption for the British drugmaker in the country by more than a decade. (GSK/CHINA, moved, shortly, 250 words)

European car sales up for 10th month as crisis-hit states recover

MILAN - New car sales in Europe rose 4.3 percent in June, industry data shows, as an economic recovery in southern Europe, new product launches and retail incentives boosts demand for mass-market brands. (ACEA-CARSALES/JUNE, moved, by Agnieszka Flak, 600 words)

+ See also:

- PEUGEOT-SALES/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Laurence Frost, 435 words

Drugmaker Novartis to eke out cost savings to lift margins

ZURICH - Swiss drugmaker Novartis posts a quarterly rise in sales that missed expectations and says it will focus on eking out gradual cost savings to boost margins as it prepares a radical business overhaul. (NOVARTIS-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Caroline Copley, 555 words)

Wizz Air to keep growing as east Europeans fly more

BUDAPEST - When a group of Hungarian businessmen told the manager of a shabby air strip in southern Poland that they wanted it as a base for a new airline, none of them had any idea that it would quickly become the biggest low-cost carrier in eastern Europe. (WIZZAIR-HUNGARY/ (PICTURE), moved, by Marton Dunai, 1,035 words)

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