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TOP STORIES

Yellen Fed poised to trim bond buying, rewrite guidance

WASHINGTON - The Federal Reserve is set to trim its bond-buying stimulus for a third time in a row, and will probably rewrite its guidance on when it might eventually raise interest rates. (USA-FED/ (WRAPUP 1), moved, by Ann Saphir, 785 words)

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- USA-ECONOMY/CURRENTACCOUNT, moved, 280 words

UK’s Osborne announces growth upgrade, sticks to austerity

LONDON - British finance minister George Osborne announces upgrades to the country’s economic growth in 2014 and 2015 with new projections that could give the government a boost ahead of elections next year. (BRITAIN-BUDGET/ (UPDATE 2, PICTURE), moved, by William Schomberg, 355 words)

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- BRITAIN-BOE/, moved, 520 words)

- BRITAIN-JOBS/, moved, 360 words

Investors look for Fed comfort amid Russia-Ukraine tensions

LONDON - The world’s major stock, currency and bond markets steady as investors focus more on an upcoming U.S. Federal Reserve policy decision than the continuing military tensions between Ukraine and Russia. (MARKETS-GLOBAL/ (WRAPUP 6), expect by 100 GMT/10 AM ET, by Jamie McGeever, 725 words)

Stake sale turns Italy’s Monte Paschi into takeover target

MILAN - Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena is set to turn into a potential takeover target after a bold stake sale by the top investor in Italy’s third-largest bank ahead of a rights issue that will further reduce its holding. (MONTEPASCHI/, expect by 1400 GMT/10 AM ET, by Valentina Za, 500 words)

INVESTMENT & INSIGHT

MAD support for bonds even as fingers point at Russia

LONDON - As Russia appeared to dump U.S. Treasury debt this month in the thick of a tense East-West standoff over Crimea, bond markets barely blinked - raising questions about just how brewing crises across the developing world may feed back on Western economies. (INVESTMENT-STANDOFF/ (ANALYSIS), moved, By Mike Dolan, 945 words)

French banks hope to defy odds with German push

PARIS - French banks led by BNP Paribas want to attract more business from export-oriented, family-run German companies but they face stiff competition, higher costs and a hard-to-impress customer base. (GERMANY/FRENCHBANKS, moved, by Andreas Kroener and Lionel Laurent, 1,300 words)

ECONOMY

EU antitrust watchdog fines Schaeffler, four others $1.3 bln

BRUSSELS - European Union antitrust regulators fine German engineering group Schaeffler, Sweden’s SKF and three Japanese car parts makers a total 953.3 million euros ($1.3 billion) for taking part in a ball bearings cartel. (EU-AUTOMAKERS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, by Foo Yun Chee, 290 words)

Spanish banks face fresh property reviews for ECB check-up

MADRID - Spanish banks, slowly emerging from a 2008 property crash, will have to revalue thousands of homes and commercial buildings to meet demands of European Union regulators who are assessing the sector’s financial strength, people familiar with the matter says. (SPAIN-BANKS/PROPERTY, moved, by Sarah White and Jesus Aguado, 900 words)

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- BANKS/TESTS, moved, by Andreas Kröner, 470 words

COMPANIES

JPMorgan to sell physical commodities business to Mercuria

NEW YORK - U.S. investment bank JPMorgan has agreed to sell its physical commodities business to Mercuria, sources close to the deal say, catapulting the Swiss trade house into the top tier of commodities traders. (JPMORGAN/MERCURIA (UPDATE 1), moved, by Dmitry Zhdannikov and Chris Peters, 290 words)

Strong sales, store openings show Inditex back on form

MADRID - Strong sales so far this year and a planned pick up in store openings suggest Inditex, the world’s biggest fashion retailer, is returning to form after profit growth stalled last year for the first time since its 2001 listing. (INDITEX/ (UPDATE 3, PICTURE), moved, by Sarah Morris, 925 words)

U.S. states to probe Comcast plan to buy Time Warner Cable

WASHINGTON - A number of U.S. states, including Florida and Indiana, are joining the Justice Department in evaluating if Comcast Corp’s plan to merge with Time Warner Cable Inc is legal under U.S. antitrust law. (TIMEWARNERCABLE-COMCAST/STATES (EXCLUSIVE, UPDATE 1), moved, by Diane Bartz, 425 words)

BMW eyes higher U.S. production in race for sales

MUNICH - BMW says it may raise production capacity at its plant in the United States and release 12 new models as it chases record car sales and a rise in pretax profit in 2014. (AUTOS-BMW/OUTLOOK (UPDATE 2), moved, by Edward Taylor, 400 words)

Winter storms hurt FedEx Q3 results, shares fall

FedEx Corp, the world’s No. 2 package delivery company, posted lower-than-expected results and forecast a weaker full year profit view, saying it was significantly hurt by winter storms. (FEDEX-RESULTS/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 275 words)

Luxury giants use muscle to lock down prime window space

PARIS - French luxury group LVMH is trying to push out smaller rivals from plush Place Vendome in Paris after buying one of its highest-profile buildings, illustrating the intensifying battle for Europe’s prime retail locations. (LUXURY-REALESTATE/ (PICTURE), moved, by Astrid Wendlandt, 955 words)

China in talks with Airbus on possible $20 bln aircraft deal

China is in talks to buy at least 150 Airbus passenger jets potentially worth $20 billion when Xi Jinping pays his first visit to Europe as president at the end of this month, people familiar with the matter tell Reuters. (AIRBUS GROUP-CHINA/ (UPDATE 2), moved, by Tim Hepher, 660 words)

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- SAFRICA-BOEING/ (UPDATE 1), moved, 175 words

- AVIATION-PRODUCTION/UDVARHAZY, moved, by Bill Rigby, 540 words

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