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>>   Africa
VAALCO Energy Announces Drilling Has Commenced On Block 5 Offshore Angola 
Bloomberg - 3/4/2015
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VAALCO Energy Announces Drilling Has Commenced On Block 5 Offshore Angola 
Reuters - 3/4/2015
PR Newswire HOUSTON, March 4, 2015 HOUSTON , March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- VAALCO Energy, Inc. (NYSE: EGY) today announced that on March 2, 2015 , the Company spudded the post-salt Kindele-1
VAALCO Energy Announces Drilling Has Commenced On Block 5 Offshore.. ADVFN Australia
VAALCO Energy : Announces Drilling Has Commenced On Block 5 Offshore Angola 4 Traders
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UPDATE 1-More Ebola in Guinea, Sierra Leone last week, no Liberia cases - WHO 
Reuters Africa - 3/4/2015
(adds detail) GENEVA, March 4 (Reuters) - Guinea and Sierra Leone reported 132 new confirmed cases of Ebola in the week to March 1, an increase of 34 over the previous week, the World Health
Guinea, Sierra Leone report rise in Ebola in past week, no case in Liberia: WHO Reuters
Guinea, Sierra Leone report rise in Ebola in past week, no case in Liberia - WHO Reuters India
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Angola's Dos Santos shifts focus in Portugal from telecoms to banks 
Reuters UK - 3/4/2015
LISBON, March 4 (Reuters) - An attempt by Isabel dos Santos to orchestrate a merger of two of Portugal's largest banks has a better chance of success than past attempts by Africa's richest woman to shake
REUTERS - Angola's Dos Santos shifts focus in Portugal from telecoms to banks Namibia Press Agency
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>>   China
China plans to improve environment laws 
NHK - 3/4/2015
Asia Mar. 4, 2015 - Updated 20:55 UTC China is to prepare a law to stem soil pollution as part of efforts to strengthen legal codes dealing with the environment. The spokesperson for the National     Add Comment

REFILE-Port Hedland iron ore exports to China up in Feb 
Reuters UK - 3/4/2015
(Corrects date) SYDNEY, March 5 (Reuters) - Exports of iron ore to China through Australia's Port Hedland terminal rose 0.3 percent in February from January, official figures show, though the month
Port Hedland iron ore exports to China up in Feb London South East
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China puts free trade zones to the test 
Nikkei Asian Review - 3/4/2015
BEIJING -- The annual session of the National People's Congress, China's key political event, will convene in Beijing Thursday, with the market-driven reforms of President Xi Jinping taking center stage.     Add Comment

Box Ships Inc. Reports Financial Results For The Fourth Quarter And Year Ended December  
Reuters - 3/4/2015
PR Newswire ATHENS, Greece, March 4, 2015 ATHENS, Greece , March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Box Ships Inc. (NYSE: TEU) (the "Company"), a global shipping company specializing in the seaborne transportation     Add Comment
>>   France
2014 Onxeo Review and 2015 Perspectives 
CNBC - 3/4/2015
2014 Consolidated Financial Results Successful strategic merger and acquisition of Danish company Topotarget giving birth to Onxeo Products’ major achievements: Beleodaq® approval in the
2014 Onxeo Review and 2015 Perspectives - HTML (w) WorldRegInfo
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Human rights body scolds France for allowing spanking 
Christian Science Monitor - 3/4/2015
The Council of Europe has criticized the use of corporal punishment by French parents, stating that it violates the charter that requires more clear cut lines for child discipline. A view shows the illuminated     Add Comment

How to boost America's fertility rate 
Chicago Tribune - 3/4/2015
I recently suggested that the U.S. should help the millennial generation make the transition out of youthful poverty by forgiving some of their  mountainous student debt. One positive effect of that bailout,     Add Comment

French Journalist Held Hostage By ISIS Speaks 
NBCNews.com - 3/4/2015
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>>   International development
$10 million to make disaster relief smarter, cheaper, and safer 
Fortune - 3/4/2015

ACCF Special Report Finds U.S. Policy on International Coal Financing Harming Developing  
Reuters - 3/4/2015
House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) and Two Dozen House Members Voice Concerns in Letter to President Obama PR Newswire WASHINGTON, March 4, 2015 WASHINGTON , March 4, 2015
ACCF Special Report Finds U.S. Policy on International Coal.. ADVFN Australia
ACCF Special Report Finds U.S. Policy on International Coal Financing Harming Finwin
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Shine your own spotlight on poverty and need, urges NYT columnist 
BusinessWeek - 3/4/2015
"There's something very deeply imbedded in us about trying to have an impact," said New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof during a Feb. 24 talk on campus. "Yet there's a sense that the problems are     Add Comment

The poor say money issues cause health problems 
CBS News - 3/3/2015
Worrying about health may be a cross-cultural preoccupation, but how Americans view the causes of poor health depends on their bank accounts. The poor are more likely to say a lack of money has a harmful     Add Comment
>>   Oil & gas
Brazil's Petrobras probe seeks to question overseas witnesses 
CNBC - 3/4/2015
SAO PAULO, March 4 (Reuters) - A Brazilian lobbyist implicated in the country's largest-ever corruption probe has called witnesses from four foreign countries to bolster his defense against bribery charges,     Add Comment

Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, blast caused by ruptured gas line -city official 
Reuters Africa - 3/4/2015
CALGARY, Alberta, March 4 (Reuters) - A blast in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, on Wednesday was caused by a contract worker accidentally rupturing a gas line, a city spokeswoman said, and was not near the     Add Comment

Union says it will resume talks Monday with U.S. refining companies 
CNBC - 3/4/2015
HOUSTON, March 4 (Reuters) - Labor leaders and oil company representatives will resume face-to-face talks on Monday in Houston in a bid to agree on a new contract that would end the biggest U.S. refinery     Add Comment

Callon Petroleum Company Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial and  
Reuters - 3/4/2015
PR Newswire NATCHEZ, Miss., March 4, 2015 NATCHEZ, Miss., March 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Callon Petroleum Company (NYSE: CPE) ("Callon" or the "Company") today reported results of operations for the
Callon Petroleum Company Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter 2014 Financial Finwin
Callon Petroleum Company Announces Full Year and Fourth Quarter.. ADVFN Australia
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>>   Fed watch
Fed: U.S. economy improving 
USA Today - 3/4/2015
Neither rain nor snow dampened the U.S. economy from early January through mid-February, according to the Federal Reserve's Beige Book, an anecdotal survey of business conditions. The economy continued
Fed: Better economy, some rough spots USA Today
Fed Beige Book: Better economy, some rough spots USA Today
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Fed Transcripts: Janet Yellen Read Things Right In 2009 
Forbes.com - 3/4/2015
We’ve had the release of the Federal Reserve minutes from when they were discussing what to do about the economy circling the plughole. And from an initial reading it appears that Janet Yellen was getting
From The Fed Minutes Janet Yellen Seems To Have Read Things Right Forbes.com
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Fed: Economy growing, but weather causing problems 
CNBC - 3/4/2015
Amid a harsh winter and a mixed bag of data, most Federal Reserve districts reported a expanding economy and a prevailing sense of optimism. Jobs gained across a variety of sectors, though     Add Comment

Fed-Bashing, Transparency and Transcripts 
Bloomberg View - 3/4/2015
The transcripts of the highly significant 2009 meetings of the monetary-policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee are out today , after a five-year delay, and generating lots of headlines . These     Add Comment
>>   Fixed income
Fitch Downgrades Various Distressed U.S. RMBS Bonds to 'Dsf' 
CNBC - 3/4/2015
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Fitch Ratings has downgraded 168 distressed bonds in 121 U.S. RMBS transactions to 'Dsf'. The downgrades indicate that the bonds have incurred a principal write-down. Of the     Add Comment

European High Yield Bond Issuance Surges As Borrowing Costs Fall 
Forbes.com - 3/4/2015
Conditions remain strongly supportive for borrowers in the European high-yield bond market, with 2015 new-issue volume racing to €14.6 billion – a 52% increase year-on-year, and ahead of any other comparable     Add Comment

Oil Driller Energy XXI Seeks Junk Bonds to Head off Bank Squeeze 
La Repubblica - 3/4/2015
(Bloomberg) -- Energy XXI Ltd., the oil producer whose shares tumbled more than 80 percent as crude prices collapsed, is raising $1.25 billion in junk-bonds to head off a potential squeeze by its lenders.     Add Comment

Laredo Petroleum Said to Offer Below-Market Rates on Junk Bonds 
La Repubblica - 3/4/2015
(Bloomberg) -- Laredo Petroleum Inc., whose stock market value plunged by more than 60 percent since crude prices started falling, is testing the appetite of yield-starved bond investors by proposing     Add Comment
>>   Derivatives
Bullish bets seen as options market readies for June Obamacare ruling 
Reuters - 3/4/2015
(Reuters) - Options on U.S. hospital companies were unusually active on Wednesday, with bets leaning to the bullish side as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on a major challenge to President Barack     Add Comment

Foreign investors scramble for stock futures 
Nikkei Asian Review - 3/4/2015
TOKYO -- Despite a dip Wednesday in the Nikkei Stock Average, few market players are sounding the alarm, since foreigners are frantically buying stock index futures in an apparent bid to keep up with     Add Comment

Video: Futures Now: Yields march higher 
NBCNews.com - 3/4/2015
The Futures Now crew dissect interest rates on the rise. (CNBC)    Add Comment

THERMAL COAL-Futures slip in oversupplied market 
Reuters Africa - 3/4/2015
LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) - Thermal coal futures eased on Wednesday as supply continued to outpace demand, even with recent announcements of output cuts. European API2 2015 coal futures edged     Add Comment
>>   Corporate finance
Independent Bank Corp. CFO Robert Cozzone to Present at the 2015 Drexel Hamilton  
CNBC - 3/4/2015
ROCKLAND, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Robert D. Cozzone, Chief Financial Officer of Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ: INDB), will present at the 2015 Drexel Hamilton Financial Services Conference on Thursday,
INDEPENDENT BANK : CFO Robert Cozzone to Present at the 2015 Drexel Hamilton Financial  4 Traders
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Netflix CFO to viewers in new markets: be prepared for the worst 
GigaOm - 3/4/2015
Maybe first impressions don't matter that much, after all: Netflix often underwhelms when it enters a new market, but wins consumers over by getting better in the following months, said the…    Add Comment

BRIEF: Former Standard Register CFO lands with food prep company [Dayton Daily News,  
BusinessWeek - 3/4/2015
March 04--Standard Register's former chief financial officer will take on a similar role with a global tabletop and food preparation product company based in Lancaster, Ohio. Robert M. Ginnan will be     Add Comment

Reuters - 3/4/2015
On March 4, 2015 Vilmorin & Cie completed a public bond issue for a total of 150 million Euros, through a tap on unrated bonds maturing in May 2021. Following this operation, the total amount of this
BRIEF-Vilmorin & Cie bond issue increases by 150 mln euros Reuters Africa
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>>   Venture Capital
Doerr: Getting more women VCs important 
USA Today - 3/4/2015
SAN FRANCISCO – Kleiner Perkin's uber venture capitalist John Doerr spent Tuesday talking about how he strives to include women on boards, find them as entrepreneurs and hire them into engineering roles     Add Comment

Spheryx Announces Completion of Successful Seed Round Fund... 
San Francisco Chronicle - 3/4/2015
Spheryx has completed a successful seed round financing, enabling the company to move into new space, and to advance the commercial development of Total Holographic Characterization™. Spheryx has hired     Add Comment

Is Kleiner Perkins dysfunctional? 
Fortune - 3/4/2015
I’ve got a confession to make: Over the years, I’ve written some emails and other electronic messages that would not paint either my colleagues or my employer in a flattering light. At least a few of     Add Comment

Doerr: I warned Ellen Pao 
SiliconValley.com - 3/4/2015
SAN FRANCISCO -- Even one of the nation's most successful and respected venture capitalists -- and a champion of women in tech -- couldn't stop a broiling gender conflict inside his own firm from escalating
As Pao Case Continues, John Doerr Confronts ‘Surrogate Daughter’ iMarketReports
As Pao Case Continues, John Doerr Confronts 'Surrogate Daughter' Austin American Statesman
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