CORRECTED-U.S. banks push mortgage apps as home lending slows

NEW YORK, April 20 (Reuters) – Big U.S. banks are racing to launch websites and mobile apps to make getting a mortgage faster and easier, investments that may have modest near-term payoffs as home lending activity slows.

UPDATE 1-U.S. regulator permits China’s ZTE to submit more evidence

NEW YORK, April 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Commerce Department has granted ZTE Corp’s request to submit more evidence after the agency banned American companies from selling to the Chinese technology firm, a senior Commerce official said on Saturday.

UPDATE 1-German minister: Hardware retrofits only way to avoid driving bans

BERLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has told a newspaper she does not think software updates for diesel vehicles in Germany will be enough to solve air quality problems and that hardware retrofits are the only way to avoid driving bans.

Canada’s Stars Group snaps up Sky Bet for $4.7 billion

LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Canadian gaming company The Stars Group Inc said on Saturday it had agreed to buy Sky Betting and Gaming from owners CVC Capital Partners and Sky PLC, in a deal worth $4.7 billion.

REFILE-UPDATE 1-Fresenius Medical sells U.S. Sound Inpatient for $2.15 bln

BERLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – German dialysis specialist Fresenius Medical Care is selling its majority shareholding in Sound Inpatient Physicians Holdings for $2.15 billion, it said on Saturday.

German minister says diesel software upgrades unlikely to solve air problems

BERLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – German Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has told a newspaper she does not think software updates for diesel vehicles in Germany will be enough to solve air quality problems and that hardware retrofits are the best way to avoid driving bans.

U.S. sanctions on Vekselberg have $1.5-$2 bln assets frozen -sources

ZURICH/MOSCOW, April 21 – Assets totalling between $1.5 billion and $2 billion have been frozen as a result of sanctions imposed on Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg and his Renova Group conglomerate, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Saturday.

Fresenius Medical sells U.S. Sound Inpatient for $2.15 bln

BERLIN, April 21 (Reuters) – German dialysis specialist Fresenius Medical Care is selling its majority shareholding in Sound Inpatient Physicians Holdings for $2.15 billion euros, it said on Saturday.

Ford tells WPP it will take bids from other ad agencies

LONDON, April 21 (Reuters) – Ford Motor Company said on Saturday it will take bids on some of its advertising managed by WPP, adding to uncertainty around the British ad giant after last week’s exit of founder Martin Sorrell.

UPDATE 1-Artist Frida Kahlo’s family says judge blocks improper use of brand

MEXICO CITY, April 20 (Reuters) – A Mexican judge has blocked a company associated with U.S. toymaker Mattel Inc from commercializing the image of artist Frida Kahlo, her family says, as it seeks to halt sales of a Barbie doll styled after the influential artist.

S.Korea will consider injecting funds into GM Korea for investment -Yonhap

SEOUL, April 21 (Reuters) – South Korea’s government will consider injecting fresh funds into the loss-making South Korean unit of General Motors Co, the Yonhap news agency reported on Saturday, citing the finance minister.

BRIEF-Clearone Q4 Non-GAAP Loss Per Share $0.27

* CLEARONE REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

BRIEF-Wall Financial Qtrly Loss Earnings Per Share $0.04

* ORATION ANNOUNCES F’18 YEAR END OPERATING RESULTS AND FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

UPDATE 3-U.S., Europe order emergency checks on engine type in Southwest accident

WASHINGTON/PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) – U.S. and European airline regulators on Friday ordered emergency inspections within 20 days of nearly 700 aircraft engines similar to the one involved in a fatal Southwest Airlines engine blowout earlier this week, citing risks of a similar mishap.

UPDATE 2-Unions agree to postpone Saturday strike at Canadian Pacific

MONTREAL/VANCOUVER April 20 (Reuters) – Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd and unions Teamsters Canada and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), reached an agreement with to postpone a strike that was scheduled for Saturday.

UPDATE 5-U.S. said to investigate AT&T, Verizon over wireless collusion claim -source

WASHINGTON, April 20 (Reuters) – The U.S. has opened a probe into alleged coordination by AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications and a telecommunications standards organization to hinder consumers from easily switching wireless carriers, a person briefed on the matter said on Friday.

BRIEF-Southwest Airlines says will inspect all remaining engine fan blades within next 30 days

* SOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO SAYS IN 2017, STARTED A PROGRAM TO INSPECT ALL FAN BLADES ON ALL -700/-800 AIRCRAFT IN CO’S FLEET

BRIEF-Southwest Airlines announces response to Emergency Airworthiness Directive

UPDATE 1-LATAM Airlines union rejects new contract offer, continues strike

SANTIAGO, April 20 (Reuters) – A union of flight attendants for LATAM Airlines subsidiary LAN Express rejected a new contract offer from the Chile-based carrier on Friday, continuing a 10-day-old strike that has affected more than 270,000 passengers.

GM Korea’s board delays decision on bankruptcy filing to Monday – sources

SEOUL, April 20 (Reuters) – The board of General Motors’ South Korean unit delayed its decision on filing for court-led rehabilitation proceedings to Monday, said two sources familiar with the situation.

BRIEF-Honeywell Has Less Than $10 Mln Of Gross Steel And Aluminum Tariff Impact – Conf Call‍​

* HONEYWELL SAYS TRACKING WELL WITH THE CASH REPATRIATION PLAN, WHICH CONTEMPLATES MORE THAN $4 BILLION OF CASH BEING REPATRIATED IN 2018 – CONF CALL‍​

METALS-Aluminium slips from 7-year highs amid Rusal sanctions fallout

BlackRock holds 5 pct stake in Poland’s Alior Bank

WARSAW, April 20 (Reuters) – BlackRock Inc, the world’s largest asset manager, has a small stake in Poland’s Alior Bank that gives it more than 5 percent of voting rights, the bank disclosed on Friday.

Banchile auctions 1.5 mln shares in Chile’s SQM, raises $76 mln

SANTIAGO, April 20 (Reuters) – Brokerage firm Banchile on Friday auctioned 1.5 million series-A shares in Chile lithium miner SQM at a sale price of 30,000 pesos ($50.36) per share, raising a total of $76 million.

SunTrust says ex-employee may have leaked information on 1.5 mln clients

April 20 (Reuters) – SunTrust Banks Inc on Friday said a former employee may have attempted to download information on nearly 1.5 million clients and share the information with a criminal third-party.

AccorHotels to pursue acquisitions, no special dividend

PARIS, April 20 (Reuters) – AccorHotels, Europe’s biggest hotel group, will make further acquisitions in coming years, using cash from the sale of a majority stake in its property business rather than paying a special dividend, its chief executive said on Friday.

BRIEF-Atossa Genetics Announces 1 For 12 Reverse Stock Split

* ATOSSA GENETICS INC – ANNOUNCED A REVERSE SPLIT OF ITS COMMON STOCK AT A RATIO OF 1-FOR-12, EFFECTIVE APRIL 20, 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

BRIEF-Diana Shipping Announces Time Charter Contract For M/V Arethusa With Glencore

* DIANA SHIPPING INC ANNOUNCES TIME CHARTER CONTRACT FOR M/V ARETHUSA WITH GLENCORE

BRIEF-Arcturus Therapeutics Files Lawsuit Against Former CEO Joseph Payne And His Associates

* ARCTURUS THERAPEUTICS FILES LAWSUIT AGAINST JOSEPH E. PAYNE AND HIS ASSOCIATES FOR VIOLATIONS OF FEDERAL SECURITIES LAWS

UPDATE 5-Oil set for weekly gain on supply cuts, strong demand