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  • CHICAGO, March 29- U.S. soybean futures closed lower on Wednesday, while corn and wheat prices edged higher as investors squared positions ahead of U.S. Department of Agriculture plantings and grain stocks data on Friday, traders and analysts said. USDA is expected to show increased U.S. soybean plantings and reduced seedings of corn as well as bigger...

  • TORONTO, March 29- Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, one of the world's biggest infrastructure investors, warned it could take more than 10 years for infrastructure investment plans by Canada and the United States to come to fruition. Canada hopes its planned' infrastructure bank' will facilitate billions of dollars of financing from private investors for...

  • CHICAGO, March 29- U.S. corn, soybean and wheat futures were narrowly lower on Wednesday as investors squared positions ahead of U.S. Department of Agriculture plantings and grain stocks data on Friday, traders and analysts said. USDA is expected to show increased U.S. soybean plantings and reduced seedings of corn as well as bigger year-on-year U.S. stockpiles...

  • LONDON, March 29- European shares drifted lower on Wednesday, while sterling battled back from a one-week low and regained its composure amid the drama of Britain formally triggering its exit process from the European Union. Prime Minister Theresa May will notify EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that Britain really is quitting the bloc it joined in...

  • Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was flat at $5,873 a tonne by 1025 GMT, after hitting $5,927.50, its highest since March 20. *CHINA MANUFACTURING: Activity in China's vast manufacturing sector likely grew for an eighth straight month in March as a surprise rebound in the property market added to a construction boom, boosting sales of building...

  • LONDON, March 29- European shares rose on Wednesday, following Wall Street's late surge, while sterling was the biggest loser on major currency markets ahead of the formal triggering of Britain's exit process from the European Union later in the day. Prime Minister Theresa May will notify EU Council President Donald Tusk in a letter that Britain really is...

  • *Australia/ China economic ties grow with Premier Li visit. *China, Australia plug free-trade message after Trump dumps TTP. But growing trade ties are only one side of a delicate super-power balancing act for Australia, whose unshakeable security relationship with the United States and Western democratic values have limited how cozy it gets with China.

  • *Trade awaits USDA plantings and stocks reports due Friday. Chicago Board of Trade May wheat settled up 3-3/ 4 cents at $4.24-1/ 2 per bushel. CBOT May corn ended up 2 cents at $3.57-3/ 4 a bushel and May soybeans rose 1/ 2 cent at $9.72 a bushel.

  • *Trade awaits USDA plantings and stocks reports due Friday. As of 12:38 p.m. CDT, Chicago Board of Trade May wheat was up 3-1/ 4 cents at $4.24 per bushel. CBOT May corn was up 1 cent at $3.56-3/ 4 a bushel and May soybeans were steady at $9.71-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • LONDON, March 28- Copper rose on Tuesday after hitting a two-week low in the previous session as hopes that U.S. *CHINA MANUFACTURING: China's central bank said it would provide financial support to help manufacturers upgrade and modernise, including measures to increase the scope for insurance companies to invest in the manufacturing sector.

  • LONDON, March 28- Copper rose on Tuesday after hitting a two-week low in the previous session as hopes that U.S. Workers are returning to work this week at Escondida in Chile, the world's biggest copper mine, after a strike that began on Feb. 9. *COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.7 percent at $5,801 a tonne at 1205 GMT.

  • LONDON, March 28- Copper rose on Tuesday after hitting a two-week low in the previous session as hopes that U.S. Workers are returning to work this week at Escondida in Peru, the world's biggest copper mine, after a strike that began on Feb. 9. *COPPER: Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was up 0.7 percent at $5,801 a tonne at 1205 GMT.

  • BEIJING— Asian stock markets rose Tuesday after Wall Street sank on worries that the Trump administration might not do as much for businesses as once thought. KEEPING SCORE: Tokyo's Nikkei 225 gained 1 percent to 19,174.56 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng advanced 0.5 percent to 24,317.93. Benchmarks in Taiwan and Singapore rose while Malaysia and Manila declined.

  • SINGAPORE, March 28- Asian stocks pulled ahead on Tuesday after Wall Street steadied and the dollar bounced from a four-month-low, as concern over Donald Trump's setback on his healthcare reform bill gave away to tentative hopes for the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent in early trade. Risk appetite had...

  • CHICAGO, March 27- U.S. wheat, corn and soybean futures fell to their lowest this year on Monday, pressured by abundant global grain and oilseed supplies and outlooks for crop-friendly rain in the southern Plains wheat belt, traders said. "The path of least resistance is lower," said EFG Group analyst Tom Fritz. Chicago Board of Trade May wheat futures were down 6 cents...

  • The tie-up announced by the companies on Monday highlights the increasingly competitive nature of the sector, with Lufthansa battling Gulf carriers on routes to Asia and Cathay counting the cost of the advance of Chinese rivals that contributed to its first full-year loss since 2008.. Under the Cathay Pacific deal, Lufthansa and its Swiss and Austrian...

  • BERLIN— Lufthansa has announced a code-sharing deal with Cathay Pacific under which the German airline and its Swiss and Austrian Airlines units will offer new connections to Australia and New Zealand. Lufthansa said Monday that the deal will allow Cathay Pacific passengers to reach 14 of its destinations in Europe under the Hong Kong airline's flight...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Waiting until you are retired to travel to all your bucket list destinations? That is what helped spur Valerie Jalufka into action. She has also gone on safari in Tanzania, and visited everywhere from Tasmania to Tierra del Fuego, often with the tour operator Abercrombie& Kent.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Waiting until you are retired to travel to all your bucket list destinations? That is what helped spur Valerie Jalufka into action. She has also gone on safari in Tanzania, and visited everywhere from Tasmania to Tierra del Fuego, often with the tour operator Abercrombie& Kent.

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Waiting until you are retired to travel to all your bucket list destinations? That is what helped spur Valerie Jalufka into action. She has also gone on safari in Tanzania, and visited everywhere from Tasmania to Tierra del Fuego, often with the tour operator Abercrombie& Kent.