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  • NEW YORK, April 20- The chances of a contested Republican U.S. presidential convention slid to their lowest in more than three weeks on Wednesday after Donald Trump swept to a critical victory in New York's primary, according to PredictIt, an online market for placing bets on U.S. and world politics. With Trump netting most of the state's 95 delegates and further...

  • *Oil prices fall back as Kuwait strike ends. LONDON, April 20- Stocks markets stabilized on Wednesday as expectations of support from the European Central Bank offset a decline in the price of oil. The MSCI All-Country World index was flat.

  • "I think there's some restocking coming through in China based on some stability in the economy and generally we're seeing some risk appetite coming back. There's a certain warming towards commodities in general, "said Robin Bhar, head of metals research at Societe Generale in London. Three month aluminum on the London Metal Exchange had risen 0.9 percent to...

  • *Oil prices retreat as Kuwait strike ends. LONDON, April 20- Stocks fell around the world on Wednesday as the price of crude declined after a strike by Kuwaiti oil workers ended. The MSCI All-Country World index also fell.

  • The Chicago Board of Trade most-active May soybean contract rose as much as 0.8 percent to $9.89-1/ 2 a bushel, the highest since Aug. 11. May corn gained 0.5 percent to $3.86 a bushel, matching Tuesday's six-month high, while July wheat added 0.5 percent to $4.95-1/ 2 a bushel, close to last session's four-month top of $4.96 a bushel. "We have issues with Argentina's...

  • SYDNEY, April 20- When U.S.-based financial technology company Acorns launched in Australia in February, its mobile app that helps people invest loose pennies in stock markets received nearly 70,000 downloads in just over two months, beating its own expectations. The' virtual piggy bank' chose Australia as its first foreign market thanks to the country's deep...

  • 2007- USA- Competitors and consumer groups push U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's acquisition of online display advertising firm DoubleClick. 2009-2010- EUROPE- Rivals and industry trade groups file complaints against Google to a variety of national regulators in Europe, citing competition concerns. 2010- EUROPE- European Commission...

  • *China has cut capacity; criticism is "lazy protectionism". *China says March output was a record 70.65 mln tonnes. BRUSSELS/ BEIJING, April 19- Under pressure to curb steel output and relieve a global glut, China said on Tuesday its production actually hit a record high last month as rising prices, and profits, encouraged mills that had been shut or suspended to resume...

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO April 19- Japan's advanced attack Soryu submarine carried out drills with Australia's navy on Tuesday as a German company launched a campaign to advertise its expertise- as a race for a A $50 billion contract to build Australia's next submarine fleet neared a climax. Australia intends to buy 12 new submarines, a centrepiece of its defence strategy...

  • TOKYO, April 19- Glencore and Tohoku Electric Power set a Australian thermal coal import price 9 percent below last year, although the traditional benchmark for industry pricing appears to be breaking down, sources said on Tuesday. The contract price for the financial year beginning April 1 was set at $61.60 per tonne, down from $67.80 a year ago, four sources said,...

  • *China says has cut capacity, criticisms "lazy protectionism". BRUSSELS/ BEIJING, April 19- China and other major steel-producing countries failed to agree measures to tackle a global steel crisis as the sides argued over the causes of overcapacity, prompting U.S. criticism of Beijing's approach and an angry response from Chinese officials.

  • SINGAPORE, April 19- U.S. soybeans edged higher on Tuesday to hover near last session's eight-month top, with concerns over wet weather curbing yields in Argentina underpinning the market. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybean futures rose 0.5 percent to $9.58-3/ 4 a bushel, near Monday's eight-month high of $9.64-1/ 4 a bushel. The rally in oilseeds will...

  • Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's comments all but confirmed that Australia was on track to hold its first early election— called a "double dissolution" because both the House of Representatives and the Senate are dissolved— since 1987.. He had previously said he would call for a double dissolution if the Senate failed to pass government legislation that...

  • *China says has cut capacity, criticisms "lazy protectionism". BRUSSELS/ WASHINGTON, April 19- China and other major steel-producing countries failed on Monday to agree measures to tackle a global steel crisis as the sides argued over the causes of overcapacity, prompting U.S. criticism of Beijing's approach. Washington pointed the finger at China over the...

  • *China says has cut capacity, criticisms "lazy protectionism". BRUSSELS/ WASHINGTON, April 19- China and other major steel-producing countries failed on Monday to agree measures to tackle a global steel crisis as the sides argued over the causes of overcapacity and whether Beijing is keeping loss-making producers afloat. Washington pointed the finger at China...

  • LONDON- Bank of England Governor Mark Carney appears before House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee- 1435 GMT. MADRID- Bank of Spain Governor Luis Maria Linde will deliver the closing speech of the XXIII Financial Sector meeting: "The challenge of profit in an uncertain environment," organized by ABC and Deloitte- 1140 GMT. OTTAWA- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen...

  • Netflix said it expected to add about 500,000 customers in the United States in the second quarter that ends in June, compared with Wall Street targets of 586,000, according to FactSet StreetAccount. Netflix, known for its original shows such as "Orange Is The New Black" and " House of Cards," said it expected to add about 2 million subscribers in markets outside the...

  • Netflix, which started in 1997 as a DVD-rental-by-mail firm, said it expected to add about 500,000 customers in the United States in the second quarter ending June. Analysts on average had expected the company to add 586,000 subscribers in the United States, according to research firm FactSet StreetAccount. In January, the company went live in more than 130...

  • LONDON, April 18- Commodity currencies slipped on Monday while the safe-haven yen gained ground after major crude exporters failed to agree on an output freeze, sending oil prices tumbling once again. A plan to cap production at current levels fell apart on Sunday at a meeting in Doha after Saudi Arabia demanded that Iran join in, leaving the credibility of the...

  • *Sale is the biggest deal involving Myanmar assets. HONG KONG/ SINGAPORE, April 18- U.S. oil and gas major Chevron Corp has put its Myanmar gas block stakes worth an estimated $1.3 billion up for sale, banking sources familiar with the matter said, in what would mark the biggest M&A transaction involving the country's assets. "Companies understand that Myanmar is in a...