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  • CHICAGO, Aug 28- United Airlines plans to change the way it schedules flights and to use new technology to tackle the delays and cancellations that have hurt its competitiveness, company executives told Reuters. The new initiatives aim to narrow the gap in performance between United Continental Holdings Inc and Delta Air Lines Inc, which has the best on-time...

  • *Gold down 2.3 pct for the week. *Palladium posts largest two-day gain since 2008. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 28- Gold rose on Friday as technical indicators and suggestions the U.S. central bank may delay a rate rise provided support, but the metal was still on track to post its biggest weekly drop in five weeks amid dollar strength and strong U.S. economic data.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The nearly two-month-long slide in oil prices to 6-1/ 2 year-lows has been a boon to many so-called systematic funds, which trade based on technical signals or computer algorithms rather than fundamentals. While most market commentary has focused on the persistent glut in the global market caused by unrelenting OPEC output and surprisingly...

  • *Soybeans firm on dry U.S. weather outlook. *Corn clings to modest gains in choppy trade. Soybeans rose on worries about dry weather in parts of the Midwest and spillover support from a strong rally in crude oil.

  • Aug 28- The oil market's 10 percent surge on Thursday offered a visceral reminder that many of its most active participants could not care less about global oil inventories, Saudi Arabia's stressed finances or the American shale revolution. For dozens of commodity trading advisors from Rotterdam to Chicago, so-called "systematic" funds that typically use...

  • NEW YORK— Video game maker Activision Blizzard and airline United Continental Holdings Inc. are going to become a part of the S&P 500.. Activision Blizzard, which makes games including "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty," will replace Pall Corp. after the market close on Friday. United Continental will replace Hospira Inc. after the Sept. 2 market close.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— A former Ohio deputy treasurer who fled to Pakistan in the face of a 15- year prison sentence for a kickback scheme delivered a public apology before a federal judge on Friday and was sent to begin his time in U.S. prison. Shackled and in prison khakis, Amer Ahmad appeared before Judge Michael Watson two days after he was extradited from Pakistan.

  • Trend-driven funds profit on oil's slippery path Friday, 28 Aug 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    Aug 28- The oil market's 10 percent surge on Thursday offered a visceral reminder that many of its most active participants could not care less about global oil inventories, Saudi Arabia's stressed finances or the American shale revolution. For dozens of commodity trading advisors from Rotterdam to Chicago, so-called "systematic" funds that typically use...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The nearly two-month-long slide in oil prices to 6-1/ 2 year-lows has been a boon to many so-called systematic funds, which trade based on technical signals or computer algorithms rather than fundamentals. While most market commentary has focused on the persistent glut in the global market caused by unrelenting OPEC output and surprisingly...

  • Aug 27- Wall Street rallied more than 2 percent on Thursday as strong U.S. economic data and hints that a September interest-rate hike was unlikely fueled optimism that the worst of recent market turmoil was over. "The worst is probably behind us but it's going to take a while before we get back to normal and we might still see some downward risk," said Scott Brown,...

  • *Corn firm on U.S. export data, broad commodities strength. *Wheat lower on dollar strength, fresh Black Sea sales. CHICAGO, Aug 27- Benchmark U.S. soybean futures rose 1.5 percent on Thursday as equity markets stabilized in China, the world's top soy buyer, and on outlooks for dry weather as the U.S.

  • Aug 27- Wall Street rallied on Thursday as investors grew optimistic that the worst of recent market turmoil was over after strong U.S. economic data and hints that a September interest-rate hike was unlikely. The market had ended a 6- day losing streak on Wednesday after New York Fed President William Dudley said the case for a September hike was "less...

  • *Wheat lower on dollar strength, fresh Black Sea sales. CHICAGO, Aug 27- U.S. soybean futures rose 1.5 percent on Thursday as equity markets stabilized in China, the world's top soy buyer, and on concerns about dry weather as the U.S. At the Chicago Board of Trade as of 1:10 p.m. CDT, the benchmark November soybean contract was up 13 cents at $8.78 a bushel.

  • Aug 27- Heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar Inc said it plans a new round of layoffs to cut costs as declining revenues from global mining and construction activities erodes its bottom line. Caterpillar has let go about 4,800 employees over the past year and has cut 20,000 full-time employees worldwide since 2012, more than 10 percent of its global...

  • *Wheat forecasts for Russia, Ukraine and EU raised. LONDON, Aug 27- Global grain supplies will reach historic highs in the 2015/ 16 season, the International Grains Council said on Thursday, a development that could make world food prices even cheaper. The IGC raised its forecasts for wheat crops in Russia, Ukraine and the European Union and also upwardly revised its...

  • Grain mostly higher and livestock higher Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 10:47 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher in early trading Thursday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for December delivery lost 2 cents to $4.9220 a bushel; December corn was. 25 cent higher at $3.7340 a bushel; December oats were 4.25 cents higher at 2.20 a bushel; while November soybeans gained 10 cents to 8.75 a bushel. October live cattle was 2.23 cents higher...

  • GRAINS-Soybeans higher as China alarm ebbs Thursday, 27 Aug 2015 | 8:01 AM ET

    *Soybean market sensitive to China as top importer. *Wheat curbed by supply, expected Black Sea sale to Egypt. PARIS/ SYDNEY, Aug 27- U.S. soybean futures rose more than 1 percent on Thursday, tracking a broad rally in commodities and equities as investors were reassured by policymakers following the market plunge on fears of a sharp downturn in China.

  • INDIANAPOLIS— The parkland surrounding Indiana's towering dunes was intended to keep industry away from a geological marvel molded over thousands of years at the southern tip of Lake Michigan. "On its face, it looks suspicious," Antony Page, vice dean of the Indiana University law school in Indianapolis, said of the deal by Williams' Pavilion Partners.

  • Q&A: What to make of the recent volatility in the markets Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 6:09 PM ET

    The wild swings in the stock market this week have sent market volatility levels to heights not seen since the financial crisis. Volatility can sound scary, but it's a natural part of any market. Here's a breakdown on how it works:.

  • Budget, bonds approved for cash-strapped Chicago schools Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    CHICAGO, Aug 26- The Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday approved a controversial budget and moved ahead with plans to sell $1 billion of bonds despite the school system's "junk" credit ratings. The spending plan came under attack on Tuesday by government finance watchdog the Civic Federation, which urged the board to reject the budget because it relies on...