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  • *Improving crop weather in South America weighs. CHICAGO, Oct 26- U.S. soybeans slipped for a second straight day on Friday on signs of waning U.S. exports and improving crop weather prospects in South America that could lead to bumper output in Brazil and Argentina.

  • CHICAGO-- Medical real estate company Ventas Inc. said Friday that its funds from operations grew 12 percent in the third quarter, buoyed by acquisitions. Ventas invests in, manages, finances and leases real estate used by health care companies.

  • *Hours should be ``more restricted''- Bunge CEO. CHICAGO, Oct 26- CME Group's bid to cement its dominance in grain markets with longer trading hours may be backfiring, with some traders reducing activity and others including major merchant Bunge calling for a return to a shorter day.

  • TOKYO, Oct 26- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to rise on Friday, supported by expectations of significant easing by the Bank of Japan, while investors appear to have priced in cuts to profit forecasts in the current earnings season.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 25- Brazilian mining company Vale SA plans to sell underperforming assets to control costs and boost profit, executives said on Thursday, a day after reporting weak earnings and halting work on a giant iron ore mine in the West African nation of Guinea.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Oct 25- Floods have severely delayed Argentine soy planting at a time when consumer nations are counting on the country to help control soaring grains prices by replenishing supplies, a key grains exchange said on Thursday.

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 25- Brazilian mining company Vale SA plans to sell underperforming assets to control costs and boost profit, executives said on Thursday, a day after reporting weak earnings and halting work on a giant iron ore mine in the West African nation of Guinea.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher on Thursday after seven straight sessions of losses, as the threat of Hurricane Sandy to East Coast gasoline and heating oil supplies lifted markets.

  • NEW YORK-- Boeing said Thursday that it has acquired Miro Technologies, a privately held company that specializes in software to help manage logistical services. Miro will become part of the Global Services& Support business that falls under Boeing Defense, Space& Security, which is a unit of The Boeing Co. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

  • *U.S. drought alters typical grain trading patterns- Bunge. CHICAGO, Oct 25- Bunge Ltd shares jumped on Thursday as the agribusiness giant doubled quarterly profits by mobilizing its global grain network to supply customers hit by the worst U.S. drought in more than 50 years.

  • *P&G profit of $1.06/ share tops expectations of 96 cents. Oct 25- Procter& Gamble Co's profit rose more than expected, indicating that the world's largest household products company is making progress in cutting costs and giving Chief Executive Bob McDonald a little relief after months of pressure.

  • John Wiley& Sons has completed its $220 million acquisition of online education provider Deltak.edu, the publisher disclosed in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday. Deltak.edu LLC is based outside of Chicago and had $54 million in revenue for the year ended Sept. 30. Shares of John Wiley& Sons rose 21 cents to $43.09 Thursday.

  • *U.S. drought alters typical grain trading patterns- Bunge. CHICAGO, Oct 25- Bunge Ltd shares jumped on Thursday as the agribusiness giant doubled quarterly profits by mobilizing its global grain network to supply customers hit by the worst U.S. drought in more than 50 years.

  • *UK economy posts GDP rise in third quarter. *Coming up: CFTC positions data 3:30 p.m. EDT Friday. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Brent crude futures edged higher in choppy trading on Thursday, lifted by economic data, but gains were limited by rising oil inventories and tepid demand figures.

  • Wheat was down 0.5 percent, erasing earlier gains due to a lack of buying interest following Wednesday's nearly 2 percent price rally in response to news Ukraine would ban wheat exports from Nov. 15.

  • This week an even more radical debate burst into the open in Britain.

  • CHICAGO-- The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there's good news in Illinois' latest unemployment figures. Rockford remains the Illinois metro area with the highest unemployment rate, but it dropped from 13.6 percent in September 2011 to 11 percent last month.

  • *McKesson to acquire PSS World Medical. *Procter& Gamble climbs after results. NEW YORK, Oct 25- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday, putting the S&P 500 on track to rebound from its worst five-day performance in five months, on optimism the economies of both the U.S. and China may be recovering.

  • It was a rough third quarter for United Airlines. "We recognize that some of our customers chose to fly other airlines during the summer, when our operational performance degraded," CEO Jeff Smisek said on a conference call. Net income for United Continental Holdings Inc. dropped to $6 million, or 2 cents per share, from $653 million, or $1.69 per share, a year earlier.