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  • *Shares fall on weak commodities; pharma weighs on Wall St. NEW YORK, March 15- Stocks in major markets fell on Tuesday after the Bank of Japan painted a bleaker picture of the world's third-largest economy and as U.S. retail sales data brought down expectations of a strong first quarter. "The Fed, I believe, is not going to do anything to take tightening out of the...

  • *Shares fall on weak commodities, pharma weighs on Wall St. NEW YORK, March 15- Stocks in major markets fell on Tuesday, weighed by basic materials shares after weak U.S. retail sales data and as the Bank of Japan painted a bleaker picture of the world's third-largest economy without immediately adding to its stimulus. Following the BOJ statement and last week's...

  • TORONTO, March 15- Canada's main stock index fell on Tuesday as weaker commodity prices weighed on energy and mining stocks, while the shares of a major drugmaker tanked. U.S. crude prices fell for a second day, down 2.7 percent at $36.18 a barrel, as concerns emerged that a six-week rally may have fizzled after OPEC doused hopes for a speedy erosion of a global...

  • WASHINGTON, March 15- U.S. business inventories rose in January as sales continued to decline, suggesting businesses could take longer than previously thought to reduce the stock of unsold merchandise clogging up warehouses. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday that inventories increased 0.1 percent. December's inventories were revised down to show...

  • LONDON, March 15- Chilean copper miner Antofagasta warned of another tough year ahead as it posted a worse-than-forecast fall in profit, dragging its shares down nearly 10 percent. "This has been a challenging year for both the wider industry and Antofagasta and 2016 also looks like it will be difficult," Chief Executive Diego Hernández said on Tuesday.

  • HONG KONG, March 15- Hong Kong shares finished down on Tuesday as investors took profits following the previous day's rally. The Hang Seng index fell 0.7 percent, to 20,288.77, while the China Enterprises Index lost 0.9 percent, to 8,605.63 points. Total trading volume of companies included in the HSI index was 1.2 billion shares.

  • Industrial giant General Electric is committed to weathering China's economic restructuring despite the uncertainty, John Rice says.

  • China may be slowing down but Chinese holidaymakers are still shopping, benefiting some unexpected brands.

  • SANTIAGO, March 14- An algal bloom in Chile that has killed up to 20 percent of the nation's farmed salmon has sent shares of producers higher as the reduced supply has lifted selling prices. Over the last month and a half, salmon farmers in Chile, the second-largest global producer after Norway, have been hit by production losses of around 100,000 tonnes, worth some...

  • The big Anbang

    CNBC's Susan Li looks into the Chinese company Anbang who is making headlines today with its takeover bid for Starwood Hotels.

  • *Italian banks lead Europe shares higher. *Asia shares gain, investors eye central bank meetings. LONDON, March 14- Shares rose in Europe and Asia on Monday, adding to gains chalked up in the wake of last week's stimulus package from the European Central Bank, as investors turned their attention to policy decisions from the Bank of Japan and Federal Reserve.

  • March 14- Hong Kong stocks rose more than 1 percent on Monday, aided by sharp gains in mainland shares and a rally in global markets as oil prices climbed further. The Hang Seng index rose 1.2 percent, to 20,435.34, while the China Enterprises Index gained 1.5 percent, to 8,686.27 points. China Vanke Co Ltd surged 10 percent to a two-month high, after the Chinese...

  • Founder and co-Chief Executive Steve Ells' total compensation fell 52 percent to $13.8 million, from a year earlier, according to a regulatory filing on Friday. Co-CEO Monty Moran's total compensation fell about 51 percent to $13.6 million. Chipotle shares, which hit an all-time high of $758.61 on Aug. 5, have been hammered by the food safety incidents, with the...

  • TAIPEI, March 11- Taiwan stocks were flat to marginally higher on Friday as foreign investors continued to pick up local shares, but large-cap tech counters were trading lower on weak sales. Hong Kong bourses were up, but weakness was seen in Japan and China indices. Taiwan central bank governor Perng Fai- nan signaled in parliamentary testimony on Thursday the...

  • The company also said on Thursday that it planned to buy back about $1 billion in shares in fiscal 2016.. Dollar General's net income rose to $376.2 million, or $1.30 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 29 from $355.4 million, or $1.17 per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose to $5.29 billion from $4.94 billion.

  • March 10- Hong Kong shares gave up initial gains and ended slightly lower on Thursday, with sentiment soured by an extended slide in mainland shares in afternoon trading. In the morning, Hong Kong shares tracked Asian markets higher, buoyed by hopes that the European Central Bank will announce fresh monetary stimulus to support the struggling European economy.

  • *China's AI-related stocks up after Google Computer triumph. SHANGHAI, March 10- China stocks fell roughly 1 percent on Thursday morning as investors interpreted data showing consumer inflation rising fast than forecast as being largely negative for an economy struggling to find momentum. "Higher inflation in a weak economy is not a good thing, because it...

  • March 9- Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc fell more than 6 percent in morning trading on Wednesday, a day after the popular burrito chain operator said it would temporarily shut a Massachusetts restaurant after four employees fell sick. Chipotle is trying to repair its reputation after a series of food-safety incidents, including two E.Coli outbreaks...

  • March 9- Shares of Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc fell almost 6 percent in morning trading on Wednesday, a day after the popular burrito chain operator said it would temporarily shut a Massachusetts restaurant after four employees fell sick. Chipotle is trying to repair its reputation after a series of food-safety incidents, including two E.Coli outbreaks that...

  • A natural gas production platform.

    The liquefied natural gas market (LNG) has a big problem: supply may outstrip demand for rest of the decade, an analyst warns.