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  • Dec 9- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday after China's consumer inflation rose slightly but remained under the government's 3 percent target for the year and commodity prices stabilized. *Data showed China's November consumer price index surprised on the upside, rising 1.5 percent on-year from 1.3 percent in October.

  • MELBOURNE, Dec 9- London copper was little changed on Wednesday amid an onslaught of indicators showing China's economy was still struggling, but hopes grew it could support industrial metals after it flagged export tax cuts on some steel products. *China's trade performance remained weak in November, casting doubt on hopes that the world's second-largest...

  • SYDNEY, Dec 9- U.S. soybeans rose for the first time in three sessions on Wednesday, with traders squaring positions ahead of a widely watched U.S. Department of Agriculture report expected to show lower U.S. production. *Wheat is under pressure from tepid demand for U.S. supplies and improving crop conditions in the United States and the Black Sea region.

  • SINGAPORE, Dec 9- Gold clung to small overnight gains on Wednesday, supported by softness in the dollar, but the metal's upside was limited as investors anticipated a Federal Reserve rate hike next week. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,075.20 an ounce by 0042 GMT, after rising 0.4 percent on Tuesday as the dollar slid against a basket of major currencies.

  • Dec 8- A U.S. federal agency has yet to identify the source of an E. coli outbreak that sickened at least 19 people in seven states who may have been infected after eating rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp.. A U.S. Food and Drug Administration laboratory analysis did not confirm the presence of E. coli in a sample of celery and onion mix collected...

  • LOS ANGELES, Nov 26- A multi-state E. coli outbreak that has sickened at least 19 people who ate rotisserie chicken salad sold at Costco Wholesale Corp's stores has been traced to a celery-and-onion mix used in the salad, prompting its California maker to recall the product. Infections have been reported in Montana, Utah, Colorado, California, Missouri, Virginia...

  • Nov 20- Grocery distributor Supervalu Inc is preparing to explore an outright sale as an alternative to a spin-off of its discount grocery retail chain Save-A-Lot, according to people familiar with the matter. Eden Prairie, Minnesota based Supervalu has received interest in Save-A-Lot from several private equity firms, and has told them that it will consider...

  • *Agency urges trading on Shanghai natural gas spot exchange. BEIJING, Nov 18- China announced a near 25 percent cut in wholesale prices of natural gas from Friday, the second reduction this year, as it seeks to boost flagging growth in demand for the cleaner-burning fuel. Benchmark city-gate prices for non-residential users will be lowered by 0.70 yuan per cubic...

  • Nov 13- Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc, which have agreed to merge, are in talks with wholesaler Essendant Inc to transfer about $600 million of corporate contracts to satisfy U.S antitrust concerns, the Wall street Journal said. Staples' $6.3 billion offer for Office Depot has come under FTC's scrutiny as it involves the top two companies in the industry.

  • Nov 13- Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc, which have agreed to merge, are in talks with wholesaler Essendant Inc to transfer about $600 million of corporate contracts to satisfy U.S antitrust concerns, the Wall street Journal said. Staples' $6.3 billion offer for Office Depot has come under FTC's scrutiny as it involves the top two companies in the industry.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 13- U.S. retail sales rose less than expected in October amid a surprise decline in automobile purchases, suggesting a slowdown in consumer spending that could temper expectations of a strong pickup in fourth-quarter economic growth. "The weak reports will provide some cause for caution at the Fed, and while they are unlikely to change the...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 10- The dollar climbed on Tuesday to touch a 6-1/ 2- month high against the euro and a seven-month peak against the Swiss franc, propelled by expectations of divergent interest rate moves from the Federal Reserve and European Central Bank. Bullish bets on the dollar have grown as an improving economy have bolstered expectations the Fed would raise...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- U.S. import prices fell in October as the cost of petroleum and a range of goods declined, indicating that a strong dollar and soft global demand continued to exert downward pressure on imported inflation. The Labor Department said import prices dropped 0.5 percent last month after declining 0.6 percent in September. "We believe that weakness...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 10- U.S. wholesale inventories rose more than expected in September, suggesting the third-quarter economic growth estimate could be revised higher. The Commerce Department said on Tuesday wholesale inventories increased 0.5 percent as a rise in automobiles, furniture, farm products and apparel offset a decline in machinery, petroleum and a...

  • GRAINS-Wheat prices edge up ahead of USDA report Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | 9:31 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Nov 10- U.S. wheat rose on Tuesday to edge away from a two-week low, but trading was muted ahead of a widely watched U.S. government forecast that is expected to show higher ending stocks due to slow export demand and large U.S. harvests. *Chicago Board of Trade November soybeans were little changed at $8.66-1/ 2 a bushel, having firmed 0.4 percent on Monday.

  • MANILA, Nov 10- London copper futures fell to a six-week low on Tuesday and moved closer to a six-year low amid a firmer dollar and sustained economic weakness in top copper consumer China. *China is making 6.5 percent a floor or minimum level for annual economic growth in 2016 through 2020, a senior Chinese policymaker said on Monday, adding that the figure would...

  • MANILA, Nov 10- Gold was near a three-month low on Tuesday on expectations the U.S. *Following bullion's recent steep drop, MKS Group trader James Gardiner said "a bounce, or at least a consolidation, is well overdue." *Lonmin priced its $407 million share issue at a 94 percent discount as the platinum miner fights for survival in the face of low prices and after knocking...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls; Valeant, healthcare drop Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    *Valeant sinks after Citron report, drags Allergan. Shares of Allergan, which has a business model similar to that of Valeant, was down 1.7 percent at $259, cutting earlier losses after the company said nearly all of its drugs are being distributed through traditional wholesale and retail channels. Also in the healthcare sector, insurers Aetna, Humana, Anthem and...

  • Allergan clarifies on drug distribution practices Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | 12:20 PM ET

    Oct 21- Drugmaker Allergan Plc said on Wednesday that nearly all of its drugs are being distributed through traditional wholesale and retail channels. Allergan's clarification comes two days after a New York Times report said drugmakers were using specialty pharmacy distributors to work around barriers to increase drug prices. The company also said on...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 12- The U.S. Justice Department is probing allegations that Anheuser-Busch InBev is seeking to curb competition in the beer market by buying distributors, making it harder for fast-growing craft brewers to get their products on store shelves, according to three people familiar with the matter. The Justice Department review comes at an awkward...