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  • *USDA pegs U.S. 2017 soy plantings at record 88 mln acres. *USDA sees U.S. 2017 corn plantings down 4.3 pct from 2016. As of 11:15 a.m. CST, the Chicago Board of Trade March soybean contract was down 8-3/ 4 cents at $10.14 per bushel after dipping to $10.13-1/ 4, its lowest since Jan. 12.

  • White House advisor Kellyanne Conway speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland, on February 23, 2017.

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  • BERLIN, Feb 23- France and Germany on Thursday called on the management of General Motors and PSA Group to give a "long-term perspective" for all production sites in the proposed acquisition of Opel from the U.S. carmaker. They also said that both Opel and Peugeot should keep their own brand names and separate management entities. Paris- based PSA and GM confirmed...

  • *USDA expected to raise forecast for soybean plantings. *Corn, wheat edge down before USDA plantings outlook. The USDA is due to release updated planting forecasts at its two-day Outlook Forum that starts on Thursday, with the market expecting an increase in soybean sowing.

  • A potential Frexit might be much worse than a Brexit

    French voters are risking a 'Lehman Brothers' moment if they spark a referendum on the euro, according to Deutsche Bank analysts.

  • Valdis Dombrovskis

    Greece’s latest debt crisis could hopefully be resolved as soon as next month, the vice-president of the European Commission told CNBC.

  • *Hands helm to Saikawa, company veteran of 40 years. TOKYO, Feb 23- Nissan Motor Co said Carlos Ghosn will step aside as CEO after leading the company for 16 years, allowing him to concentrate on deploying his cost-cutting expertise across its alliance with Renault SA and newly added Mitsubishi Motors Corp.. In handing over the helm to Hiroto Saikawa, a company...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- U.S. subscription-based airline Surf Air will launch in Europe in May, targeting people who fly business class in a potential challenge to the continent's traditional airlines. The London- headquartered airline will try to better what its sister company, Surf Air, has done in California. Across U.S. and European operations, Surf Air expects to...

  • A demonstrator holds a placard reading 'Frexit you excite me!'

    The French run the risk of creating a crisis worse than the fall of Lehman Brothers if it instigates an EU referendum, says Deutsche Bank.

  • Confident we can solve Greece current situation, resolve by next Eurogroup

    Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the European Commission, discusses Brexit negotiations, the Greek debt crisis and the upcoming French election.

  • Rathbone Brothers CIO Julian Chillingworth discusses political risk in Europe and the validity of nervousness surrounding the looming French election.

  • LONDON, Feb 23- U.S. subscription-based airline Surf Air will launch in Europe in May, targeting people who fly business-class in a potential challenge to the continent's traditional airlines. The London- headquartered airline will try to better what its sister company, Surf Air, has done in California. Surf Air has ordered 45 Swiss-made Pilatus eight-seat jets...

  • PARIS— The chairman of French carmaker PSA Group wants to create a "European car champion" with the potential purchase of General Motors' European car business, and pledged to work with governments and unions worried over job cuts. Speaking in Paris Thursday, Tavares said PSA's ambition to buy GM's loss-making German subsidiary Opel and its British brand...

  • Solid growth in challenging environment

    AXA CEO Thomas Buberl discusses earnings and potential for Frexit, arguing that despite political uncertainty, "Europe has a chance for revival."

  • Had a great year in 2016, hadn't seen growth since 2008

    Ramon Fernandez, delegate chief executive officer and chief financial officer at Orange, adds that the company doesn't need consolidation to improve performance.

  • French National Front political party leader Marine Le Pen arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, to attend a meeting with government, main political parties leaders and presidents of the Parliament, November 15, 2015.

    French far right leader Marine Le Pen has increased her lead in the first round of France's presidential election.

  • FORT WORTH, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan participates in a moderated Q&A session hosted by the Tarrant County Bankers Association- 1800 GMT. LONDON- ECB Board Member Peter Praet to deliver a keynote speech at the "Brexit and the implications for financial services" conference- 0855 GMT. LONDON- ECB Board Member Peter Praet to give...

  • FORT WORTH, United States- Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan participates in a moderated Q&A session hosted by the Tarrant County Bankers Association- 1800 GMT. LONDON- ECB Board Member Peter Praet to deliver a keynote speech at the "Brexit and the implications for financial services" conference- 0855 GMT. LONDON- ECB Board Member Peter Praet to give...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Feb 22- French carmaker PSA Group expects its planned acquisition of General Motors' Opel division to lead to combined sales of 5 million vehicles by 2022 and save as much as 2 billion euros annually, sources said, adding that a deal could be finalised in early March. PSA also plans to make swift progress on technical convergence with GM's...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT/ PARIS, Feb 22- French carmaker PSA Group expects its planned acquisition of General Motors' Opel division to lead to combined sales of 5 million vehicles by 2022 and save as much as 2 billion euros annually, as the talks advance towards a likely deal in early March, sources told Reuters. PSA also plans to make swift progress on technical...