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  • DIARY - Top economic Events to July 24 Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    STRASBOURG- ECB President Mario Draghi speaks at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies on the central bank's semiannual monetary policy before the Senate Banking Committee- 1400 GMT.

  • *USDA pegs old-crop U.S. corn, soy stocks above estimates. And the USDA, in a monthly report, raised its forecast for the soybean harvest by 4.5 percent to 3.8 billion bushels. The USDA raised its outlook for U.S. corn inventories at the end of August by 8 percent from June to 1.246 billion bushels, topping analysts' estimates for 1.232 billion.

  • *Corn falls for ninth session on bumper production outlook. *USDA seen lifting supply estimates in reports at 1600 GMT. Chicago Board of Trade December corn futures slumped 2-1/ 2 cents to $3.90-1/ 4 a bushel by 9:45 a.m. CDT, after setting a contract low of $3.89-1/ 4.

  • Markets steady after Portuguese bank scare Friday, 11 Jul 2014 | 6:41 AM ET

    MUMBAI, India— European stock markets rebounded Friday after slumping on worries about the soundness of a bank in Portugal, while trading in Asia was muted over the specter of more financial turmoil in Europe. The euro rose slightly to $1.3609, indicating that the Portugal scare had not rattled confidence in Europe for very long.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • SINGAPORE, July 11- Oil prices were heading for their third straight weekly loss on Friday as worries about supply disruptions in the Middle East and North Africa eased, although Brent stayed comfortably above $108 a barrel.

  • SYDNEY, July 11- Australia's IPO window appears to be narrowing as the sharemarket loses momentum and offerings start to look overpriced, sapping demand for the combined $7 billion listings of hospital firm Healthscope Ltd and insurer Medibank Private.

  • SYDNEY/ TOKYO, July 11- The yen was poised to end the week higher on Friday, having jumped to a five-month peak against the euro overnight as banking woes in Portugal drove global equities lower and lifted demand for the safe-haven currency.

  • SYDNEY, July 11- The yen was poised to end the week higher on Friday, having lunged forward overnight as a fall in global equities lifted demand for the safe-haven currency. Fears over financial troubles at the family-owned holding companies behind Portugal's largest listed bank unsettled European markets on Thursday.

  • SYDNEY, July 11- After 25 years working around the world as a highly paid geologist earning a six-digit salary, Phil Scheimer is back in Australia weighing up his future prospects: day laborer or pizza delivery man.

  • *China copper imports fall 7.9 pct on month in June. LONDON, July 10- Nickel prices slid on Thursday as inventories rose, giving investors a reminder of an overhang of material despite an Indonesian export ban. Copper rebounded after upbeat U.S. jobs data raised the prospect of higher demand for industrial metals.

  • *China copper imports fall 7.9 pct on month in June. LONDON, July 10- Nickel prices slid on Thursday as inventories rose, reminding investors of an overhang of material despite an Indonesian export ban, while copper dipped on weak Chinese import figures. Benchmark nickel on the London Metal Exchange shed 1.9 percent to $19,150 a tonne by 1421 GMT.

  • The Australian Bureau of Meteorology this week said Pacific Ocean surface temperatures are at levels associated with a weak El Nino, but the threshold for the weather event has not yet been breached. El Nino could bring dry weather to Australia, which is already struggling with a drought, and it could also curb its wheat, sugar and cotton production.

  • METALS-Copper slips on weak Chinese copper imports Thursday, 10 Jul 2014 | 6:11 AM ET

    *China copper imports fall 7.9 pct on month in June. *Codelco to cancel some shipments to China in H2- sources. In top copper consumer China, data showed its trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts, reinforcing expectations that Beijing will have to unveil more stimulus measures to stabilize the economy.

  • Australian Senate delays carbon tax repeal Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 11:06 PM ET

    SYDNEY, July 10- The Australian Senate rejected legislation to repeal the country's carbon tax on Thursday because it did not guarantee savings would be passed onto consumers, but amended legislation could still pass as early as next week.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to July 23 Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, United States- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "Financial Sector Reform" before a Martin Feldstein Lecture event hosted by the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge- 2030 GMT.

  • LONDON, July 9- Zinc steadied on Wednesday but stayed near the previous session's 3- year high as investors held firm to the view that the metal will face shortages due to mine closures and is currently a good proxy for recovering global growth. Copper prices hovered near their highest in almost five months, while aluminum touched a fresh 13- month top.

  • Copper prices hovered near their highest in almost five months, while aluminium matched a 13- month top. Three-month zinc was the strongest performer on the London Metal Exchange, climbing 1.1 percent to $2,308 a tonne by 1001 GMT, approaching a three-year high of $2,318.50 touched on Tuesday.

  • Markets steady after solid earnings reports Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 3:26 AM ET

    TOKYO— Asian stocks fell for a third day Wednesday and European markets traded tepidly as caution spread ahead of corporate earnings and after record highs on Wall Street.