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  • CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 29- Canadian Oil Sands Ltd, the largest-interest owner in the Syncrude oil sands project, slashed its dividend and further reduced 2015 capital spending on Thursday as fourth-quarter profit dropped 87 percent due to lower oil prices. Canadian Oil Sands said net income in the quarter was C $25 million, or 5 Canadian cents per share, down from C...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- Republicans in the U.S. Senate made good on a pledge to pass the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Approving Keystone has been the top priority of Republicans in the new Congress after they won control of the Senate in November. While the project would create...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November. The Senate will vote after 2:30 p.m. EST on...

  • Declining oil prices to hurt Colombia's economy Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    BOGOTA, Colombia— Investors are dumping stocks in Colombia's largest private oil company as the government prepares for mass layoffs sparked by the plunge in crude prices. The company, a major tax revenue generator, is also ending its sponsorship of Colombia's national soccer team. Colombia's Labor Ministry said Thursday it expects the oil industry to shed up...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- The U.S. Senate will likely pass a bill approving the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline on Thursday, a measure the White House has said President Barack Obama would veto. Republicans have made approving Keystone their top priority of the new Congress after winning control of the Senate in November's elections, but they are four votes shy...

  • Potash's profit beats as sales rise, costs fall Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:52 AM ET
    A worker prepares a railcar to transport potash from the Potash of Saskatchewan Lanigan mine in Lanigan, Sasketchewan, Canada.

    Potash Corp. of Saskatchewan reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong potash sales and lower costs.

  • Potash Corp's shares rose more than 3 percent Thursday in Toronto and New York, touching their highest level since May 2012 in Toronto. Potash Corp sold 2.5 million tonnes of potash, the most ever in a fourth quarter and up 42 percent year over year. Potash Corp, the second-biggest potash producer by output after Russia's Uralkali OAO, reported fourth-quarter...

  • Jan 29- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by strong potash sales and lower costs. Potash Corp, the second-biggest potash producer by output after Russia's Uralkali OAO, said on Thursday that improving phosphate market conditions are...

  • Potash Corp quarterly profit jumps 77 pct Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:17 AM ET

    Jan 29- Potash Corp of Saskatchewan, the world's biggest fertilizer company by market capitalization, reported a 77 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by higher realized prices and lower costs. Net earnings rose to $407 million, or 49 cents per share, in the fourth-quarter ended Dec. 31, from $230 million, or 26 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • OTTAWA, Jan 28- A North American Free Trade Agreement panel has halted a probe of Canada's oversight of oil sands tailings ponds following a unanimous vote by its three member countries, officials said on Wednesday. The complainants argued that Canada was failing to enforce environmental laws related to alleged leaks from industry tailings ponds into water...

  • NAFTA panel halts probe of Canadian oil sands oversight Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 3:52 PM ET

    The complainants argued that Canada was failing to enforce environmental laws related to alleged leaks from industry tailings ponds into water in northern Alberta. Canada has said both the federal government and provincial government in Alberta are enforcing their environmental laws. Canada argued that the probe would interfere with ongoing...

  • Jan 28- Cenovus Energy Inc Canada's No. 2 independent oil producer, cut its 2015 capital budget by C $700 million on Wednesday, blaming plunging crude oil prices. The savings will come from suspending the bulk of Cenovus's conventional drilling program in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, and delaying some long-term expansions and new projects in the oil...

  • TORONTO, Jan 28- AGF Management Ltd posted fourth-quarter earnings and revenue that missed expectations on Wednesday as the Canadian fund manager recorded a decline in income from management and advisory fees. Assets under management at AGF Management, one of Canada's largest independent fund managers, rose 2 percent to C $35.11 billion at the end of...

  • Jan 28- Retail currency broker FXCM Inc said it would forgive about 90 percent of its clients for negative balances after the Swiss central bank removed a cap on the value of the Swiss franc against the euro. FXCM's shares rose 8.4 percent to $2.59 in early trading. FXCM customers lost more than $200 million from the surging Swiss franc and the company was rescued...

  • Jan 28- Cenovus Energy Inc, Canada's No. 2 independent oil producer, cut its capital spending budget for 2015 in response to the slump in crude oil prices. The company said it could defer spending of up to C $700 million, mainly by suspending a bulk of its conventional drilling in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and delaying long-term oil sands expansion and new...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 28- Justin Trudeau, the man with the best shot at replacing Stephen Harper as Canada's prime minister, will spend this year's election campaign trying to convince voters that he is more than just a pretty face. Trudeau, 43, a relative political novice, took over Canada's storied but struggling Liberal Party in 2013 and quickly hauled it into first place...

  • Jan 27- Canadian business-software maker Open Text Corp's quarterly revenue fell short of market expectations, hit by a strong U.S. dollar and weaker-than-expected revenue from its emerging markets business. U.S.-listed shares of Open Text, whose software helps companies manage documents and workflows, fell 11 percent in extended trading on Tuesday.

  • Tim Hortons to cut jobs after takeover by Burger King Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:07 PM ET

    TORONTO, Jan 27- Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons confirmed on Tuesday it will cut jobs as it reorganizes after being acquired by U.S. fast food chain Burger King for C $12.64 billion last year. The Financial Post reported last week that a "significant" number of the roughly 1,400 employees at its head office in Oakville, Ontario, and in regional...

  • UPDATE 1-Canada's RBC and BMO move to cut prime rates Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:04 PM ET

    TORONTO, Jan 27- Royal Bank of Canada, the country's biggest lender, said on Tuesday it would cut its prime lending rate by 15 basis points, becoming the first of Canada's big banks to trim borrowing costs nearly a week after the central bank stunned markets with a rate cut. Canada's biggest banks, which also include Toronto-Dominion Bank, Bank of Nova Scotia,...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 27- If Canada's opposition Liberals win the election set for this October they would be able to boost spending on their priorities without necessarily running a budget deficit, party leader Justin Trudeau told Reuters on Tuesday. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservatives, who have been in power since early 2006, portray management of the...