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  • *European shares fall amid impasse on Greece talks. NEW YORK, May 29- Global equity markets and bond yields fell on Friday, weighed by data that showed the U.S. economy contracted in the first quarter and by conflicting signals from Greece's debt talks. Conflicting reports that Athens was close to clinching a reforms-for-cash deal with its creditors pushed...

  • FOREX-Dollar trades mixed at end of winning month Friday, 29 May 2015 | 11:43 AM ET

    *Euro ahead on Greece hopes. NEW YORK, May 29- The dollar was mixed on Friday with month-end selling after a recent rally, as traders saw little in weak first-quarter U.S. gross domestic product data to discourage bets the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates in 2015.. "Underlying sentiment remains positive but the dollar is seeing some profit taking...

  • May 29- Intel Corp has resumed negotiations to buy smaller chip maker Altera Corp and is close to a $15 billion acquisition agreement, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Intel and Altera did not respond to requests for comment. In April, Altera rejected an unsolicited $54 per share offer from Intel following months of negotiations, sources told...

  • NEW YORK, May 29- Oil rose 3 percent on Friday, as a rally in the dollar faded and after data from a day ago showed a fourth straight weekly draws in U.S. crude oil stockpiles. With the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries widely expected not to cut production at its June 5 meeting, prices could see more pressure, especially if the dollar surges again,...

  • May 29- U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday the agency will invest up to $100 million in grants for fuel pumps at gas stations to distribute higher ethanol blends known as E15 and E85. Most fuel stations in the United States sell basic unleaded gasoline containing about 10 percent ethanol, with additional pumps offering...

  • *Service Corp International shares up nearly 30 percent this year. Service Corp International, which operates funeral homes and cemeteries, has been a prime beneficiary of the aging population. "The demographic trend will probably last a couple of decades," said Charles Sizemore, chief investment officer of Sizemore Capital Management in Dallas, who owns...

  • WASHINGTON, May 29- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit on Friday aimed at stopping the $1.9 billion merger of medical technology provider Steris Corp and British sterilization services provider Synergy Health Plc, according to the agency, which enforces antitrust law. Synergy Health and Steris, both of which provide contract sterilization...

  • NEW YORK— Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ads starring nearly naked women have become a part of American culture, according to Andy Puzder, CEO of the chains' parent company. Others, such as Heidi Klum and Padma Lakshmi, were already famous. CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl's and Hardee's, is privately held and doesn't disclose financial results.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.8875 a bushel; July corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.5375 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.40 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 4.50 cents to 9.3050 a bushel. August live cattle was unchanged at $1.5275 a pound; August feeder...

  • *U.S. first-quarter GDP shrinks at 0.7 pct annual rate. NEW YORK, May 29- U.S. "The market simply doesn't believe the data will be strong enough to let the Fed this year," said Aaron Kohli, interest rate strategist at BNP Paribas in New York.

  • OTTAWA, May 29- Canadian Justice Minister Peter MacKay is set to announce his resignation on Friday, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp said, the second shock departure from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's cabinet this year, just months ahead of a federal election. Citing a Conservative Party source, the CBC said MacKay would not seek re-election.

  • Campaigning in Iowa, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for a robust renewable fuels standard. Next-generation biofuels, made from agricultural waste such as wood chips and corncobs, have not taken off as quickly as Congress required and the administration expected. There has also been less gasoline use than predicted, the...

  • BOISE, Idaho— A 1988 Nobel Prize put up for auction by a retired experimental physicist has sold for $765,002. Nate D. Sanders Auctions spokesman Sam Heller says the final amount is the fourth-highest ever paid among the 10 Nobel Prizes that have been sold at auction. He retired from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois, in June 2012 and moved...

  • DRESDEN, Germany, May 29- Finance chiefs from the Group of Seven industrial nations agreed on Friday that including China's renminbi in the International Monetary Fund's currency basket is desirable, but a technical review must be completed first. The inclusion of the renminbi, also known as the yuan, as part of the IMF's unit of account would mark another stage...

  • US consumer sentiment drops in May Friday, 29 May 2015 | 10:10 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A weak U.S. economy pulled down consumer sentiment in May. The University of Michigan says its index of consumer sentiment dropped to 90.7 from 95.9 in April. But Richard Curtin, chief economist of the surveys, noted that the index has averaged 94.6 the first five months of 2015, highest since 2004..

  • NEW YORK— Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.' s global chief information officer, Tim Theriault, is resigning for personal reasons. The company's portfolio includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare. Walgreens, based in Deerfield, Illinois, had considered moving its headquarters to Switzerland following the buyout.

  • NEW YORK— A plug from "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts sent a flood of customers to one small business. Barbara Galbraith started Cast Cover Fashions in 2006 after her 5- year-old daughter broke her arm and didn't want a white cast. When she learned Roberts was having an IV tube implanted in her arm in June 2012 as part of a treatment for a blood disorder,...

  • OTTAWA, May 29- Canada's economy suffered its biggest contraction in nearly six years in the first quarter with business investment and exports both falling as the country grappled with a steep decline in oil prices, Statistics Canada said on Friday. The Bank of Canada had forecast no growth in the quarter, though it said performance was likely to be "atrocious" as...

  • Data center Equinix will bulk up its presence in Europe through the acquisition of British counterpart TelecityGroup in a cash-and-stock deal valued at around $3.3 billion. The boards of both companies have agreed to the deal, which will add London- based TelecityGroup's 39 data centers in 11 European countries to Equinix's more than 100 facilities in 15...

  • *Altera up on report of Intel takeover interest. May 29- U.S. stock futures were largely unchanged, keeping the market on course to open lower on Friday, after data showed that the economy contracted in the first quarter. "Monetary policy from the Fed is forward looking and GDP by definition is a rear view mirror and the important thing now is that it wasn't a big miss,"...