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NEW YORK, June 3- Standard& Poor's suffered a defeat Tuesday in litigation accusing it of inflating credit ratings prior to the 2008 financial crisis, as a federal judge ruled that lawsuits by 16 U.S. states and Washington, D.C. belong in state courts, not federal court.
LOS ANGELES/ CHICAGO, May 29- The bidding war for Hillshire Brands Co could herald further deals as meat companies seek to round out their assets from farm to table in a food frenzy that accelerated after China's acquisition of Smithfield Foods a year ago.
WINSTON- SALEM/NEW YORK May 19- Ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson struck a defiant note on Monday in her first public remarks since the newspaper fired her, urging a group of university graduates to fight back in the face of adversity.
NEW YORK, May 16- Two years ago, Denver- based oil and gas driller Bonanza Creek Energy wanted to spread its credit risk and hedge its production- and it called on some regional Main Street banks to help do it. Ohio- based KeyCorp led the lenders and was also among the banks providing hedging.
Corn Belt and Delta region of the Midwest eased in the first quarter of 2014 compared with the previous quarter as bidding for grain acreage and rents tracked lower grain prices over the winter and expectations for this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis said on Thursday.
May 15- Wal-Mart Stores Inc forecast second-quarter profit below analysts' estimates after reporting its smallest growth in quarterly sales in nearly five years, as a severe winter kept shoppers from its stores. Wal-Mart is the latest retailer to flag a colder-than-usual winter for weak sales.
May 15- Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported a 5 percent drop in quarterly profit as a severe winter in the United States kept shoppers from its stores. Wal-Mart, which gets more than half its sales from groceries, said sales at U.S. stores open for at least a year were relatively flat during the quarter.
*Libya says reopening western oilfields, but output unchanged. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S. crude oil futures climbed to two-week highs on Tuesday on expectations for another draw on stocks at contract's delivery point at Cushing, Oklahoma, while Brent edged up as traders doubted that Libyan oil exports would soon rebound.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on the economic outlook before the American Business Group of Riyadh- 0430 GMT.
May 9- A U.S. judge said Wal-Mart Stores Inc does not deserve dismissal of a lawsuit claiming it defrauded shareholders by concealing suspected corruption at its Mexico operations, even after learning that a damaging media report detailing alleged bribery was being prepared.
LONDON, May 9- Central Oklahoma faces a significantly increased risk of a damaging earthquake, and the threat is probably related to oil and gas extraction, the U.S. Geological Survey warned on Monday.
May 9- Wal-Mart Stores Inc should face a U.S. lawsuit accusing it of defrauding shareholders by concealing suspected corruption at its Mexico operations, even after learning that a damaging media report detailing alleged bribery was being prepared, a federal judge said.
May 9- Wal-Mart Stores Inc should face a U.S. shareholder lawsuit accusing it of concealing suspected corruption at its Mexico operations, even after learning that a damaging media report was being prepared for publication, a federal judge said.
ST. PAUL, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota gives keynote address for a recognition event before the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans 2014 Asian Heritage Dinner.
BERLIN- WDR Europa Forum 2014 on "What kind of Europe do we want? Speakers:- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, EU Commission President Barroso, IMF Director Christine Lagarde, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and European Parliament President Martin Schulz.
WASHINGTON, May 6- Republicans in North Carolina will vote on Tuesday on their candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in November, in the first of several primaries this month that will test whether the party's establishment can beat back challenges from Tea Party rivals.
*Ukraine tension escalates; may affect oil, gas supplies. NEW YORK, May 5- Brent crude oil fell by $1 a barrel on Monday as reports that China's manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth month in April and signs that Libya's oil output is recovering outweighed concerns about ongoing violence in Ukraine.
May 5- Tyson Foods Inc on Monday reported weaker-than-expected quarterly profit on higher expenses and said it expects pork supplies to be down as much as 4 percent this year due to a deadly piglet virus.
*Events in Ukraine, Libya and Iran closely watched. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 30- Brent crude oil futures finished just above $108 per barrel on Wednesday after trading below that most of the day as crude oil inventories in the United States rose to a record high and traders anticipated increased exports from Libya.
*Events in Ukraine, Libya and Iran closely watched. NEW YORK/ LONDON, April 30- Oil fell below $108 per barrel on Wednesday on a strong supply outlook as inventories in the United States rose to a record high and traders anticipated increased exports from Libya.