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  • GRAINS-U.S. wheat gains on strong export prospects Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 12:35 PM ET

    *Corn on track for sixth straight weekly loss. Corn and soybeans fell as the weather forecast turned wetter for some of the drier areas of the U.S.

  • Aug 1- Harley-Davidson Inc is recalling more than 3,000 motorcycles to fix an ignition switch issue that can cause the bikes to stall and crash, the U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration said on Friday. This is the second big recall Harley-Davidson has been forced to make this summer, typically the company's peak selling season.

  • Grain mixed, livestock mostly lower Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was up 13.75 cents to $5.44 a bushel; Dec corn was 1.75 cents lower at $3.5525 a bushel; Dec oats were 2.5 cents lower at $3.28 a bushel; while Nov soybeans lost 18 cents to $10.64 a bushel.

  • CHICAGO, Aug 1- Chicago said its budget deficit was on track to shrink to just below $300 million in 2015, but a state-mandated increase in pension payments would expand gaps in the future.

  • BEIJING, Aug 1- U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares were mostly under water on Friday after a sudden slump on Wall Street spilled over globally, though a surprisingly strong pick up in manufacturing helped Chinese markets hold at seven-month highs.

  • Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilities.

  • SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares pared losses on Friday as data showing a surprisingly strong pick up in Chinese manufacturing helped take some of the sting out of a slump on Wall Street.

  • *Gold melts to a 6- week low, oil hits 4- month trough. SYDNEY, Aug 1- Asian shares stumbled on Friday after a month-end swoon on Wall Street, though some were hoping China would offer better news on manufacturing and help steady investor sentiment. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dropped 0.5 percent.

  • CHICAGO, July 31- A salmonella outbreak linked to California- based poultry producer Foster Farms' contaminated chicken appears to be over, more than 17 months after it began, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Thursday.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil tumbled more than $2 on Thursday, going below $98 a barrel, hitting the lowest level since March on news of a potentially lengthy shutdown at a Kansas oil refinery, while Brent also slipped amid signs of robust OPEC oil production.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Famed oil trader Andy Hall's more than $3 billion hedge fund was up nearly 20 percent at the half-year mark, sharply outpacing its rivals in one of the best performances of its seven-year history, data obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

  • *Corn, soy, wheat all post monthly losses. "The beans firmed up due to some speculators taking advantage of the weakness earlier in light of the very strong demand we are seeing," said Terry Reilly, an analyst at Futures International in Chicago. Chicago Board of Trade soybeans for August delivery settled up 4 cents at $12.24-1/ 2 a bushel.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil tumbled more than $2 on Thursday, going below $98 a barrel, hitting the lowest level since March on news of a potentially lengthy shutdown at a Kansas oil refinery, while Brent also slipped amid signs of robust OPEC oil production.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Famed oil trader Andy Hall's more than $3 billion hedge fund was up nearly 20 percent at the half-year mark, sharply outpacing its rivals in one of the best performances of its seven-year history, data obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

  • *OPEC oil output rises in July from June- Reuters survey. NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil tumbled to a more than four-month low under $100 a barrel on Thursday on news of a potentially lengthy shutdown at a key oil refinery in Kansas, while Brent also slipped amid signs of robust OPEC oil production.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- U.S. crude oil futures plunged by nearly $2 and Brent crude oil futures fell by more than $1 per barrel on news that the 115,000- barrel-per-day Coffeyville, Kansas, refinery could be down for four weeks following a July 29 fire.

  • U.S. hospitals get lift from surge in Medicaid sign-ups Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 12:40 PM ET

    CHICAGO, July 31- U.S. hospitals are getting a stronger-than-expected benefit from a new influx of low-income patients whose bills are paid by the government's Medicaid program, raising their profit forecasts as a result.

  • *Shares touch low of $22.60, below IPO price of $23. July 31- General Electric Co's credit card unit, Synchrony Financial, made a muted debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday as investors remained ambivalent about the chances of a consumer-led U.S. economic recovery.

  • *Wheat flat in consolidation trading. *Corn, soy, wheat all on track for monthly losses. "The beans firmed up due to some speculators taking advantage of the weakness earlier in light of the very strong demand we are seeing," said Terry Reilly, an analyst with Futures International in Chicago.