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  • *Wheat falls, short-covering coming to an end. HAMBURG/ SINGAPORE, July 1- Chicago corn and soybeans were little changed on Wednesday as the market took a breather after posting its biggest daily gain in five years on lower-than-expected U.S. stockpiles and concerns about heavy rains damaging crops. Wheat dropped more than 1 percent.

  • *Conflicting reports on Greece debt deal before referendum. In choppy trading, U.S. benchmark yields bounced up from one-week lows set during Monday's rally due to a weekend breakdown in talks between Athens and international lenders ahead of Tuesday's deadline for Greece to repay the International Monetary Fund $1.77 billion. The Treasuries market seems...

  • CHICAGO, June 30- U.S. grain and soybean futures jumped to their highest prices since January on Tuesday after the U.S. Agriculture Department said crop stockpiles and spring plantings were smaller than analysts expected. U.S. corn and soybean stocks as of June 1 were up from a year ago, after record-large harvests last year, but below market forecasts due to heavy...

  • *Consumer confidence increases solidly in June. NEW YORK, June 30- U.S. consumer confidence increased solidly in June, with households upbeat about the labor market, supporting views the economy was back on firmer footing after wobbling at the start of the year. "Consumer spirits are soaring right now showing the economy is on track for further gains this year," said...

  • United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes. United officials said Tuesday that they expect to begin receiving fuel from Fulcrum BioEnergy Inc. in 2018 and could be taking 90 million gallons a year by 2021.. United officials declined to...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- The euro was broadly lower on Tuesday as investors braced for the near certainty that Greece will default on a repayment to the International Monetary Fund, while short-covering and uncertainty ahead of a key referendum capped losses. While Greece was set to default on a 1.6 billion euro loan from the IMF, traders who had bet against or "shorted"...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery was unchanged at $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was 1 cent higher at $3.93 a bushel; December oats were unchanged at $2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans was unchanged at 9.80 cents a bushel. August live cattle was. 40 cent lower at $1.4947 a...

  • *Signs emerge on potential Greece debt deal before referendum. U.S. benchmark yields bounced up from one-week lows set during Monday's rally due to a weekend breakdown in talks between Athens and international lenders ahead of Tuesday's deadline for Greece to repay the International Monetary Fund $1.77 billion. The Treasuries market seems to be trading on...

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Illinois Republican Gov. House Speaker Michael Madigan, the state's most powerful Democrat, said Tuesday his short-term fix would provide $2.3 billion to cover one month of state police protection, Medicaid health care coverage for the poor and disabled, child care and more. Asked whether the governor would support Madigan's temporary...

  • —after NBC dumped the real estate mogul Monday over comments he made about immigrants during his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech. But as he launches his 2016 presidential bid in earnest, his latest comments— that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the country and are rapists— offended many, were denounced by Mexican-American groups...

  • *NBC drops' Miss USA' and' Miss Universe' pageants. June 29- NBC cut ties with U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and the "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after the real estate developer and TV personality made comments insulting Mexicans earlier this month. The decision by Comcast Corp- owned NBC was announced four days after Spanish-language...

  • CHICAGO, June 29- Fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina will be allowed into the United States under amended regulations that specify conditions to mitigate risk of foot-and-mouth disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said on Monday. Brazil and Argentina also need to meet food safety standards before being...

  • *Greece will not pay IMF on Tuesday: Govt official. *Euro STOXX 50 index- biggest one-day fall since 2011. And Greece appeared to confirm it was heading for a default after a government official said the country would not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

  • Grain mostly lower, livestock mostly higher Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 3:30 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly lower Monday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for September delivery advanced 15.50 cents to $5.8350 a bushel; September corn was. 5 cent lower at 3.92 a bushel; December oats were 6.50 cents lower at 2.67 a bushel; while November soybeans fell 5 cents to $9.8450 a bushel. August live cattle gained 1.35 cents to $1.4987 a pound;...

  • *Greece will not pay IMF on Tuesday: Govt official. *Euro STOXX 50 index- biggest one-day fall since 2011. Greece appeared to confirm it was heading for a default after a government official said the country would not pay a 1.6 billon euro loan installment due to the International Monetary Fund on Tuesday.

  • NEW YORK— NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his campaign. Miss USA has aired on NBC since 2003, and this year's edition was set for July 12. "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of...

  • NEW YORK— Tourists on holiday in Greece offered advice to others Monday: Bring extra euros. "We were finally able to get cash out of an ATM today, thankfully, since we are running out of euros we got in the U.S.," said Anthony Adornato, a college professor from Syracuse, New York, heading from Athens to the island of Kea with three other Americans. Richard Joplin, a realtor in...

  • For Governor Bruce Rauner, the trouble is that Chicago lawmakers, mostly Democrats, use the planes to fly to the state capital in Springfield. Rauner, a former private equity executive who was elected as a Republican last November, is trying to cut costs and has threatened to eliminate the government air service that shuttles between Chicago and Springfield.

  • Sector Snap: bond insurers fall on Puerto Rico woes Monday, 29 Jun 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of bond insurers tumbled Monday after Puerto Rico's governor said the U.S. territory had little hope of paying its $72 billion debt. Puerto Rico's bonds are popular with U.S. mutual funds because they are tax-free, but hedge funds and distressed-debt buyers began stepping in to buy up debt as the island's economy worsened and its credit rating...

  • Weather in the fertile grain belt of the United States is critical to prices and the flow of food around the world. Recent storms have dumped double the normal rainfall on much of eastern Missouri, Illinois, Indiana and western Ohio, MDA Weather Services said. Kent Hamm, a general manager of grain elevators in Illinois, said a buyer in Taiwan contacted him on Friday...