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  • NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. Month-end buying of Treasury notes boosted demand at the Treasury's auction of $35 billion in five-year notes, analysts said. "It was a vote of confidence in U.S. bonds versus other sovereign fixed income instruments," said Tyler Tucci, Treasury strategist at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut, on the strong bidding.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.4950 a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents higher at $3.8225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.0550 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 14.25 cents to $10.48 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 03 cent higher at $1.7005 pound; Jan feeder cattle...

  • *United Tech, energy stocks keep Dow flat. *Verizon down after Citi downgrade, AT&T follows. Also weighing on the Dow, United Technologies Corp fell 1.4 percent to $108.79.

  • *Market volatile as all await OPEC decision on cuts. NEW YORK, Nov 24- Crude prices ended lower, with Brent below $80 a barrel, after a volatile session on Monday as Russia's offer to add to OPEC output cuts led some to bet the group will agree on a higher production cut than thought when it meets this week. Russia, which needs higher oil prices to support its economy, tried...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Ex-Goldman Sachs trader Jonathan Goldberg's oil fund is up nearly 15 percent on the year, an outlier in a market where some big names such as Astenbeck's Andy Hall are struggling to hold on to profits, industry sources said on Monday. Goldberg's New York- based BBL Commodities Value Fund, which manages almost $380 million, gained about 14 percent...

  • *Soybeans lower on bright South American crop prospects. *Wheat follows corn, soy lower. Soybeans and wheat also declined.

  • FAA chief: Disaster response depends on funding Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    CHICAGO— The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide— but said widespread upgrades will require money from Congress. That "inconvenienced passengers, reportedly cost the...

  • DETROIT, Nov 24- Detroit is eying a date between Dec. 8 and 10 for its debt adjustment plan to take effect, allowing the city to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, an attorney said on Monday. Heather Lennox, Detroit's attorney with law firm Jones Day, told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes that the city expects to complete a budget that incorporates...

  • *Russia adds to speculation on OPEC, offering its own output cuts. NEW YORK, Nov 24- Crude prices pared Monday's early losses as traders and investors speculated OPEC producers might surprise with an cut output above what market players expect when the producer group meets this week. Russia, which needs higher oil prices to support its economy, tried on Monday to...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.3350 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.75 cents lower at $3.8250 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2675 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 7 cents to $10.32 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 10 cent higher at $1.7225 pound; Jan feeder cattle was. 45...

  • Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. The singer-songwriter will play the role of an inspirational foreman onstage in "The Last Ship" starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The show, with no big stars and a challenging story to sell, brought in only $497,000 last week, less than 40 percent of its $1,243,000 potential and the theater was only...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 21- A judge ruled on Friday that an Illinois law aimed at easing the state's huge unfunded pension liability is unconstitutional, handing a victory to labor unions and state retirees who challenged the law and an initial defeat to the state's efforts to fix its sagging finances. The judge rejected the state's argument that public workers and...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Friday that President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration had sabotaged chances for bipartisan legislation and vowed to lead a fight to block the order. Obama is set to sign the order, the biggest U.S. immigration changes in a decade, later on Friday at a high school in Las...

  • Wall St Week Ahead-Giving thanks for big stock gains Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 1:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stock investors head into the Thanksgiving holiday thankful for the market's recent strength, which puts major indexes on track for another year of double-digit gains, though the swiftness of the advance has raised eyebrows. Citigroup on Thursday wrote that the market was "on the edge of euphoria... causing us to be more cautious," while Goldman...

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mostly higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was 1.50 cents lower at $5.51 a bushel; Mar corn was 6 cents higher at $3.9225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2575 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 13.50 cents to $10.34 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 32 cent lower at $1.7150 pound; Jan feeder...

  • WASHINGTON/ NEW YORK, Nov 20- Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Thursday took the lead in rejecting allegations by a U.S. Senate subcommittee that Wall Street banks were exploiting physical commodity markets to manipulate prices and gain unfair trading advantages. In an often heated hearing before the Senate's Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator...

  • *Platinum briefly dips to a discount to gold. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 20- Gold rose on Thursday on data showing rising U.S. inflation, and after the previous day's 1- percent drop triggered renewed physical interest by price-sensitive Asian buyers. Spot gold was up 0.7 percent at $1,191.44 an ounce by 1:55 p.m. EST, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery settled...

  • Green light for Illinois red-light camera law Thursday, 20 Nov 2014 | 1:01 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Red-light cameras will stay put at intersections in Illinois after a divided state Supreme Court couldn't reach a decision on their legality in a test case focused on Chicago, according to a Thursday filing. A spokesman for the city of Chicago, which has one of the nation's largest red-light camera programs, welcomed the outcome. Two Illinois justices,...

  • *Speculation of potential OPEC output cut on Nov. 27. NEW YORK, Nov 20- Oil rose on Thursday after three straight days of losses as strong U.S. economic data bolstered crude markets but focus remained on whether OPEC will cut enough output to end a five-month long selloff when it meets next week. On the OPEC front, chances have risen in recent days that the Organization...