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SAN FRANCISCO, May 23- The clearinghouse for all U.S. stock options said Thursday it will adopt a policy aimed at abolishing a dividend-linked trading strategy that critics say could destabilize markets if left unchecked.
TOKYO, May 24- Japan's Nikkei share average is expected to rebound on Friday after a 7.3- percent dive in the previous session, its biggest one-day percentage drop in two years after weak Chinese factory data rattled investors.
*BP, Shell, Statoil in EU oil price probe. NEW YORK/ CHICAGO May 23- A Chicago- based commodities trading firm has filed suit against three of the world's largest oil companies, accusing them of colluding to fix oil prices after European authorities opened an investigation last week.
*Gold up after Fed official says no hurry to ditch stimulus. *Copper slumps on weak China manufacturing activity data. NEW YORK, May 23- Oil tracked a recovery in U.S. stocks to erase the bulk of its early losses on Thursday but copper slumped, reversing gains from the previous session, after data suggesting weak manufacturing activity in top metals buyer China.
*U.S. equities recoup earlier losses, supporting oil. NEW YORK, May 23- Brent crude oil prices retraced earlier losses after falling to a three-week low on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff, riding the coattails of a late turnaround in U.S. equities to end flat.
NEW YORK, May 23- U.S. stocks mostly edged lower on Thursday but were sharply off their session lows as a rally in Hewlett-Packard's shares offset worries about weak Chinese manufacturing data and the prospects of the Federal Reserve reducing its monetary stimulus.
NEW YORK, May 23- Oil prices pared losses after falling to a three-week low on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff, supported as selling in U.S. equities tapered off on the back of encouraging domestic economic data.
CHICAGO, May 23- U.S. scientists say a dramatic result last year suggesting that a cancer drug already approved by U.S. regulators could quickly clear out Alzheimer's plaques in mice was too good to be true.
WASHINGTON, May 23- The U.S. government will require meat packers to explicitly list the origin of beef, pork and chicken sold in U.S. grocery stores, it said on Thursday, a regulation intended to resolve years of disputes with Canada and Mexico.
New census estimates show that most of the nation's largest cities further enhanced their allure last year, posting strong population growth for a second straight year.
NEW YORK, May 23- Oil fell to a three-week low on Thursday in a broader commodities selloff as a decline in China's factory activity entrenched concern about weak demand, and worries about an early scale-back in U.S.
CHICAGO, May 23- CBOE Holdings Inc will expand trading hours for futures on the CBOE Volatility Index later this year, after a technical glitch delayed the change, the company's incoming chief executive said on Thursday. CBOE, operator of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, earlier this month said it was indefinitely deferring plans to increase trading hours.
The former nurse and hospital executive recently won a 10- year battle to get the IRS to reverse a ruling that would have cost her and her husband, Riz Corpuz, $2,500 a month in pension benefits from their former employer, the now-defunct Hospital Center at Orange in New Jersey.
*Copper falls as much as 3 pct, oil down for third day. *Gold bounces, grains shake off weakness on strong demand. LONDON/ SINGAPORE, May 23- Copper slid 3 percent and oil dropped for a third day on Thursday after factory surveys suggested that China's economic recovery has stalled and that the euro zone economy would contract again in the second quarter.
*Corn acreage reductions possible in some areas of Midwest. CHICAGO, May 23- Rainfall over the next week to 10 days in parts of the Midwest will delay late corn seedings and possibly cause a shift from corn to soybean acreage, an agricultural meteorologist said on Thursday.
PARIS, May 23- Christine Lagarde has made her mark as International Monetary Fund chief by taking a firm yet pragmatic stance in the austerity-versus-growth debate raging as Europe struggles to pull itself out of a long crisis.
CHICAGO, May 23- Kathrin Jansen is a microbiologist with at least two breakthrough vaccines to her name: she brought the cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to market for Merck and helped develop the $4 billion a year pneumonia and meningitis vaccine Prevnar 13 for Pfizer.
TOKYO, May 23- Japan's Nikkei average is expected to retreat from a 5-1/ 2- year high on Thursday after U.S.
*World turns toward South America for soy, corn. BUENOS AIRES, May 22- Scores of grains ships were delayed in and around Argentina on Wednesday due to a three-day-old strike by port workers that threatens to bog down exports at a time of heightened world demand for South American soy and corn, sources said.
Problems at regional refineries, declining gasoline stockpiles and delays of shipments into the region from the Gulf Coast helped boost prices last week, prompting market players to hoard what fuel they had. In Minneapolis, the average price per gallon has fallen to $4.26 from an all-time high of $4.32.