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  • *Countries are Egypt, Turkey, India and Armenia. MOSCOW, Dec 17- Russia, one of the world's main wheat exporters, has cut grain exports to all but a few countries after imposing tougher quality checks, an exporters' lobby group said on Wednesday. A Russian grain exporters' lobby- the National Association of Exporters of Agricultural Products- wrote to the government to...

  • US puts hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 1:28 AM ET
    Vivint Solar technicians install solar panels on the roof of a house in Mission Viejo, Calif.

    The U.S. confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan on Tuesday which could inflame trade tensions between the countries.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The United States confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan on Tuesday in a decision that may inflame trade tensions between the two countries. Producers in China face separate anti-subsidy duties. The move is set to deal a heavy blow to China and Taiwan's solar panel shipment to the U.S. market in the short term,...

  • HONG KONG, Dec 17- The billionaire behind shopping mall developer Dalian Wanda says China's era of rapid urbanisation will end within a decade, so he is speeding up his company's shift toward tourism and entertainment after a $3.7 billion initial public offering. Wang Jianlin became China's fourth-richest man in part by following the migration of 300 million...

  • Dec 16- The United States has not received official notification from China of approval for imports of a type of genetically modified corn at the center of lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, a U.S. government spokesperson told Reuters on Tuesday. Syngenta has said it will make an announcement about Chinese government approval when the company receives...

  • Energy shares rebound as bargain-hunters swoop in Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 5:45 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 16- The proverbial knife is falling. "With the stocks down so big, seems to be an intermediate opportunity in the group," said Doug Kass, president of Seabreeze Partners in Palm Beach, Florida. Between the beginning of the year and June 23, the sector had gained 13 percent on the back of a steady rise in oil prices and expectations for improved growth.

  • Boeing breaks ground on new St. Louis venture Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:58 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— Boeing's latest venture in St. Louis opens up new possibilities for the region, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and a Boeing vice president said Tuesday. Politicians and civic leaders joined Boeing officials for a groundbreaking for the plant that will make parts for Boeing's new 777 X passenger aircraft.

  • US to press for more market access in China talks Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:37 PM ET

    CHICAGO— U.S. trade officials will press China to allow greater market access for American goods and services during meetings this week in Chicago. It's the first time that the annual meeting of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade will be held in Chicago. Trade Representative Michael Froman says key topics include protection of...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 16- Chinese authorities have informed some agriculture industry officials that the government has approved U.S. imports of a type of genetically modified corn that has sparked lawsuits against seed maker Syngenta AG, according to reports from Agri-Pulse and Bloomberg. Syngenta will make an announcement about Chinese government approval of...

  • Dec 16- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ordered Wal-Mart Stores Inc to pay $188 million to employees who had sued the retailer for failing to compensate them for rest breaks and all hours worked. Wal-Mart said on Tuesday that it might appeal the decision, which upheld lower court rulings, to the U.S. Supreme Court. Monday's ruling on the class-action lawsuit will...

  • Grain mixed, livestock lower Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 10:59 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.19 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.50 cents lower at $4.06 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1375 a bushel; while Jan soybeans lost 10 cents at $10.2950 a bushel. Feb live cattle was 2.8527 cents lower at $1.5890 pound; Jan feeder cattle was...

  • Indoor tanning injuries can require ER treatment Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Indoor tanning injuries have declined but still sent more than 1,000 people to emergency rooms in recent years. Here's a look at what's billed as the first national estimate on these injuries, from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:. "That is a safety record all industries should strive to achieve," said John Overstreet, head of the...

  • FACTBOX-ADM's and Olam's cocoa businesses Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    Dec 16- Olam International Ltd's $1.3 billion deal to buy Archer Daniels Midland Co's cocoa business will create one of the world's top cocoa bean processors and traders, rivalling Barry Callebaut AG and Cargill Inc.. The Chicago- based firm has eight cocoa bean processing facilities: Ontario, Canada; Koog aan de Zaan and Wormer, the Netherlands; Mannheim, Germany;...

  • ADM to sell cocoa business to Olam for $1.3B Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 8:02 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Archer Daniels Midland says it has agreed to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International for $1.3 billion. ADM's cocoa unit includes facilities in several countries, including Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ghana and Singapore. The Chicago- based company said Monday that a majority of the roughly 1,550 employees in the cocoa business will transfer...

  • Boeing ups buyback plan to $12B; raises dividend Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 5:34 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Boeing said Monday that it is increasing its quarterly dividend and increasing its stock buyback plan to $12 billion. It bought $6 billion worth of shares in 2014. Boeing expects to buy back the stock under the new program over the next two to three years. Shares of The Boeing Co. increased $1.31 to close at $122.08 Monday, but have dropped 11 percent this...

  • *No need for OPEC meet to help prices- UAE oil minister. NEW YORK, Dec 15- Crude prices came under renewed selling pressure Monday after OPEC said it would not cut oil output despite fears of a glut, and a UAE official opposed holding an emergency meeting of the producer group to fix prices. "You have all these OPEC officials reiterating they are not going to cut...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly lower Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.0650 a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents higher at $4.0950 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1250 a bushel; while Jan soybeans lost 9.25 cents at $10.38 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 27 cent lower at $1.6190 pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3.00...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 12- Gold edged lower on Friday as some buyers cashed in recent gains, but the metal had its biggest weekly rise in two months as the dollar retreated and sliding oil prices hurt risk appetite. Gold was up 2.5 percent this week after Tuesday's big rally. Spot gold was down 0.5 percent at $1,221.66 an ounce by 3:38 p.m. EST, while U.S. gold futures for...

  • Grain higher, livestock lower Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 3:30 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery gained 9 cents to $6.0650 a bushel; Mar corn was up 9 cents to 4.0750 a bushel; Mar oats rose 1 cent to $3.1250 a bushel; while Jan soybeans advanced 5 cents to $10.4725 bushel. Feb live cattle was off. 40 cents to $1.6217 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 3 cents lower at $2.2560 a...

  • "Those negotiations loom large in the background of the in terms of China opening its market much wider to foreign investment," said Jeremie Waterman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce executive director for China. As the talks begin, Commerce is due to announce the final ruling in a trade dispute over solar panel and cell imports from China and Taiwan.