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  • PORTLAND, Maine— In a nondescript industrial park, beer geeks line up several times a week outside Bissell Brothers to get the latest batch of fresh beer— much like foodies seeking the freshest baguettes, pomegranates or kale. That's tiny compared to the big craft breweries, which are stretching the meaning of "craft" under Brewers Association guidelines that...

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Steven Dudash, like most brokers, spends a lot of time making it easier for his clients to retire. After starting IHT Wealth Management in Chicago in June with six brokers, Dudash says he will buy four businesses from retiring brokers in coming months. Of the 300,000 brokers now working in the United States, nearly 35 percent are over 55. Between those...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 9 Wednesday, 27 May 2015 | 12:01 AM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will participate in a moderated conversation at the London School of Economics and Political Science- 0945 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England's Sarah Breeden: CSFI Roundtable on Bank of England's Procyclicality Working Group SEOUL- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to attend a financial forum hosted by Dong-A Ilbo and...

  • May 26- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that bankruptcy judges can resolve disputes that otherwise would have to be decided in a federal court, in an opinion tied to the legal legacy of the late Anna Nicole Smith. The 6-3 ruling, which stemmed from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy of Richard Sharif of Chicago, recognized the authority of U.S. bankruptcy judges to...

  • EU wheat hit by Chicago slump, euro underpins Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    A corresponding drop in the euro, however, helped keep losses in Europe more restrained than in Chicago. December milling wheat, the new-crop benchmark and most active contract on Euronext, settled 1.50 euros or 0.8 percent lower at 182.50 euros a tonne. "If tonight's U.S. crop progress report does not raise any fresh concerns, the pullback has every chance of...

  • NEW YORK, May 26- The U.S. dollar rallied on Tuesday after a string of healthy economic data boosted near-term rate hike prospects, while Greece's financial crisis and signs of growing opposition to austerity in Spain weighed further on the euro. Markets in the United States as well as London and Frankfurt returned to action after a long holiday weekend, with the...

  • *OPEC meets next week; Iran sees no output change. Friday's weekly data showed U.S. drillers cut the number of rigs by just one last week and Goldman Sachs said prices were at a level that would spur activity, adding to a growing list of headwinds crude faces that include rising OPEC supply. On Sunday, Iran said the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries...

  • *Greece concerns push long-dated yields lower. Treasury yields hit two-week highs on Tuesday on continued expectations that the Federal Reserve would hike rates this year, while yields on longer-dated Treasuries slid on concerns over Greece and global economic growth. "I viewed it as a fairly economy-friendly report," said Justin Hoogendoorn, fixed income...

  • Grain mixed, livestock mixed Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was down 8.5 cents to $5.0675 a bushel; July corn was 2.5 cents lower at $3.5750 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4250 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 4.75 cents to 9.29 a bushel. August live cattle was. 53 cent higher at $1.5265 a pound; August...

  • Supreme Court clarifies power of bankruptcy judges Tuesday, 26 May 2015 | 10:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court says bankruptcy courts have authority to rule on disputes that fall outside the bankruptcy proceedings if the parties to the case consent. The case involves efforts by Wellness International Network, Ltd., to recover $655,000 in attorney fees from Richard Sharif, a Chicago resident with whom the company had a legal dispute.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 5 Monday, 25 May 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    TAIPEI- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks on Asian economies- 0830 GMT. TEL AVIV, Israel- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer speaks on "The Federal Reserve and the Global Economy" before a conference in honor of Professor Haim Ben-Shahar- 1630 GMT. PARIS- ECB Governing Council Member Christian Noyer gives an annual press conference in...

  • CHICAGO— When retailers open state-approved medical marijuana shops in Illinois later this year, they will face a distinct disadvantage in luring prospective patients across their thresholds: Marijuana will always be cheaper on the black market. Dispensary owners in Illinois are thinking, too, about Tupperware-style education parties, spa-like interior...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 4 Friday, 22 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio chairs session 2 on "Structural Perspectives on European Employment, Productivity, and Growth in a Global Context" at an ECB forum on Central Banking "Inflation and Unemployment in Europe"- 0800 GMT. SINTRA, Portugal- Federal Reserve Vice Chair Stanley Fischer participates in a panel...

  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, May 22- As a virulent avian influenza outbreak continues to spread across the Midwestern United States, some egg-dependent companies are contemplating drastic steps- importing eggs from overseas or looking to egg alternatives. A spokeswoman for Archer Daniels Midland Co said that as egg supplies tighten and prices rise, the food processing...

  • CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take such a public stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in...

  • Wal-Mart urges meat suppliers to curb antibiotic use Friday, 22 May 2015 | 1:42 PM ET

    CHICAGO, May 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is pressing meat, seafood, dairy and egg suppliers to reduce the use of antibiotics, becoming the first large retailer to take a stand against the excessive use of drugs in raising farm animals. Wal-Mart, the country's biggest food retailer, is also telling suppliers not to raise animals in gestation crates or in other...

  • Nevertheless, total egg production rose slightly in April, supported by a greater output of eggs for hatching into meat-producing birds and more egg-laying hens, the USDA reported. The USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service has since confirmed cases in 54 Iowa flocks containing more than 26 million birds, most of them egg-laying hens.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 22 May 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.22 a bushel; July corn was 2.75 cents lower at $3.6225 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4425 a bushel; while July soybeans fell 3.5 cents to 9.35 a bushel. August live cattle was. 05 cent lower at $1.5085 a pound; August feeder...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Global equity markets dipped modestly Friday but remained near record highs, while the yield on U.S. government debt rose as a gain in core consumer prices in April should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to acknowledge recent sluggishness in the U.S. economy, including a...

  • *April core price rise revives bets on Fed rate hike. *Fed's Yellen to speak on economy at 1 p.m.. NEW YORK, May 22- U.S.