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*Dow down 0.2 pct; S&P 500 down 0.2 pct; Nasdaq down 0.4 pct. NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. stocks drifted lower on Wednesday as investors pulled back after the recent push to five-year highs on the S&P 500 and as worries about political problems in Europe weighed on sentiment.
Feb 6- The corner is far from turned in Europe, but for some U.S. companies there is a sense that they have reached- or can at least see- a bottom after years of weakness, a welcome change that could help boost profits in 2013..
NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. and European stocks slipped on Wednesday as investors paused after a robust recent rally, while the euro fell ahead of a European Central Bank meeting that could reveal concerns about the currency's strength.
NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. government debt prices rose on Wednesday as weaker U.S. and European stock prices and overhanging worries about possible political shakeups in Italy and Spain rekindled demand for safe-haven bonds. There are still a lot of possible disruptive currents coming from Europe, "said Lou Brien, market strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago."
NEW YORK, Feb 6- U.S. government debt prices rose on Wednesday as weaker European stock prices and nagging worries about the possible political shakeups in Italy and Spain rekindled demand for safe-haven bonds. The U.S. central bank was scheduled to buy $3.00 billion to $3.75 billion in government bonds to mature in Nov. 2018 to Jan. 2020 at 11 a.m.. "
*Light moisture seen mainly for Nebraska. "There will be a storm system this weekend and another one early next week but the moisture will favor Nebraska and away from the large wheat acreage areas," said Andy Karst, meteorologist for World Weather Inc.. Karst said Nebraska may receive a half-inch of moisture with lighter amounts elsewhere in the Plains states.
NEW YORK, Feb 6- Oil edged higher on Wednesday as Wall Street equities rebounded from early losses to trade flat, and Brent crude futures premium over West Texas Intermediate crude briefly above $20.00 a barrel due to an unexpected rise in U.S. crude oil inventories.
TOKYO, Feb 6- Japan's Nikkei average is expected to rise on Wednesday, helped by a sharp fall in the yen after central bank Governor Masaaki Shirakawa decided to step down three weeks earlier than expected, possibly bringing forward an anticipated shift to a more aggressive monetary policy.
*Corn, wheat down on wetter weather outlook in Argentina. NEW YORK, Feb 5- Oil rebounded on Tuesday, with London's Brent crude nearing a five-month high on rosy U.S. and European data, while cocoa jumped on technical buying and worries about tighter supply and political instability in top growing country Ivory Coast.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, already the most unpopular governor in the nation, has his work cut out for him at his annual "state of the state" speech on Wednesday- and this time he probably won't be relying on a python named "Squeezy."
Michael Dell will take Dell Inc private for $24.4 billion in the biggest leveraged buyout since the financial crisis, a deal that allows the billionaire chief executive to attempt a revival of his struggling computer company without Wall Street scrutiny. (DELL-BUYOUT/, moving shortly, by Poornima Gupta, 1,300 words).
*Technical buying, Ivory Coast supply concerns lift cocoa. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 5- Cocoa futures on ICE climbed to a two-week high on Tuesday and notched the largest one-day gain since mid-November, spurred by technical buying and supply concerns in top-grower Ivory Coast.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- Archer Daniels Midland Co reported higher quarterly profit on Tuesday as strong demand for oilseeds helped the agricultural giant shake off the impact of a historic U.S. drought. Shares rose before the market opened as its results topped Wall Street estimates.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co reported higher quarterly earnings on Tuesday, boosted by strong global demand for oilseeds. ADM, one of the world's top grain traders, posted net earnings of $510 million, or 77 cents per share, in the second quarter ended Dec. 31, up from $80 million, or 12 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.
Knight Capital Group, which recently agreed to be bought for $1.4 billion by Getco Holding Co, will lay off 5 percent of its global workforce as part of efforts to restructure the automated trading firm, according to a regulatory filing released on Monday.
*Dry areas of Argentina may get rain in next 6-15 days. CHICAGO, Feb 5- U.S. corn futures dropped about 1 percent on Tuesday, falling for a third straight session because of sluggish demand and expectations for wetter weather in world No. 3 exporter Argentina.
CHICAGO, Feb 5- Archer Daniels Midland Co on Tuesday reported a six-fold increase in quarterly profits as strong demand for oilseeds helped the agricultural giant shake off the drag of a historic U.S. drought.
*Knight expects Q1 pretax charge between $9 mln and $11 mln. Feb 4- Knight Capital Group, which recently agreed to be bought for $1.4 billion by Getco Holding Co, will lay off 5 percent of its global workforce as part of efforts to restructure the automated trading firm, according to a regulatory filing released on Monday.
MOSCOW/ CHICAGO, Feb 4- Russia will ban imports of U.S. turkey because of concerns about the use of feed additive ractopamine, Russia's Veterinary and Phyto-Sanitary Surveillance Service said in a statement on Monday. Russia imported 356,800 tonnes of poultry worth $516 million from non-CIS countries between January and October 2012, customs data showed.
TOKYO, Feb 4- Japan's Nikkei share average is set to drop on Tuesday as renewed fears about the debt crisis in peripheral euro zone countries prompt investors to lock in easy profits following five straight days of gains.