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  • NEW YORK, July 21- Coca-Cola Co may have annual profits of about $9.3 billion, but that princely sum could fall short of what the world's largest soda maker needs to tempt would-be franchisees into taking over more of its regional bottling operations.

  • SHANGHAI/ LOS ANGELES, July 21- Yum Brands Inc and McDonald's Corp are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast-food companies' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.

  • CHICAGO, July 21- All too often, I see investors heading in the wrong direction en masse. The Energy SPDR, which charges 0.16 percent for annual management expenses and holds Exxon Mobil Corp, Chevron Corp and Schlumberger NV, has climbed 22 percent in the past 12 months, with nearly one-third of that gain coming in the three months through July 18.

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was unchanged at $5.3225 a bushel; Sept corn was 7.25 cents lower at $3.64 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2525 a bushel; while Nov soybeans was 7.50 cents lower at $10.7775 a bushel.

  • US stock slip to start the week; Six Flags sinks Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    European leaders called for imposing tougher sanctions on Russia for its backing of separatists accused of shooting down a Malaysia Airways passenger plane in Ukraine last week. In Washington, President Barack Obama demanded that international investigators get full access to the crash site and said the separatists had blocked investigators.

  • *McDonald's warns may face China product shortfall. *Incident highlights broader China food supply chain issues. SHANGHAI, July 21- McDonald's Corp and Yum Brands Inc are facing a new food safety scare in China, denting the fast food giants' efforts to shore up reputations and businesses that were hurt by a 2012 safety scandal in one of their biggest markets.

  • China orders nationwide probe of meat supplier Monday, 21 Jul 2014 | 1:13 AM ET

    BEIJING— McDonald's and KFC in China faced a new food safety scare Monday after a Shanghai television station reported a supplier sold them expired beef and chicken.

  • The California cities of San Jose, Vallejo and San Diego all saw a heightened threat, as new fault lines have been recently discovered, the report said. It also upgraded the risks facing parts of the central and eastern United States, singling out areas near New Madrid, Missouri, and Charleston, South Carolina.

  • July 18- The success of General Electric Co's impending initial public offering for its private-label credit card unit could ride on investors' willingness to bet that a lukewarm consumer-led U.S. economic recovery heats up.

  • Gold and silver prices settle lower after jump Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    Gold prices settled lower to end the week, a day after concerns about a conflict between Russia and Ukraine shot prices up. Gold for August delivery fell $7.50, or 0.6 percent, to $1,309.40 an ounce. Speculation that tensions between Russia and Ukraine could boil over sent traders into precious metals.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 18- Gold dropped nearly 1 percent on profit-taking on Friday after rallying the previous day on the shooting down of a passenger plane in eastern Ukraine, but traders said interest in bullion will be quick to rise again if geopolitical tensions heighten.

  • WASHINGTON, July 18- North Dakota's Bakken oil patch has thrived thanks in large part to the once-niche business of hauling fuel on U.S. rail tracks.

  • Ranking US states by job creation in past 5 years Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Since the Great Recession officially ended in June 2009, the U.S. economy has generated 7.8 million jobs. North Dakota, benefiting from an oil and gas drilling boom, has created nearly 98,000 jobs over the past five years, a 27 percent increase-- by far the best in the country.

  • Grain mostly lower, beef mostly higher, pork mixed Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Sept delivery was 18.50 cents lower at $5.3225 a bushel; Sept corn was 8.25 cents lower at 3.7125 a bushel; Dec oats were 7 cents lower at $3.2525 a bushel; while Nov soybeans were 8.75 cents lower at $10.8525 a bushel.

  • AbbVie, Shire agree on $55B combination Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 6:43 AM ET

    The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from tax rates back home. But the new company will be controlled by shareholders of North Chicago, Illinois- based AbbVie, who will own about 75 percent of the new company's stock.

  • Why airlines didn't avoid risky Ukraine airspace Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    The possibility that the civilian jetliner downed over war-torn eastern Ukraine with nearly 300 people onboard was hit by a missile could have profound consequences for the world's airlines. In the hours after Thursday's disaster involving a Malaysia Airlines jet, carriers around the globe began rerouting flights to avoid Ukraine.

  • *Malaysian airliner downed over eastern Ukraine. SAN FRANCISCO, July 17- U.S. crude oil jumped by more than $2 on Thursday after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine, dramatically escalating the crisis between Russia and the West one day after the U.S. ratcheted up sanctions against Moscow.

  • *Malaysian airliner downed over eastern Ukraine. SAN FRANCISCO, July 17- U.S. crude oil jumped by more than $2 on Thursday after a Malaysian airliner was shot down over eastern Ukraine, dramatically escalating the crisis between Russia and the West one day after the U.S. ratcheted up sanctions against Moscow.

  • NEW YORK, July 17- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has been seeking information on 10 registered broker dealers as part of an ongoing investigation into high-frequency trading strategies, according to an internal SEC document reviewed by Reuters.

  • *Malaysian airliner crash intensifies Ukraine tensions U.S. imposes more sanctions on Russia. NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 17- Gold surged 1.5 percent on Thursday as investors sought shelter in the precious metal on fears of further turmoil after news that a Malaysian passenger jetliner had been downed in Ukraine.