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  • NEW YORK, Nov 25- U.S. Month-end buying of Treasury notes boosted demand at the Treasury's auction of $35 billion in five-year notes, analysts said. "It was a vote of confidence in U.S. bonds versus other sovereign fixed income instruments," said Tyler Tucci, Treasury strategist at RBS Securities in Stamford, Connecticut, on the strong bidding.

  • Iowa posts record egg production as demand soars Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 2:52 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The egg is on a roll. "A lot of it has to do with quick service restaurants offering breakfast now and many of them include egg whites and some whole eggs in their breakfasts," said Maro Ibarburu, associate scientist and business analyst at the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. Adopting similar strategies have been Dunkin' Donuts, with its...

  • Lawmakers seek roadmap to fund transportation Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— New Jersey lawmakers continue to weigh a number of options aimed at paying for transportation projects across the state, including some that could hit drivers' wallets when they go to fill their gas tanks. Meanwhile, the program to finance roads and bridges also includes debt— a combination of bonds and cash from the Port Authority of New York and New...

  • 2 credit houses take no major action on Illinois Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 2:35 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Two major credit houses aren't overly worried about an Illinois judge tossing out a pension overhaul designed to close a $100 billion deficit, but neither is thrilled with the state's financial condition. A day earlier, Moody's Investors Service stated that it had issued a "credit negative" rating on Illinois as a result of last Friday's court...

  • Illinois farmers winding down harvest Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 12:53 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Illinois farmers are winding down the harvest, with 97 percent of the state's corn crop having been brought in as of last week. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued its final weekly crop update of the year. It says some producers continued with fall tilling and fertilizer applications for the week that ended Sunday.

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mixed Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.4950 a bushel; Mar corn was 2 cents higher at $3.8225 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.0550 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 14.25 cents to $10.48 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 03 cent higher at $1.7005 pound; Jan feeder cattle...

  • Storm may snarl trip for Thanksgiving travelers Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 AM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.— Thanksgiving travelers scrambled to change their plans and beat a storm expected to bring snow, slush and rain to the crowded Washington- to- Boston corridor Wednesday on one of the busiest, most stressful days of the year. Forecasters said major Northeast cities will probably see moderate to heavy rain most of the day, though New York and other places...

  • Casey's General Stores discloses $30M tax error Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Convenience store chain Casey's General Stores said Monday it discovered a $30 million error in its income taxes related to tax credits on ethanol that is blended into gasoline. The company said it paid the IRS $30.4 million in taxes and $1.1 million in interest to correct the error and will revise its financial statements from fiscal 2012, 2013 and...

  • *United Tech, energy stocks keep Dow flat. *Verizon down after Citi downgrade, AT&T follows. Also weighing on the Dow, United Technologies Corp fell 1.4 percent to $108.79.

  • *Market volatile as all await OPEC decision on cuts. NEW YORK, Nov 24- Crude prices ended lower, with Brent below $80 a barrel, after a volatile session on Monday as Russia's offer to add to OPEC output cuts led some to bet the group will agree on a higher production cut than thought when it meets this week. Russia, which needs higher oil prices to support its economy, tried...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Ex-Goldman Sachs trader Jonathan Goldberg's oil fund is up nearly 15 percent on the year, an outlier in a market where some big names such as Astenbeck's Andy Hall are struggling to hold on to profits, industry sources said on Monday. Goldberg's New York- based BBL Commodities Value Fund, which manages almost $380 million, gained about 14 percent...

  • *Soybeans lower on bright South American crop prospects. *Wheat follows corn, soy lower. Soybeans and wheat also declined.

  • FAA chief: Disaster response depends on funding Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 1:51 PM ET

    CHICAGO— The Federal Aviation Administration outlined steps Monday to improve its security and air traffic control backup systems following the sabotage of a suburban Chicago air traffic control center that disrupted travel nationwide— but said widespread upgrades will require money from Congress. That "inconvenienced passengers, reportedly cost the...

  • DETROIT, Nov 24- Detroit is eying a date between Dec. 8 and 10 for its debt adjustment plan to take effect, allowing the city to exit the biggest-ever municipal bankruptcy, an attorney said on Monday. Heather Lennox, Detroit's attorney with law firm Jones Day, told U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes that the city expects to complete a budget that incorporates...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Longtime Wall Street strategist Richard Bernstein hasn't quite gotten used to investors' reactions when he tells them his favorite asset class for 2015 is the same as in 2014- high- yield municipal bonds. Nevertheless, Bernstein said on Monday he sees high-yield munis as an undervalued asset class, with yields in some cases rivaling or exceeding...

  • *Russia adds to speculation on OPEC, offering its own output cuts. NEW YORK, Nov 24- Crude prices pared Monday's early losses as traders and investors speculated OPEC producers might surprise with an cut output above what market players expect when the producer group meets this week. Russia, which needs higher oil prices to support its economy, tried on Monday to...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 11:07 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Monday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $5.3350 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.75 cents lower at $3.8250 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.2675 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 7 cents to $10.32 a bushel. Feb live cattle was. 10 cent higher at $1.7225 pound; Jan feeder cattle was. 45...

  • Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. The singer-songwriter will play the role of an inspirational foreman onstage in "The Last Ship" starting Dec. 9 at the Neil Simon Theatre. The show, with no big stars and a challenging story to sell, brought in only $497,000 last week, less than 40 percent of its $1,243,000 potential and the theater was only...

  • Judge denies bid to halt Illinois fracking rules Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A judge in southwestern Illinois has denied a bid by a landowners group to suspend the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to show they would suffer immediate harm if the practice commonly known as "fracking" was to go forward. Madison County Circuit Judge Barbara Crowder rejected the request for a...

  • Analysis: Veto gives Obama edge on immigration Saturday, 22 Nov 2014 | 3:48 AM ET

    "We alone, I say it openly, we the Senate are waiting in our duty to stop this lawless administration and its unconstitutional amnesty," said one of them, Sen. In remarks on the Senate floor, according to his office, he was channeling Cicero, the ancient Roman orator. House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Mitch McConnell want none of that.