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  • June 11- Oil and natural gas producer Hess Corp said it would sell half of its Bakken midstream assets to private equity firm Global Infrastructure Partners for $2.68 billion to form a master limited partnership. Hess, which will retain control of the midstream assets' operations, expects the MLP's net income of $145 million to $155 million for the year ending...

  • June 9- Target Corp said it would double its share buyback program to $10 billion and boost its quarterly dividend by 7.7 percent, confirming the contents of a statement it published inadvertently and took off its website earlier on Tuesday. The Minneapolis, Minnesota- based retailer said it had invested $3.7 billion through the first quarter of 2015 to retire...

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been flagging its concerns about overdraft practices since 2012 and said in July that it would address the issue with new regulations. The data shows that lenders including Atlanta- based SunTrust Banks Inc and Birmingham-based Regions Financial Corp could be hit if, as analysts expect, the CFPB caps fees and...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 9- Farmers in Western Canada's Prairie provinces are counting on rains forecast by the weekend to salvage crops struggling to grow after weeks of dry weather. Most arable land in Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada's two largest producers of canola and wheat, have received less than 40 percent of average precipitation for the month ended...

  • CHICAGO, June 8- Michigan on Monday said Canadian geese in the state tested positive for a lethal strain of bird flu, bringing the worst outbreak of the disease in U.S. history to a 21st state. Three young geese collected in Sterling Heights, Michigan, about 20 miles north of Detroit, were infected with the highly pathogenic H5N2 flu strain, according to the Michigan...

  • *Wall St banks expect Fed rate hike in September. *Airline stocks fall on comments from as Qatar Airways. June 8- U.S. stocks fell in late morning trading on Monday as investors weighed the prospect of the Federal Reserve raising interest rates as soon as September, after Friday's strong jobs report.

  • CHICAGO, June 8- The death of more than 46 million chickens and turkeys in a bird flu outbreak is opening a rare fissure within the usually tight-knit U.S. poultry industry, pitting farmers with infected flocks against those who so far largely have sidestepped the worst outbreak in U.S. history. Hard-hit turkey producers in the Midwest say they will continue to...

  • June 5- U.S. stocks were mixed in choppy trading on Friday after data showed that U.S. job growth rose sharply in May and wages picked up, signs of momentum in the economy that revived expectations of an interest rate hike in September. The strong jobs data indicated that growth was gaining traction, but Wall Street took a dim view as a rate hike could increase the cost...

  • June 5- U.S. stocks slipped on Friday after data showed that U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in May and wages picked up, signs of momentum in the economy that could revive expectations of an interest rate hike in September. Average hourly earnings grew by eight cents. The better-than-expected jobs report signaled that growth was gaining traction, but Wall...

  • June 5- Wall Street was poised to open lower on Friday after data showed that U.S. job growth accelerated sharply in May and wages picked up, signs of momentum in the economy that could revive expectations of an interest rate hike in September. "I think the report is a nice confirmation that the U.S. economy is still a winner coming out of a weak winter based on other...

  • US STOCKS-Futures lower ahead of May jobs data Friday, 5 Jun 2015 | 7:32 AM ET

    The Labor Department will issue the data at 8:30 a.m. ET. *The Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks before the Economic Club of Minnesota June Luncheon, in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 12:40 a.m. ET. *Greece delayed a payment to the International Monetary Fund as Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras demanded changes to tough terms from...

  • SUPERIOR, Wisconsin, June 5- Shortly after taking office in 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker traveled to this hardscrabble port city to unveil a new sign that announced his plan to slash taxes and lure companies from nearby Minnesota. Unemployment in Superior now stands at 4.6 percent, down nearly by half since Walker took office. "We should put the $2...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 17 Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks before the Economic Club of Minnesota June Luncheon- 1630 GMT. Speakers:- Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Secretary-General Angel Gurria, French Finance Minister Michel Sapin, Colombia Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas, Haiti Finance Minister Wilson...

  • The USDA has been developing a vaccine against bird flu and was weighing whether to release it to drug makers for widespread production. Turkey producers in Minnesota, where nearly 9 million birds have been affected by the disease since the beginning of the year, had asked the USDA to approve use of a vaccine to help prevent further infections.

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 15 Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Lael Brainard speaks on the U.S. economic outlook and monetary policy at the Center for Strategic and International Studies- 1400 GMT. PARIS- Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development Forum 2015. PARIS- European Central Bank board member Daniele Nouy speaks at the panel discussion "Unlocking...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn., June 1- At a time when many companies are investing a smaller portion of revenues in research and development, 3 M Co has given Chief Technology Officer Ashish Khandpur more to spend, and he is aiming at bigger targets. Khandpur, a 20- year 3 M veteran and chemical engineer who holds patents related to pressure-sensitive adhesives, is helping oversee a...

  • CHICAGO, May 30- Indiana is training 300 prisoners to kill infected chickens and banning bird shows at county fairs. Iowa is trying to figure out how to deal with a mountain of dead- and reeking- chickens. Robert Cobb, state veterinarian for Georgia, the nation's leading producer of chickens raised for meat, which has not had any cases so far.

  • May 29- Illinois has asked the federal energy regulator to investigate whether Dynegy Inc manipulated a power auction and to block $113 million in expected overcharges from that auction for the coming year, the regulator said on Friday. The charges will hit Illinois consumers who buy electric supply through Ameren Illinois, the local delivery service...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 11 Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SOFIA- European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch speaks at the Bulgarian Authorities 2015 IMF/World Bank Constituency Meetings- 1100 GMT. BARCELONA, Spain- European Central Bank board member Vitor Constancio speaks at the XXXI Reunion Circulo de Economia- 0730 GMT. HARTFORD, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren speaks...

  • We're pals now, give us money, Balkan PMs tell the EU Thursday, 28 May 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    *Balkan premiers eager for joint projects. *Serbia and Kosovo PMs shake hands. The prime ministers of Serbia, Montenegro, Macedonia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Albania, all hoping to join the bloc, said their cooperation should be rewarded with projects like new road and rail links.