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  • CHICAGO, July 6- A few dozen Chicago traders donned their multicolored jackets to trade soybean and Eurodollar futures the old-fashioned way one last time on Monday, marking the end of 167 years of open-outcry trading in the city where it was born. Barring a last-minute delay by U.S. regulators, CME Group Inc will end most of its open-outcry futures operations in...

  • REUTERS BUSINESS NEW SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11 AM ET Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK- Aetna Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Bertolini says he is confident that an antitrust review of its proposed purchase of Humana Inc will allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns of significant regulatory hurdles. ATHENS/ FRANKFURT- Greece's outspoken finance minister resigns, removing a major obstacle...

  • Chinese small investors look for way out of stocks Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 5:15 AM ET

    Shares of some state companies including PetroChina Ltd., Asia's biggest oil producer, and China's four major state-owned commercial banks rose by close to 10 percent. Trading of almost 900 other companies— out of a total of 2,802 on exchanges in Shanghai and the southern city of Shenzhen— fell by the maximum 10 percent daily limit permitted by regulators,...

  • Tanzanian lawmakers pass disputed petroleum bill Sunday, 5 Jul 2015 | 11:39 AM ET

    DAR ES SALAAM, July 5- Tanzania's parliament on Sunday approved a legal and regulatory framework for developing its nascent hydrocarbons industry, after days of contentious debate. East Africa has become a new oil and gas frontier after a string of discoveries that producers hope to exploit to supply energy-hungry Asian markets. Lawmakers are expected to...

  • BEIJING, July 5- China's securities regulator said on Sunday China's central bank will provide liquidity support to China Securities Finance Corp, the state-backed margin finance company, through various channels.

  • BEIJING— More than two dozen companies in China are postponing initial public offerings and security companies are pledging more than $19 billion for a fund to stabilize the country's free-falling stock market. The 28 companies, which had obtained permission from China's securities watchdog for IPOs planned in Shanghai and Shenzhen, said they would...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Ohio has explored overseas options in its search for lethal injection drugs no longer available in the U.S. despite a court ruling that banned such purchases, records show. The prison where Ohio carries out executions successfully applied for an import license from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration late last year in its search for lethal...

  • BEIJING— China cut the number of initial public offerings planned this month by two-thirds on Friday, adding to frantic efforts to shore up plunging stock prices. Ten IPOs will be allowed in July, the China Securities Regulatory Commission said on its microblog account. Some 28 companies— an unusually large number for China— had planned to go public in the next two...

  • BEIJING, July 3- China Securities Finance Corp, China's official margin lender for brokerages, will boost its capital base to 100 billion yuan from 24 billion yuan, a spokesman for the country's securities regulator said on Friday. The Corporation would further raise capital from various channels to expand business and stabilise markets, said Zhang Xiaojun,...

  • July 3- Health insurer Aetna Inc said it would buy smaller rival Humana Inc for about $37 billion in cash and stock, in the largest ever deal in the insurance industry. The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business. Antitrust authorities, who were aggressive in...

  • SHANGHAI, July 3- China stocks slumped again on Friday, taking their three-week tumble to nearly 30 percent and wiping out most of this year's gains. The CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell 5.4 percent on Friday, to 3,885.92, while the Shanghai Composite Index lost 5.8 percent, to 3,686.92 points. The remarks were quickly...

  • DALLAS— Southwest Airlines says it has a tentative contract agreement with the union representing its flight attendants. The union said the deal would keep Southwest's flight attendants the highest-paid in the industry. Dallas- based Southwest Airlines Co. had 11,850 flight attendants as of last Dec. 31, according to a regulatory filing.

  • July 2- The White House on Thursday directed the three U.S. agencies that oversee biotech crop products to improve and modernize their regulatory "framework" to boost public confidence in a system that critics call a failure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed a rule in 2008 after being cited in a government...

  • Government Accountability Office identified the issue as one of several that banking regulators need to address as cyber security threats become more prevalent and sophisticated. For example, the names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of some 83 million household and small business account holders were exposed last year when computer...

  • GE met with European regulators on Thursday to allay worries its 12.4 billion euro acquisition of Alstom's power equipment business would leave Europe with two gas turbine players. "Alstom is in that core of what they're trying to become," said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at Oakbrook Investments, which owns 1.7 million GE shares.

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- The top U.S. auto safety regulator said on Thursday he will move quickly to take action in response to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's mishandling of recalls involving up to 11 million vehicles. Mark Rosekind, who heads the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said action could come by the end of July and take the form of either a...

  • July 2- Mondelez International Inc said it was in talks with multiple parties for the sale of French coffee brand Carte Noire to address European antitrust concerns as it closed a deal with D.E Master Blenders to create the world's biggest standalone coffee company. The European Commission approved the Jacobs Douwe Egberts joint venture in May on a condition...

  • WASHINGTON, July 2- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV misled U.S. auto safety regulators about recall notifications to the owners of vehicles equipped with defective Takata Corp air bags, a U.S. safety recall analysts said on Thursday. "Fiat Chrysler failed to notify owners within the required 60 days in seven recalls we are discussing here today," Joshua Neff, senior...