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*Wheat drops 3.6 percent to one-week low. Wheat futures dropped 3.6 percent to a one-week low on expectations for more rainfall in the drought-stricken Plains. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was down 25-1/ 2 cents, or 3.7 percent, at $6.65-3/ 4 a bushel at 10:15 a.m CDT.
"If I want to successfully conquer India... I can't do that with a plant in Hamburg, "said Stefan Heidenreich, head of Beiersdorf, whose products range from Nivea to the high-end La Prairie creams. Nivea plans to open a factory in India in 2015, to make creams in smaller, cheaper packs, products with different scents and whitening creams, which are popular in Asia.
*Ukraine peace deal falters, with no rebel surrender. LONDON, April 21- Oil strengthened slightly on Monday, with U.S. crude futures supported by positive economic data, but oil prices were still below highs reached on Thursday as traders saw little new to augment their worries over tensions in Ukraine.
*Australia, Hong Kong, London closed for Easter. NEW YORK/ SINGAPORE, April 21- Gold prices fell to a nearly three-week low in thin trade on Monday, as sharp outflows from the world's biggest bullion-backed exchange-traded fund and no further escalation of geopolitical tensions prompted selling.
*Traders discount separatist conflict in Ukraine. While conflict in Ukraine lingered on Monday, traders concentrated on last Thursday's upbeat U.S. economic data showing jobless claims remained low and factory activity was better than expected, and a significant international agreement to lower tension in Ukraine.
SLOVYANSK, Ukraine— Three foreign journalists were temporarily detained by pro- Russia insurgents in city in eastern Ukraine. Slovyansk is one of many cities in Ukraine's Russian-speaking eastern region where insurgents are demanding greater ties with Russia.
*Japan posts record trade deficit, hits yen. *Unrest in Ukraine likely to limit safe-haven yen's losses. NEW YORK, April 21- The dollar rose to a two-week high against the yen on Monday after Japan posted a record trade deficit in the fiscal year ended in March, though tensions in Ukraine were likely to limit losses on the safe-haven Japanese currency.
April 21- Halliburton Co, the world's No.2 oilfield services company, forecast a 25 percent jump in earnings in the current quarter, helped by a recovery in margins in North America and growth in overseas markets. The company, traditionally dominant in the United States, has been making a big push into international markets to combat weakness in North America.
*Ukraine peace deal falters, with no rebel surrender. LONDON, April 21- Oil eased towards $109 a barrel on Monday, giving up some of the previous session's rally as traders saw little new to augment their worries over tension in Ukraine, although setbacks in the return of Libyan oil lent support.
*Parliamentary speaker says election will be on June 3. BEIRUT, April 21- Syria set a presidential election for June 3 on Monday, preparing the ground for leader Bashar al-Assad to defy widespread opposition and extend his grip on power days after he said the war was turning in his favour.
April 21- Halliburton Co, the world's No. 2 oilfield services company, reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by robust drilling activity in Russia, Saudi Arabia and Angola. Halliburton, traditionally dominant in the United States, has been making a big push into international markets to combat weakness in North America.
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Barclays is planning to exit large parts of its metals, agricultural and energy business in a move expected to be announced this week.
LONDON, April 21- Chicago wheat fell around 2 percent on Monday to its lowest in almost a week after much needed rains fell in the parched U.S. Corn and soybean prices were also lower. Chicago Board of Trade wheat for May delivery was off 2.0 percent at $6.77-1/ 4 a bushel at 1119 GMT after earlier dipping to $6.76-1/ 4 a bushel, its lowest since April 15.
LONDON, April 21- Pfizer may come back to bid for British drug company AstraZeneca after its reported 60 billion pound takeover approach was rejected, since a deal could make sense for the U.S. pharmaceuticals giant as it seeks to build up its cancer franchise.
LONDON/ NEW YORK, April 21- Barclays is planning to withdraw from large parts of the metals, agricultural and energy markets as part of a restructuring of its investment bank, a person familiar with the matter said.
TOKYO, April 21- The Bank of Japan is likely to hold off on expanding monetary stimulus for as long as possible but when it does act, it will take "extraordinary" steps such as buying government bonds on a massive scale, a former central bank policymaker said on Monday.
PAWTUCKET, R.I.— Hasbro returned to profitability in its first quarter, driven by sales of girls' toys such as My Little Pony and Nerf Rebelle. The prior-year results were dragged down by restructuring charges. Its latest earnings topped Wall Street estimates but revenue was short of what analysts expected.
BEIJING— The price of oil edged down Monday but stayed above $104 per barrel as investors watched simmering tensions in Ukraine. U.S. crude for May delivery was down 12 cents at $104.18 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange after trading resumed following a three-day holiday weekend.
BEIJING, April 21- China's March crude oil imports from Iran rose more than a third from a year ago, keeping imports in the first three months of 2014 close to the levels seen before Western sanctions were applied more than two years ago.