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  • NEW YORK, May 1- U.S. prosecutors said Friday their efforts extradite from Spain a former JPMorgan Chase& Co executive charged in connection with the bank's $6.2 billion "London Whale" scandal had hit a dead end. In a filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors said Spanish authorities have decided not to appeal an April 23 ruling by a court rejecting the...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- The U.S. stock market has struggled for direction of late, but next week's payroll report could confirm whether the recent weakness in data and stock prices is waning as the weather warms, or the start of a longer-term trend. "There are a lot of offsetting trends in the market, which is causing a lot of choppy volatility," said Michael Mullaney, chief...

  • *Iraq exports reach 3.08 million bpd in April. NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and on pressure from a stronger dollar. June Brent crude fell 32 cents to settle at $66.46 a barrel, after falling to $65.52 and having earlier matched Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93.

  • NEW YORK, May 1- The dollar touched a two-week high against the yen on Friday and rose from a two-month low versus a basket of major currencies, supported by signs that the U.S. economy may be stabilizing after a recent soft patch. Volumes was thin, with most of Europe shut for the May Day holiday. "The numbers were mixed and while there has been some improvement in the...

  • *Treasuries lost 0.53 pct in April after March gains- Barclays. Investors have pared their holdings of U.S. government debt since mid-April, as heavy debt supply and diminished pessimism about Europe reduced the safe-haven allure of Treasuries, German Bunds and British gilts. "The fundamentals in Europe are turning and there may be an acknowledgement of that,"...

  • The five banks are JPMorgan Chase& Co, Citigroup, British banks Royal Bank of Scotland and Barclays and Swiss bank UBS. RBS and Barclays this week set aside a further $1.71 billion for investigations and litigation involving foreign exchange. RBS's $510 million brought its total FX provision to $1.1 billion and Barclays' additional $1.2 billion raised its...

  • *Oil dips after Iraq says crude exports hit record in April. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday for the May Day holiday, while many Asian markets were also shut. London's FTSE 100 index inched higher on a surge in the shares of Lloyds bank and mining companies.

  • Wheat prices were mixed, hovering near a roughly five-year low notched on Tuesday. "The spreads don't indicate much bullishness," said Craig VanDyke, analyst at brokerage Top Third Ag Marketing in Chicago. A stabilizing greenback made commodities priced in the currency less attractive in international markets, with U.S. corn and wheat already more expensive in...

  • NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and as the dollar strengthened. June Brent was down 78 cents at $66 barrel at 1:35 p.m. EDT, up from its $65.52 low after matching Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93. U.S. crude for June delivery was down 86 cents at $58.77, after hitting a 2015 high of $59.90...

  • Business events scheduled for the coming week Friday, 1 May 2015 | 1:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases factory orders for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases first-quarter productivity data, 8:30 a.m..

  • Wheat prices were hovering near a roughly five-year low notched on Tuesday. "The spreads don't indicate much bullishness," said Craig VanDyke, analyst at brokerage Top Third Ag Marketing in Chicago. A stabilizing greenback made commodities priced in the currency less attractive in international markets, with U.S. corn and wheat already more expensive in many...

  • *Oil dips after Iraq says crude exports hit record in April. All major European markets except London, its biggest, were closed on Friday for the May Day holiday, while many Asian markets were also shut. London's FTSE 100 index inched into positive territory after miners advanced on expectations of further stimulus in China, the world's top metals consumer. 1/ 8 ID:...

  • *U.S. rig count from Baker Hughes due 1:00 p.m. EDT. NEW YORK, May 1- Oil prices eased off 2015 highs on Friday after Iraq said its crude oil exports hit a record in April, and prices were pressured also by a stronger dollar. June Brent was down 86 cents at $65.92 barrel at 11:37 a.m. EDT, after matching Thursday's 2015 peak of $66.93 and jumping 21 percent in April.

  • FTSE 100 ends higher; Lloyds closes up 5% Friday, 1 May 2015 | 11:31 AM ET

    U.K. equities closed higher on Friday, with the majority of European markets and many international markets closed for the Labor Day holiday.

  • NEW YORK, May 1- The dollar touched a two-week high against the yen on Friday and rose from a two-month low versus a basket of major currencies, supported by signs that the U.S. economy may be stabilizing after a recent soft patch. "I don't think these numbers change the narrative for the dollar and we expect the dollar to trade in a range pretty soon," said John Doyle,...

  • UPDATE 3-Clashes overshadow start of Milan Expo Friday, 1 May 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    *Expo 2015 seen as showcase for Italy. Thick clouds of smoke from burning cars filled parts of the centre of Milan as groups of protesters, their faces masked against the fumes, threw stones and faced off against lines of police in riot gear. "Today it is as though Italy is embracing the world," he said at the opening, which featured a fly-past by jets trailing the colours...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is looking for a little harmony over rules used to enforce a ban on ivory that ended up snagging a pair of teenage bagpipers at the Canadian border. In August, Campbell Webster and Eryk Bean of New Hampshire were returning from a competition in Canada when their pipes were taken. The teenagers contacted New...

  • MILAN— Dozens of people are protesting the opening of Milan's Expo 2015, torching parked cars, smashing bank and store windows and clashing with riot police far from the world's fair sprawling grounds. Protesters split off from a generally non-violent march Friday, a few hours after Italian Premier Matteo Renzi inaugurated Expo, which runs through October...

  • *Shell, Total restructure to combat falling oil prices. LONDON, May 1- Top oil firms Royal Dutch Shell and Total are bringing their refining and trading operations closer together, seeking alternative ways to drive profits as oil prices fall and independent trading houses expand into their territory. Snapping at their heels are energy brokerages Vitol and...

  • BERLIN— European aviation company Airbus said Friday it is taking legal action following reports that it was targeted by German and U.S. intelligence agencies. Airbus stressed that it was made aware of the allegations by press reports and didn't have any information of its own on the matter. Der Spiegel reported Friday on its website that Germany's spy agency,...