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  • US STOCKS-Wall St to dip at open, Fed minutes eyed Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 9:11 AM ET

    *Oplink jumps, to be bought by Koch Industries' subsidiary. *Cliffs Natural Resources shares slide. NEW YORK, Nov 19- U.S. stocks were set to open slightly lower on Wednesday following record closing highs for both the Dow and S&P 500 and ahead of minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting.

  • LONDON, Nov 19- Gold dipped on Wednesday as traders awaited Federal Reserve minutes later in the day and an opinion poll ahead of next week's Swiss gold referendum, with dollar strength pulling prices back from near three-week highs. Spot gold was at $1,195.80 an ounce at 1251 GMT, down 0.1 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were down $1.70 an...

  • *Cliffs Natural Resources shares slide. NEW YORK, Nov 19- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday following record closing highs for both the Dow and S&P 500 and ahead of housing data and minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting. *Cliffs Natural Resources said it was looking to exit its Eastern Canadian iron ore operations,...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday ahead of Federal Reserve minutes that could shed more light on the divergence in monetary policy between the U.S. central bank and its major global peers. The dollar rose as high as 117.65 yen, its highest level since October 2007, and was last trading at 117.55 yen, up 0.6 percent on the day.

  • LONDON, Nov 19- Computers stole a march on their human trading rivals this year and should continue to do so in 2015 as a much-heralded return to sustained volatility is unlikely to happen, an executive of Man Group, the world's biggest listed hedge fund, said. Japan and China are both easing policy and the U.S. Federal Reserve has yet to start taking money out of the...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold holds near $1,200/oz ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 19 Nov 2014 | 5:47 AM ET

    LONDON, Nov 19- Gold held near $1,200 an ounce on Wednesday as traders awaited Federal Reserve minutes later in the day and an opinion poll ahead of next week's Swiss gold referendum, with dollar strength holding prices back from near three-week highs. Spot gold was at $1,200.97 an ounce at 1027 GMT, up 0.3 percent, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were...

  • LONDON, Nov 19- The dollar hit a fresh seven-year high against the yen on Wednesday, and held near a 14- month peak versus sterling, as investors added favourable bets ahead of Federal Reserve minutes that could highlight policy divergence with its peers. The yen was on the defensive, falling to a six-year trough against the euro, after Japanese Prime Minister...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Dec 2 Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of New York First Vice President Christine Cumming speaks before the ClearingHouse Annual Conference Payment System Risk Symposium- 1830 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes from its November policy meeting- 0930 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Minouche Shafik will be present at the parliament's...

  • NRC chair: Work needed to finish Fukushima changes Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 3:16 PM ET

    ATLANTA— The outgoing chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday the industry must finish making the safety changes required after a nuclear disaster in Japan, and it faces unresolved questions over how to store nuclear waste as existing plants close. Allison Macfarlane became the agency's leader in July 2012 after the stormy tenure of...

  • Gov't office cracks down on working from home Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 1:01 PM ET
    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) seal is displayed outside the headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

    Patent examiners who work from home full time must abide by new rules, but critics in Congress questioned whether the policy was tough enough.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 18- A slow-moving Federal Reserve, high profit margins and solid economic growth will make U.S. large-cap stocks the market's best bet in 2015, Voya Investment Management's chief investment officer for multi-asset strategies said on Monday. "The best risk-return is in U.S. large-cap" stocks, Paul Zemsky said at the Reuters Global Investment...

  • TSA: Ice skates OK on plane; fake saw stays home Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Transportation Security Administration displayed thousands of items on Tuesday that were confiscated from carry-on bags over three months at New York's Kennedy Airport. Four tons of prohibited items are collected every year at Kennedy alone. "Say you've got a knife; this is something that you like to carry with you, as this person did," TSA...

  • NTSB: Gov't aircraft regulations apply to drones Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government has the power to hold drone operators accountable when they operate the remote-control aircraft recklessly, a federal safety board ruled Tuesday in a setback to small drone operators chafing under Federal Aviation Administration restrictions. The National Transportation safety Board, which hears appeals of Federal Aviation...

  • In making the decision, the National Transportation Safety Board sent its first case involving an FAA fine against a drone back to an administrative law judge to determine whether the flight in question was "careless or reckless." The FAA is developing specific regulations for such aircraft but has effectively banned their commercial use except when...

  • *Producer prices rise 0.2 percent, above expectations. WASHINGTON, Nov 18- U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in October, but the underlying trend continued to point to a benign inflation environment that could persuade the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates very low a bit longer. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its producer price index for final...

  • Services lift U.S. producer prices in October Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 18- U.S. producer prices unexpectedly rose in October, but the underlying trend continued to point to a benign inflation environment that could persuade the Federal Reserve to keep interest rates very low a bit longer. The Labor Department said on Tuesday its producer price index for final demand increased 0.2 percent, driven by a jump in prices...

  • Nov 18- CytRx Corp said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration placed a hold on enrolling new patients in clinical trials of its experimental cancer drug after a patient died, sending the company's shares down 11 percent in premarket trading. Patients already enrolled in the trials, currently in mid stage, will continue receiving the treatment, CytRx said.

  • FDA puts partial hold on CytRx cancer drug trials Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 | 6:36 AM ET

    Nov 18- CytRx Corp said the United States Food And Drug Administration has placed a partial hold on clinical trials of its experimental cancer drug after a patient died. CytRx shares were down 10 percent in premarket trading. The patient received the drug, aldoxorubicin, under the company's expanded access program that makes promising drugs and devices...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- Any changes the Federal Reserve makes to its vast portfolio of bonds in the coming years is likely to have a bigger impact on U.S. financial and housing markets than any interest rate hike the U.S. central bank may make in 2015, Fannie Mae chief economist Doug Duncan said on Monday. The Fed's balance sheet stands at $4.22 trillion, including $2.46...

  • Feds say Web privacy firm deceived consumers Monday, 17 Nov 2014 | 3:32 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Federal regulators said a respected Internet privacy company gave its seal of approval to commercial websites and mobile apps but failed to check whether they were indeed meeting standards for safeguarding customers' data. But the Federal Trade Commission said it deceived consumers by not following through on annual reviews of websites and...