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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 23- Novartis AG has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy GlaxoSmithKline's oncology drugs, with conditions, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Monday. The deal is one of three related transactions announced in April 2014 in which GlaxoSmithKline would buy Novartis' global vaccine business, except for flu vaccines, Novartis would buy Glaxo's...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. stocks edged lower in morning trading Monday amid weakness in oil prices, after a conditional agreement by euro zone finance ministers to extend Greece's bailout sent the Dow and S&P to record levels last week. Investors were also reluctant to make big bets before Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's semiannual testimony on the economy and...

  • PRECIOUS-Gold rebounds from 7-week low after U.S. data Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 10:42 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 23- Gold bounced back from an earlier seven-week low on Monday as the dollar pared gains after a bigger-than-expected fall in U.S. data raised doubts about whether the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates this summer. Spot gold dropped to its lowest level since Jan. 9 at $1,191.01 an ounce before rebounding 0.5 percent to $1,208.30 by 1528 GMT.

  • METALS-Copper dips as oil falls, eyes Fed testimony Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 8:49 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 23- Copper slipped in relatively thin trade on Monday as oil prices dropped, with the market shrugging off a European debt deal for Greece and attention shifting to upcoming testimony by the U.S. central bank chief. I'm not sure, "said Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis in London. On Tuesday, markets will focus on testimony by Federal...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- Copper slipped on Monday on worries about a Greek bailout deal, concern about upcoming testimony by the U.S. central bank chief and as oil prices dropped. I'm not sure, "said Nic Brown, head of commodities research at Natixis in London. On Tuesday, markets will focus on testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen before the Senate Banking Committee...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 23- Across the U.S. Many rent payments- which vary from a few thousand dollars for a tiny farm to millions for a major operation- are due on March 1, just weeks after the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated net farm income, which peaked at $129 billion in 2013, could slide by almost a third this year to $74 billion. In Iowa, the nation's top corn and soybean...

  • *Senate committee expected to call hearing on bill- sources. A similar Fed audit bill passed the House of Representatives late last year and a hearing on Fed transparency is expected to be formally called by the Senate banking committee, according to people familiar with the matter. "We feel the current system works well, it's time-tested, and there are all kinds of...

  • LONDON, Feb 22- Greece's struggles with its euro zone creditors may have grabbed much of the world's attention, but U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is likely to reclaim the spotlight this week with testimony on a long-anticipated shift in policy. Much of Latin America, particularly Brazil, has slipped back even further from a past position of strength and...

  • AT&T urges FCC to revisit spectrum bidding rules Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 6:36 PM ET

    Feb 20- AT&T Inc has urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to relook into bidding rules for spectrum, saying licenses should not go to "speculators or stockpilers". Dish Network Corp, the third-largest pay-TV provider in the U.S. and the owner of undeveloped wireless spectrum, was a surprise winner in the record-setting sale of airwaves for mobile data...

  • Feb 20- European banks including Deutsche Bank AG and Banco Santander SA are likely to fail the U.S. Deutsche Bank is undergoing the U.S. stress test process for the first time. "Deutsche Bank Trust Corporation, which represents less than 5 percent of Deutsche Bank AG's total assets, was pleased to participate" in the stress tests this year, a spokeswoman told...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Sysco Corp is not holding settlement talks with the U.S. government to resolve a lawsuit aimed at stopping a $3.5 billion merger of the food distributor and its largest rival, a lawyer for Sysco said on Friday. The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint aimed at blocking Sysco's purchase of U.S. Foods Inc. The FTC said the deal would give...

  • Chris Giancarlo started work as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees futures and swaps trading, in June of last year. Senator Elizabeth Warren, a vocal critic of Wall Street, and Elijah Cummings, a U.S. representative from Maryland, in a letter raised concerns about shares in GFI that Giancarlo, a Republican, had sold after he was...

  • BOSTON, Feb 20- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Friday advised Lenovo Group Ltd customers to remove a software program known as "Superfish," which it said the world's No. 1 PC maker started installing on some machines as early as 2010.. The Department of Homeland Security said in an alert released through its National Cyber Awareness System that the...

  • U.S. lawmakers query CFTC regulator over stock sales Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 2:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 20- Two Democratic lawmakers on Friday raised concerns over share sales by an official at a U.S. regulator at a time when his former company was engaged in a takeover battle, saying there had been possible conflicts of interest. Chris Giancarlo started work as a member of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which oversees futures and swaps...

  • Feb 20- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Medtronic Inc's device to permanently treat varicose veins on the legs. The VenaSeal closure system works by sealing the affected veins using an adhesive agent injected through a catheter. The device is manufactured by Covidien LLC, whose acquisition Medtronic completed last month.

  • Feb 20- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said it approved Medtronic Inc's device to permanently treat varicose veins of the legs. The VenaSeal closure system works by sealing the affected superficial veins using an adhesive agent. The device is manufactured by Covidien LLC, whose acquisition Medtronic completed last month.

  • HUD gave $37M to the wrong people in 2014 Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 11:22 AM ET
    Department of Housing and Urban Development

    More than $37 million in monthly housing subsidies for needy people ended up in the wrong hands last year. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • *Greece appears to soften stance on bailout. TOKYO, Feb 20- The dollar held firm on Friday after upbeat U.S. jobless claims data yanked back market views in favour of an earlier rate hike by the Federal Reserve, while the euro stayed under pressure ahead of a crunch meeting on Greece's bailout programme. "Although the dollar slipped on dovish Fed minutes, the market is...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Feb 19- The U.S. government filed a lawsuit on Thursday seeking to block Sysco Corp's proposed takeover of rival food distributor US Foods Inc, saying the $3.5 billion deal would "eliminate significant competition" in the sector. Sysco's share price was down 3.4 percent for the day, initially on concerns that the Federal Trade Commission was...

  • Feb 19- A Federal Reserve official on Thursday redoubled his call for the U.S. central bank to start raising interest rates soon, saying he fears that waiting too long could spell a "harrowing and disruptive" time for the Fed and the economy. Predicting U.S. unemployment will fall below 5 percent by the third quarter of this year, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard...