Lew said both countries have a responsibility to promote global growth, and called on China to boost domestic demand to help in global rebalancing.
WASHINGTON, March 19- The U.S. Energy Department said on Tuesday it is wading through nearly 200,000 comments received in response to a report on the impact of natural gas exports, as Republicans pushed for the government to move "expeditiously" to consider the many pending export applications.
SAN FRANCISCO/ SEOUL, March 20- Patent competition in the United States is usually a fierce arena for private companies, but now the South Korean and French governments are suiting up. China and Japan are making moves into the business too.
*Fed will keep to monthly $85 billion bond buys. *Cyprus crisis a reminder of global risks. WASHINGTON, March 20- The Federal Reserve looks set to sustain its $85 billion monthly bond-buying stimulus despite improving U.S. economic data as a new flare-up in the euro zone crisis reminds officials of a risky global environment.
WASHINGTON, March 20- Revamped terms of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac's taxpayer-funded bailout that went into effect this year will allow the mortgage finance firms to repay the U.S. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were seized by the government at the height of the financial crisis in 2008 as mortgage losses threatened their solvency.
March 19- Walgreen Co and partner Alliance Boots said on Tuesday they signed a 10- year deal with AmerisourceBergen that will include daily drug distribution, enabling Walgreen to increase its sales of pricey specialty drugs.
WASHINGTON, March 19- The regulator of housing finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac told lawmakers they need to reduce or eliminate the government's near total support for the mortgage market to open the door for private capital and lay the groundwork for a healthier market.
*Cyprus parliament likely to reject plans agreed by eurozone officials. LONDON, March 19-- Copper fell to a four-month low on Tuesday as the dollar rose and the euro and equities sank on investor nervousness about a potential banking collapse in Cyprus.
March 19- Biogen Idec Inc said on Tuesday it has been granted a new patent that will help protect the market exclusivity of its multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera until 2028.. The new patent covers the dosing regimen for Tecfidera of 480 milligrams a day.
SAN FRANCISCO, March 19- EBay Inc said on Tuesday it will overhaul fees for sellers on its online marketplace, stepping up competition with Amazon.com Inc.
NEW YORK, March 19- Roche Holding AG has joined the bidding for Life Technologies Corp and hired bankers to advise on a potential deal, while buyout firms KKR& Co LP and Hellman& Friedman LLC have teamed up to explore a joint bid, people familiar with the matter said.
March 19- Walgreen Co and partner Alliance Boots said on Tuesday they signed a 10- year deal with AmerisourceBergen and will take up to a 23 percent stake in the distribution company, ending Walgreen's current contract with Cardinal Health Inc..
*Taiwan supplier say Lululemon misjudged consumer tastes. HONG KONG/ TORONTO, March 19- The Taiwanese supplier behind the see-through yoga pants recalled by Lululemon Athletica Inc said on Tuesday it followed design specifications and the Canadian retailer had merely misjudged customer tastes.
NICOSIA- Cyprus's government proposes to spare small savers from a divisive levy on bank deposits but says it expects parliament to reject the measure needed to secure an international bailout and avoid default and a banking collapse. (EUROZONE- CYPRUS/, expect by 1430 GMT/ 1030 AM EDT, by Michele Kambas and Karolina Tagaris, 940 words). -CYPRUS- FRANCE/, moved, 260 words.
March 19- Drug distributor AmerisourceBergen signed a 10- year distribution deal with Walgreen Co and partner Alliance Boots that it said would deliver $28 billion in incremental revenue in fiscal 2014 and give the pharmacy chains the right to acquire up to 23 percent of the company.
*Analyst says move aimed at improving ties with Pentagon. WASHINGTON, March 18- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's largest supplier and maker of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, has named Orlando Carvalho the new head of aeronautics in place of Larry Lawson, the defense contractor said on Monday.
Liberty Media is close to buying a 25 percent stake in cable operator Charter Communications for about $2.5 billion, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
*Traders note small returning interest from China consumers. SINGAPORE, March 19- London copper sank to a four-month low for a second day on Tuesday on news that Cypriot lawmakers were unlikely to approve a controversial bailout plan, which might spark a new euro zone crisis, while consumers in China showed little buying interest.
TORONTO, March 18- Lululemon Athletica Inc is pulling shipments of unexpectedly sheer women's yoga pants from its stores, in a move the athletic clothing maker said would hurt its bottom line.
SINGAPORE, March 19- The Thai baht hit its strongest level on Tuesday since the 1997 Asian financial crisis on sustained inflows, as investors doubted whether demand for Thai assets would be dampened by fears that a radical bailout plan for Cyprus could pitch the euro zone back into crisis. "Cyprus is unlikely to have a big impact there," said the trader.