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  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 26- Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers. Over time, the practice might erode the steep premiums farmers pay in the spring to retail businesses owned by Agrium Inc, Richardson International and Cargill Ltd, while...

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Royal Bank of Canada, the country's top lender, posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by significant gains in its personal and commercial banking and capital markets businesses. RBC shares rose almost 3 percent to C $77.25 in Toronto, while National shares gained 2 percent to C $47.92. RBC's net income rose to C $2.46...

  • TORONTO, Feb 25- Royal Bank of Canada, the country's top lender, posted a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by significant gains in its personal and commercial banking and capital markets businesses. The results could improve investor sentiment towards Canadian banks, which took a hit after Bank of Montreal, Canada's fourth-largest...

  • Feb 25- National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported an increase of about 2.5 percent in quarterly net profit, mainly helped by its financial markets business. Net income rose to C $415 million, or C $1.16 per share, in the first quarter ended Jan. 31 from C $405 million, or C $1.15 per share, a year earlier. Higher trading activity and banking...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- The dollar rose to a two-week high against the yen on Tuesday ahead of testimony by Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen, which should show whether the U.S. central bank is on track to raise interest rates later this year. A more subdued performance against the euro, where investors were awaiting the reaction of Germany and other euro zone leaders to...

  • FOREX-New Zealand dollar sags, eyes on Fed's Yellen Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:04 AM ET

    *Greece presents reform plan on Tuesday. LONDON, Feb 24- The New Zealand dollar was the biggest mover on major currency markets on Monday, diving more than one percent against its U.S. counterpart after a drop in inflation expectations. The yen inched lower against the dollar and the euro was steady as investors awaited the next stage in talks over a temporary...

  • Jan 28- Cenovus Energy Inc Canada's No. 2 independent oil producer, cut its 2015 capital budget by C $700 million on Wednesday, blaming plunging crude oil prices. The savings will come from suspending the bulk of Cenovus's conventional drilling program in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan, and delaying some long-term expansions and new projects in the oil...

  • TORONTO, Jan 27- The Royal Bank of Canada, Canada's biggest lender, said on Tuesday it would cut its prime lending rate by 15 basis points, becoming the first of Canada's big banks to trim borrowing costs nearly a week after the central bank stunned markets with a rate cut. It is the first of Canada's big six banks to cut its prime lending rate in the wake of the Bank of...

  • *Syriza victory in Greece stokes concerns over Europe instability. Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras promised Greeks on Sunday that the five years of austerity imposed under bailout programmes worth 240 billion euros from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund were over. Expectations that a compromise can be reached between Athens and its...

  • FOREX-Euro steadies despite Greek worries Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    LONDON, Jan 26- The euro regained a foothold in early deals in London on Monday, investors choosing to take some profit on two days of dramatic losses after the results of elections in Greece sent the single currency to an 11- year low. Dealers and analysts in London said the most likely next move was still down but that the European Central Bank's announcement of...

  • TORONTO, Jan 21- Canada's main stock index rallied on Wednesday after the central bank cut its benchmark rate in a shock move, helping boost shares of energy companies as well as interest-sensitive banks and other financial issues. "The Bank of Canada's surprise cut to its overnight rate will help to buffer against the impact on employment, household incomes and...

  • OTTAWA, Dec 23- The Canadian economy showed surprising strength in October, growing by 0.3 percent after a 0.4 percent gain in September, partly the result of an unexpected surge in manufacturing, according to Statistics Canada data released on Tuesday. Public sector output also jumped because a British Columbia teachers' strike ended, and mining, oil and gas...

  • SINGAPORE/ HONG KONG, Dec 8- Royal Bank of Scotland Plc has launched the sale of private bank Coutts International and has invited at least 10 potential suitors, including Credit Suisse, Julius Baer and Malayan Banking Bhd to participate in an auction, sources said. RBS and its adviser Goldman Sachs have sent out sale documents containing financial and other...

  • TORONTO, Dec 5- Shares of Bank of Nova Scotia and National Bank of Canada weakened after the lenders reported quarterly results on Friday, closing out an earnings season in which Canadian banks largely disappointed investors. National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth-largest lender, reported a higher profit largely in line with analysts' expectations, led...

  • TORONTO, Dec 4- Shares of Toronto-Dominion Bank and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce slid on Thursday after posting soft results in what is shaping up to be a disappointing fourth-quarter earnings season for Canadian lenders. TD Bank reported a weaker-than-expected profit, even as its revenue and earnings rose, and said it expects a more challenging...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share on a fully diluted basis, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31,...

  • TORONTO, Dec 3- Royal Bank of Canada reported a stronger fourth-quarter profit on Wednesday as gains at its core personal and commercial banking and wealth management businesses offset weakeness at its capital markets arm. Canada's largest bank reported net income of C $2.3 billion, or C $1.57 a share, for the fourth-quarter ended Oct. 31, compared with C $2.1...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 28- Canada's economy grew faster than expected in the third quarter, according to data on Friday, but cheaper oil prices add to the likelihood the Bank of Canada will not consider higher interest rates anytime soon despite the recent run of strong figures. Bank of Montreal chief economist Doug Porter said the string of strong data on jobs, auto sales,...

  • Nov 18- Canadian regulators are investigating traders' practice of circumventing domestic markets by sending stock orders to venues in United States in exchange for rebates, the Wall Street Journal reported. "But, in Canada, brokers are prohibited from paying them, and regulators there, including the Ontario Securities Commission, are exploring whether rule...

  • PLYMOUTH, Wisc., Oct 8- Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans on Wednesday again urged the U.S. central bank to be "exceptionally patient" on raising rates, noting downside risks to both growth and inflation. The Fed has kept interest rates near zero since December 2008 and has bought trillions of dollars of long-term securities to push borrowing...