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  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. stocks climbed on Friday and the S&P 500 hit an intraday record for a second time this week as consumer confidence and other data bucked the recent trend of weaker economic reports.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. consumer sentiment rose marginally in February even as concerns about the extreme weather persisted, a survey released on Friday showed.

  • *Citigroup lowers 2013 profit as a result of fraud. *Salesforce.com raises revenue outlook, shares up. NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a slightly lower open on Wall Street Friday, with the S&P 500 coming off a record close and after the U.S. government slashed its estimate for fourth-quarter economic growth.

  • *Salesforce.com raises revenue outlook, shares up. NEW YORK, Feb 28- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Friday, with investors reluctant to make big bets after the S&P 500 closed at a record and ahead of closely watched data on economic growth.

  • More than half of the Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture miners and explorers that participated in the Reuters survey said they were "very likely" to seek financing in the coming 12 months.

  • TOKYO, Feb 28- U.S. crude oil fell further on Friday, as civil unrest in Ukraine continued to curb risk appetite and fuel fears of weaker oil demand, although the contract remains on track for a monthly gain. *U.S. crude futures for April delivery were down 45 cents at $101.95 a barrel by 0012 GMT, still on track for a monthly gain of 4.6 percent.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Lean hogs, one of the smaller U.S. commodity markets, pressed on with this week's powerful rally to reach 2011 highs on Thursday after Russia said it would resume American pork imports, while cattle prices hit record highs.

  • CORRECTED-Puerto Rico bonds do the unexpected: Rally Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market has been stunned by what would have been unthinkable a few months ago: Puerto Rico debt is rallying. Most notably, the three rating agencies cut Puerto Rico's credit score to junk earlier this month.

  • TOKYO, Feb 27- U.S. crude oil dipped early on Thursday after rising the previous day when the contract was supported by a surprisingly small build in crude inventories. *U.S. crude futures for April delivery were down 28 cents at $102.31 a barrel by 0000 GMT, after finishing 76 cents higher on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 26- Losses in natural gas dominated the action in commodities for a third straight session on Wednesday, unraveling annual gains racked up earlier by the heating fuel, while gold, silver and wheat prices also showed significant declines. "It has been a money game," said Steve Platt, an analyst at Archer Financial in Chicago.

  • Puerto Rico bonds do the unexpected: Rally Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 5:28 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 26- The $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal bond market has been stunned by what would have been unthinkable a few months ago: Puerto Rico debt is rallying. Most notably, the three rating agencies cut Puerto Rico's credit score to junk earlier this month.

  • Feb 26- Cablevision Systems Corp lost fewer video subscribers than expected in the fourth quarter and said the company expects growth in cash flow in 2014, which sent shares of the cable operator higher on Wednesday.

  • Investors wary of commodity gains despite new money Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 26- A new burst of investment in commodities after a hellish 2013 is expected to fizzle out in coming months, with investors alert to the fickle nature of rallies across basic resources such as gold and agriculture.

  • *Estimates fourth-quarter loss of 33- 38 cents/ shr. Feb 26- Logistics company UTi Worldwide Inc said it had breached some debt covenants and would report a loss for the fourth quarter due to a weak air freight market, sending its shares down as much as 28 percent in early trading.

  • But recent fundraising success for established miners and a few exploration companies like North Arrow Minerals Inc, Torex Gold Resources Inc and Lydian International Ltd has encouraged many tiny explorers, often called junior miners, that there is a window of opportunity to tap investors.

  • BRASILIA, Feb 26- Brazil will likely raise interest rates for the eighth straight time on Wednesday but slow the pace of monetary tightening as inflation eases and Latin America's largest economy flirts with recession. A smaller rate hike would be a relief to Rousseff, who has watched Brazil's economy slow to a crawl since taking office in January 2011.

  • INSIGHT-Hunting credit, firms look beyond wary EU banks Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 3:13 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 26- When David Armitt needed to refinance loans last year for his 153- year-old manufacturing company in Yorkshire, he found British banks reluctant to lend.

  • Feb 26- Eighteen brokerages, including Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, and Citigroup, agreed to end their participation in analyst survey programs as a result of the New York Attorney General's investigation into the early release of Wall Street analyst sentiment.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 26- With nearly half of its market value wiped out in the last three years, Hong Kong's stock exchange is hoping that a slate of new initiatives will give it a much needed boost after reporting worse than expected annual earnings on Wednesday.

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, Feb 25- China's corporate debt has hit record levels and is likely to accelerate a wave of domestic restructuring and trigger more defaults, as credit repayment problems rise.

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