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  • SINGAPORE, March 31- Gold on Tuesday hovered near the previous session's lows and was heading for a second straight monthly fall, pressured by expectations the U.S. *Spot gold was little changed at $1,186.15 an ounce by 0017 GMT, after falling as much as 1.4 percent to $1,182.05 on Monday. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen said on Friday that an increase in the central bank's...

  • Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. There is an array of non-tariff barriers in Japan that have effectively closed the Japanese auto market to U.S. producers, "Cutler said in prepared remarks on...

  • *China announces steps Monday to prop up sliding house prices. TOKYO, March 31- Asian stocks rose on Tuesday after a rally on Wall Street and steps by China to shore up its economy boosted risk appetite, while Greek debt worries again haunted the sagging euro. After unveiling details over the weekend for a modern " Silk Road" that could pump tens of billions of dollars...

  • NYMEX-Oil extends fall; U.S. oil stocks seen rising Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:52 PM ET

    TOKYO, March 31- U.S. crude futures extended declines to a third day on Tuesday to hold below $49 a barrel, under pressure ahead of industry data due out later that is likely to show another solid build in U.S. commercial crude inventories. *NYMEX crude for May delivery was down 8 cents at $48.60 a barrel by 0034 GMT. *It settled down 19 cents at $48.68 on Monday as Iran and...

  • March 30- Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists. Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna and other musicians were in New York on Monday to sign a...

  • SAO PAULO, March 30- Brazilian airline Gol Linhas Aereas SA expects positive operating income in 2015 and an operating margin of between 2 and 5 percent, the company said in a securities filing on Monday. The airline may revise its outlook for the year because of "an adverse macroeconomic scenario," the filing said. Gol also reiterated its expectations for stable...

  • SAO PAULO, March 30- Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said in a securities filing on Monday that Mauro Gentile Rodrigues da Cunha, the board member elected by minority shareholders, had decided not to run for another term.

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 30- Mergers and acquisitions this year reached their highest first-quarter level since 2007, as companies defied headwinds such as currency and oil price volatility and sought growth-boosting deals amid favorable financing conditions. "The deal activity in the first quarter was driven by continuing cash accumulation at companies,...

  • LONDON/ HONG KONG, March 31- Global equity issuance rose by a fifth to $231.5 billion in the three months through March, a record high for a first quarter, as a sharp rise in secondary share sales outweighed a drop in company flotations, Thomson Reuters data showed on Tuesday. Money raised from flotations, or initial public offerings, fell a fifth to $37.2 billion,...

  • Jay Z brings the A-list for Tidal music streaming Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
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    Madonna, Rihanna, Beyonce and Jay Z are among the A-List musicians who are co-owners of Tidal, a new streaming service.

  • BRASILIA, March 30- Brazil's Finance Minister Joaquim Levy told journalists on Monday he is increasingly confident there will be a solution for state debt woes after meeting with Senate President Renan Calheiros. The Senate may vote on Tuesday on a bill that would give 30 days for the federal government to change the way the debts of states and cities are...

  • WASHINGTON, March 30- Tax collections from individual Americans last year reached their highest share of the U.S. economy in seven years while corporate tax revenue again lagged historical averages, a new congressional report showed on Monday. The Joint Committee on Taxation said in a review of the tax system that individual federal income tax receipts were...

  • US pharmacist group moves to block execution drugs Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
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    A national pharmacists' group has adopted a policy discouraging its members from providing death-penalty drugs.

  • MEDIA-NBC TO STOP AIRING' NIGHTLY NEWS' ADS DURING THE WEE.

  • March 30- Canadian financial technology firm D+ H said on Monday it agreed to acquire global payment services provider Fundtech for $1.25 billion in cash, in a bid to expand its service offerings aimed at global financial institutions and large U.S. banks. The deal comes nearly two years after it acquired U.S. rival Harland Financial Solutions for about $1.2...

  • FOREX-Yen, Aussie hit hard as dollar gains traction Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:31 PM ET

    *Dollar posts biggest one-day gain in over a month vs yen. SYDNEY, March 31- The dollar was firmer against most of its peers early on Tuesday, having posted its biggest one-day rally in over a month against the yen and notching up solid gains on its Australian counterpart. The dollar fetched 120.15 yen, well off Monday's trough of 119.105.

  • The declaration approved by American Pharmacists Association delegates at their annual meeting held in San Diego this year says the practice of providing lethal-injection drugs is contrary to the role of pharmacists as health care providers. "Now there is unanimity among all health professions in the United States who represent anybody who might be asked...

  • The Treasury Department auctioned $24 billion in three-month bills at a discount rate of 0.035 percent, up from 0.020 percent last week. Another $24 billion in six-month bills was auctioned at a discount rate of 0.135 percent, up from 0.105 percent last week. For a $10,000 bill, the three-month price was $9,999.12 while a six-month bill sold for $9,993.18.

  • Green Brick Partners posts 4Q profit Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    DENVER _ Green Brick Partners Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $31.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Denver- based company said it had net income of $1.24. Green Brick Partners shares have fallen nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, March 30- GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to settle a lawsuit by Johnson& Johnson accusing it of using false advertising at the start of the U.S. allergy season to grab market share. The settlement was disclosed during a hearing in Manhattan federal court on Monday in which two Johnson& Johnson units were expected to ask a judge to block Glaxo from making...