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  • It was unclear whether the SEC would file any charges against Boeing. The SEC declined to comment. Boeing declined to comment on the reported SEC probe or its use of program accounting.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12- Argentina's main farm group on Friday took complaints against Monsanto Co to local regulators, accusing the company of abusing its dominant position in the market by ordering exporters to inspect soy cargos for second-generation genetically modified seeds. The Argentine Rural Society, or SRA, which represent medium- to large-scale...

  • Feb 12- Facebook Inc's India managing director, Kirthiga Reddy, said on Friday she is stepping down and returning to the United States to "explore new opportunities" at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Reddy, who joined Facebook in 2010 as its first employee in India, said in a Facebook post she would be relocating in the next 6-12 months.

  • Feb 12- Top U.S. officials will travel to Havana on Feb. 16 to sign an aviation pact that restores scheduled airline service between the United States and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. They will have 15 days starting Tuesday to submit route applications to the U.S. Transportation Department, its...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- As Wall Street struggles to find its footing after a shaky start to the year, investors are not getting any solace from corporate earnings. The S&P 500 has lost about 9 percent since Dec. 31. "We're not going in the right direction in terms of earnings," said Daniel Morgan, senior portfolio manager at Synovus Trust Company in Atlanta, Georgia.

  • January retail sales number suggests U.S. economic strength. NEW YORK, Feb 12- The dollar rose on Friday after data showed U.S. consumer spending appeared to have regained its mojo in January, supporting the possibility the Federal Reserve will continue to raise interest rates as other central banks ease policy. On Friday, the dollar rose 0.75 percent to 113.26...

  • Feb 12- Top U.S. officials will travel to Havana on Feb. 16 to sign an aviation pact that restores scheduled airline service between the United States and Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Friday. U.S. airlines still must apply for permission from U.S. regulators to fly specific routes before they sell tickets to...

  • *U.S. oil settles up 12 pct on renewed talk of OPEC cut. U.S.-listed shares of Deutsche Bank were up 12 percent at $17.38, while the S&P financial index rallied 4 percent, its largest daily percentage gain since November 2011. "Europe was strong and especially the banks in Europe, and that appeared to have some positive carryover effect on sentiment towards banking...

  • Lisa McKnight, a marketing veteran at Mattel, will replace Evelyn Mazzocco, who has run the business since 2014, the company said. McKnight is the senior vice president of marketing for North America, according to her LinkedIn profile. McKnight's appointment was first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

  • TORONTO, Feb 12- Canada's main stock index rallied on Friday, led by banks and energy stocks after oil prices surged as much as 12 percent. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index unofficially closed up 293.87 points, or 2.43 percent, at 12,381.24. All 10 of the index's main groups ended higher.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. stocks rallied on Friday, snapping a five-day drop in the S&P 500 as financial, commodity-related and other beaten-down shares rebounded.

  • Speculators in four major NYMEX and ICE markets decreased their bearish bets by 21,285 contracts to 24,277 in the week to Feb. 9, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday. Gas futures averaged $2.06 during the five trading days ended Feb. 9, compared with $2.17 during the prior week ended Feb. 2. Looking forward, gas futures are higher, fetching...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- U.S. The Commerce Department said retail sales excluding automobiles, gasoline, building materials and food services increased 0.6 percent last month after an unrevised 0.3 percent decline in December. "The upbeat retail numbers provided a rebound and the fear-trade we saw all week seems to have moved on for now," said Kathy Jones, chief fixed...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 12- The global chief investment strategist for BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager, on Friday described Japanese stocks as cheap and "arguably the most oversold" in financial markets.

  • EVEN IF BANK OF JAPAN WEAKENS FURTHER, LIKELY TO LEAD TO WEAKER YEN AND STRENGTH IN JAPANESE EQUITIES EX-BANKS.

  • BLACKROCK'S GLOBAL CHIEF STRATEGIST RUSS KOESTERICH ON CNBC SAYS JAPAN IS CHEAPEST AND' ARGUABLY THE MOST OVERSOLD' MARKET.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 12- A recent tightening of credit for U.S. companies is threatening to undermine economic growth, making it less likely the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates anytime soon. Fed Chair Janet Yellen said this week it was still too soon for the central bank to change its view that rate hikes are needed, a position supported by a still-robust pace...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 12- Argentina's main farm group on Friday took complaints against Monsanto Co to local regulators, accusing the company of abusing its dominant position in the market by ordering exporters to inspect soy cargos for second-generation genetically modified seeds. The Argentine Rural Society, which represent medium to large scale producers,...

  • Feb 12- Department store chain operator Kohl's Corp said it was eliminating three senior positions, including chief digital officer, to create a more "nimble organization". The other positions being eliminated are senior vice president of store environment and development and senior VP of communications and public relations, Kohl's said in an emailed...

  • Speculators in four major NYMEX and ICE markets decreased their bearish bets by 21,285 contracts to 24,277 in the week to Feb. 9, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said on Friday.