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  • *Gold near $1,200 an ounce as dollar dip lifts oil. NEW YORK, March 25- Wall Street stocks tumbled and the dollar slipped on Wednesday after government data signaled the U.S. economic expansion was slowing, while gains in the euro prompted a pullback in European stock markets. The main U.S. stock indices were off more than 1 percent midway through a session that began...

  • NEW YORK, March 25- Unsecured creditors of MF Global Holdings' failed brokerage unit may soon receive $461 million in repayment, raising recoveries to 72 percent of claims lodged when it collapsed in 2011, the firm's trustee said on Wednesday. Trustee James Giddens filed court papers seeking a New York bankruptcy judge's approval for the payout.

  • RadioShack lender asks judge to intervene in auction Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:35 PM ET

    March 25- A RadioShack Corp lender asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to intervene in the auction of the electronics retailer and said it had submitted a bid to liquidate the chain that was "materially superior" to one favored by RadioShack. The lender said, however, that RadioShack favored a proposal from hedge fund Standard General, even though its bid included...

  • Shadow banking morphs and grows, confounding authority Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:31 PM ET

    LONDON, March 25- Authorities are nowhere near to fully understanding "shadow banking" as the $75 trillion sector morphs and grows under the influence of new technology and regulation, a top markets supervisor said on Wednesday. Shadow banking refers to the supply of credit outside traditional banks, such as from private equity investors, money market funds,...

  • BENCHMARK 10- YEAR TREASURY NOTE YIELDS RISE TO 1.91 PCT AFTER WEAK FIVE-YEAR NOTE AUCTION.

  • US TREASURIES EXTEND PRICE LOSSES AFTER WEAK FIVE-YEAR NOTE AUCTION, FIVE-YEAR YIELDS RISE TO 1.40 PCT.

  • WASHINGTON, March 25- The U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority on Wednesday signaled hostility toward the Obama administration's refusal to consider costs before regulating emissions of mercury and other hazardous pollutants mainly from coal-fired power plants. The provision does not explicitly state whether the EPA was required to include...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- Investigators have extracted cockpit voice recordings from one of the black boxes of the Airbus plane that smashed into the Alps and expect to have a read-out of their content within days, an official said on Wednesday. The casing of a second black box has been found but not the box...

  • US FIVE-YEAR TREASURY YIELDS INCREASE TO 1.39 PERCENT AFTER AUCTION.

  • US TREASURY YIELDS RISE AFTER FIVE-YEAR NOTE AUCTION, 10- YEAR YIELDS INCREASE TO 1.90 PCT.

  • ARM leads fallers as FTSE drops away from record high Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Blue-chip FTSE 100 index falls 0.4 percent. *Barclays falls after downgrade by Investec. LONDON, March 25- Britain's leading share index gave up early gains on Wednesday, led down by a late drop in chip designer ARM and a fall in Barclays after a broker downgraded the stock.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St falls as short-term technicals weaken Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    *Kraft up 42 pct, Kofax adds 46 pct after separate deal news. NEW YORK, March 25- U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday, with losses accelerating after short-term technical indicators failed and after a gauge of industrial orders that unexpectedly fell last month. "The S&P was trying to hold just below 2,090 but failed; maybe it's not much more than technical levels traders...

  • SANTIAGO, March 25- Chilean fertilizer company SQM, enmeshed in a tax and illicit campaign financing scandal, said on Wednesday it has identified about $11 million in questionable payments from the office of its recently fired chief executive officer. Authorities in Chile are investigating whether money from SQM and other companies was siphoned to fund...

  • COLUMN-Record traffic is boosting U.S. fuel demand: Kemp Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    LONDON, March 25- Traffic on U.S. highways has hit a new record as the economy recovers and the lower cost of gasoline and diesel encourages more travel. Cars and trucks drove a record 3.050 trillion miles on U.S. highways in the 12 months ending in January, passing the previous peak of 3.039 trillion set in the 12 months to November 2007, according to the Federal...

  • LONDON, March 25- Sterling fell against the euro on Wednesday, hitting a one-month low as investors pushed back expectations of interest rate hikes amid growing talk that inflation in Britain will stay low for sometime to come. Annual inflation in Britain dropped to zero in February and investors are factoring in the chance of a first rate hike in mid-2016,...

  • FRANCE'S BEA SAYS PATTERN OF WRECKAGE IS NOT CONSISTENT WITH MID-AIR EXPLOSION.

  • UPDATE 1-Iran storing 30 million barrels of oil at sea Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:28 PM ET

    LONDON/ SINGAPORE, March 25- Iran is storing at least 30 million barrels of oil on its fleet of supertankers as Western sanctions continue to keep a lid on sales, tanker market sources say. World powers are trying to reach a framework deal with Tehran by the end of the month that would restrict the most sensitive aspects of Iran's disputed atomic programme in return...

  • The final rule preempts state "blue sky laws" for stock deals valued at more than $20 million and up to $50 million, meaning those companies would not have to register their deals in every state before they can be sold and the states could not block riskier deals. The SEC's rule aims to strike a compromise with the North American Securities Administrators...

  • Tech stocks drag European shares from multi-year highs Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 12:27 PM ET

    LONDON, March 25- European shares retreated further from 7-1/ 2- year highs hit last week, led lower by weaker technology stocks that slid on the back of a sell-off in their U.S. peers. Germany's DAX equity index, which hit a record of 12,219.05 points last week, also fell 0.6 percent to 11,928.88 points. On Tuesday, figures showed Germany's private sector grew in March...

  • Heinz Co, owned by 3 G Capital and Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, is buying a majority stake in Kraft Foods Group Inc to create the third-largest North American food company, executives said on Wednesday. Company Annual sales Brands PepsiCo Inc $37.2 bln Pepsi, Lays, Tropicana,. *Reuters calculations based on data from annual report All figures for...