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  • DETROIT, Nov 21- Ford Motor Co announced that the 2015 F-150 aluminum-intensive pickup truck, the most important model in its lineup, will get 5 percent to 29 percent better fuel economy than its previous versions. Ford said it sent this week the first shipments of the 2015 F-150 from its primary truck plant in Dearborn, Michigan, and will get to U.S. dealers in the...

  • Nov 21- A pressure group pushing for higher wages at Walmart stores said employees would stage protests at 1,600 U.S. stores on Black Friday, including 60 in Washington, D.C.. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart stores and the largest private employer in the United States, has been at the center of the debate over proposals to raise the minimum wage.

  • *Agriculure helped make the Netherlands rich. AMSTERDAM, Nov 21- Agriculture has helped make the Netherlands rich, but experts warn that the density of farms and the increasing number of animals in one of the most intensive agricultural sectors in the world make it vulnerable to disesase. "When there is a disease in the Netherlands, which is the country in the world...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- The morning after President Barack Obama announced his sweeping action to overhaul the U.S. immigration system, conservative groups and states were already pulling together legal strategies to dismantle the plan. Opponents said there will likely be a three-pronged legal approach to stymie Obama's moves: Congress could sue the president for...

  • *RBS had core capital of 5.7 pct in EBA test. LONDON, Nov 21- Royal Bank of Scotland admitted on Friday it submitted erroneous data for European bank stress tests in October and had in fact only just scraped through, calling into question whether it can pass a tougher British test. The revised result means that RBS, which is 80 percent- owned by the British government,...

  • ISTANBUL, Nov 21- Rating agency Standard& Poor's said on Friday it expected Turkey's current account deficit, its main economic weakness, to remain close to 5.3 percent of output until 2017, with falling oil prices helping the economy to rebalance. The agency, which affirmed its unsolicited BB+ rating, one notch below investment grade, said it saw elevated policy...

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 21- Mexico's finance ministry. The weak data is the latest blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces rising protests over the apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers as well as a conflict-of-interest scandal over a lucrative rail contract. Latin America's No. 2 economy has struggled to recover after shrinking last year in the second...

  • Amazon plans ad-supported video streaming: Report Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 12:04 PM ET
    Amazon's Jeff Bezos

    Online retailer Amazon.com will release a new ad-supported video streaming service early next year, the New York Post reported, citing sources.

  • M&A deals hit seven-year high as cheap targets emerge Friday, 21 Nov 2014 | 11:50 AM ET

    PARIS/LONDON, Nov 21- Cheap takeover targets in bombed-out sectors of the market have driven M&A activity to seven-year highs in 2014, with oil and gas sector deals coming in at a rate not seen on records going back to the 1970 s, Thomson Reuters data shows. With the price of crude oil tumbling, deals in the oil and gas sector have hit $369 billion so far this year after...

  • Nov 21- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said they were planning to protest on Black Friday at 1,600 U.S. stores in areas including Washington and Los Angeles. The group also plans strikes at the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Chicago, Seattle, Texas, Minneapolis and Tampa among other places. Wal-Mart Stores Inc, owner of Walmart brand...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- Europe's proposed free trade agreement with the United States would collapse if European leaders bowed to pressure to remove investment protection from any deal, the chairman of EU trade ministers said on Friday. The United States and the European Union are trying to seal a free trade deal which could bring economic gains of around $100...

  • ACCRA, Nov 21- The International Monetary Fund said on Friday it made significant progress in a third round of talks with Ghana on a financial aid programme aimed at helping the West African country out of a fiscal crisis. Escalating inflation, a currency that has fallen sharply this year and a high budget deficit have severely undermined Ghana's reputation as a...

  • *China cuts rates for first time in over 2 years. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Nov 21- Gold climbed above $1,200 an ounce on Friday to its highest in three weeks, helped by short-covering and after a surprise interest rate cut by China fueled hopes that demand would rise in the world's biggest consumer of the metal. "China adding stimulus, the Draghi comments and ECB buying some...

  • HOUSTON, Nov 21- Energy companies have long touted to Wall Street investors the number of acres they lease or own as a measure of how many oil and gas shale wells they can potentially drill. Several smaller operators in the Permian Basin of Texas, including RSP Permian Inc, Laredo Petroleum Inc and Callon Petroleum Co, are telling investors there is more than meets...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. Treasury long bond prices edged higher on Friday in line with gains in euro zone debt after European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the central bank is prepared to do more to stimulate a sluggish euro zone economy. U.S. government debt took a cue from European markets, where Draghi's comments lifted euro zone debt and pushed yields on...

  • *Venezuela urges OPEC to cut, says will reduce own output. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Oil jumped for a second straight day on Friday, with benchmark Brent crude returning above the $80 level after slipping below it last week, as top petroleum buyer China cut interest rates and speculation mounted that OPEC will cut output. "This market has been sold out so much that any kind of...

  • Goldman Sachs Group Inc retained its No. 1 position as M&A adviser with deals worth $877 billion, followed by JPMorgan Chase& Co with $651 billion and Citigroup Inc with $633 billion. The $66.4 billion bid for Allergan Inc by Actavis PLC this week more than doubled the total value of deals in the healthcare sector to $364 billion. Halliburton Co's plans to buy...

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 21- Brazil's JBS SA, the world's largest beef exporter, said on Friday its $1.25 billion purchase of Australian processed foods producer Primo Smallgoods would increase its presence in Asia. JBS hopes to increase sales to South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and China, where it is already the biggest protein supplier, Chief Executive Officer Wesley...

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 21- Mexico's economy grew unexpectedly slowly in the third quarter due to weakness in domestic demand and uneven industrial output which have dragged on a recovery that is now also threatened by rising social unrest. The weak data is the latest blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto, who faces rising protests over the apparent massacre of 43...

  • OTTAWA, Nov 21- Canada's annual inflation rate jumped last month as prices for shelter and food rose, putting pressure on the Bank of Canada's stance that interest rates will remain low for some time. The Bank of Canada has shrugged off recent firmer inflation, saying the strength is likely temporary. "With this unexpected pressure on the inflation side, it raises...