NEW YORK, March 16- U.S. stock investors will start the week on edge as markets worldwide react to the referendum that appears to back Russia's claim to Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, even if the vote result is not internationally recognized.» Read More
HOUSTON/ NEW YORK Oct 21- Devon Energy Corp said on Monday it would combine most of its U.S. pipeline and processing businesses with those owned by Crosstex Energy Inc and Crosstex Energy LP to form a new midstream company.
NEW YORK, Oct 21- Members of Bernard Madoff's inner circle indulged in expensive wine, cruises and jaunts to Las Vegas, all paid for by his investment firm, prosecutors said on Monday in a trial of five former long-time Madoff associates.
The derailment in the province of Alberta, a reminder of a deadly accident in Quebec in July that killed 47 people, happened early on Saturday morning near the little settlement of Gainford, which was evacuated. Unlike the disaster in the town of Lac-Magentic, Quebec, the latest accident took place in open country.
*European shares close at 5- year highs; Wall St slips a tad. NEW YORK, Oct 21- The dollar gained and global equity markets traded at five-year highs on Monday, buoyed by a benign outlook for stocks as investors awaited a backlog of U.S. economic data that may yield clues on when the Federal Reserve will begin to cut its stimulus program.
MEXICO CITY/ PARIS, Oct 21- Mexican budget airline VivaAerobus has ordered 52 Airbus A320-family jets from Airbus, the European planemaker said on Monday, in a record-breaking deal worth $5.1 billion. The order includes 40 A320neo jets, said Rafael Alonso, Airbus executive vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean.
*McDonald's pulls Dow lower; Apple helps Nasdaq tread water. *Netflix, Texas Instruments to report after the close. A rally in Apple Inc shares after a brokerage ratings upgrade helped the Nasdaq hold near the unchanged mark.
*EIA data shows first draw at Cushing in more than three months. NEW YORK, Oct 21- U.S. crude oil prices on Monday tumbled below $100 a barrel for the first time since July, while the discount versus European Brent hit its widest in six months as diminished Midwest inventories began to grow.
TORONTO/ WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Oct 21- Canadian food processor Maple Leaf Foods said on Monday it may sell its controlling stake in Canada Bread Company as it determines whether to exit the bakery business and focus on meat products.
WASHINGTON, Oct 21- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider whether a unit of Thomson Reuters Corp can obtain and sell information on drivers provided by state agencies without violating a federal privacy law.
*EIA data shows first draw at Cushing in more than three months. NEW YORK, Oct 21- Oil prices fell on Monday, with U.S. crude breaking below $100 a barrel for the first time since early July, as U.S. inventories rose.
NEW YORK, Oct 21- A U.S. judge has thrown out a lawsuit accusing Germany's Siemens AG of funneling kickbacks to Chinese and North Korean hospital officials, narrowing the ability of plaintiffs to use U.S. courts to sue over conduct outside the country.
WASHINGTON, Oct 21- Diverging high court rulings in New York and Illinois over' Amazon taxes' point to a possible U.S. Supreme Court case to settle questions about the legality of states taxing online retail sales, lawyers said on Monday.
*First A350 delivery scheduled for H2 2014. TOULOUSE, France, Oct 21- Flight trials for Airbus's latest passenger jet, the A350, are going well and it is sticking to its target of delivering the first of the lightweight jets in the second half of 2014, programme chief Didier Evrard said.
BANGKOK, Oct 21- Seventeen factories were temporarily shut on Monday in a major Thai industrial zone dominated by foreign companies, after flood waters blocked nearby roads, a senior official said.
DUBAI/ NEW YORK, Oct 21- Etihad Airways is close to placing an order that could kick off a $50 billion jet-buying spree from the Gulf as the region's carriers flex their muscles in an industry hit by weak margins and high fuel prices.
NEW YORK, Oct 21- Sales of business jets are expected reach $18.4 billion this year, up about 8 percent from last year, a sign of further economic strengthening despite some pockets of weakness notably in Asia, according to a forecast by Honeywell Aerospace.
Dearborn, Mich., Oct 21- The recent surge in U.S. auto production is hurting vehicle quality because automotive parts suppliers have less time to fix problems that emerge on the line, Ford Motor Co's new global purchasing chief told reporters on Monday. U.S. auto sales are on pace to reach 15.6 million units this year, according to J.D. Power and LMC Automotive.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 21- A strike by commuter rail system workers in the San Francisco area entered a fourth day on Monday with no labor talks scheduled and forced some 400,000 daily commuters to find alternative means of getting to work.
*Assets to return to pre-debt fight level this week- JPMorgan. NEW YORK, Oct 21- Investors poured cash back into U.S. money market funds the day after Washington reached an agreement to raise the federal debt ceiling temporarily and avert a default, private data released on Monday showed.
NEW YORK, Oct 21- Brent's premium to U.S. oil widened to touch the 200- day moving average for the first time in seven months after government data showed a build in oil inventories at U.S. oil storage hub Cushing for the first time since late June. U.S. oil's discount to global benchmark Brent $9.89 per barrel. It widened by as much as $9.94 and was last trading at $9.87.