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*Corn firms on Ukraine fears, soybean prices rebound. PARIS/ SYDNEY, April 14- U.S. wheat futures rose as much as 2 percent on Monday as tensions escalated in Ukraine, stoking fears of potential disruptions in supply from one of the world's largest exporters.
April 14- Liquid natural gas supplier Stabilis Energy said on Monday it would buy most of the U.S. assets of Encana Natural Gas Inc, a unit of Canada's Encana Corp, for an undisclosed price.
April 14- Asset manager TIAA-CREF will buy rival Nuveen Investments for $6.25 billion including debt, the Wall Street Journal reported, quoting top executives from both companies. The transaction, set to be officially announced Monday, would create a firm with nearly $800 billion under management, the Journal reported.
LONDON/ SINGAPORE, April 14- Nickel hit its highest level in more than a year on Monday because of an Indonesian ore export ban, now in its third month, and the prospect of tougher sanctions on Russia, which could include its commodities.
LONDON, April 14- British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday called on Russia to unequivocally condemn the occupation of government buildings in eastern Ukraine.
GENEVA, April 14- The World Trade Organization slightly raised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade to 4.7 percent on Monday, saying it did not expect a return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015..
April 14- Oilfield services and drilling company Nabors Industries Ltd said it would separate the roles of chairman and chief executive after the tenure of CEO Anthony Petrello ends, following shareholder requests. Nabors also said it was limiting severance payments for executives to 2.99 times their salary and bonus.
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April 14- Lexicon Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental drug to treat diabetes met the main goal of reducing the use of insulin at meal times in a mid-stage study on patients with type 1 diabetes. The company's shares rose 19.5 percent to $1.90 in trading before the bell.
LONDON, April 14- Oil was flat on Monday, as the prospect of a recovery in Libyan exports offset concern that escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine could lead to supply disruption. U.S. oil slipped 24 cents to $103.50 after settling 34 cents up in the previous session.
*WH Group, shareholders seeking $5.3 bln in Hong Kong IPO. HONG KONG, April 14- Two senior executives of China's biggest pork producer WH Group Ltd received a combined $600 million payout for helping the Chinese company seal last year's record $4.9 billion takeover of U.S.-based Smithfield Foods Inc, an unusually high incentive for an acquisition.
BEIJING, April 14- A Chinese government team will probe a local unit of French firm Veolia Environment suspected of delaying reporting water contamination which affected supplies in a major northwestern city, state radio said on Monday. The government has already blamed a crude oil leak from a pipeline owned by a unit of China National Petroleum Corp..
*Ukraine, stocks, Chinese data in focus this week. LONDON, April 14- The euro retreated around half a percent on Monday from close to 2014 highs against the dollar after the European Central Bank's strongest signal yet that it will act to head off further gains.
GENEVA, April 14- The World Trade Organization revised its 2014 forecast for growth in global goods trade slightly upward to 4.7 percent on Monday, but said it did not expect growth to return to the historical trend level of 5.3 percent until 2015..
April 14- LNG supplier Stabilis Energy said on Monday it would buy most of the U.S. assets of Encana Natural Gas Inc, a unit of Encana Corp..
SEOUL, April 14- South Korea's state health insurer is seeking an initial 53.7 billion won from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking.
April 14- A Chinese consortium bought the Las Bambas copper mine in Peru from Glencore Xstrata for $6 billion, the high end of analysts' forecasts in China's biggest acquisition of a mine, showing the strength of its long-term need for copper.
WTO SEES GLOBAL TRADE IN GOODS GROWING BY 4.7 PCT IN 2014, REVISED UP FROM FORECAST OF 4.5 PCT IN SEPT.
WTO SAYS DOLLAR VALUE OF GLOBAL SERVICES EXPORTS GREW 6 PCT TO $4.6 TRLN IN 2013, VS 2 PCT GROWTH IN 2012.
WTO SEES TRADE IN GOODS GROWING BY 5.3 PCT IN 2015, RETURNING TO 20- YEAR GROWTH TREND.