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  • WRAPUP 3-Cold weather sinks U.S. home building in January Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 1:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 19- U.S. housing starts recorded their biggest drop in almost three years in January as harsh weather disrupted activity, but the third month of declines in permits hinted at some weakness in the housing market.

  • Feb 19- Garmin Ltd handily beat quarterly profit estimates and forecast a strong 2014 as sales of GPS-based fitness, aviation and outdoor products more than made up for shrinking sales of personal navigation devices, a market it once dominated. Garmin shares jumped as much as 12 percent to $52.72- their highest in six years.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- A New York state judge declined to delay court approval of Bank of America Corp's $8.5 billion settlement with investors in mortgage-backed securities, rejecting a move by American International Group Inc..

  • NATURAL GAS FUTURES RISE 11 PERCENT, BIGGEST ONE-DAY PERCENTAGE GAIN SINCE JUNE 2012.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world mostly dipped on Wednesday as investors held off from making big bets ahead of the release of minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.

  • Canada eyes animal feed as pig-killing virus spreads Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ CHICAGO Feb 19- The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is conducting tests to see if contaminated animal feed helped spread the piglet-killing Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus across several Canadian provinces.

  • Feb 19- Powerball ticket buyers lined up at corner groceries and gas stations on Wednesday with visions of hitting the $400 million jackpot in the U.S. lottery that hasn't had a top prize winner since Christmas.

  • US TREASURIES PRICES TURN FLAT, ERASE EARLIER PRICE GAINS Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    US TREASURIES PRICES TURN FLAT, ERASE EARLIER PRICE GAINS.

  • Feb 19- Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc, which is developing a drug for irritable bowel syndrome, has put itself up for sale, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company was working with Bank of America Corp and has started contacting companies to gauge their interest in a potential deal, according to the report.

  • Drugmaker Furiex puts itself up for sale - Bloomberg Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 1:04 PM ET

    Feb 19- Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc, which is developing a drug for irritable bowel syndromes, has put itself up for sale, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company was working with Bank of America Corp and has started contacting companies to gauge their interest in a potential deal, according to the report.

  • *Deal would mean big payday for Zale shareholder Golden Gate Capital. Feb 19- Signet Jewelers Ltd is buying smaller rival Zale Corp for about $690 million, an acquisition it said would strengthen its place in the U.S. jewelry sector and let it tap new markets. The price of $21 per share is a 41 percent premium over Zale's close on the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.

  • *Brazil coffee crop worries after 6 weeks of hot, dry weather. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 19- ICE arabica coffee prices catapulted to 16- month highs on Wednesday, extending the previous day's huge gains as investors piled into the market driven by worry over possible drought damage to crops in top grower Brazil and by bullish chart signals.

  • *Paris, Berlin agree derivatives should be covered. PARIS, Feb 19- France and Germany agreed that a planned pan-European tax on financial transactions should cover all derivatives products, a source close to French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday.

  • Feb 19- Canadian miner Sherritt International Corp reported a bigger fourth-quarter loss as it took an impairment charge related to the pending sale of its coal operations, and the company slashed its quarterly dividend.

  • *USDA still pays up to two-thirds of insurance premiums. CHICAGO, Feb 19- U.S. farmers and bankers have almost a year to get ready for major changes in 2015 as crop insurance rather than direct cash payments to producers becomes the centerpiece of farm policy under the five-year farm bill signed by President Barack Obama earlier this month.

  • *Fed minutes due at 2:00 p.m. EST. NEW YORK, Feb 19- U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday in midday trading as the S&P 500 faced a technical resistance level after a recent string of gains and investors turned cautious ahead of the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's latest policy meeting.

  • *Teva, Ranbaxy to pay $150,000 each to settle with New York State. Feb 18- The New York Attorney General and the U.S. units of Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd have settled claims that an agreement between the two drugmakers unlawfully restricted competition.

  • FRANKFURT, Feb 19- Deutsche Bank is close to a 900 million euro deal to settle a dispute with the heirs of late media mogul Leo Kirch, a move that would end an acrimonious courtroom battle that has dogged German's largest bank for more than a decade.

  • CARACAS, Feb 19- A student demonstrator died of a bullet-wound on Wednesday in the fifth fatality from Venezuela's political unrest, as imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez urged supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government.

  • European shares stage afternoon rally, led by Morrisons Wednesday, 19 Feb 2014 | 12:32 PM ET

    *Carlsberg, Lafarge shrug off EM hit with strong updates. *Tenaris, Vallourec pummelled by U.S. import tariff ruling. LONDON, Feb 19- European shares pared early losses in late trade on Wednesday, tracking a rally in Wall Street, with WM Morrison gaining in the afternoon after a report that the grocer may be taken over by private-equity firms.