SINGAPORE, Dec 11- Gold was trading near its three-week high on Wednesday, boosted by short-covering by funds and technical buying, and as the dollar continued to weaken against the euro.» Read More
WASHINGTON, June 20- U.S. efforts to forge a "21st Century" trade agreement with Vietnam and 10 other countries in the Asia Pacific region are running into problems mired in the past, including a textile trade policy that U.S. industry does not want to give up.
WASHINGTON, June 20- Senator Bill Nelson said contractor Booz Allen Hamilton had hired an employee convicted of lying to the U.S. government for a position in which he would handle classified documents.
WASHINGTON, June 20- Clues about what to expect in a White House package of climate measures expected within weeks might be found in a report given to the president in March by a blue-chip team of scientists and business leaders.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 20- Oracle Corp missed expectations for software sales and subscriptions for the second straight quarter, sending its shares plunging as investors worried CEO Larry Ellison may have trouble getting the technology giant back on track.
NEW YORK, June 20- Oracle Corp said on Thursday it was moving its stock listing to the New York Stock Exchange from Nasdaq OMX Group's main U.S. exchange, a major coup for NYSE Euronext, as it lands the largest-ever U.S. market transfer.
June 20- A low-pathogenic strain of avian influenza was found on an Arkansas poultry farm, but was quickly contained and did not appear to be a threat to other poultry farms in the nation's second largest chicken state, a state poultry official said. "
*France and Germany divided over draft law. LUXEMBOURG, June 21- The European Union will seek on Friday to forge rules to force losses on large savers when banks fail, a sensitive reform that could shape how the euro zone deals with its sickly banks.
MacAndrews& Forbes Holdings agreed to make the payment to end an antitrust case over its failure to report its June 2012 purchase of more shares in Scientific Games Corp, which provides lottery and gaming services, after passing an ownership threshold requiring such reporting, the Justice Department said.
NEW YORK, June 20- The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ has agreed to pay New York state $250 million for deleting information from $100 billion in wire transfers that authorities could have used to police transactions with sanctioned countries like Iran.
MEXICO CITY, June 20- The Mexican state of Veracruz was hit by heavy rains on Thursday after Tropical Storm Barry moved away from Mexico's major oil installations and weakened to a Tropical Depression. Only one of Mexico's three major oil-exporting ports- Dos Bocas- remained closed, but state oil monopoly Pemex said it was unaffected by the storm.
*SPDR Gold exchange-traded fund holdings at 4- year low. NEW YORK/ LONDON, June 20- Gold plunged over 5 percent to its lowest in three years on Thursday, leading a global market rout one day after the U.S.
Houston, June 20- A U.S. regulator on Thursday approved Entergy Corp's plan to spin off the electric transmission business that sparked government concern about competition in its markets.
*MSCI world equity index drops 3.3 pct in biggest 1- day fall in 19 months. "The market has had its safety blanket taken away," said Chris Wyllie, chief investment officer at wealth manager Iveagh Ltd in London. Andrew Szczurowski, a portfolio manager at Eaton Vance in Boston, said he viewed the U.S. economy as a person lost at sea to whom Bernanke had thrown a life vest.
SAN FRANCISCO, June 20- Oracle Corp on Thursday reported a 1 percent increase in quarterly revenue from new software sales and Internet-based software subscriptions, at the low end of its own forecasts, sending its shares sharply lower.
NEW YORK, June 20- Investors in funds based in the United States pulled $507.9 million out of taxable bond funds in the latest week, marking the first three-week outflow streak from the funds since August 2011, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper Service showed on Thursday.
June 20- Wal-Mart Stores Inc is considering bids from retirement plan managers to run its $15.6 billion 401 program, which has been administered by Bank of America's Merrill Lynch unit for the past 15 years, according to three sources familiar with the situation. Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Wal-Mart declined to comment.
June 20- Investors in Apple's record US $17 bn bond deal have suffered some of the biggest losses in recent investment-grade new issues, with about US $760 m wiped off the value of the US $8.8 bn of longer-dated tranches they bought just weeks ago.
A ghastly day for the markets got even worse in the afternoon following a report that the IMF was preparing to suspend aid payments to Greece over what it said was a shortfall of EUR3bn -4 bn.
June 20- The U.S. Agriculture Department, probing how a genetically engineered trait entered an Oregon wheat field and the extent of the contamination, has tested a dozen wheat samples and is looking at a national seed storage facility in an effort to resolve the mystery and calm a troubled market for U.S. wheat exports, a spokesman said on Thursday.
Tropical Storm Barry, which made landfall on Thursday along the coast of Veracruz, Mexico, has weakened into a tropical depression, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.