CHICAGO-- Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery rose 8 cents to $6.54 a bushel; May corn was 2 cents lower at 4.89 a bushel; May oats sank 20 cents to $4.4625 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 19.75 cents to $14.5775 a bushel.» Read More
NEW YORK, Sept 17- Two years after getting its start in a downtown Manhattan park, Occupy Wall Street, the populist movement protesting economic inequality, marked its second anniversary on Tuesday with a protest near the New York Stock Exchange and a march near the United Nations.
HONG KONG, Sept 18- Hong Kong shares may start weaker on Wednesday ahead of Chinese home price data for August at 0130 GMT and an expected paring of stimulus by the U.S. Elsewhere in Asia at 0045 GMT, Japan's Nikkei was up 1.3 percent, while South Korea's KOSPI was down 0.4 percent.
SYDNEY, Sept 18- Asian markets held their breath on Wednesday as investors counted on the Federal Reserve to launch only a modest scaling back of stimulus later in the day, with all assets vulnerable to any hint of hawkishness from the world's most powerful central bank. The euro idled at $1.3354, near the recent 2-1/ 2 week peak of $1.3385.
SINGAPORE, Sept 18- Gold extended losses into a third session on Wednesday, falling about 1 percent to trade below $1,300 an ounce, with investors expecting the U.S. *Spot gold had fallen 0.9 percent to $1,297.76 an ounce by 0028 GMT. Gold is often regarded as a hedge against inflation.
SINGAPORE, Sept 18- U.S. oil futures steadied above $105 a barrel on Wednesday after a three-day slide as tensions over Syria receded. The contract fell to a two-week low of $104.94 on Tuesday as major world powers met to draft a resolution to destroy Syria's cache of chemical weapons, calming investor fears of an imminent U.S. military strike.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Republican leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives faced increasing pressure on Tuesday from their restive caucus for a stop-gap government funding plan that defunds or delays "Obamacare" health reforms.
Sept 17- The family that controls the Empire State Building could kick off a formal marketing process to sell it as early as this week by offering shares in a real estate investment trust, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
NEW YORK, Sept 17- Former Lehman Brothers President Joseph Gregory, who often commuted by helicopter to work before his bank went bust, is auctioning off a collection of centuries old furniture and artwork from his Long Island mansion which sold in June.
*White House opposed June proposal for cuts. WASHINGTON, Sept 17- Food-stamp defenders appealed for two dozen Republican defectors to help kill their party's proposed $40 billion cut in the main U.S. antihunger program as a close vote nears later this week in the House of Representatives.
AREQUIPA, Peru, Sept 17- Peruvian miner Volcan expects two new silver projects to add 8 million ounces to its current annual output of 22 million ounces, the company's president said on Tuesday. "These two projects will allow Volcan to add another 8 million ounces of silver on top of current production," he said.
SEATTLE, Sept 17- Boeing Co's 787-9 Dreamliner, a stretched version of its high-tech composite plane, successfully completed its first flight on Tuesday. The plane landed at 4:18 pm PST at Boeing Field in Seattle after about five hours in the air testing its control systems.
Sept 17- Pre-orders for Apple Inc's new plastic-backed, brightly colored iPhone 5 C have not been "overwhelming," and supply of both that model as well as a more expensive phone has been disappointing, a source at a U.S. wireless carrier told Reuters on Tuesday.
Sept 17- Ecotality Inc, a maker of charging stations for electric cars that won a $99.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy four years ago, has filed for bankruptcy protection and said it plans to auction its assets next month. Ecotality and five affiliates filed for Chapter 11 protection on Monday night with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Phoenix.
SYDNEY, Sept 18- The U.S. dollar held near a four-week trough against a basket of major currencies in early Asian trade on Wednesday as investors bet that any move by the U.S. The Fed's highly anticipated rate review ends later in the day and markets expect the central bank will probably announce a small reduction to its $85 billion monthly bond-buying programme.
*Seen scaling back bond buys to $75 billion per month. Most economists expect the Fed to scale back its monthly purchases by a modest $10 billion, taking them to $75 billion and signaling the beginning of the end to an unprecedented episode of monetary expansion that has been felt worldwide.
DETROIT, Sept 17- The U.S. Department of Energy will auction next month a green technology loan made to Fisker Automotive, a move that may allow the struggling company to mount a comeback under a new owner. The auction is scheduled for Oct. 11 with bids due on Oct. 7, according to a notice posted on Tuesday on govsales.gov, which tracks government asset sales.
Notable sentences in securities fraud cases include former Enron Corp Chief Executive Jeffrey Skilling, who in June received a reduced term of 14 years in prison; former WorldCom CEO Bernard Ebbers, who in 2005 was sentenced to 25 years in prison; and disbarred New York lawyer Marc Dreier, who was sentenced to 20 years in 2009. Insider-trading sentences are covered by a different section of the guidelines.
Sept 17- Adobe Systems Inc, known for its Photoshop and Acrobat software, expects subscriber growth to top the 331,000 it added in the third quarter due to strong demand from corporate customers.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The White House budget office directed federal agencies on Tuesday to prepare for the possibility of a federal government shutdown should Democrats and Republicans fail to find a budget compromise by the end of September.
WASHINGTON, Sept 17- The surveillance court that oversees the U.S. government's massive collection of telephone data gave its fullest defense to date on Tuesday of why it considers the program lawful, despite the uproar after its existence was made public in June.