NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 29- Gold prices tumbled more than 2 percent to a two-week low on Thursday, while silver fell more than 6 percent and platinum more than 3 percent as the U.S. That's what's turned gold down here, "said Bill O'Neill, co-founder of commodities investment firm LOGIC Advisors in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey. Spot gold fell to a two-week low of $1,251.86...» Read More
SYDNEY, Aug 20- Shanghai copper dropped towards a major level of support in overnight trade on Wednesday, a break of which could trigger a downleg in prices given forecasts of improving supply. *The most-traded October copper contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange slipped by 0.4 percent to 49,000 yuan a tonne in early trade on Wednesday.
Aug 19- Kroger Co, the largest U.S. supermarket operator, is the latest high-profile company caught in the battle over gun rights and gun control in the United States.
TOKYO, Aug 20- Japan's customs-cleared crude oil imports fell 2.7 percent in July from the same month a year earlier, while liquefied natural gas imports hit the highest for the month of July on firm demand from utilities amid a total nuclear power plant shutdown, government data showed on Wednesday.
*Euro/dollar at 9- month low, risks fall below $1.30. *Dollar/yen seen testing July peak of 103.15 yen. TOKYO, Aug 20- The dollar held firm near 11- month high against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday after strong U.S. housing data added to hopes of a firming recovery in the world's biggest economy.
PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA AVERAGE SOYBEAN POD COUNT AT 1,103.26 PODS IN 3- BY-3 FOOT AREA, DOWN FROM 1,138.94 LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 1,106.62 PODS.
PRO FARMER MIDWEST CROP TOUR ESTIMATES NEBRASKA CORN YIELD AT 163.77 BUSHELS PER ACRE, UP FROM TOUR ESTIMATE OF 154.93 BPA LAST YEAR AND THE THREE-YEAR TOUR AVERAGE OF 146.81.
*Liberia records most new deaths, worries over Monrovia. The epidemic of the hemorrhagic disease, which can kill up to 90 percent of those it infects, is ravaging the three small West African states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, and also has a toehold in Nigeria, Africa's biggest economy.
SINGAPORE, Aug 20- Gold was stuck firmly below $1,300 an ounce on Wednesday and looked likely to extend losses to a fourth session as strong U.S. economic data bolstered stock markets, dimming bullion's appeal as a safe haven. *Spot gold had slipped about 70 cents to $1,294.60 an ounce by 0026 GMT, after dropping 1.3 percent in the last three sessions.
TOKYO, Aug 20- Asian stocks were steady on Wednesday after strong U.S. housing data lifted Wall Street shares, helping nudge Treasury yields higher and keeping the dollar well bid against the euro and yen. Tokyo's Nikkei gained. 0.2 percent and South Korea shares rose 0.4 percent. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat.
The company previously forecast full-year 2014 adjusted profit of $1.70 to $2 per share on revenue of $11.4 billion to $11.7 billion. Hertz said in June that it would restate or correct financial results for the past three years to fix accounting errors originating in 2011..
TOKYO, Aug 20- U.S. crude oil futures rose closer to $95 in early Wednesday trade, after tumbling close to $2 in the previous session, on a deeper than expected petroleum stock fall and increased tensions in the Middle East.
TOKYO, Aug 20- Japan's exports rose in July for the first time in three months in a tentative sign that demand overseas is starting to recover, which could raise hopes that exports can offset a slump in consumer spending.
TOKYO, Aug 20- Japan's exports rose 3.9 percent in July from a year earlier, government data showed on Wednesday, up for the first time in three months in an encouraging sign that a pick-up in external demand will bolster economic growth. That resulted in a trade deficit of 964.0 billion yen, versus an expected shortfall of 702.5 billion yen.
WASHINGTON, Aug 19- Top members of the House of Representatives Financial Services panel are threatening to subpoena the U.S. Export-Bank over the bank's refusal to make three employees available for questioning as Congress considers whether to renew the bank's charter.
NEW YORK, Aug 19- When calm and order is finally restored to Ferguson, Missouri, the city's leaders may find little room to maneuver to resolve an issue that has long inflamed racial tensions: traffic tickets.
TOKYO, Aug 20- Citigroup Inc is considering the sale of its Japanese retail unit and has approached about 10 banks, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday, as the U.S. banking company struggles to turn around its Japanese operations.
Aug 19- Hertz Global Holdings Inc said it is withdrawing its full-year forecast and expects earnings to be well below its previous guidance due to challenges in the rental car and equipment businesses and costs related to its review of the past three years' financial results.
SYDNEY, Aug 20- AGL Energy Ltd, Australia's No. 2 gas and electricity retailer by sales, on Wednesday booked a 3.9 percent fall in underlying annual net profit as it experienced a warmer-than- expected winter and demand for energy fell.
Aug 19- The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating a report by a U.S. cybersecurity firm that it uncovered some 1.2 billion Internet logins and passwords amassed by a Russian crime ring, the largest known collection of such stolen data.
Aug 19- Brokerage firm Wedbush Securities rejected Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's charges, saying its risk management controls were consistent with the regulator's guidance.