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  • *Dollar index touches 11- year high in Asia. *Eurogroup meeting to discuss Greece up next. The yield spread fuelled the greenback's rally last week, when the dollar index posted its biggest weekly gains since late 2011. It ran into some profit-taking in Europe on Monday, and the index was last down 0.2 percent at 97.45.

  • MEAT ANIMAL RESEARCH CENTER BLOCKED UNTIL IMPROVED OVERSIGHT, ANIMAL WELFARE STANDARDS IMPLEMENTED- USDA SEC'Y.

  • LONDON, March 9- WPP strengthened its position at the top of the advertising industry last year as its geographical reach and strong digital sales gave it the edge over its two closest rivals, who were distracted by a failed merger. WPP, which counts the likes of Ford, Unilever and Microsoft among its clients, reported a 3.3 percent rise in 2014 like-for-like net...

  • *Alcoa to buy RTI International for $1.5 bln. NEW YORK, March 9- U.S. stock index futures fell on Monday, continuing a recent downtrend on Wall Street as investors speculated over whether interest rates could be raised sooner than expected. The Dow is also near record levels, while the Nasdaq is 2.4 percent below its record close, which was hit in March 2000.

  • March 9- CTI BioPharma Corp said its experimental blood cancer treatment achieved the main goal of a late-stage study, sending its shares up 24 percent in premarket trading. CTI BioPharma said nearly 18,000 patients are estimated to live with myelofibrosis in the United States. Pacritinib, one of four cancer compounds CTI BioPharma is developing, is a...

  • FDA asks AcelRx for additional trial on pain drug Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 7:45 AM ET

    March 9- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations asked the company to conduct an additional clinical study on its pain drug. AcelRx said on Monday it would not resubmit the drug's regulatory application this quarter due to the communication from the FDA.

  • LONDON, March 9- Euro zone bond yields fell on Monday as the European Central Bank and the bloc's national central banks began buying bonds under a 1 trillion euro money-printing programme. It has pledged to spend 60 billion euros a month buying mostly government bonds until September 2016 or until euro zone inflation is pushed back towards its target of just...

  • March 9- Loblaw Cos Ltd, Canada's largest grocer, said it would invest more than C $1.2 billion in its Canadian business in 2015.. The investment includes construction projects for dozens of new and existing stores, e-commerce expansion, and continued investment in supply chain and IT infrastructure, the company said on Monday. The investment is expected to...

  • March 9- CTI BioPharma Corp said its experimental blood cancer treatment achieved the main goal of a late-stage study. Data from the study showed that the drug, pacritinib, was significantly better than the "best available therapy" as prescribed by the patients' physician to treat myelofibrosis. Myelofibrosis is a form of blood cancer that makes the bone marrow...

  • March 9- Loblaw Cos Ltd, Canada's largest grocer, said it would invest more than C $1.2 billion in its Canadian business in 2015.. The investment includes construction projects for dozens of new and existing stores, e-commerce expansion, and continued investment in supply chain and IT infrastructure, the company said on Monday. The investment is expected to...

  • *Indexes have fallen for two straight weeks. NEW YORK, March 9- U.S. stock index futures were lower on Monday, pointing to a continued downtrend on Wall Street as investors continued to question whether an interest rate increase could come sooner than previously expected. The Dow is also near record levels, while the Nasdaq is 2.4 percent below its record close,...

  • OECD: Euro zone growth gaining pace, others stable Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    PARIS, March 9- The euro zone is increasingly contributing to an improvement in global economic growth prospects, according to a forward-looking indicator the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development published on Monday. It edged higher too in Brazil and India but fell in Russia to 99.3 from 99.5. Within the euro zone, the reading for Germany...

  • All eyes on Apple's Cook as Watch launch expected Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 9- Apple Inc Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook on Monday is expected to announce details of the first product developed under his leadership, a watch that Apple hopes will transform the market of wearable technology. Companies, including Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, LG Electronics Inc, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Qualcomm Inc,...

  • PUNTA GORDA, Fla., March 9- The first peaches are ripe for harvest in Florida, bred to thrive where Mother Nature never intended the fruit to grow, alongside the state's signature rows of orange and grapefruit trees. Peaches naturally belong in cooler climates such as Georgia, whose famous crop is just now poised to bloom, two months away from harvest.

  • *China imports 280,000 T of copper in Feb. LONDON, March 9- Copper rebounded from a two-week low on Monday as investors shrugged off weak trade data from top metals consumer China and bet that demand would increase there following a holiday. Certainly, I think over the next few weeks we will see a pick-up in physical demand for copper in China. "

  • BERLIN, March 9- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras would be welcome to visit Berlin, a German government spokeswoman said on Monday, but there are no concrete plans for a visit at the moment. The leftist Greek leader is not currently on Berlin's guest list, said spokeswoman Christiane Wirtz, adding: "He remains welcome in Germany and in Berlin especially."

  • *Gold holds near lowest since December. LONDON, March 9- Gold rose on Monday as the dollar rally paused but remained near a three-month low after a strong U.S. jobs report boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would soon raise interest rates. It fell 2.6 percent on Friday, its biggest daily loss since Oct. 1, 2013, and reached its lowest since Dec. 1 at $1,163.45...

  • LONDON, March 9- Turkey's lira snapped an eight-day losing streak on Monday to trade just off record lows to the dollar, and other European emerging-market currencies firmed as the ECB began its bond-buying programme. A robust jobs report in the United States on Friday boosted the dollar to 11 1/ 2- year highs and pushed up Treasury yields. MSCI's emerging equity...

  • SHANGHAI, March 9- China will let local governments convert up to 1 trillion yuan in debt to lower interest bonds as it seeks ways to ease their massive debt burden without crippling the broader economy. Beijing is struggling to rein in local government debt, estimated around $3 trillion. The Ministry of Finance said in a statement on Sunday that local...

  • AMSTERDAM/ BRUSSELS, March 9- Euro zone officials played down plans submitted by cash-strapped Greece to its international creditors in a bid to secure fresh funds, a day after Athens' outspoken finance minister irked EU partners by raising the prospect of a referendum. Speaking before finance ministers of the currency area meet in Brussels on Monday,...