*Front-month U.S. crude futures were at $59.67 per barrel at 0000 GMT on Thursday, up 3 cents from their last settlement. *With Brent prices weighed by OPEC's oversupply and U.S. prices supported by the peak demand season and lower stocks, Brent's premium over U.S. contracts has fallen to just over $4 per barrel, down from almost $8.50 in mid-April.» Read More
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-- More than 1,000 people registered to bid on the remnants of former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling's failed video game company during an auction in Providence, R.I.. Bidding stretched nearly 12 hours Tuesday, wrapping up around 10 p.m. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corp. says about 95 percent of the items were sold.
WASHINGTON-- Investors withdrew money from stock mutual funds for the 13th consecutive week during the period ended Oct. 17, although cash was pulled out at a slower pace than during previous weeks. Investors withdrew a net $1.4 billion from U.S. stock funds, the Investment Company Institute said in a preliminary report Wednesday.
Now, there are reports of good production in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria while the harvest is progressing in West Africa, said Jack Scoville, vice president of Price Futures Group. In other trading, most commodity prices were lower after more disappointing economic news from Europe outweighed a positive report on China's manufacturing sector.
*Says not aware of China- Canada quid pro quo talks. OTTAWA, Oct 24- Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said on Wednesday he knew of no direct talks between Canadian and Chinese officials about making approval of CNOOC Ltd's bid for Nexen Inc conditional on the approval of Canadian deals in China.
The suit, filed Wednesday by the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, also underscored how Bank of America's purchase of Countrywide in July 2008, just before the financial crisis, backfired severely. He also charged that Bank of America has resisted buying back soured mortgages from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which bought loans from Countrywide.
Oct 24- Data-storage equipment maker EMC Corp cut its full-year outlook on Wednesday, echoing peers also hurt by tight-fisted customers who are putting off spending amid slow economic growth and ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
BROOMFIELD, Colo.-- Shares in Level 3 Communication shares slipped Wednesday after the Internet services company reported a deep third-quarter loss and less revenue than Wall Street expected. The Broomfield, Colo., company said it lost $166 million, or 76 cents per share, on about $1.59 billion in revenue.
NEW YORK, Oct 24- The euro slipped against the dollar and yen on Wednesday on signs of further decline in the economy of regional powerhouse Germany, but global shares rebounded slightly after Tuesday's hefty fall. Boeing Co reported stronger-than-expected earnings and raised its full-year 2012 outlook, supporting the Dow.
Oct 24- Eli Lilly and Co and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co posted lower-than-expected profit as their former top medicines were pounded by cheaper generics and sales of other products disappointed, sending their shares lower. Lilly earned $1.33 billion, or $1.18 per share, in the third quarter. That compared with $1.24 billion or $1.11 per share a year earlier.
OTTAWA, Oct 24- The Bank of Canada halved its forecast for third-quarter economic growth in Canada to 1.0 percent, annualized, on Wednesday and said the degree of slack in the economy has widened, suggesting rate hikes could come later than thought.
TORONTO, Oct 24- Canada's Competition Bureau said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with Air Canada and United Continental Holdings that prohibits them from coordinating on 14 transborder routes but clears the way for a joint venture that excludes those routes.
Oct 24- European health regulators granted conditional approval to Pfizer Inc's Xalkori to treat advanced non-small cell lung cancer in patients with a specific genetic mutation, the company said on Wednesday.
*Barclays cuts target to $800 from $810. Oct 24- Apple Inc's ``iPad mini'' will attract new customers but the higher-than-expected price is unlikely to make it a threat to low-cost tablets such as Amazon.com Inc's Kindle, analysts said, in a muted reaction to the new tablet.
BILL COMES DUE: After an extended decline, the state of the automobile industry in Europe, which has been wracked by a broadening recession, became abundantly clear Wednesday. France was forced to throw a lifeline to the continent's No. 2 carmaker, Peugeot Citroen, and Ford announced it would close its massive factory in Belgium, costing 9,500 jobs.
SAO PAULO, Oct 24- Brazil will raise the required amount of ethanol blended into gasoline to 25 percent from the current 20 percent by the end of June next year, the country's oil regulator said on Wednesday. Brazil had lowered the amount of ethanol in gasoline to 20 percent in October 2011 due to a shortage of the biofuel and an increase in its price.
MADISON, Wis.-- Unemployment rates are dropping across Wisconsin. Racine had the highest unemployment rate of any city at 10.7 percent followed by Beloit at 9.9 percent. Rates ranged from a low of 4.3 percent in Pierce County to a high of 13.7 percent in Menominee County.
LONDON, Oct 24- Brent crude oil fell for a seventh consecutive session on Wednesday after U.S. crude stocks rose last week, offsetting earlier strength prompted by signs that Chinese demand could stage a recovery. Brent crude was down 42 cents at $107.83 a barrel by 1455 GMT and looked on track for its lowest close since early August. U.S. oil fell $1 cents to $85.67.
Oct 24- Boeing Co posted stronger-than-expected results for the third quarter on Wednesday as its defense business improved and commercial aircraft deliveries surged, and the company raised its full-year forecast for the third time this year.
BURLINGTON, Vt.-- The state Attorney General's office has sued a company called VerMints, saying it has mislabeled its tins of mints as Vermont products. It says from 2006 to 2010, the company sold over 1.3 million tins prominently labeled " Vermont's All Natural Mints," or " Vermont's All Natural Pastilles."
General Motors, which owns the Chevrolet brand, unveiled the new 6.2- liter V-8 on Wednesday. The new version of the Corvette will be unveiled at January's North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The sleek sports car has been an icon of Detroit muscle since its debut in 1953..