PARIS, March 10- French companies see little hope for domestic growth this year and are stepping up efforts to cut costs and fine-tune product lines to contend with stubbornly tough market conditions.» Read More
NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. oil fell by more than $1 per barrel on Monday, pressured by an unexpected drop in China's exports that stoked fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy. Data from the IntercontinentalExchange showed the same managers raised their bullish Brent positions to their highest since October.
*Profit-taking noted after USDA supply view tops expectations. *China concerns add to pressure on soybeans. Corn futures also sagged, dropping 2.6 percent from the six-month high hit last week, after USDA raised the global supply view.
*Cocoa dealers worry about quality despite good weather. NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 10- Arabica coffee prices on ICE climbed to a two-year high in light volume on Monday after top grower Brazil's parched coffee belt received less weekend rain than expected, raising the prospect of a 2014/ 15 global deficit. Cocoa was up a shade after nearing 2-1/ 2- year highs.
TORONTO, March 10- Barrick Gold Corp said on Monday it plans to sell about 13.5 percent of its holdings in its majority-owned subsidiary African Barrick Gold. In 2012, the company attempted to sell a part, or all of its interest in African Barrick Gold to China National Gold Group, but those talks fell apart last year.
NAIROBI, March 10- Kenya will push ahead with a debut Eurobond even though market conditions have deteriorated and it is not clear what yield it will have to pay, Finance Minister Henry Rotich said on Monday.
BRUSSELS, March 10- In its effort to show Russia it means business over Ukraine, the European Union may have created extra problems for itself in committing to a quick political deal with Kiev while leaving closer economic ties for later.
*Facebook shares hit another record after UBS raises target. NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. stocks fell on Monday weighed by soft data out of China, lingering concerns over Russia's claim over part of Ukraine and Boeing's latest production setback.
FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, March 10- Brussels dealt a blow on Monday to two major Russian pipeline projects to supply natural gas to Europe, in the latest sign of strains in the energy links between Moscow and the European Union. Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimea region has already shaken political relations between Russia and the European Union.
Apollo Group unchanged at $32.99. Career Education Corp. unchanged at $7.18. Strayer Education Inc. rose$. 45 or. 9 percent, to $47.94.
Cigna Corp. rose$. 38 or. 5 percent, to $79.39. Humana Inc. fell$. 24 or. 2 percent, to $110.68. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 36 or. 5 percent, to $77.76.
American Electric Power Co. rose$. 02 or percent, to $49.35. Consolidated Edison Inc. Holding Co. fell$. 01 or percent, to $55.43. Dominion Resources Inc. fell$. 10 or. 1 percent, to $68.34.
ConAgra Foods Inc. fell$. 11 or. 4 percent, to $29.37. General Mills Inc. fell$. 32 or. 6 percent, to $50.48. Hormel Foods Corp. rose$. 07 or. 1 percent, to $47.35.
Allergan rose $1.05 or. 8 percent, to $129.04. Baxter International Inc. fell$. 02 or percent, to $67.48. Boston Scientific Corp. fell$. 10 or. 7 percent, to $13.60.
Ballard Power Systems Inc. rose 37.5 percent to $7.26 with 29,651,900 shares traded. Capstone Turbine Corp. rose 9.3 percent to $2.00 with 10,261,700 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 1 percent to $21.76 with 14,417,000 shares traded.
BP PLC fell$. 03 or. 1 percent, to $48.40. ConocoPhillips rose$. 14 or. 2 percent, to $66.65. Exxon Mobil Corp. rose$. 21 or. 2 percent, to $95.20.
Cimatron Ltd. fell 13.8 percent to $8.20. Elecsys Corp. fell 10.4 percent to $13.58. eGain Communications Corp. fell 10.3 percent to $8.47.
NEW YORK-- Shares of some top gold companies are mixed at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 21 or 1.1 percent, to $19.70. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 37 or 1.5 percent, to $24.23.
Baxter International Inc. fell$. 02 or percent, to $67.48. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. rose$. 01 or percent, to $55.84. Eli Lilly& Co. rose$. 01 or percent, to $58.61.
Ballard Power Systems Inc. rose 37.5 percent to $7.26. Plug Power Inc. rose 36.3 percent to $11.27. Northwest Biotherapeutics Inc. rose 35.3 percent to $8.20.
Becton, Dickinson& Co. rose$. 02 or percent, to $115.59. Covidien rose$. 07 or. 1 percent, to $71.42. PerkinElmer fell$. 48 or 1.0 percent, to $45.36.