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  • SINGAPORE, Feb 12- Chicago soybeans climbed to a one-week high on Friday, rising for a second session on support from strong demand for U.S. exports as the market eyes the return of Chinese buyers to make further purchases. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybeans are up 0.9 percent this week, partially recouping last week's 1.7 percent loss.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 12- U.S. soybeans edged up to a one-week high on Friday and was set to post a weekly gain of nearly 1 percent, underpinned by strong demand for U.S. supplies. *The USDA said on Thursday morning that weekly export sales of soybeans totalled 601,000 tonnes. *The USDA reported weekly corn export sales of 346,100 tonnes, well below forecasts for 800,000 to 1.1...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- The Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee will hear from the top U.S. antitrust bosses next month to discuss a wave of big mergers over the past year, according to a staffer briefed on the hearing. The Justice Department's Bill Baer, the assistant attorney general for the antitrust division, and Edith Ramirez, chairwoman of the...

  • ITASCA, Ill. _ Knowles Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $187 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $305 million.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year, as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to reports from Federal Reserve Banks on Thursday. Access to such credit tightened in the fourth quarter, and is expected to continue to be squeezed in...

  • CHICAGO _ Groupon Inc. on Thursday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $46.5 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $841 million. Groupon expects full-year revenue in the range of $2.75 billion to $3.05 billion.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- U.S. soybean futures rose 1.3 percent on Thursday as the U.S. Agriculture Department's report of stronger-than-expected exports spurred a round of short-covering, traders said. "All things considered, we still have some demand," said Bill Gentry, a broker at Risk Management Commodities in Chicago. The USDA said on Thursday morning that weekly...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- After a brutal selloff that sent shares of small companies reeling, some investors have been starting to come back selectively to some of those stocks, but for the group as a whole, recovery could take a while. The index is down 27 percent from its June 2015 high and three quarters of the companies in that index have lost at least 20 percent, which puts...

  • *Deep skepticism that U.S. rate hikes will happen in 2016. WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Congress with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown in global markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. As she did at a House of Representatives panel on...

  • NEW YORK— Shares of the Boeing Co. plummeted Thursday after a report said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating the aircraft manufacturer's accounting. Shares of the Chicago- based company fell 12 percent at one point during the day, about an hour after Bloomberg News published a report that said the SEC was looking into the cost and sales...

  • STORRS, Conn.— The standard textbook for Fundamentals of General Chemistry I at the University of Connecticut has a list price of $303. For students who use the version professor Edward Neth is preparing for the fall semester, the cost will be zero. The movement has made rapid gains over the past year, often driven by students, such as UConn activists who sparked a...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- U.S. soybean futures rose 1.1 percent on Thursday as the U.S. Agriculture Department's report of stronger-than-expected exports spurred a round of short-covering, traders said. "All things considered, we still have some demand," said Bill Gentry, a broker at Risk Management Commodities in Chicago. At 10:35 a.m. CST Chicago Board of Trade March...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Capitol Hill with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown on global stock markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. Yellen, testifying before the Senate Banking Committee, stressed the bright spots in the U.S....

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's region covers...

  • CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was 2.50 cents higher at $4.6360 a bushel; March corn was 1 cent higher at $3.6120 a bushel; March oats were 1.50 cents higher at $1.9060 a bushel; while March soybeans was 6.50 cents higher at $8.6860 a bushel. April live cattle was 2.18 cents lower at...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa utilities regulators are considering whether to allow a Texas company to bury 346 miles of a crude oil pipeline under farmland and give it authority to use eminent domain to force unwilling landowners to sign easements. Iowa is the only state yet to approve the permit for the $3.78 billion Bakken pipeline, which will carry about a...

  • *All 10 S&P sectors fall, led by financials. Feb 11- U.S. stock indexes plummeted on Thursday morning as investors spooked by the health of the global economy jettisoned stocks and fled to safe-haven assets. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial conditions and uncertainty about China and the risks that posed to the...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— Morgan Stanley will pay $3.2 billion in a settlement over bank practices that contributed to the 2008 financial crisis, including misrepresentations about the value of mortgage-backed securities, authorities announced Thursday. Morgan Stanley said it previously reserved funds for all related amounts. The Justice Department said the $2.6...

  • OAK BROOK, Ill. _ TreeHouse Foods Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $37.3 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.03 per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $865.3 million.

  • *Oil slump, Yellen comments stoke worries. Feb 11- U.S. stock indexes were set to open sharply lower on Thursday, with investors piling into safe haven assets as another fall in oil prices and cautious comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen rekindled doubts about global economic health. Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial...