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  • *OPEC oil production up 140,000 bpd in July- Reuters survey. LONDON, July 31- Oil prices steadied on Friday as a sharp fall in the dollar balanced evidence of growing oversupply, with core OPEC producers pumping near record levels. Brent crude oil was down 25 cents at $53.06 a barrel by 1350 GMT.

  • LONDON, July 31- Gold reversed earlier losses on Friday as the dollar fell after weaker-than-expected U.S. data, but prices remained on course for their biggest monthly decline in more than two years on expectations the Federal Reserve will soon raise rates. "There is no wage inflation in the U.S. and that was the trigger for the sharp move in the euro/dollar rate,...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- As traders, market pundits and economists jaw over whether the Federal Reserve this year will lift its benchmark lending rate for the first time in almost a decade, several corners of the U.S. bond market are not waiting around. Banks, money market mutual funds and other investors do not want to be stuck with low-yielding debt when the U.S. central...

  • LONDON, July 31- The dollar fell by a third of a percent against the euro on Friday, the lack of decisive new direction from numbers on the U.S. economy prompting traders to take profit on its rise since Wednesday's statement by the Federal Reserve. Another 1 percent fall in Brent crude helped drive the Norwegian crown and Australian and Canadian dollars lower...

  • LONDON/ CAIRO, July 31- Imports of food, including wheat, are dropping sharply to Libya, which has the highest per capita bread consumption in the world, as foreign shippers run scared of making direct deliveries due to worsening turmoil. The risks are now so high ship owners should contact their insurers before each trip, said Jonathan Moss, head of transport with...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- As traders, market pundits and economists jaw over whether the Federal Reserve this year will lift its benchmark lending rate for the first time in almost a decade, several corners of the U.S. bond market aren't waiting around. Banks, money market mutual funds and other investors want to avoid being stuck with low-yielding debt when the U.S....

  • LONDON, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after oil producers' cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. "All commodities are down," said Abhishek Deshpande, oil analyst at Natixis. Benchmark North Sea Brent crude headed for its fifth consecutive weekly fall after...

  • LONDON _ Aon PLC on Friday reported second-quarter earnings of $178 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.29 per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.98 billion.

  • *Gold eyes biggest monthly fall since June 2013. LONDON, July 31- Gold slipped on Friday and was on course for a sixth straight weekly fall, its longest retreat in 16 years, as the dollar remained firm after upbeat U.S. economic data encouraged bets on the Federal Reserve raising interest rates in September. "Gold is an asset that pays no interest or coupon and the rate...

  • *Top miner Nickel Asia eyes record exports this year. MANILA, July 31- Philippine nickel miners, hit by a slump in prices, may have found an unexpected ally in the El Nino. "The impact of El Nino on our operations is going to be positive," said Emmanuel Samson, the CFO of top miner Nickel Asia Corp. "The dry weather means our mines can continue to be productive in October or...

  • LONDON, July 31- IAG, owner of British Airways and Iberia, said on Friday it will continue to focus on driving down costs as competition intensifies both within Europe and as rivals put on more capacity on its all-important transatlantic routes. IAG, which is buying Aer Lingus to add to a portfolio comprising BA, Iberia and Vueling, said its unit revenue per...

  • LONDON, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday as concern over global oversupply intensified after the head of oil producers' cartel OPEC indicated there would be no cuts in production despite a huge global oversupply. Badri said rising demand would prevent a further fall in oil prices and suggested cuts in OPEC output would not have much impact on the market.

  • LONDON— Lloyds Banking Group says first-half net income rose 18 percent to 677 million pounds as the government-backed bank accelerated its recovery from the financial crisis. The bank, bailed out by taxpayers in 2008, disclosed Friday that the government's stake had been reduced to just 15 percent from as much as 43 percent. CEO Antonio Horta-Osorio said in a...

  • LONDON, July 31- The dollar steadied near a one-week high against a basket of currencies on Friday and was on track for an almost 2 percent monthly rise, with the latest U.S. growth data supporting the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates this year. "Expectations of a September rate hike were probably marginally firmed up on the growth data but it...

  • July 31- Martin Sorrell's WPP and buyout firm Providence agreed on Friday to buy British marketing group Chime Communications for 374 million pounds in a bid to turn the smaller group into a global sports marketing agency. The offer from Providence and shareholder WPP includes an interim dividend of 2.53 pence per share. WPP, which owns about 20 percent of Chime,...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— China's stock market extended loss while other global stocks mostly gained Friday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter. KEEPING SCORE: Europe opened moderately higher with Britain's FTSE 100 up 0.1 percent to 6,673.08 and Germany's DAX gaining 0.2 percent to 11,277.44. Japan's Nikkei 225 added...

  • *Asia stocks set for July loss after worst China drop in 6 years. SINGAPORE/ TOKYO, July 31- Asian shares inched higher on Friday but were still set to post a loss for July, led by China's biggest monthly drop in six years. Financial spreadbetters predicted Britain's FTSE 100 to open 2 to 4 points higher, or up 0.06 percent, Germany's DAX to gain 2 to 3 points, or almost flat...

  • SEOUL, South Korea— China's stock market extended its loss for a second day while other Asian stocks were mostly up Thursday after data showed the U.S. economy posted solid growth during the second quarter. Japan's Nikkei 225 was flat at 20,525.29 while Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.4 percent to 24,602.11. Stocks in Australia and New Zealand were higher as...

  • LONDON- Bank of England holds Monetary Policy Committee meeting. LONDON- Bank of England announces interest rate decision- 1100 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England will release the minutes from its August policy meeting- 1100 GMT.

  • NEW YORK— In one of his first forays into policy as a presidential candidate, Republican Donald Trump calls for the deportation of all 11 million people estimated to be living in the country illegally while allowing the "really good people" to return. Deporting them all "is impractical and is opposed by a large majority of Americans," said Clint Bolick, an Arizona...