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  • CHICAGO, July 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit-taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. "The weather so far is non-threatening," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans settled down 9-1/ 2 cents at $9.80-3/ 4 a...

  • NEW YORK/ 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 interest rates. "There is no wage inflation in the U.S. and that was the trigger for the sharp move in the...

  • *Oil hit by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. *5 rigs added this week to U.S. oil rig count- Baker Hughes. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude looking set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut.

  • LONDON, July 31- New Bank of England policymaker Gertjan Vlieghe said on Friday that he would sever all links with his previous employer, one of the world's biggest hedge funds, to avoid "any mistaken impression" of a conflict of interest. Vlieghe had wanted to stay part of a long-term incentive plan at Brevan Howard, where he was a partner, after he joins the BoE's...

  • *Oil weighed by bearish Reuters July survey on OPEC oil. NEW YORK, July 31- Oil prices fell on Friday, with U.S. crude set to post the largest monthly drop since the 2008 financial crisis, after signs that top producers in the Middle East were continuing to pump at record levels despite a growing global gut. July's losses came on the back of a stock market tumble in top...

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Chicago Board of Trade soybean futures fell on Friday, pressured by profit taking and the cancellation of an export deal with China, traders said. "The weather so far is non threatening," said Don Roose, president of brokerage U.S. Commodities in West Des Moines, Iowa. Chicago Board of Trade August soybeans were down 6 cents at $9.84-1/ 4 a bushel at...

  • *China equities rout dashes hopes of return to growth. Double digit growth rates during the first decade of the millennium lured scores of Western companies to invest heavily in China. Currently, in China we had negative order intake, "said Frans van Houten, chief executive of Dutch electronics group Philips NV, on a call with analysts on Monday.

  • LONDON, July 31- British Home Secretary Theresa May has intervened to reverse a decision by her officials and grant dissident Chinese artist and free speech advocate Ai Weiwei a full six-month visa to enter Britain, her government department said on Friday. On Thursday the artist, whose passport was returned by Chinese authorities last week four years after it...

  • *Dollar index on track for 1.2 percent gain in July. *Upbeat core inflation data bolsters euro. NEW YORK, July 31- The dollar fell against a basket of currencies on Friday, ending a decent month on a sour note as a record-low rise in U.S. employment costs in the second quarter dialed back bets the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates later this year.

  • LONDON, July 31- Copper prices fell on Friday on persistent worries about demand in top consumer China, but losses were muted after weak U.S. data prompted a slide in the dollar. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was down 0.4 percent at $5,240 tonne at 1435 GMT, after sliding as much as 1 percent in the morning and then bouncing briefly into positive...

  • *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— An experimental Ebola vaccine tested on thousands of people in Guinea seems to work and might help shut down the waning epidemic in West Africa, according to interim results from a study published Friday. There is currently no licensed treatment or vaccine for Ebola, which has so far killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa since the world's biggest...

  • 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...