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  • 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...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York regulators say Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Honeywell International are required to pay for the investigation and cleanup of a toxic chemical in an upstate village's drinking water. It was formerly owned by Honeywell predecessor AlliedSignal Laminated Systems. New Jersey- based Honeywell noted the companies' voluntary...

  • WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department is sanctioning three leaders of the Islamic State, including a senior oil official, who are instrumental in the group's finances and recruitment. Thursday's action is another step in the Treasury's efforts to disrupt the group's ability to profit from illicit oil sales in Iraq and Syria and hamper its access the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve of New York releases its February survey of manufacturers, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases the Producer Price Index for January, 8:30 a.m.; Commerce Department releases housing starts for January, 8:30 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases industrial production for January, 9:15 a.m.; Federal Reserve releases...

  • BRUSSELS— Greece and its international creditors are still weeks away from any possible agreement about the targets that Athens must meet to secure billions to rebuild its shattered economy. He said technical-level talks must continue at a good pace so senior officials can return to Athens "and reach agreement in a few weeks. In return for a bailout worth...

  • WASHINGTON— Protecting the privacy of law-abiding citizens from the government is a pillar of Ted Cruz's Republican presidential candidacy, but his campaign is testing the limits of siphoning personal data from supporters. Cruz's sophisticated analytics operation was heralded as key to his victory in Iowa earlier this month— the first proof, his campaign...

  • PARIS— Leading global cosmetics company L'Oreal saw its sales grow 12 percent last year, with increases across old and new markets despite difficulties in Brazil and global economic uncertainty. The Paris- based company reported Thursday that its net profit fell to 3.3 billion euros in 2015 from 4.9 billion euros the year before. L'Oreal said growth...

  • BRUSSELS— Portugal's fellow states in the 19- nation eurozone are keeping a wary eye on its new government's plans to roll back budget austerity measures, with the bloc's top executive and Germany both warning the country not to miss deficit targets. Although Portugal has received conditional approval for its budget from the European Commission, German...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Sterling fell to a 15- month low against a basket of currencies on Thursday, as investors fretted about slowing global growth prospects and their impact on the UK economy, with some pricing in risks of an interest rate cut in Britain. Interest rate markets are not pricing in a Bank of England rate hike until 2020. Sterling was down 0.5 percent against...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Fears that the negative interest rates employed by a growing band of central banks could be doing irreparable damage to the financial sector are spurring a search for even more radical alternatives. The Bank of Japan has just become the latest central bank to join the sub-zero club, Sweden took its rates even deeper into negative territory on...

  • PARIS, Feb 11- Five small bronze statues by French 19th century sculptor Auguste Rodin will be auctioned in Paris next week, including a cast of his celebrated "The Kiss", which is estimated at 1.5 to 2 million euros. The five statues, to be sold by auction house Drouot on Tuesday, come from the collection of late French art dealer Jean de Ruaz, who bought them from the...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- "The aluminium market continues to, in our view, face the greatest bearish fundamental shock in a generation, and perhaps, in its history." The Wall Street heavyweight is now projecting aluminium will trade at $1,350 per tonne on a 12- month horizon, down from its previous estimate of $1,550. On the London Metal Exchange three-month metal is today...

  • BRUSSELS _ Wabco Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $98.7 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.36 per share. Wabco expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.30 to $5.80 per share.

  • PARIS— Two top Uber executives appeared Thursday in court in charges that could send them to prison and offer the ride-hailing company one of its most serious legal challenges to date in France. But it continues to operate in France despite repeated strikes and sometimes violent tensions with taxi drivers, and is not outlawed entirely as it is in Spain and Italy.

  • *Wall Street expected to open down 1.7 percent. *Hong Kong shares lead Asia equity markets lower. Wall Street was expected to open almost 2 percent lower.

  • PARIS— Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe and the U.S., as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings. The bank saw its share price stumble 12 percent and major rivals like Deutsche Bank and UniCredit saw losses of nearly 10 percent. In the U.S., Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Bank of America...

  • LONDON, Feb 11- Sterling fell to a 15- month low against a basket of currencies on Thursday, diving almost 3 percent against the safe-haven yen, as nervous investors fretted about global growth and were pricing in a chance of a interest rate cut in Britain. Interest rate markets are not pricing in a Bank of England rate hike until 2020. Sterling was down 0.9 percent...

  • BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel says Germany will give a 500 million-euro loan to Iraq to help rebuild the country's infrastructure. At a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Thursday in Berlin, Merkel said Germany also wants to help with the demining of cities and towns in Iraq so the country's 3 million internal refugees can return to their...

  • ISTANBUL, Feb 11- Toyota Motor Corp will begin production in Turkey this year of a new hybrid engine car model with an investment of more than 350 million euros, the Japanese automaker said on Thursday. "This is the first time somebody will make a hybrid vehicle in Turkey," he said. The investment will increase to 1.7 billion euros the company's total investment in...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Feb 11- Chicago corn futures slipped for a seventh consecutive session on Thursday as record U.S. ethanol stocks added to concerns about faltering demand and swelling grain supplies. The Chicago Board Of Trade most-active corn contract fell 0.2 percent to $3.59-1/ 2 a bushel by 1215 GMT. It was trading just above this week's low of $3.59-1/ 4, which...