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  • CHICAGO, Feb 21- Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Tuesday reported higher-than-expected U.S. sales, helped by more customer visits to its stores and accelerating online activity, and shares of the world's largest retailer rose more than 3 percent. Wal-Mart said it expected earnings per share of 90 cents to $1 for the current quarter and $4.20 to $4.40 for this fiscal year.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 21- Please ignore the alert on U.S. drivers logging record mileage in 2016 as it duplicates news released earlier at 10 a.m. EST.

  • DUBAI, Feb 21- Consumer price deflation hit Saudi Arabia in January for the first time in over a decade, official data showed on Tuesday, but plans for increased state revenues mean prices are unlikely to continue falling for more than a few months. Prices fell 0.4 percent from a year earlier last month, their first drop since the early 2000 s, and decreased 0.2...

  • BERLIN— Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the chief executive of PSA Group, the maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, to discuss its potential takeover of General Motors' German subsidiary. Merkel's spokesman said PSA boss Carlos Tavares told her Tuesday that the Opel unit would remain independent within the group. Opel employs 19,000 people in Germany out of a...

  • Feb 21- Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc tested home delivery by drone in Lithia, Florida, on Monday, the first step in what the company hopes will be a move toward more automated delivery. The Tampa- area test, which UPS said went as expected, came less than a month after UPS said it would push forward investment in automation and technology as the...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 21- Latin American currencies slipped on Tuesday after remarks by two U.S. policymakers fueled expectations of a Federal Reserve interest rate increase next month. Her speech echoed comments by Philadelphia Fed President Patrick Harker to Market News International, who said a March rate increase was an option. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock...

  • TORONTO, Feb 21- Ontario projected a C $1.9 billion deficit in the 2016-17 fiscal year, a report updating the province's fiscal outlook said, versus a C $4.3 billion deficit the province's Liberal government had expected in its budget update in November.

  • TORONTO, Feb 21- Ontario projected a C $1.9 billion deficit in the 2016-17 fiscal year, a report updating the province's fiscal outlook said, versus a C $4.3 billion deficit the province's Liberal government had expected in its budget update in November.

  • QUITO, Feb 21- Ecuador looked set for an April runoff between leftist ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno and former banker Guillermo Lasso in its presidential election, with 94 percent of votes from the weekend's first round of voting counted on Tuesday morning. Moreno was so far less than one percentage point short of the threshold needed to avoid a second...

  • President Donald Trump will reverse a handful of Obama-era environmental regulations in executive orders that could be signed as early as this week, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday, citing unnamed sources with knowledge of the orders. The orders will instruct the Department of the Interior to lift a ban on new coal mining leases on federal lands and...

  • BERLIN, Feb 21- PSA Group's chief executive gave guarantees to Germany's Angela Merkel in a phone call that Opel would remain independent in a merged company with PSA and also gave jobs and investment assurances, the chancellor's spokesman said on Tuesday. "PSA Chief Tavares stressed that both companies would complement each other well," spokesman Steffen...

  • Community Health has been looking to turn its business around by selling some of its assets in the past few months to ease its debt load of more than $15 billion. Community Health, which reported better-than-expected fourth quarter revenue on Monday, said it expects 2017 adjusted earnings before tax, depreciation and amortization in the range of $2.0 billion-...

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  • DRIVERS LOGGED ALL-TIME RECORD HIGH 3.22 TRILLION MILES IN 2016, UP 2.8 PERCENT OVER 2015- U.S.

  • ROUYN NORANDA, Quebec _ Richmont Mines Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $793,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Richmont Mines shares have climbed 37 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Richmont Mines, Earnings Report.

  • Feb 21- Retailer Tiffany& Co on Tuesday said it would appoint three independent directors to its board in a deal with hedge fund JANA Partners LLC, less than three weeks after the luxury jeweler's chief executive stepped down. Tiffany said on Feb. 5 that CEO Frederic Cumenal was stepping down amid disappointing results. Tiffany will also add to its board Roger...

  • *OPEC says 90 percent of oil output cuts made in January. *OPEC wants compliance with cuts even higher, says Sec-Gen. LONDON, Feb 21- Oil prices rose more than $1 a barrel on Tuesday after OPEC said it was sticking to its agreement to cut production and hoped compliance with the deal would be even higher.

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from a nonprofit group that wanted to sue individual IRS officials for targeting tea party groups that applied for tax-exempt status. The justices on Tuesday left in place an appeals court ruling that said the group could not sue former IRS official Lois Lerner and others for their roles in singling out...

  • *Bucharest stocks at 9- year high, Banca Transilvania record high. *Warsaw stocks hits 18- month high, Prague highest since Dec 2015. BUDAPEST, Feb 21- Bucharest stocks hit a 9- year high on Tuesday, driven by surging Banca Transilvania as bank stocks fuelled a rally in Central European equities markets.

  • TRUMP'S EXECUTIVE ORDERS COULD BE SIGNED AS EARLY AS THIS WEEK- WASHINGTON POST.