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  • WASHINGTON, Jan 24- Oil companies Shell and Phillips 66 bought more than 6 million barrels of oil last week from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, according to a Department of Energy document released on Tuesday. Shell bought 6.2 million barrels of oil and Phillips 66 bought 200,000 barrels on Jan. 18, said the department document, seen by Reuters.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 24- Argentina's central bank kept its monetary policy rate unchanged at 24.75 percent for the eighth consecutive week on Tuesday, again citing expectations for falling core inflation in the coming months despite "mixed signals" for inflation in January. Consumer prices rose about 40 percent in 2016 with the economy in recession.

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Jan 24- The Environmental Protection Agency will delay implementation of the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Agriculture Department will pause rules affecting livestock as part of a freeze on regulations imposed by President Donald Trump's administration, trade groups said on Tuesday. Representatives of the EPA and U.S. Department of...

  • BRASILIA, Jan 24- Brazil's central bank will streamline reserve requirement rules to reduce credit costs for consumers without impacting monetary policy, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • BRASILIA, Jan 24- Brazil's central bank will streamline reserve requirement rules to reduce credit costs for consumers without impacting monetary policy, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday.

  • WASHINGTON— Employers significantly increased hiring in just three U.S. states last month, while five states reported large cuts. The Labor Department says that job totals were little changed in the other 42. In all of last year, half the states reported large job gains, while only two— Wyoming and North Dakota— lost a significant number of positions.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 24- A New York state appeals court on Tuesday reinstated the criminal conviction of former Goldman Sachs Group Inc programmer Sergey Aleynikov for stealing computer code from the bank as he prepared to jump to a high-speed trading start-up. It means Aleynikov, 46, who had won the overturning of two criminal convictions in a 7-1/ 2- year legal odyssey,...

  • DOVER, Del.— A Delaware judge has voided a bylaw amendment adopted by directors of weight-loss company Nutrisystem Inc. regarding removal of board members. Ruling in a lawsuit brought by a Nutrisystem shareholder who claimed company directors were trying to entrench themselves, the judge said Tuesday that the bylaw amendment violates Delaware's General...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 24- Senator Chuck Schumer, the top Democrat in the U.S. Senate, urged Republican President Donald Trump on Tuesday to implement one of his campaign promises and declare China a currency manipulator. President: if you really want to put America first, label China a currency manipulator, "Schumer told reporters. Trump's Treasury secretary nominee...

  • *S&P 500, Nasdaq hit record highs on bank, tech gains. *Oil prices rise as OPEC output cuts drain stocks. NEW YORK, Jan 24- Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors looked past U.S.

  • *OPEC exporters appear to be cutting output as promised. NEW YORK, Jan 24- Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday ahead of weekly U.S. inventory data on evidence the global market is tightening as lower production by OPEC and other exporters drains stocks. Brent futures gained 21 cents, or 0.4 percent, to settle at $55.44 a barrel, while U.S.

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  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 24- Gold fell nearly 1 percent on Tuesday, sliding from a two-month peak as investors took stock of U.S. Trump formally withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal on Monday and told U.S. manufacturing executives he would impose a hefty border tax on firms that import products after moving American factories overseas.

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  • President Donald Trump's decision to back out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, a $62 billion market for U.S. farmers, provides a fresh threat to a slumping agricultural economy that has grown increasingly dependent on exports. Trump won nearly two-thirds of the rural vote in November, with big agricultural states including Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio and...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 24- The U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday that an internal email sent to staff at its Agricultural Research Service unit this week calling for a suspension of public-facing documents, including news releases and photos, was flawed and that new guidance would be issued to replace it. President Donald Trump has cast doubt on whether...

  • BUENOS AIRES, Jan 24- Argentina posted a $2.1 billion trade surplus in 2016, government statistics agency Indec said on Tuesday, as a 6.9 percent decline in imports outweighed a smaller increase in exports. Argentina had posted a $2.7 billion trade deficit in 2015.. Argentina's exports totaled $57.7 billion in 2016, up 1.7 percent from last year, while imports...

  • SUPREME COURT Trump is meeting on Tuesday with Republican and Democratic Senate leaders to discuss his Supreme Court nominee, which he says he will announce next week. FBI Trump intends to keep James Comey as FBI director, a source says, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia.

  • SUPREME COURT Trump is meeting on Tuesday with Republican and Democratic Senate leaders to discuss his Supreme Court nominee, which he says he will announce next week. FBI Trump intends to keep James Comey as FBI director, a source says, amid reports that U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies are scrutinizing Trump associates over their ties to Russia.