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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday to place "regulatory reform" task forces and officers within federal agencies in what may be the most far reaching effort to pare back U.S. red tape in recent decades. Trump signed the directive in the Oval Office with chief executives of major U.S. corporations standing behind him...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • Still to be worked out are details including the future of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor that was expanded in more than 30 states under Obamacare, and how a new healthcare law would be funded. One emerging scenario among Republicans is that the millions of people who received health coverage through the expansion of Medicaid...

  • *Dollar falls below 112 yen for first time since Feb. 9. NEW YORK, Feb 24- The U.S. dollar fell to a more than two-week low against the Japanese yen on Friday as investors doubted the likelihood of swift tax reform and a quick spending boost from U.S. Its first dip below 112 yen since Feb. 9 put the greenback on track for its second straight weekly loss against the Japanese...

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 24- Mexican national oil company Pemex produced 10.6 percent less crude oil in January than in the same month last year, the company said. January crude output averaged 2.02 million barrels per day, down from 2.26 million bpd during the same month in 2016, according to company data released on Friday. Mexico's oil regulator, the administrator of...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. benchmark 10- year Treasury note yields dropped to five-week lows on Friday, pressured by declines in Europe amid persistent political uncertainty and a soft batch of U.S. data that suggested a more mixed outlook for the world's largest economy. In Europe, German two-year yields fell to record lows, while France's 10- year bond yield hit.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. benchmark 10- year Treasury note yields dropped to five-week lows on Friday, pressured by declines in Europe amid persistent political uncertainty and a soft batch of U.S. data that suggested a more mixed outlook for the world's largest economy. In Europe, German two-year yields fell to record lows, while France's 10- year bond yield hit.

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— Puerto Rico's governor met on Friday with the U.S. treasury and health secretaries to seek support in pulling the island out of a deep economic crisis. Mnuchin also spoke by phone with the chair of a federal control board created by U.S. Congress last year to oversee Puerto Rico's finances. Rossello also met with U.S. Health and Human Services...

  • LIMA, Feb 24- Grana y Montero shares fell more than 30 percent on Friday on a report the Peruvian builder knew about $20 million in bribes paid to former President Alejandro Toledo by scandal-tainted Brazilian firm Odebrecht SA. Hildebrandt en sus trece, a local magazine, said the former head of Odebrecht Peru, Jorge Barata, told a prosecutor the firm's three...

  • *Hikes dividend to 2.06 eur/ pref vs Rtrs poll avg 1.86 eur. *2016 operating profit ex one-offs 14.6 bln euros. WOLFSBURG, Germany, Feb 24- Record Audi and Porsche sales helped Volkswagen swing to a record underlying profit in 2016, although a bigger than expected charge from the diesel emissions scandal meant it missed estimates for its operating profit.

  • *OPEC compliance 88 percent based on industry average. *LBBW cuts year-end Brent price forecast by $5 to $55/ bbl. NEW YORK, Feb 24- Oil prices fell about 1 percent on Friday as worries about rising U.S. supplies outweighed OPEC pledges to boost compliance with output curbs.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 24- Chinese heavy machinery maker Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group Co Ltd is in talks with Brazilian engineering firm OAS SA to form a joint venture for construction in Africa and Latin America, a person with direct knowledge of the matter said on Friday. The venture would be the first major step in OAS's efforts to rebuild itself almost three...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Feb 24- Gold reached its highest in 3-1/ 2 months on Friday as the dollar fell to a one-week low after the new U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that any steps U.S. "We've got a vacuum of policy, real rates going down, the dollar going sideways and geopolitical around the world... all helping gold," ICBC Standard Bank analyst Tom Kendall...

  • EXCLUSIVE-CHINA'S XCMG, BRAZIL'S OAS IN JOINT VENTURE TALKS -SOURCE.