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  • *Soybeans up 1 pct, potential yield loss after rains in Argentina. SINGAPORE, Feb 21- Chicago soybean futures gained almost 1 percent on Tuesday as the market recovered from its lowest in more than two weeks with rains in Argentina raising concerns over potential decline in yields. The Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybean contract rose 0.9 percent to...

  • BEIJING, Feb 21- China's central bank said on Tuesday that it will make dynamic changes to banks' targeted reserve requirement ratio rates, effective from Feb. 27. The People's Bank of China recently completed an assessment of banks' adherence to RRR regulations based on lending to rural sector and small firms in 2016, and said most banks meet their targeted RRR...

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.2 percent on Tuesday and held below a 19- month peak hit last Thursday. "We upgraded our China equities call last month because of the strong economic data and comments coming out from the new U.S. administration pointing to a softer stance towards China," said Francis Cheung, head of China- Hong...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- Crude futures rose for a second day on Tuesday, with data showing hedge funds are betting big across oil markets following OPEC production cuts agreed last year. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 31 cents, or 0.6 percent, at $53.71 a barrel at 0218 GMT, after rising about 0.5 percent in a shortened session on Monday due to a U.S. national holiday.

  • *Singapore plans carbon tax from 2019. SINGAPORE, Feb 21- A tax proposed by Singapore on emissions of greenhouse gases will likely cover the city-state's oil refineries, a government official said on Tuesday, driving up costs in one of the region's key energy hubs. Refineries in Singapore currently pay no taxes on carbon emissions, so such a tax would weigh heavily...

  • Feb 20- Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington& Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Arianna Huffington, who...

  • Buttner served as CNBC's Washington correspondent and hosted the network's " The Money Club" before joining Fox News in 2000.. Fox News host Neil Cavuto paid tribute to Buttner on his show " Your World with Neil Cavuto." Fox News announced her death on Monday.

  • HAVANA, Feb 20- The Mississippi ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport signed agreements in Cuba on Monday with an eye to future business and with a Republican U.S. senator from the state looking on, despite concerns President Donald Trump might backtrack on improved relations. There is great potential for business between these ports and Cuba due to the...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 21- U.S. soybeans rose 1 percent on Tuesday, rebounding from a more than two-week low hit in the previous session, as heavy rains in Argentina over the weekend stoked concerns over potential yield losses. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade rose 0.94 percent to $10.42-1/ 4 a bushel, having closed down 1.1 percent on Friday when...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning as the yen eased back against the dollar, although trading volumes were low as a holiday in the United States left investors short of the usual leads. "There is not a whole lot of factors for the market to trade on while it awaits Trump's address to the Congress on Feb. 28. Shikoku Electric Power rallied more than...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 20- Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said cash-strapped states that sign up for a debt relief program would get three years to repay loans owed to the federal government and private banks as long as they commit to drastic spending curbs. Meirelles told Globo TV's cable news network on Monday a new bill with the deal's terms would be...

  • *Toshiba want to complete sale by end of March 2018- source. TOKYO, Feb 21- Toshiba Corp wants to raise at least 1 trillion yen from the sale of a majority stake in its flash memory chip business as a buffer against any fresh financial problems, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. After flagging a $6.3 billion writedown on its U.S. nuclear unit earlier this...

  • MELBOURNE, Feb 21- London copper held its ground on Tuesday, near its highest in a week, supported by supply concerns amid industrial action in Chile and an Indonesian export permit dispute. *Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange traded flat at $6,071 a tonne by 0112 GMT, holding gains after a 1.9 percent rally the session before when it struck $6,105 a...

  • Feb 20- Uber Technologies Inc has hired former U.S. Holder and Tammy Albarran, who are partners at the law firm Covington& Burling, will look into the complaints about a manager at Uber, as well as general questions about diversity and inclusion, Chief Executive Travis Kalanick told his employees in a memo on Monday that was seen by Reuters. Arianna Huffington, who...

  • *Spot gold inched down 0.2 percent to $1,235.08 per. ounce at 0058 GMT, while U.S. gold futures also fell 0.2 percent to $1,236.2. *Holdings of the largest gold-backed exchange traded fund, New York's SPDR Gold Trust GLD, fell 0.28 percent on Friday from Thursday, while the largest silver-backed ETF, New York's iShares Silver Trust SLV, remained unchanged during the...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 20- Brazilian Finance Minister Henrique Meirelles said cash-strapped states that sign up for a debt relief program would get three years to repay loans owed to the federal government and to private banks as long as they commit to drastic spending curbs. Meirelles told Globo TV's cable news network on Monday that the bill with the terms of the debt...

  • TOKYO, Feb 21- U.S. crude futures rose for a second day on Tuesday, with data showing hedge funds are betting big across oil markets following OPEC production cuts agreed last year. West Texas Intermediate crude was up 23 cents at $53.63 a barrel at 0032 GMT. Investors now hold more crude futures and options than at any time on record, after members of the Organization...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 21- Asian stocks held near 1-1/ 2- year highs in subdued early trade on Tuesday as a holiday in the United States left investors with few catalysts, while the euro nursed overnight losses as lingering concerns about the looming French election rattled its bonds. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in opening trades...

  • *Le Pen narrows gap, French bonds sold. *Progress in Greece aid talk gives euro some relief. The euro could face further pressure given there's still time before the election, "said Ayako Sera, market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

  • 14- Mar Japan Auction of 20- year government bonds. 14- Mar Spain Auction of 3- and 9- month Treasury Bills. 14- Mar Netherlands DSL Auction.