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  • *Trade war raises doubts over U.S. bean exports to China. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board of Trade slipped 0.4 percent at $8.26-1/ 2 a bushel by 0329 GMT. "We have a record crop in the United States and the trade war has reduced China's demand for soybeans, the market is unlikely to rise or sustain gains in this situation," said Phin Ziebell, an...

  • TOKYO, Sept 20- Japan's automakers association said on Thursday it hoped that the North American Free Trade Agreement would maintain its current framework as the United States, Canada and Mexico update the trade pact amid growing trade tensions between the United States and its trading partners. "Japanese automakers' businesses in North America are based on...

  • *China should focus on' Silk Road' trade nations-Ma. Sept 20- Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma said the company can no longer meet its promise to create 1 million jobs in the United States due to U.S.- China trade tensions, Chinese news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Ma has already warned that the trade war between the world's two largest economies could last decades...

  • 25- Sep Italy Zero coupon/BTPi auction 25- Sep Netherlands DSL Auction 26- Sep Germany Auction of 5- year Federal notes 26- Sep Italy Bills auction 26- Sep Japan Auction of 40- year government bonds 26- Sep Norway Auction Treasuries 26- Sep Sweden Auction of Treasury bills 27- Sep United States Sale of 7- year notes 27- Sep Italy Medium-long term auction 27-...

  • **BERLIN- German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz holds a speech on "100 years of sales tax" in Germany- 0730 GMT. FRANKFURT- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann speaks in Freiburg, Germany- 1515 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Riksbank Deputy Governor Cecilia Skingsley will hold a breakfast presentation on the economic situation and current monetary policy- 0700 GMT.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 19- A former Petroleos Mexicanos board member said on Wednesday Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has enough political support to change the nation's energy law and should postpone planned competitive oil auctions until the law is revised. Lopez Obrador, who takes office on Dec. 1, handily won Mexico's presidential election...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is set to nominate former Federal Reserve economist Nellie Liang to the central bank's board of governors, tapping an official who played a key role at the Fed in dealing with the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters confirmed the president's intention, which was first reported...

  • WASHINGTON/ OTTAWA, Sept 19- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday he wanted to see flexibility from the United States if the two sides are to reach a deal on renewing NAFTA, which Washington insists must be finished by the end of the month. "We're interested in what could be a good deal for Canada but we're going to need to see a certain amount of...

  • WINNSBORO, S.C.— A South Carolina television maker says it can stay open after President Donald Trump's administration took its parts off a tariff levied against China. Henry McMaster says the components Element TV Company uses to make its televisions are off the tariff list. Spokesman Brian Symmes says the company told the governor it will no longer have to lay...

  • Foreign government hackers continue to target the personal accounts of U.S. senators and their aides— and the Senate's security office has refused to defend them, a lawmaker says. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered that "at least one major technology company" has warned an unspecified number of...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. senator says foreign agents are targeting senators' personal accounts, but Senate security hasn't defended them.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— Three young computer hackers whose "botnet" known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the internet two years ago have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, were...

  • CARLSBAD, Calif. _ Natural Alternatives International Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $2.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Carlsbad, California- based company said it had profit of 41 cents. Natural Alternatives shares have declined slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • AutoNation Inc., up 82 cents to $43.91. Fitbit Inc., up 31 cents to $6.11. MGM Resorts International, up 78 cents to $28.37.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Coinbase has hired finance executive Brian Brooks as chief legal officer, it said on Wednesday, as the cryptocurrency exchange grows its compliance and government affairs capabilities amid intensifying regulatory scrutiny of the nascent market. In that role he led the company's legal department and government relations group, and was a...

  • *Dow hits highest closing since Jan 29. NEW YORK, Sept 19- The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones industrial average rose on Wednesday, with the Dow hitting its highest closing level since late January as rising Treasury yields boosted the financial sector and trade worries subsided. "The sharp rise in the 10- year that you've seen in the last few days and the widening of the...

  • RALEIGH, N.C. _ Red Hat Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $86.9 million. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $827.6 million. For the current quarter ending in December, Red Hat expects its per-share earnings to be 87 cents.

  • ZEELAND, Mich. _ Herman Miller Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $35.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Zeeland, Michigan- based company said it had profit of 60 cents. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $639.9 million.

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— Five years and almost $100 million later, cleanup is complete on a massive oil pipeline leak in North Dakota that has been called one of the biggest onshore spills in U.S. history, industry and state officials said Wednesday. The spill by Tesoro, now known as Andeavor, was found by a Tioga farmer in September 2013. The Texas- based company and regulators...

  • WASHINGTON— The path to peace in a trade war between the United States and China is getting harder to find as the world's two biggest economies pile ever more taxes on each other's products. China has vowed to counterpunch with tariffs on $60 billion in U.S. goods. President Donald Trump is ready to up the ante, threatening to tax just about everything China ships to...