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  • *Aussie dollar reels from China's Dalian port ban on coal import. NEW YORK, Feb 21- Wall Street stocks fell on Thursday due to a deteriorating economic outlook that was only partially offset by signs of trade progress between China and the United States, while gold and oil prices retreated from their recent peaks. Signs of positive developments in U.S.-Sino trade...

  • *U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war. Losses were capped by OPEC- led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures fell 13 cents to $57.03 a barrel by 11:43 a.m. EST after touching a 2019 high of $57.55 the previous day.

  • *UK MPs may get vote on new Brexit deal next week. LONDON, Feb 21- Euro zone government bond yields rose after surveys showed business activity was surprisingly firm in February, on hopes of a new Brexit deal and as the market continued to digest the latest FOMC minutes. Corresponding surveys for Germany and the euro zone as a whole showed more of a mixed picture,...

  • *Nigeria signals willingness to limit output. Losses were capped by OPEC- led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures fell 17 cents to $56.99 a barrel by 10:26 a.m. EST after touching a 2019 high of $57.55 the previous day.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 21- The U.S. dollar fell against most major currencies on Thursday, hurt by weaker-than-expected U.S. economic data that affirmed expectations the Federal Reserve will hold interest rates this year. "Overall, the durable goods data provide further reason to think that economic growth will soon slow to below its 2 percent potential pace, which will...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- Sterling was lifted on Thursday by hopes that Prime Minister Theresa May can secure changes to her Brexit deal from Brussels. The British currency has swung wildly in recent sessions as May tries to persuade European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker to modify her withdrawal deal and then get the tweaked agreement through the British...

  • *Aussie falls as China's Dalian port bans Australian coal imports. *London, Frankfurt, Paris inch lower, U.S. futures up. LONDON, Feb 21- Signs the United States and China were tackling some of the stickiest issues in their trade war kept world shares near a four-month high on Thursday, though it could not prevent a favourite Chinese proxy, the Aussie dollar, hitting the...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- Britain posted its biggest budget surplus on record in January despite a slowing economy, putting finance minister Philip Hammond on course to announce the lowest annual borrowing since 2002 in a fiscal update due just before Brexit next month. Britain ran a surplus of 14.895 billion pounds in January, official data showed, the highest since...

  • *U.S. sanctions vs Iran and Venezuela support prices. LONDON, Feb 21- Oil prices hovered around 2019 highs on Thursday, bolstered by OPEC- led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, but were capped by slowing growth in the global economy. OPEC and its de facto leader Saudi Arabia agreed late last year, along with producer allies such as Russia, to cut output...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ LONDON Feb 21- Workers led by South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plan to down tools at gold and platinum mines next week in support of colleagues at Sibanye-Stillwater who are striking over wages and job cuts. AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Anglo American Platinum Lonmin, Village Main Reef and DRDGold have...

  • *UK MPs may get vote on new Brexit deal next week. LONDON, Feb 21- Euro zone government bond yields rose after surveys showed business activity was surprisingly firm in February, particularly in France, and on news that British lawmakers could vote on a new Brexit deal as soon as next week. Corresponding surveys for Germany and the euro zone as a whole showed more of a...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- As Brexit talks drag on, sterling trading volumes in London, the world's biggest forex trading center, are languishing well below long-term averages, with long-term investors and sovereign players set to stay on the sidelines until the crisis is over. Dollar/pound remains the second-most traded exchange rate in London but average daily...

  • *U.S. sanctions vs Iran and Venezuela support prices. LONDON, Feb 21- Oil prices hovered around 2019 highs on Thursday, bolstered by OPEC- led supply cuts and U.S. sanctions on Venezuela and Iran, but were capped by slowing growth in the global economy. OPEC and its de facto leader Saudi Arabia agreed late last year, along with producer allies such as Russia, to cut output...

  • British Gas lost 742,000 customers in 2018. LONDON, Feb 21- Shares in British Gas parent Centrica slumped to a 16- year low on Thursday after the group warned a national price cap on energy bills, a fall in nuclear output and lower volumes at its oil and gas division would hit its 2019 results. Late last year Centrica, whose British Gas unit is Britain's largest energy...

  • *Aussie falls as China's Dalian port bans Australian coal imports. *London, Frankfurt, Paris inch lower, U.S. futures up. LONDON, Feb 21- Signs the United States and China were tackling some of the stickiest issues in their trade war kept world shares near a four-month high on Thursday, though it could not prevent a favourite Chinese proxy, the Aussie dollar, hitting the...

  • *French business survey surprises to the upside. LONDON, Feb 21- Euro zone government bond yields rose after surveys showed business activity was surprisingly firm in February, particularly in France, though poor manufacturing readings across the bloc kept a lid on the move. This initially pushed euro zone yields 2-3 basis points higher across the board, but...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- Euro zone government bond yields hovered near recent lows before the release of a survey of euro zone businesses that is expected to confirm subdued growth in the region and keep demand for bonds strong amid optimism over U.S.- China trade talks. Similar readings for the euro zone's two largest economies, France and Germany, will precede the...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- BAE Systems said German moves to block exports to Saudi Arabia could hit its major deals with the Kingdom, weighing on Britain's biggest defense company's financial performance and relationships. BAE said it was reliant on the approval of export licenses by a number of governments in order to continue supplies to Saudi Arabia.

  • *Aussie falls as China's Dalian port bans Australian coal imports. TOKYO, Feb 21- Asian shares pulled ahead to fresh 4-1/ 2- month highs and U.S. equity futures rose on a Reuters report that the United States and China have started to tackle the stickiest issues in their trade war. Spread-betters expect Frankfurt's DAX and Paris's CAC open up half a percent and 0.4...

  • *Venezuela needs fuel for petrol stations and crude blending. MEXICO CITY/ MOSCOW/ LONDON, Feb 21- Venezuela is paying heavy premiums for fuel imports from Russia and Europe, with fewer than a dozen sellers seeing the risk as worth the reward after flows from the United States dried up because of sanctions, trading sources said and data showed.