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  • PARIS, Feb 23- European Union agriculture is being threatened by internal divisions and rival trading blocs, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday, calling for a large budget to defend EU goals on food quality and environmental protection. France is the EU's biggest agricultural producer and the main beneficiary of the bloc's Common...

  • **DALLAS- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to participate in "Fed Listens: A Conversation with Community Leaders in Southern Dallas," followed by a brief moderated discussion with Dallas Fed President Robert S. Kaplan- 1600 GMT. **DALLAS- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida to participate in a moderated discussion with Dallas Fed President...

  • *Soybeans inch up as U.S.- China trade optimism persists. *USDA secretary tweets China commits to buy U.S. soy. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Twitter that China, in a meeting at the White House, committed to buy an additional 10 million metric tons of U.S. soybeans.

  • *French court ordered UBS to pay $5 bln in penalties. PARIS, Feb 22- UBS was warned numerous times over a period of at least six years that its French private bank risked breaking local tax laws, according to the written judgement in a case where the Swiss bank faces a 4.5 billion euro penalty. The hefty sanction-- a 3.7 billion euro fine and 800 million euros in damages--...

  • *French court ordered UBS to pay $5 bln in penalties. PARIS, Feb 22- UBS was warned numerous times over a period of at least six years that its French private bank risked breaking local tax laws, according to the written judgment in a case where the Swiss bank faces a 4.5 billion euro penalty. The hefty sanction-- a 3.7 billion euro fine and 800 million euros in damages-- has...

  • EASES CURBS ON EXPORTS TO CHINA "read a Reuters headline on March 1, 1989, when Washington lifted long-standing restrictions on technology shipments to China. Next Friday not only marks the 30th anniversary of the decision, but it is also the deadline set by President Donald Trump for a deal to end the seven-month trade war between the United States and China, now...

  • *Wheat flat after volatile week, USDA export data eyed. PARIS, Feb 22- Chicago soybean and corn futures edged higher on Friday but gains were limited as investors waited for firmer indications that Washington and Beijing were making progress towards a trade agreement that could boost Chinese imports of U.S. crops. Traders said hopes fuelled by a Bloomberg report...

  • *U.S.-led allegations prompt scrutiny of China's Huawei. MADRID, Feb 22- Leading telecoms companies gather in Barcelona this weekend for their main annual trade fair under the shadow of a bitter clash between the United States and China over network security for the next generation of mobile services. GSMA Marketing Director Andrew Parker said the...

  • *CEE stocks mostly track global rise, led by Warsaw. Regional equities generally tracked Asia and Western Europe, where markets gained on optimism over U.S.- China trade talks, although company results in Europe were mixed. Warsaw outperformed, with its blue-chip index rising 1.1 percent by 1043 GMT, driven mainly by the rebound of oil company PKN Orlen.

  • LONDON, Feb 22- The euro dipped on Friday after a survey showed German business morale fell for the sixth month in a row, while the Australian dollar rebounded after China denied it had banned imports of the country's coal. It hit a two-week high of $1.1371 on Wednesday, helped by hopes for an easing of the U.S.- China trade conflict. "In the end, it is mainly the prospect...

  • President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi on Feb 27-28. Holding a signing ceremony during Trump's visit would help emphasise strengthening economic and military ties between the United States and Vietnam. President Barack Obama visited Hanoi in 2016..

  • *France says this only "first political discussion". BUCHAREST, Feb 22- European Union ministers began debating on Friday when to start trade negotiations with the United States, aware that U.S. Diplomats say Germany, whose exports of cars and parts to the United States are worth more than half the EU total, wants to press ahead.

  • PARIS, Feb 21- The e-commerce marketplace JOOM, whose mobile shopping app sells products from China at cut-rate prices directly to buyers, is recruiting French brands to bolster its merchant roster in a market it sees as key to cracking Europe and taking on Amazon. JOOM already offers 10,000 products from France and sees the home of haute-couture fashion as a...

  • LONDON, Feb 22- The euro held near a two-week high on Friday as investors waited for signs of how the euro zone economy is faring, while the Australian dollar rebounded after China denied it had banned imports of the country's coal. But hopes for an easing of the U.S.- China trade conflict pushed it up 0.2 percent on Friday, to $1.1351. Traders are watching for...

  • SHANGHAI, Feb 22- Shares in Asia recouped early losses on Friday, buoyed by strong gains in China as signs of progress in trade talks with the United States offset worries about a deteriorating global economic outlook. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.3 percent higher by mid-afternoon, having spent the day dipping in and out of...

  • PARIS, Feb 21- Utility Engie is poised to cut back its geographical spread of businesses and focus on grids and renewables in a 1 billion euro cost-cutting drive to bolster revenues, sources familiar with the matter said. Engie has been criticized for being too complex and conglomerate-like and CEO Isabelle Kocher is expected to address this in a 2019-2021...

  • NEW YORK, United States- Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida speaks before the 2019 Monetary Policy Forum hosted by the Initiative on Global Markets, University of Chicago Booth School of Business- 1700 GMT. NEW YORK, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Raphael Bostic to give opening remarks before the First Annual Joint...

  • *Soybeans, corn higher on optimism over U.S.- China talks. CHICAGO, Feb 21- Chicago wheat futures rebounded on Thursday after a four-day slide, while the grains market overall steadied as U.S. and China trade negotiators sketched an outline for what could be a deal to end the trade war. "The key driver for today is what is happening with the U.S.- China talks," said Don...

  • BERLIN, Feb 21- Germany's lower house of parliament on Thursday approved changes to labour laws making it easier for employers to fire high-income workers, a measure designed to encourage London- based financial institutions to move to Frankfurt after Brexit. The government fears Germany's strict labour laws, which make it difficult for employers to dismiss...

  • *FTSE 100 down 0.9 pct. *FTSE 250 UP 0.1 pct. The FTSE 100 was down 0.9 percent, while strength in sterling helped the domestically-focussed FTSE 250 add 0.1 percent.