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  • BRUSSELS, Sept 21- Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 21- Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan...

  • *OPEC meeting in Vienna on Friday. *OPEC to discuss potential extension of production cuts. "The bull run in the oil market is running out of steam as unease builds ahead of tomorrow's OPEC/ non- OPEC meeting," said Stephen Brennock, analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.

  • BUDAPEST/ PRAGUE, Sept 21- Hungarian government debt yields fell to new record lows and the forint led Central European currencies lower on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled balance-sheet tightening and one more rate hike in 2017. Tighter Fed policy would make risky assets in emerging markets, including the European Union's eastern members,...

  • MUNICH, Sept 21- Siemens is in talks to merge its rail business with that of either Alstom or Bombardier and will pick a preferred partner within days for further negotiations, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday. Rail mergers have become a trend over the last few years as global companies seek to contain costs and Western ones struggle with...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— An appeals court has upheld the Dutch government's ban on a former Uber ride-hailing service in the Netherlands. Uber halted the service in 2015 in the Netherlands. Other countries, including France and Germany, also have banned UberPop.

  • BRUSSELS/ LONDON, Sept 21- Hurricane Harvey's crippling impact on U.S. oil refinery operations this month and the challenge buyers faced in filling the gap in gasoline supplies has exposed a shortage of spare refining capacity around the globe. Global refining is considered to be running at its maximum when capacity utilisation is 85.5 percent, the highest...

  • The rebalancing process was never going to happen overnight; it was never going to happen in a linear fashion; and it was always going to require a concerted effort, OPEC observed. OPEC has often stated that it wants to see the contango narrow as part of the rebalancing process. Crude in floating storage has fallen by 30 million barrels since the start of the year,...

  • GENEVA— The World Trade Organization has revised sharply upward its forecast for world trade growth this year to 3.6 percent, citing "resurgence in Asian trade flows" and a rebound in North American import demand. The upturn compares to what the Geneva- based trade body called a "lackluster" performance of 1.3 percent growth last year. Director-General Roberto...

  • *Move may cause troubles with Washington, other rich nations. BRUSSELS, Sept 21- The European Commission said on Thursday it may seek to implement tax reform to raise more revenue from online giants without the backing of the United States and other rich nations, in a move that could spark a new transatlantic dispute. To prevent some smaller EU economies such as...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 21- Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 21- Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 21- Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan...

  • BRUSSELS, Sept 21- Spain's EU partners fear a mounting crisis over Catalans' latest push for independence, and their public support for Mariano Rajoy belies some disquiet that the conservative prime minister's hardline tactics might backfire. Few foreign leaders will speak out on a domestic dispute in which government and courts in Madrid say the Catalan...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Sept 21- Chicago wheat, corn and soybean futures edged lower on Thursday as strength in the dollar after a Federal Reserve policy statement encouraged prices to consolidate ahead of export data watched for signs of strong soybean demand. The Chicago Board of Trade most-active soybeans were down 0.6 percent at $9.64 a bushel by 1142 GMT, while...

  • *OPEC meeting in Vienna on Friday. *OPEC to discuss potential extension of production cuts. "The bull run in the oil market is running out of steam as unease builds ahead of tomorrows OPEC/ non- OPEC meeting," said Stephen Brennock, analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil Associates.

  • *Norway's central bank shortens path to rate hike. LONDON, Sept 21- The dollar rose to a two-month high against the yen on Thursday after a hawkish-sounding U.S. After some talk before the meeting that the Fed could hold off from raising rates again this year, the dollar jumped on the statement and extended those gains on Thursday to a two-month high of 112.725 yen.

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, Sept 21- The ECB may consider scaling back purchases of corporate bonds more slowly than those of government debt when it starts tapering its massive stimulus scheme, partly because the bank is nearing self-imposed limits on what it can buy. The European Central Bank has signaled it is ready to pull back from its 2.3 trillion euro...

  • *OPEC meeting in Vienna on Friday. *OPEC to discuss potential extension of production cuts. OPEC and its allies have agreed to reduce output by about 1.8 million barrels per day until March 2018 in an attempt to empty inventories.

  • LONDON, Sept 21- Germany's election on Sunday is at once the most mundane political event of the year for markets and a defining moment that could shape Europe's future for a generation. Angela Merkel is widely expected to be re-elected chancellor and Wolfgang Schaeuble is set to remain as finance minister, retaining their posts as two of the most powerful and...