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  • BERLIN, Oct 19- Airbus said its defence chief Dirk Hoke will no longer attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the latest senior industry executive to skip next week's event amid concern about the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He told reporters that Berlin would draw its consequences once Riyadh provided a statement on the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 19- U.S. Treasury yields climbed to session peaks on Friday as Wall Street stock prices extended 1/ 4 initial gains, rebounding from losses a day earlier tied to concerns about Italy's budget and U.S.- Saudi Arabia relations. At 10:06 a.m., benchmark 10- year Treasury yield was 3.203 percent, up nearly 3 basis points from late on Thursday, while the 30-...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 19- U.S. home sales fell in September by the most in over two years as the housing market continued to struggle despite strength across the broader economy. The National Association of Realtors said on Friday that existing home sales dropped 3.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.15 million units last month. NAR Chief Economist...

  • With additional tariffs on China coming into play next year, Honeywell's costs could run into hundred of millions of dollars, up from tens of millions of dollars in 2018, the company told analysts in an earnings call.

  • Oct 19- The deficit and debt numbers for Canada in the federal government's Annual Financial Report being released on Friday will be higher than projected because of an accounting change Ottawa is making, CBC News reported.

  • *China resists opening markets or cutting subsidies. BRUSSELS, Oct 18- European governments pressed China on Friday to allow greater foreign investment in its economy, using a two-day summit with Asian leaders to push back against U.S. protectionism but facing familiar resistance from Beijing over state subsidies. China has been promising for years to ease...

  • *U.S.- China trade war weighs on sentiment. LONDON, Oct 19- Oil prices rose on Friday on signs of surging demand in China, the world's second-biggest oil consumer, although the market was heading for a second week of losses on rising U.S. inventories and concern that trade wars were curbing economic activity. Benchmark Brent crude oil jumped $1.14 a barrel, or 1.4...

  • DELL TECHNOLOGIES INC TO SCHEDULE TRACKING STOCK OWNER VOTE ON ITS OFFER FOR DEC. 11- SOURCES.

  • Spot gold added 0.3 percent to $1,228.51 an ounce by 1252 GMT. The metal has gained 0.9 percent this week and hit a 2-1/ 2- month high on Monday at $1,233.26. Sensitivity to equity markets is helping gold at the moment, "said Macquarie commodity strategist Matthew Turner.

  • Interpublic, home to Madison Avenue icon McCann, has managed to keep pace with an industry that is shifting to targeted advertising models by Google and Facebook. "We saw both existing client increases from a year ago and the benefit of net new business wins," Chief Executive Officer Michael Roth said on a post-earnings call. "IPG is certainly outpacing its peers in...

  • Oct 19- Apparel maker VF Corp's second-quarter results topped Wall Street expectations and raised its forecast for the year on Friday as demand for its popular Vans sneakers and The North Face outerwear offset losses in its other businesses. It raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $3.65 per share from the previous expected range of $3.52 to...

  • LONDON, Oct 19- U.S. natural gas stocks are going into winter at the lowest level for fifteen years despite a slightly faster rate of injections into storage over the summer than in 2016 or 2017.. Working gas stocks in underground storage reached 3,037 billion cubic feet on Oct. 12, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Until a few weeks ago, most...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 19- The European Central Bank's policy meeting will be relegated to a sideshow next week as the wrangle over Italy's budget takes the main stage. For the Rome government, standing up to Brussels could translate into votes, while for the Commission, giving in would create a dangerous precedent that could destabilize the euro zone, especially since...

  • PARIS, Oct 19- While France has experienced political turbulence and disappointing economic data in recent months, beneath the surface are signs of deeper change that suggest President Emmanuel Macron's reform drive is starting to bear fruit. Together, they are evidence of more meaningful, structural economic changes afoot that might one day, albeit not yet,...

  • *Acacia seeks direct talks with Tanzania. LONDON, Oct 19- Acacia Mining threatened to use a bilateral investment treaty to force face-to-face talks with Tanzania over a long-running tax dispute that has seen the gold miner hit with a huge tax bill. An investment treaty between Tanzania and Britain could compel the east African country to have dialogue with...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 19- Almost a third of all cryptocurrencies that were financed through online fundraisers last year have lost "substantially all value," while the vast majority are trading below their listing price, according to an Ernst& Young report published on Friday. "This looks worse than we thought," Paul Brody, global innovation leader for blockchain...

  • OTTAWA, Oct 19- Canada's annual inflation rate dropped sharply in September, falling to 2.2 percent from 2.8 percent in August as transitory price pressures from gasoline and air travel eased, Statistics Canada said on Friday. September marked the eighth consecutive month it has exceeded the Bank of Canada's 2.0 percent target. The central bank, which has...

  • DUBAI, Oct 19- A Western boycott of a major business conference in Riyadh next week suggests rising political risks in Saudi Arabia could harm its ambitions to attract foreign capital and diversify its economy away from oil. Rather than whipping up interest in Saudi investment opportunities, the event risks becoming a public relations debacle because of the...

  • *Euro recovers after falling to 2- mth low on Italy worries. U.S. stocks were set for a higher open, however, as a handful of major U.S. corporations beat results forecasts, offsetting concerns about political and growth risks in Europe, China and Saudi Arabia. Late on Thursday, the European Commission told Italy that planned government spending was too high, its...

  • GENEVA, Oct 19- Disputes over U.S. tariffs and retaliatory moves by other states have sparked 12 requests for adjudication at the World Trade Organization, signalling an escalation in global trade tensions. China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Norway, Russia and Turkey have all requested that the WTO set up a panel of adjudicators to judge the legality of...