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  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Walmart Inc, Target Corp and Best Buy Co have made changes to their gift card programs to reduce the risk of fraud as consumers enter the holiday shopping season. Barbara Underwood and Josh Shapiro, the attorneys general of New York and Pennsylvania, announced the changes on Tuesday, as part of a more than year-long initiative to thwart scam artists.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Hedge fund Elliott Management on Tuesday asked Mitek Systems Inc to scrap a so-called "poison pill" to let it buy more stock and said it may press for board changes after the software company took steps to protect itself from the activist investor. Elliott is increasing the pressure on San Diego- based Mitek at a time when software company ASG...

  • BEIJING, Nov 20- The failure of the countries attending a major Asia-Pacific summit to agree on a communique resulted from certain countries "excusing" protectionism, a top Chinese diplomat said, in a veiled criticism of Washington that further sours China-U.S. ties ahead of a meeting of the G20 nations. In Washington, a White House official rejected the Chinese...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- Oil prices tumbled more than 7 percent on Tuesday, with U.S. crude plunging to its lowest in over a year, caught in Wall Street's broader selloff fed by growing concerns about slowing global growth. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were down $4.24, or 7.4 percent, at $52.96 per barrel by 1:27 p.m. EST. Brent crude futures were $4.77, or 7.1 percent,...

  • MONTREAL, Nov 20- Canada's Bombardier Inc is the front-runner to win a New Jersey Transit rail car contract, two sources familiar with the matter said, in a boost for the plane-and-train-maker's North American business which has wrestled with delivery delays and has lost orders to rivals. Bombardier Transportation spokesman Eric Prud' Homme declined by email...

  • *Weak results from Target, Kohl's pressure retail stocks. *Apple leads declines among tech stocks. Nov 20- The S&P 500 hit a three-week low on Tuesday, as weak earnings from retailers including Target and Kohl's as well as a fall in energy shares added to worries for Wall Street, which is still reeling from a selloff in technology stocks.

  • UK PM MAY'S OFFICE SAYS MAY MADE CLEAR TO STURGEON THAT UK IS NEGOTIATING DEAL WITH EU THAT WORKS FOR ALL PARTS OF UK, DELIVERS ON RESULT OF REFERENDUM.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 20- The United States said on Tuesday it had moved to disrupt an Iranian-Russian network that sent millions of barrels of oil to Syria and hundreds of millions of dollars to indirectly fund militant groups Hamas and Hezbollah. U.S. officials said Russia facilitated the delivery of oil from Iran to Syria, and that a variety of mechanisms were used...

  • UK PM MAY'S OFFICE SAYS MAY MET WITH SCOTLANDS FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON TO DISCUSS PLANS FOR UKS EXIT FROM EU.

  • BRENT FUTURES FALL $4 TO SESSION LOW OF $62.71 A BARREL.

  • OTTAWA, Nov 20- The Bank of Canada will review its monetary policies and is open to making major changes, including a move away from its long-standing practice of targeting inflation, a senior official said on Tuesday. Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Wilkins said that while the inflation-targeting framework has promoted the economic and...

  • Addressing the margin pressures, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell reiterated on a conference call that its efforts to boost growth "involves a commitment of resources, which explains why I've already used the word investment five times in these remarks." Wall Street did not take well to Cornell's comments. " "Brian Cornell was outspoken multiple times in...

  • LONDON, Nov 20- European stocks fell on Tuesday, with banks weighing heavily on worries about slowing economic growth, fading earnings momentum, Italy's budget, and a lower likelihood of rate hikes in Europe next year. The pan-European STOXX 600 index fell 1.1 percent to its lowest level in more than three weeks, with Germany's DAX down 1.2 percent and Britain's...

  • *Shares of U.S. retailers tumble on weak earnings, outlooks. NEW YORK, Nov 20- World equity markets fell on Tuesday, with U.S. stocks hurt by worries over softening demand for the iPhone and corporate growth prospects, while oil prices sank on concerns about rising global supply. As the outlook for corporate earnings growth dims, equities are bound to lose their...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 20- U.S. soybean futures rose 1.2 percent on Tuesday, bouncing back a day from a sharp decline in a round of bargain buying after prices sank in the previous session to their lowest since Nov. 8, traders said. At 11:09 a.m. CST, Chicago Board of Trade. January soybean futures were up 10-1/ 4 cents at $8.84 a.

  • Nov 20- Kohl's Corp shares slumped as much as 12 percent on Tuesday after the department store operator forecast full-year earnings largely below estimates, blaming rising shipping costs and higher discounts during the holiday season. Chief Financial Officer Bruce Besanko said on a post-earnings call that there is going to be higher cost of shipping as...

  • Elliott is increasing the pressure on San Diego- based Mitek at a time that software company ASG Technologies, which the hedge fund owns, has been pushing to buy Mitek for $10 a share. Elliott wrote that ASG President and Chief Executive Charles Sansbury first approached Mitek about a possible takeover in August, roughly one week before the company announced...

  • LISBON, Nov 20- Wine output from Europe's fifth-largest producer Portugal slumped by an estimated 20 percent this year to two-decade lows due to a heatwave in August and heavy rains that interrupted harvesting in October. The National Statistics Institute said on Tuesday all the country's wine-producing regions were likely to churn out just 5.2 million...

  • Addressing the margin pressures, Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell reiterated on a conference call that its efforts to boost growth "involves a commitment of resources, which explains why I've already used the word investment five times in these remarks." Wall Street did not take well to Cornell's comments. " "Brian Cornell was outspoken multiple times in...

  • TOKYO, Nov 21- Japan's top steelmaker Nippon Steel& Sumitomo Metal Corp is bracing for a weaker steel market in Asia because the escalating Sino-U.S. trade war may crimp steel demand in top buyer China and in Southeast Asia, a senior executive said. "The biggest uncertainty is how steel demand and the market in China and Southeast Asia will change," Nippon Steel...