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  • BRASÍLIA, Feb 21- Brazil's agriculture minister said on Thursday a bill will be sent to Congress in the first 100 days of the year to introduce more self-monitoring of food processors, as the world's largest beef and chicken exporter has outgrown the current system that relies on daily presence of inspectors at meatpacking plants. The ministry will propose...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 21- DowDuPont Inc has won the final international regulatory approval needed, from the Philippines, for a global launch of a new line of genetically engineered soybeans, U.S. seed industry executives said on Thursday. Harry Stine, the chief executive of Stine Seed who is affiliated with MS Technologies, said in an email that the Philippines had...

  • Feb 21- Fidelity Investments parent FMR LLC said its 2018 operating profit rose 18.6 percent to $6.3 billion as new products like no-fee index funds helped the Boston mutual fund firm counter falling markets that reduced its total assets. Fidelity reported revenue of $20.4 billion, up 11.5 percent from the prior year, even as assets under management fell 1...

  • *Chairman says China- Canada relationship "not ideal". *Company plans to add 200 R&D jobs in Canada. TORONTO, Feb 21- Huawei Chairman Liang Hua said on Thursday the company is committed to increasing investment in Canada despite the arrest of its chief financial officer by Canadian police at the request of the United States last December.

  • AT&T SAYS IT HAS REMOVED ITS ADVERTISING FROM YOUTUBE, ONE MONTH AFTER ANNOUNCING IT WAS RETURNING TO THE PLATFORM- STATEMENT.

  • SPOT GOLD FALLS 1 PERCENT TO $1,325.66 PER OUNCE.

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 21- Rising gasoline prices in Brazil and improved economic prospects in 2019 are boosting the outlook for ethanol sales and mills may once again skew toward the biofuel and away from sugar as the new cane crop approaches. Brazil's oil company, Petrobras, increased prices for gasoline at refineries several times in recent days following higher oil...

  • BOSTON, Feb 21- Fidelity Investments parent FMR LCC said its 2018 operating profit rose 18.6 percent to $6.3 billion as new products like no-fee index funds helped the Boston mutual fund firm counter falling markets that reduced its total assets.

  • Haneda is located closer to downtown Tokyo than the capital's other international airport Narita, and flies to more destinations throughout Japan, making it attractive for both business travelers and tourists. Thursday is the deadline for applications to the U.S. Department of Transportation for the 12 extra Haneda slots that Japan has agreed to allot to...

  • *U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war. Feb 21- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday after a recent run of gains, pressured by weak economic data and a drop in healthcare shares, while investors kept a close watch on U.S.- China trade talks. "There are some concerning bits of data but the reaction is not terribly irrational because we're up quite a bit for the...

  • *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...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- New orders for key U.S.-made capital goods unexpectedly fell in December amid declining demand for machinery and primary metals, pointing to a sustained slowdown in business spending on equipment that could further crimp economic growth. The economy's outlook was also dimmed by other reports on Thursday showing a measure of factory...

  • Feb 21- Corsair Components, one of the world's biggest manufacturers of keyboards and computer peripherals aimed at the gaming market, is exploring a sale or an initial public offering that could value it at more than $1 billion, including debt, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Corsair, which is owned by private equity firm EagleTree Capital, has...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 21- Uzbekistan is seeking a $300 million loan from Russia's Gazprombank as it wants to increase output at its state-run Shurtan gas and chemical complex, the president's office said on Thursday. Uzbekistan's President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sent a request to officials at the energy and finance ministries to seek a $300 million loan from the Russian...

  • *Moody's reviews South Africa in late March. CAPE TOWN, Feb 21- Ratings agencies signalled their concern with South Africa's budget on Thursday, saying a 23 billion rand a year bailout for struggling state utility Eskom exemplified growing strain on the public purse before an election in May. The bailout forms part of efforts by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who...

  • TUNIS, Feb 21- Libya's National Oil Corporation said on Thursday it was concerned by developments at the south-western El Feel oilfield after eastern-based forces said they had taken control of the field.

  • President Donald Trump's administration has ended talks with California over federal plans to roll back fuel economy rules designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the White House said in a statement on Thursday. California and 19 other U.S. states have demanded the Trump administration abandon a proposal that it made in August to freeze fuel...

  • *Ten-item list of commodities, goods China will buy. WASHINGTON, Feb 21- The United States and China have started to outline commitments in principle on the stickiest issues in their trade dispute, marking the most significant progress yet toward ending a seven-month trade war, according to sources familiar with the negotiations. As officials hold high-level...

  • *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.

  • *Final report due by April 30. LONDON, Feb 21- Sainsbury's planned 7.3 billion pound takeover of Walmart's Asda can only be salvaged if Britain's competition regulator fundamentally changes its analysis of Britain's grocery market, experts said on Thursday. The Competition and Market Authority's provisional view, published on Wednesday, was the deal should...