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  • SAO PAULO/ BUENOS AIRES, Sept 20- Argentina's peso and benchmark equities index rose sharply on Thursday amid optimism over negotiations between the country's government and the International Monetary Fund, as well as central bank measures to strengthen the currency. Argentina is seeking support from the IMF to strengthen a $50 billion financing line...

  • BOGOTA, Colombia— Colombia's military says a holdout rebel faction has attacked a mining camp run by Toronto- based Continental Gold Inc. and killed three of its workers. The attack occurred in Yarumal, a mountainous area of Antioquia Province, where Continental Gold is conducting exploration work. Earlier this month a Continental Gold employee was killed in...

  • That left the assets equivalent to about seven months of Oman's merchandise imports-- still a comfortable level, since economists traditionally view three months of import cover as sufficient. But the decline in assets is worrying to some investors given Oman's external debt, which has increased rapidly in the last few years as the country borrows abroad to...

  • Shannon Beranek craved an iced coffee after toiling all morning in 94- degree heat. But the civil engineer owes almost six figures in college loans, so she parked outside a Dunkin' Donuts and watched the clock until the 99- cent drink special kicked in. This is life for Beranek, who is paying down around $93,000 in student loans from her bachelor's and master's...

  • NEW YORK— The Gap is stepping in to the men's athleisure wear game, which has exploded in recent years. The Gap Inc. is struggling with weak sales and follows others in recognizing a sustained demand for work-to-yoga studio clothing. Last month VF Corp., which makes Wrangler and Lee jeans, said it would break off its denim division to focus on its faster-growing...

  • MOSCOW, Sept 20- Russia is considering supporting sanctions-hit Russian Machines, which owns 61 percent of vehicle maker GAZ, by restricting government purchases from its rivals in the country. Russian Machines is owned by businessman Oleg Deripaska whom Washington imposed sanctions on in April, including companies in which he is a large shareholder.

  • GENEVA, Sept 20- Trading partners will demand more details from the United States at the World Trade Organization next week about its planned $12 billion aid package for U.S. farmers hurt by the Trump administrations tariff wars. The U.S. aid package, announced in July, is intended to shield U.S. farmers from the repercussions of trade disputes between the United...

  • SOCHAUX, France, Sept 20- PSA Group is pressing the French government to revive sales incentives on rechargeable hybrid vehicles as it rolls out plug-in versions of its larger models to meet tightening European emissions rules, the carmaker said on Thursday. "Were asking for the reinstatement of incentives on plug-in hybrid vehicles," said Laurent Fabre, a...

  • *FTSE 100 up 0.5 pct. LONDON, Sept 20- UK shares lagged their European peers on a trade war relief rally on Thursday, after better-than-expected UK retail data boosted the pound which acts as an accounting drag on their foreign revenues. "It was sterlings retails sales-assisted gains that prevented the FTSE from properly joining in" the worldwide equity rally, said...

  • Sept 20- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is planning to curb growth in memory chip output next year to keep supplies tight amid an expected slowdown in demand, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people briefed on the matter. The world's biggest producer of NAND and DRAM chips expects bit growth of less than 20 percent for dynamic random access memory and a 30...

  • UK GOVERNMENT IS PREPARING TO ESTABLISH A NEW INTERNET REGULATOR- BUZZFEED NEWS.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- The size of the U.S. municipal bond market inched up to $3.853 trillion in the second quarter, from $3.851 trillion the quarter before, the Federal Reserve said in a report released on Thursday. Households, or retail investors, held $1.625 trillion of debt sold by states, cities, schools and other muni issuers in the latest quarter, down from $1.631...

  • ROME, Sept 20- Italy's ruling parties want to spur economic growth by setting next year's budget deficit target at more than two percent of annual output, a level that clashes with European Union commitments and may boost the country's mammoth debt. Earlier this month, Economy Minister Giovanni Tria reassured the European Commission he would stick to goals...

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- Sheila Bair, former chair of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, on Thursday warned that the economic recovery since the 2008 financial crisis has been largely driven by ballooning consumer and corporate debt, fueled by low interest rates. "It has been a very uneven recovery," Bair told Yahoo Finance's second annual "All Markets Summit" in...

  • WASHINGTON— Solid stock market returns lifted U.S. household wealth to a record $106.9 trillion in the April-June quarter, a culmination of a decade of economic recovery but a gain that is concentrated largely among the most affluent. The Federal Reserve says the value of Americans' stock and mutual fund portfolios rose $800 billion, while home values...

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 20- U.S. households added nearly $2.2 trillion to their wealth from April to June this year, the Federal Reserve said on Thursday. U.S. household wealth totaled $106.9 trillion in the second quarter, the report showed. The value of corporate equities held by households rose by $800 billion during the second quarter, while the value of real estate...

  • MUNICIPAL BOND MARKET ROSE TO $3.853 TRLN IN Q2 OF 2018 FROM $3.851 TRLN IN Q1- FEDERAL RESERVE.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 20- The size of the U.S. municipal bond market inched up to $3.853 trillion in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $3.851 in the first quarter, the Federal Reserve said in a report released on Thursday.

  • HOUSEHOLDS' MUNICIPAL BOND ASSETS FELL TO $1.625 TRLN IN Q2 FROM $1.631 TRLN IN Q1- FEDERAL RESERVE.

  • * "OPEC monopoly must get prices down now! *OPEC gathering unlikely to agree change in oil output. President Donald Trump called on OPEC to "get prices down now!"