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  • SINGAPORE, Nov 14- Negotiations for a major China- backed trade agreement have moved to a final stage and Southeast Asian states involved in the talks are determined to wrap up the deal in 2019, Singapore, current chair of the 10- nation group, said on Wednesday. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations along with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New...

  • Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Democratic Senator Chris Coons said they would take to the Senate floor at around 4:15 p.m. EST, to ask for their colleagues' consent to allow a vote that could anger President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly dismissed the federal probe as a "witch hunt." Another party leader, Senate Republican whip John Cornyn, has said he favors...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- U.S. consumer prices increased by the most in nine months in October amid gains in the cost of gasoline and rents, pointing to steadily rising inflation that likely will keep the Federal Reserve on track to raise interest rates again next month. "Fed officials are likely to look past the swings in energy prices that could slow the overall CPI in...

  • The companies can thank the end of a Department of Labor regulation known as the fiduciary rule. "While the clarity that occurred because the DOL fiduciary rule was vacated did help, we believe the most influential were the economic factors, particularly interest rates," said Catherine Theroux, a spokeswoman for LIMRA, an industry group. Total annuity sales were...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- Top U.S. Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said on Wednesday that President Donald Trump should not interfere in lawmakers' negotiations if he wants a smooth government funding process. "We believe if President Trump stays out of the appropriations process, we can good bipartisan agreement and government can move smoothly forward," Schumer told...

  • MUMBAI, Nov 14- Reliance Mutual Fund, one of India's largest fund houses, is betting on select mid-cap stocks to make a come-back after a big correction this year due to macro-economic concerns and an emerging market sell off. Stocks in cement, power utilities, real estate, hotels and hospital sectors are attractively valued after correcting 20-40 percent over...

  • ETHEREUM HITS TWO-MONTH LOW, LAST DOWN 13.37 PCT AT $175.68 ON BITSTAMP.

  • Nov 14- Boeing Co unit Aurora Flight Sciences on Wednesday unveiled a solar-powered autonomous aircraft that will help researchers collect climate-related data at a fraction of the cost of a satellite. Odysseus, scheduled for its first flight in early 2019, is powered by lightweight advanced solar cells that can effectively keep it airborne indefinitely,...

  • BITCOIN SLIPS TO LOWEST SINCE LATE JUNE, FALLS 6.61 PCT TO $5,845.00 ON BITSTAMP.

  • They last traded down 2.4 percent at $34.94. "I would characterize the quarter as solid but not great," said research firm Retail Metrics founder Ken Perkins. Chief Executive Jeffrey Gennette said the Cincinnati, Ohio- based retailer was so encouraged by the expansion of its Backstage discount stores, which sell excess and off-season inventory at steep...

  • Nov 14- U.S. stocks turned lower on Wednesday as early support from tame consumer prices data and a rebound in oil prices faded, with Apple Inc leading a decline in technology stocks.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- A group representing biofuel companies asked a federal judge on Tuesday to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to stop exempting small refineries from renewable fuel laws until a lawsuit challenging the agency's actions is resolved. The EPA's decision, first reported by Reuters, lowers statutory renewable fuel mandates without...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 14- Sears Holdings Corp is finalizing a deal with financial firm Great American Capital Partners and other lenders for $350 million in bankruptcy financing that would keep the retailer open through the holiday season while it attempts to reorganize, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday. The loan from Great American Capital Partners,...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigative hearing on Wednesday into the fatal engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that killed one passenger. Dallas- based Southwest has been under scrutiny since an engine on a flight headed from New York to Dallas blew apart in mid-air over Pennsylvania,...

  • LONDON, Nov 14- Leaving the European Union without a transitional trade deal would cost Britain about 6 percent of GDP-- roughly four years of economic growth-- compared with staying in the bloc, the International Monetary Fund said on Wednesday. The IMF's estimates-- part of a regular review of Britain's economy-- come as Prime Minister Theresa May is attempting to...

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 14- The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board opened an investigative hearing on Wednesday into the fatal engine explosion on a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 that killed one passenger. Dallas- based Southwest has been under scrutiny since an engine on a flight headed from New York to Dallas blew apart in mid-air over Pennsylvania,...

  • *No update on China regulatory relaxation. HONG KONG, Nov 14- Tencent beat third-quarter profit forecasts on Wednesday but gave no update on a regulatory block in China, the world's largest gaming market, that has damaged its core business. China has imposed tougher rules on the gaming industry, including a halt to new game approvals as part of a regulatory...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 14- A raft of profit warnings from Apple Inc suppliers this week has fueled investor concerns that iPhone sales, in terms of volume, have hit a wall that could spell trouble for the company's plans to make services its main pillar of growth. But now fierce competition from mid-priced phones from makers such as Xiaomi Corp has become difficult to...

  • Nov 14- U.S. stocks were higher on Wednesday, after consumer prices in October rose as expected, adding little pressure on the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates swiftly, while a rebound in oil prices lifted energy stocks. Shares of Exxon Mobil Corp rose 0.5 percent and Chevron Corp gained 1.6 percent as oil prices recovered on growing prospect of an output...

  • Nov 14- Canada's main stock index rose on Wednesday, driven by gains in energy shares on the back of a rise in oil prices as OPEC and its allied producers discuss cutting supply. *Oil rallied towards $67 per barrel earlier in the session, after Reuters reported OPEC and its partners are discussing a proposal to cut output by up to 1.4 million barrels per day, a larger...