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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- China is expected to propose buying an additional $30 billion of U.S. agricultural imports a year, Bloomberg reported on Thursday. Reuters reported on Wednesday that China and the United States were looking at a list of 10 ways China could reduce its trade surplus with the United States, which included buying agricultural produce, energy and...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- Is copper finally about to break up out of its well-trodden seven-month range? London Metal Exchange three-month copper came tantalisingly close on Wednesday with a mini-surge to $6,426.50, challenging the upper band of the $5,725 to $6,440 range that has defined the market since July 2018. Glencore set the ball rolling with an announcement...

  • *Greta Thunberg has inspired global climate student protests. BRUSSELS, Feb 21- The European Union should spend hundreds of billions of euros combating climate change during the next decade, its chief executive said on Thursday, responding to a Swedish teen who has inspired a global movement of children against global warming. In a speech alongside 16-...

  • *Soybeans, corn higher on optimism over U.S.- China talks. *Market waits USDA planting, export data. The most-active wheat contract on the Chicago Board of Trade was up 2.0 percent at $4.90-1/ 282- 1/ 2 a bushel by 1258 GMT.

  • LONDON, Feb 21- Oil traders are becoming very bullish on the outlook for prices, betting that Saudi Arabia will do whatever it takes to tighten the market even if consumption growth slows, helped by U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela. Brent's calendar spread for the second half of 2019 has surged into a backwardation of 90 cents per barrel, the strongest for more...

  • Feb 21- Global grains merchant Bunge Ltd reported a fourth-quarter loss on Thursday as fallout from the U.S.- China trade war dragged down soybean prices in Brazil. Shares of the White Plains, New York- based company slumped nearly 4 percent in premarket trading to $50.75 per share. Brazilian soy prices had swelled to a steep premium to U.S. beans after China...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 21- China is expected to propose spending $30 billion more on U.S. agricultural imports, Bloomberg TV reported on Thursday.

  • AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS COULD INCLUDE SOYBEANS, CORN AND WHEAT- BLOOMBERG.

  • *U.S., China sketch outlines of deal to end trade war. Feb 21- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Thursday following signs that the United States and China were tackling some of the stickiest issues in their ongoing trade dispute. Shares of semiconductor companies, which have major revenue exposure to China, rose in premarket trading.

  • SEOUL, Feb 21- South Korean tech firms Netmarble and Kakao and private equity fund MBK Partners have submitted initial bids to buy the parent of gaming firm Nexon, the Seoul Economic Daily said. Nexon founder Kim Jung- ju wants to sell a 98.64 percent stake in NXC Corp that is held by him and related parties including his wife. A source familiar with the matter told...

  • JOHANNESBURG/ LONDON Feb 21- Workers led by South Africa's Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union plan to down tools at gold and platinum mines next week in support of colleagues at Sibanye-Stillwater who are striking over wages and job cuts. AngloGold Ashanti, Harmony Gold, Anglo American Platinum Lonmin, Village Main Reef and DRDGold have...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Feb 21- South African insurer Discovery could expand through acquisitions in the future but must first work out how its innovative fluctuating premiums, based on clients' lifestyle behaviors, could be applied to more traditional businesses. "We believe there is an opportunity there, it is being worked on," CFO Deon Viljeon told Reuters in an...

  • SUDANESE SECURITY FORCES ARREST PROMINENT PARTY LEADERS- OPPOSITION MEMBER.

  • *UK MPs may get vote on new Brexit deal next week. LONDON, Feb 21- Euro zone government bond yields rose after surveys showed business activity was surprisingly firm in February, particularly in France, and on news that British lawmakers could vote on a new Brexit deal as soon as next week. Corresponding surveys for Germany and the euro zone as a whole showed more of a...

  • PARIS, Feb 21- The German spot electricity contract for day-ahead delivery rose on Thursday, supported by forecasts showing a fall in wind power generation, while year-ahead delivery prices dipped, weighed down by a fall in carbon emissions prices. *German baseload power for Friday delivery gained 5 percent to 46.75 euros a megawatt hour. *The French equivalent...

  • Feb 21- Burger chain Wendy's missed Wall Street forecasts for same-restaurant sales in the fourth quarter, as it struggled to lure diners in a crowded U.S. fast-food market. Wendy's said sales at outlets open at least 15 months rose just 0.2 percent in the three months ended December, even as the Dublin, Ohio- based chain rolled out a series of new items like the...

  • Feb 21- Corteva Agriscience, the agriculture unit of DowDuPont Inc, said on Thursday it expects capital expenditures of about $650 million in 2019.. DowDuPont, which is in the process of splitting itself into three companies, is expected to spin-off Corteva Agriscience by early June. Corteva expects full-year 2019 operating earnings before interest,...

  • CARACAS, Feb 21- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido plans to head to the Colombian border in a convoy of vehicles on Thursday to receive humanitarian aid for his crisis-stricken nation, despite the objection of increasingly isolated President Nicolas Maduro. "Through this call for humanitarian aid, the population will benefit from the arrival of these...

  • LONDON, Feb 21- As Brexit talks drag on, sterling trading volumes in London, the world's biggest forex trading center, are languishing well below long-term averages, with long-term investors and sovereign players set to stay on the sidelines until the crisis is over. Dollar/pound remains the second-most traded exchange rate in London but average daily...

  • Danske is being investigated in Denmark, Estonia, France and Britain over 200 billion euros in payments found to have flowed through its Estonian branch from Russia, former Soviet states and elsewhere. The SEC is now also carrying out inquiries, adding to an ongoing criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in relation to the case of possible...