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  • SHANGHAI, Feb 16- Chinese state media on Saturday expressed cautious optimism over trade talks between the United States and China, a day after President Xi Jinping said a week of discussions had produced "step-by-step" progress. U.S. duties on $200 billion in imports from China are set to rise to 25 percent from 10 percent if there is no deal by March 1 to address U.S....

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 15- A confidential Commerce Department report due to be sent to Donald Trump on Sunday is widely expected to clear the way for the U.S. president to threaten tariffs on imported autos and auto parts by designating the imports a national security threat, auto industry officials said on Friday. The contents of the report are expected to remain...

  • WASHINGTON/ MUNICH, Feb 15- The United States ratcheted up pressure on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday by sanctioning some of his top security officials and the head of the state oil company, and unveiling plans to airlift over 200 tons of aid to the Colombian border. Separately, the U.S. State Department said on Friday it was working with the...

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  • TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19 NEW YORK, United States- Riksbank Governor Stefan Ingves will talk about the economic situation and current monetary policy during a visit to New York- 1730 GMT. TOKYO- Philippines Central Bank Deputy Governor Diwa Guinigundo speaks at a seminar in Tokyo- 0700 GMT. NEWARK, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland President Loretta...

  • SAO PAULO, Feb 15- Scandal-plagued Brazilian builder Odebrecht SA said on Friday it had agreed to terms with the Peruvian government to fully cooperate with local investigators. Odebrecht is at the center of the so-called Car Wash investigation in Brazil, which has rippled across Latin America and which U.S. prosecutors have said is the biggest political...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 15- A senior Amazon.com Inc executive on Friday disputed claims raised by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that Amazon workers face "dehumanizing conditions" as being untrue and invited her to take a tour of company facilities. Ocasio-Cortez, a newly elected progressive Democrat who was an outspoken critic of the plans to locate...

  • Soybeans climbed on optimism about U.S. trade negotiations with China, the world's top soy importer, while corn futures were little changed. U.S. markets, including the Chicago Board of Trade, will be closed on Monday in observance of the Presidents Day holiday. CBOT March wheat settled down 2-3/ 4 cents on Friday at $5.04-1/ 4 per bushel, after earlier falling as low...

  • Feb 15- U.S. discount retailer Payless ShoeSource Inc said on Friday it would begin going-out-of-business sales at its U.S. and Puerto Rico stores on Feb. 17 and wind down its e-commerce operations. Payless expects all stores to remain open until at least the end of March and the majority will remain open until May, a company spokeswoman said in an email statement.

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit set a 90- day period to allow President Donald Trump and the U.S. Senate to constitutionally validate the appointments or reconstitute the board. U.S. District Court Judge Laura Taylor Swain, who is hearing the island's bankruptcy, ruled in July that the creation by the U.S. Congress of the oversight board under a law...

  • On Friday, the El Segundo, California- based toymaker said gross sales for 2019 would be flat on a constant-currency basis, with weakness in Thomas& Friends and American Girl offsetting comparatively stronger sales of Barbie and Hot Wheels. Even then, Barbie and Hot Wheels won't sell as much as they did in 2018, Chief Financial Offer Joe Euteneuer said in an...

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Feb 15- The United States and China will resume trade talks next week in Washington with time running short to ease their bruising trade war, but U.S. Both the United States and China reported progress in five days of negotiations in Beijing this week. Trump, speaking at a White House news conference, said the United States was closer than ever...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 15- Foreign investors sold a record amount of U.S. Treasury bonds and notes for the month of December, according to U.S. Treasury Department data released on Friday, amid wide perceptions that month that the Federal Reserve would still raise interest rates multiple times in 2019.. "I think in December there was still a lot of talk that the Fed would still...

  • UBER CLAIMS THE NYC LAW IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND WILL INFLICT "ANTI-COMPETITIVE HARM"- LAWSUIT.

  • NYC SPOKESMAN SAYS "UBER MADE CONGESTION ON OUR ROADS WORSE AND PAID THEIR DRIVERS LESS THAN A LIVING WAGE".

  • BEIJING/ WASHINGTON, Feb 15- The United States and China will resume trade talks next week in Washington with time running short to ease their bruising trade war, but U.S. Both the United States and China reported progress in five days of negotiations in Beijing this week. Trump, speaking at a White House news conference, said the United States was closer than ever...

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala./ SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 15- When the Federal Reserve last month adopted a new "patient" approach to monetary policy, it gave no specific guidance about how long its policy pause would last, or how many more interest-rate increases, if any, were in the offing. But the projections delivered this week- for one rate hike this year from both Atlanta Federal...

  • Feb 15- Citigroup Inc said on Friday its Chief Executive Michael Corbat will get a 4.35 percent raise, bringing his total compensation for 2018 to $24 million. Corbat's total compensation included a base salary of $1.5 million plus cash bonuses of about $6.75 million, equity awards of nearly $7.88 million, and a long-term performance based pay worth $7.88...

  • TORONTO, Feb 15- The Canadian dollar rallied against the greenback on Friday as domestic data eased fears about a weak housing market and after a bet by Warren Buffett on one of Canada's major energy companies that could boost sentiment in the country's oil patch. "Warren Buffett planting his flag in the Canadian oil patch is a promising sign that we may have...

  • HOUSE JUDICIARY DEMOCRATS SAY TRUMP'S DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY AT U.S.- MEXICO BORDER SHOWS "RECKLESS DISREGARD" FOR SEPARATION OF POWERS.