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  • BRASILIA, Feb 20- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered his proposed pension overhaul to Congress on Wednesday, a plan to save over 1 trillion reais in a decade, which raised doubts about whether lawmakers would pass a package of that scale. "A reform plan that does not include the military will not move ahead in Congress," Senator Ciro Nogueira, head of the...

  • Dallas- based Southwest was forced to delay its planned Hawaii launch due to the recent U.S. government shutdown and on Wednesday cut its first-quarter revenue growth forecast. That followed news on Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration initiated a probe against the carrier in 2018 regarding weight and balance performance data.

  • *Britain a key battleground for Huawei in Europe. LONDON/ BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Britain is able to manage the security risks of using Huawei telecoms equipment and has not seen any evidence of malicious activity by the company, a senior official said on Wednesday, pushing back against U.S. allegations of Chinese state spying. Ciaran Martin, head of Britain's National...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 20- Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday unveiled a nearly $2,000 folding smartphone in a bid to top the technology of Apple Inc and Chinese rivals and reignite consumer interest in a massive consumer electronics category that had its worst sales ever last year. The device "answers skeptics who said that everything that could be done has...

  • Feb 21- Standard Chartered Plc said on Wednesday Britain's financial watchdog had imposed a fine of 102.2 million pounds in relation to its investigation into the bank's historical financial crime controls. In a filing http://bit.ly/2DWfwac to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange on Wednesday, StanChart said it was considering its options in relation to the...

  • BREXIT: UK ATTORNEY GENERAL GEOFFREY COX DRAWING UP PLANS FOR UNILATERAL EXIT MECHANISM TO BACKSTOP WITH 12 MONTH NOTICE PERIOD- THE TELEGRAPH.

  • OTTAWA, Feb 20- The Canadian government will unveil its budget for the 2019/ 20 fiscal year on March 19 and outline ways to provide more access to prescription drugs, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said on Wednesday, confirming a report from Reuters. Although Canada has a publicly funded health care system, prescription medication is largely covered by private...

  • The Fed continues to leave open the door to a rate hike in the coming months, contrary to financial markets' expectation that U.S. borrowing costs would not rise this year, CI Banco analyst James Salazar wrote in a research note. Emerging market assets fell sharply in 2018, as the dollar strengthened on the back of Fed rate hikes and fears that the U.S.- China trade...

  • Feb 20- Fitch Ratings said on Wednesday it may downgrade the United Kingdom's' AA' debt rating based on growing uncertainty about the negotiations between Britain and the European Union over the nation's departure from the economic bloc next month. "Fitch believes that a' no-deal' Brexit would lead to substantial disruption to UK economic and trade prospects, at...

  • TORONTO, Feb 20- The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday to its highest in two weeks, posting the biggest rise among its peers, as oil prices rallied and ahead of speech on Thursday by Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz. The price of oil, one of Canada's major exports, climbed to its highest of 2019 on hopes that oil markets will...

  • But the Charlotte, North Carolina- based company in a news release said it is "not forecasting any significant macroeconomic headwinds and have not seen any decline in our customer demand forecasts." Albemarle said it expects 2019 sales of $3.65 billion to $3.85 billion. The company reported fourth-quarter net income of $129.6 million, or $1.21 per share,...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 20- Illinois' new governor, J.B. Pritzker, on Wednesday proposed a nearly $39 billion fiscal 2020 general funds budget that he said will serve as a bridge to "a stable fiscal future" for the financially shaky state until it can change its income tax system. Earlier this month, his administration warned that the fiscal 2020 budget deficit was $3.2 billion,...

  • Feb 20- Millicom International Cellular, a cable and mobile operator in Latin America and Africa, said on Wednesday it has bought for $1.65 billion the mobile telecommunications assets of Spain's Telefonica in Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

  • "Everything that's not a power brand, you can assume that we're either going to sell it, discontinue it or milk it very quickly over the next year or so," Chief Financial Officer David Klein said at CAGNY, a major food and consumer products event in Boca Raton, Florida. Reuters reported in October that Constellation was looking to sell some of its U.S.-based wine...

  • FITCH SAYS UK ECONOMIC GROWTH HAS WEAKENED IN RECENT MONTHS.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 20- British Prime Minister Theresa May held "constructive" talks in Brussels on Wednesday as she sought concessions on Brexit from a sceptical European Union, her strategy under strain after the defection of three lawmakers. Emerging from an hour or so of discussions with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the second in as many...

  • FITCH SAYS SCOPE FOR FUNDAMENTAL RENEGOTIATION OF BREXIT WITHDRAWAL AGREEMENT APPEARS LIMITED.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Feb 20- Argentina posted a primary fiscal surplus of 16.658 billion pesos in January, the treasury said on Wednesday, as the country looks to recover from economic turmoil and a recession last year. The South American country agreed to rein in its debts as part of a $56.3 billion deal struck with the International Monetary Fund last year with the aim...

  • BRASILIA, Feb 20- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro delivered his proposed pension overhaul to Congress on Wednesday, a plan to save over 1 trillion reais in a decade, which raised doubts about whether lawmakers would pass a package of that scale. "A reform plan that does not include the military will not move ahead in Congress," Senator Ciro Nogueira, head of the...