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Biden's budget meets criticism from right and left on Pentagon spending

By Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress to sharply hike spending on climate change, cancer and underperforming schools, but his first budget wishlist on Friday drew howls of bipartisan concern over military spending. The $1.5 trillion budget, reflecting an 8% increase in base funding from this yea

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France extends gap between mRNA vaccine shots to ramp-up rollout

PARIS, April 11 (Reuters) - France will lengthen the period between the first and second shots of mRNA anti-COVID vaccines to six weeks from four weeks as of April 14 to accelerate the inoculation campaign, Health Minister Olivier Veran told the JDD newspaper on Sunday. Although France's top health authority advised a six-week period between th
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Saudi Jeddah Islamic port halts maritime traffic due to wind speed - SPA

CAIRO, April 10 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Jeddah Islamic Port halted maritime traffic on Saturday due to an increased wind speed, the SPA Saudi state news agency said on Twitter. Reporting by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Pravin Char

India's daily 19 cases rise to record for fifth time this week

* India reports 145,384 new cases, 794 deaths * India reports most number of cases globally in past two weeks * Maharashtra state enters strict weekend lockdown By Neha Arora and Sumit Khanna NEW DELHI, April 10 (Reuters) - India's daily coronavirus cases on Saturday rose by a record for the fifth time this week and deaths surged to the highest

U.S. saw some signs of seriousness from Iran in Vienna talks but not enough -official

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - The United States has seen some signs of Iranian seriousness of purpose this week during indirect talks in Vienna over the nuclear deal that the U.S. withdrew from, but not enough and the main question mark is over Tehran's repeated demand that Washington lift all sanctions imposed since 2017, a senior U.S. offic

Mexico inflation spike fuels bets central bank could hike rates by year end

By Abraham Gonzalez MEXICO CITY, April 9 (Reuters) - The recent spike in Mexican inflation is fueling expectations the Bank of Mexico will hold its key interest rate steady over the coming months but raise it by the end of the year, a move the market had not been expecting until 2022. Banxico, as the central bank is known, kept its key interest rat

Aramco agrees $12.4 bln deal to sell stake in pipelines

* Sells 49% stake in Aramco Oil Pipelines Ltd * Mubadala in talks to join deal * Biggest Aramco deal since record IPO By Saeed Azhar DUBAI, April 10 (Reuters) - Saudi oil producer Aramco 2222.SE has agreed a $12.4 billion deal to sell a 49% stake in its pipelines to a consortium led by U.S.-based EIG Global Energy Partners. Announced late on Friday

S&P 500, Dow scale new heights, Treasury yields rise on strong inflation data

(Updates to U.S. market close) By Stephen Culp NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow notched record closing highs on Friday after solid U.S. inflation data and an uptick in Treasury yields suggested the economic recovery from the pandemic-related recession was gaining momentum. "(It was) a fairly quiet Friday with low volume
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S&P 500, Dow climb for third day and close at records

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window.) * Growth stocks set to outperform value for the second week * Honeywell gains as brokerages raise price targets * March PPI above expectations * Dow up 0.89%, S&P 500 up 0.77%, Nasdaq up 0.51% By Chuck Mikolajczak April 9 (Reuters) - Th
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Biden's budget meets criticism from right and left on Pentagon spending

By Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden asked Congress to sharply hike spending on climate change, cancer and underperforming schools, but his first budget wishlist on Friday drew howls of bipartisan concern over military spending. The $1.5 trillion budget, reflecting an 8% increase in base funding from this yea

IMF, World Bank urged to aid middle-income country debt distress, climate transitions

WASHINGTON, April 9 (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund and World Bank should do more to help address the growing debt challenges of middle-income countries and identify the "root causes of excessive and unsustainable debt," the institutions' Development Committee said on Friday. In a communique, the joint ministerial committee

S&P 500, Dow climb for third day and close at records

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window.) * Growth stocks set to outperform value for the second week * Honeywell gains as brokerages raise price targets * March PPI above expectations (New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments to close) By Chuck Mikolajczak Apri
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Canadian dollar outshines G10 peers, boosted by jobs surge

* Adds strategist quotes and details throughout; updates prices * Canadian dollar strengthens 0.3% against the greenback * Canada adds 303,100 jobs in March * Price of U.S. oil settles 0.5% lower * Canadian 10-year yield rises 4.1 basis points to 1.502% By Fergal Smith TORONTO, April 9 (Reuters) - The Canadian dollar advanced against its broadly st
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Latam FX falls; Peruvian sol set for best week in 12 yrs ahead of polls

* Peru's sol set to add nearly 4% this week * Brazil's real leads losses for the day * Stocks fall in early trade, but on track for weekly gains By Ambar Warrick and Shreyashi Sanyal April 9 (Reuters) - Latin American currencies tumbled on Friday as the dollar recovered from two-week lows, but were set for weekly gains with Peru's sol o
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U.S. dollar net shorts fall to lowest since June 2018 -CFTC, Reuters data

NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. dollar net short positioning fell this week to the lowest level since June 2018, according to calculations by Reuters and Commodity Futures Trading Commission data released on Friday. The value of the net short dollar position dropped to $6.103 billion in the week ended April 6, from $8.22 billion the previous wee
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U.S. yields rise after producer prices data; focus on supply next week

* U.S. producer prices rise more than expected * U.S. yield curve steepens, with 2-year/10 year spread at 149 bps * Looming $120 billion in Treasury supply next week * Investors also look to CPI next week By Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury yields rose on Friday after higher-than-expected producer prices data for

Dollar edges up as inflation data helps lift Treasury yields

* Dollar index on pace for worst weekly decline this year * Sterling steadies after losing week (Updates to U.S. afternoon) By Saqib Iqbal Ahmed and Iain Withers NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) - The dollar edged higher against a basket of currencies on Friday, paring some of the week's losses, as a stronger-than-expected rise in U.S. and Chinese i
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Wall Street gains, Treasury yields rise as inflation picks up steam

(Updates to afternoon) By Stephen Culp NEW YORK, April 9 (Reuters) - Wall Street gained ground on Friday after solid U.S. inflation data and an uptick in Treasury yields suggested the economic recovery from the pandemic recession was gaining momentum. All three major U.S. stock indexes were on track to post weekly gains as upbeat economic data boos
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S&P 500, Dow hit records; earnings season jitters cap gains

(For a Reuters live blog on U.S., UK and European stock markets, click LIVE/ or type LIVE/ in a news window.) * Growth stocks set to outperform value for the second week * Honeywell gains as brokerages raise price targets * Dow up 0.4%, S&P 500 up 0.32%, Nasdaq up 0.10% (Updates to mid-afternoon, changes byline) By Chuck Mikolajczak April 9 (Re
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U.S. Army corps says no plans to shut Dakota pipeline during environmental review

April 9 (Reuters) - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday said it will allow Energy Transfer's ET.N Dakota Access oil pipeline to keep running, after an environmental permit was scrapped last year. The move leaves the decision on shutting down the pipeline with the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. The decision will keep oil

Argentine company Uala says agrees to buy digital bank Wilobank

BUENOS AIRES, April 9 (Reuters) - Argentine company Uala reported on Friday that it has agreed to acquire the entire digital bank Wilobank by way of an operation that has yet to be approved by the central bank. The acquisition would leave the current owner of Wilobank, Eduardo Eurnekian, a stake in Uala, a mobile phone application that offers a pay



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