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eu chiefs seeking to stave off euro crisis turn to cyprus

european leaders grappling with political deadlock in italy and spiraling unemployment in france will turn to a financial rescue for cyprus in an effort to stave off a return of market turmoil over the debt crisis.

hedge funds cut bets to ’09 low as goldman says buy: commodities

hedge funds cut bets on a commodity rally to a four-year low on signs of surplus supply in everything from coffee to zinc before goldman sachs group inc. said prices had fallen too far and investors should buy.

vancouver port may sell bonds to fund asia-led growth: freight

the port of vancouver, canada’s busiest, may issue debt to help finance the largest expansion in its history as the country’s resource companies move to boost shipments amid escalating asian demand for coal, grain and oil.

china drives record solar growth becoming biggest market

the $77 billion solar-energy industry is forecast to expand the most since 2011, as china becomes the biggest market for the first time and drives annual global installations to a record.

bernanke affirms qe pace while dismissing balance sheet concerns

federal reserve chairman ben s. bernanke signaled the fed is prepared to keep buying bonds at its present pace as he dismissed concerns record easing risks sparking inflation or fueling asset price bubbles.

global food prices seen stable in february by fao as dairy rose

world food prices were stable in february for a second month, as increasing dairy and cooking oil costs were compensated by declines in grains and sugar, the united nations’ food & agriculture organization said.

cme said to approach deutsche boerse for merger talks

cme group inc. (cme), the world’s largest futures exchange, has approached deutsche boerse ag to consider beginning talks on a merger, according to four people familiar with the situation.

cme contacted the frankfurt-based exchange at the end of last year, before intercontinentalexchange inc. (ice) announced plans to buy nyse euronext (nyx) on dec. 20, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the information is private. deutsche boerse, which had its takeover of nyse euronext blocked by european regulators a year ago, is hesitant about entering talks, the people said.

a combination of chicago-based cme and deutsche boerse would unite the biggest futures exchanges in the u.s. and european markets. cme shares have rallied 15 percent this year, giving it a market capitalization of $19.4 billion. deutsche boerse climbed 1 percent through feb. 22, bringing its value to 9 billion euros ($11.9 billion). the germany company’s stock rallied 9.3 percent to 51.04 euros at 12:56 p.m. in frankfurt today, a 10-month high.

China Tightening Pressure Eases As Growth Recovery Slows

china may hold off tightening monetary policy after growth in services and manufacturing weakened, underscoring challenges for the nation’s leaders as they open the annual session of parliament tomorrow.

update 1-china buys 400,000 t australian, 100,000 t canadian wheat

feb 20 (reuters) - china has bought about 400,000 tonnes of australian wheat and about 100,000 tonnes of canadian wheat in recent days, european traders said on wednesday.

the purchases were in addition to about 350,000 tonnes of u.s.-origin wheat that chinese interests also bought in past days.

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