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Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018
Fed expects economic gains to prompt gradual rate hikes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve says it expects that the ongoing strength of the U.S. economy will warrant gradual increases in interest rates this year, delivering the same steady-as-it-goes message...

Volkswagen says earnings up more than 50 percent in 2017

BERLIN (AP) — Automaker Volkswagen AG says its net profit increased by more than half last year, while revenue climbed more than 6 percent.

VLKAY : 40.9200 (+0.07%)
VLKPY : 40.1800 (-0.07%)
Wall Street player with gun investments seeks dialogue

NEW YORK (AP) — A large Wall Street money manager wants to engage with major weapons manufacturers about their response to the school massacre in Parkland, Florida.

RGR : 47.10 (-3.88%)
VSTO : 18.16 (-1.41%)
BLK : 544.08 (+0.84%)
Trump to announce new NKorea sanctions

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday imposed sanctions on more than 50 vessels, shipping companies and trade businesses in its latest bid to pressure North Korea over its nuclear program....

Trump Jr: "I love" Indian media, but US media? Not so much

NEW DELHI (AP) — The U.S. president's eldest son heaped praise on the Indian media Friday, and accused American journalists of unfair criticism, as he neared the end of a whirlwind trip across India...

Technology company and banks lead US stocks higher

NEW YORK (AP) — Hewlett Packard Enterprise and HP are leading technology companies higher and banks are also rising as US indexes climb in early trading on Wall Street Friday. Blue Buffalo Pet Products...

GIS : 53.08 (-3.40%)
Spend more or do less? EU leaders discuss post-Brexit budget

BRUSSELS (AP) — The leaders of European Union nations — minus Britain's prime minister — met Friday to begin what are expected to be acrimonious talks on how the bloc will cope with a multibillion-euro...

Stores make push in scan and go tech, hope shoppers adopt it

NEW YORK (AP) — Shoppers at self-checkout lanes scanning all their groceries after they're done shopping? Old school. More stores are letting customer tally their choices with a phone app or store device...

NCR : 32.20 (+0.97%)
WMT : 92.52 (-0.27%)
AMZN : 1,491.82 (+0.44%)
Atlantic Coast Pipeline cost expected to increase by $1.5B

The cost of a controversial natural gas pipeline planned to run through Virginia is expected to increase by more than $1 billon.

DUK : 76.33 (+1.05%)
Prominent developer's death ruled a suicide by authorities

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) — The death of a prominent developer who was struck and killed by a Metro-North train in Connecticut has been ruled a suicide.

General Mills gets pet-friendly, buying Blue Buffalo for $8B

NEW YORK (AP) — The maker of Cheerios also wants to fill dog bowls.

GIS : 53.08 (-3.40%)
BUFF : 39.85 (+16.79%)
Markets Right Now: Tech, banks lead early stock gains

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):

Brexit is already causing a drop in EU migration to UK

LONDON (AP) — Brexit is little more than a year away but there is mounting evidence it's having a major impact on the number of European citizens looking to live and work in Britain.

Social media helps French police find WWI soldier's relative

PARIS (AP) — A fallen soldier's letter from World War I that was discovered in France has touched authorities so much they launched a successful search for the soldier's living relatives.

Cyprus: Turkish warships stopped rig, 'threatened force'

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkish warships "threatened to use force" to stop a renewed attempt by a rig to reach an area off Cyprus where Italian company Eni was scheduled to drill for gas, the island nation's...

XOM : 76.74 (+1.16%)
Why millennials should care about Medicare right now

Medicare provides basic health care to one out of six Americans, most of them 65 and older. Even people decades away from retirement, though, should be concerned about Congress meddling with the program....

GOP, Dem governors push national health care compromise

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A bipartisan group of governors working to strike compromise on hot-button policy issues will take on the health care question at an event Friday.

Stocks mixed as Wall Street seen edging higher

BEIJING (AP) — Stock markets slipped in Europe on Friday, but Wall Street was expected to rise on the open and Asian indexes closed higher.

BMW plans to build battery electric Minis in China

BERLIN (AP) — German automaker BMW says it's in talks to build battery electric models of its Mini cars in China, which would be the first time the iconic cars have been made outside Europe.

Building starts on Afghan leg of Turkmenistan gas pipeline

SERHETABAT, Turkmenistan (AP) — Construction has begun on the Afghanistan stretch of an ambitious pipeline that is to carry natural gas from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

Barchart Morning Call

OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS Mar E-mini S&Ps ( ESH18 +0.43%) this morning are up +0.33% on reduced interest rate concerns as the 10-year T-note yield falls below 2.90%. Also, increased M&A activity gave equities a boost after General Mills... Read More

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Natural Alternativ (NAII)

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Brugler Ag Report

Today's Commentary

Corn futures are currently ½ to 1 cent higher since posting UNCH to penny gains on Thursday. The weekly EIA report showed ethanol production picking up to 1.068 million barrels per day. That was 52,000 bpd larger than the previous week, as sto...
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Alan Brugler writes this daily agricultural markets overview with opening, midday and closing comments directed at the gain and meat Ag markets.

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