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Fri, Jan 19th, 2018
Former Catalan leader seeks long-distance 'tech' government

MADRID (AP) — Catalonia's fugitive former leader, who wants his old job back, says new technologies would allow him to govern from Belgium.

US oil output is booming and seen outpacing Saudis, Russia

PARIS (AP) — U.S. oil production is booming and is forecast to top that of heavyweight Saudi Arabia and rival Russia this year, a global energy agency said Friday.

UK holiday spending squeezed by Brexit-related inflation

LONDON (AP) — Retail sales in Britain sank in the holiday shopping month of December, official figures showed Friday, rounding off the worst year in four as a Brexit-related rise in inflation weighed...

Germany's Merkel to address Davos forum next Wednesday

BERLIN (AP) — The German government says Chancellor Angela Merkel will appear at the World Economic Forum in Davos next Wednesday, a day when the event's focus is on Europe.

Anti-smoking plan may kill cigarettes--and save Big Tobacco

WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine if cigarettes were no longer addictive and smoking itself became almost obsolete; only a tiny segment of Americans still lit up. That's the goal of an unprecedented anti-smoking...

MO : 70.03 (-0.17%)
PM : 105.07 (-0.68%)
A bridge too far? UK's Boris Johnson suggests span to France

LONDON (AP) — British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has suggested that Britain and France should build a bridge across the English Channel to bolster links between the two nations after Brexit.

Modest gains for world shares as US government closure looms

HONG KONG (AP) — Asian and European stock markets were moderately higher and the dollar retreated Friday as the threat loomed of a U.S. federal government shutdown.

Congress likely racing toward a government shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bitterly-divided Congress hurtled toward a government shutdown this weekend in a partisan stare-down over demands by Democrats for a solution on politically fraught legislation to...

Trump's vulgar Africa comment morphs into tourism campaigns

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — First, there was outrage in Africa at President Donald Trump's vulgar comment about the continent. Now some governments and tourism operators are humorously exploiting it to promote...

Poll shows Swiss willing to keep paying for public TV, radio

BERLIN (AP) — A new poll suggests the Swiss are willing to continue paying fees for public broadcasting before a referendum being closely watched across Europe.

Storm's death toll in Germany rises to at least 8

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in Germany say the death toll from a storm that swept across the country has increased to at least eight.

Shutdown? Terrible, say GOP, Dems. But both threatened it

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shutter the federal government unless demands are met — who would do that?

Amazon's potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed

Amazon's move to whittle its list for a second headquarters leaves more than 200 municipalities disappointed. Here are statements from some of the places that didn't make the tech giant's cut to 20 contenders:...

Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs

DETROIT (AP) — For some of the 200-plus cities knocked out of the running for Amazon's second headquarters, the effort may turn out to be a trial run for other opportunities. But they're advised not...

AP FACT CHECK: Shutdown wouldn't halt military

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's a stretch, at best, to think the military would bear the brunt of a partial government shutdown, as President Donald Trump asserted Thursday at the Pentagon.

EPA official: government must plan for climate change

WASHINGTON (AP) — A top manager who supervises the Environmental Protection Agency program responsible for cleaning up the nation's most contaminated properties and waterways told Congress on Thursday...

Drone rescue off Australian beach heralded as world-first

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A flying drone has dropped a flotation device to two teens caught in a riptide in heavy seas off the Australian coast in what officials describe as a world-first rescue.

House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim

WASHINGTON (AP) — On the edge of a government shutdown, a divided House voted late Thursday to keep the government open past a Friday deadline — setting up an eleventh-hour standoff in the Senate,...

Blood test to detect 8 cancers early gives promising results

Scientists are reporting progress on a blood test to detect many types of cancer at an early stage, including some of the most deadly ones that lack screening tools now.

LA Times CEO under investigation after report on impropriety

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The parent company of the Los Angeles Times is investigating allegations of inappropriate behavior by Ross Levinsohn, the newspaper's CEO and publisher.

NWSA : 17.01 (-1.16%)

Barchart Morning Call

OVERNIGHT MARKETS AND NEWS Mar E-mini S&Ps ( ESH18 +0.08%) are up +0.12% amid speculation Congress will pass a stopgap spending measure by Friday night to avert a government shutdown. Stock markets around the world also received support from... Read More

Chart of the Day

Chart of the Day

Catalyst Biosciences (CBIO) is the Barchart Chart of the Day.  The biomedical company has a Trend Spotter buy signal, a Weighted Alpha of 150.22+ and gined 111.86% in the last year.
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Brugler Ag Report

Today's Commentary

Corn futures closed the Thursday session with most contracts 1 to 1 1/2 cents lower. The weekly EIA report showed ethanol production recovering 65,000 barrels per day to 1.061 million bpd. That is the largest week to week improvement on record. Stock...
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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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