TORONTO/WASHINGTON - Canada's Potash Corp of Saskatchewan and Agrium Inc are more likely to win approval for a potential merger in Canada than the United States, but U.S. rejection of the deal would scuttle it globally, competition lawyers said.
Hurricane Lester bore down on Hawaii on Friday, bringing heavy rains, large ocean swells and high winds as residents still drying out from Tropical Storm Madeline prepared for another dousing. Lester was churning in the Pacific Ocean some 400 miles (644 km) east of Hilo, Hawaii, at 8 a.m.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Damage to a launch pad from the explosion of a SpaceX rocket on Thursday may send the private space services company run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk scrambling to finish a second Florida launch site, officials said on Friday.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Chicago corn and wheat futures prices rose for a second straight session on Friday with short-covering ahead of the U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend, clawing back from multi-year lows reached this week. Soybeans gained on a technical bounce, but posted a 1.5 percent weekly loss.
GENEVA - Singapore has handled its Zika outbreak in a textbook fashion so far, while the United States could see the disease spread beyond Florida despite mosquito-control measures, officials at the World Health Organization said on Friday.
WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton added to her pledges to rein in drug prices on Friday, saying that if elected to the White House she would create an oversight panel to protect U.S. consumers from price hikes on life-saving drugs and import alternative treatments if necessary.
NEW YORK - Oil prices rose more than 2 percent on Friday as a report showing weaker U.S. jobs growth in August suppressed the dollar, pushing up commodities, but crude futures remained on track for a big weekly loss on glut concerns.
CHICAGO - Following are U.S. trade expectations for the resumption of grain and soy complex trading at the Chicago Board of Trade at 8:30 a.m. CDT on Friday. NOTE: U.S. markets will be closed on Monday for the Labor Day holiday. Trade in CBOT grains and oilseeds resumes Monday at 7 p.m. CDT for trades dated Tuesday.
WASHINGTON - U.S. employment growth slowed more than expected in August after two straight months of robust gains and wage gains moderated, which could effectively rule out an interest rate increase from the Federal Reserve this month.