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New Zealand kingmaker set to announce which party it will back for govt

WELLINGTON, Oct 19 The small New Zealand party holding the balance of power after inconclusive elections will announce on Thursday which party it will back in government, ending weeks of political limbo that have hurt the currency and business sentiment.

China Q3 GDP growth likely to cool as property, debt curbs bite

* China economy seen growing 6.8 pct in Q3 y/y, vs Q2's 6.9 pct

Markets, Industrials 7:00pm EDT

BRIEF-Goldman Sachs redeems outstanding depositary shares

* Goldman Sachs announces redemption of all outstanding depositary shares representing interest in its 5.95% non-cumulative preferred stock, Series I

UPDATE 1-Brazil's Temer escapes corruption charges in committee vote

BRASILIA, Oct 18 A congressional committee voted 39-26 on Wednesday to reject charges against Brazilian President Michel Temer stemming from a corruption case involving the world's largest meatpacker.

Stock Quote, Markets 6:33pm EDT

EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso falls again amid uncertainty about NAFTA talks

MEXICO CITY, Oct 18 The Mexican peso slipped on Wednesday, continuing its volatile gyrations as talks to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deteriorate. The Mexican peso has seesawed as investors puzzle over what the contentious talks mean for the nation's future, dipping almost 0.5 percent on Wednesday. A day earlier, the United States, Canada and Mexico wrapped up the latest round of NAFTA renegotiations in Washington, D.C., trading barbs. "We think

BRIEF-Agenus files for mixed shelf of up to $250 million

* Agenus Inc files for mixed shelf of up to $250 million – SEC filing‍​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2yzul1n) Further company coverage:

Kentucky officials propose plan to save ailing pensions

Oct 18 Kentucky's governor and legislative leaders on Wednesday unveiled a plan they said will rescue the state's pension funds from becoming insolvent without breaking retirement promises made to public-sector workers.

Canada's Trudeau defends finance minister amid ethics questions

OTTAWA, Oct 18 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended his finance minister on Wednesday amid criticism that Bill Morneau did not place his assets in a blind trust, moving to dampen a growing controversy that threatens to overshadow the government's agenda.

BRIEF-Crocs says co, co's units and Western Brands enters into 14th amendment to amended and restated credit agreement​

* Crocs inc - ‍on Oct. 13, co, its units and Western Brands Holding entered into fourteenth amendment to amended and restated credit agreement​

Stock Quote, Markets 6:05pm EDT

Banco do Brasil to use $1 bln from debt sales in foreign ops

RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 18 State-controlled Banco do Brasil SA will channel $1 billion it raised in seven-year notes on Wednesday to foreign operations, the bank's chief financial officer told journalists on a conference call.


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