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Wall Street Week Ahead: Investors look to coronavirus data to support stabilizing markets

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Investors are parsing a broad range of signals, from infection counts to more traditional indicators, for clues on the trajectory markets may take in coming weeks as the pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus continues to spread.

OPEC+ debates biggest-ever oil cut, awaits U.S. efforts

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By Rania El Gamal, Alex Lawler, Vladimir Soldatkin and Laila Kearney

Saudi energy minister rejects Russian comments about kingdom's withdrawal from OPEC+ deal

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The Saudi energy minister on Saturday rejected Russia's remarks that the kingdom withdrew last month from a deal to cut output.

Saudi Arabia denies withdrawing from OPEC+ deal, says Russia was the one that withdrew

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The Saudi foreign minister said early on Saturday that a statement attributed to Russia's President Vladimir Putin about the kingdom's withdrawal from the OPEC+ deal is not correct, and that Russia is the one that withdrew, state agency (SPA) reported.

U.S. airlines apply for U.S. payroll help but terms still unclear

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Major U.S. airlines applied on Friday for payroll grants from the U.S. Treasury meant to keep workers employed during a sharp downturn resulting from the coronavirus outbreak, but while talks over the terms were expected to continue in coming days some warned the funds would not be enough to help them through their toughest crisis ever.

U.S. SEC official urges delay in public comment on agency rule changes

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's lone Democratic commissioner on Friday called for a delay in pending rule changes due to the coronavirus outbreak, while cautioning against excessive regulatory relief in the rush to assist companies struggling with fallout from the pandemic.

Why sweetened layoff benefits may be at odds with U.S. loan program

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The generous U.S. unemployment benefits rolled out to blunt the economic harm caused by the coronavirus could have an unintended effect: it may actually be an incentive for companies to choose layoffs rather than keep staff on their books.

Explainer: Antitrust law won't get in the way of U.S. acting to raise oil prices

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It is illegal for oil producers to meet to discuss pushing up oil prices under U.S. antitrust law, but perfectly legal if state regulators or the federal government set lower production levels for them, U.S. antitrust experts said on Friday.

U.S. warns airlines to quickly refund tickets after canceled flights

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The U.S. Transportation Department on Friday issued a notice to airlines reminding them they are obligated to refund tickets when they cancel a flight or make a significant flight schedule change that passengers opt not to accept, but will not take any immediate action against airlines.

Exxon plays on virus worries in Baytown contract talks: union official

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A union official accused Exxon Mobil Corp on Friday of using "scare" tactics and exploiting economic uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic in negotiations with workers at its Baytown, Texas, refinery, allegations the company denied.

Trump invokes Defense Production Act to stop export of masks

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday signed an order directing his administration to stop N-95 face masks and other personal protective equipment needed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic from being exported to other countries.

Berkshire Hathaway sells part of Delta, Southwest airline stakes

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Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Friday it sold about 18% of its stake in Delta Air Lines Inc and 4% of its holdings in Southwest Airlines Co this week, as the coronavirus pandemic drives the airline industry into perhaps its biggest crisis ever.

GM reduces loan refinancing target, may pay up for new debt

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NEW YORK (LPC) - General Motors Co (GM) will seek to extend maturities on US$6bn in revolving loans rather than refinance a US$16.5bn credit facility following discussions with its bank group during an unprecedented health crisis in the US.

U.S. businesses swarm coronavirus bailout fund after days of confusion

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Like many small business owners, New York City restaurateur Dan Kluger spent his Friday scrambling to apply for a loan under the U.S. government's $349 billion small business bailout fund, which officially launched in the morning.

Mexico without Corona: Brewers suspend production during pandemic

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Mexicans fretted about beer supplies on Friday after Dutch brewer Heineken said it will suspend production at its seven plants in Mexico to comply with coronavirus containment measures, following a similar announcement by rival Modelo.

Trump aims to ease U.S. oil industry's cash crunch, no plan to trim output: sources

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U.S. President Donald Trump has directed his cabinet to find ways to ease a cash crunch in the drilling industry after oil company executives told him in a Friday meeting it was among their top concerns, according to three sources briefed on the matter.

Southwest expects talks on U.S. payroll grant terms over next several days

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Southwest Airlines Co said on Friday it has applied for U.S. payroll grants but cannot disclose details as the next several days could involve conversations on the terms of any agreement.

Kraft Heinz cuts output at three plants, adds shifts for mac & cheese

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Kraft Heinz Co said on Friday it has moved to significantly reduce production at three plants providing restaurant supplies amid the new coronavirus outbreak, but its CEO noted the company has added shifts at others to meet demand for packaged foods like macaroni and cheese.

Wall Street falls as coronavirus shreds U.S. payrolls

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Wall Street's main indexes fell more than 1.5% on Friday as the coronavirus abruptly ended a record U.S. job growth streak of 113 months, intensifying fears of a deep economic slowdown.

Soaring unemployment increases odds U.S. banks will cut dividends

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Questions are building about whether big U.S. banks will have to cut dividends later this year as the coronavirus crisis puts a record portion of Americans out of work, making it difficult for borrowers to pay back loans.