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+# PS5 makefile
+#
+# targets are:
+#
+# all -- rebuild the project (default)
+# ws -- rebuild worker_server
+# con -- rebuild controller
+# clean -- remove all objects and executables
+
+UTIL_SOURCES = shared/hashtable.mli shared/hashtable.ml shared/plane.mli shared/plane.ml \
+shared/util.mli shared/util.ml shared/simulations.mli shared/simulations.ml
+
+SHARED_SOURCES = shared/thread_pool.mli shared/thread_pool.ml \
+shared/plane.mli shared/plane.ml \
+shared/connection.mli shared/connection.ml shared/protocol.mli shared/protocol.ml
+
+WS_SOURCES = worker_server/program.mli worker_server/program.ml worker_server/worker.mli worker_server/worker.ml \
+worker_server/worker_server.mli worker_server/worker_server.ml
+
+CONTROLLER_SOURCES = controller/worker_manager.mli controller/worker_manager.ml \
+controller/map_reduce.mli controller/map_reduce.ml
+
+APP_SOURCES = apps/inverted_index/inverted_index.mli apps/inverted_index/inverted_index.ml \
+apps/word_count/word_count.mli apps/word_count/word_count.ml apps/nbody/nbody.mli apps/nbody/nbody.ml \
+apps/page_rank/page_rank.mli apps/page_rank/page_rank.ml
+
+LIBS = shared worker_server controller apps/inverted_index apps/word_count apps/page_rank apps/nbody
+
+.PHONY: all
+all: ws con
+
+.PHONY: ws
+ws: worker_server.exe
+
+.PHONY: con
+con: controller.exe
+
+.PHONY: clean
+clean:
+	for X in . $(LIBS); do \
+      for Y in cmo cmi cma exe; do \
+        rm -f $$X/*.$$Y; \
+      done; \
+    done
+
+shared/util.cma: $(UTIL_SOURCES)
+	ocamlc -o shared/util.cma -a -I shared $(UTIL_SOURCES)
+
+worker_server.exe: shared/util.cma $(SHARED_SOURCES) $(WS_SOURCES)
+	ocamlc -thread -o worker_server.exe -I shared -I worker_server dynlink.cma str.cma unix.cma \
+    threads.cma util.cma $(SHARED_SOURCES) $(WS_SOURCES)
+
+controller.exe: shared/util.cma $(SHARED_SOURCES) $(CONTROLLER_SOURCES) $(APP_SOURCES) controller/main.ml
+	ocamlc -thread -o controller.exe -I shared -I controller -I apps/inverted_index -I apps/nbody \
+	-I apps/word_count -I apps/page_rank unix.cma threads.cma str.cma util.cma \
+	$(SHARED_SOURCES) $(CONTROLLER_SOURCES) $(APP_SOURCES) controller/main.ml
+localhost:10501
+localhost:10502
+localhost:10503

File apps/inverted_index/inverted_index.ml

+open Util
+
+let main (args : string array) : unit = 
+  if Array.length args < 3 then 
+    Printf.printf "Usage: inverted_index <filename>"
+  else
+    failwith "What need for the shepherd when the wolves have all gone"

File apps/inverted_index/inverted_index.mli

+(**
+ * `inverted_index` computes an inverted index for the contents of
+ * a given file. The filename is in location 2 of the given array.
+ * The results are output to stdout. 
+ *)
+val main : string array -> unit

File apps/nbody/nbody.ml

+open Util
+
+(* Create a transcript of body positions for `steps` time steps *)
+let make_transcript (bodies : (string * body) list) (steps : int) : string = 
+  failwith "I'm interested in this"
+
+let simulation_of_string = function
+  | "binary_star" -> Simulations.binary_star
+  | "diamond" -> Simulations.diamond
+  | "orbit" -> Simulations.orbit
+  | "swarm" -> Simulations.swarm
+  | "system" -> Simulations.system
+  | "terrible_situation" -> Simulations.terrible_situation
+  | "zardoz" -> Simulations.zardoz
+  | _ -> failwith "Invalid simulation name. Check `shared/simulations.ml`"
+
+let main (args : string array) : unit = 
+  if Array.length args < 3 then 
+    print_endline "Usage: nbody <simulation> [<outfile>]
+  <simulation> is the name of a simulation from shared/simulations.ml
+  Results will be written to [<outfile>] or stdout."
+  else begin
+    let (num_bodies_str, bodies) = simulation_of_string args.(2) in
+    let transcript = make_transcript bodies 60 in
+    let out_channel = 
+      if Array.length args > 3 then open_out args.(3) else stdout in
+    output_string out_channel (num_bodies_str ^ "\n" ^ transcript);
+    close_out out_channel end

File apps/nbody/nbody.mli

+(** Create and show a simulation *)
+val main : string array -> unit

File apps/page_rank/page_rank.ml

+open Util
+
+let main (args : string array) : unit = 
+  if Array.length args < 3 then
+    Printf.printf "Usage: page_rank <num_iterations> <filename>"
+  else
+    failwith "You're not my mother. What kind of demon are you?"

File apps/page_rank/page_rank.mli

+(**
+ * Computes page_rank on the contents of a given file,
+ * performing up to `m` iterations. The parameters `filename` and
+ * `m` are in locations 2, 3 respectively of the given
+ * array.  The results are output to stdout. 
+ *)
+val main : string array -> unit
+

File apps/word_count/mapper.ml

+let (key, value) = Program.get_input() in
+Program.set_output (List.fold_left (fun acc k -> (k, "1")::acc) []
+                   (List.map String.lowercase (Util.split_words value)))

File apps/word_count/reducer.ml

+let (key, values) = Program.get_input() in
+let sum = List.fold_left (fun acc v -> acc + (int_of_string v)) 0 values in
+    Program.set_output [string_of_int sum]

File apps/word_count/word_count.ml

+open Util
+
+let main (args : string array) : unit =
+  if Array.length args < 3 then
+    Printf.printf "Usage: word_count <filename>"
+  else begin
+    let filename = args.(2) in
+    let (_, results) = 
+      Map_reduce.map_reduce "word_count" "mapper" "reducer" filename in
+    print_reduce_results results end

File apps/word_count/word_count.mli

+
+
+(* wordcount computes the number times each word in the contents of
+ * a given file occurs. The filename is in location 2 of the given array.
+ * The results are output to stdout. *)
+val main : string array -> unit
+

File bouncy.jar

Binary file added.
+ocamlc -o shared/util.cma -a -I shared shared/hashtable.mli shared/hashtable.ml shared/plane.mli shared/plane.ml shared/util.mli shared/util.ml shared/simulations.mli shared/simulations.ml
+ocamlc -thread -o worker_server.exe -I shared -I worker_server dynlink.cma str.cma unix.cma threads.cma util.cma shared/thread_pool.mli shared/thread_pool.ml shared/connection.mli shared/connection.ml shared/protocol.mli shared/protocol.ml worker_server/program.mli worker_server/program.ml worker_server/worker.mli worker_server/worker.ml worker_server/worker_server.mli worker_server/worker_server.ml
+ocamlc -thread -o controller.exe -I shared -I controller -I apps/inverted_index -I apps/nbody -I apps/word_count -I apps/page_rank -I apps/apm unix.cma threads.cma str.cma util.cma shared/thread_pool.mli shared/thread_pool.ml shared/connection.mli shared/connection.ml shared/protocol.mli shared/protocol.ml controller/worker_manager.mli controller/worker_manager.ml controller/map_reduce.mli controller/map_reduce.ml apps/inverted_index/inverted_index.mli apps/inverted_index/inverted_index.ml apps/word_count/word_count.mli apps/word_count/word_count.ml apps/nbody/nbody.mli apps/nbody/nbody.ml apps/page_rank/page_rank.mli apps/page_rank/page_rank.ml controller/main.ml

File controller/main.ml

+let _ = 
+  if Array.length Sys.argv < 2 then
+    Printf.printf
+      "Usage: `controller.exe <app_name> <args>`
+  <args> are specific to the application <app_name>
+  Options for <app_name> are:
+    %s\n    %s\n    %s\n    %s\n"
+      "word_count"
+      "inverted_index"
+      "page_rank"
+      "nbody"
+  else 
+    match Sys.argv.(1) with
+      | "word_count" -> Word_count.main Sys.argv
+      | "inverted_index" -> Inverted_index.main Sys.argv
+      | "page_rank" -> Page_rank.main Sys.argv
+      | "nbody" -> Nbody.main Sys.argv
+      | _ -> failwith "Invalid application name"

File controller/map_reduce.ml

+open Util
+open Worker_manager
+
+(* TODO implement these *)
+let map kv_pairs shared_data map_filename : (string * string) list = 
+  failwith "Go back whence you came! Trouble the soul of my Mother no more!"
+let combine kv_pairs : (string * string list) list = 
+  failwith "You have been doomed ever since you lost the ability to love."
+let reduce kvs_pairs shared_data reduce_filename : (string * string list) list =
+  failwith "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"
+
+let map_reduce (app_name : string) (mapper : string) 
+    (reducer : string) (filename : string) =
+  let app_dir = Printf.sprintf "apps/%s/" app_name in
+  let docs = load_documents filename in
+  let titles = Hashtable.create 16 Hashtbl.hash in
+  let add_document (d : document) : (string * string) =
+    let id_s = string_of_int d.id in
+    Hashtable.add titles id_s d.title; (id_s, d.body) in
+  let kv_pairs = List.map add_document docs in
+  let mapped = map kv_pairs "" (app_dir ^ mapper ^ ".ml") in
+  let combined = combine mapped in
+  let reduced = reduce combined  "" (app_dir ^ reducer ^ ".ml") in
+  (titles, reduced)

File controller/map_reduce.mli

+(** 
+ * `map kv_pairs shared_data map_filename` initializes mappers and uses them to
+ *   compute the mapping of `kv_pairs` using the code stored in `map_filename`,
+ *   and additionally provides `shared_data` accessible to all mappers.
+ * Returns: list of (key, value) from mapping `kv_pairs`
+ *)
+val map : (string * string) list -> string -> string -> (string * string) list
+
+(**
+ * `combine kv_pairs` combines the list of (key, value) pairs into a list of
+ *   (key, value list) pairs, such that each key in `kv_pairs` occurs once
+ *   in the returned list, and for every key in the returned list, its list of
+ *   values contains every single value that it mapped to in `kv_pairs`.
+ * Returns: list of (key, value list) pairs 
+ *)
+val combine : (string * string) list -> (string * string list) list
+
+(**
+ * `reduce kvs_pairs shared_data reduce_filename` initializes reducers and
+ *   uses them to compute the reduction of `kvs_pairs` using the code stored
+ *   in `reduce_filename`, and additionally provides `shared_data`
+ *   accessible to all reducers.
+ * Returns: list of (key, value list) pairs from reducing `kvs_pairs` 
+ *)
+val reduce : (string * string list) list -> string -> string -> (string * string list) list
+
+(**
+ * `map_reduce app_name mapper reduce filename` performs the map reduce 
+ *   operations specified by the key `app_name` on the contents of the file.
+ * Returns: a two-tuple containing a hashtable of id (string), title pairs
+ *   from the input and the MapReduce output.
+ *)
+val map_reduce : string -> string -> string -> string -> (string, string) Hashtable.t * (string * string list) list

File controller/worker_manager.ml

+open Protocol
+
+type worker_type = Map | Reduce
+
+type worker = worker_id * Connection.connection
+type mapper = worker
+type reducer = worker
+
+type 'a worker_manager = 'a Queue.t * Mutex.t * Condition.t * worker list ref
+
+let address_filename = "addresses"
+
+let retries = 10
+
+let push_worker (queue, lock, condition, _) worker =
+  Mutex.lock lock;
+  Queue.push worker queue;
+  Condition.signal condition;
+  Mutex.unlock lock
+
+(* initializes either a mapper or a reducer, depending on worker_type *)
+let initialize worker_type source_filename shared_data =
+  let (_,_,_,workers) as manager = 
+    (Queue.create(), Mutex.create(), Condition.create(), ref []) in
+  let addresses = List.rev_map (fun l ->
+    match Str.split (Str.regexp ":") l with
+    | x::y::[] -> 
+        Unix.ADDR_INET (((Unix.gethostbyname x).Unix.h_addr_list.(0)), (int_of_string y))
+    | _ -> failwith "Invalid address file")
+    (Str.split (Str.regexp "\r?\n") (Util.read_whole_file address_filename)) in
+  let connections = List.rev_map (fun a -> Connection.init a retries) addresses in
+  let source = Str.split (Str.regexp "\r?\n") (Util.read_whole_file source_filename) in
+  let worker_request_wrapper = 
+    if worker_type = Map then InitMapper(source, shared_data) 
+    else InitReducer(source) in
+  let worker_response_wrapper (_, connection) =
+    match (Connection.input connection, worker_type) with
+    | (Some(Mapper(Some(id), _)), Map) | (Some(Reducer(Some(id), _)), Reduce) -> begin
+        push_worker manager (id, connection);
+        workers := (id, connection) :: !workers
+        end
+    | (Some(Mapper(_, error)), _) | (Some(Reducer(_, error)), _) -> 
+      Printf.printf "Compilation error: %s\n" error
+    | (None, _) -> 
+      print_endline "Failed to connect to worker"
+    | _ -> 
+      print_endline "Worker returned incorrect message type"
+  in
+  List.iter (fun c ->
+    match c with
+    | Some(connection) -> 
+      if Connection.output connection worker_request_wrapper
+      then ignore (Thread.create worker_response_wrapper (-1, connection))
+      else ()
+    | None -> ()) connections;
+  manager
+
+let initialize_mappers = initialize Map 
+
+let initialize_reducers = initialize Reduce
+
+let pop_worker (queue, lock, condition, _) =
+  Mutex.lock lock;
+  while Queue.is_empty queue do
+    Condition.wait condition lock
+  done;
+  let element = Queue.pop queue in
+  Mutex.unlock lock;
+  element
+
+let send_request (id, connection) worker_type request =
+  if Connection.output connection request then begin
+    let result = ref None in
+    begin match (Connection.input connection, worker_type) with
+    | (Some(InvalidWorker(id)), _) -> 
+      Printf.printf"Invalid worker: %d\n" id
+    | (Some(RuntimeError(id, error)), _) -> 
+      Printf.printf "Runtime error for worker %d: %s\n" id error
+    | (Some(MapResults(id, l)), Map) -> 
+      result := Some(MapResults(id, l))
+    | (Some(ReduceResults(id, l)), Reduce) -> 
+      result := Some(ReduceResults(id, l))
+    | (None, _) -> begin
+      Connection.close connection; 
+      Printf.printf "Connection lost to worker: %d\n" id end
+    | _ -> 
+      Printf.printf "Worker %d returned incorrect message type\n" id end;
+    !result end
+  else begin
+    Connection.close connection; 
+    Printf.printf "Connection lost to worker: %d\n" id; 
+    None end
+
+let map (id, connection) key value =
+  match send_request (id, connection) Map (MapRequest(id, key, value)) with
+    None -> None
+  | Some(MapResults(_, l)) -> Some(l)
+  | _ -> failwith ("Worker manager failed.")
+
+let reduce (id, connection) key values =
+  match send_request (id, connection) Reduce (ReduceRequest(id, key, values)) with
+    None -> None
+  | Some(ReduceResults(_, l)) -> Some(l)
+  | _ -> failwith ("Worker manager failed.")
+
+let clean_up_workers (_, lock, _, workers) =
+  Mutex.lock lock;
+  List.iter (fun (_, connection) -> Connection.close connection) !workers

File controller/worker_manager.mli

+(* Handles communication between workers and the master *)
+
+type 'a worker_manager
+
+type mapper
+
+type reducer
+
+(** 
+ * `initialize_mappers map_filename shared_data` initializes mapper workers 
+ *   at the addresses stored in the file named "addresses" that execute the code 
+ *   stored in `map_filename`, and have access to the data in `shared_data`.
+ *)
+val initialize_mappers : string -> string -> mapper worker_manager
+
+(**
+ * `initialize_reducers reduce_filename` initializes reducer workers at the
+ *   addresses stored in the file named "addresses" that execute the code
+ *   stored in `reduce_filename`, and have access to the data in `shared_data`.
+ *)
+val initialize_reducers : string -> string -> reducer worker_manager
+
+(**
+ * `pop_worker wm` removes a worker from the collection 
+ *   `wm` of available workers.
+ *   Blocks if there are no available workers.
+ * Thread-safe
+ * Returns: removed worker 
+ *)
+val pop_worker : 'a worker_manager -> 'a
+
+(**
+ * `push_worker worker` adds worker to the collection of available workers.
+ * Thread-safe 
+ *)
+val push_worker : 'a worker_manager -> 'a -> unit
+
+(**
+ * `map worker key value` sends a map request to the provided mapper with the
+ *   (`key`, `value`) pair as input. 
+ *   The function then blocks until the mapper responds.
+ * Thread-safe
+ * Returns: `Some l` where `l` is a list of the 
+ *   (key, value) pairs computed by the mapper, 
+ *   or `None` if the mapper experienced an error 
+ *)
+val map : mapper -> string -> string -> (string * string) list option
+
+(**
+ * `reduce worker key values` sends a reduce request to 
+ *   the provided reducer with the (key, values) pair as input. 
+ *   The function then blocks until the reducer responds.
+ * Thread-safe
+ * Returns: `Some l` where `l` is a list of the values 
+ *   computed by the reducer,
+ *   or `None` if the reducer experienced an error 
+ *)
+val reduce : reducer -> string -> string list -> string list option
+
+(**
+ * `clean_up_workers manager` closes all connections to workers.
+ * Thread-safe 
+ *)
+val clean_up_workers: 'a worker_manager -> unit

File data/reuters.txt

+1@BAHIA COCOA REVIEW@Showers continued throughout the week in the Bahia cocoa zone, alleviating the drought since early January and improving prospects for the coming temporao, although normal humidity levels have not been restored, Comissaria Smith said in its weekly review.     The dry period means the temporao will be late this year.     Arrivals for the week ended February 22 were 155,221 bags of 60 kilos making a cumulative total for the season of 5.93 mln against 5.81 at the same stage last year. Again it seems that cocoa delivered earlier on consignment was included in the arrivals figures.     Comissaria Smith said there is still some doubt as to how much old crop cocoa is still available as harvesting has practically come to an end. With total Bahia crop estimates around 6.4 mln bags and sales standing at almost 6.2 mln there are a few hundred thousand bags still in the hands of farmers, middlemen, exporters and processors.     There are doubts as to how much of this cocoa would be fit for export as shippers are now experiencing dificulties in obtaining +Bahia superior+ certificates.     In view of the lower quality over recent weeks farmers have sold a good part of their cocoa held on consignment.     Comissaria Smith said spot bean prices rose to 340 to 350 cruzados per arroba of 15 kilos.     Bean shippers were reluctant to offer nearby shipment and only limited sales were booked for March shipment at 1,750 to 1,780 dlrs per tonne to ports to be named.     New crop sales were also light and all to open ports with June/July going at 1,850 and 1,880 dlrs and at 35 and 45 dlrs under New York july, Aug/Sept at 1,870, 1,875 and 1,880 dlrs per tonne FOB.     Routine sales of butter were made. March/April sold at 4,340, 4,345 and 4,350 dlrs.     April/May butter went at 2.27 times New York May, June/July at 4,400 and 4,415 dlrs, Aug/Sept at 4,351 to 4,450 dlrs and at 2.27 and 2.28 times New York Sept and Oct/Dec at 4,480 dlrs and 2.27 times New York Dec, Comissaria Smith said.     Destinations were the U.S., Covertible currency areas, Uruguay and open ports.     Cake sales were registered at 785 to 995 dlrs for March/April, 785 dlrs for May, 753 dlrs for Aug and 0.39 times New York Dec for Oct/Dec.     Buyers were the U.S., Argentina, Uruguay and convertible currency areas.     Liquor sales were limited with March/April selling at 2,325 and 2,380 dlrs, June/July at 2,375 dlrs and at 1.25 times New York July, Aug/Sept at 2,400 dlrs and at 1.25 times New York Sept and Oct/Dec at 1.25 times New York Dec, Comissaria Smith said.     Total Bahia sales are currently estimated at 6.13 mln bags against the 1986/87 crop and 1.06 mln bags against the 1987/88 crop.     Final figures for the period to February 28 are expected to be published by the Brazilian Cocoa Trade Commission after carnival which ends midday on February 27.  Reuter &#3;
+2@STANDARD OIL &lt;SRD> TO FORM FINANCIAL UNIT@Standard Oil Co and BP North America Inc said they plan to form a venture to manage the money market borrowing and investment activities of both companies.     BP North America is a subsidiary of British Petroleum Co Plc &lt;BP>, which also owns a 55 pct interest in Standard Oil.     The venture will be called BP/Standard Financial Trading and will be operated by Standard Oil under the oversight of a joint management committee.   Reuter &#3;
+3@TEXAS COMMERCE BANCSHARES &lt;TCB> FILES PLAN@Texas Commerce Bancshares Inc's Texas Commerce Bank-Houston said it filed an application with the Comptroller of the Currency in an effort to create the largest banking network in Harris County.     The bank said the network would link 31 banks having 13.5 billion dlrs in assets and 7.5 billion dlrs in deposits.          Reuter &#3;
+4@TALKING POINT/BANKAMERICA &lt;BAC> EQUITY OFFER@BankAmerica Corp is not under pressure to act quickly on its proposed equity offering and would do well to delay it because of the stock's recent poor performance, banking analysts said.     Some analysts said they have recommended BankAmerica delay its up to one-billion-dlr equity offering, which has yet to be approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission.     BankAmerica stock fell this week, along with other banking issues, on the news that Brazil has suspended interest payments on a large portion of its foreign debt.     The stock traded around 12, down 1/8, this afternoon, after falling to 11-1/2 earlier this week on the news.     Banking analysts said that with the immediate threat of the First Interstate Bancorp &lt;I> takeover bid gone, BankAmerica is under no pressure to sell the securities into a market that will be nervous on bank stocks in the near term.     BankAmerica filed the offer on January 26. It was seen as one of the major factors leading the First Interstate withdrawing its takeover bid on February 9.     A BankAmerica spokesman said SEC approval is taking longer than expected and market conditions must now be re-evaluated.     "The circumstances at the time will determine what we do," said Arthur Miller, BankAmerica's Vice President for Financial Communications, when asked if BankAmerica would proceed with the offer immediately after it receives SEC approval.     "I'd put it off as long as they conceivably could," said Lawrence Cohn, analyst with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith.     Cohn said the longer BankAmerica waits, the longer they have to show the market an improved financial outlook.     Although BankAmerica has yet to specify the types of equities it would offer, most analysts believed a convertible preferred stock would encompass at least part of it.     Such an offering at a depressed stock price would mean a lower conversion price and more dilution to BankAmerica stock holders, noted Daniel Williams, analyst with Sutro Group.     Several analysts said that while they believe the Brazilian debt problem will continue to hang over the banking industry through the quarter, the initial shock reaction is likely to ease over the coming weeks.     Nevertheless, BankAmerica, which holds about 2.70 billion dlrs in Brazilian loans, stands to lose 15-20 mln dlrs if the interest rate is reduced on the debt, and as much as 200 mln dlrs if Brazil pays no interest for a year, said Joseph Arsenio, analyst with Birr, Wilson and Co.     He noted, however, that any potential losses would not show up in the current quarter.     With other major banks standing to lose even more than BankAmerica if Brazil fails to service its debt, the analysts said they expect the debt will be restructured, similar to way Mexico's debt was, minimizing losses to the creditor banks.  Reuter &#3;
+5@NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICES FOR FARMER-OWNED RESERVE@The U.S. Agriculture Department reported the farmer-owned reserve national five-day average price through February 25 as follows (Dlrs/Bu-Sorghum Cwt) -          Natl   Loan           Release   Call          Avge   Rate-X  Level    Price  Price  Wheat   2.55   2.40       IV     4.65     --                             V     4.65     --                            VI     4.45     --  Corn    1.35   1.92       IV     3.15   3.15                             V     3.25     --  X - 1986 Rates.            Natl   Loan          Release   Call           Avge   Rate-X  Level   Price  Price  Oats     1.24   0.99        V    1.65    --   Barley   n.a.   1.56       IV    2.55   2.55                              V    2.65    --   Sorghum  2.34   3.25-Y     IV    5.36   5.36                              V    5.54    --      Reserves I, II and III have matured. Level IV reflects grain entered after Oct 6, 1981 for feedgrain and after July 23, 1981 for wheat. Level V wheat/barley after 5/14/82, corn/sorghum after 7/1/82. Level VI covers wheat entered after January 19, 1984.  X-1986 rates. Y-dlrs per CWT (100 lbs). n.a.-not available.  Reuter &#3;
+6@ARGENTINE 1986/87 GRAIN/OILSEED REGISTRATIONS@Argentine grain board figures show crop registrations of grains, oilseeds and their products to February 11, in thousands of tonnes, showing those for futurE shipments month, 1986/87 total and 1985/86 total to February 12, 1986, in brackets:     Bread wheat prev 1,655.8, Feb 872.0, March 164.6, total 2,692.4 (4,161.0).     Maize Mar 48.0, total 48.0 (nil).     Sorghum nil (nil)     Oilseed export registrations were:     Sunflowerseed total 15.0 (7.9)     Soybean May 20.0, total 20.0 (nil)     The board also detailed export registrations for subproducts, as follows,     SUBPRODUCTS     Wheat prev 39.9, Feb 48.7, March 13.2, Apr 10.0, total 111.8 (82.7) .     Linseed prev 34.8, Feb 32.9, Mar 6.8, Apr 6.3, total 80.8 (87.4).     Soybean prev 100.9, Feb 45.1, MAr nil, Apr nil, May 20.0, total 166.1 (218.5).     Sunflowerseed prev 48.6, Feb 61.5, Mar 25.1, Apr 14.5, total 149.8 (145.3).     Vegetable oil registrations were :              Sunoil prev 37.4, Feb 107.3, Mar 24.5, Apr 3.2, May nil, Jun 10.0, total 182.4 (117.6).                       Linoil prev 15.9, Feb 23.6, Mar 20.4, Apr 2.0, total 61.8, (76.1).                              Soybean oil prev 3.7, Feb 21.1, Mar nil, Apr 2.0, May 9.0, Jun 13.0, Jul 7.0, total 55.8 (33.7).        REUTER &#3;
+7@RED LION INNS FILES PLANS OFFERING@Red Lion Inns Limited Partnership said it filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering a proposed offering of 4,790,000 units of limited partnership interests.     The company said it expects the offering to be priced at 20 dlrs per unit.     It said proceeds from the offering, along with a 102.5 mln dlr mortgage loan, will be used to finance its planned acquisition of 10 Red Lion hotels.  Reuter &#3;
+8@USX &lt;X> DEBT DOWGRADED BY MOODY'S@Moody's Investors Service Inc said it lowered the debt and preferred stock ratings of USX Corp and its units. About seven billion dlrs of securities is affected.     Moody's said Marathon Oil Co's recent establishment of up to one billion dlrs in production payment facilities on its prolific Yates Field has significant negative implications for USX's unsecured creditors.     The company appears to have positioned its steel segment for a return to profit by late 1987, Moody's added.     Ratings lowered include those on USX's senior debt to BA-1 from BAA-3.  Reuter &#3;
+9@CHAMPION PRODUCTS &lt;CH> APPROVES STOCK SPLIT@Champion Products Inc said its board of directors approved a two-for-one stock split of its common shares for shareholders of record as of April 1, 1987.     The company also said its board voted to recommend to shareholders at the annual meeting April 23 an increase in the authorized capital stock from five mln to 25 mln shares.  Reuter &#3;
+10@COMPUTER TERMINAL SYSTEMS &lt;CPML> COMPLETES SALE@Computer Terminal Systems Inc said it has completed the sale of 200,000 shares of its common stock, and warrants to acquire an additional one mln shares, to &lt;Sedio N.V.> of Lugano, Switzerland for 50,000 dlrs.     The company said the warrants are exercisable for five years at a purchase price of .125 dlrs per share.     Computer Terminal said Sedio also has the right to buy additional shares and increase its total holdings up to 40 pct of the Computer Terminal's outstanding common stock under certain circumstances involving change of control at the company.     The company said if the conditions occur the warrants would be exercisable at a price equal to 75 pct of its common stock's market price at the time, not to exceed 1.50 dlrs per share.     Computer Terminal also said it sold the technolgy rights to its Dot Matrix impact technology, including any future improvements, to &lt;Woodco Inc> of Houston, Tex. for 200,000 dlrs. But, it said it would continue to be the exclusive worldwide licensee of the technology for Woodco.     The company said the moves were part of its reorganization plan and would help pay current operation costs and ensure product delivery.     Computer Terminal makes computer generated labels, forms, tags and ticket printers and terminals.  Reuter &#3;
+11@COBANCO INC &lt;CBCO> YEAR NET@Shr 34 cts vs 1.19 dlrs     Net 807,000 vs 2,858,000     Assets 510.2 mln vs 479.7 mln     Deposits 472.3 mln vs 440.3 mln     Loans 299.2 mln vs 327.2 mln     Note: 4th qtr not available. Year includes 1985 extraordinary gain from tax carry forward of 132,000 dlrs, or five cts per shr.  Reuter &#3;
+12@OHIO MATTRESS &lt;OMT> MAY HAVE LOWER 1ST QTR NET@Ohio Mattress Co said its first quarter, ending February 28, profits may be below the 2.4 mln dlrs, or 15 cts a share, earned in the first quarter of fiscal 1986.     The company said any decline would be due to expenses related to the acquisitions in the middle of the current quarter of seven licensees of Sealy Inc, as well as 82 pct of the outstanding capital stock of Sealy.     Because of these acquisitions, it said, first quarter sales will be substantially higher than last year's 67.1 mln dlrs.     Noting that it typically reports first quarter results in late march, said the report is likely to be issued in early April this year.     It said the delay is due to administrative considerations, including conducting appraisals, in connection with the acquisitions.  Reuter &#3;
+13@AM INTERNATIONAL INC &lt;AM> 2ND QTR JAN 31@Oper shr loss two cts vs profit seven cts     Oper shr profit 442,000 vs profit 2,986,000     Revs 291.8 mln vs 151.1 mln     Avg shrs 51.7 mln vs 43.4 mln     Six mths     Oper shr profit nil vs profit 12 cts     Oper net profit 3,376,000 vs profit 5,086,000     Revs 569.3 mln vs 298.5 mln     Avg shrs 51.6 mln vs 41.1 mln     NOTE: Per shr calculated after payment of preferred dividends.     Results exclude credits of 2,227,000 or four cts and 4,841,000 or nine cts for 1986 qtr and six mths vs 2,285,000 or six cts and 4,104,000 or 11 cts for prior periods from operating loss carryforwards.  Reuter &#3;
+14@BROWN-FORMAN INC &lt;BFD> 4TH QTR NET@Shr one dlr vs 73 cts     Net 12.6 mln vs 15.8 mln     Revs 337.3 mln vs 315.2 mln     Nine mths     Shr 3.07 dlrs vs 3.08 dlrs     Net 66 mln vs 66.2 mln     Revs 1.59 billion vs 997.1 mln  Reuter &#3;
+15@NATIONAL INTERGROUP&lt;NII> TO OFFER PERMIAN UNITS@National Intergroup Inc said it plans to file a registration statement with the securities and exchange commission for an offering of cumulative convertible preferred partnership units in Permian Partners L.P.     The Permian Partners L.P. was recently formed by National Intergroup to continue to business of Permian Corp, acquired by the company in 1985.     The company said Permian will continue to manage the business as a general partner, retaining a 35 pct stake in the partnership in the form of common and general partnership units.     It did not say how many units would be offered or what the price would be.  Reuter &#3;
+16@ECONOMIC SPOTLIGHT - BANKAMERICA &lt;BAC>@BankAmerica Corp is not under pressure to act quickly on its proposed equity offering and would do well to delay it because of the stock's recent poor performance, banking analysts said.     Some analysts said they have recommended BankAmerica delay its up to one-billion-dlr equity offering, which has yet to be approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission.     BankAmerica stock fell this week, along with other banking issues, on the news that Brazil has suspended interest payments on a large portion of its foreign debt.     The stock traded around 12, down 1/8, this afternoon, after falling to 11-1/2 earlier this week on the news.     Banking analysts said that with the immediate threat of the First Interstate Bancorp &lt;I> takeover bid gone, BankAmerica is under no pressure to sell the securities into a market that will be nervous on bank stocks in the near term.     BankAmerica filed the offer on January 26. It was seen as one of the major factors leading the First Interstate withdrawing its takeover bid on February 9.     A BankAmerica spokesman said SEC approval is taking longer than expected and market conditions must now be re-evaluated.     "The circumstances at the time will determine what we do," said Arthur Miller, BankAmerica's Vice President for Financial Communications, when asked if BankAmerica would proceed with the offer immediately after it receives SEC approval.     "I'd put it off as long as they conceivably could," said Lawrence Cohn, analyst with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith.     Cohn said the longer BankAmerica waits, the longer they have to show the market an improved financial outlook.     Although BankAmerica has yet to specify the types of equities it would offer, most analysts believed a convertible preferred stock would encompass at least part of it.     Such an offering at a depressed stock price would mean a lower conversion price and more dilution to BankAmerica stock holders, noted Daniel Williams, analyst with Sutro Group.     Several analysts said that while they believe the Brazilian debt problem will continue to hang over the banking industry through the quarter, the initial shock reaction is likely to ease over the coming weeks.     Nevertheless, BankAmerica, which holds about 2.70 billion dlrs in Brazilian loans, stands to lose 15-20 mln dlrs if the interest rate is reduced on the debt, and as much as 200 mln dlrs if Brazil pays no interest for a year, said Joseph Arsenio, analyst with Birr, Wilson and Co.     He noted, however, that any potential losses would not show up in the current quarter.     With other major banks standing to lose even more than BankAmerica if Brazil fails to service its debt, the analysts said they expect the debt will be restructured, similar to way Mexico's debt was, minimizing losses to the creditor banks.  Reuter &#3;
+17@NATIONAL HEALTH ENHANCEMENT &lt;NHES> NEW PROGRAM@National Health Enhancement Systems Inc said it is offering a new health evaluation system to its line of fitness assessment programs.     The company said the program, called The Health Test, will be available in 60 days.     Customers who use the program will receive a computer-generated report and recommendations for implementing a program to improve their physical condition.  Reuter &#3;
+18@DEAN FOODS &lt;DF> SEES STRONG 4TH QTR EARNINGS@Dean Foods Co expects earnings for the fourth quarter ending May 30 to exceed those of the same year-ago period, Chairman Kenneth Douglas told analysts.     In the fiscal 1986 fourth quarter the food processor reported earnings of 40 cts a share.     Douglas also said the year's sales should exceed 1.4 billion dlrs, up from 1.27 billion dlrs the prior year.     He repeated an earlier projection that third-quarter earnings "will probably be off slightly" from last year's 40 cts a share, falling in the range of 34 cts to 36 cts a share.     Douglas said it was too early to project whether the anticipated fourth quarter performance would be "enough for us to exceed the prior year's overall earnings" of 1.53 dlrs a share.     In 1988, Douglas said Dean should experience "a 20 pct improvement in our bottom line from effects of the tax reform act alone."     President Howard Dean said in fiscal 1988 the company will derive  benefits of various dairy and frozen vegetable acquisitions from Ryan Milk to the Larsen Co.     Dean also said the company will benefit from its acquisition in late December of Elgin Blenders Inc, West Chicago.     He said the company is a major shareholder of E.B.I. Foods Ltd, a United Kingdom blender, and has licensing arrangements in Australia, Canada, Brazil and Japan.     "It provides ann entry to McDonalds Corp &lt;MCD> we've been after for years," Douglas told analysts.  Reuter &#3;
+19@BONUS WHEAT FLOUR FOR NORTH YEMEN  -- USDA@The Commodity Credit Corporation, CCC, has accepted an export bonus offer to cover the sale of 37,000 long tons of wheat flour to North Yemen, the U.S. Agriculture Department said.     The wheat four is for shipment March-May and the bonus awarded was 119.05 dlrs per tonnes and will be paid in the form of commodities from the CCC inventory.     The bonus was awarded to the Pillsbury Company.     The wheat flour purchases complete the Export Enhancement Program initiative announced in April, 1986, it said.  Reuter &#3;
+20@CREDIT CARD DISCLOSURE BILLS INTRODUCED@Legislation to require disclosure of credit card fees and interest rates before the cards are issued have been introduced in the Senate and House.     Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn, a co-sponsor of the bill, said many banks and financial institutions do not disclose all the information about terms of their cards in promotional material sent to prospective customers.     "By requiring card issuers to disclose the terms and conditions of their cards at the time of solicitation, the legislation is intended to arm consumers with enough information to shop around for the best deal," Dodd said in a statement.  Reuter &#3;
+21@HUGHES CAPITAL UNIT SIGNS PACT WITH BEAR STEARNS@Hughes/Conserdyne Corp, a unit of &lt;Hughes Capital Corp> said it made Bear Stearns and Co Inc &lt;BSC> its exclusive investment banker to develop and market financing for the design and installation of its micro-utility systems for municipalities.     The company said these systems are self-contained electrical generating facilities using alternate power sources, such as photovoltaic cells, to replace public utility power sources.  Reuter &#3;
+22@MAGMA LOWERS COPPER 0.75 CENT TO 66 CTS@Magma Copper Co, a subsidiary of Newmont Mining Corp, said it is cutting its copper cathode price by 0.75 cent to 66 cents a lb, effective immediately.  Reuter &#3;
+23@BROWN-FORMAN &lt;BFDB> SETS STOCK SPLIT, UPS PAYOUT@Brown-Forman Inc said its board has approved a three-for-two stock split and a 35 pct increase in the company cash dividend.     The company cited its improved earnings outlook and continued strong cash flow as reasons for raising the dividend.     Brown-Forman said the split of its Class A and Class B common shares would be effective March 13.     The company said directors declared a quarterly cash dividend on each new share of both classes of 28 cts, payable April one to holders of record March 20. Prior to the split, the company had paid 31 cts quarterly.     Brown-Forman today reported a 37 pct increase in third  quarter profits to 21.6 mln dlrs, or 1.00 dlr a share, on a seven pct increase in sales to a record 337 mln dlrs.     Brown-Forman said nine month profits declined a bit to 66.0 mln dlrs, or 3.07 dlrs a share, from 66.2 mln dlrs, or 3.08 dlrs a share, a year earlier due to a second quarter charge of 37 cts a share for restructuring its beverage operations.     The company said lower corporate tax rates and the restructuring "are expected to substantially improve Brown-Forman's earnings and cash flow in fiscal 1988."  Reuter &#3;
+24@ESQUIRE RADIO AND ELECTRONICS INC &lt;EE> 4TH QTR@Shr profit 15 cts vs profit four cts     Annual div 72 cts vs 72 cts prior yr     Net profit 72,000 vs profit 16,000     Revs 7,075,000 vs 2,330,000     12 mths     Shr profit 42 cts vs loss 11 cts     Net profit 203,000 vs loss 55,000     Revs 16.1 mln vs 3,971,000     NOTE: annual dividend payable April 10, 1987, to stockholders of record on March 27, 1987.  Reuter &#3;
+25@SHEARSON LEHMAN NAMES NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR@Shearson Lehman Brothers, a unit of American Express Co &lt;AXP>, said Robert Stearns has joined the company as managing director of its merger and acquisition department.     Shearson said Stearns formerly was part of Merrill Lynch Pierce, Fenner and Smith Inc's &lt;MER> merger and acquisitions department.  Reuter &#3;
+26@BANKERS REPORT BREAKTHROUGH ON VENEZUELAN DEBT@Venezuela and its bank advisory committee have agreed in principle on revisions to the terms of a 21 billion dlr debt-rescheduling package signed last February, bankers said.     They declined to disclose details because two or three representatives on the panel have still to obtain the approval of their senior management for the new terms.     The committee was meeting in New York this afternoon and could put its final stamp of approval of the deal later today, the bankers said.     "A number of details have still to be finalized, but the broad details of the new amortization schedules and interest rates are in place," one senior banker said.     The interest rate on the rescheduling was originally set at 1-1/8 pct over Eurodollar rates, but Venezuela requested easier terms because of a 40 pct drop in oil income last year.     It also asked for a reduction in the repayments it was due to make in 1987, 1988 and 1989 - after an earlier request that it make no amortizations at all in those years was rebuffed - and sought a commitment from the banks to finance new investment in Venezuela.     The breakthrough in the Venezuelan talks, which have been going on intermittently for several months, follows the announcement earlier today of a 10.6 billion dlr debt rescheduling pact between Chile and its bank advisory panel.     And last night Citibank said Mexico's financing package, including a 7.7 billion dlr loan, will be signed on March 20.     While the sudden progress is to some extent coincidental, bankers acknowledge a desire to chalk up some quick successes after the shock of Brazil's unilateral interest suspension last Friday. By striking swift deals, banks hope to reduce the incentive for other debtors to emulate Brazil.  Reuter &#3;
+27@UNITED PRESIDENTIAL CORP &lt;UPCO> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 39 cts vs 50 cts     Net 1,545,160 vs 2,188,933     Revs 25.2 mln vs 19.5 mln     Year     Shr 1.53 dlrs vs 1.21 dlrs     Net 6,635,318 vs 5,050,044     Revs 92.2 mln vs 77.4 mln     NOTE: Results include adjustment of 848,600 dlrs or 20 cts shr for 1986 year and both 1985 periods from improvement in results of its universal life business than first estimated.  Reuter &#3;
+28@TOWER REPORT DIMINISHES REAGAN'S HOPES OF REBOUND@The Tower Commission report, which says President Reagan was ignorant about much of the Iran arms deal, just about ends his prospects of regaining political dominance in Washington, political analysts said.     "This is certification of incompetence," private political analyst Stephen Hess told Reuters in commenting on the Tower report made public today.     "It's as if he went before a professional licensing board and was denied credentials."     In one of the most direct criticisms, board chairman John Tower, a longtime Reagan supporter and former Republican senator from Texas, told a press conference, "The president clearly did not understand the nature of this operation."     The report, which lent credence to widespread opinion in Washington that Reagan is not in full command of the government, was particularly damaging because it was prepared by a board of the Republican president's own choosing.     The three-member panel made up of Tower, former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and former Secretary of State Edmund Muskie, does not carry the partisan taint of criticism from a Congress controlled by the Democratic party.     "We're falling by our own hand," said one Republican political strategist. "What can we say except 'we're sorry, we won't do it again'?"     The strategist, who works for one of his party's top 1988 presidential contenders and asked not to be identified, said the report was like "an anvil falling on us."     Hess, with the Brookings Institution public policy study group, said the report is the final blow to Reagan's hopes of regaining the upper hand he once had in dealings with Congress, the press and the Washington bureaucracy.     The report may also undermine the standing of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of State George Shultz, who the report suggests were more interested in keeping their own skirts clean than supporting the president.     "They protected the record as to their own positions on this issue. They were not energetic in attempting to protect the president from the consequences," it said.     White House chief of staff Donald Regan and former Central Intelligence Agency Director William Casey also received strong criticism, but the blows were expected in their cases.     Regan, expected to resign or be fired shortly, was savaged for allegedly failing both to help Reagan conduct the Iran initiative and to avoid "chaos" in the disclosure process.     Casey, who underwent surgery for removal of a cancerous brain tumor in December, had already resigned for health reasons last month.     "This is a story about people who came up somewhat short of being heroes," Tower told reporters.     While Reagan retains considerable constitutional powers, including command of the armed forces and the right to veto legislation, analysts say it will be difficult for him to retake control of the country's policy agenda -- particularly with Congress controlled by the Democrats.     The crucial remaining question, they said, is whether the man in the street will forsake Reagan over the affair.     Although his job approval rating has fallen as much as twenty percentage points in some opinion polls since the arms deal with Iran became public last November, his personal popularity is still relatively high.     A Los Angeles Times poll released earlier this week showed that just 37 pct of those surveyed thought Reagan was in control of the government, but 55 pct still thought he was doing a good job as president.     American Enterprise Institute analyst William Schneider, a Democrat, says Reagan's loss of support among Washington power brokers could be offset by continued backing of the public.     "In the past, he has been able to go around the power elite by appealing directly to the public," Schneider said.     Reagan will again plead his case that way in a televised address next week.     But one top Republican strategist warned against expecting a dramatic turnaround.     "The White House has to avoid building expectations that cannot be met," said the strategist, who requested anonymity. "They have to recognize there is no quick fix."     Analysts also point out that Reagan's personal popularity has not always translated into public backing for his policies.     They note he was dramatically rebuffed in last November's elections when voters rejected his appeals and restored control of the Senate to the Democrats.  Reuter &#3;
+29@JANUARY HOUSING SALES DROP, REALTY GROUP SAYS@Sales of previously owned homes dropped 14.5 pct in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.47 mln units, the National Association of Realtors (NAR) said.     But the December rate of 4.06 mln units had been the highest since the record 4.15 mln unit sales rate set in November 1978, the group said.     "The drop in January is not surprising considering that a significant portion of December's near-record pace was made up of sellers seeking to get favorable capital gains treatment under the old tax laws," said the NAR's John Tuccillo.  Reuter &#3;
+32@SENATORS INTRODUCE EXPORT LICENSING REFORM BILL@Sens. Alan Cranston (D-Cal.) and Daniel Evans (R-Wash.) said they introduced export licensing reform legislation that could save U.S. companies hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.     "Our emphasis is two-fold: Decontrol and de-license items where such actions will not endanger our national security, and eliminate the Department of Defense's de facto veto authority over the licensing process," Cranston said.     "Our reforms should reduce licensing requirements by 65  to 70 pct," he told reporters. "I am convinced that a more rational...licensing process will boost exports."     U.S. export controls are intended to deny Eastern bloc countries access to technology that could further their military capabilities.     "By refocusing our control resources on higher levels of technology, technology that is truly critical, we will do a better job of preventing diversion of critical technology to our adversaries while promoting more exports," Cranston said.     "We cannot expect to continue to play a leading role in new technology development in the future if we unduly restrict the activities of U.S. firms in the world market-place," Evans told reporters.  Reuter &#3;
+33@EXCELAN INC SETS INITIAL STOCK OFFER@Excelan Inc said it is making an initial public offering of 2,129,300 shares of common stock at 12 dlrs per share.     Excelan said 1.6 mln of the shares are being sold by the company and 529,300 shares are being sold by stockholders.     Excelan designs and manufactures computer-related products.  Reuter &#3;
+34@CCX NETWORK &lt;CCXN> SECONDARY OFFERING UNDERWAY@CCX Network Inc said it was offering 220,838 shares of stock at 15.75 dlrs a share though underwriters Stephens Inc and Cazenove Inc.     The company said it was selling the stock on behalf of some shareholders, including those who recently received shares in the company in exchange for their businesses.     The company said  it was receiving no proceeds from the offering.  Reuter &#3;
+35@FIRST UNION &lt;FUNC> FILES 100 MLN DLR NOTES ISSUE@First Union Corp said it has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for a proposed offering of 100 mln dlrs of fixed rate subordinated notes due 1997.     The notes will be sold nationwide through underwriters managed by Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc.  Reuter &#3;
+36@OWENS AND MINOR INC &lt;OBOD> RAISES QTLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div eights cts vs 7.5 cts prior     Pay March 31     Record March 13  Reuter &#3;
+37@COMPUTER LANGUAGE RESEARCH IN &lt;CLRI> 4TH QTR@Shr loss 22 cts vs loss 18 cts     Net loss 3,035,000 vs loss 2,516,000     Revs 20.9 mln vs 19.6 mln     Qtly div three cts vs three cts prior     Year     Shr profit two cts vs profit 34 cts     Net profit 215,000 vs profit 4,647,000     Revs 93.4 mln vs 98.7 mln     NOTE: Dividend payable April one to shareholders of record March 17.  Reuter &#3;
+38@&lt;CINRAM LTD> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 45 cts vs 58 cts     Net 1.1 mln vs 829,000     Sales 7.9 mln vs 9.4 mln     Avg shrs 2,332,397 vs 1,428,000     Year     Shr 1.22 dlrs vs 1.06 dlrs     Net 2.9 mln vs 1.5 mln     Sales 25.7 mln vs 22.2 mln     Avg shrs 2,332,397 vs 1,428,000  Reuter &#3;
+39@DU PONT CO &lt;DD> LAUNCHES IMPROVED ARAMID FIBERS@The Du Pont Co said it has devloped a new generation of high-strength aramid fibers which is stiffer and less absorbant than previous generations.     Du Pont said the new product, Kevlar 149, is up to 40 pct stiffer than first generation aramids, and absorbs less than half the moister of other similar aramid fibers.     Kevlar was invented by Du Pont in the late 1960s and is five times stronger than steel and 10 times stronger than aluminum on an equal wieght basis, and is used to replace metals in a variety of products, according to the company.  Reuter &#3;
+40@STANDARD TRUSTCO SEES BETTER YEAR@Standard Trustco said it expects earnings in 1987 to increase at least 15 to 20 pct from the 9,140,000 dlrs, or 2.52 dlrs per share, recorded in 1986.     "Stable interest rates and a growing economy are expected to provide favorable conditions for further growth in 1987," president Brian O'Malley told shareholders at the annual meeting.     Standard Trustco previously reported assets of 1.28 billion dlrs in 1986, up from 1.10 billion dlrs in 1985. Return on common shareholders' equity was 18.6 pct last year, up from 15 pct in 1985.  Reuter &#3;
+41@HANDY AND HARMAN &lt;HNH> 4TH QTR LOSS@Shr loss 51 cts vs loss three cts     Net loss 7,041,000 vs loss 467,000     Rev 138.9 mln vs 131.4 mln     12 months     Shr loss 64 cts vs profit 46 cts     Net loss 8,843,000 vs profit 6,306,0000     Rev 558.9 mln vs 556.7 mln     NOTE: Net loss for 4th qtr 1986 includes charge for restructuring of 2.6 mln dlrs after tax, or 19 cts a share.     1986 net loss includes after tax special charge of 2.7 mln dlrs, or 20 cts a share.      Reuter &#3;
+42@ICO PRODUCERS TO PRESENT NEW COFFEE PROPOSAL@International Coffee Organization, ICO, producing countries will present a proposal for reintroducing export quotas for 12 months from April 1 with a firm undertaking to try to negotiate up to September 30 any future quota distribution on a new basis, ICO delegates said.     Distribution from April 1 would be on an unchanged basis as in an earlier producer proposal, which includes shortfall redistributions totalling 1.22 mln bags, they said.     Resumption of an ICO contact group meeting with consumers, scheduled for this evening, has been postponed until tomorrow, delegates said.  Reuter &#3;
+43@SHULTZ SAYS NO RESIGNATION OVER IRAN REPORT@Secretary of State George Shultz acknowledged failings in the Iran arms affair but declared he would not resign.     His role in the scandal that has scarred the Reagan administration attracted harsh criticism from the Tower commission in its report on the affair published today.     Shultz, travelling to China for a week-long visit, refused to comment directly on the report, published after he had left Washington. But he repeated -- as he has done since the crisis broke last November -- that he was not going to resign.     "You can wipe that off your slate," he said.  Reuter &#3;
+44@MCLEAN'S &lt;MII> U.S. LINES SETS ASSET TRANSFER@McLean Industries Inc's United States Lines Inc subsidiary said it has agreed in principle to transfer its South American service by arranging for the transfer of certain charters and assets to &lt;Crowley Mariotime Corp>'s American Transport Lines Inc subsidiary.     U.S. Lines said negotiations on the contract are expected to be completed within the next week. Terms and conditions of the contract would be subject to approval of various regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.  Reuter &#3;
+45@CHEMLAWN &lt;CHEM> RISES ON HOPES FOR HIGHER BIDS@ChemLawn Corp &lt;CHEM> could attract a higher bid than the 27 dlrs per share offered by Waste Management Inc &lt;WNX>, Wall Street arbitrageurs said.     Shares of ChemLawn shot up 11-5/8 to 29-3/8 in over-the-counter- trading with 3.8 mln of the company's 10.1 mln shares changing hands by late afternoon.     "This company could go for 10 times cash flow or 30 dlrs, maybe 32 dollars depending on whether there is a competing bidder," an arbitrageur said. Waste Management's tender offer, announced before the opening today, expires March 25.     "This is totally by surprise," said Debra Strohmaier, a ChemLawn spokeswoman. The company's board held a regularly scheduled meeting today and was discussing the Waste Management announcement. She said a statement was expected but it was not certain when it would be ready.      She was unable to say if there had been any prior contact between Waste Management and ChemLawn officials.     "I think they will resist it," said Elliott Schlang, analyst at Prescott, Ball and Turben Inc. "Any company that doesn't like a surprise attack would."     Arbitrageurs pointed out it is difficult to resist tender offers for any and all shares for cash. Schlang said ChemLawn could try to find a white knight if does not want to be acquired by Waste Management.     Analyst Rosemarie Morbelli of Ingalls and Snyder said ServiceMaster Companies L.P. &lt;SVM> or Rollins Inc &lt;ROL> were examples of companies that could be interested.     ChemLawn, with about two mln customers, is the largest U.S. company involved in application of fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides on lawns. Waste Management is involved in removal of wastes.     Schlang said ChemLawn's customer base could be valuable to another company that wants to capitalize on a strong residential and commercial distribution system.     Both Schlang and Morbelli noted that high growth rates had catapulted ChemLawn's share price into the mid-30's in 1983 but the stock languished as the rate of growth slowed.     Schlang said the company's profits are concentrated in the fourth quarter. In 1986 ChemLawn earned 1.19 dlrs per share for the full year, and 2.58 dlrs in the fourth quarter.     Morbelli noted ChemLawn competes with thousands of individual entrepreuers who offer lawn and garden care sevice.  Reuter &#3;
+46@U.S. SUGAR IMPORTS DOWN IN WEEK - USDA@Sugar imports subject to the U.S. sugar import quota during the week ended January 9, the initial week of the 1987 sugar quota year, totaled 5,988 short tons versus 46,254 tons the previous week, the Agriculture Department said.     The sugar import quota for the 1987 quota year (January-December) has been set at 1,001,430 short tons compared with 1,850,000 tons in the 1986 quota year, which was extended three months to December 31.     The department said the Customs Service has reported that weekly and cumulative imports are reported on an actual weight basis and when final polarizations are received, cumulative import data are adjusted accordingly.  Reuter &#3;
+47@BRAZIL ANTI-INFLATION PLAN LIMPS TO ANNIVERSARY@inflation plan, initially hailed at home and abroad as the saviour of the economy, is limping towards its first anniversary amid soaring prices, widespread shortages and a foreign payments crisis.     Announced last February 28 the plan froze prices, fixed the value of the new Cruzado currency and ended widespread indexation of the economy in a bid to halt the country's 250 pct inflation rate.     But within a year the plan has all but collapsed.     "The situation now is worse than it was. Although there was inflation, at least the economy worked," a leading bank economist said.     The crumbling of the plan has been accompanied by a dramatic reversal in the foreign trade account. In 1984 and 1985 Brazil's annual trade surpluses had been sufficient to cover the 12 billion dlrs needed to service its 109 billion dlr foreign debt.     For the first nine months of 1986 all seemed to be on target for a repeat, with monthly surpluses averaging one billion dlrs. But as exports were diverted and imports increased to avoid further domestic shortages the trade surplus plunged to 211 mln dlrs in October and since then has averaged under 150 mln.  Reuter &#3;
+48@N.Z. OFFICIAL FOREIGN RESERVES FALL IN JANUARY@New Zealand's official foreign reserves fell to 7.15 billion N.Z. Dlrs in January from 7.20 billion dlrs in December and compared with 3.03 billion a year ago period, the Reserve Bank said in its weekly statistical bulletin.  Reuter &#3;
+49@AGENCY REPORTS 39 SHIPS WAITING AT PANAMA CANAL@The Panama Canal Commission, a U.S. government agency, said in its daily operations report that there was a backlog of 39 ships waiting to enter the canal early today. Over the next two days it expects --                            2/26  2/27                        Due: 27    35       Scheduled to Transit: 35    41            End-Day Backlog: 31    25     Average waiting time tomorrow --          Super Tankers  Regular Vessels  North End:  13 hrs      15 hrs  South End:   4 hrs      26 hrs  Reuter &#3;
+50@AMERICA FIRST MORTGAGE SETS SPECIAL PAYOUT@&lt;America First Federally Guaranteed Mortgage Fund Two> said it is making a special distribution of 71.6 cts per exchangeable unit, which includes 67.62 cts from return on capital and 3.98 cts from income gains.  Reuter &#3;
+51@REPUBLICANS EYE BIGGER U.S. CONSERVATION RESERVE@A group of Republican governors and members of Congress said they intended to explore expanding the conservation reserve program by up to 20 mln acres.     Under current law, between 40 and 45 mln acres of erodible land must be enrolled in the program by the end of fiscal 1990.     The Republican Task Force on Farm and Rural America, headed by Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole (Kan.), said they would consider drafting legislation to increase the reserve by between 15 and 20 mln acres.     Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told Reuters he would offer a bill to expand the reserve to 67 mln acres.  Reuter &#3;
+52@ARVIN INDS &lt;ARV> PROMOTES EVANS TO PRESIDENT@Arvin Industries Inc said L.K. Evans has been elected president, succeeding James Baker who remains chairman.  Evans had been executive vice president.  Reuter &#3;
+53@EMHART CORP &lt;EMH> QTLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div 35 cts vs 35 cts prior     Payable March 31     Record March nine   Reuter &#3;
+54@U.S. DATA POINT TO CAPITAL SPENDING SLOWDOWN@A surprise 7.5 pct drop in U.S. January durable goods orders points to a slowdown in capital spending that could presage lackluster real growth in the U.S. economy in the first quarter of 1987, economists said.     With total orders, excluding the volatile defense sector, falling a record 9.9 pct, economists agreed that the report painted a bleak picture for the U.S. economy.     But they stressed that the 1987 tax reform laws may be a primary factor behind the drop in orders for business capital investment.     "It's a rather gloomy outlook for the economy, said David Wyss of Data Resources Inc. "I'm particularly impressed by the 19.7 pct drop in non-defense capital goods orders because it may be a sign that businesses are reacting more adversely to tax reform than we thought."     The Commerce Department pointed out that a record 14.8 pct decline in new orders for machinery was led by declines in office and computing equipment orders.     Economists said the drop in computer orders may have been a response to the lengthening of depreciation schedules and the end of the investment tax credit under the new tax laws.     "It's more expensive to invest than it used to be, so people just aren't doing it as much," Wyss said.      Increases in durable goods orders at year's end reinforced the view that businesses anticipated the changing tax laws, economists said.     November durable goods orders rose 5.1 pct and December's increased 1.5 pct, revised upwards from a previously reported 0.9 pct.     But most acknowledged that the huge January drop was caused by more than tax reform.     "The wash-out that took place in January was far greater than the actual gains that took place in November and December," said Bill Sullivan of Dean Witter Reynolds Inc. "The economy has a weakening bent to it early in the year."     "The report definitely points to very sluggish capital spending over the next couple of quarters," said Donald Maude of Midland Montagu Capital Markets Inc.     Maude pointed to a continuing decline in order backlogs as evidence that the outlook for new orders is not improving. In November, order backlogs rose 0.6 pct, but in December they fell 0.6 pct and in January 0.7 pct, he said.     "It suggests orders in the pipeline are depleting, which may quickly translate to a drop in production," Midland Montagu's Maude said.     Wyss cautioned that too much should not be made of January's report, given that other reports have reflected strength.     But he acknowledged that the decline occurred despite a 51 pct rise in defense orders, compared with a 57.7 pct decline in December.     He also noted that there was a 6.9 pct drop in January shipments, compared with a 5.4 pct rise in December.     "Given these numbers, there's no reason for the Fed to tighten," Data Resources' Wyss said.     "But there's no reason to ease unless we see more numbers like this. The Fed will wait and see," he added.     Sullivan predicted the Fed will ease by Easter. "People aren't talking recession or Fed easing now, but the Fed will have to ease to ensure global growth."  Reuter &#3;
+55@SENATORS INTRODUCE EXPORT LICENSING REFORM BILL@Sens. Alan Cranston (D-Cal.) and Daniel Evans (R-Wash.) said they introduced export licensing reform legislation that could save U.S. companies hundreds of thousands of dollars annually.     "Our emphasis is two-fold: Decontrol and de-license items where such actions will not endanger our national security, and eliminate the Department of Defense's de facto veto authority over the licensing process," Cranston said.     "Our reforms should reduce licensing requirements by 65  to 70 pct," he told reporters. "I am convinced that a more rational...licensing process will boost exports."     U.S. export controls are intended to deny Eastern bloc countries access to technology that could further their military capabilities.     "By refocusing our control resources on higher levels of technology, technology that is truly critical, we will do a better job of preventing diversion of critical technology to our adversaries while promoting more exports," Cranston said.     "We cannot expect to continue to play a leading role in new technology development in the future if we unduly restrict the activities of U.S. firms in the world market-place," Evans told reporters.  Reuter &#3;
+56@AM INTERNATIONAL &lt;AM> CITES STRONG PROSPECTS@AM International Inc, reporting an operating loss for the January 31 second quarter, said prospects for the balance of the fiscal year remain good.     It said orders at its Harris Graphics subsidiary, acquired in June 1986, "continue to run at a strong pace." For the six months, orders rose 35 pct over the corresponding prior-year period, or on an annualized basis are running at about 630 mln dlrs.     The backlog at Harris is up 30 pct from the beginning of the fiscal year, AM said.     AM International said its old division are expected to benefit from recent new product introductions and the decline in the value of the dollar.     "Research, development and engineering expenditures in fiscal 1987 will be in the 45-50 mln dlr range, and the company said it has allocated another 30-40 mln dlrs for capital expenditures.     Earlier AM reported a fourth quarter operating loss of two cts a share compared to profits of seven cts a share a year ago. Revenues rose to 291.8 mln dlrs from 151.1 mln dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+57@CCC CREDITS FOR HONDURAS SWITCHED TO WHITE CORN@The Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced 1.5 mln dlrs in credit guarantees previously earmarked to cover sales of dry edible beans to Honduras have been switched to cover sales of white corn, the U.S. Agriculture Department said.     The department said the action reduces coverage for sales of dry edible beans to 500,000 dlrs and creates the new line of 1.5 mln dlrs for sales of white corn.     All sales under the credit guarantee line must be registered  and shipped by September 30, 1987, it said.  Reuter &#3;
+58@ASSETS OF U.S. MONEY FUNDS ROSE IN WEEK@Assets of money market mutual funds increased 720.4 mln dlrs in the week ended yesterday to 236.90 billion dlrs, the Investment Company Institute said.     Assets of 91 institutional funds rose 356 mln dlrs to 66.19 billion dlrs, 198 general purpose funds rose 212.5 mln dlrs to 62.94 billion dlrs and 92 broker-dealer funds rose 151.9 mln dlrs to 107.77 billion dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+59@GULF BARGE FREIGHT RATES UP FURTHER ON CALL@Gulf barge freight rates firmed again on the outlook for steady vessel loadings at the Gulf, increasing the demand for barges to supply those ships, dealers said.     No barges traded today on the St Louis Merchants' Exchange call session, versus 29 yesterday.     Quotes included -  - Delivery this week on the Illinois River (Joliet) 135 pct of tariff bid/140 offered, with next week same river (ex Chicago) quoted the same - both up 2-1/2 percentage points.  - Next week Mississippi River (St Louis) 120 pct bid/127-1/2 offered - up five points.  - Next week Ohio River (Owensboro/south) 125 pct bid/132-1/2 offered - up 7-1/2 points.  - On station Illinois River (south Chicago) 135 pct bid/140 offered - no comparison.  - March Illinois (ex Chicago) 132-1/2 pct bid/140 offered - up 2-1/2 points.  - March Ohio River bid at yesterday's traded level of 125 pct, offered at 132-1/2.  - March lower Mississippi River (Memphis/Cairo) 112-1/2 pct bid/120 offered - no comparison.  - May Illinois River (ex Chicago) 100 pct bid/107-1/2 offered - no comparison.  - Sept/Nov Lower Mississippi River (Memphis/Cairo) 137-1/2 pct bid/145 offered, with Sept/Dec same section 125 pct bid/135 offered - no comparison.  Reuter &#3;
+60@ARGENTINA COULD SUSPEND DEBT PAYMENTS - DEPUTY@Argentina could suspend payments on its foreign debt if creditor banks reject a 2.15 billion dlr loan request to meet 1987 growth targets, ruling Radical Party Deputy Raul Baglini told a local radio station.     "Argentina does not discard the use of (a moratorium) if the negotiations do not produce a result that guarantees the growth of the country," he added.     Baglini, an observer at Argentina's negotiations in New York with the steering committee for its 320 creditors banks, told the Radio del Plata in a telephone interview that the banks were divided on the loan request.     Baglini said that as a result, today's scheduled second day of talks had been postponed.     He said Argentina was prepared to follow the example of Brazil, which last week declared a moratorium on interest payments of a large portion of its 108 billion dlr foreign debt.     Argentina's prime objective in renegotiating the debt was to maintain growth, which has been targeted at four pct in 1987, Baglini said.     "Debtor nations should not have to take from their own pockets, that is their commercial balance, to meet interest payments," he added.  Reuter &#3;
+61@KEY U.S. TAX WRITERS SEEK ESTATE TAX CURBS@The chairmen and senior Republican members of the House and Senate tax writing committees proposed legislation to curb estate tax deduction on sales of stock to an employee stock ownership plan.     The proposal would raise federal revenues of 6.7 billion dlrs over the fiscal year period 1987 to 1991.     If adopted by Congress it would effect all transactions after Sept 26, 1987.     The plan was proposed by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski (D-Ill), Rep John Duncan (R-Tenn), Senate Finance Committee Chairman Lloyd Bentsen (D-Tex) and Sen Bob Packwood (R-Ore).     In a statement Rostenkowski said the estate tax deduction enacted last year as part of the tax reform bill was too broad and would have cost the governmet seven billion dlrs over four years. The narrower deduction would cost the government less than 300 mln dlrs for the same years.     He said it was designed to avoid sham transactions which allowed estates to avoid taxes by transferring stock to ESOPs.     Senate Finance Committee chairman Lloyd Bentsen said in a statement, "The Tax Reform Act contains a provision that allows many wealthy individuals to avoid the federal estate tax entirely when they die."     He added, "The provision was intended to encourage estates to sell stock to employee stock ownership plans as a way of promoting worker ownership; however, the provision was not meant to be broad enough to reduce federal revenues as much as is currently estimated."     He added, "The bill I have introduced today calls for the modification of the provision in accordance with its intended purpose."  Reuter &#3;
+62@TREASURY BALANCES AT FED ROSE ON FEB 25@Treasury balances at the Federal Reserve rose on Feb 25 to 4.151 billion dlrs from 2.727 billion dlrs the previous business day, the Treasury said in its latest budget statement.     Balances in tax and loan note accounts fell to 25.137 billion dlrs from 25.780 billion dlrs on the same respective days.     The Treasury's operating cash balance totaled 29.289 billion dlrs on Feb 25 compared with 28.507 billion dlrs on Feb 24.  Reuter &#3;
+63@CANADA'S WILSON SEEKS TEMPORARY BORROWING@Canadian Finance Minister Michael Wilson said he will use temporary authority under the Financial Administration act to borrow an additional 600 mln dlrs in next Thursday's treasury bill auction.     In a statement, Wilson said the action would permit the government to proceed with its debt program during a period when there was not sufficient borrowing authority, which is granted by Parliament, to cover the government's needs.     Ottawa announced previously it was seeking Parliamentary approval for the additional authority to cover the financing of an increase in the government's foreign reserves.  Reuter &#3;
+64@GULF APPLIED &lt;GATS> SELLS UNITS, SEES GAIN@Gulf Applied Technologies Inc said it sold its pipeline and terminal operations units for 12.2 mln dlrs and will record a gain of 2.9 mln dlrs in the first quarter.     It added that any federal taxes owed on the transaction will be offset by operating loss carryovers.  Reuter &#3;
+65@FARMERS GROUP INC &lt;FGRP> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 80 cts vs 72 cts     Net 55,513,000 vs 48,741,000     Revs 290.9 mln vs 264.2 mln     Year     Shr 3.09 dlrs vs 2.72 dlrs     Net 213,470,000 vs 184,649,000     Revs 1.12 billion vs 992.9 mln     Avg shrs 69,127,000 vs 68,004,000  Reuter &#3;
+66@POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER CO &lt;POM> JAN NET@Shr 27 cts vs 29 cts     Net 13,555,000 vs 14,635,000     Revs 104,606,000 vs 110,311,000     Avg shrs 47.2 mln vs 47.1 mln     12 mths     Shr 4.10 dlrs vs 3.66 dlrs     Net 226,653,000 vs 186,790,000     Revs 1.4 billion vs 1.3 billion     Avg shr 47.1 mln vs 47.1 mln         NOTE: latest 12 mths net includes gain 46 cts per share for sale of Virginia service territory to Dominion Resources Inc &lt;D>.  Reuter &#3;
+67@SPRINGBOARD &lt;SPBD> IN DEAL@Springboard Software INc said it signed a contract under which International Technology Development Corp will provide software designers, programmers, project supervisors and technical support personnel to Springboard.     International Technology, based in San Francisco and Shanghai, China, employs Chinese computer specialists.  Reuter &#3;
+68@&lt;COFAB INC> BUYS GULFEX FOR UNDISCLOSED AMOUNT@CoFAB Inc said it acquired &lt;Gulfex Inc>, a Houston-based fabricator of custom high-pressure process vessels for the energy and petrochemical industries.     CoFAB said its group of companies manufacture specialized cooling and lubricating systems for the oil and gas, petrochemical, utility, pulp and paper and marine industries.  Reuter &#3;
+69@U.S. WEEKLY SOYBEAN CRUSH 21,782,929 BUSHELS@Reporting members of the National Soybean Processors Association (NSPA) crushed 21,782,929 bushels of soybeans in the week ended Feb 25 compared with 22,345,718 bushels in the previous week and 16,568,000 in the year-ago week, the association said.     It said total crushing capacity for members was 25,873,904 bushels vs 25,873,904 last week and 25,459,238 bushels last year.     NSPA also said U.S. soybean meal exports in the week were 117,866 tonnes vs 121,168 tonnes a week ago and compared with 84,250 tonnes in the year-ago week.     NSPA said the figures include only NSPA member firms.  Reuter &#3;
+70@SCHULT HOMES OFFERING PRICED AT FIVE DLRS/UNIT@The underwriters said the initial offering of 833,334 Schult Homes Corp units is being made at five dlrs per unit.     The underwriters, managed by Janney Montgomey Scott Inc and Woolcott and Co Inc, said each unit consits of one common share and one warrant to purchase one-half a common share at 5.50 dlrs per share until September one 1989 and thereafter at 6.50 dlrs per share until March 1991. The underwriters were granted an over-allotment option of 125,000 units.     They said the company will use its proceeds to pay a portion of its subordinated note payable to Inland Steel Urban Development Corp issued in connection with the acquisition of Schult from Inland. Based in Elkhart, Ind., Schult is the country's oldest manufactured home producer.  Reuter &#3;
+71@TULTEX CORP &lt;TTX> SETS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div eights cts vs eight cts prior     Pay April one     Record March 13  Reuter &#3;
+72@BURLINGTON &lt;BUR>  GETS 30.5 MLN DLR CONTRACT@Burlington Menswear of New York City, a division of Burlington Industries Inc, has received a 30.5 mln dlr defense contract for 3.69 mln yards of tropical cloth, the Defense Logistics Agency said.  reuter &#3;
+73@ROCKWELL &lt;ROK> GETS 28.3 MLN DLR B-1 CONTRACT@Rockwell International Corp has received a 28.3 mln dlr contract for work on the B-1B bomber in the current fiscal year, the Air Force said.  reuter &#3;
+74@ATICO FINANCIAL CORP &lt;ATFC> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 30 cts vs 5.92 dlrs     Net 1,142,000 vs 16.0 mln     Revs 10.6 mln vs 24.2 mln     Year     Shr 90 cts vs 6.20 dlrs     Net 3,320,000 vs 16.9 mln     Revs 45.00 mln vs 26.2 mln     NOTE: 1986 4th qtr and yr amounts include acquisition of 98.8 pct of common of Atico, formerly Peninsula Federal Savings and Loan Association, on January 24, 1986.     1985 4th qtr and yr net include net gain of 15.9 mln dlrs or 5.86 dlrs per share on exchange of common of Pan America Banks Inc for common of NCNB Corp purusant to a merger of the companies.  Reuter &#3;
+75@ICO EXPORTERS TO MODIFY NEW PROPOSAL@International Coffee Organization (ICO) exporters will modify their new proposal on quota resumption before presenting it to importers tomorrow, ICO delegates said.     The change, which will be discussed tonight informally among producers, follows talks after the formal producer session with the eight-member producer splinter group and will affect the proposed quota distribution for 12 months from April one, they said.     The proposed share-out would still include shortfall declarations, they said.  Reuter &#3;
+79@QUEBECOR &lt;PQB> HEAD SEES NEW VENTURES LIKELY@Quebecor Inc, one of Canada's largest publishing and printing companies, is likely to launch a new daily newspaper in Montreal, probably this fall, president Pierre Peladeau told Reuters in an interview.     The company, which last week won a bid to buy the Quebec government's 55 pct interest in pulp and paper company &lt;Donohue Inc>, will also likely go ahead with plans to build a new paper mill in Matane, Quebec, Peladeau said.     "I would say we will move (ahead with the daily).... This is not definite but i think we will," he said, adding that he plans to announce a decision early next week.     Quebecor, which had revenues of 446 mln Canadian dlrs last year and profit of 16.2 mln dlrs, already publishes three daily newspapers, including the tabloid Le Journal de Montreal, the second-largest circulation paper in Canada.     A new daily would give Montreal its second English- language paper and its sixth daily newspaper, making the city the most crowded metropolitan newspaper market in North America, analysts have said.     Peladeau said market studies have indicated a new English language tabloid would have circulation of 50,000 within six months. He said he is waiting to determine whether the new venture would have the support of major advertisers.     Peladeau, who together with family members owns about 55 pct of Quebecor, said he has recieved offers from the heads of two major Canadian companies who are interested in the project but has not decided whether he would take partners in the newspaper venture.     He said he would consider launching the newspaper with one of the companies as a prelude to other joint ventures.     "It would be the possibility of doing something else in the short term," Peladeau said.     Peladeau said the joint acquisition of Donohue with Robert Maxwell's British Printing and Communications Corp plc &lt;BPCL.L> does not mean Quebecor will have to hold off on other projects.     Peladeau and Maxwell's companies teamed up to buy the stake in Donohue, which resulted in Quebecor buying 51 pct of the govvernment's stake for about 165 mln Canadian dlrs and British printing acquiring the other 49 pct.     "In 1976 or 77 there was a tremendous shortage of newsprint. There were days when we didn't have enough paper to print the paper," Peladeau said. "When I lived that, I said to myself...next time we'll be ready."     Peladeau said most of Donohue's current total newsprint capacity however, is already committed to other buyers.     Quebecor uses about 100,000 metric tons of newsprint a year and Maxwell's company, which publishes Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper, uses about 200,000 tonnes.     Peladeau said even with a new 170 mln dlr paper machine, 49 pct owned by the New York Times, (NYT.A), adding to Donohue's 540,000 metric tonne capacity this fall, the companies will have to install another paper machine at Amos, Quebec, or build another mill to meet their demands .     He said a new mill, which would produce either newsprint or other types of paper, would cost 400-500 mln dlrs and could be on stream in two years. He said a mill in Matane, a depressed area with high unemployment, would be heavily subsidized by the government.     Peladeau said he is interested in further joint ventures with Maxwell's company, either in the newspaper market in France or in the U.S., where the company owns two large printing plants and is looking to expand its newspaper empire.     He said Maxwell's sons, who are French citizens, would provide an entree into the French market, where foreigners are prevented from buying newspapers. Peladeau said he would consider either buying into or starting daily newspapers in France or the U.S.     Quebecor is also in the process of expanding its chain of about 40 weekly newspapers, with the possible acquisition of two groups of weekly newspapers in the U.S., and is negotiating the acquisition of two weekly newspaper chains in Canada, Peladeau said.     He said the company may consider starting daily newspapers in two small Quebec cities and buying radio stations in the province.     Peladeau said Quebecor may also consider trading in its listing on the American stock exchange for a New York Stock Exchange listing.  Reuter &#3;
+80@NEW YORK BUSINESS LOANS FALL 195 MLN DLRS@Commercial and industrial loans on the books of the 10 major New York banks, excluding acceptances, fell 195 mln dlrs to 65.06 billion in the week ended February 18, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said.     Including acceptances, loans declined 114 mln dlrs to 65.89 billion.     Commercial paper outstanding nationally dropped 375 mln dlrs to 336.63 billion.     National business loan data are scheduled to be released on Friday.  Reuter &#3;
+81@N.Y. BANK DISCOUNT BORROWINGS 64 MLN DLRS@The eight major New York City banks had 64 mln dlrs in average borrowings from the Federal Reserve in the week to Wednesday February 25, a Fed spokesman said.     The week marked the second half of the two-week bank statement period that ended on Wednesday. The banks had no borrowings in the prior week.     Commenting on the latest week, a Fed spokesman said that all of the borrowing occurred yesterday and was done by fewer than half of the banks.     National data on discount window borrowings are due to be released at 1630 EST (2130 GMT).   Reuter &#3;
+82@PHILIPPINE LONG DISTANCE &lt;PHI> YEAR NET@Shr primary 95.30 pesos vs 29.71 pesos     Shr diluted 61.11 pesos vs 18.49 pesos     Qtly div 1.25 pesos vs 1.25 pesos     Net 1.9 billion vs 779 mln     Revs 6.1 billion vs 4.7 billion     NOTE: Full name Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.     Figures quoted in Philippine Pesos.     Dividend payable April 15 to holders or record March 13. Exchange rate on day of dividend declaration was 20.792 pesos per dollar.  Reuter &#3;
+83@LIBERTY ALL-STAR EQUITY FUND INITIAL DIV@Qtly div five cts vs N.A.     Payable April two     Record March 20     NOTE:1986 dividend includes special two cts per share for the period beginning with the fund's commencement of operations on Novebmer three through December 31, 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+84@COLUMBIA GAS SYSTEM INC &lt;CG> REDEEMS DEBENTURES@The Columbia Gas Systems Inc said it will redeem 4.7 mln dlrs principal amount of its 9-1/8 pct debentures, series due May 1, 1996, and five mln dlrs principal amount of its 10-1/4 pct debentures, series due May 1, 1999.     The company said it is redeeming the debentures to meet mandatory sinking fund requirements.     In addition, Columbia said it will call for the optional sinking fund redemption on May 1, 1987, the 4.7 mln dlrs principal amount of the 9-1/8 debentures and 7.5 mln dlrs of the 10-1/4 pct debentures.  Reuter &#3;
+85@COMBUSTION ENGINEERING INC &lt;CSP> REGULAR DIV@Qtly div 25 cts vs 25 cts prior     Pay April 30     Record April 16  Reuter &#3;
+86@TONKA CORP &lt;TKA> RAISES DIVIDEND@Qtly div two cts vs 1.7 cts     Pay March 26     Record March 12  Reuter &#3;
+87@BDM INTERNATIONAL &lt;BDM> INCREASES QTRLY DIVS@Annual div Class A 14 cts vs 12 cts prior     Annual div Class B 12.1 cts vs 10.4 cts prior     Payable April one     Record March 20     NOTE: full name is BDM International Inc.  Reuter &#3;
+88@SORG &lt;SRG> STOCKHOLDERS FORM GROUP@Sorg Inc said a group composed of one-third of the stockholders in Sorg agreed not to sell their holdings without the consent of the entire group.     Sorg said the group also agreed to vote as a body on any proposed merger or election of directors.     The company further said it retained the First Boston Corp to act as its financial advisor.     The company was not immediately available to provide further details on the group or its aims.  Reuter &#3;
+89@SYSTEMATICS INC &lt;SYST> REGULAR PAYOUT@Qtly div three cts vs three cts prior     Pay March 13     Record February 27  Reuter &#3;
+90@TEXAS INSTRUMENTS &lt;TXN> DEVELOPS NEW CHIP@Texas Instruments Inc said it has developed the first 32-bit computer chip designed specifically for artificial intelligence applications.     The company said the new microprocessor, measuring one-centimeter square and containing 553,687 transistors, is the densest chip ever made.     The chip was designed, Texas Instruments said, for use with the Lisp langugage, which is used widely by software programmers in the artificial intelligence field.     The company added that it is working on a production version of the chip.  Reuter &#3;
+91@CONSOLIDATED GAS &lt;CNG>UNIT SAYS NO RULES BROKEN@Consolidated Natural Gas System's Consolidated Gas Transmission Corp said it is in compliance with all federal regulations regarding the disposal of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs.     The company said it successfully cleaned up the only earthen pit at which PCBs were reported to be above Environmental Protection Agency standards.      Reuter &#3;
+93@&lt;IVACO INC> YEAR NET@Shr 1.11 dlrs vs 1.04 dlrs     Net 44,092,000 vs 35,145,000     Revs 1.94 billion vs 1.34 billion     Note: 1986 results include extraordinary gain of 1,035,000 dlrs or six cts a share from secondary share offering of Canron unit.  Reuter &#3;
+96@INVESTMENT FIRMS CUT CYCLOPS &lt;CYL> STAKE@A group of affiliated New York investment firms said they lowered their stake in Cyclops Corp to 260,500 shares, or 6.4 pct of the total outstanding common stock, from 370,500 shares, or 9.2 pct.     In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the group, led by Mutual Shares Corp, said it sold 110,000 Cyclops common shares on Feb 17 and 19 for 10.0 mln dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+97@ASCS TERMINAL MARKET VALUES FOR PIK GRAIN@The Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS) has established these unit values for commodities offered from government stocks through redemption of Commodity Credit Corporation commodity certificates, effective through the next business day.     Price per bushel is in U.S. dollars. Sorghum is priced per CWT, corn yellow grade only.      WHEAT     HRW   HRS    SRW   SWW   DURUM  Chicago       --    3.04   2.98  --    --  Ill. Track    --    --     3.16  --    --  Toledo        --    3.04   2.98  2.90  --  Memphis       --    --     3.05  --    --  Peoria        --    --     3.11  --    --  Denver        2.62  2.63  --    --    --  Evansville    --    --    2.99  --    --  Cincinnati    --    --    2.96  --    --  Minneapolis   2.65  2.71  --    --    3.70  Baltimore/  Norf./Phil.   --    --    3.06  2.98  --  Kansas City   2.87  --    3.17  --    --  St. Louis     3.03  --    3.03  --    --  Amarillo/  Lubbock       2.64  --    --    --    --                HRW   HRS   SRW   SWW   DURUM  Lou. Gulf     --    --    3.16  --    --  Portland/  Seattle       3.07  3.08  --    3.10  3.70  Stockton      2.78  --    --    --    --  L.A.          3.23  --    --    --    4.05  Duluth        2.65  2.71  --    --    3.70  Tex. Gulf     3.10  --    3.16  --    --               CORN  BRLY  OATS  RYE   SOYB  SORG  Chicago     1.47  --    --    --    4.81  2.49  Ill. Track  1.49  2.04  --    --    4.85  2.52  Toledo      1.41  2.04  1.50  --    4.78  2.39  Memphis     1.59  1.95  1.71  --    4.90  2.86  Peoria      1.51  ---   --    --    4.80  2.60  Denver      1.56  1.56  --    --    --    2.54  Evnsvlle    1.54  2.04  1.50  2.17  4.90  2.61  Cinci       1.52  2.04  1.50  2.17  4.85  2.58  Mpls        1.34  1.75  1.50  1.85  4.68  --  Balt/Nor/  Phil        1.70  1.80  --    --    4.98  3.12  KC          1.49  1.56  1.64  --    4.76  2.58  St Lo       1.54  --    1.66  --    4.90  2.91  Amarlo/  Lubbck      1.84  1.40  --    --    4.75  2.92  Lou Gulf    1.73  --    --    --    5.05  3.12  Port/  Seattle     1.87  2.10  1.68  --    --    --  Stockton    2.18  2.23  2.10  --    --    4.00  LA          2.54  2.50  --    --    --    4.38  Duluth      1.34  1.75  1.50  1.85  4.68  --  Tex Gulf    1.73  1.48  1.73  --    5.05  3.12  Reuter &#3;
+98@CORADIAN CORP &lt;CDIN> 4TH QTR NET@Shr profit three cts vs loss three cts     Net profit 363,000 vs loss 197,000     Revs 3,761,000 vs 2,666,000     Year     Shr profit one cent vs loss 37 cts     Net profit 129,000 vs loss 1,715,000     Revs 11.4 mln vs 10.9 mln     Avg shrs 10,694,081 vs 4,673,253  Reuter &#3;
+100@N.Z. TRADING BANK DEPOSIT GROWTH RISES SLIGHTLY@New Zealand's trading bank seasonally adjusted deposit growth rose 2.6 pct in January compared with a rise of 9.4 pct in December, the Reserve Bank said.     Year-on-year total deposits rose 30.6 pct compared with a 26.3 pct increase in the December year and 34.5 pct rise a year ago period, it said in its weekly statistical release.     Total deposits rose to 17.18 billion N.Z. Dlrs in January compared with 16.74 billion in December and 13.16 billion in January 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+104@WORLD MARKET PRICE FOR UPLAND COTTON - USDA@The U.S. Agriculture Department announced the prevailing world market price, adjusted to U.S. quality and location, for Strict Low Middling, 1-1/16 inch upland cotton at 52.69 cts per lb, to be in effect through midnight March 5.     The adjusted world price is at average U.S. producing locations (near Lubbock, Texas) and will be further adjusted for other qualities and locations. The price will be used in determining First Handler Cotton Certificate payment rates.     Based on data for the week ended February 26, the adjusted world price for upland cotton is determined as follows, in cts per lb --  Northern European Price               66.32       Adjustments --  Average U.S. spot mkt location 10.42   SLM 1-1/16 inch cotton          1.80   Average U.S. location           0.53  Sum of adjustments              12.75  Adjusted world price            53.57  Reuter &#3;
+105@SUGAR QUOTA IMPORTS DETAILED -- USDA@The U.S. Agriculture Department said cumulative sugar imports from individual countries during the 1987 quota year, which began January 1, 1987 and ends December 31, 1987 were as follows, with quota allocations for the quota year in short tons, raw value --             CUMULATIVE     QUOTA 1987               IMPORTS     ALLOCATIONS  ARGENTINA        nil          39,130  AUSTRALIA        nil          75,530  BARBADOS         nil           7,500  BELIZE           nil          10,010  BOLIVIA          nil           7,500  BRAZIL           nil         131,950  CANADA           nil          18,876                            QUOTA 1987               IMPORTS     ALLOCATIONS  COLOMBIA         103          21,840  CONGO            nil           7,599  COSTA RICA       nil          17,583  IVORY COAST      nil           7,500  DOM REP        5,848         160,160  ECUADOR          nil          10,010  EL SALVADOR      nil          26,019.8  FIJI             nil          25,190  GABON            nil           7,500                            QUOTA 1987               IMPORTS     ALLOCATIONS  GUATEMALA        nil          43,680  GUYANA           nil          10,920  HAITI            nil           7,500  HONDURAS         nil          15,917.2  INDIA            nil           7,500  JAMAICA          nil          10,010  MADAGASCAR       nil           7,500  MALAWI           nil           9,,100                            QUOTA 1987                IMPORTS    ALLOCATIONS  MAURITIUS         nil         10,920  MEXICO             37          7,500  MOZAMBIQUE        nil         11,830  PANAMA            nil         26,390  PAPUA NEW GUINEA  nil          7,500  PARAGUAY          nil          7,500  PERU              nil         37,310  PHILIPPINES       nil        143,780  ST.CHRISTOPHER-  NEVIS             nil          7,500                           QUOTA 1987                 IMPORTS  ALLOCATIONS  SWAZILAND          nil         14,560  TAIWAN             nil         10,920  THAILAND           nil         12,740  TRINIDAD-TOBAGO    nil          7,500  URUGUAY            nil          7,500  ZIMBABWE           nil         10,920   Reuter &#3;
+106@GRAIN SHIPS LOADING AT PORTLAND@There were seven grain ships loading and six ships were waiting to load at Portland, according to the Portland Merchants Exchange.  Reuter &#3;
+107@IRAN ANNOUNCES END OF MAJOR OFFENSIVE IN GULF WAR@Iran announced tonight that its major offensive against Iraq in the Gulf war had ended after dealing savage blows against the Baghdad government.     The Iranian news agency IRNA, in a report received in London, said the operation code-named Karbala-5 launched into Iraq on January 9 was now over.     It quoted a joint statewment by the Iranian Army and Revolutionary Guards Corps as saying that their forces had "dealt one of the severest blows on the Iraqi war machine in the history of the Iraq-imposed war."     The statement by the Iranian High Command appeared to herald the close of an assault on the port city of Basra in southern Iraq.     "The operation was launched at a time when the Baghdad government was spreading extensive propaganda on the resistance power of its army...," said the statement quoted by IRNA.     It claimed massive victories in the seven-week offensive and called on supporters of Baghdad to "come to their senses" and discontinue support for what it called the tottering regime in Iraq.     Iran said its forces had "liberated" 155 square kilometers of enemy-occupied territory during the 1987 offensive and taken over islands, townships, rivers and part of a road leading into Basra.     The Iranian forces "are in full control of these areas," the statement said.     It said 81 Iraqi brigades and battalions were totally destroyed, along with 700 tanks and 1,500 other vehicles. The victory list also included 80 warplanes downed, 250 anti- aircraft guns and 400 pieces of military hardware destroyed and the seizure of 220 tanks and armoured personnel carriers.  Reuter &#3;
+108@MERIDIAN BANCORP INC &lt;MRDN> SETS REGULAR PAYOUT@Qtly div 25 cts vs 25 cts prior     Pay April one     Record March 15  Reuter &#3;
+109@U.S. BANK DISCOUNT BORROWINGS 310 MLN DLRS@U.S. bank discount window borrowings less extended credits averaged 310 mln dlrs in the week to Wednesday February 25, the Federal Reserve said.     The Fed said that overall borrowings in the week fell 131 mln dlrs to 614 mln dlrs, with extended credits up 10 mln dlrs at 304 mln dlrs. The week was the second half of a two-week statement period. Net borrowings in the prior week averaged 451 mln dlrs.     Commenting on the two-week statement period ended February 25, the Fed said that banks had average net free reserves of 644 mln dlrs a day, down from 1.34 billion two weeks earlier.     A Federal Reserve spokesman told a press briefing that there were no large single day net misses in the Fed's reserve projections in the week to Wednesday.     He said that natural float had been "acting a bit strangely" for this time of year, noting that there had been poor weather during the latest week.     The spokesman said that natural float ranged from under 500 mln dlrs on Friday, for which he could give no reason, to nearly one billion dlrs on both Thursday and Wednesday.     The Fed spokeman could give no reason for Thursday's high float, but he said that about 750 mln dlrs of Wednesday's float figure was due to holdover and transportation float at two widely separated Fed districts.     For the week as a whole, he said that float related as of adjustments were "small," adding that they fell to a negative 750 mln dlrs on Tuesday due to a number of corrections for unrelated cash letter errors in six districts around the country.     The spokesman said that on both Tuesday and Wednesday, two different clearing banks had system problems and the securities and Federal funds wires had to be held open until about 2000 or 2100 EST on both days.     However, he said that both problems were cleared up during both afternoons and there was no evidence of any reserve impact.     During the week ended Wednesday, 45 pct of net discount window borrowings were made by the smallest banks, with 30 pct by the 14 large money center banks and 25 pct by large regional institutions.     On Wednesday, 55 pct of the borrowing was accounted for by the money center banks, with 30 pct by the large regionals and 15 pct by the smallest banks.     The Fed spokesman said the banking system had excess reserves on Thursday, Monday and Tuesday and a deficit on Friday and Wedndsday. That produced a small daily average deficit for the week as a whole.     For the two-week period, he said there were relatively high excess reserves on a daily avearge, almost all of which were at the smallest banks.  Reuter &#3;
+110@AMERICAN EXPRESS &lt;AXP> SEEN IN POSSIBLE SPINNOFF@American Express Co remained silent on market rumors it would spinoff all or part of its Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc, but some analysts said the company may be considering such a move because it is unhappy with the market value of its stock.     American Express stock got a lift from the rumor, as the market calculated a partially public Shearson may command a good market value, thereby boosting the total value of American Express. The rumor also was accompanied by talk the financial services firm would split its stock and boost its dividend.     American Express closed on the New York Stock Exchange at 72-5/8, up 4-1/8 on heavy volume.     American Express would not comment on the rumors or its stock activity.     Analysts said comments by the company at an analysts' meeting Tuesday helped fuel the rumors as did an announcement yesterday of management changes.     At the meeting, company officials said American Express stock is undervalued and does not fully reflect the performance of Shearson, according to analysts.     Yesterday, Shearson said it was elevating its chief operating officer, Jeffery Lane, to the added position of president, which had been vacant. It also created four new positions for chairmen of its operating divisions.     Analysts speculated a partial spinoff would make most sense, contrary to one variation on market rumors of a total spinoff.     Some analysts, however, disagreed that any spinoff of Shearson would be good since it is a strong profit center for American Express, contributing about 20 pct of earnings last year.     "I think it is highly unlikely that American Express is going to sell shearson," said Perrin Long of Lipper Analytical. He questioned what would be a better investment than "a very profitable securities firm."     Several analysts said American Express is not in need of cash, which might be the only reason to sell a part of a strong asset.     But others believe the company could very well of considered the option of spinning out part of Shearson, and one rumor suggests selling about 20 pct of it in the market.     Larry Eckenfelder of Prudential-Bache Securities said he believes American Express could have considered a partial spinoff in the past.     "Shearson being as profitable as it is would have fetched a big premium in the market place. Shearson's book value is in the 1.4 mln dlr range. Shearson in the market place would probably be worth three to 3.5 bilion dlrs in terms of market capitalization," said Eckenfelder.     Some analysts said American Express could use capital since it plans to expand globally.     "They have enormous internal growth plans that takes capital. You want your stock to reflect realistic valuations to enhance your ability to make all kinds of endeavors down the road," said E.F. Hutton Group analyst Michael Lewis.     "They've outlined the fact that they're investing heavily in the future, which goes heavily into the international arena," said Lewis. "...That does not preclude acquisitions and divestitures along the way," he said.     Lewis said if American Express reduced its exposure to the brokerage business by selling part of shearson, its stock might better reflect other assets, such as the travel related services business.     "It could find its true water mark with a lesser exposure to brokerage. The value of the other components could command a higher multiple because they constitute a higher percentage of the total operating earnings of the company," he said.      Lewis said Shearson contributed 316 mln in after-tax operating earnings, up from about 200 mln dlrs in 1985.      Reuter &#3;
+111@U.S. M-1 MONEY SUPPLY ROSE 2.1 BILLION DLRS@U.S. M-1 money supply rose 2.1 billion dlrs to a seasonally adjusted 736.7 billion dlrs in the February 16 week, the Federal Reserve said.     The previous week's M-1 level was revised to 734.6 billion dlrs from 734.2 billion dlrs, while the four-week moving average of M-1 rose to 735.0 billion dlrs from 733.5 billion.     Economists polled by Reuters said that M-1 should be anywhere from down four billion dlrs to up 2.3 billion dlrs. The average forecast called for a 300 mln dlr M-1 rise.  Reuter &#3;
+112@GENERAL BINDING &lt;GBND> IN MARKETING AGREEMENT@General Binding Corp said it reached a marketing agreement with Varitronic Systems Inc, a manufacturer and marketer of electronic lettering systems.     Under terms of the agreement, General Binding will carry Varitronics' Merlin Express Presentation Lettering System, a portable, battery-operated lettering system which produces type on adhesive-backed tape.  Reuter &#3;
+113@LIBERTY ALL-STAR &lt;USA> SETS INITIAL PAYOUT@Liberty All-Star Equity Fund said it declared an initial dividend of five cts per share, payable April two to shareholders of record March 20.     It said the dividend includes a quarterly dividend of three cts a share and a special payout of two cts a share, which covers the period from November three, 1986, when the fund began operations, to December 31, 1986.     The fund said its quarterly dividend rate may fluctuate in the future.  Reuter &#3;
+114@COCA COLA &lt;KO> UNIT AND WORLD FILM IN VENTURE@Coca-Cola Co's Entertainment Business Sector Inc unit said it formed a joint venture with an affiliate of World Film Services to acquire, produce and distribute television programming around the world.     World Film Services was formed by chairman John Heyman in 1963 to produce films.      Reuter &#3;
+115@FORD MOTOR CREDIT &lt;F> TO REDEEM DEBENTURES@Ford Motor Co said its Ford Motor Credit Co on April One will redeem 4.0 mln dlrs of its 8.70 pct debentures due April 1, 1999.     It said the debentures are redeemable at a price of 100 pct of the principal. Because April 1, 1987 is an interest payment date on the debentures, no accrued interest will be payable on the redemption date as part of the redemption proceeds.     Debentures will be selected for redemption on a pro rata basis, Ford said.   Reuter &#3;
+116@STERLING SOFTWARE &lt;SSW> NOTE HOLDERS OK BUY@Sterling Software Inc said it received consent of a majority of the holders of its eight pct convertible sernior subordinated debentures required to purchase shares of its common.     The company said it may now buy its stock at its discretion depending on market conditions.  Reuter &#3;
+117@&lt;SCHULT HOMES CORP> MAKES INITIAL STOCK OFFER@Schult Homes Corp announced an initial public offering of 833,334 units at five dlrs per unit, said Janney Montgomery Scott Inc and Woolcott and Co, managing underwriters of the offering.     They said each unit consists of one common share and one warrant to buy one-half share of common.     The warrant will entitle holders to buy one-half common share at 5.50 dlrs per full share from March one, 1988, to September one, 1989, and thereafter at 6.50 dlrs per full share until March 1991, they said.  Reuter &#3;
+118@FLUOR &lt;FLR> UNIT GETS CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT@Fluor Corp said its Fluor Daniel unit received a contract from Union Carbide Corp &lt;UK> covering design, procurement and construction of a 108 megawatt combined cycle cogeneration facility in Seadrift, Texas.     The value of the contract was not disclosed.  Reuter &#3;
+119@SUFFIELD FINANCIAL CORP &lt;SFCP> SELLS STOCK@Suffield Financial Corp said   Jon Googel and Benjamin Sisti of Colonial Realty, West Hartford, Conn., purchased 175,900 shares of its stock for 3,416,624.     The company said the purchase equals 5.2 pct of its outstanding shares.  Reuter &#3;
+120@&lt;HIGH POINT FINANCIAL CORP> SETS OFFERING@&lt;High Point Financial Corp> said it filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering six mln dlrs principal amount of redeemable subordinated debentures due March one and cancellable mandatory stock purchase contracts requiring the purchase of 6.66 mln dlrs in common no later than March one.     It said the offering will be underwritten by Ryan, Beck and Co, West Orange, N.J.  Reuter &#3;
+121@CHINESE PORK OUTPUT SEEN LOWER -- USDA@High feed prices will cause the Chinese to reduce hog herd growth and pork production this year, the U.S. Agriculture Department said.     In its World Production and Trade Report, the department said hog numbers at the start of 1987 were estimated at 331.6 mln head, up slightly from 1986, and 10 mln head above earlier projections for 1987.     Pork production in 1986 was up 4.2 pct to 17.25 mln tonnes, slightly below earlier estimates, it said.     For 1987, production is projected to fall to 17.05 mln tonnes.     Feed prices at the end of January were reported 35 to 40 pct above year-ago levels, the department said.  Reuter &#3;
+122@LANDMARK BANCSHARES &lt;LBC> TO BE LISTED ON NYSE@Landmark Bancshares Corp said it expects its stock to begin trading on March 26 on the New York Stock Exchange.     The company, whose stock has traded on the American Stock Exchange since November 1984, said it will retain its symbol, LBC, when trading begins on the Big Board.  Reuter &#3;
+123@IVACO SEES MINIMAL FIRST QUARTER EARNINGS@(Ivaco Inc) said price pressure on steel products, particularly in the U.S., and the recent increase in the value of the Canadian dollar is expected to result in "minimal" first quarter earnings.     It said subsequent quarters should show substantial improvement from first quarter levels but 1987 earnings will not reach 1986 levels as long as those conditions continue.      Ivaco earlier reported 1986 profit rose to 44.1 mln dlrs, after a one mln dlr extraordinary gain, from 35.1 mln dlrs the previous year. It said demand for the company's products are continuing at high levels and sales are expected to show further growth. Revenues last year rose to 1.94 billion dlrs from 1.34 billion dlrs in 1985.         Reuter &#3;
+124@U.S. GRAIN CARLOADINGS FALL IN WEEK@U.S. grain carloadings totaled 26,108 cars in the week ended February 21, down 2.2 pct from the previous week but 22.8 pct above the corresponding week a year ago, the Association of American Railroads reported.     Grain mill product loadings in the week totalled 11,382 cars, down 1.8 pct from the previous week but 7.6 pct above the same week a year earlier, the association said.  Reuter &#3;
+125@HONG KONG FIRM UPS WRATHER&lt;WCO> STAKE TO 11 PCT@Industrial Equity (Pacific) Ltd, a Hong Kong investment firm, said it raised its stake in Wrather Corp to 816,000 shares, or 11.3 pct of the total outstanding common stock, from 453,300 shares, or 6.3 pct.     In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Industrial Equity, which is principally owned by Brierley Investments Ltd, a publicly held New Zealand company, said it bought 362,700 Wrather common shares between Feb 13 and 24 for 6.6 mln dlrs.     When it first disclosed its stake in Wrather earlier this month, it said it bought the stock for investment purposes.  Reuter &#3;
+126@COLECO INDUSTRIES INC &lt;CLO> 4TH QTR@Shr loss 6.48 DLS VS PROFIT 23 CTS     Net loss 110.6 mln vs profit 4.1 mln     Revs 74.0 mln vs 152.0 mln     Year     Shr loss 6.52 dlrs vs profit 3.87 dlrs     net loss 111.2 mln vs profit 64.2 mln     Revs 501.0 mln vs 776.0 mln  Reuter &#3;
+127@DIAMOND SHAMROCK (DIA) CUTS CRUDE PRICES@Diamond Shamrock Corp said that effective today it had cut its contract prices for crude oil by 1.50 dlrs a barrel.     The reduction brings its posted price for West Texas Intermediate to 16.00 dlrs a barrel, the copany said.     "The price reduction today was made in the light of falling oil product prices and a weak crude oil market," a company spokeswoman said.     Diamond is the latest in a line of U.S. oil companies that have cut its contract, or posted, prices over the last two days citing weak oil markets.  Reuter &#3;
+128@LIEBERT CORP &lt;LIEB> APPROVES MERGER@Liebert Corp said its shareholders approved the merger of a wholly-owned subsidiary of Emerson Electric Co &lt;EMR>.     Under the terms of the merger, each Liebert shareholder will receive .3322 shares of Emerson stock for each Liebert share.  Reuter &#3;
+130@COLECO INDUSTRIES &lt;CLC> SEES PROFIT IN 1987@Coleco Industries Inc said it expects to return to profitability in 1987.     Earlier, Coleco reported a net loss of 111.2 mln dlrs for the year ended December 31 compared to a profit of 64.2 mln dlrs in the year earlier.     In a prepared statement, the company said the dramatic swing in operating results was due primarily to the steep decline in sales of Cabbage Patch Kids products from 600 mln dlrs to 230 mln dlrs.     Coleco said it changed from a single product company to a more diversified organization through four major acquisitions last year.     Products from the new acquisitions and other new product introductions are expected to enable it to return to profitability, it said.     At the annual Toy Fair earlier this month, vice president Morton Handel said analysts' 1987 projected earnings of 90 cts a share on sales of 600 mln dlrs are reasonable.      Reuter &#3;
+131@OLIN CORP &lt;OLM> TO ELECT NEW CEO IN APRIL@Olin Corp said its board will elect in April John Johnstone Jr as its chief executive officer.     The company said he will succeed John M Henske, who is also chairman. It said Johnstone, 54, is now president and chief operating officer.     Henske, 53, has served as CEO since 1978 and chairman since 1980. He will continue as chairman until his retirement in June 1988.  Reuter &#3;
+134@GULF APPLIED TECHNOLOGIES &lt;GATS> SELLS UNITS@Gulf Applied Technologies Inc said it sold its subsidiaries engaged in pipeline and terminal operations for 12.2 mln dlrs.     The company said the sale is subject to certain post closing adjustments, which it did not explain.  Reuter &#3;
+135@INVESTMENT GROUP RAISES ROBESON &lt;RBSN> STAKE@A group of affiliated Miami-based investment firms led by Fundamental Management Corp said it raised its stake in Robeson Industries Corp to 238,000 shares, or 14.6 pct of the total, from 205,000 or 12.8 pct.     In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, the group said it bought 32,800 Robeson common shares between Jan 26 and Feb 9 for 175,691 dlrs.     The group said it may buy more shares and plans to study Robeson's operations. Afterwards it may recommend that management make changes in its operations. Fundamental Management Chairman Carl Singer was recently elected to the Robeson board.  Reuter &#3;
+136@GAO LIKELY TO SHOW CERTS MORE COSTLY THAN CASH@A study on grain certificates due out shortly from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) could show that certificates cost the government 10 to 15 pct more than cash outlays, administration and industry sources said.     Analysis that the GAO has obtained from the Agriculture Department and the Office of Management and Budget suggests that certificates cost more than cash payments, a GAO official told Reuters.     GAO is preparing the certificate study at the specific request of Sen. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), former chairman of the senate agriculture committee.     The report, which will focus on the cost of certificates compared to cash, is scheduled to be released in mid March.     The cost of certificates, said the GAO source, depends on the program's impact on the USDA loan program.     If GAO determines that certificates encourage more loan entries or cause more loan forfeitures, then the net cost of the program would go up. However, if it is determined that certificates have caused the government grain stockpile to decrease, the cost effect of certificates would be less.     GAO will not likely suggest whether the certificates program should be slowed or expanded, the GAO official said.     But a negative report on certificates "will fuel the fire against certificates and weigh heavily on at least an increase in the certificate program," an agricultural consultant said.     The OMB is said to be against any expansion of the program, while USDA remains firmly committed to it.  Reuter &#3;
+137@Venezuela seeks 'flexibility' from banks-azpurua@venezuela is seeking a 'constructive and flexible' attitude from its creditor banks in current talks to reschedule 21 billion dlrs in foreign debt, finance minister manuel azpurua told a press conference.     He declined to comment on meetings this week in new york between public finances director jorge marcano and venezuela's 13-bank advisory committee except to say, "they are progressing."     Azpurua said venezuela has shown solidarity with brazil's decision to suspend payments, but each country must negotiate according to its own interest.     Asked to comment on chile's agreement with its creditors today, which includes an interest rate margin of one pct over libor, azpurua said only, "that is good news."     According to banking sources, the banks' latest offer to venezuela is also a one pct margin as against the last february's 1-1/8 pct rescheduling accord and the 7/8 pct Venezuela wants.     Azpurua said four basic elements are being negotiated with the banks now: spread reduction, deferral of principal payments due in 1987 and 1988, lenghtening the 12-1/2 year repayment schedule, and debt capitalization schemes.     Azpurua said the governent plans to pay 2.1 billion dlrs in public and private debt principal this year. It was due to amortize 1.05 billion dlrs under the rescheduling, and pay 420 mln dlrs in non-restructured principal, both public sector.     He said venezuela's original proposal was to pay no principal on restructured debt this year, but is now insisting that if it makes payments they be compensated by new bank loans.     The banking sources said the committee has been prepared to lower amortizations to around 400 mln dlrs this year, but that no direct commitment was likely on new loans.     "debtors and bank creditors have a joint responsibility and there will be no lasting solution unless a positive flow of financing is guaranteed," azpurua said.     However, he appeared to discard earlier venezuelan proposals for a direct link between oil income and debt payments, "because circumstances change too quickly."     At the same time, he said the government is presently studying possible mechanisms for capitlizing public and private sector foreign debt, based on experience in other countries. The rules would be published by the finance ministry and the central bank.  Reuter &#3;
+138@DAHLBERG INC &lt;DAHL> 4TH QTR NET@Shr profit 10 cts vs loss seven cts     Net profit 286,870 vs loss 156,124     Revs 10.0 mln vs 7,577,207     Year     Shr profit five cts vs profit 42 cts     Net profit 160,109 vs profit 906,034     Revs 38.1 mln vs 31.2 mln     Avg shrs 2.9 mln vs 2.2 mln     NOTE: 1986 year includes 53 weeks.  Reuter &#3;
+139@CITY NATIONAL CORP &lt;CTYN> RAISES DIVIDEND@Shr 16 cts vs 13 cts     Pay April 15     Record March 31  Reuter &#3;
+140@&lt;PAGE PETROLEUM LTD> YEAR LOSS@Shr loss 1.98 dlrs vs loss 5.24 dlrs     Net loss 23.3 mln vs loss 44.8 mln     Revs 13.6 mln vs 29.6 mln     Note: 1986 net includes nine mln dlr extraordinary loss for oil and gas writedowns and unrealized foreign exchange losses vs yr-ago loss of 32.5 mln dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+141@THOMSON MCKINNON UNIT'S CMO OFFERING PRICED@Thomson McKinnon Mortgage Assets Corp, a unit of Thomson McKinnon Inc, is offering 100 mln dlrs of collateralized mortgage obligations in three tranches that include floating rate and inverse floating rate CMOS.     The floating rate class amounts to 60 mln dlrs. It has an average life of 7.11 years and matures 2018. The CMOs have an initial coupon of 7.0375 pct, which will be reset 60 basis points above LIBOR, said sole manager Thomson McKinnon.     The inverse floater totals 4.8 mln dlrs. It has an average life of 13.49 years and matures 2018. These CMOs were given an initial coupon of 11-1/2 pct and priced at 104.40.     Subsequent rates on the inverse floater will equal 11-1/2 pct minus the product of three times (LIBOR minus 6-1/2 pct).     A Thomson officer explained that the coupon of the inverse floating rate tranche would increase if LIBOR declined. "The yield floats opposite of LIBOR," he said.     The fixed-rate tranche totals 35.2 mln dlrs. It has an average life of 3.5 years and matures 2016. The CMOs were assigned a 7.65 pct coupon and par pricing.     The issue is rated AAA by Standard and Poor's and secured by Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp, Freddie Mac, certificates.  Reuter &#3;
+142@IDB COMMUNICATIONS GROUP INC &lt;IDBX> YEAR NET@Period ended December 31.     Shr 25 cts vs 20 cts     Net 801,000 vs 703,000     Revs 6,318,000 vs 3,926,000  Reuter &#3;
+143@ARMOR ALL PRODUCTS CORP &lt;ARMR> QUARTERLY DIV@Qtly div ten cts vs ten cts     Pay April 1     Record March 9  Reuter &#3;
+144@OPEC MAY HAVE TO MEET TO FIRM PRICES - ANALYSTS@OPEC may be forced to meet before a scheduled June session to readdress its production cutting agreement if the organization wants to halt the current slide in oil prices, oil industry analysts said.     "The movement to higher oil prices was never to be as easy as OPEC thought. They may need an emergency meeting to sort out the problems," said Daniel Yergin, director of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, CERA.     Analysts and oil industry sources said the problem OPEC faces is excess oil supply in world oil markets.     "OPEC's problem is not a price problem but a production issue and must be addressed in that way," said Paul Mlotok, oil analyst with Salomon Brothers Inc.     He said the market's earlier optimism about OPEC and its ability to keep production under control have given way to a pessimistic outlook that the organization must address soon if it wishes to regain the initiative in oil prices.     But some other analysts were uncertain that even an emergency meeting would address the problem of OPEC production above the 15.8 mln bpd quota set last December.     "OPEC has to learn that in a buyers market you cannot have deemed quotas, fixed prices and set differentials," said the regional manager for one of the major oil companies who spoke on condition that he not be named. "The market is now trying to teach them that lesson again," he added.     David T. Mizrahi, editor of Mideast reports, expects OPEC to meet before June, although not immediately. However, he is not optimistic that OPEC can address its principal problems.     "They will not meet now as they try to take advantage of the winter demand to sell their oil, but in late March and April when demand slackens," Mizrahi said.     But Mizrahi said that OPEC is unlikely to do anything more than reiterate its agreement to keep output at 15.8 mln bpd."     Analysts said that the next two months will be critical for OPEC's ability to hold together prices and output.     "OPEC must hold to its pact for the next six to eight weeks since buyers will come back into the market then," said Dillard Spriggs of Petroleum Analysis Ltd in New York.     But Bijan Moussavar-Rahmani of Harvard University's Energy and Environment Policy Center said that the demand for OPEC oil has been rising through the first quarter and this may have prompted excesses in its production.     "Demand for their (OPEC) oil is clearly above 15.8 mln bpd and is probably closer to 17 mln bpd or higher now so what we are seeing characterized as cheating is OPEC meeting this demand through current production," he told Reuters in a telephone interview.  Reuter &#3;
+145@CENERGY &lt;CRG> REPORTS 4TH QTR NET PROFIT@Cenergy Corp reported fourth quarter net income of 790,000 dlrs or seven cts per share on revenues of 7.7 mln dlrs.     For the year it reported a net loss of 6.5 mln dlrs or 70 cts per share as a result of writedowns in the book value of its oil and gas properties in the first two quarters. Revenues were 37 mln dlrs.     Following the company's fiscal year ended March 31, 1985, it changed to a calender year end.     For the nine months ended Dec 31, 1985, it reported a loss of 63.4 mln dlrs or 6.54 dlrs per share on revenues of 47.6 mln dlrs, which it said was a result of noncash writedowns of oil and gas properties.     For the year ended March 31, 1985, Cenergy reported net income of 3,705,000 dlrs or 36 cts per share on revenues of 71 mln dlrs.     The company said its reserves during the year fell to five mln barrels from 6.4 mln barrels of oil and to 60.1 bilion cubic feet of gas from 63.7 BCF. It said these reserves did not disappear but are available to produce as prices recover.  Reuter &#3;
+146@NORTHERN TELECOM LTD &lt;NT> DECLARES STOCK SPLIT@Two-for-one stock split     Pay May 12     Note: split is subject to approval of shareholders at April 23 annual meeting.     Company also said it will increase dividend on post-split shares to six cts from five cts.  Reuter &#3;
+147@TORCHMARK &lt;TMK> AUTHORIZES STOCK REPURCHASE@Torchmark Corp said its board authorized the purchase from time to time of a significant portion of its 7-3/4 pct convertible subordinated debentures. As of February 25, it said there were outstanding 150 mln dlrs of the principal amount of debenures.     The company also said it plans to redeem the debentures on June eight.     It also declared a regular quarterly dividend of 25 cts per share on its common payable May one to shareholders of record April 10.  Reuter &#3;
+148@PAINEWEBBER GROUP &lt;PWJ> TO REDEEM DEBENTURES@Painewebber Group Inc said it will redeem all its outstanding 8-1/4 pct convertible subordinated debentures due 2008.     It said it will redeem all the debentures for 1,060.50 dlrs plus accrued interest to the redemption date of March 30. The notes can be converted into common stock at a price of 42.35 dlrs per share.  Reuter &#3;
+149@R.P. SCHERER &lt;SCHC> SETS PREFERRED STOCK OFFER@R.P. Scherer Inc said it registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission a proposed public offering of 1.2 mln shares of convertible exchangeable preferred stock at 25 dlrs a share.     In addition, the company said it is offering 200,000 preferred shares to Richard Manoogian, a Scherer director at 25 dlrs a share. Manoogian said he will buy the 200,000 shares.     Proceeds from the offering will be used to repay debt and to fund research and development, it said.     Underwriters are led by Goldman, Sachs and Co.  Reuter &#3;
+150@PARLUX FRAGRANCES COMPLETES INITIAL OFFERING@&lt;Parlux Fragrances Inc> said it completed the offering of 420,000 unis at 10 dlrs each through underwriters R.C. Stamm and Co and Rosenkrantz Lyon and Ross Inc.     Each unit consists of two shares of common stock and one redeemable warrant, which entitles the holder to buy an additional common share for six dlrs between Feb 26, 1988 and Feb 26, 1992.     The company creates and markets fragrances and beauty products, including the "Anne Klein" line, through department and specialty stores.  Reuter &#3;
+151@TECHAMERICA GROUP INC &lt;TCH> 4TH QTR LOSS@Shr loss six cts vs not available     Net loss 562,231 vs profit 10,253     Revs 8,871,874 vs 9,549,308     Year     Shr loss 60 cts vs loss nine cts     Net loss 5,058,145 vs loss 766,185     Revs 34.3 mln vs 35.5 mln      Reuter &#3;
+152@WILFRED AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL &lt;WAE> REGULAR DIV@Qtly div three cts vs three cts prior     Pay April three     Record March 13  Reuter &#3;
+153@DREXEL OFFICIAL HAS STAKE IN EPSILON DATA &lt;EPSI>@A senior official of Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc and his father told the Securities and Exchange Commission they have acquired 258,591 shares of Epsilon Data Management Inc, or 9.4 pct of the total outstanding.     Kenneth Thomas, senior vice president-investments at Drexel's Los Angeles office, and his father, retired university professor C.A. Thomas, said they bought the stake for 2.1 mln dlrs primarily for investment purposes.     They said they may buy more stock or sell some or all of their stake, depending on market conditions, but have no plans to seek control of the company.  Reuter &#3;
+154@PROPOSED OFFERINGS RECENTLY FILED WITH THE SEC@The following proposed securities offerings were filed recently with the Securities and Exchange Commission:     Bio-Technology General Corp &lt;BTGC> - Offering of 25 mln dlrs of convertible senior subordinated notes due March 1997 through Drexel Burnham Lambert Inc.  Reuter &#3;
+155@VARIAN &lt;VAR>, SIEMENS FORM JOINT VENTURE@Varian Associates Inc and &lt;Siemens A.G.> said they signed a letter of intent to form and jointly operate a nuclear magnetic resonance imaging spectroscopy business in Fremont, Calif.     The systems are smaller than magnetic resonance imaging equipment currently used in clinical examinations, the companies said.     They also said the products resulting from the venture are intended for use in small animal research, certain limited medical research and materials testing.  Reuter &#3;
+156@DU PONT &lt;DD> WINS SUIT AGAINST PHILLIPS &lt;P>@Du Pont Co said the U.S. District Court for Delaware ruled that Phillips Petroleum Co had infringed on its patent covering certain melt-processable ethylene copolymer resins and polyethylene pipe systems.     It also said the court ruled that Phillips infringed on various claims of its patent and enjoined Phillips from making, selling, or using any products covered by the patents.     It said the court ordrered an accounting to determine damages due for past infringement by Phillips.  Reuter &#3;
+157@&lt;NOVA> WINS GOVERNMENT OKAY FOR HUSKY &lt;HYO> DEAL@Nova, the Canadian company that owns 56 pct of Husky Oil Ltd, said it received government approval for a transaction under which &lt;Union Faith Canada Holding Ltd> would buy a 43 pct stake in Husky.     Nova said the Minister of Regional and Industrial Expansion, Michel Cote, ruled that Union Faith's purchase of the Husky stake would not result in Husky ceding control to a non-Canadian company. It said this ruling was a key condition in completing the deal.     Union Faith is equally owned by &lt;Hutchison Whampoa Ltd> and &lt;Hong Kong Electric Holdings Ltd>.     Under the agreement with Union Faith, Husky will become a private company with Union Faith and Nova each holding 43 pct of its stock.     Nine pct of Husky would be owned by relatives of Li Ka-Shing, chairman of Hutchison, and five pct by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerice.  Reuter &#3;
+158@PRESIDENTIAL AIRWAYS &lt;PAIR> PACT APPROVED@Presidential Airways Inc said its joint marketing and services agreement with Texas Air Corp's &lt;TXN> Continental Airlines unit was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice.     According to the agreement, Presidential Airways will operate scheduled service under the name "Continental Express." The company, however, will remain independent.      Reuter &#3;
+159@ARMY TO RENEGOTIATE ITT &lt;ITT> RADIO CONTRACT@The Army said it will renegotiate a 400 mln dlr contract with ITT Corp for jam-proof field radios after recent tests indicated the radios will work properly.     Full production of 44,600 of the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS) sets has been delayed since the contract was let in 1983. The radios did not meet specifications of operating for 1,250 hours before failing.     The Army said recent tests have indicated better reliability and that the contract will be renegotiated.  REUTERS &#3;
+160@POTOMAC ELECTRIC POWER CO &lt;POM> JANUARY NET@Oper shr 27 cts vs 29 cts     Oper net 13.5 mln vs 14.6 mln     Revs 104.6 mln vs 110.3 mln     12 mths     Oper shr 4.10 dlrs vs 3.66 dlrs     Oper net 205 mln vs 186.8 mln     Revs 1.4 billion vs 1.3 billion     NOTE: 1986 12 mths oper net excludes extraordinary gain of 21.7 mln dlrs or 46 cts per share from sale of Virginia service territory to Virginia Power.  Reuter &#3;
+161@TORCHMARK &lt;TMK> SELLS SINKING FUND DEBENTURES@Torchmark Corp is raising 200 mln dlrs through an offering of sinking fund debentures due 2017 yielding 8.65 pct, said lead manager First Boston Corp.     The debentures have an 8-5/8 pct coupon and were priced at 99.73 to yield 100 basis points over the off-the-run 9-1/4 pct Treasury bonds of 2016.     Non-refundable for 10 years, the issue is rated A-2 by Moody's and AA by Standard and Poor's.     A sinking fund starts in 1998 to retire 76 pct of the debentures by maturity, giving them an estimated maximum life of 22.4 years. Merrill Lynch co-managed the deal.  Reuter &#3;
+162@SUFFIELD FINANCIAL &lt;SSBK> GETS FED APPROVAL@Suffield Financial Corp said the Federal Reserve Board approved its application to acquire Coastal Bancorp &lt;CSBK>, Portland, Me.     Suffield said it still needs the approval of the superintendent of Maine's banking department.  Reuter &#3;
+163@AFG INDUSTRIES INC &lt;AFG> QUARTERLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div four cts vs four cts     Pay April 3     Record March 23  Reuter &#3;
+164@&lt;GSW INC> YEAR NET@Oper shr 2.16 dlrs vs 2.07 dlrs     Oper net 8,037,000 vs 7,710,000     Revs 136.4 mln vs 133.3 mln     Note: 1986 net excludes extraordinary gain of 13 mln dlrs or 3.50 dlrs shr from sale of &lt;Camco Inc> shares vs yr-ago loss of 4.3 mln dlrs or 1.14 dlrs shr.  Reuter &#3;
+165@SANTA ANITA REALTY &lt;SAR> QUARTERLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div 51 cts vs 51 cts     Pay April 9     Record March 25     (Santa Anita Realty Enterprises Inc)  Reuter &#3;
+166@LIQUID AIR CORP &lt;LANA> QUARTERLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div 40 cts vs 40 cts     Pay March 31     Record March 16  Reuter &#3;
+167@(MARSHALL STEEL LTD) YEAR NET@Oper shr five cts vs 36 cts     Oper net 508,000 vs 3,450,000     Revs 296.7 mln vs 298.0 mln     Note: former name Marshall Drummond McCall Inc.     Results include extraordinary gains of 952,000 dlrs or 11 cts per share in 1986 and 2,569,000 dlrs or 29 cts in 1985 from income tax reduction.                Reuter &#3;
+168@MARSHALL STEEL DETAILS GAIN FROM UNIT SALE@(Marshall Steel Ltd), formerly Marshall Drummond McCall Inc, said it will report a 17 mln dlr net gain before taxes this year from the sale of its Drummond McCall division, which was sold effective January one.                      Reuter &#3;
+169@MAYFAIR INDUSTRIES INC &lt;MAYF> 4TH QTR NET@Oper shr 21 cts vs 18 cts     Oper net 659,000 vs 523,000     Revs 7,866,000 vs 5,503,000     Avg shrs 3,141,217 vs 2,925,294     12 mths     Oper shr 70 cts vs 46 cts     Oper net 2,075,000 vs 1,358,000     Revs 25.9 mln vs 19.3 mln     Avg shrs 2,980,247 vs 2,925,294     Note: Excludes tax gain of 295,000 dlrs for qtr and year.  Reuter &#3;
+170@(CORRECTED) - BANPONCE &lt;BDEP> PLACES NOTES@BanPonce Corp said it privately placed 30 mln dlrs of its 8.25 pct senior notes due 1992 through Lincoln National Investment Management Co, New York Life Insurance Co and Dillon Read and Co Inc.     It said proceeds will be used to increase working capital, for general corporate purposes, and for possible future acquisitions.     - Corrects dollar figure of notes placed in item appearing Feb 25.  Reuter &#3;
+172@U.S. REGULATOR CLOSES BANKS IN TEXAS, LOUISIANA@The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) said three troubled banks in Texas and Louisiana were merged with healthy financial institutions.     The FDIC said it subsidized the merger of Central Bank and Trust Co, Glenmora, La., with the healthy Peoples Bank and Trust Co, Natchitoches, La., after state regulators notified it that Central was in danger of failing.     Central had assets of 28.3 mln dlrs.     The FDIC said the deposits of the failed Farmers State Bank, Hart, Tex., were assumed by Hale County State Bank, Plainview, Tex.     Farmers, with 9.6 mln dlrs in assets, was closed by Texas bank regulators.     The deposits of the failed First National Bank of Crosby, Crosby, Tex., with total assets of 8.2 mln dlrs, were assumed by Central Bancshares of the South Inc, Birmingham, Ala., after First National was closed by federal bank regulators, the FDIC said.     The number of federally insured banks to fail so far this year now totals 32, the FDIC said.  Reuter &#3;
+173@OLIN &lt;OLN> NAMES SUCCESSOR FOR CHIEF EXECUTIVE@Olin Corp said John W. Johnstone Jr, 54, president and chief operating officer, will succeed John M. Henske as chief executive officer on April 30.     Henske, 63, will continue as chairman until he retires in June 1988, Olin said.  Reuter &#3;
+174@DAEWOO MOTOR TO BOOST IMPORTS OF U.S. GOODS@Daewoo Motor Corp, the Korea-based joint venture between Daewoo Group and General Motors Corp &lt;GM>, said it will boost its 1987 imports of U.S. goods to 200 mln dlrs from 104 mln dlrs in 1986.     The company said U.S. imports will account for about 35 pct of its total planned imports of 565 mln dlrs in 1987. Last year, U.S. goods accounted for about 19 pct of the company's imports, up from 6.5 pct in 1985.     The products slated for import include automobile and machinery parts, catalytic converters, fuel injection systems and electronic emission testing systems, it said.  Reuter &#3;
+175@BANKS EXPRESS GRAVE CONCERN ON BRAZIL DEBT MOVES@Brazil's 14-bank advisory committee expressed "grave concern" to chief debt negotiator Antonio Padua de Seixas over the country's suspension of interest payments, according to a telex from committee chairman Citibank to creditor banks worldwide.     Bankers said the diplomatic phrase belied the deep anger and frustration on the committee over Brazil's unilateral move last Friday and its subsequent freeze on some 15 billion dlrs of short-term trade and interbank lines.     Seixas, director of the Brazilian central bank's foreign debt department, met the full panel on Tuesday and Wednesday.     Seixas, who met again this morning with senior Citibank executive William Rhodes and representatives from committee vice-chairmen Morgan Guaranty Trust Co and Lloyds Bank Plc, told the banks that the government was preparing a telex to explain and clarify the freeze on short-term credits.     The telex could be sent to creditors as early as today, bankers said.     Despite the rising tempers, bankers said there are no plans for Brazilian finance minister Dilson Funaro to meet commercial bankers during his trip to Washington on Friday and Saturday.     Funaro will be explaining Brazil's actions to U.S. Treasury Secretary James Baker, Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul Volcker and International Monetary Fund managing director Michel Camdessus before travelling to Europe at the weekend.     Meanwhile, bankers were to hear in New York this afternoon what impact Brazil's hard line would have on Argentina, with an initial presentation from Argentine Treasury Secretary Mario Brodersohn on his country's request for 2.15 billion dlrs in new loans and a multi-year rescheduling agreement. Argentina has threatened to emulate Brazil's payments moratorium if the banks do not grant its request.  Reuter &#3;
+176@LNG IMPORTS FROM ALGERIA UNLIKELY IN 1987@Liquefied natural gas imports from Algeria are unlikely to happen in 1987 even though its economically feasible, U.S. industry analysts sources said.     Youcef Yousfi, director-general of Sonatrach, the Algerian state petroleum agency, indicated in a television interview in Algiers that such imports would be made this year.     "Contract negotiations, filing with the U.S. government and the time required to restart mothballed terminals will delay the import until 1988/1989," Daniel Tulis, a natural gas analyst with Shearson Lehman Bros. said.     Sonatrach is currently negotiating with two of its former customers, Panhandle Eastern &lt;PEL> and Distrigas, a subsidiary of Cabot Corp &lt;CBT> to resume LNG export, company officials told Reuters. A third, El Paso Gas, a subsidiary of Burlington Northern &lt;BNI>, has expressed no interest.     Industry analysts said some imports of Algerian LNG were feasible. "On a marginal cost basis, the companies that have made capital investment to handle LNG import can operate profitably even in the current price environment,"  Frank Spadine, an energy economist with Bankers Trust, said.    Analysts did not forsee a major impact from Algerian imports on U.S. prices which are currently soft but expected to trend higher by the end of 1987.     A decline in gas drilling and the time lag to bring Gulf of Mexico productions onstream will tighten gas supplies and firm prices, Shearson's Tulis said.    In this context, Algerian LNG import would be a source of supplemental supply to U.S. domestic production, he added.     Company sources currently in talks with Algeria agree, saying that Algerian LNG would only serve to meet peak demand.     Company sources also said that any negotiations with Algeria would emphasize looser arrangements which would relate volumes to market requirements and prices to U.S. spot market values.  Reuter &#3;
+177@U.S. FARM CREDIT RESCUE BILL SEEN BEFORE EASTER@The chairman of the Senate Agriculture subcommittee on credit said the panel will consider a farm credit rescue package by Easter even if the system and its regulator do not ask for help by then.     "We're going to have a bill to markup, I guarantee you, before the Easter recess," Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.) said.     Senate Majority leader Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) wants recommendations on farm credit presented by April 11, when Congress is scheduled to break for Easter, Boren said.     Boren urged the Farm Credit Administration (FCA), the system's regulator, to quickly make a formal request for aid.     Under the 1985 Farm credit law passed by Congress, the FCA, as regulator, is to certify when the system has exhausted all its capital and needs federal government help.     However, FCA chairman Frank Naylor said because much of the system's remaining capital is tied-up in legal action, he could not technically certify a rescue is needed this year and perhaps not even in 1988. The other Republican member of the three-man FCA board, Marvin Duncan, agreed.     But Boren urged that even if FCA cannot technically certify aid is needed, it should request help informally.     "We all know we need a capital infusion," Boren said.     Boren and the FCA officials spoke at a hearing on the plight of the farm credit system. Also at the hearing, Brent Beesely, chief executive of the Farm Credit Council representing the system, said that at the end of 1986 the system had only 1.5 billion dlrs in working capital remaining after losses of 4.6 billion dlrs over the last two years.     While he did not ask for government aid, Beesley indicated the situation is serious in some of the 12 system districts.     "A significant number of banks and associations in the most economically depressed areas have and will continue to suffer extraordinary losses," Beesley said.     Jim Billington, Democratic member of the FCA board, said the troubles of the system have encouraged the flight of some one billion dlrs per month from the system as borrowers repay loans.     The system's total portfolio shrank to 54.6 billion dlrs by the end of last year from 66.6 billion the previous year.     FCA board members said both borrowers and holders of bonds in the system need to be assured their money is safe. Naylor suggested the need for a federal assurance to bondholders.     "The bondholders have no worry at this time," Billington said.     Naylor said several proposals for revamping the farm credit system are circulating. The proposals range from consolidation of the system into a centralized national lender, to de-centralizing into semi-independent institutions.     But He and the system spokesman Beesley were cautious about proposals for a secondary market on farm loans. Those proposals would package farm loans for resale to investors.     Naylor and Beesley said a secondary market set-up outside the farm credit system would hurt the system. But Beesley said a secondary market with the farm credit system as its agent could be developed without Congressional legislation.  Reuter &#3;
+178@REPORT COULD BE FINAL BLOW FOR REGAN@The Tower Commission's scathing    comments on President Reagan's embattled chief of staff Donald Regan could signal the death knell to his White House tenure, but the impact of its strong criticism on two other top officials was less clear.     Regan has come in for tough criticism for his handling of Reagan's worst political crisis since details of the covert arms sales to Iran and diversion of profits to Nicaraguan rebels first emerged last November.     But criticism of the roles of Secretary of State George Shultz and Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who said they opposed the Iran arms initiative yet failed to end it, had been muted until the release of the Tower Commission report.     "Their obligation was to give the president their full support and continued advice with respect to the program or, if they could not in conscience do that, to so inform the president," the report said after a three-month probe.     "Instead, they simply distanced themselves from the program. They protected the record as to their own positions on this issue. They were not energetic in attempting to protect the president from the consequences of his personal commitment to freeing the hostages."     The report saved some of its most scathing language for Regan, a gruff former Wall Street executive and close personal friend of Reagan whose autocratic rule in the White House angered some top Reagan officials and, perhaps more importantly, Reagan's wife Nancy.     "More than almost any chief of staff of recent memory, he asserted personal control over the White House staff and sought to extend this control to the national security adviser," said the report.     Washington analysts said Regan's departure now appeared to be only a matter of timing. Many expected the president to announce it when he addresses the nation on the Tower Commission's findings next week.     With Regan's departure apparently imminent and Poindexter and other key figures in the scandal already out of office, the report's tough criticism of Shultz and Weinberger could turn the spotlight on their future.     Senate Republican leader Robert Dole, a key Reagan ally, told reporters the report disclosed "colossal blunders" and said people who had not served the president well should step aside, but he did not specify who should go.     "It would seem to me that if you don't protect the president, you don't serve the president well, then you should move on," the Kansas Republican, a likely presidential candidate next year, said.     One Republican strategist said he believed Regan would not be the only White House official to leave in the near future.      Reuter &#3;
+179@SWISS ECONOMY IN EXCELLENT CONDITION, OECD SAYS@Switzerland's economy, combining low unemployment, financial stability and a large external payments surplus, is in excellent condition and faces a satisfactory future, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, said.     This reflected the success of stable and relatively tight fiscal and monetary policies followed by the government, it said.     The OECD, in its annual report on Switzerland, picked out some signs of a slowdown in activity and a slight pick-up in inflation this year, but said these gave no cause for concern.     The study forecast a decline in Gross Domestic Product growth to 1.75 pct this year from an estimated two pct in 1986 and a small rise in consumer price inflation to 1.25 pct after last year's sharp fall to 0.75 pct from 3.6 pct in 1985.     But it said job creation should continue to absorb a modest increase in the workforce, leaving the unemployment rate unchanged at around one pct, the lowest in the 24-industrial nation OECD area.     Assuming an average exchange rate of 1.71 Swiss francs to the dollar this year, against 1.69 in the second half of 1986, the report forecast a 2.75 pct rise in exports and a 3.5 pct rise in imports this year after rises of 3.25 pct and 6.5 pct respectively in 1986.     The faster growth of imports compared with exports this year and last, reflecting buoyant private consumption, meant that the contribution of the foreign payments balance to GDP would shrink in both years.     But "given Switzerland's large external surplus, there should be no concern if domestic demand grows faster than GDP...Which, if only in a small way, would contribute to improving international balances," the OECD said.     Real private consumption appeared to have been unusually buoyant last year, with a 3.25 pct growth rate, after several years of relative weakness, it noted.     In 1987 private consumption was expected to slow somewhat to a 2.25 pct growth rate, but should still outstrip overall GDP, it added.     The outlook for investment in plant and machinery remained bright into 1987, and with capacity use at near record levels last year there was scope for rationalisation and modernisation in both the industry and service sectors, it said.     As a consequence, growth in machinery and equipment investment is likely to decelerate only slightly this year after vigorous growth in 1986.     But the report raised a questionmark over the prospects for tourism and the banking industry, two major service sector earners of foreign exchange.     The long-term appreciation of the Swiss Franc, and the accelerating deregulation of foreign banking markets, could lead to a loss of international market share for both, it said.     Particularly for the banks, "recent developments in international financial markets give rise to the question whether the Swiss financial system, which has shown substantial flexibility in the past, is adapting itself at the speed required ... To preserve its competitive position," it said.  REUTER &#3;
+180@U.S. WHEAT BONUS TO SOVIET CALLED DORMANT@The U.S. Agriculture Department is not actively considering offering subsidized wheat to the Soviet Union under the export enhancement program (EEP), senior USDA officials said.     However, grain trade analysts said the proposal has not been ruled out and that an offer might be made, though not in the very near future.     "The grain companies are trying to get this fired up again," an aide to Agriculture Secretary Richard Lyng said. "But there just isn't much talk about it, informally or formally."     Most analysts interviewed by Reuters were more confident than USDA officials that bonus wheat would be offered to the Soviets, even though U.S. officials did not make such an offer when they held grain talks with Soviet counterparts earlier this week.     But administration and private sources agreed that if the Reagan administration did decide to offer subsidized wheat to Moscow, it could take several months.     "I just don't see any proposal like that sailing through any interagency process," the aide to Lyng said.     "An export enhancement offer is not consummated overnight," said one former USDA official, who noted that the administration took three months to decide in favor of selling China wheat under the subsidy program.     An official representing a large grain trade company said deliberations within USDA might be nudged along by members of Congress, a number of whom urged USDA this week to make a wheat subsidy offer to the Soviets.     But Lyng's aide said that during a day-long visit to Capitol Hill yesterday, House members did not press the secretary on the subsidy question a single time.     The administration's interagency trade policy review group, comprised of subcabinet-level officials, has not been asked to clear a request to offer Moscow wheat under the EEP, officials at the U.S. Trade Representative's Office said.     In their talks this week, the two sides discussed the administration's previous EEP offer but did not talk about any new initiative. One USDA official who took part in the consultations this week described them as an exchange of "calm, basic, factual economics."     Another USDA official said there was "not even an informal suggestion or hint" that the Soviets would live up to their pledge to buy four mln tonnes of wheat this year if they were granted more favorable terms.     USDA and private sources agreed that consideration of an EEP initiative by interagency review groups likely would be delayed because of disarray within the White House stemming from the Iran arms affair.  Reuter &#3;
+181@U.S. TREASURY PART OF ARGENTINE BRIDGE LOAN@The U.S. Treasury said it was willing to participate with several other industrial countries in providing a 500 mln-dlr short-term bridge loan to Argentina.     The Treasury announcecement did not name the other countries nor the amount of financing the United States was willing to supply.     Argentina announced a wage and price freeze on Wednesday night and is negotiating with New York bankers for about 2.15 billion dlrs in new loans and other financing.     "Our willingness to participate in this multilateral short-term financing indicates our support for Argentina's economic program to achieve sustainable growth and a viable balance of payments position," the Treassury statement said.     In announcing a four-month wage and price freeze, Argentine officials said the country needed "a more serene climate" to carry out structural changes in the economy.     But Argentina did not suspend interest payments on its foreign debts, as neighboring Brazil did last week.     The Treasury said the U.S. share of bridge financing for Argentina would come from its Exchange Stabilization Fund.     The one-page statement noted the International Monetary Fund expressed confidence in Argentina's economic policies and prospects by approving a new stand-by financing arrangement for it on February 18.     "Argentina is expected to qualify for IMF balance-of-payments financing which would enable Argentina to repay a multilateral bridge loan and support the implementation of its economic program," the statement said.     The latest Argentine action marked the second time in less than two years its government has used a wage and price freeze to restrain inflation.     The debt talks in New York are being headed by Argentine Finance Minister Mario Brodersohn and are expected to last for several days.     Along with new financing, Argentina reportedly wants lower interest rates on an existing total 53 billion dlrs in foreign debt and elimination of foreign banks' control over how some of the money is loaned in Argentina.  Reuter &#3;
+182@COMPANIES SET BID FOR CANADA HELICOPTER CONTRACT@(E.H. Industries (Canada) Inc) said it plans to bid its EH101 helicopter to replace Canada's fleet of Sea King aircraft. It said it is joining with (Bell Textron of Canada), Canadian Marconi Co (CMW), (IMP Group), and (Paramax Electronics Inc) and is supported by (Augusta S.P.A.), (Sikorsky Aircraft), and (Westland Group) in the bid.     The Eh101, aimed at detecting and engaging submarines, was designed for use by the British and Italian navies and is due to enter service in 1992, E.H. said.             Reuter &#3;
+183@ALATENN RESOURCES INC &lt;ATNG> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 75 cts vs 52 cts     Net 1,699,124 vs 1,177,786     Revs 45.6 mln vs 31.6 mln     12 mths     Shr 2.22 dlrs vs 2.20 dlrs     Net 5,057,292 vs 4,961,085     Revs 130.2 mln vs 126.7 mln  Reuter &#3;
+184@AMERICAN TRAVELLERS &lt;ATVC> EXPANDS OPERATIONS@American Travellers Corp said its American Travellers Life Insurance Co unit has expanded its operations.     The company said the unit has begun marketing in Maryland, Idaho and the District of Columbia.  Reuter &#3;
+185@VERSATILE TO SELL UNIT TO VICON@&lt;Versatile Corp> said it agreed in principle to sell its Alberta-based Versatile Noble Cultivators Co division to Vicon Inc, of Ontario, for undisclosed terms.     The division manufactures tillage and spraying equipment.  Reuter &#3;
+186@VIDEOTRON BUYS INTO EXHIBIT COMPANY@(Groupe Videotron Ltd) said it agreed to buy 50 pct of (Groupe Promexpo Inc), a company which specializes in product exhibits, for three mln dlrs.                Reuter &#3;
+187@&lt;MEMOTEC DATA INC> YEAR NET@Shr 81 cts vs 66 cts     Net 5,011,000 vs 2,314,000     Revs 57.3 mln vs 17.6 mln     Note: results include extraordinary gains of 1,593,000 dlrs or 26 cts a share in 1986 and 451,000 dlrs or 13 cts a share in 1985.  Reuter &#3;
+188@ROHR INDUSTRIES &lt;RHR> SETTLES STRIKE@Rohr Industries Inc said it has agreed on a three-year labor contract with the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workders, ending a strike that began ten days ago.     Under the pact, 4,600 union members at Rohr's Chula Vista and Riverside plants will receive lump sum payments of ten pct, six pct and six pct annually, with the first payment going out in April.     Rohr will also increase the pension benefit to 24 dlrs per month for each eligible year of service.  Reuter &#3;
+190@BANKS EXPRESS GRAVE CONCERN ON BRAZIL DEBT MOVE@Brazil's 14-bank advisory committee expressed "grave concern" to chief debt negotiator Antonio Padua de Seixas over the country's suspension of interest payments, according to a telex from committee chairman Citibank to creditor banks worldwide.     Bankers said the diplomatic phrase belied the deep anger and frustration on the committee over Brazil's unilateral move last Friday and its subsequent freeze on some 15 billion dlrs of short-term trade and interbank lines.     Seixas, director of the Brazilian central bank's foreign debt department, met the full panel on Tuesday and Wednesday.     Seixas, who met again this morning with senior Citibank executive William Rhodes and representatives from committee vice-chairmen Morgan Guaranty Trust Co and Lloyds Bank Plc, told the banks that the government was preparing a telex to explain and clarify the freeze on short-term credits.     The telex could be sent to creditors as early as today, bankers said.     Despite the rising tempers, bankers said there are no plans for Brazilian finance minister Dilson Funaro to meet commercial bankers during his trip to Washington on Friday and Saturday.     Funaro will be explaining Brazil's actions to U.S. Treasury Secretary James Baker, Federal Reserve Board chairman Paul Volcker and International Monetary Fund managing director Michel Camdessus before travelling to Europe at the weekend.     Meanwhile, bankers were to hear in New York this afternoon what impact Brazil's hard line would have on Argentina, with an initial presentation from Argentine Treasury Secretary Mario Brodersohn on his country's request for 2.15 billion dlrs in new loans and a multi-year rescheduling agreement. Argentina has threatened to follow Brazil in declaring a payments moratorium if the banks do not grant its request.  Reuter &#3;
+191@TEXACO CANADA &lt;TXC> LOWERS CRUDE POSTINGS@Texaco Canada said it lowered the contract price it will pay for crude oil 64 Canadian cts a barrel, effective today.     The decrease brings the company's posted price for the benchmark grade, Edmonton/Swann Hills Light Sweet, to 22.26 Canadian dlrs a bbl.     Texaco Canada last changed its crude oil postings on Feb 19.  Reuter &#3;
+192@JURY FINDS FOR DOW &lt;DOW> IN BIRTH DEFECT CASE@Dow Chemical Co's &lt;DOW> Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc unit said a jury found that Bendectin did not cause the birth defects of a seven-year old boy whose mother took the drug during pregnancy.     The anti-nausea drug has been used to treat morning  sickness and was discontinued in 1983 amid allegations that the drug caused birth defects.     Merrell said that to date there have been 12 other trials involving the drug, 10 in the U.S. and two in West Germany.     It said verdicts or judgements in favor of the company were obtained in eight of the trials, one of which included about 1,150 plaintiffs.     In two trials, Merrell said, verdicts were in favor of the plaintiffs. In one, it said, the trial judge overruled the jury's verdict and issued a judgement in favor of the company and a three judge panel of the Court of Appeals overturned the trial judge's ruling. Merrell is now awaiting a rehearing of this case by the full Court of Appeals.     Of the remaining two trials, one ended in a mistrial and in the other the jury was unable to reach a verdict.     At one point about 1700 lawsuits had been filed alleging the drug caused birth defects, said a company spokesman. He said about 300 lawsuits are pending.     Bendectin was first introduced in the early 1950s, and the Merrell spokesman said a valid application to make and market the drug is with the Food and Drug Administration should the company decide it wants to reintroduce it.   Reuter &#3;
+193@USDA SAID UNLIKELY TO BROADEN CORN BONUS OFFER@The U.S. Agriculture Department probably will not offer a two dlr per bushel bonus payment to corn farmers for any erodible cropland they enrolled in the conservation reserve program last year, an aide to USDA Secretary Richard Lyng said.     Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said yesterday that Lyng had indicated he would consider giving those farmers the same two dlr bonus offered corn farmers who are signing up for the 1987 program this month.     But the aide to Lyng said it was doubtful that the department would offer a retroactive bonus to farmers who enrolled land in the 10-year conservation reserve last year.     "How are you going to stop the tide," he said, referring to demands that would follow from other commodity groups.  Reuter &#3;
+194@MARATHON PETROLEUM REDUCES CRUDE POSTINGS@Marathon Petroleum Co said it reduced the contract price it will pay for all grades of crude oil one dlr a barrel, effective today.     The decrease brings Marathon's posted price for both West Texas Intermediate and West Texas Sour to 16.50 dlrs a bbl. The South Louisiana Sweet grade of crude was reduced to 16.85 dlrs a bbl.     The company last changed its crude postings on Jan 12.  Reuter &#3;
+195@AGENCY VOTES TO END LOCAL NUCLEAR PLANT VETO@The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed to ease evacuation standards for nuclear plants, which could lead the way to the licensing of controversial plants in New York and New Hampshire.     The NRC voted 4-1 to offer the rule for 60 days of public comment before it reconsidered it and set emergency evacuation standards of its own.     Local authorites at the plants at Shoreham, Long Island, N.Y., and Seabrook, N.H., had refused to take part in evacuation planning, as required under existing NRC rules.     They had claimed the region was too populated for any safe evacuation plan, holding up the NRC's authority to issue full power licenses of the two multi-billon dollar plants.     A group of prominent politicians, led by New York Governor Mario Cuomo, charged at a public meeting on the proposed plan on Tuesday that NRC members were more interested in protecting the utilties'investments than protecting public safety.     An NRC spokesman said after the meeting that the agency had not yet scheduled a meeting to vote on the proposed plan.     In a statement today announcing its vote, the commission said the proposed rule change would enable the NRC to act in cases where local authorities refused to take part in emergency evacuation planning.  Reuter &#3;
+196@&lt;GEORGE WESTON LTD> YEAR NET@Shr 2.31 dlrs vs 1.96 dlrs     Net 119.0 mln vs 101.0 mln     Revs 10.03 billion vs 8.88 billion  Reuter &#3;
+197@RELIEF TO U.S. CORN/OATS GROWERS SAID LIKELY@U.S. farmers who in the past have grown oats for their own use but failed to certify to the government that they had done so probably will be allowed to continue planting that crop and be eligible for corn program benefits, an aide to Agriculture Secretary Richard Lyng said.     Currently a farmer, to be eligible for corn program benefits, must restrict his plantings of other program crops to the acreage base for that crop.     Several members of Congress from Iowa have complained that farmers who inadvertantly failed to certify that they had grown oats for their own use in the past now are being asked to halt oats production or lose corn program benefits.     USDA likely will allow historic oats farmers to plant oats but not extend the exemption to all farmers, Lyng's aide said.  Reuter &#3;
+198@N.Z. MONEY SUPPLY RISES 3.6 PCT IN DECEMBER@New Zealand's broadly defined, seasonally adjusted M-3 money supply grew an estimated 3.6 pct in December after rising a revised 2.4 pct in November and 4.04 pct in December last year, the Reserve Bank said in a statement.     It said unadjusted M-3 increased to an estimated 30.07 billion N.Z. Dlrs from a revised 28.30 billion in November and 25.53 billion in December 1985.     Year-on-year M-3 rose 17.77 pct from a revised 15.34 pct in November and 20.50 pct in December 1985.     Narrowly defined year-on-year M-1 growth was 15.89 pct against a revised 27.52 pct in November and 12.3 pct a year earlier.     M-1 grew to an estimated 5.03 billion dlrs against a revised 4.77 billion in November and 4.34 billion in December 1985.     Year-on-year private sector credit grew 30.68 pct in December against a revised 22.30 pct in November and 23.2 pct in December 1985. Private sector credit grew to 22.24 billion dlrs from a revised 20.92 billion in November and 17.01 billion in December 1985.  Reuter &#3;
+199@CIRCUIT SYSTEMS &lt;CSYI> BUYS BOARD MAKER@Circuit Systems Inc said it has bought all of the stock of (Ionic Industries Inc) in exchange for 3,677,272 shares of its common.     Following the exchange there will be 4,969,643 shares of Circuit Systems stock outstanding. Ionic holders will own about 74 pct of the outstanding stock of Circuit Systems, it said.     Ionic, a maker of circuit boards, had revenues of 8.4 mln dlrs and pretax profits of 232,000 dlrs in 1986, up from revenues of 5.9 mln and pretax profits of 204,000 dlrs in 1985, Circuit Systems said.  Reuter &#3;
+200@FALLING SOYBEAN CRUSH RATIOS CUT OUTPUT@The sharp decline in soybean crush ratios seen in the last few weeks, accelerating in recent days, has pushed margins below the cost of production at most soybean processing plants and prompted many to cut output of soybean meal and oil.     The weekly U.S. soybean crush rate was reported by the National Soybean Processors Association this afternoon at 21.78 mln bushels, down from the 22 mln bushel plus rate seen over the past two months when crush margins surged to the best levels seen in over a year.     Active soymeal export loadings at the Gulf had pushed soybean futures and premiums higher, prompting a pick-up in the weekly crush number.     However, much of that export demand seems to have been met, with most foreign meal users now waiting for the expected surge in shipments of new crop South American soymeal over the next few months.     U.S. processors are now finding domestic livestock feed demand is very light for this time of year due to the milder than normal winter, so they steadily dropped offering prices in an attempt to find buying interest, soyproduct dealers said.     Soybean meal futures have also steadily declined in recent weeks, setting a new contract low of 139.70 dlrs per ton in the nearby March contract today.     "Many speculators down here bought March soymeal and sold May, looking for no deliveries (on first notice day tomorrow, which would cause March to gain on deferreds)," one CBT crush trader said.     "But they've been bailing out this week because the March has been acting like there will be a lot delivered, if not tomorrow, then later in the month," he added.     As a result of the weakness in soymeal, the March crush ratio (The value of soyproducts less the cost of the soybeans) fell from the mid 30s earlier this month to 22.6 cents per bushel today, dropping over five cents in just the last two days.     The May crush ended today just over 17 cents, so no processors will want to lock in a ratio at that unprofitable level, the trader said. Hopefully, they will now start to cut back production to get supplies in line with demand, he added.     With futures down, processors are finding they must bid premiums for cash soybeans, further reducing crush margins.     A central Illinois processor is only making about 30 cents for every bushel of soybeans crushed at current prices, down sharply from levels just seen just a few weeks ago and below the average cost of production, cash dealers said.     Most soybean processing plants are still in operation, with little talk of taking temporary down-time, so far. But processors will start halting production in the next few weeks it they continue to face unprofitable margins, they added.  Reuter &#3;
+201@MAIL BOXES ETC &lt;MAIL> 3RD QTR JAN 31 NET@Shr 23 cts vs 18 cts     Net 509,144 vs 277,834     Revs 2,258,341 vs 1,328,634     Avg shrs 2,177,553 vs 1,564,605     Nine mths     Shr 55 cts vs 42 cts     Net 1,150,633 vs 649,914     Revs 6,169,168 vs 3,178,115  Reuter &#3;
+202@MUNSINGWEAR INC &lt;MUN> 4TH QTR JAN 3 LOSS@Shr loss 32 cts vs loss seven cts     Net loss 1,566,000 vs loss 292,000     Revs 39.4 mln vs 34.7 mln     Year     Shr profit 79 cts vs profit 74 cts     Net profit 3,651,000 vs profit 3,020,000     Revs 147.9 mln vs 114.2 mln     Avg shrs 4,639,000 vs 4,059,000     Note: Per shr adjusted for 3-for-2 stock split July 1986 and 2-for-1 split May 1985.  Reuter &#3;
+203@FED DATA SUGGEST STABLE U.S. MONETARY POLICY@Latest Federal Reserve data suggest that the central bank voted to maintain the existing degree of pressure on banking reserves at its regular policy-making meeting two weeks ago, money market economists said.     "The numbers were a little disappointing, but I think we can take Mr Volcker at his word when he said that nothing had changed," said Bob Bannon of Security Pacific National Bank.     Fed Chairman Paul Volcker told a Congressional committee last Thursday that the Fed's policy "has been unchanged up to today."     Although Volcker's statement last Thursday allayed most fears that the Fed had marginally tightened its grip on reserves to help an ailing dollar, many economists still wanted confirmation of a steady policy in today's data, which covered the two-week bank statement period ended yesterday.     This need for additional reassurance was made all the more acute by the Fed's decision yesterday to drain reserves from the banking system by arranging overnight matched sale-purchase agreements for the first time since April of last year, economists added.     Today's data showed that the draining action was for a fairly large 3.9 billion dlrs, economists said.     "The one thing that caught my eye were the relatively sizeable matched sales on Wednesday," said Dana Johnson of First National Bank of Chicago. "But there was a clearly justified need for them. There was nothing ominous."     "The Fed couldn't have waited until the start of the new statement period today. If it had, it would have missed its (reserve) projections," added Security Pacific's Bannon.     A Fed spokesman told reporters that there were no large single-day net miss in reserve projections in the latest week.     Economists similarly shrugged off slightly higher-than- expected adjusted bank borrowings from the Fed's discount window, which averaged 310 mln dlrs a day in the latest week, compared with many economists' forecasts of about 200 mln.     For the two-week bank statement period as a whole, the daily borrowing average more than doubled to 381 mln dlrs from 160 in the prior period.     "There were wire problems at two large banks on Tuesday and Wednesday, so I am not too bothered about the borrowings," said Scott Winningham of J.S. Winningham and Co. The Wednesday average rose to 946 mln dlrs from 148 mln a week earlier.     Lending further support to the stable policy view was a relatively steady federal funds rate of about six pct in the latest week and persistently high levels of excess reserves in the banking system, economists said.     "For the time being, the Fed is following a neutral path, with fed funds at about six to 6-1/8 pct," said Darwin Beck of First Boston Corp. "I expect it to continue in that vein."     "Excess reserves fell but they are still over a billion dlrs," added First Chicago's Johnson. Banks' excess reserves averaged 1.03 billion dlrs a day in the latest statement period, down from 1.50 billion in the previous one.     After the Fed declined to assign a 1987 target growth range to the wayward M-1 money supply measure last week, little attention was paid to a steeper-than-anticipated 2.1 billion dlr jump in the week ended February 16.     Looking ahead, economists said the Fed will have to tread a fine line between the dollar's progress in the international currency markets and the development of the domestic economy.     "The market has perhaps exaggerated the dollar's effect on Fed policy," said First Chicago's Johnson. "Of course, it will take the dollar into account in future policy decisions but if the economy is weak, it won't pull back from easing."  Reuter &#3;
+204@FEDERAL INDUSTRIES LAUNCHES EUROBOND ISSUE@&lt;Federal Industries Ltd> said it launched a 40 mln Canadian dlr Eurobond issue for five years, bearing a coupon of 9-1/4 pct.     Issue price is 100-5/8. Lead manager is Union Bank of Switzerland.     Proceeds will be used to reduce short-term debt.  Reuter &#3;
+205@NYSE TO STUDY REGULATION OF SECURITY INDUSTRY@The New York Stock Exchange said it will begin a review of regulation in the securities industry to determine what changes may be needed to maintain the integrity of the market and protect investors in coming years.     The Exchange said the study is needed because of the rapid changes taking place in the securities industry. Among the factors it cited were the increase in trading volume, the proliferation of new trading instruments and the rise of computerized trading techniques.     The Exchange did not mention, however, the insider trading scandal that has caught several top Wall Street executives.     The NYSE said its study will be chaired by Richard R. Shinn, executive vice chairman of the Exchange and former chairman and chief executive officer of &lt;Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.>     Other members of the study committee include Charles F. Barbar, former chairman of Arsarco Inc &lt;AR>, Roger Birk, chairman emeritus of Merrill Lynch and Co &lt;MER> and Irwin Guttag, chairman of the NYSE special surveillance committee.     The committee's report should be completed by the end of the year, the Exchange said.  Reuter &#3;
+206@KOREAN AIR ORDERS MCDONNELL DOUGLAS &lt;MD> MD-11S@McDonnell Douglas Corp said Korean Air signed formal orders for four MD-11 jets with options to buy four more.     The company said if the options are exercised, the purchase will total about one billion dlrs.     McDonnell Douglas said on December 30 that Korean Air was among the initial 12 customers that placed orders and options for 92 aircraft valued at about nine billion dlrs.     Delivery of the first MD-11 is scheduled for the summer of 1990.         Korean Airlines currently operates four McDonnell Douglas DC-10 jets. In 1985, it ordered six MD-82s valued at about 150 mln dlrs. Four of these are in service and two will be delivered this year.  Reuter &#3;
+207@DELTA ROCKET BLASTS OFF FROM CAPE CANAVERAL@An unmanned Delta rocket carrying a 57 mln dlr hurricane-tracking satellite blasted off here today in NASA's first successful launch of the year.     The 116-foot (35.4-meter) Delta -- a reliable workhorse of the U.S. rocket fleet -- lifted off at 1805 EST from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in a crucial test of the space agency's ability to recover from the Challenger disaster and a string of other failures.     The launch came after two delays in two days. The first postponement was caused by fuel leak and the second by high-speed crosswinds that NASA officials say could have torn the rocket apart during fiery ascent.  Reuter &#3;
+208@JAPAN TO TRY TO OPEN MARKET TO U.S. CAR PARTS@Japan has pledged to try to increase its purchase of U.S. car parts and also to exchange data to monitor the purchases, the Commerce Department said.     U.S. negotiators opened talks last August with Japanese officials to try to force open the Japanese market to American-made parts in an effort to redress an estimated five billion dlr deficit in car parts trade.     Japan had agreed to try to increase purchases of U.S.-made parts by Japanese car makers and to begin long term contracts for parts purchases, a Commerce department official said.     He added that the agreement also said Japan agreed to try to devise a way to collect purchasing information in order to monitor progress in stepping up Japanese orders.     The Commerce Department said in a statement last year that "statistics support the perception in the United States that American auto parts suppliers are not welcome in the inner circles of Japan's auto companies and their traditional suppliers."     It estimated that while Japan's car firms sold almost five billion dlrs worth of parts in the United States in 1985, U.S. firms sold only one per cent of Japan's 55 billion dlr market.  reuter &#3;
+209@FRANCE FACES PRESSUE TO CHANGE POLICIES@France's right wing government is facing growing pressure to modify its economic policies after revising down its 1987 growth targets and revising up its inflation forecasts for this year.     Moving reluctantly into line with most private sector forecasts the government yesterday raised its 1987 inflation estimate a half percentage point to 2.5 per cent and cut its economic growth estimate to between two and 2.8 per cent from a 2.8 per cent target written into the annual budget last september.     Finance Minister Edouard Balladur said the revised figures would not push the government off its chosen mix of price deregulation, budget-cutting rigour and pay restraint.     But Trade Union leaders served immediate notice they would push to protect the purchasing power of their members, raising the spectre of a vicious spiral of wage and price rises.     And bank economists contacted by Reuters said they believed Prime Minister Jacques Chirac could be forced by slow growth and rising unemployment to reflate the economy later this year, perhaps in the autumn, to boost his prospects in Presidential elections due by April 1988.     "The outlook is more worrying than it was a few weeks ago," said Societe Generale economist Alain Marais. "We have the impression it may be difficult to get even two per cent growth this year."     "The big question is whether the government's policy of wage moderation will be maintained," he added.     The government has set public sector wage rises at aboout 1.7 per cent this year, with a three per cent ceiling for rises justified by increased productivity.     But the head of the socialist CFDT union federation, Edmond Maire, meeting with Chirac today, renewed union demands already rejected by the government for indexation clauses to be built into future pay contracts to safeguard workers against higher prices.     Calling the government's policies "unbalanced and unjust," he also demanded investment incentives to boost employment. He announced after his meeting that Chirac had told him the government would spend two billion francs on a series of measures to boost employment and training     Andre Bergeron, a widely respected leader of the moderate Force Ouvriere labour group, put similar demands to Chirac earlier in the week while the Communist-led CGT, the largest of France's unions, declared the defence of its members earnings its top priority.     But with unemployment nearing 11 per cent last month, and still rising, government supporters and some economic analysts said they were confident Chirac could resist union pay demands.     "Salary indexation was ended by the previous Socialist government and I dont think this administration is going to reverse that," commented Michel Develle, economist at recently-privatised Banque Paribas.     Damaging transport and electricity strikes over Christmas and the New Year, partly blamed by the government for higher inflation, had undermined the unions power and popularity, he said.     Develle said Paribas expected inflation to rise even more than the governments revised forecast, perhaps to 2.6 or 2.7 per cent this year against last years 2.1 per cent.     "But that would still be an exceptional achievement considering that for the first time since the Second World War all french prices have been freed," he commented.     Finance Ministry officials said that the governments abolition of price and rent controls last year was responsible for nearly a quarter of a 0.9 per cent surge in January living costs.     But they claimed it was a once-off phenomenon that should have no knock-on impact on the rest of the year.     Both Marais and Develle said they agreed with that, so long as the government kept wages under control.     Prices could rise 1.5 per cent in the first three months of 1987 and two per cent in the first half year, fractionally more than forecast this week by the National Statistics Institute, INSEE,  Marais said. But the second half year should be better, he added.     Ironically, one side effect of higher inflation could be to help the government achieve its aim of cutting the state budget deficit, several analysts said.     So long as public sector wages are held down, higher Value Added Tax receipts resulting from rising prices should offset a loss in revenues that otherwise would result from slower than expected growth, they said.      Reuter &#3;
+210@GTI CORP &lt;GTI> 4TH QTR OPER NET@Oper shr profit six cts vs loss two cts     Oper net profit 225,000 vs loss 91,000     Revs 4,814,000 vs 3,339,000     Year     Oper shr profit 12 cts vs loss two cts     Oper net profit 415,000 vs loss 73,000     Revs 16.4 mln vs 16.9 mln     Note: data does not include from discontinued operations, 4th qtr 1986 gain of 632,000 dlrs, or 19 cts per shr; 4th qtr 1985 loss of 250,000 dlrs, or seven cts per shr; 1986 year loss of 4,054,000 dlrs, or 1.17 dlrs per shr; and 1985 year loss of 606,000 dlrs, or 17 cts per shr.  Reuter &#3;
+211@HOUSTON OIL &lt;HO> RESERVES STUDY COMPLETED@Houston Oil Trust said that independent petroleum engineers completed an annual study that estimates the trust's future net revenues from total proved reserves at 88 mln dlrs and its discounted present value of the reserves at 64 mln dlrs.     Based on the estimate, the trust said there may be no money available for cash distributions to unitholders for the remainder of the year.     It said the estimates reflect a decrease of about 44 pct in net reserve revenues and 39 pct in discounted present value compared with the study made in 1985.  Reuter &#3;
+212@FAMOUS RESTAURANTS INC &lt;FAMS> 4TH QTR LOSS@Shr loss 2.07 dlrs vs loss eight cts     Net loss 11,445,000 vs loss 501,000     Revs 14.5 mln vs 11.0 mln     Year     Shr loss 1.91 dlrs vs profit four cts     Net loss 12,427,000 vs profit 211,000     Revs 60.8 mln vs 51.5 mln     Note: includes non-recurring charges of 12,131,000 dlrs in the 4th qtr and 12,500,000 dlrs in the year for reserve for underperforming restaurants.  Reuter &#3;
+213@JAPAN CONSUMER PRICES FALL 0.4 PCT IN JANUARY@Japan's unadjusted consumer price index (base 1985) fell 0.4 pct to 99.7 in January from the previous month, the government's Management and Coodination Agency said.     The fall compares with a decline of 0.2 pct in December.     The January index compared with a year earlier was down 1.1 pct, the first drop larger than 1.0 pct since it fell 1.3 pct in September 1958.     Food costs rose in January from December but prices fell for clothing, footwear and utilities, causing the overall decline for the month.     Housing, medical and educations costs increased in January compared with a year earlier but the cost of utilities, gasoline and vegetables fell.     The unadjusted consumer price index for the Tokyo area (base 1985) was down 0.1 pct in mid-February from a month earlier at 100.2, reflecting lower prices for food, clothing and footwear. Compared with a year earlier, the index was down 0.7 pct due to lower vegetable, fuel oil and utility costs.  REUTER &#3;
+214@AVERY &lt;AVY> SETS TWO FOR ONE STOCK SPLIT@Avery said its board authorizerd a two for one stock split, an increased in the quarterly dividend and plans to offer four mln shares of common stock.     The company said the stock split is effective March 16 with a distribution of one additional share to each shareholder of record March 9.     It said the quarterly cash dividend of 10.5 cts per share on the split shares, a 10.5 pct increase from the 19 cts per share before the split.     Avery said it will register with the Securities and Exchange Commission shrortly to offer four mln additional common shares. It will use the proceeds to repay debt, finance recent acquisitions and for other corporate purposes.  Reuter &#3;
+215@MICROSOFT CORP &lt;MSFT> HALTS MS-DOS IMPORTS@Microsoft Corp said it obtained a federal court order to seize a shipment of over 15,000 unauthorized copies of its MS-DOS operating system labeled "Falcon MS-DOS".     Federal marshals made the seizure in San Francisco on Feb 17.     Microsoft said the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California also granted it a temporary restraning order against Wetex International, Quadrant Corp and other persons, prohibiting copyright infringement by reproducing Microsoft software.  Reuter &#3;
+217@JAPAN MARCH BOND COUPON SEEN UNCHANGED AT FIVE PCT@The Finance Ministry has proposed informally to its bond underwriting syndicate that the coupon on the January 10-year government bond remain unchanged from February at five pct, underwriting sources said.     They said the ministry wants a 0.50 yen raise in issue price from February to 99.50 to yield a record low 5.075 pct.     The 5.151 pct February bond issue yield was itself a record low. The proposed issue volume is 475 billion yen against the 600 billion in February.     The underwriting syndicate is likely to accept the proposed terms immediately, the sources said.  REUTER &#3;
+218@U.S. LAUNCHES WEATHER SATELLITE@An unmanned Delta rocket carrying a 57 mln dlr weather observation satellite blasted off here today in the first U.S. Space launch of the year.     The 116-foot rocket lifted off at 1805 local time (2305 GMT) and placed in orbit a 1,850 pound Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) to replace an identical one that was destroyed last May when a Delta rocket exploded after liftoff.     Weather forecasters have had only a single satellite to cover the entire U.S. Since another GOES failed in orbit in August 1984.     "We'll have both our weather eyes open again," said Thomas Pyke, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which owns and operates the satellite.     The smooth launching came after two delays in as many days. The first was caused by a fuel leak and the second by powerful crosswinds.     The Delta was the first of six rockets scheduled for launch by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration this year. The launch marked the third straight success for the space program which was battered by a series of failures in 1986, including the loss of the Challenger shuttle.  REUTER &#3;
+219@ITALIAN COALITION MEETS AS GOVERNMENT CRISIS LOOMS@Leaders of Italy's five coalition parties have agreed to meet today to try to settle their differences which are mainly between Prime Minister Bettino Craxi's Socialist Party and the majority Christian Democrats.     Sources close to Deputy Prime Minister Arnaldo Forlani said Craxi told him he would announce his resignation next week, allowing negotiations on a new government leader.     The conservative Christian Democrats demanded the meeting after Craxi said a pact agreed during a government crisis last August, under which he was to hand over the prime minister's job next month, was unlikely to be fulfilled.     Political sources said the Christian Democrats are likely to leave the coalition, which also includes Republicans, Social Democrats and Liberals, unless they get the prime minister's job. They said Craxi's plans to resign show he has decided to stick to the pact but talks on a leader, a government program and sharing of ministries will not be easy.     They said there is dissent among the partners and that Forlani has been trying to mediate to avoid a crisis. They said the five are likely to begin talks tomorrow on whether formation of a new government is feasible or early elections are inevitable. Elections are not due until 1988.  REUTER &#3;
+220@N.Z. CENTRAL BANK SEES SLOWER MONEY, CREDIT GROWTH@Monetary and credit growth rates in New Zealand are not expected to continue at current levels following the Reserve Bank's move to tighten liquidity late last year, Reserve Bank Governor Spencer Russell said.     The monetary and credit growth figures for the December quarter were probably artifically inflated by unusually high growth in inter-institutional lending activity on the short term money market, Russell said in a statement.     The bank moved to tighten liquidity when the initial signs of the recent expansion became apparent in September and October last year, Russell said.     Broadly defined M-3 figures released today showed growth of 17.8 pct in the year ended December compared with 13.1 pct in the year ended September.     Annual growth of private sector credit in calendar 1986 was 30.7 pct compared with 16.5 pct in the September year.     "Available evidence suggests that corporate customers, including non-bank financial institutions, have been exploiting differences between interest rates on overdrafts with trading banks and rates in the call market," Russell said.  REUTER &#3;
+221@AVERAGE YEN CD RATES FALL IN LATEST WEEK@Average interest rates on yen certificates of deposit, CD, fell to 4.27 pct in the week ended February 25 from 4.32 pct the previous week, the Bank of Japan said.     New rates (previous in brackets), were -     Average CD rates all banks 4.27 pct (4.32)     Money Market Certificate, MMC, ceiling rates for the week starting from March 2          3.52 pct (3.57)     Average CD rates of city, trust and long-term banks     Less than 60 days          4.33 pct (4.32)     60-90 days                 4.13 pct (4.37)     Average CD rates of city, trust and long-term banks     90-120 days             4.35 pct (4.30)     120-150 days            4.38 pct (4.29)     150-180 days            unquoted (unquoted)     180-270 days            3.67 pct (unquoted)     Over 270 days           4.01 pct (unquoted)     Average yen bankers' acceptance rates of city, trust and long-term banks     30 to less than 60 days unquoted (4.13)     60-90 days              unquoted (unquoted)     90-120 days             unquoted (unquoted)  REUTER &#3;
+222@BRITAIN'S ALLIANCE OPPOSITION WINS BY-ELECTION@Britain's centrist Liberal-Social Democratic Alliance won a surprise victory in a parliamentary by-election in the London borough of Greenwich, a seat held by the main opposition Labour party for the past 50 years.     Rosie Barnes, a Social Democratic member of the Alliance, won with 18,287 votes, or 53 pct, and a majority of 6,611 seats over her nearest rival, Labour candidate Deirdre Wood.     The Conservatives came third with 3,852 votes.     The result is expected to play a key role in determining when Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, leader of the ruling Conservatives, might call a general election.  REUTER &#3;
+223@ECONOMIC SPOTLIGHT - JAPAN EYEING FOREIGN STOCKS@Japanese life insurers, trust banks and corporations, largely responsible for vitalising the U.S. Bond market in recent years, are now eyeing stockmarkets in the U.S., Britain, France and Hong Kong, fund managers said.     After concentrating on U.S. Treasury bonds for years, Japanese institutions now see a risk in relying too much on similar types of investments, they said.     Japan's net buying in overseas stockmarkets this year may double or triple to 15-20 billion dlrs from seven billion in 1986, Shigeki Matsumoto of Nikko Securities Co Ltd, said.     Matsumoto, who manages Nikko's investment research and strategy, said there is evidence Japanese investors began poking around in foreign stockmarkets around July last year, but few made firm commitments until December when net purchases suddenly grew to 1.5 billion dlrs from around 500 mln in each of the previous five months.     Net buying in 1985 totalled only 995 mln dlrs, he added.     This sudden penchent for overseas stocks is likely to draw the widest smiles from Wall Street because about 70 to 80 pct of funds will be invested in the U.S. Markets, Matsumoto said.     "The trend has been to head toward the U.S. Market, first because of its size and next because it has been successful over the last couple of years," said Eugene Atkinson, managing director of Goldman Sachs International Corp.     Wall Street's massive turnover offers good liquidity, enabling institutions to easily move large volumes of money in and out of shares with the minimum of risk, he added.     However, few see holdings in U.S. Treasuries dwindling. They will remain a Japanese mainstay, fund managers said.     Institutions, particularly life insurance companies which concentrate on income rather than capital gains to cover payouts to policy holders, are unlikely to sell their U.S. Treasuries, but will put in less money, said Shinichi Kobuse, manager of Yamaichi Securities Co Ltd's international fixed income activities.     There has been some selling of U.S. Bonds by short-term investors, but the selling is unlikely to amount to a significant chunk of Japanese bond holdings because the liquidity of the U.S. Bond market remains attractive, he added.     Kobuse said investment managers are bullish on the U.S. Equity markets despite predictions by economists the U.S. Economy will remain sluggish over the next couple of months.     Interest in Wall Street has been spurred by recent reports of significant growth in earnings by major U.S. Corporations, he added.     Yutaka Hashimoto general manager of Nippon Life Insurance Co told an economic conference that insurance companies, which are responsible for 26 pct of Japanese funds in foreign securities, hold a lopsided proportion of U.S. Treasuries and intend to diversify into other instruments and currencies.     Insurance companies have put the dominant portion of their funds into the U.S., But will now invest in Britain, West Germany, France and other countries, Hashimoto said.     Lower interest rates worldwide make the returns on stocks relatively high in comparison with bonds and in light of the strength in the yen, the growth in stock values is expected to offset currency risks, he added.     One trust bank official said his bank aims for a 10 pct annual return on overseas investments but the recent decline in U.S. 30-year bond yields has caused a rethink in pension fund investment stategies.     The bank is looking more at U.S. Equities and European bonds, he said.     Japanese investments in British equities have already turned active and the pace is likely to increase, said Andrew Sheaf, general manager of international equity activities at County Securities Japan.     "Last week was the busiest week we had," he said.     Investments are being spurred by the growth in profits of British companies and the recent deregulation of government controlled firms, fund managers said.     Deregulation in France is also attracting Japanese interest, but stock investments there will be inhibited by worries about the French franc, they said.     Investments in Hong Kong will be mostly short-term and speculative due to uncertainty about the colony's long-term political stability, they added.     Japanese investors are cautious about West Germany, particularly as German firms, like their Japanese counterparts, are concerned about the recent dollar fall.     Australia also poses some risks due to currency values, they added.  REUTER &#3;
+224@TAIWAN OFFSHORE BANKING ASSETS RISE IN JANUARY@The combined assets of Taiwan's offshore banking units (obu) rose to 6.28 billion U.S. Dlrs at end- January from 6.21 billion in December and 6.34 billion in January 1986, the central bank said.     A bank official told Reuters the increase came mainly from increased local obu borrowings from their Asian counterparts.     He said the assets, held by 15 foreign and local banks, were mainly in U.S. Dollars with the remainder in certificates of deposit and bonds. About 90 pct of the assets came from Asia and the rest from North America and Europe, he added.  REUTER &#3;
+225@JAPAN EXPECTED TO CUT BASE RATE FOR STATE BODIES@Japan is expected to cut the base lending rate for state financial institutions to 5.5 pct from 6.2 as part of the recent pact by major industrial nations in Paris, Finance Ministry sources said.     They said the cut is based on a revision of the Trust Fund Bureau Law, which should be approved by parliament on March 3, abolishing the 6.05 pct minimum interest rate on deposits with the bureau.     The bureau channels funds to government financial institutions for public works and other official uses, they said.     The base lending rate for state bodies such as the Japan Development Bank, People's Finance Corp and the finance corporations of local public enterprises usually moves in tandem with long-term prime rates, the sources said.     However, it was impossible for them to follow the last cut, to 5.8 pct from 6.2 pct on January 28, because the Trust Fund Bureau rate was legally set at 6.05 pct.     The ministry will abolish the minimum rate and introduce a market-related one to resolve the problem and stimulate the domestic economy, they said.     On Tuesday, the ministry allowed long-term bankers to cut their prime to a record low of 5.5 pct, effective February 28. The move suggested it had reached agreement with depositors using the bureau, the postal savings system of the Posts and Telecommunications Ministry and the Japan welfare annuity of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the sources said.     These ministries are trying to determine which market rates should be considered when setting the bureau's deposit rate, the ministry sources said.     Coupon rates on new 10-year government bonds, minus 0.1 percentage points, is the likeliest choice, they added.  REUTER &#3;
+226@JAPAN HOUSE BUDGET TALKS TO REOPEN NEXT WEEK@Japan's ruling and opposition parties agreed to reopen talks on the budget for the fiscal year ending March 31 1988 when the Lower House Budget Committee meets next Tuesday, a parliamentary official said.     He said officials of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and the opposition parties agreed at a meeting of the committee's board of directors.     Strong opposition objection to government tax reform proposals including a controversial sales tax has delayed deliberation by the Lower House Budget Committee.  REUTER &#3;
+227@AUSTRALIA'S KEATING CHANGES ECONOMIC FORECASTS@Domestic demand is now expected to make no contribution to Australian economic growth in fiscal 1986/87, ending June 30, while net exports will account for all of the overall increase, Treasurer Paul Keating said here.     However, he did not say in his speech to the Economic Planning Advisory Council (EPAC) if the forecast 2.25 pct rise in gross domestic product (gdp) had been revised.     But Keating said domestic demand could fall slightly this financial year and net export growth will provide the total source of gdp growth.     The August budget had forecast domestic demand would contribute 0.75 percentage points to non-farm gdp growth of 2.5 pct while net exports would account for 1.75 points.     Keating said the overall impact of the changed economic parameters is welcome as it appears to have contributed to a slightly more rapid correction in the current account deficit than first anticipated.     "The government initially forecast a current account deficit for 1986/87 of 14.75 billion -- our present expectation is that the result will be somewhat lower, around 14 billion," he said.     Partial indicators released since the last meeting of EPAC in December indicate that the 1986/87 budget strategy is broadly on track, Keating said.     "They indicate that domestic demand has been a little more sluggish than was expected at budget time," he said.     "On the other hand, net exports seem to be expanding by more than expected at budget time, and this is underpinning growth in domestic production and employment."     Keating said it now seems likely that the 1986/87 inflation rate will exceed the budget forecast of eight pct.     "Nevertheless, there is likely to be a marked slowing in inflation over coming quarters as depreciation and budgetary effects wane," he said.     Keating said the government expects economic growth to pick up moderately in 1987/88 due to a further significant rise in net exports and a very moderate but positive contribution from private domestic demand.     He said domestic demand growth will be due to a strengthening in real household disposable income.     The moderate rise in economic growth next financial year should be sufficient to sustain employment growth at a level broadly equivalent to that of the current fiscal year.     "The current account deficit will continue to show improvement in 1987/88," Keating said.     "As the impact of the exchange rate depreciations of recent years recede further, and given continued effective wage restraint, inflation should moderate markedly in 1987/88," he said.  REUTER &#3;
+228@THAI RICE EXPORTS RISE IN WEEK ENDED FEBRUARY 24@Thailand exported 84,960 tonnes of rice in the week ended February 24, up from 80,498 the previous week, the Commerce Ministry said.     It said government and private exporters shipped 27,510 and 57,450 tonnes respectively.     Private exporters concluded advance weekly sales for 79,448 tonnes against 79,014 the previous week.     Thailand exported 689,038 tonnes of rice between the beginning of January and February 24, up from 556,874 tonnes during the same period last year. It has commitments to export another 658,999 tonnes this year.  REUTER &#3;
+229@TOKYO GRAIN EXCHANGE TO RAISE MARGIN REQUIREMENTS@The Tokyo Grain Exchange said it will raise the margin requirement on the spot and nearby month for U.S. And Chinese soybeans and red beans, effective March 2.     Spot April U.S. Soybean contracts will increase to 90,000 yen per 15 tonne lot from 70,000 now. Other months will stay unchanged at 70,000, except the new distant February requirement, which will be set at 70,000 from March 2.     Chinese spot March will be set at 110,000 yen per 15 tonne lot from 90,000. The exchange said it raised spot March requirement to 130,000 yen on contracts outstanding at March 13. Chinese nearby April rises to 90,000 yen from 70,000.     Other months will remain unchanged at 70,000 yen except new distant August, which will be set at 70,000 from March 2.     The new margin for red bean spot March rises to 150,000 yen per 2.4 tonne lot from 120,000 and to 190,000 for outstanding contracts as of March 13.     The nearby April requirement for red beans will rise to 100,000 yen from 60,000, effective March 2.     The margin money for other red bean months will remain unchanged at 60,000 yen, except new distant August, for which the requirement will also be set at 60,000 from March 2.  REUTER &#3;
+230@MANILA SAID TO OFFER DEBT BONDS TO BANKS@The Philippines will offer its commercial bank creditors an innovative pricing plan that will make debt payments through certificates of indebtedness as an alternative to cash, the authoritative Business Day newspaper said.     Finance Secretary Jaime Ongpin told reporters yesterday the alternative proposal is designed to avoid an impasse when debt rescheduling talks reopen in New York on Tuesday.     He did not give details but said, "It is a very useful alternative and in the end will permit the banks to say that they achieved their pricing target and will likewise permit the Philippines to say exactly the same thing."     Quoting negotiation documents to be presented to the country"s 12-bank advisory committee, Business Day said the debt certificates will carry maturities of five or six years.     It said the certificates will be classified as zero-coupon bonds or promissory notes with no interest but priced at a considerable discount from their redemption price.     It said the debt bonds will entitle holder banks to a guaranteed return on both interest and principal since no payment of any kind is made until the bond matures.     It said a bank can sell the bonds on the secondary bond market for either dlrs or pesos depending on its requirement.     The documents said peso proceeds can be invested in selected industries under the Philippines" debt/equity program.     Ongpin said Manila is sticking to its demand of a spread of 5/8 percentage points over London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR) for restructuring 3.6 billion dlrs of debt repayments.     "(The proposal) will give the banks a choice of 5/8ths or the alternative," Ongpin said. "Our representatives have gone to Washington to the (International Monetary) Fund, the (World) Bank, the Fed (Federal Reserve Board) and the (U.S.) Treasury to brief them in advance on this alternative and it has generally been positively received."     "We don"t believe that there is going to be a problem on the accounting side," Ongpin said. "We have run this alternative proposal to the accounting firms. Neither have the government regulators indicated that there will be a problem."  REUTER &#3;
+231@POLL MAJORITY DISAPPROVE OF REAGAN PRESIDENCY@A majority of Americans disapprove of the way Ronald Reagan has handled the presidency and one-third believe he should resign, a new poll said.     The poll conducted by Newsweek magazine said 53 pct of the respondents gave Reagan a negative performance rating, nearly double his disapproval rating before the Iran/Contra scandal.     The magazine said, however, that Reagan remained personally popular. By better than a three-to-one ratio, a majority of those polled said they liked Reagan on a personal level.     And Newsweek said 52 per cent of those questioned believed the administration"s accomplishments outweighed its failures.  REUTER &#3;
+232@PRODUCER SPLIT HEATS UP COFFEE QUOTA TALKS@Talks on the possibility of reintroducing global coffee export quotas have been extended into today, with sparks flying yesterday when a dissident group of exporters was not included in a key negotiating forum.     The special meeting of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) council was called to find a way to stop a prolonged slide in coffee prices.     However, delegates said no solution to the question of how to implement quotas was yet in sight.     World coffee export quotas -- the major device used to regulate coffee prices under the International Coffee Agreement -- were suspended a year ago when prices soared in reaction to a drought which cut Brazil"s output by nearly two thirds.     Brazil is the world"s largest coffee producer and exporter.     Producers and consumers now are facing off over the question of how quotas should be calculated under any future quota distribution scheme, delegates said.     Tempers flared late Saturday when a minority group of eight producing countries was not represented in a contact group of five producer and five consumer delegates plus alternates which was set up to facilitate debate.     The big producers "want to have the ball only in their court and it isn"t fair," minority producer spokesman Luis Escalante of Costa Rica said.     The majority producer group has proposed resuming quotas April 1, using the previous ad hoc method of carving up quota shares, with a promise to try to negotiate basic quotas before September 30, delegates said.     Their plan would perpetuate the status quo, allowing Brazil to retain almost all of its current 30 pct share of the export market, Colombia 17 pct, Ivory Coast seven pct and Indonesia six pct, with the rest divided among smaller exporters.     But consuming countries and the dissident producer group have tabled separate proposals requiring quotas be determined by availability, using a formula incorporating exportable production and stocks statistics.     Their proposals would give Brazil a smaller quota share and Colombia and Indonesia a larger share, and bring a new quota distribution scheme into effect now rather than later.     Brazil has so far been unwilling to accept any proposal that would reduce its quota share, delegates said.     Delegates would not speculate on prospects for agreement on a quota package. "Anything is possible at this phase," even adjournment of the meeting until March or April, one said.     If the ICO does agree on quotas, the price of coffee on the supermarket shelf is not likely to change sinnificantly as a result, industry sources said.     Retail coffee prices over the past year have remained about steady even though coffee market prices have tumbled, so an upswing probably will not be passed onto the consumer either, they said.  REUTER &#3;
+233@ITALIAN TREASURY CUTS INTEREST ON CERTIFICATES@The Italian treasury said annual coupon rates payable March 1988 on two issues of long-term treasury certificates (CCTs) would be cut by about four percentage points compared with rates this March.     Coupon rates on 10-year certificates maturing March 1995 will fall to 9.80 pct from 13.65 pct and rates on 10-year issues maturing in March 1996 would fall to 10.05 pct from 14.30 pct.     The Treasury also cut by 0.60 point six-monthly coupons payable this September on six issues maturing between September 1988 and September 1991.     The issues carry terms of between five and seven years and will have coupon rates of between 4.85 and 5.65 pct in September compared with 5.45 and 6.25 pct this March.  REUTER &#3;
+234@BRITISH CONSERVATIVES AHEAD OF LABOUR IN NEW POLLS@Britain"s ruling Conservatives have enlarged their lead over the opposition Labour Party, according to results of two opinion polls released on Saturday.     A Market &amp; Opinion Research International (MORI) poll conducted for The Sunday Times showed the Conservatives with a six point lead, while a poll by Telephone Surveys Limited for The Sunday Express found them to be four points ahead.     The Sunday Express poll is the first conducted since the Social Democratic Party scored an upset victory on Thursday in a parliamentary by-election in the former Labour stronghold of Greenwich, near London.     The MORI poll, conducted in the six days leading up to the by-election, showed the Conservatives with 41 pct of the vote, Labour with 35 pct and the Alliance of Social Democrats and Liberals with 21 pct.     The Sunday Express said its poll, conducted on Friday, found the Conservatives ahead with 35.6 pct of the vote, Labour with 31.9 pct and the Alliance with 31.4 pct.     A Harris poll published in The Observer newspaper last Sunday gave the Conservatives only a two-point lead over Labour. In that survey, the Conservatives had the support of 39 pct of the voters, Labour 37 pct and the Alliance 23 pct.  REUTER &#3;
+235@INDONESIAN AGRICULTURE GROWTH EXPECTED TO SLOW@Indonesia"s agriculture sector will grow by just 1.0 pct in calendar 1987, against an estimated 2.4 pct in 1986 as the production of some commodities stagnates or declines, the U.S. Embassy said in a report.     Production of Indonesia"s staple food, rice, is forecast to fall to around 26.3 mln tonnes from an embassy estimate of 26.58 mln tonnes in 1986, according to the annual report on Indonesia"s agricultural performance.     The government officially estimates 1986 rice production at 26.7 mln tonnes, with a forecast 27.3 mln tonnes output in 1987.     The report says wheat imports are likely to fall to 1.5 mln tonnes in calendar 1987 from 1.69 mln tonnes in 1986 because of a drawdown on stocks.     "Growth prospects for agriculture in 1987 do not look promising as rice production is forecast to decline and the production of sugarcane, rubber and copra show little or no gain," the report says.     "The modest overall increase which is expected will be due to significant gains in production of corn soybeans, palm oil and palm kernels."     Constraints to significant overall increases in agricultural output include a shortage of disease resistant seeds, limited fertile land, insect pests and a reluctance by farmers to shift from rice production to other crops, the report underlines.     The fall in rice production is caused by an outbreak of pests known as "wereng" or brown plant hoppers in 1986 which largely offset gains in yields.     The outbreak has forced the government to ban the use of 57 insecticides on rice because it was believed the wereng are now resistant to these varieties, and to use lower-yielding, more resistant rice types.     The government is depending on increased production of export commodities such as coffee, tea, rubber, plywood and palm oil to offset revenue losses brought on by falling crude oil prices.     Palm oil production is expected to increase by over 7.0 pct in 1987 to 1.45 mln tonnes from 1.35 mln, with exports rising to an estimated 720,000 tonnes from 695,000 tonnes in 1986, the report says.     But while production of soybeans in 1987/88 (Oct-Sept) will rise to 1.075 mln tonnes from 980,000 in 1986/87, imports will also rise to supply a new soybean crushing plant.     The report says that imports of wheat, soybeans, soybean meal and cotton are not likely to decline as a result of last September"s 31 pct devaluation of the rupiah because of a rise in domestic demand.     The report said that Indonesia"s overall economic performance in calendar 1986 was about zero or even a slight negative growth rate, the lowest rate of growth since the mid-1960s. It compares with 1.9 pct growth in 1985 and 6.7 pct in 1984.     The dramatic fall in oil prices last year was responsible for the slump.  REUTER &#3;
+236@KUWAIT SAYS NO PLANS FOR EMERGENCY OPEC TALKS@Kuwait"s Oil Minister, in remarks published today, said there were no plans for an emergency OPEC meeting to review oil policies after recent weakness in world oil prices.     Sheikh Ali al-Khalifa al-Sabah was quoted by the local daily al-Qabas as saying: "None of the OPEC members has asked for such a meeting."     He denied Kuwait was pumping above its quota of 948,000 barrels of crude daily (bpd) set under self-imposed production limits of the 13-nation organisation.     Traders and analysts in international oil markets estimate OPEC is producing up to one mln bpd above a ceiling of 15.8 mln bpd agreed in Geneva last December.     They named Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, along with the much smaller producer Ecuador, among those producing above quota. Kuwait, they said, was pumping 1.2 mln bpd.     "This rumour is baseless. It is based on reports which said Kuwait has the ability to exceed its share. They suppose that because Kuwait has the ability, it will do so," the minister said.     Sheikh Ali has said before that Kuwait had the ability to produce up to 4.0 mln bpd.     "If we can sell more than our quota at official prices, while some countries are suffering difficulties marketing their share, it means we in Kuwait are unusually clever," he said.     He was referring apparently to the Gulf state of qatar, which industry sources said was selling less than 180,000 bpd of its 285,000 bpd quota, because buyers were resisting official prices restored by OPEC last month pegged to a marker of 18 dlrs per barrel.     Prices in New York last week dropped to their lowest levels this year and almost three dollars below a three-month high of 19 dollars a barrel.     Sheikh Ali also delivered "a challenge to any international oil company that declared Kuwait sold below official prices."     Because it was charging its official price, of 16.67 dlrs a barrel, it had lost custom, he said but did not elaborate.     However, Kuwait had guaranteed markets for its oil because of its local and international refining facilities and its own distribution network abroad, he added.     He reaffirmed that the planned meeting March 7 of OPEC"s differentials committee has been postponed until the start of April at the request of certain of the body"s members.     Ecuador"s deputy energy minister Fernando Santos Alvite said last Wednesday his debt-burdened country wanted OPEC to assign a lower official price for its crude, and was to seek this at talks this month of opec"s pricing committee.     Referring to pressure by oil companies on OPEC members, in apparent reference to difficulties faced by Qatar, he said: "We expected such pressure. It will continue through March and April." But he expected the situation would later improve.  REUTER &#3;
+237@INDONESIA SEEN AT CROSSROADS OVER ECONOMIC CHANGE@Indonesia appears to be nearing a political crossroads over measures to deregulate its protected economy, the U.S. Embassy says in a new report.     To counter falling oil revenues, the government has launched a series of measures over the past nine months to boost exports outside the oil sector and attract new investment.     Indonesia, the only Asian member of OPEC and a leading primary commodity producer, has been severely hit by last year"s fall in world oil prices, which forced it to devalue its currency by 31 pct in September.     But the U.S. Embassy report says President Suharto"s government appears to be divided over what direction to lead the economy.     "(It) appears to be nearing a crossroads with regard to deregulation, both as it pertains to investments and imports," the report says. It primarily assesses Indonesia"s agricultural sector, but also reviews the country"s general economic performance.     It says that while many government officials and advisers are recommending further relaxation, "there are equally strong pressures being exerted to halt all such moves."     "This group strongly favours an import substitution economy," the report says.     Indonesia"s economic changes have been welcomed by the World Bank and international bankers as steps in the right direction, though they say crucial areas of the economy like plastics and steel remain highly protected, and virtual monopolies.     Three sets of measures have been announced since last May, which broadened areas for foreign investment, reduced trade restrictions and liberalised imports.     The report says Indonesia"s economic growth in calendar 1986 was probably about zero, and the economy may even have contracted a bit. "This is the lowest rate of growth since the mid-1960s," the report notes.     Indonesia, the largest country in South-East Asia with a population of 168 million, is facing general elections in April.     But the report hold out little hope for swift improvement in the economic outlook. "For 1987 early indications point to a slightly positive growth rate not exceeding one pct. Economic activity continues to suffer due to the sharp fall in export earnings from the petroleum industry."     "Growth in the non-oil sector is low because of weak domestic demand coupled with excessive plant capacity, real declines in construction and trade, and a reduced level of growth in agriculture," the report states.     Bankers say continuation of present economic reforms is crucial for the government to get the international lending its needs.     A new World Bank loan of 300 mln dlrs last month in balance of payments support was given partly to help the government maintain the momentum of reform, the Bank said.  REUTER &#3;
+238@INDIAN BUDGET COMES IN FOR WIDE CRITICISM@Opposition politicians, businessmen and newspapers criticised India"s newly unveiled 1987/88 budget and large projected deficit of around 57 billion rupees.     They said the budget failed to provide incentives for economic growth and merely tinkered with tax reform.     But few politicians were prepared to criticise a sharp rise in defence expenditure in the Hindu-majority nation where playing on fear of aggression by Moslem Pakistan has proved a vote winner. The Indian Express, the country"s biggest selling paper, said: "The defence cow has never been holier."     The Sunday Mail newspaper branded the budget "shamelessly political." It said in a front page commentary the "budget is bad for growth, bad for prices, bad for the stock market and neutral in respect of everything else."     Businessmen polled by Reuters said the budget had done little for them.     Gandhi announced small increases in poverty alleviation and education outlays but he ordered a hold-down on current expenditure in an attempt to rein in the budget deficit. He told ministries to curb spending and promised a review of money-losing public sector industries.     Gandhi lowered import tariffs on some computer parts but otherwise did little to extended the economic liberalisation policy launched two years ago.     Reaction in Bombay, India"s business capital, was generally unfavourable.     Businessmen and economists said the budget had no proposals for closing the 1987/88 budget deficit. It also failed to boost industrial investment and productivity needed to lift real economic growth above the five pct a year envisaged by the 1985-90 development plan.     Nalin Vissanji, President of the Indian Merchants Chambers of Commerce said the budget gave no incentives to the capital market and had not fulfilled a government pledge to remove surtax on corporate income.     Shares on The Bombay Stock Exchange, India"s biggest, fell in a post-budget session yesterday but brokers welcomed Gandhi"s proposal to set up a regulatory board for the securities industry.     The exchange was shaken last year by several scandals and trading was suspended several times.     Brokers said trading volume may increase with the change in capital gains tax on stock sales.     Stockholders can now sell shares after one year instead of three years without incurring capital gains tax.     Stock Exchange President Ramdas Dalal said yesterday the fall in share prices after the budget came as profits were taken and he expected to the market to firm in days to come.  REUTER &#3;
+239@CHINA TO BORROW 390 MLN DLRS@China will receive loans totalling 390 mln dlrs from Japan and the World Bank for investment in new highways and port facilities.     The Japan Overseas Economic Co-operation Fund is to provide 260 mln dlrs towards China"s plans to improve its road network, the official New China News Agency reported.     A 130 mln dlr World Bank loan will be used to build 12 new berths incorporating container handling systems at the northeast China port of Tianjin, the agency said.     It gave no details of the repayment terms of the loans.  REUTER &#3;
+240@MANILA SAID TO OFFER DEBT BONDS TO BANKS@The Philippines will offer its commercial bank creditors an innovative pricing plan that will make debt payments through certificates of indebtedness as an alternative to cash, the authoritative Business Day newspaper said.     Finance Secretary Jaime Ongpin told reporters yesterday the alternative proposal is designed to avoid an impasse when debt rescheduling talks reopen in New York on Tuesday.     He did not give details but said, "It is a very useful alternative and in the end will permit the banks to say that they achieved their pricing target and will likewise permit the Philippines to say exactly the same thing."     Quoting negotiation documents to be presented to the country's 12-bank advisory committee, Business Day said the debt certificates will carry maturities of five or six years.     It said the certificates will be classified as zero-coupon bonds or promissory notes with no interest but priced at a considerable discount from their redemption price.     It said the debt bonds will entitle holder banks to a guaranteed return on both interest and principal since no payment of any kind is made until the bond matures.     It said a bank can sell the bonds on the secondary bond market for either dlrs or pesos depending on its requirement.     The documents said peso proceeds can be invested in selected industries under the Philippines' debt/equity program.     Ongpin said Manila is sticking to its demand of a spread of 5/8 percentage points over London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR) for restructuring 3.6 billion dlrs of debt repayments.     "(The proposal) will give the banks a choice of 5/8ths or the alternative," Ongpin said. "Our representatives have gone to Washington to the (International Monetary) Fund, the (World) Bank, the Fed (Federal Reserve Board) and the (U.S.) Treasury to brief them in advance on this alternative and it has generally been positively received."     "We don't believe that there is going to be a problem on the accounting side," Ongpin said. "We have run this alternative proposal to the accounting firms. Neither have the government regulators indicated that there will be a problem."  REUTER &#3;
+241@CHINESE WHEAT CROP THREATENED BY PESTS, DISEASE@China's wheat crop this year is seriously threatened by plant pests and diseases, the New China News Agency said.     More than 5 mln hectares of wheat-producing land in North China could be affected because relatively warm and dry weather had allowed bacteria and insect eggs to survive the winter, the agency added.     China"s Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries has called for measures including the timely supply of pesticides to farmers to combat the threat, it said.  REUTER &#3;
+242@SAUDI RIYAL DEPOSIT RATES REMAIN FIRM@Saudi riyal interbank deposits were steady at yesterday's higher levels in a quiet market.     Traders said they were reluctant to take out new positions amidst uncertainty over whether OPEC will succeed in halting the current decline in oil prices.     Oil industry sources said yesterday several Gulf Arab producers had had difficulty selling oil at official OPEC prices but Kuwait has said there are no plans for an emergency meeting of the 13-member organisation.     A traditional Sunday lull in trading due to the European weekend also contributed to the lack of market activity.     Spot-next and one-week rates were put at 6-1/4, 5-3/4 pct after quotes ranging between seven, six yesterday.     One, three, and six-month deposits were quoted unchanged at 6-5/8, 3/8, 7-1/8, 6-7/8 and 7-3/8, 1/8 pct respectively.     The spot riyal was quietly firmer at 3.7495/98 to the dollar after quotes of 3.7500/03 yesterday.  REUTER &#3;
+243@IRAN CLAIMS NEW VICTORIES NEAR BASRA@Iran said its forces had captured one of Iraq's strongest fortifications east of Basra on the Gulf War southern front in a major battle overnight.     The Iranian National News Agency, received here, said Iranian forces smashed four Iraqi brigades, killed or wounded 1,500 Iraqi soldiers and destroyed 45 enemy tanks and personnel carriers.     IRNA said the Iranian troops seized one of the strongest Iraqi fortifications and breached Iraqi defence lines southwest of Fish Lake, 10 kilometres (six miles) east of Iraq's second largest city of Basra.  REUTER &#3;
+244@BANGLADESH MOVES AGAINST LOAN DEFAULTERS@Bangladesh police mounted a cross-country hunt for defaulters on bank loans, arresting four industrialists and issuing arrest warrants against 50 others for failure to repay overdue obligations. No names were given.     Metropolitan police told reporters the four arrested, put under six month pre-trial detention, owed nearly 50.7 mln taka -- the equivalent of about 1.7 mln dlrs -- to Bangladesh Shilpa (Industrial) Bank.     President Hossain Mohammad Ershad has said non-payers are crippling the industrial sector. But the Chamber of Commerce and industry said the crackdown would scare away entrepreneurs.  REUTER &#3;
+245@IRAQ SAYS IT REPELS IRANIAN ATTACK@Iraq said its troops repelled an overnight attack by three divisions of Iranian Revolutionary Guards near Basra in southern Iraq.     A military communique said the Iranians in a "perfidious" attack rushed forward positions last night and this morning.     A military spokesman later said the Iraqi Third Army Corps, whose troops fought off the Iranians, had a new commander, revealing for the first time that the previous general had been replaced. He said Lieutenant General Dhiya'uldin Jamal, former commander of the Fifth Army Corps, also positioned in the Basra area, had replaced Major General Tala' Khalil al-Douri.  REUTER &#3;
+246@QATAR UNVEILS BUDGET FOR FISCAL 1987/88@The Gulf oil state of Qatar, recovering slightly from last year's decline in world oil prices, announced its first budget since early 1985 and projected a deficit of 5.472 billion riyals.     The deficit compared with a shortfall of 7.3 billion riyals in the last published budget for 1985/86.     In a statement outlining the budget for the fiscal year 1987/88 beginning today, Finance and Petroleum Minister Sheikh Abdul-Aziz bin Khalifa al-Thani said the government expected to spend 12.217 billion riyals in the period.     Projected expenditure in the 1985/86 budget had been 15.6 billion riyals.     Sheikh Abdul-Aziz said government revenue would be about 6.745 billion riyals, down by about 30 pct on the 1985/86 projected revenue of 9.7 billion.     The government failed to publish a 1986/87 budget due to uncertainty surrounding oil revenues.     Sheikh Abdul-Aziz said that during that year the government decided to limit recurrent expenditure each month to one-twelfth of the previous fiscal year's allocations minus 15 pct.     He urged heads of government departments and public institutions to help the government rationalise expenditure. He did not say how the 1987/88 budget shortfall would be covered.     Sheikh Abdul-Aziz said plans to limit expenditure in 1986/87 had been taken in order to relieve the burden placed on the country's foreign reserves.     He added in 1987/88 some 2.766 billion riyals had been allocated for major projects including housing and public buildings, social services, health, education, transport and communications, electricity and water, industry and agriculture.     No figure was revealed for expenditure on defence and security. There was also no projection for oil revenue.     Qatar, an OPEC member, has an output ceiling of 285,000 barrels per day.     Sheikh Abdul-Aziz said: "Our expectations of positive signs regarding (oil) price trends, foremost among them OPEC's determination to shoulder its responsibilites and protect its wealth, have helped us make reasonable estimates for the coming year's revenue on the basis of our assigned quota."  REUTER &#3;
+247@GULF BOND, STOCK MARKETS LAG BEHIND, GIB SAYS@Gulf money markets have grown reasonably well during the past decade, but bond and stock markets remain to a large extent fragmented and lag behind, &lt;Gulf International Bank BSC> (GIB) said.     The bank's economist Henry Azzam said in a review of Gulf capital markets that investors have to relinquish traditional investment vehicles such as real estate, foreign currency bank accounts and precious metals.     "Greater financial sophistication is needed coupled with more diversified capital market instruments and a change in the disclosure requirements on company accounts," he said.     The GIB study reviewed capital markets under three categories -- money markets, stock and bond markets.     Azzam said Gulf states had been making greater use of short-term money market instruments and banks in the region had floated various euronotes and underwriting facilities.     "Nevertheless, bond and stock markets remain, to a large extent, fragmented and lagging behind," he said.     Most debt in the region is still raised by syndicated loans and bank facilities and very few companies had made use of stock or bond issues. Only Kuwait has an official stock exchange, while other Gulf nations have yet to establish exchanges.     But with dwindling financial surpluses in the Gulf, governments are actively pursuing ways to develop capital markets and set up domestic stock exchanges, Azzam said.     He said recession stemming from sliding oil prices had "clearly had a negative impact on the development of capital markets in the region."     In addition, family firms are reluctant to go public, financial awareness among investors is still lacking and investment analysis and corporate reporting standards lack depth. A sharp fall in share prices in the early 1980s prompted investors to hold on to shares hoping for an eventual recovery.     Azzam said the absence of proper commercial law in some Gulf countries and authorities' apparent reluctance to adopt financial innovations had also hampered capital markets.     He called for clearly defined laws governing incorporation of joint stock companies and the flotation of debt instruments.     Azzam said capital market instruments should be made available to all citizens and institutions of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states -- Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Some moves had been taken in this direction, with Bahrain allowing GCC nationals to own up to 25 pct of locally incorporated companies.     Azzam said Gulf money markets had received greater depth from the introduction of treasury bill offerings in Bahrain and the expansion of securities repurchase regulations in Saudi Arabia.     But he added there is "no bond market to speak of" in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman or the UAE, with the last Saudi riyal denominated bond issued in 1978.     While Bahrain plans an official stock exchange and trading in Saudi Arabia has picked up, establishment of formal exchanges in Qatar, Oman and the UAE does not appear imminent, Azzam said.  REUTER &#3;
+248@SAUDI ARABIA REITERATES COMMITMENT TO OPEC PACT@Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Hisham Nazer reiterated the kingdom's commitment to last December's OPEC accord to boost world oil prices and stabilise the market, the official Saudi Press Agency SPA said.     Asked by the agency about the recent fall in free market oil prices, Nazer said Saudi Arabia "is fully adhering by the ... Accord and it will never sell its oil at prices below the pronounced prices under any circumstance."     Nazer, quoted by SPA, said recent pressure on free market prices "may be because of the end of the (northern hemisphere) winter season and the glut in the market."     Saudi Arabia was a main architect of the December accord, under which OPEC agreed to lower its total output ceiling by 7.25 pct to 15.8 mln barrels per day (bpd) and return to fixed prices of around 18 dlrs a barrel.     The agreement followed a year of turmoil on oil markets, which saw prices slump briefly to under 10 dlrs a barrel in mid-1986 from about 30 dlrs in late 1985. Free market prices are currently just over 16 dlrs.     Nazer was quoted by the SPA as saying Saudi Arabia's adherence to the accord was shown clearly in the oil market.     He said contacts among members of OPEC showed they all wanted to stick to the accord.     In Jamaica, OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman, who is also Nigerian Oil Minister, said the group planned to stick with the pricing agreement.     "We are aware of the negative forces trying to manipulate the operations of the market, but we are satisfied that the fundamentals exist for stable market conditions," he said.     Kuwait's Oil Minister, Sheikh Ali al-Khalifa al-Sabah, said in remarks published in the emirate's daily Al-Qabas there were no plans for an emergency OPEC meeting to review prices.     Traders and analysts in international oil markets estimate OPEC is producing up to one mln bpd above the 15.8 mln ceiling.     They named Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, along with the much smaller producer Ecuador, among those producing above quota. Sheikh Ali denied that Kuwait was over-producing.  REUTER &#3;
+249@COFFEE QUOTA TALKS CONTINUE, NO ACCORD SEEN LIKELY@The International Coffee Organization (ICO ) council talks on reintroducing export quotas continued with an extended session lasting late into Sunday night, but delegates said prospects for an accord between producers and consumers were diminishing by the minute.     The special meeting, called to stop the prolonged slide in coffee prices, was likely to adjourn sometime tonight without agreement, delegates said.     The council is expected to agree to reconvene either within the next six weeks or in September, they said.     The talks foundered on Sunday afternoon when it became apparent consumers and producers could not compromise on the formula for calculating any future quota system, delegates said.     Coffee export quotas were suspended a year ago when prices soared in response to a drought which cut Brazil's crop by nearly two-thirds. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer and exporter.  REUTER &#3;
+250@NEW ZEALAND CANCELS WEEKLY T-BILL TENDER@The Reserve Bank said it cancelled the regular weekly treasury bill tender scheduled for March 3.     It said in a statement it forecasts a net cash withdrawal from the system over the settlement week. Cash flows to the government are expected to more than offset cash injections, it added.     The bank said it expects to conduct open market operations during the week and after these, cash balances should fluctuate around 30 mln N.Z. Dlrs.  REUTER &#3;
+251@SHARE TRADING IN CHEUNG KONG GROUP SUSPENDED@Trading in the shares of three of the Cheung Kong group of companies will be suspended for two days at the request of the companies, the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong said.     The three are Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd &lt;CKGH.HK>, Hongkong Electric Holdings Ltd &lt;HKEH.HK> and Hutchison Whampoa Ltd &lt;HWHH.HK>.     They will announce their 1986 results later today, with market speculation of a major reorganisation within the group. Cheung Kong rose 75 cents to 45.25 dlrs on Friday, Hk Electric 60 to 16.00 and Hutchison 1.50 dlrs to 54.50.  REUTER &#3;
+252@FEBRUARY U.S. PURCHASING MANAGER INDEX FALLS@The U.S. Economy continued to expand in February but at a slower pace than in January, which saw a spurt of activity, the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) said in a report.     The Association's composite survey index dropped to 51.9 pct in February from 55.8 pct in January, the NAPM said. It was the seventh consecutive month in which this leading indicator was over 50 pct.     A reading above 50 pct generally indicates that the economy is in an expanding phase. One below 50 pct implies a declining economy.     The  NAPM report, based on a survey of purchasing managers at 250 U.S. Industrial companies, also found that the growth rate in new orders and production slowed in February.     But production remained vigorous, with more than three times as many members reporting it better rather than worse.     Vendor deliveries improved slightly last month, but members reported that steel supplies were tight as USX Corp gradually resumed production.     The same number of members reported inventories were higher as reported them lower. The NAPM said that had not happened since August 1984.     For a sixth straight month, more purchasers reported paying higher rather than lower prices, this time by a ratio of nine to one.     Robert Bretz, chairman of the NAPM's business survey committee, said: "The economy continued to expand in February, but at a more subdued rate than in January. The slowing of new orders should not be significant enough to dampen prospects for a respectable first quarter."     The composite index is a seasonally adjusted figure, based on five components of the NAPM business survey - new orders, production, vendor deliveries, inventories and employment.  REUTER &#3;
+253@CANADA-EGYPT WHEAT NEGOTIATIONS TO CONTINUE@Canadian and Egyptian wheat negotiators failed to conclude an agreement on Canadian wheat exports to Egypt during talks last week, but the Canadian team will return to Cairo for further negotiations, Canadian embassy officials said.     An embassy official declined to identify which issues remained to be resolved and when the talks would resume.     In a five-year protocol signed in 1985, Cairo agreed to purchase 500,000 tonnes of Canadian wheat a year.  REUTER &#3;
+254@INDONESIAN WHEAT IMPORTS EXPECTED TO FALL IN 1987@Indonesia's wheat imports are expected to fall to 1.5 mln tonnes in calendar 1987 from 1.69 mln in 1986, the U.S. Embassy's annual agriculture report said.     It said the drop was expected, because there will be a drawdown on stocks built up near the end of 1986.     It said wheat stocks at the end of 1986 were 390,000 tonnes, up from 223,000 at end-1985. It forecast end-1987 stocks at around 290,000 tonnes.     The main suppliers in 1986 were Australia (44 pct), the U.S. (29 pct), Canada (12 pct), Argentina (8 pct) and Saudi Arabia (5 pct).  REUTER &#3;
+255@SHULTZ LIKELY TO VISIT MOSCOW SOON@U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz is likely to visit Moscow soon for talks following new Soviet arms control proposals, U.S. Officials said.     The officials told Reuters no decision had been reached on when the trip might take place, but it was likely to be within a month.     Kremlin leader Mikhail Gorbachev proposed on Saturday that talks on medium range missiles be separated from other arms issues.     Schultz is currently visiting Peking.  REUTER &#3;
+256@ZAMBIA TO RETAIN CURRENCY AUCTION, SAYS KAUNDA@Zambia will retain its foreign-exchange auction system despite the suspension of weekly auctions since January 24, President Kenneth Kaunda said.     "We have not run away from the auction. It hasn't been abolished at all," he told Reuters in an interview.     He said the system would be reintroduced after current talks with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund and, he hoped, would be backed by fresh foreign aid funds.     Kaunda dismissed central bank statements the new auction system would be used to allocate foreign exchange to private bidders but not to fix the exchange rate.     Kaunda said the auction system had faltered because of the government's shortage of foreign exchange to meet demand.     It was suspended when the kwacha's rapid devaluation and strong fluctuations made economic planning almost impossible for the government and the private sector, he said.     Weekly foreign-exchange auctions began in October 1985. The kwacha fell from 2.20 to the dollar to about 15 in 16 months. In January 1987 the government was more than two months in arrears in paying foreign currency to successful bidders, and the auction was suspended and replaced with a fixed exchange rate of nine kwacha to the dollar.  REUTER &#3;
+257@POLISH BANKER PLEASED WITH WORLD BANK, IMF TALKS@Poland's talks in Washington with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the country's 33.5 billion dlr foreign debt were concrete, open and frank, a senior Polish banker was quoted as saying.     Wladyslaw Baka, head of Poland's National Bank, told the official news agency PAP yesterday the talks were a step towards possible fresh credits or easier terms.     "Much attention was given to the Polish delegation and the talks at both institutions involved displayed a lot of understanding for Poland's difficult economic position," PAP quoted Baka as saying.     Baka said he stressed Poland would meet its financial obligations to the U.S., "but not in a short time, and not without major changes in the Polish economy as well as a cooperative stand on the part of its foreign economic partners."     Since Poland rejoined the IMF last June, after a 36-year absence, IMF and World Bank teams have visited Warsaw on fact-finding missions on at least three occasions. A major report is expected to be issued in Washington soon.     Poland has said it will not be able to meet interest repayments and debt principle falling due this year.  REUTER &#3;
+258@RECORD N.Z. FUTURES VOLUMES TRADED IN FEBRUARY@The volume of contracts traded on the New Zealand Futures Exchange (NZFE) reached a record 25,559 contracts in February, the International Commodities Clearing House (ICCH) said.     The previous high was 22,583 contracts in December 1986.     The ICCH said the value of the contracts traded in February was 2.90 billion N.Z. Dlrs.     The seven contracts currently traded on the NZFE are: five-year government bonds, the share price index, 90-day bank bills, 90-day prime commercial paper, the U.S. Dollar, crossbred wool, and wheat.  REUTER &#3;
+259@INDONESIAN SUGAR OUTPUT SEEN SHORT OF TARGET@Indonesia's raw sugar output is likely to be 1.8 mln tonnes in calendar 1987, unchanged from 1986 and below the government's 1987 forecast of 2.5 mln, the U.S. Embassy said in its agricultural outlook for 1987.     Indonesia bought 162,500 tonnes of raw sugar on world markets in late 1986, the report said.     The embassy estimated Indonesia's calendar 1986 raw sugar production at 1.8 mln tonnes, against a government estimate of 1.99 mln.     It said that Indonesia's move into sugar self-sufficiency in 1984 may have been short-lived.     The report said, "The government continues to promote sugarcane production through its smallholder intensification program and a relatively high guaranteed price to sugarcane producers.     "However, there are considerable indications that farmers are reluctant to plant cane because its economic return is not as good as that of other crops."  REUTER &#3;
+260@NIPPON KOKAN STEEL AFFILIATES CONSIDERING MERGER@Toshin Steel Co Ltd &lt;TOSS.T> and &lt;Azuma Steel Co Ltd>, affiliates of Nippon Kokan KK &lt;NKKT.T>, are considering a merger, company spokesmen said.     Toshin Steel, owned 41.9 pct by Nippon Kokan, and Azuma Steel, owned 41.3 pct by Nippon Kokan, are expected to decide by the end of March, they said. Both firms have been struggling with losses caused by the recession in the steel industry and the yen's appreciation.     Azuma Steel's current losses are estimated at 3.1 billion yen in the year ending March 31 against a 6.99 billion loss a year earlier, a spokesman said. The firm employs 1,100 workers     Toshin Steel, with 1,700 workers, has given no forecast for the year ending March 31.     But industry sources said they expected the company to show current losses of about five billion yen or more in 1986/87 compared with a 2.98 billion loss in 1985/86.  REUTER &#3;
+262@EGYPT TO HOST NINE-NATION AFRICAN TALKS THIS MONTH@Representatives of nine African countries will meet here on March 11 to discuss the African debt crisis, the Chad political situation and other issues, Egypt's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Boutros Boutros Ghali, said.     He told reporters on his return from Ethiopia and Djibouti that the meeting and venue had been agreed by the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). He said Egypt, Zambia, Djibouti, Zaire, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Congo, Algeria and Mali would be represented. Foreign Ministry sources said Congo President Denis Sassou-Nguesso would chair the meeting.  REUTER &#3;
+263@EC MINISTERS CONSIDER BIG AGRICULTURE PRICE CUTS@European Community (EC) agriculture ministers meet later today to consider a package of deep cuts in prices and subsidies after a week marked by strong protests by European farmers, Community officials said.     The common target for the farmers' wrath is the EC's Brussels Commission, which for the fourth year running has called for radical changes in the price support system.     EC Agriculture Commissioner Frans Andriessen says huge food surpluses, which have alienated international trade partners and pushed the Community to the edge of bankruptcy, demand such action.     With Community warehouses stocked with some 16 mln tonnes of unwanted cereals, over one mln tonnes of butter and huge stocks of wine and olive oil, Andriessen says bluntly the days of open-ended price guarantees must end.     EC agriculture ministers try to fix the guaranteed prices paid to Community farmers before an April 1 deadline for the new marketing year, an increasingly difficult task as EC members cut funds and demand greater budget discipline.     Andriessen has proposed a freeze for most prices, coupled with reductions in other support mechanisms, which could lead to price cuts of as much as eight pct for some products.     A producer's right to sell into EC warehouses at a fixed guaranteed price when he finds no real market outlet is to be scaled back so it applies only in exceptional cases.     The latest proposals are designed to keep expenditure on agriculture virtually stable. EC farm policies now swallow two-thirds of an annual budget of about 36 billion European currency units (Ecu) and are mainly responsible for an expected shortfall this year of about five billion Ecus.     The most contentious aspects of the package are a new oils and fats tax and a change in the "green" exchange rate system, which translates EC farm prices into national currencies.     The tax, of up to 330 Ecus per tonne, would be levied on imported and domestically produced oilseeds, but could trigger a fresh trade dispute with the United States, which provides the EC with the bulk of its soybeans.     It would increase the cost of margarines and low-fat products in an attempt to increase both olive oil and butter consumption.     West Germany has flatly rejected green rate changes, which would cause a fall in prices for producers as countries with weak and strong currencies were brought more into line.  REUTER &#3;
+264@QANTAS TO BUY FOUR 747-400'S FOR ONE BILLION DLRS@&lt;Qantas Airways Ltd> has placed a firm order with Boeing Co &lt;BA> for four 747-400 aircraft at a cost of 250 mln Australian dlrs each, chairman Jim Leslie said.     The first is due for delivery in April 1989 with the others arriving in May, June and September of that year, he said in a statement.     The 400 series is the latest model of the Boeing 747 family, he said.     The purchase will take government-owned Qantas's 747 fleet to 28, he said.     Leslie said Qantas is talking to three engine makers who are all offering engines for the Boeing 747-400 and it will announce a decision on engine purchases later this year.     He said they are United Technologies Corp &lt;UTX> unit &lt;Pratt^M and Whitney>, General Electric Co &lt;GE> and Britain's &lt;Rolls-Royce^M  Ltd>.     He said the 747-400, which incorporates new technology such as extended wings with six-feet high winglets and enhanced electronics, should have its first flight next February. The 400 series has a designed range of 12,500 kms, 2,140 kms further than the current Qantas 747-300's, he said.     The aircraft will be financed by foreign borrowings and foreign exchange earnings, and Qantas believes they will pay for themselves in four to five years, Leslie said.     The 747-400 has a take-off weight of 870,000 pounds, up from 833,000 for the 300 series, and offers an eight pct fuel saving, he said.     The higher range and payload means they will first be used on the route to Britain and Europe via Asia.     They will also be used on non-stop flights between Sydney and Los Angeles.  REUTER &#3;
+265@IEL SETS 100 MLN DLR NOTE/COMMERCIAL PAPER ISSUE@Australian investment group &lt;Industrial Equity Ltd> (IEL) said it will raise 100 mln U.S. Dlrs by the issue of medium term notes and commercial paper in the U.S. Domestic market.     IEL has mandated &lt;Merrill Lynch Capital Markets> to arrange a letter of credit (LOC) facility in support of the notes and commercial paper, making this the first facility of its kind, the company said in a statement.     The notes will be issued by its &lt;IEL Finance Ltd> unit.     Merrill Lynch will be the note and paper dealer and &lt;Sumitomo Trust and Banking Co Ltd> will provide the LOC.     The term of the LOC is five years with an evergreen feature which provides for annual reinstatement of the five-year term at the support banks' option, IEL said.     The LOC will be underwritten by a group of banks which will receive a facility fee of 20 basis points plus a utilisation fee of 25 basis points, it added.  REUTER &#3;
+266@AMERICAN EXPRESS STUDIES OPTIONS FOR SHEARSON@American Express Co &lt;AXP>, rumoured to be considering a spinoff of part of &lt;Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc>, said it is studying ways to improve Shearson's access to capital and help it meet stiffer international competition.     In a joint statement, American Express and the brokerage unit said the actions under consideration are an integral part of American Express's worldwide financial services strategy. The statement also said American Express and Shearson have been having both internal and external discussions on the matter, but no final decision has been reached.     American Express said in its statement it would not comment on the rumours circulating on Wall Street last week.     Analysts said there was speculation that American Express would sell a stake of Shearson to a Japanese firm and also that 20 pct of the profitable brokerage would be sold to the public. Shearson contributed 316 mln dlrs of American Express's 1.25 billion dlrs net in 1986.     American Express remained silent last Thursday and Friday as rumours drove its stock up a total of 5.50 dlrs in two days. It closed Friday at 74.  REUTER &#3;
+267@INDONESIA UNLIKELY TO IMPORT PHILIPPINES COPRA@Indonesia is unlikely to import copra from the Philippines in 1987 after importing 30,000 tonnes in 1986, the U.S. Embassy's annual agriculture report said.     The report said the 31 pct devaluation of the Indonesian rupiah, an increase in import duties on copra and increases in the price of Philippines copra have reduced the margin between prices in the two countries.     Indonesia's copra production is forecast at 1.32 mln tonnes in calendar 1987, up from 1.30 mln tonnes in 1986.  REUTER &#3;
+268@SRI LANKAN BANK OFFERS 250 MLN RUPEES T-BILLS@Sri Lanka's Central Bank offered 250 mln rupees worth of three-month treasury bills at its weekly tender closing on March 6, a Bank spokesman said.  REUTER &#3;
+269@STRONG EARTHQUAKE HITS NEW ZEALAND@An earthquake measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale caused widespread damage in northern New Zealand and a civil defence emergency was declared in some areas, officials and seismologists said.     There were no immediate reports of casualties. The quake jolted the Bay of Plenty and Waikato areas.     The town of Whakatane was said by officials to be virtually isolated.     A civil defence emergency was declared in Whakatane which has about 16,000 people. Officials said many roads and bridges in the area had been damaged.     No deaths were reported but one man was admitted to hospital in serious condition after his car was buried in a mud slip.     Seismologists said Whakatane was hit by three earthquakes, the strongest measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale. They were followed by a series of aftershocks.     The quakes were felt across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions in the northeast of the North Island.     Smaller tremors had been felt in the Bay of Plenty for more than a week.     Police said many districts lost power supplies and telephone links.     Energy Ministry officials ordered the release of water behind the Matahina hydro-electric dam, 32 kilometres above Whakatane on the Rangitaiki river. The quake cracked the roadway and concrete abutment along the top of Matahina, the largest earth dam in the North Island.  REUTER &#3;
+270@PHILIPPINES HEADS CONFIDENTLY INTO DEBT TALKS@Philippine Finance Secretary Jaime Ongpin starts negotiations with the country's 12-bank advisory committee in New York tomorrow, buoyed by an economy on the mend and political stability one year after President Corazon Aquino took power, central bank officials said.     The country now has foreign debt totalling 27.8 billion dlrs and faces debt repayments of 3.6 billion dlrs due between January 1987 and December 1992. Manila also hopes to tack on another 5.8 billion dlrs, rescheduled in a 1985 accord, to any new agreement, the officials said.     Chile's 15-1/2 year rescheduling accord at one percentage point over London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR) and Venezuala's 21 billion dlr package at 7/8 point over LIBOR portend well for the Philippines, despite Brazil's repayment suspension last week, the officials said.     Manila, which has not made any principal repayments since 1983, wants terms better than the 20-year repayments at 13/16 percentage point over LIBOR offered in October to Mexico in a 77 billion dlr rescue.     Ongpin wants 5/8 point over the benchmark rate, which is currently hovering around 6-1/2 pct.     The banks are said to be firm on the 1-1/8 points offered when the last round of negotiations collapsed on November 7.     Ongpin said every 1/16 point over LIBOR meant an additional 5.1 mln dlrs in annual interest payments.     One banker said banks were wary of repeating a Mexico-type accord, which some 70 small creditor banks are still refusing to endorse five months after it was signed.     In Manila's case, about 40 pct of the 15 billion dlrs outstanding to commercial banks is owed to the 12 large banks on the advisory committee, while about 180 smaller banks have average exposures of 20 mln dlrs each.  REUTER &#3;
+271@JAPAN FEBRUARY INTERIM TRADE SURPLUS JUMPS@Japan's customs-cleared trade surplus in the first 20 days of February jumped to 3.58 billion dlrs from 1.94 billion a year earlier, the Finance Ministry said.     The February interim surplus was sharply up from a 965.04 mln dlr surplus in the same January period.     FOB exports rose 14.6 pct from a year earlier in the first 20 days of February to 10.91 billion, while CIF imports fell 3.2 pct to 7.33 billion.     The average dollar/yen rates were 152.32 for exports and 152.31 for imports against 196.61 for exports and 196.27 for imports a year earlier.  REUTER &#3;
+272@NIPPON LIGHT METAL CONTINUES ALUMINIUM OUTPUT CUT@Nippon Light Metal Co Ltd &lt;NLGT.T>, which has annual capacity of 63,000 tonnes, will continue primary aluminium production at a rate of 35,000 tonnes owing to low domestic and world prices and low water supplies at its hydroelectric power plant, a company official said.     Nippon, which has no plans to restore output to the 48,000 tonnes a year at which it was working until late 1986, will become Japan's only smelter.     &lt;Ryoka Light Metal Industries Ltd> will stop smelting in April owing to high power costs and low prices, and &lt;Mitsui Aluminium Co Ltd> has said it stopped smelting in February.  REUTER &#3;
+273@SAUDI FEBRUARY CRUDE OUTPUT PUT AT 3.5 MLN BPD@Saudi crude oil output last month fell to an average of 3.5 mln barrels per day (bpd) from 3.8 mln bpd in January, Gulf oil sources said.     They said exports from the Ras Tanurah and Ju'aymah terminals in the Gulf fell to an average 1.9 mln bpd last month from 2.2 mln in January because of lower liftings by some customers.     But the drop was much smaller than expected after Gulf exports rallied in the fourth week of February to 2.5 mln bpd from 1.2 mln in the third week, the sources said.     The production figures include neutral zone output but not sales from floating storage, which are generally considered part of a country's output for Opec purposes.     Saudi Arabia has an Opec quota of 4.133 mln bpd under a production restraint scheme approved by the 13-nation group last December to back new official oil prices averaging 18 dlrs a barrel.     The sources said the two-fold jump in exports last week appeared to be the result of buyers rushing to lift February entitlements before the month-end.     Last week's high export levels appeared to show continued support for official Opec prices from Saudi Arabia's main crude customers, the four ex-partners of Aramco, the sources said.     The four -- Exxon Corp &lt;XON>, Mobil Corp &lt;MOB>, Texaco Inc &lt;TX> and Chevron Corp &lt;CHV> -- signed a long-term agreement last month to buy Saudi crude for 17.52 dlrs a barrel.     However the sources said the real test of Saudi Arabia's ability to sell crude at official prices in a weak market will come this month, when demand for petroleum products traditionally tapers off. Spot prices have fallen in recent weeks to more than one dlr below Opec levels.     Saudi Arabian oil minister Hisham Nazer yesterday reiterated the kingdom's commitment to the December OPEC accord and said it would never sell below official prices.     The sources said total Saudi refinery throughput fell slightly in February to an average 1.1 mln bpd from 1.2 mln in January because of cuts at the Yanbu and Jubail export refineries.     They put crude oil exports through Yanbu at 100,000 bpd last month, compared to zero in January, while throughput at Bahrain's refinery and neutral zone production remained steady at around 200,000 bpd each.  REUTER &#3;
+274@INDONESIAN PALM OIL OUTPUT EXPECTED TO RISE@Indonesia's palm oil output is expected to rise and exports to increase, the U.S. Embassy said in its annual report on Indonesia's agriculture sector.     The Indonesian government said crude palm oil (CPO) output is expected to rise to 1.56 mln tonnes in 1987 and 2.11 mln in 1988, up from a projected 1.45 mln tonnes in 1986 and 1.26 mln in 1985.     The 1986 projection of 1.45 mln tonnes is up from a provisional figure of 1.3 mln tonnes.     A U.S. Embassy assessment puts 1987 output at 1.45 mln tonnes, against 1.35 mln in 1986 and 1.208 mln in 1985.     "More realistic estimates indicate that 1988 production will be between 1.5 and 1.6 mln tonnes," the report said.     The report said the abolition of the five pct CPO export tax, the devaluation of the rupiah in September 1986 and higher international palm oil prices should lead to a modest increase in exports this year.     Exports are forecast to rise to 720,000 tonnes against 695,000 tonnes in 1986, the report added.  REUTER &#3;
+275@INDONESIAN TEA, COCOA EXPORTS SEEN UP, COFFEE DOWN@Indonesia's exports of tea and cocoa will continue to rise in calendar 1987 but coffee exports are forecast to dip slightly in 1987/88 (April-March) as the government tries to improve quality, the U.S. Embassy said.     The embassy's annual report on Indonesian agriculture forecast coffee output in 1986/87 would be 5.77 mln bags of 60 kilograms each. That is slightly less than the 5.8 mln bags produced in 1985/86.     In 1987/88 coffee production is forecast to rise again to 5.8 mln bags, but exports to dip to 4.8 mln from around 5.0 mln in 1986/87. Exports in 1985/86 were 4.67 mln bags.     The embassy report says coffee stocks will rise to 1.3 mln tonnes in 1987/88 from 1.15 mln in 1986/87. It bases this on a fall in exports as a result of the "probable" re-introduction of quotas by the International Coffee Organisation.     Cocoa production and exports are forecast to rise steadily as the government develops cocoa plantations. Production of cocoa in Indonesia increased to 32,378 tonnes in calendar 1985 from 10,284 tonnes in 1980. It is projected by the government to rise to more than 50,000 tonnes by 1988.     Production in 1986 is estimated by the embassy at 35,000 tonnes, as against 38,000 tonnes in 1987.     The report forecasts cocoa exports to rise to 35,000 tonnes this year, from 33,000 tonnes in 1986 and 31,000 in 1985.     The Netherlands is at present the biggest importer of Indonesian cocoa beans.     The report forecasts that in calendar 1987, Indonesia's CTC (crushed, torn and curled) tea exports will increase significantly with the coming on stream of at least eight new CTC processing plants.     Indonesia plans to diversify its tea products by producing more CTC tea, the main component of tea bags.     Production of black and green teas is forecast in the embassy report to rise to 125,000 tonnes in calendar 1987 from 123,000 tonnes in 1986.     Exports of these teas are likely to rise to 95,000 tonnes in 1987 from 85,000 in 1986 and around 90,000 in 1985.     The embassy noted the ministry of trade tightened quality controls on tea in October 1986 in an effort to become more competititve in the world market.  REUTER &#3;
+276@SINGAPORE EXCHANGE SEEKING NASDAQ/LONDON LINK@The Stock Exchange of Singapore (SES) plans to introduce electronic trading of shares listed on the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation System (NASDAQ) in the U.S. And on London's Stock Exchange Automated Quotation System, banking sources said.     The SES is discussing the idea with the London and New York authorities. Gordon Macklin, president of the National Association of Securities Dealers in Washington, said he was very optimistic about an early agreement, possibly by the end of this month.     Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) sources told Reuters they supported the proposed linking of computer trading systems on the three exchanges, and the banking sources said local financial support for the plan existed.     Macklin said if an agreement were reached it would move the three exchanges towards 24-hour trading, with Singapore filling a gap when no trading takes place.     A small group of selected stocks would be used at the start of three-centre trading to determine investor interest.     The Singapore, London and New York authorities have agreed in principle on how the three exchanges would trade and transfer information among the different time zones, but some details still have to be worked out, a senior Singapore bank director said.     Questions remain concerning investor willingness to deploy sufficient capital in Singapore to ensure adequate market liquidity and communication links to the other three centres.     But if agreement is reached, Singapore will have a head start over the other Asian financial centres in Hong Kong, Toyko and Australia, he said.     On February 18 the SES created the Stock Exchange of Singapore Dealing and Automated Quotation System (SESDAQ), modelled on NASDAQ.     At present SESDAQ is trading the shares of only one company, the government-owned Singapore National Printers Ltd (SNP), but its turnover has been fairly active, and other small firms have said they plan to seek listings soon.     Market sources expect the next few companies listed will also be government-owned entities, which would have no problem meeting the listing conditions. Approval for a listing of Trans-Island Bus Service Pte Ltd is expected soon, they said.     SNP, previously wholly-owned by the government's Temasek Holdings (Pte) Ltd, issued seven mln 50-cent shares at one dlr each last month in a public offering oversubscribed 119 times.     In SESDAQ trading, SNP shares have advanced from an initial 1.87 dlrs to a Friday close of 2.32 after a 2.80 high. So far more than 900,000 shares have traded.  REUTER &#3;
+277@INDONESIA'S EXPORTS DROP IN CALENDAR 1986@The total value of Indonesia's exports fell in calendar 1986 to 15.995 billion dlrs from 18.762 billion in calendar 1985, according to the central bank's latest report.     The value of crude oil exports fell to 7.431 billion dlrs in 1986 from 8.976 billion in 1985, while liquefied natural gas exports dropped to 2.795 billion dlrs from 3.802 billion in 1985.     The value of Indonesia's non-oil exports also fell in calendar 1986, to 5.768 billion dlrs from 5.983 billion in 1985.  REUTER &#3;
+278@GERMAN EUROBOND MARKET EXPECTS BREATHING SPACE@After an onslaught of new paper, fewer mark eurobonds issues are expected this week, bankers said.     Most managers said they were planning a low issue volume for the Bundesbank's two-week bond calendar beginning today.     "We want to have a week's pause," one manager said.     Last week borrowings totalled 1.775 billion marks, including a 300 mln mark private placement for Deutsche Bank. Issues for all of February rose to nearly five billion marks, from 3.6 billion in January.     The heavy volume also meant most borrowers except the very best addresses were having to accept higher coupons.     "I think the D-mark market is still good, but only if you can give a good coupon," another manager said.     But even some government borrowers were not getting the best reception for bonds which would have been taken up more readily under other conditions.     Of the three mark eurobonds launched on Tuesday alone, bonds for Den Danske Bank and Iceland were trading outside fees on Friday, although prices had recovered from initial lows.     Den Danske's 5-3/4 1992 bond was quoted at midday on Friday at 97.35/65 compared with its par price, and Iceland's 6-1/2 pct 1997 bond traded at 97.25/75 against a 100-1/4 issue price.     A 300 mln mark 6-1/8 pct 1997 issue for Nippon Telegraph and Telephone was also depressed, but traded Friday within fees at 98.15, 98.50 from its par price.     Some shorter maturities did better. In contrast to the 10-year NTT and Iceland issues, a five-year six pct bond for Hoogovens, traded at 98.40/75 from its 99-1/2 price, thanks mainly to its shorter maturity, dealers said.     The large amount of paper brought to the market in the last two months has also led many syndicate managers to complain about the Bundesbank's present fixed calendar system, which they say is too inflexible.     Currently all mark denominated eurobonds have to be registered with the Bundesbank in the week preceding the two-week issue period. A bank may decline to issue a bond on the requested day in the calendar, but then has to wait for the next calendar period to schedule the bond again.     Some managers said they would prefer to abolish the system.     The Bundesbank shortened the reporting period to two weeks from four weeks last July. But few expect the calendar to be completely abolished. "I don't think the Bundesbank would give that up," one banking analyst said.     "I wouldn't have anything against getting rid of the system," the analyst said, adding banks were capable of regulating the volume of new issues themselves.     The Bundesbank plays a passive role in setting the calendar without trying to regulate the issues, but it needs the registration to gauge the volume of mark bonds going through the euromarket, he said.     For this reason, few managers here foresee the Bundesbank sacrificing its present calendar system.     Bond activity in West German bond trading and syndication departments is also expected to be quieter than normal owing to the carnival holiday.     Carnival will close banks in Duesseldorf all day on Monday. In Frankfurt, banks will close on Tuesday in the afternoon.  REUTER &#3;
+279@JAPAN'S NTT FORECASTS PROFITS FALL IN 1987/88@&lt;Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp> (NTT) expects its profits to fall to 328 billion yen in the year ending March 31, 1988 from a projected 348 billion this year, the company said.     Total sales for the same period are expected to rise to 5,506 billion yen from a projected 5,328 billion this year, NTT said in a business operations plan submitted to the Post and Telecommunications Ministry.     NTT said it plans to make capital investments of 1,770 billion yen in 1987/88, including 109 billion for research and development, as against a total of 1,600 billion this year.     An NTT spokesman said increased competition from new entrants to the telecommunications field and the effect of a sales tax scheduled to be introduced next January, were the major factors behind the projected decrease in profits.     The Japanese telecommunications industry was deregulated in 1985.  REUTER &#3;
+280@SINO-U.S. VENTURE IN CHINA TO MAKE RINSING AGENTS@&lt;Ecolab Co> of the United States signed a contract with North China Industrial Co to set up the first Sino-U.S. Joint venture in China to make rinsing agents, the New China News Agency said.      It said total investment in the new venture, &lt;Ecolab Chemical Industrial Co>, is 2.4 mln dlrs. It said the venture will be based in Shanghai and produce agents for use in hotels and industries.     It gave no further details.  REUTER &#3;
+281@CHINA SIGNS WORLD BANK LOAN FOR TIANJIN PORT@China has signed a 130 mln dlr loan agreement with the World Bank to partly finance 12 new berths with an annual capacity of 6.28 mln tonnes at the 20 mln tonne a year capacity Tianjin port, the New China News Agency said.     China will provide 370 mln yuan for the project and a Chinese company won a bid against 12 other firms from seven countries to do the foundation work, it said.     It said 11 of the new berths will be able to handle ships of more than 10,000 tonnes, three will handle containers and the expansion will enable the port to handle coke, non-metal mineral ores and mining equipment for the first time.  REUTER &#3;
+282@THAI AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL TO ALMOST DOUBLE FLEET@Thai Airways International plans to expand its fleet to 58 from 30 aircraft by 1995, company officials said.     Thamnoon Wanglee, vice-president for finance, told a weekend marketing conference Thai would finance the expansion by borrowing, but he did not give details.     He said the airline planned to reduce its yen borrowing to 36.4 pct of overall debt by September 1992. It is currently 64.3 pct of overall debt.     He said dollar borrowing should rise to 56.2 pct of overall debt in the same period, compared to 15.7 pct now.     Other company officials said the state-owned airline had no plans to go private. They said the airline is studying a government proposal for it to merge with Thai Airways Company, the state-owned domestic carrier.     A report presented to the conference showed the airline expects passenger sales revenue to be 13 pct higher in 1987 than in 1986. This follows a 20 pct jump in passenger sales revenue in the past four months.     Executive vice president Chatrachai Bunya-ananta said the current expansion of Bangkok airport would be completed this year.  REUTER &#3;
+284@JAPAN FEBRUARY RESERVES RECORD 51.73 BILLION DLRS@Japan's external reserves rose to a record 51.73 billion dlrs at the end of February from the previous record of 51.46 billion at end-January, the Finance Ministry said.     End-February reserves last year were 27.58 billion dlrs.     In January, the nation's foreign reserves showed the largest-ever monthly increase at 9.22 billion dlrs due to massive Bank of Japan dollar buying intervention during the month as the dollar fell briefly to an all-time low of 149.98 yen on January 19, foreign exchange dealers said.  REUTER &#3;
+285@SIMEX TRADING VOLUME HITS RECORD IN FEBRUARY@Trading volume on the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (Simex) hit a record 122,819 contracts in February, surpassing the previous record of 116,767 in September last year, the exchange said in a statement.     Volume in the Eurodollar contract hit a peak of 78,546 contracts against the previous record of 70,306, also set last September.     Open interest in the Nikkei Stock Average contract passed 2,000 contracts for the first time, to hit a record high 2,697 on February 26.  REUTER &#3;
+286@SHULTZ VISIT TO MOSCOW POSSIBLE, SAY SOVIETS@A senior Soviet official said a visit to Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz for arms discussions was under consideration.     Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Bessmertnykh told a news conference such a visit would be part of continuing contacts between the two powers "in the framework of security questions."     Earlier, U.S. Officials with Shultz in Peking said he was likely to go to Moscow soon following Kremlin leader Mikhail Gorbachev's weekend proposal for a separate agreement on withdrawing Soviet and American medium-range missiles from Europe. &#3;
+287@JAPAN DISTRIBUTOR MAY IMPORT MAZDA U.S.-MADE CARS@&lt;Autorama Inc>, a distributor for Ford Motor Co &lt;F> in Japan, is considering importing cars made by &lt;Mazda Motor Manufacturing (USA) Corp>, (MMUC), a wholly owned U.S. Subsidiary of Mazda Motor Corp &lt;MAZT.T>, an Autorama spokesman said.     Mazda, owned 24 pct by Ford, is due to begin production of the 2,000-cc-engine cars at the Michigan plant in September at an annual rate of 240,000, of which between 60 and 70 pct will go to Ford and the rest to Mazda's own U.S. Sales network.  REUTER &#3;
+288@IRAQ DEFERS PAYMENTS ON 500 MLN DLR EUROLOAN@Iraq has secured agreement to defer outstanding payments on a 500 mln dlr syndicated euroloan following five months of negotiations with creditor banks.     Banking sources said the rescheduling is part of Iraq's continuing effort to defer payments of foreign debt as its economy comes under strain from the  Gulf War and soft world oil prices.     Iraq informed the 37 banks in the loan syndicate last September it could not meet the remaining four principal repayments totalling 285 mln dlrs, and missed the first of these for 71.25 mln due on September 29.     The 500 mln dlr credit, under the lead management of Paris-based Union de Banques Arabes et Francaises (UBAF), has a five-year maturity and a margin of one percentage point over London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR).     Banking sources said the agreement now worked out goes some way to meeting creditor bank demands that at least part of the first missing instalment of 71.25 mln dlrs be paid and not deferred.     One quarter or 17.8 mln dlrs will be paid on signature of the accord, expected in late March, with the remainder in three more instalments to be made every six months.     The remaining three principal instalments - originally due in March 1987, September 1987 and March 1988 - will each be deferred for two years from the due date, banking sources said.     The margin for the loan remains unchanged and no penalty interest is being imposed, the sources added.     Bank reaction to Iraq's rescheduling request has been one of resignation, with many bankers seeing little alternative for Baghdad's economic planners. Iraq is estimated to have foreign debt of about 50 billion dlrs, although about half is thought to be in the form of loans from its Gulf Arab allies, particularly Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.     The 500 mln dlr credit is in the name of the state-owned Rafidain Bank. The only other major eurocredit, a 500 mln dlr deal under the agency of Gulf International Bank, was signed in October, 1985 and is still in a two year grace period.     The bulk of Iraq's commercial debt - excluding loans by its allies in the Gulf War - is in the form of trade financing.     But Rafidain bank stopped paying debt due on letters of credit last March and a series of negotiations with banks and western government export credit agencies has been underway. Some banks have agreed to a three-year deferrment of obligations due on letters of credit.  REUTER &#3;
+289@TAIWAN CENTRAL BANK ISSUES CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT@The Central Bank issued 2.14 billion Taiwan dlrs of certificates of deposit (CD), bringing the total so far this year to 86.21 billion, a bank official told Reuters.     The new CD have maturities of six months and one and two years and bear interest rates ranging from 3.9 pct to 5.15 pct.     The issues are aimed at curbing the growth of M-1B money supply, which is the result of large foreign exchange reserves, the official said.  REUTER &#3;
+290@ICO TALKS ON COFFEE QUOTAS TO RESUME AT NOON@Talks on coffee export quotas at the International Coffee Organization (ICO) special council session will resume at noon gmt today, following a last minute decision taken early this morning to extend the meeting 24 hours, ICO officials said.     An 18 member contact group will meet at midday to examine new ideas, and the full council is to convene at 1900gmt, they said.     The extension resulted from a last ditch effort by Colombia to salvage the talks, which by late yesterday looked perilously close to ending without agreement on quotas, delegates said.  REUTER &#3;
+291@CAECL ISSUES 12 BILLION YEN EUROBOND@Caisse d'Aide a l'Equipement des Collectives Locales (CAECL) is issuing a 12 billion yen eurobond due March 31, 1994 paying 5-1/8 pct and priced at 102 pct, lead manager Mitsubishi Trust International Ltd said.     The non-callable bond is available in denominations of one mln yen and will be listed in Luxembourg. The selling concession is 1-1/4 pct while management and underwriting combined pays 5/8 pct.     The payment date is March 31.  REUTER &#3;
+292@CHINESE BANKS TO ISSUE MORE BONDS, OFFICIAL SAYS@China's state and collective firms do not have enough cash to operate imported equipment, so banks will issue more bonds to raise funds, a Chinese bank official was quoted by the China Daily as saying.     Xie was quoted as saying the present cash shortage means some state firms do not run at full capacity and are inefficient. The central government does not have enough money to meet their needs.     The paper said, "Reliable sources disclosed that the country is running a budget deficit." It gave no figure.     Xie said her bank sooner or later will have to punish the many firms that have failed to repay loans made to them over the past two years at high interest rates. The bank financed the loans by issuing two billion yuan of bonds, but she gave no other details.  REUTER &#3;
+293@INDIAN SUGAR OUTPUT RISES IN FIRST FOUR MONTHS@India's sugar output to January 31 in the 1986/87 season (October/September) rose to 3.66 mln tonnes from 3.46 mln in the same 1985/86 period, the Indian Sugar Mills Association said.     Total offtake in the first four months of the current year was 2.71 mln tonnes (including 241,000 tonnes imported) for domestic use and 4,000 tonnes for export, against 2.81 mln tonnes (including 993,000 imported) for domestic use and 3,000 tonnes for export in the corresponding period of 1985/86.     Factory stocks at end-January were 3.05 mln tonnes (96,000 imported) against 3.13 mln (96,000 imported) a year earlier.  REUTER &#3;
+294@INTERNATIONAL LEISURE NEGOIATING ON BOEING LEASE@&lt;International Leisure Group Plc> said its &lt;Air Europe> subsidiary was in advanced negotiations with manufacturers and banks for the lease of 10 &lt;Boeing Co> and 13 &lt;Rolls-Royce Ltd> engines.     The deal would be for the lease, with purchase options, of five Boeing 757-200 planes and five 737-400s. The Rolls-Royce RB211-535E4 engines would be fitted to the Boeing 757s.     Delivery would be in 1988 and 1989.  REUTER &#3;
+295@JAPAN PLANS MORE FLEXIBLE CORPORATE BOND ISSUES@Japanese securities houses will issue new corporate bonds more quickly, accept issue requests throughout the month instead of at month-end and introduce a competitive underwriting method from April 1, to bring Japanese firms back to the Tokyo bond market, securities managers said.     Domestic issues have slowed to a trickle as more and more companies turn to more flexible overseas markets for cash, but the proposed moves are expected to pave the way for a review of public bond issues, they said.     "Relaxation of issue rules would be better applied not only to straight corporate bonds, but also convertible bonds and warrant bonds, to call back issuers effectively from overseas markets," a Nikko Securities house bond manager said.     Securities houses will launch an issue about 10 days after a corporate declaration of intent instead of 25 days as now, the securities managers said.     Underwriters are expected to abolish the lump-sum issuance system, in which all corporate bonds are issued at month-end, and accept issue requests during the month, they said.     Securities houses also plan to introduce free competition among underwriters when negotiating with issuers over terms in order to better reflect the market, securities managers said.     Market participants expect the new issue methods to be applied beginning in April, with the projected issue by &lt;Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp>.     The so-called proposal method abolishes the practice of taking lead-managership and enables more market-oriented decisions on terms, securities sources said.     The four major Japanese securities houses now take turns underwriting corporate bonds.     Setting issue terms using financial criteria prepared by securities houses and in reference to coupon rates on latest public bonds is now almost automatic, they said.     The new moves are based on wide-ranging proposals made in late December by advisers to Finance Minister Kiichi Miyazawa. They were aimed at revitalising the domestic corporate bond market, securities house managers said.     The finance ministry, commissioned banks and securities houses agreed in January to lower the eligibility ceiling for companies wanting to issue non-collateral straight and convertible bonds from March 1, securities managers said.     The cut will more than double the number of corporations able to make non-collateral issues from around 70 for straight bonds and 180 for convertibles now, securities managers said.     The Bond Market Committee of the Securities Exchange Council also recommended introduction of a shelf registration system, more use of corporate ratings systems and simplification of disclosure rules to help speed up the issuing process, securities sources said.     It also called for a major review of the commissioned bank system, which increases the cost of issuing domestic bonds, and for deregulation of private placements, they said.     Some of these proposals are likely to take some time to put into effect, the sources said. A shelf registration system would need a revision of Japanese commercial law, expected in 1988, the sources said.  REUTER &#3;
+296@NEW DUTCH ADVANCES TOTAL 4.8 BILLION GUILDERS@The Dutch Central Bank said it has accepted bids totalling 4.8 billion guilders at tender for new seven-day special advances at 5.3 pct covering the period March 2 to 9 aimed at relieving money market tightness.     Subscriptions to 300 mln guilders were met in full, amounts above 300 mln at 50 pct.     The new facility replaces old five-day advances worth 8.0 billion guilders at the same rate.     Dealers expect this week's money market shortage to be around 12 billion guilders.  Reuter &#3;
+297@JAPAN BUYS SOME 95,000 TONNES SOYBEANS FROM CHINA@Japanese importers bought some 95,000 tonnes of Chinese soybeans late last month for May to September shipment, under the semi-annual trade accords, trade sources said.     The FOB premium rose to 13.50 dlrs per tonne, up 2.50 dlrs from the premium for the November to April shipment, but down from 13.80 for the last May to September shipment.     Flat prices for Chinese beans are based on futures prices in Chicago plus the FOB premium.     Japanese purchases of Chinese soybeans, including spot buying, may have totalled 240,000 to 250,000 tonnes of the 1986 crop for November to April 1987 shipment, down from some 300,000 tonnes the previous year, the sources said.     Domestic demand for edible-use soybeans is expected to remain stable at about 240,000 to 250,000 tonnes a year, the sources said.     In recent years Japanese importers have overbought Chinese edible-use soybeans and sold the surplus to domestic crushers, but low 1986 U.S. Crop prices have discouraged the purchase of Chinese origin beans for crushing, they said.  REUTER &#3;
+299@CHEUNG KONG (HOLDINGS) LTD &lt;CKGH.HK> YEAR 1986@Shr 3.25 H.K. Dlrs vs 1.40     Final div 52 cents vs 38, making 75 cents vs 57     Net 1.28 billion dlrs vs 551.7 mln     Note - Earnings excluded extraordinary gains of 983.6 mln dlrs vs 81.3 mln. Bonus issue one-for-four vs nil. Share split four-for-one. Dividend payable June 3, books close May 11-21.  REUTER &#3;
+300@TRADING DELAYED ON SINGAPORE'S NEW BILL MARKET@The start of trading on the new Singapore Government Securities Market has been postponed until late March or early April because legislative amendments still need parliamentary approval, banking sources said.     The new bill market, intended to establish a base for a wider capital market and to encourage private bond issues in Singapore, was supposed to be launched today.     William K.K. Wong, managing director of Indosuez Asia (Singapore) Ltd, said there is no real obstacle to prevent the new market from taking off. Most dealers are optimistic it will provide more liquidity for operators to trade, he said.     Lawrence Yeo, director of Citicorp Investment Bank (Singapore) Ltd, said the market's success depends on domestic participation.     The five primary dealers and the three registered dealers will all be local companies.     The primary dealers are &lt;Commercial Discount Co Ltd>, &lt;National Discount Co Ltd>, Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd &lt;OCBM.SI>, &lt;Overseas Union Bank Ltd> and United Overseas Bank Ltd &lt;UOBM.SI>. They will underwrite the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) auctions, maintain market liquidity and channel open-market operations, MAS said.     &lt;Citicorp Investment Bank (Singapore) Ltd>, &lt;Indosuez Asia (Singapore) Ltd> and &lt;Credit Suisse First Boston Asia Ltd> will be recognised as registered dealers. They will act as market makers but will not bid directly at auctions.     MAS plans to launch trading by issuing taxable instruments grossing seven billion dlrs in the first year and a gross 38 billion dlrs of paper over the first five years.     Non-competitive bids from primary dealers prepared to accept average yield will be allocated first, to a maximum 500,000 dlrs for notes and bonds and to an unlimited amount for treasury bills.     The remaining amount will be awarded to competitive bidders from the lowest yield upwards.     In the secondary market, the standard lot traded between dealers will be one mln dlrs worth of treasury bills and 500,000 dlrs worth of government notes and bonds.  REUTER &#3;
+301@MERRILL LYNCH ISSUES 100 MLN ECU EUROBOND@Merrill Lynch and Co is issuing a 100 mln Ecu eurobond due March 30, 1990, paying 7-3/8 pct and priced at 101 pct, lead manager Banque Paribas Capital Markets said.     Merrill Lynch Capital Markets is co-lead manager.     The issue is available in denominations of 1,000 and 10,00 Ecus and will be listed in Luxembourg. The payment date is March 30, 1990.     The selling concession is 1-3/8 pct while management and underwriting combined pays 1/2 pct.  REUTER &#3;
+302@WALLENBERGS FIGHT BID FOR SWEDISH MATCH STAKE@Sweden's Wallenberg group fought back a bid by the London-based Swedish financier Erik Penser to secure a large stake in Swedish Match &lt;SMBS ST>, one of the companies at the core of their business empire.     A statement issued by the Wallenberg holding companies AB Investor and Forvaltnings AB Providentia said they had taken over an option held by Nobel Industrier Sweden AB to acquire 33 pct of the voting rights in Swedish Match.     Thre Wallenbergs paid Nobel Industrier &lt;NOBL ST>, in which Penser group has a 72 pct stake, about 20 pct over the market price for the Swedish Match option, the statement said.     Swedish Match's B shares open to foreign buyers closed at 424 crowns on Friday. The A shares -- with increased voting rights -- closed at 450 crowns for the restricted and 455 for the free shares.     The statement said the deal increased Investor's stake to 49.4 pct of the voting rights and 14.8 pct of the share capital while Providentia is left holding 34.1 pct of the voting rights and 14.5 pct of the share capital in Swedish Match.     The Wallenbergs' stake in Swedish Match had previously amounted to 52 pct of the voting rights in the company.     The Swedish Match deal will cost the Wallenbergs about 400 mln crowns, share analysts said, making it one of the most expensise moves the group has undertaken in the last four years to defend its far-flung interests from outside predators.     The Wallenbergs originally sold Nobel Industrier, an arms and chemicals group, to Penser in 1984 to pay for buying Volvo &lt;VOLV ST> out of two other key group companies, Atlas Copco &lt;ASTS ST> and Stora Koppabergs &lt;SKPS ST>.     Since then, the Wallenbergs were ousted as the largest shareholders in SKF (SKFR ST> by Skanska AB &lt;SKBS ST> and Frederik Lundberg wrested control of Incentive AB from them.     Lundberg, a Zurich-based Swedish property tycoon, also managed to acquire a 25 pct stake in another Wallenberg company, the diary equipment firm Alfa -Laval AB &lt;ALFS ST>.     During 1986, the Wallenbergs have been concentrating on building up their stake in Investor and Providentia to prevent any raid on the heart of their business empire.     But analysts say the Wallenbergs' position in the electrical engineering firm ASEA AB &lt;ASEA ST> is also too small at 12.6 pct of the voting rights and there has been growing speculation that the group will be forced to sell off fringe interests to protect its core activities.  REUTER &#3;
+303@INDONESIAN SOYBEAN IMPORTS FORECAST TO RISE@Soybean imports are forecast to rise to 425,000 tonnes in 1987/88 (October/September) from an estimated 300,000 in 1986/87 and 375,000 in 1985/86, the U.S. Embassy said in its annual report on Indonesia's agriculture.     It said Indonesia did not achieve its goal of self-sufficiency in soybean output in calendar 1986 because it did not meet a planned increase in area planted and because yields have remained below target.     Soybean meal imports are forecast to fall to around 190,000 tonnes in 1987/88 from 270,000 tonnes in 1986/87 and 295,000 tonnes in 1985/86.     Domestic soybean production is forecast to rise steadily to 1.08 mln tonnes in 1987/88 from 980,000 in the current year and 890,000 in 1985/86, the report said.     Imports are forecast to fall in the current year but to rise in 1987/88 because of a new soybean crushing plant due to come on stream in early 1988.     China is the main supplier with a 79 pct share, while the U.S. Provides the rest, it said.     "This pattern will likely continue during 1986/87 since domestic soyfood processors prefer Chinese beans and are willing to pay a premium for them," it said.     Area planted is expected to increase by 10 pct in both 1986/87 and 1987/88.     "Yield increases continue to be hampered by an insufficient supply of quality seeds, along with pest and disease problems," the report said.  REUTER &#3;
+304@SHV SAYS IT MAKING TENDER OFFER FOR IC GAS@&lt;SHV (United Kingdom) Holding Co Ltd> said it was making a tender offer for up to 33 mln ordinary shares in Imperial Continental Gas Association.&lt;ICGS.L>.     It said in a statement the offer was on the basis of 700p for each IC Gas ordinary and 252p for every one stg nominal of IC Gas loan stock.     SHV already holds 6.8 mln IC Gas ordinary stock units representing around 4.9 pct of the current issued share capital.     Successful completion of the offer would increase SHV's stake in IC Gas to 39.8 mln shares, representing around 27.9 pct of issued share capital, it said.     The offer capitalises IC Gas at around one billion stg.     It said it was tendering for both ordinary stock and loan stock, which when fully converted, gave a total of 33 mln IC Gas ordinary. It is making the tender offer through N.M. Rothschilds.     IC Gas said in a statement it noted the SHV tender offer and the terms were being considered.     It said a further statement would be made as soon as possible.  REUTER... &#3;
+305@NOBEL/FINANCIERE ROBUR ISSUE FRENCH FRANC BONDS@Nobel and Financiere Robur are issuing French franc domestic bonds with share warrants, according to announcements in the Official Bulletin (BALO).     Nobel is issuing a 200 mln franc 10-year bond with a 5.5 pct coupon in 1,000 franc denominations, to which existing shareholders will have subscription rights in the ratio of one bond for every 120 shares held with a nominal 10 franc value.     The bonds will each carry eight warrants, each giving the right to subscribe to one 100-franc Nobel share at 140 francs between June 1 1987 and May 31 1994. Payment date is April 28.     In a second stage of the operation, the company will issue 3.63 mln new 100-franc nominal shares at a price of 120 francs, in the ratio of three new shares for 20 existing 10-franc nominal shares.     This will take the company's capital to 677.6 mln francs from the present 242 mln.     In a separate operation, Financiere Robur is issuing a 147.73 mln French franc eight-year bond with a six pct coupon, denominated in 1,100 franc units and priced at par.     Payment date will be April 13 and existing shareholders will have a preferential right to subscribe to the issue in the ratio of one bond for every 10 shares held, between March 9 and March 30 1987.     Each bond will carry two warrants, each giving the right to subscribe between January 1 1988 and March 31 1992 to one Financiere Robur share at a price of 210 francs.  REUTER &#3;
+306@JAPANESE BANKS COOL ON NIGERIAN DEBT TALKS@Japanese banks are expected to give Nigerian debt negotiators a cool response when they arrive here tomorrow for talks, banking sources said.     "We're not very enthusiastic about Nigeria's debt rescheduling," said a senior official at a leading Japanese bank.     A team of Nigerian officials will meet with Japanese creditor banks here later this week to seek Japanese support for a proposed refinancing of part of Nigeria's 19 billion dlr foreign debt, bankers said.     The senior bank official said a majority of Japanese bank creditors are unwilling to provide any new credits to Nigeria although about 80 pct have reluctantly agreed to accept rescheduling of part of their existing loans.     "The problem is Nigeria has so far neglected us Japanese creditors and we have yet to receive a clear-cut picture of the nation's debt situation," said another Japanese bank official.     He said Japanese bankers were unaware of the exact extent of Western commercial bank exposure to Nigeria and were uncertain about the proposed refinancing package details.     Some 21 Japanese banks have loans outstanding to Nigeria, representing about four pct of the credit extended by Western commercial institutions, banking sources said.     They said Nigeria would probably request about 320 mln dlrs in fresh private bank money and rescheduling of some 1.4 to 1.5 billion dlrs in existing loans due in 1986 and 1987. Japanese banks want Nigeria to make clear its debt repayment scheme as well as its economic reconstruction plans during the two-day meeting here, the sources added.     "Otherwise, our response will be very negative," the senior official said.     Banking sources said some 80 pct of international creditor banks involved have responded positively to the Nigerian debt proposal.     Bank of Japan officials said they hope Japanese commercial banks will help Nigeria overcome its debt problems.     Barclays Bank plc &lt;BCS.L> has the most exposure to Nigeria's debt and is chairing a bank steering committee looking at the problem, the banking sources said. BankAmerica Corp &lt;BAC.N> is coordinating private bank creditors in the Far East and representing them on the committee, they added.  REUTER &#3;
+307@U.K. MONEY MARKET DEFICIT FORECAST AT 800 MLN STG@The Bank of England said it forecast a shortage of around 800 mln stg in the money market today.     Among the main factors affecting liquidity, bills maturing in official hands and the take-up of treasury bills will drain some 1.61 billion stg.     Partly offsetting this outflow, exchequer transactions and a fall in note circulation will add around 425 mln stg and 360 mln stg respectively. In addition, bankers' balances above target will add some 20 mln stg to the system today.  REUTER &#3;
+308@JAPAN SALES TAX MAY FORCE NAKASONE OUT OF OFFICE@Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone is likely to leave office this summer amid opposition to his controversial tax-reform package, political analysts said.     They said Nakasone's reputation as a skilled politician has suffered irreparable damage from his support of a five pct sales tax planned for January 1988.     "Nakasone is trying to carry out a drastic tax reform at the end of his administration, which is not only impossible but also is very irresponsible as a politican," Rei Shiratori, professor of politics at Dokkyo University, told Reuters.     "Nakasone will almost certainly step down as soon as parliament approves the sales tax, probably in the summer," Shiratori said.     Some ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) members of parliament have spoken against the tax, which Nakasone says is needed to balance planned cuts in income and corporate taxes.     Nakasone today called for disciplinary action against LDP members who oppose the tax. "There are some who are objecting because of their constituencies," he told a meeting of government and party leaders. "If the party discipline is broken, I would like to see punishment considered."     "A proposed sales tax has become a political issue, partly because Nakasone breached his election pledge against introducing it," Shiratori said.     "Moreover, the tax is being introduced when the public feels uncertainty about the sluggish economy stemming from the yen's appreciation and about the future when the Japanese society is rapidly aging," he said.     Political analysts said the controversial tax could affect the more than 2,500 local elections scheduled for April, involving governors, mayors, town and village heads and assemblies at all levels.     But the situation is complicated, since opposition parties excluding the communists sometimes put up joint candidates with the LDP, the political analysts added.     Shiratori said, "In the worst case, implementation of the sales tax, now scheduled for next January, may be put off for some time before the government makes a final decision.     "Another alternative is to modify the planned five pct to perhaps three pct.     "A third alternative for the government is to ram through the bills only with the attendance of LDP MPs," he said.     Seizaburo Sato, professor of politics at Tokyo University, thought the last possibility most likely. "I think the LDP alone will take a vote on the tax bills," he said.     The LDP now holds 304 seats in the 512-seat Lower House and 143 in the 252-seat Upper House.     To lure opposition parties back to parliament after the LDP pushes through the tax bills, the Nakasone cabinet will have to resign, Sato said.     "Boycotting opposition members will be more willing to return to parliament if a new cabinet has been formed," he said.  REUTER &#3;
+309@BLACK MINERS SUPPORT S. AFRICAN MINES TAKEOVER@Thousands of black mineworkers roared support for a union proposal to seize control of South Africa's gold, uranium, platinum and coal mines if the owners refuse to improve conditions for migrant black workers.     About 15,000 miners attended a rally here to endorse moves proposed by last week's annual meeting of the 200,000 strong National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).     They also supported a proposal for a national strike at the end of this month if the owners refused to begin negotiations.     Migrant workers from surrounding countries make up more than half of the labour force in the mines.     It was not stated how the union would "seize control."     The miners' leaders also demanded an end to the system of single sex hostels for migrant workers, to be replaced by housing schemes so that workers could live with their families.     The crowd, one of the largest to attend a meeting since South Africa declared a state of emergency last June, also shouted approval of a proposal to work closely with anti-apartheid movements such as the United Democratic Front (UDF) which claims two mln members. They also shouted their support for a demand that jailed black nationalist leader Nelson Mandela be released.  REUTER &#3;
+310@THAILAND ANNOUNCES THIRD TAPIOCA QUOTA FOR EC@Thailand's Commerce Ministry announced a new tapioca export quota of 737,987 tonnes for the European Community against 762,860 tonnes for the previous allocation.     The ministry said the fresh allocation, for the February 27-July 7 shipment period, is the third under a maximum 5.5 mln tonne overall quota that Thailand obtained from the EC for calendar 1987.     It said the quota allocation was based on a national tapioca pellet stock of 4.34 mln tonnes surveyed last week, up from 3.05 mln in mid-January.  REUTER &#3;
+311@ATPC MEMBERS FIND WAYS TO CURB TIN EXPORTS@Mine and industry officials from most member states of the Association of Tin Producing Countries (ATPC) say they have found ways to limit group exports to 96,000 tonnes in the year started March 1, according to views polled by Reuter correspondents.     The plan to curb exports, agreed in January, is aimed at cutting the world surplus to 50,000 tonnes from 70,000 now and boosting prices to about 19 ringgit a kilo from just over 16.     Members of the seven-member Kuala Lumpur-based ATPC account for some 65 pct of the world's tin output.     Under the ATPC plan, Malaysia has been allocated an export quota of 28,526 tonnes, Indonesia 24,516, Thailand 19,000, Bolivia 13,761, Zaire 1,736 and Nigeria 1,461.     Australia has said it is not setting any export quota. However, the tonnage allocated to it, 7,000 tonnes, is roughly equal to its expected output this year.     Comment from officials in Zaire was unavailable.     Mine officials in Malaysia, the world's leading producer, said only 188 mines will be allowed to operate to ensure that output is limited to around 31,500 tonnes in the year started March 1.     Chief Inspector of Mines Redzuan Sumun told Reuters that excess output of some 3,000 tonnes after exports of 28,500 in the one-year quota period would be kept in the national stock.     Mine owners in Malaysia have welcomed the ATPC export curb and asked the government not to issue new mining licences. More than 100 applications for licences are pending.     Redzuan said the Mines Department would approve new mining licences only if a six-month review of production trends showed that local mines were not overproducing.     ATPC chairman and Indonesia's Mining and Energy Minister Subroto has pledged his country's support for the export curb.     A spokesman for the state-owned tin mining company PT Tambang Timah told Reuters it would be easy for Indonesia to stick to an export quota of 24,516 tonnes because this was close to exports in calendar 1986 of 24,636.     In Bangkok, Thai Industry Minister Pramual Sabhavasu said Thailand would keep to its 19,000 tonne quota and added this would not cause the local industry hardship at current prices.     To insure adherence, the industry ministry and sole tin exporter Thailand Smelting and Refining Co would encourage bigger stockpiles, and income tax exemptions would be permitted, he said.     The Thai Mineral Resources Department is expected to disallow new tin mines opening this year to prevent excessive production, industry sources said.     But Mining Industry Council President Dam Teutong told Reuters that if the tin price rose above 18 ringgit a kilo, Thai miners would press for the opening of more new mines.     Thailand exported 18,367 tonnes in 1986, up from 17,359 in 1985, Pramual said.     Bolivia said it expects to export less tin this year than its allocated 13,761 tonne quota.     Mining Minister Jaimie Villalobos told Reuters in La Paz that Bolivia expected to export about 9,000 tonnes of tin in calendar 1987.     He said this was due to the sacking after the tin crisis of October 1985 of about 20,000 of the 28,000 workers at the state mining company Comibol, which produces more than 80 pct of Bolivia's total exports.     He said there were risks in the ATPC plan to cut exports but added he was confident the goals set by the plan would be achieved. He did not elaborate.     Mines, Power and Steel Minister Bunu Sheriff Musa said in Lagos that Nigeria would have no difficulty keeping within its ATPC quota of 1,461 tonnes because its metals output had declined due to poor demand and high production costs.     Industry sources told Reuters that Nigeria's output was less than 1,000 tonnes last year.     ATPC officials said they would monitor member countries' export figures every three months using customs documents and make projections from such data to see if quotas were likely to be breached within the year-long quota period.     The ATPC officials said members that appeared likely to breach their quotas would be told to take remedial measures.     They added that if member countries were unable to fulfil their quotas their extra tonnage would be reallocated to other members at the ATPC's discretion.     The ATPC would have produced and exported an estimated 106,000 tonnes of tin in 1987 without the plan.     Non-members Brazil and China have pledged to cooperate with the ATPC and limit their exports to 21,000 and 7,000 tonnes respectively during the quota period.  REUTER &#3;
+312@SOUTH KOREA TO HOLD CURRENT ACCOUNT SURPLUS DOWN@South Korea plans to take steps to keep its 1987 current account surplus below five billion dlrs, Economic Planning Board Minister Kim Mahn-je said.     Kim told reporters the government would repay loans ahead of schedule and encourage firms to increase imports and investment abroad to prevent the current account surplus from rising too quickly.     Last year South Korea's current account surplus was 4.65 billion dlrs. It widened to 622 mln dlrs in January from 484 mln in December and compared with a deficit of 334 mln in January 1986, Bank of Korea figures show.  REUTER &#3;
+313@DUTCH OILSEEDS/FATS IMPORTS ROSE IN 1986@and oil-bearing raw materials, fats and oils rose to 2.16 mln tonnes on a fat/oil basis in 1986 from 2.12 mln tonnes in 1985, the Commodity Board for Margarine, Fats and Oils said.     Exports of the same commodities fell to 1.35 mln tonnes from 1.38 mln on a fat-oil basis.     Fat- and oil-bearing raw materials imports rose to 760,000 from 709,200 tonnes on a fat/oil basis and to 3.47 mln tonnes actual weight from 3.32 mln.     Soyabeans were the main component, with imports rising to 2.82 mln tonnes actual weight from 2.75 mln. Sunflowerseed imports fell to 308,200 from 342,900 tonnes while rapeseed imports rose to 292,000 from 201,400 tonnes.     Exports of fat- and oil-bearing raw materials rose to 28,700 tonnes from 19,800 on a fat/oil basis and to 137,200 from 89,900 tonnes actual weight.     Soyabean exports rose to 119,400 tonnes actual weight from 73,200 tonnes.     Imports of vegetable fats, including palm oil, rose to 445,400 tonnes from 362,500 and exports to 151,500 from 139,800.     Vegetable oil imports fell to 227,500 tonnes in 1986 from 286,300 in 1985, and exports to 661,400 from 683,400 tonnes.     Soyabean oil imports were 32,000 (48,200), sunflower oil 61,600 (92,800), rape oil 82,900 (94,900) and groundnut oil 9,300 (12,200). Exports of soybean oil were 325,900 (338,800), sun oil 172,100 (189,800), rape oil 114,300 (103,400) and groundnut oil 7,000 (10,400).     Animal fat imports rose to 371,700 from 345,800 tonnes and exports to 124,100 tonnes from 113,000. Fishoil imports fell to 190,600 from 265,600 and exports to 56,500 from 85,500 tonnes.  reuter... &#3;
+314@CHINA'S HEILONGJIANG PROVINCE BOOSTS GOLD OUTPUT@Gold output in the northeast China province of Heilongjiang rose 22.7 pct in 1986 from 1985's level, the New China News Agency said. It gave no figures.     It said the province, China's second largest gold producer after Shandong, plans to double gold output by 1990 from the 1986 level. China does not publish gold production figures.     However, industry sources estimate output at about 65 tonnes a year, with exports put between 11 and 31 tonnes.     China is selling more gold abroad to offset large trade deficits in recent years, western diplomats said.  REUTER &#3;
+315@SALE TILNEY BUYS STAKE IN U.S. INSURANCE BROKER@&lt;Sale Tilney Plc> said it has purchased 80 pct of the ordinary share capital of &lt;B and R International Inc.>, a U.S. Insurance broker, for 5.6 mln dlrs.     Sale is paying 3.6 mln dlrs in cash on completion, with the balance plus interest to be paid in equal instalments over the next six years.     B and R posted pretax profit of 855,000 dlrs in the year to Dec 31, 1986 when it had net tangible assets of 563,000 dlrs.  REUTER &#3;
+316@SAN MIGUEL BOARD APPOINTMENT MAY MEAN CHANGES@Disagreement over management of &lt;San Miguel Corp> (SMC) may follow the Philippine government's appointment of a well-known banker to the SMC board, investment analysts said.     They told Reuters the presence of &lt;United Coconut Planters Bank> (UCPB) president Ramon Sy to the board of SMC may mean changes in SMC management, which for decades was controlled by the family of its president, Andres Soriano.     Sy was appointed by a government commission that controls 51 pct of San Miguel's stock, after another nominee resigned.     The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG) holds six seats on the 15-member SMC board, which represent 33.13 mln sequestered shares.     The stocks were seized on suspicion that they were owned by Eduardo Cojuangco, then chairman of UCPB and San Miguel. He was a close associate of deposed president Ferdinand Marcos, and he left the country after Marcos's fall.     Before the seizure, Soriano led a 3.3 billion peso bid for the shares, paying UCPB a 500 mln peso deposit.     The bid valued the shares at about 100 pesos. They traded at 93 pesos today, down from 95.50 at Friday's close.     Finance Secretary Jaime Ongpin told reporters on Saturday that Sy would definitely sit on the SMC board despite the objections of some directors associated with Soriano.     "I don't think there is a conflict of interest as such," he said.     "I was potentially concerned with seeing a situation where you have a contentious atmosphere on the board. But Sy has assured (the government) that he does not intend to behave in a contentious manner," Ongpin added.     The Soriano group cited conflict of interest in opposing Sy's directorship. Its lawyer said in a letter to the PCGG that a pending suit seeking forfeiture of SMC's 500 mln peso deposit and major undisclosed damages against the brewery represented a clear conflict.     UCPB, however, sought board representation before Sy's appointment, petitioning the PCGG "so that the interests of the owners of the 33 mln shares would be adequately protected."     Investment analysts polled by Reuters said the UCPB had a right to a slot on the SMC board as trustee for coconut farmers who claim ownership of the disputed shares.     The analysts said Sy, backed by the government, would probably suggest replacements for PCGG nominees expected to resign soon in keeping with a new law prohibiting government officials from working for private companies. SMC's annual election is scheduled for May.     A UCPB spokesman declined to comment, saying it was up to the PCGG to decide whom to appoint.     One analyst said objections were understandable from the family that founded the company 97 years ago.     "It is a natural instinct of self-preservation for Soriano," he said.     SMC posted a net income of 448.8 mln pesos in 1985 on net sales of 10.99 billion pesos against 422.3 mln in 1984 on sales of 10.36 billion.  REUTER &#3;
+317@ESTIMATED DROP IN JAPAN CORPORATE PROFITS TRIMMED@The combined profits of Japan's major corporations, excluding financial institutions, are forecast to fall 19.2 pct in the 1986/87 year ending March 31, compared to the 19.9 pct decline projected in late November, Wako Research Institute of Economics said.     The private research body also said in a statement that 437 of the 1,084 firms listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange foresee an 11.6 pct fall in sales in the year against an 11.4 pct fall estimated last November.     Current profits are projected to fall 4.4 pct in 1987/88 on sales seen increasing by 4.2 pct, it said.     Rationalisation measures taken by manufacturing industries to cope with the yen's sharp rise are beginning to brighten their business outlook, the institute said.     It said lower interest rates, which are expected to reduce corporate borrowing costs, are also behind the improved performance outlook.     Earnings performance in the non-manufacturing sector will be supported by firm demand in the real estate and construction businesses, it said.     The forecast was based on average exchange rate estimates of 160 yen to the dollar in 1986/87 and 155 yen in 1987/88.  REUTER &#3;
+318@LEBANESE PRESIDENT AGREES NEW PEACE MOVES@Lebanese President Amin Gemayel has agreed to three key points in a new Syrian-brokered plan aimed at ending civil war in Lebanon, official sources said.     They said the Maronite Christian leader has agreed to give up Cabinet voting rights, to ensure that the Prime Minister is elected by parliament and to the abolition in principle of Lebanon's current power-sharing system.     Gemayel had agreed to the proposals in two months of indirect negotiations with Syrian leaders, the sources said. REUTER &#3;
+319@INDIAN BUDGET DEFICIT SEEN FUELING INFLATION@Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's fiscal 1987/88 budget has sparked speculation that a large deficit will push up India's moderate inflation rate and that the country's stock markets will experience prolonged uncertainty, economists, politicians and stockbrokers told Reuters.     The projected deficit for fiscal 1987/88, ending March, is 56.88 billion rupees, down from an upwardly revised estimate of a record 82.85 billion in fiscal 1986/87.     The projected inflation rate for fiscal 1986/87, based on wholesale prices, is 6.5 pct against 3.8 pct in 1985/86.     Economists pointed out that the government itself had expressed concern about inflation in its most recent 1986/87 economic survey report published last week.     Presenting the budget to parliament on Saturday, Prime Minister Gandhi said a cabinet committee would be appointed to trim large non-development expenditures. The deficit for 1987/88 will not be allowed to exceed the budgeted figure, he said.     But few analysts have taken Gandhi's assurance seriously. They say the deficit more than doubled in 1986/87 from an initial estimate of 36.5 billion rupees.     Lal Krishna Advani, president of the opposition Bharatiya Janata party, said Gandhi's failure to mention specific measures to cut non-development expenses will push up prices.     Economists said increased liquidity in the economy, as reflected by expansion of the M3 aggregate money supply, may cause prices to rise. The survey report showed the M3 rose by 15.7 pct or 185.78 billion rupees in the first nine months of 1986/87 against 13.37 pct or 136.42 billion in the same 1985/86 period.     Economists also said uncertain monsoon rain prospects, after bad weather last year, may strain prices further.     Economists said the deficit would also cause the government to rely increasingly on internal borrowing. Market loans and bonds were projected at 981.50 billion rupees for 1987/88, up from the 1986/87 estimate of 852.13 billion.     No reduction has been proposed in personal income taxes, which will discourage savings, economists said.     Avinash Purulkar, chief manager of the state-owned Union Bank of India, said the annual inflation rate may double to around 15 pct in 1987/88 as the government prints more currency notes to cover the deficit.     Brokers said stock market investors have started selling long-term portfolios to take advantage of a proposal in the budget that reduces the holding period required to claim exemption from the capital gains tax to one year from three.     Delhi stockbroker B. D. Aggarwal said, "There is uncertainty in the market. There is going to be growing selling pressure."     But Bombay broker Dinesh Walji said the present hectic selling of shares will slow when more buyers appear on the scene. "Just now there is acute nervousness in the market," he said.     Brokers said proposals to set up a mutual fund to help small investors buy equity shares and relaxations in the capital gains tax will inject further buoyancy into the market on a long-term basis.     New equity and debenture issues, both convertible and non-convertible, rose to an officially estimated 50.70 billion rupees in April/January 1986/87 from an estimated 36.95 billion in all 1985/86 and 20 billion in all 1984/85.  REUTER &#3;
+320@INDIA BUYS 46,000 TONNES OF VEGETABLE OILS@The Indian State Trading Corporation purchased 46,000 tonnes of vegetable oils at its import tender on Friday, market sources said.     The business was for April shipments and comprised 20,000 tonnes of European rapeseed oil at 318 dlrs, 20,000 tonnes of soyoil, believed South American origin, at 314, and 6,000 tonnes of Malaysian rbd palm olein at 347 dlrs, all per tonne cif.     Palm oil sellers were disappointed at the light purchase of rbd olein and early trading saw the market ease nearly 10 dlrs under Malaysian refiner and dealer selling. April shipments traded down to 326 dlrs per tonne, fob.  REUTER &#3;
+321@BEECHAM UNIT LAUNCHES ARTHRITIS DRUG@Beecham Group Plc &lt;BHAM.L> said its subsidiary &lt;Beecham Pharmaceuticals> launched a new once-a-day, prescription only medicine for the reduction of pain and inflammation caused by rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. The launch took place simultaneously in the U.K. And West Germany.     The drug, which has the approved name Nabumetone, will be introduced to doctors in the U.K. Under the brand name of Relifex and will be known as Arthaxan in West Germany.  REUTER &#3;
+322@JAPAN TO PROMOTE INTEREST RATE LIBERALISATION@The Bank of Japan decided at a policy board meeting to promote further interest rate liberalisation by lowering the minimum denomination of regulation-free large deposits and by raising the interest rate ceiling on money market certificates (MMCs), a central bank official said.     The new guideline will go into effect on April 6, the bank said.     Under the guideline, the minimum denomination of regulation-free large deposits will be lowered to 100 mln yen from 300 mln.     The interest rate ceiling of MMCs with maturities of between one year and two years will be set at 0.5 percentage point below the prevailing certificate of deposit rate, the bank said.     But the ceiling on MMCs with maturities of one year or less will remain the same, or 0.75 percentage point below the CD rates.     The minimum denomination of MMCs will be lowered to 10 mln yen from 30 mln.     The bank also said time deposit rates will be lowered by 0.37 point, effective March 16, in line with the half-point cut in the official discount rate on February 23.     New interest rates on two-year and one-year deposits at banks, for example, will be 3.64 pct and 3.39 pct per annum, respectively.     Demand deposit rates, however, will remain the same.  REUTER &#3;
+323@TAIWAN POWER FIRM PLANS MORE FOREIGN DEBT CUTS@State-owned (Taiwan Power co) will boost its domestic borrowings to further cut its foreign debt in line with a government policy to trim the island's huge foreign exchange reserves, a company official said.     The company's foreign debt, mainly from the Japanese and U.S. Banks, was cut nearly by half to 66.2 billion taiwan dlrs equivalent in calendar 1986 from 124.6 billion in 1985, he said.     Its domestic borrowings however rose to 105.2 billion taiwan dlrs from 80.6 billion in the same period, he added.     Taiwan's foreign exchange reserves now stood at 50 billion U.S. Dlrs, due to its 1986 record trade surplus of 15.6 billion.  REUTER &#3;
+324@CREDITORS ALLOW TECK HOCK TO FULFIL CONTRACTS@The nine creditor banks of international coffee trader &lt;Teck Hock and Co Pte Ltd> met today to discuss ways of letting it fulfil profitable contracts which would help it balance earlier losses, a creditor bank official said.     No statement was made after the meeting and officials declined to comment on any decisions made.     An unidentified foreign commodities company is pursuing its offer to buy the company and a subsidiary &lt;Coffee Industries Singapore>, banking sources said.     The nine creditor banks have the buyer's detailed proposals covering the injection of new capital and payment of some outstanding debt to the creditor banks and are now discussing individual bank counterproposals to increase debt repayments.     Teck Hock owes over 100 mln Singapore dlrs and the nine banks have been extending debt repayments since December 23.     They are Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp Ltd &lt;OCBM.S>, United Overseas Bank Ltd &lt;UOBM.S>, &lt;Banque Paribas>, &lt;Bangkok Bank Ltd>, &lt;Citibank NA>, &lt;Standard Chartered Bank Ltd>, Algemene Bank Nederland NV &lt;ABNN.A>, Banque Nationale De Paris &lt;BNPP.P> and &lt;Chase Manhattan Bank NA>.  REUTER &#3;
+325@TESCO ISSUES 100 MLN STG CONVERTIBLE BOND@Tesco Plc &lt;TSCO.L> is issuing a 100 mln stg convertible eurobond due February 20, 2002 paying an indicated coupon of four to 4-1/4 pct and priced at par, lead manager Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd said.     The issue is callable after 90 days at 106 pct declining by one pct per annum to par thereafter. It is not callable until 1992 unless the share price exceeds 130 pct of the conversion price. Final terms will be set on, or before, March 9.     The deal has an investor put option after five years, which will be priced to give the investor an annual yield to the put of 8-3/4 to nine pct.     The selling concession is 1-1/2 pct while management and underwriting each pay 1/2 pct. The payment date is March 25 and there will be a short first coupon period.     The issue is available in denominations of 1,000 and 5,000 stg and will be listed in London.  REUTER &#3;
+326@SNCF ISSUING THREE BILLION FRANC DOMESTIC BOND@The French state railway company, the Ste Nationale des Chemins de Fer Francaise (SNCF), is issuing a three billion French franc domestic bond in two tranches, the bond issuing committee said.     Details of the issue will be announced later and it will be listed in the Official Bulletin (BALO) of March 9.     The issue will be co-led by Banque Nationale de Paris, Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole and the Societe Marseillaise de Credit.  REUTER &#3;
+327@DUTCH ANIMAL FEED USAGE DOWN IN FIRST HALF SEASON@Dutch animal feed usage in the first half of the current season from July through December 1986 fell 7.6 pct to 6.5 mln tonnes from 7.1 mln in the same period of 1985, figures in the latest newsletter from the co-operative Cebeco-Handelsraad show.     Tapioca usage fell 9.1 pct to 1.4 mln tonnes from 1.6 mln in the first half of the 1985/86 season.     Grain usage fell 6.1 pct to 1.1 mln tonnes from 1.2 mln, while soymeal usage fell 10 pct to 967,000 tonnes from 1.1 mln.     Cornglutenfeed usage fell 17.8 pct to 729,000 tonnes from 887,000, but cornfeedmeal usage nearly doubled to 399,000 tonnes from 201,000.     Citruspulp usage dropped 62.8 pct to 149,000 tonnes from 400,000 tonnes, while rapeseed and meal usage rose 9.6 pct to 217,000 tonnes from 198,000 and sunmeal rose 25.6 pct to 216,000 tonnes from 172,000 tonnes.     During the whole of the season from July 1985 to June 1986, Dutch soymeal usage fell 12 pct to 1.9 mln tonnes from 2.1 mln the previous season, while sunmeal usage rose 25 pct to 408,000 tonnes from 325,000.     Rapeseed and meal usage during the season also rose 14 pct to 409,000 tonnes from 360,000, but citruspulp fell 37 pct to 516,000 tonnes from 826,000.     Meanwhile, the value of exports of agricultural products from the Netherlands in calendar 1986 fell 5.4 pct to 48.7 billion guilders from 51.5 billion in calendar 1985, figures from the Ministry of Agriculture show.     During the same period imports of agricultural products dropped 13.1 pct to 31.2 billion guilders from 35.8 billion.  REUTER &#3;
+328@REUTERS TO CARRY JIJI FINANCIAL SERVICES@Reuters Holdings Plc &lt;RTRS.L> said it would display an English language financial news service provided by the Japanese Jiji Press from the second quarter of 1987.     The service, which will be provided through the Reuter Monitor and Composite Information Service (CIS), will offer 24-hour reports on Japanese economic and political developments as well as specialised news on money markets and rates, securities and technology.     Another Jiji service, offering information on Japanese equity, bond and money markets, is also available on CIS.  REUTER &#3;
+329@FIAT UNIT ISSUES 100 MLN DLR BOND AND WARRANTS@Fiat Finance and Trade Ltd is issuing a 100 mln dlr eurobond due April 2, 1991 at 7-1/4 pct and 101-1/8 pct, lead manager Morgan Stanley International said.     The issue is guaranteed by Internazionale Fiat Holding SA and is accompanied by a 200,000 currency warrant package.     The bond is available in denominations of 5,000 dlrs and will be listed in Luxembourg. Payment date for bond and warrants is April 2, 1987. The selling concession is 1-1/8 pct while management and underwriting combined pays 1/2 pct.     The warrants indicated at 45 dlrs entitle the holder to buy a minimum of 500 dlrs at a rate of 1.79 marks per dlr.     The warrants are exercisable from the April 2 payment date until March 2, 1989. A minimum of 200 warrants must be exercised. They will also be listed in Luxembourg.  REUTER &#3;
+330@U.K. CONFIRMS JANUARY STERLING M3 RISE@The Bank of England said the broad measure of U.K. Money supply, Sterling M3, rose a seasonally adjusted 1.1 pct in January after a 0.2 pct rise in December.     The unadjusted year-on-year rise was 17.6 pct after 18.1 pct in the year to December.     The narrow measure of money supply, M0, fell by a seasonally adjusted 0.6 pct in January, and rose by a non-adjusted 4.1 pct year-on-year, the Bank said.     The figures confirm provisional data issued by the Bank two weks ago.     In December, M0 grew by a seasonally adjusted 1.4 pct and by a non-seasonally adjusted 5.2 pct year-on-year.     The Bank said sterling bank lending grew by a non-seasonally adjusted 1.75 billion stg in January. This also confirmed provisional figures issued in February.     The measure of private sector liquidity, PSL2, fell 0.2 pct in January, but after seasonal adjustment rose 0.6 pct, the Bank said.     The Bank said the public sector contribution to the growth in Sterling M3 was contractionary by about 2.3 billion stg.     Within this, the Public Sector Borrowing Requirement (PSBR) showed a repayment of 3.7 billion stg, while the non-bank private sector's holdings of government debt fell by about 1.1 billion stg.     There was a fall of 290 mln stg in notes and coin in January, a fall of 1.5 billion stg in non-interest bearing sight deposits, and a rise of 1.6 billion stg in interest bearing sight deposits, the Bank said.  REUTER &#3;
+331@EXCO BUYS U.S. GOVERNMENT SECURITIES BROKER@&lt;Exco International Plc>, a subsidiary of British and Commonwealth Shipping Co Plc &lt;BCOM.L>, said it had agreed in principle to buy an 80 pct stake in &lt;RMJ Holdings Corp> for about 79 mln dlrs.     Exco Chairman Richard Lacy told Reuters the acquisition was being made from Bank of New York Co Inc &lt;BK.N>, which currently holds a 50.1 pct, and from RMJ partners who hold the remainder.     Bank of New York and the partners will retain about 10 pct each and these stakes will be bought over the next six years.     RMJ is the holding company of RMJ Securities, one of the largest U.S. Government securities brokers.     It is also involved in broking notes, obligations and other instruments sponsored by U.S. Federal agencies.     Lacy said Exco had been considering buying a U.S. Government securities broker for the past four years and had made an offer for RMJ when it was sold by Security Pacific Corp &lt;SPC.N> in 1985. RMJ was then valued at about 50 mln dlrs.     B and C managing director Peter Goldie said RMJ would be bought at about the same multiple as Exco, suggesting net income of around 16 mln dlrs.     The company's earnings had not been hit by the halving of brokerage fees some 14 months ago as volumes had since doubled.     Lacy said that RMJ employed some 300 people, with 200 in the brokerage business and about 70 in its &lt;SMS> unit, which provided computer software for the financial services community.     RMJ Securities had offices in New York, where total market turnover of U.S. Government securities was 110 billion dlrs a day, and in London where it has 15 billion.     It was also given permission last week to open an office in Tokyo where total market turnover had lifted rapidly to about five billion dlrs a day.     The acquisition would contribute between five and 10 pct of B and C's share earnings in 1987 on a proforma basis.  REUTER &#3;
+332@PAKISTAN TO TENDER FOR RBD PALM OIL@Pakistan will hold an import tender tomorrow for 6,000 tonnes of refined bleached deodorised palm oil for second half March shipments, traders said.  REUTER &#3;
+333@HOECHST TO RESEARCH DISCS WITH U.S., JAPAN FIRMS@Hoechst AG &lt;HFAG.F>, &lt;Kerdix Inc.>, Boulder, Colorado, and &lt;Nakamichi Corp>, Tokyo, have agreed to pool their research and development on magneto-optical memory discs, Hoechst said in a statement.     Research will be carried out at each company and Hoechst will start to produce the discs by mid-1988 and distribute them worldwide under the brand name Ozadisc.     A Hoechst spokesman said an eventual joint venture was likely but could give no details.  REUTER &#3;
+334@COLOROLL AGREES TO BUY U.S. WALLCOVERINGS COMPANY@&lt;Coloroll Group Plc> said it has entered into a conditional agreement to acquire the business and assets of &lt;Wallco Inc> and related companies for 14.5 mln dlrs.     Miami-based Wallco manufactures and distributes wallcoverings and showed a pretax profit of 1.5 mln dlrs on turnover of 37 mln in the year ending June 1986. The total U.S. Market was estimated to be worth 840 mln dlrs in 1986, having grown by 47 pct in the previous five years, Coloroll said.     The combined sales and profit of the enlarged Coloroll U.S. Business would be 67 mln and four mln dlrs respectively.  REUTER &#3;
+335@ECONOMIC SPOTLIGHT - AUSTERITY MEASURES IN HUNGARY@Hungary is to embark on a new series of austerity measures to tackle a budget deficit which tripled last year after quadrupling in 1985.     The target deficit in the 1987 budget approved by Parliament last December was 43.8 billion forints.     But Zoltan Boesze, chief of the Finance Ministry's budget financing division, told Reuters the government now saw this as too high and had decided "quite severe" measures were needed.     "All the organizations of economic management have been charged with elaborating further (savings) measures," he said.     Asked if these measures were being taken under pressure from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Boesze said: "The Fund suggested it would be good to improve monetary results, and of course the Fund would support these efforts."     IMF teams spent several weeks in Budapest late last year.     Boesze said preliminary figures showed that Hungary's state budget deficit rose to a preliminary 47 billion forints last year from 15.8 billion in 1985 and 3.7 billion in 1984.     The economy overshot a target deficit of 23 billion forints because of poor performance by state firms, which needed subsidies and tax incentives to export and earn hard currency.     The exact extent and nature of savings are still under discussion but subsidies to state enterprises -- the largest budget item -- must definitely fall, Boesze said.     Subsidies to state firms, including grants to maintain low consumer prices, exceeded the plan by nine billion to reach 164 billion forints in 1986, up from 152.9 billion in 1985. Parliament approved 1987 subsidies of 170 billion forints.     "I think that in 1987 it is quite impossible to keep up the former situation and we will be obliged to reduce subsidies," Boesze said. "The central administration must be hard. ... If we are not hard then we will not be successful."     Boesze said the budget could also make savings from reserve provisions of two billion forints for central expenditure and 800 mln forints for transfers to local authorities. "I believe these reserves should not be used at all," he said.     Wage growth last year outstripped that of gross domestic product, which expanded one pct instead of a planned 2.5 pct.     The authorities had already signalled a small fall in real wages for 1987, but Boesze said firms will suffer severe tax penalties if they award nominal rises of over one or two pct.     This would mean a severe cut in living standards, as retail price inflation is forecast at seven pct after 5.3 pct in 1986.     A four-month basic wage freeze expires on April 1.     About 40 pct of the 1986 subsidies to state enterprises and 33 pct in 1985 were made to maintain low consumer prices.     Boesze said pure economic policy would dictate significant cuts in price subsidies, but that social considerations made this difficult.     But he added: "I think ultimately we will be able to make curtailments in subsidies in this area as well."     He said Hungary plans to introduce price reform at the beginning of 1988 at the same time as personal taxation and value added tax. The IMF supports these aims.     Hungary introduced a bankrupcty law last September in an attempt to shake out surplus labour from inefficient firms.     Between 100,000 and 150,000 workers are expected to be unemployed at least temporarily by 1990. Labour discipline is being tightened and firms may fire workers more easily.     Boesze said the per capita employment tax paid to the state by firms was being raised this year to encourage enterprises to shed labour. He gave no exact figures.     Istvan Nagy, a senior Finance Ministry official responsible for drafting the bankrupcy law, told Reuters last year he hoped the law would cut state subsidies to enterprises by 50 pct.     After subsidies to state enterprises, the largest single budget items are social insurance (153 billion forints approved for 1987) and transfers to local councils (80 billion).     Interest payments on international debt are set to rise to more than 10 billion forints in 1987 from between six and seven billion in 1986, Boesze said.     Hungary's net hard currency debt leapt by 54 pct last year to 7.7 billion dlrs, according to provisional figures, while trade with Western countries plunged into a deficit of more than 400 mln dlrs from a 1.2 billion dlr surplus just two years earlier.     Boesze said last year's budget deficit was financed 90 pct by credits from the National Bank, mostly from abroad, and 10 pct by the issue of domestic state bonds.     Deputy Prime Minister Frigyes Berecz told Hungarian economists in a speech this month that the country's economy was in a "very difficult" situation, but not in crisis.     There would have to be a turnround with tangible results this year, however, and borrowing must be used more effectively.     "Any rise in our present loans may prove to be dangerous," Berecz said.  REUTER &#3;
+336@U.K. MONEY MARKET SHORTAGE FORECAST REVISED DOWN@The Bank of England said it revised its forecast of the shortage in the money market down to around 700 mln stg from its original estimate of 800 mln.  REUTER &#3;
+337@ALASKA HOUSING HAS 150 MLN DLR SYNDICATED LOAN@Alaska Housing Finance Corp, a local U.S. Government agency, has become the first municipal entity to tap the syndicated loan market, receiving a 150 mln dlr, seven-year revolving loan, said Merrill Lynch Capital Markets as arranger.     Merrill said the loan is a back-up to a proposed euro-commercial paper program.     The syndicated loan, which is unsecured, carries a commitment fee of 0.10 pct per year. Advances will be priced at 31-1/4 basis points over the London Interbank Offered Rate while notes, which need only be purchased by banks if third party investors agree to buy them as well, will be priced at offering.     Alaska Housing Finance was established by the legislature of the state of Alaska in 1971, and has so far acquired 6.1 billion dlrs of mortgages originated in Alaska.  REUTER &#3;
+338@SWEDEN TO GO AHEAD WITH S. AFRICAN TRADE SANCTIONS@Sweden's ruling Social Democratic Party gave full power to the government to decree unilateral trade sanctions against South Africa, Prime Minister Ingvar Calrsson said.     Carlsson told a news conference the party decided the fight against apartheid took priority over Sweden's traditional policy of only adopting sanctions with the backing of the U.N. Security Council.     The government will decide later what form the trade boycott will take and when it will come into force.  REUTER &#3;
+339@DIGITAL AUDIO TAPE PLAYERS GO ON SALE IN JAPAN@Japanese consumers hesitated about buying the controversial digital audio tape player (DAT) as it went on sale in Tokyo today, but said the DAT player's near-perfect sound will make it a success once it becomes cheaper.     "The sound is great, but I'll wait until more machines hit the market and prices fall to about 100,000 yen before buying one," said Terumi Fujitsuka, 35, a steel firm employee.     Aiwa, Sharp and Matsushita displayed their DAT players today although delivery will take about two weeks, retailers said. Aiwa's machine, the cheapest, is listed at 188,000 yen.     Machines by Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba and others will appear as early as the end of March, industry sources said.     DAT players can play back and record with fidelity superior to even a compact disc. They use a cassette half the size of the standard audio cassette and unlike conventional analogue machines, they can make copies an infinite number of times with almost no loss of sound quality.     This aroused fears in the music industry of widespread tape piracy and loss of royalties. In negotiations that delayed the DAT player's debut, the industry demanded anti-piracy circuitry be built into the machines.     Machines sold in Japan are fitted with a computer chip to prevent copying through a digital signal. But copies can still be made if the signal is routed through a regular amplifier. "Nobody can tell the difference," one salesman said.     DAT players have been kept off Western markets and some countries are considering banning them or imposing heavy duties unless tougher anti-piracy circuitry is added. But Japanese hardware makers, hard pressed for profits in the era of the high yen and growing competition, are eager to carve out a profitable niche.     Prices of DAT players will probably fall quickly, possibly to around 70,000 yen by next year as other makers put their products on the market, industry analysts said.     They said by 1990, sales could reach six mln units per year.     Philips of the Netherlands has said it will launch its DAT player on the world market later this year.  REUTER &#3;
+340@ECONOMIC SPOTLIGHT - ITALIAN BOOM@Italy's strong economic revival has led some observers to talk of miracles and created euphoria in some quarters about future growth prospects, but many Italian experts warn that the current wave of optimism is excessive.     "I think all this foreign interest in the so-called Italian miracle is really exaggerated...Foreign observers always oscillate in the case of Italy between complete pessimism and unwarranted optimism," says Luigi Spaventa, one of Italy's leading economists and a professor at Rome University.     According to Spaventa, these violent swings of mood have been occurring for the last 15 years, with Italy one minute seen as the "bad boy of Europe" and unable to raise a dollar and the next a worker of miracles and basking in admiration,     "I think there's a lot of exaggeration...Once it used to be the underground economy and all the correspondents of foreign newspapers flocked to Italy to study this. That was another story about nothing - like writing about a black cat in a dark room."     Spaventa, in tune with other economists and industrialists here, stress Italy's recent achievements, particularly the dramatic and solid recovery in the fortunes of industrial enterprises, but warns that the economy is still vulnerable.      Profits of private sector firms such as Fiat S.P.A., &lt;FIAT.M> and &lt;ING. C. Olivetti and C. S.P.A.> are booming, the major state industries are back in the black after years of losses, inflation has nosedived and the trade and balance of payments deficits have been slashed. Expectations by some experts that Italy is poised to replace Britain as the world's fifth largest economy have also boosted optimism.     Italy itself has made it clear it is not happy with what it feels to be its second-rate status among the major industrialised countries.     Only this week, it angrily demanded clarification of this status after being excluded from a meeting of finance ministers from the Group of Five (G-5) - comprising the United States, Japan, West Germany, France and Britain.     Italy said its exclusion from the meeting violated an agreement reached in Tokyo last year to let Italy and Canada attend meetings held by the five whenever discussions concerned managing the international monetary system.     But Italy needs first to tackle some fundamental problems still facing its economy, economists and industrialists say.     "We must not forget that ours is still a vulnerable economy," warns Fiat managing director Cesare Romiti.     He says that while Italy's recent achievements are indeed cause for satisfaction and optimism, the focus now should be on the problems still remaining rather than those already solved.     The country's huge state sector deficit, high unemployment and a heavy dependence on imported oil are among the most worrying problems, experts say.     The size of the state spending deficit -- estimated at 109,561 billion lire in 1986 and targetted at 100,000 billion lire this year -- means there is a risk inflation could spiral again, says Carlo Scognamiglio, head of the private Luiss university in Rome.     Inflation fell into single digits for the first time in a decade in September 1984 and by January this year was running at 4.5 pct, but it is still not low enough to guarantee international competiveness, economists and industrialists say.     And unemployment was running at 11.6 pct nationally last October according to the latest official data.     Recent official data showed that of a total 2.77 million people seeking work in October 1986, almost 73 pct were aged between 14 and 29. Unemployment in the south was running at 17.7 pct, more than double that in the industrial north.     The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) recently forecast that Italian gross domestic product (GDP) would rise rise three pct in 1987 after expanding 2.5 pct in 1986. But it warned that growth was unlikely to be enough to check rising unemployment.     Another problem is Italy's reliance on imported raw materials. The country imports around 80 pct of its fuel needs.     This factor actually worked sharply in Italy's favour last year, when lower energy costs helped slash the country's trade deficit to 3,717 billion lire  by year end from 23,085 billion lire in 1985.     But economists say the improvement owes little to any structural change in the Italian economy and that any reversal of the trend in costs could have serious consequences.     If Italy truly wants to be counted among the world's top industrialised nations, it also needs to tighten up stockmarket operating procedures and encourage firms to supply more quality information about their activities, economists say.     Italy has no controls on insider trading.     The country also needs to shed its rigid capital movements controls -- a European Community directive calls for these to be dismantled by 1992 -- but this too will require a less blinkered attitude and a change in traditional operating procedures, economists say.     "Even today, if I wanted to invest in the Tokyo bourse, I doubt I'd find the expertise in a brokerage firm or in banks which would allow me to do that," says Spaventa.  REUTER &#3;
+341@U.K. MONEY MARKET RECEIVES 37 MLN STG ASSISTANCE@The Bank of England said it had provided the money market with 37 mln stg assistance in the morning session. This compares with the Bank's downward revised estimate of the shortfall in the system today of around 700 mln stg.     The central bank purchased bank bills outright comprising four mln stg in band one at 10-7/8 pct and 33 mln stg in band two at 10-13/16 pct.  REUTER &#3;
+342@JAPAN, U.S. SET TO BEGIN HIGH-LEVEL TRADE TALKS@Japan and the U.S. Kick off top-level trade talks tomorrow amid signs officials from both sides are growing increasingly irritated with each other.     The talks, held annually at sub-cabinet level to review the whole gamut of U.S./Japan economic relations, will pave the way for American Secretary of State George Schultz's one day stop-over here at end-week on his way home from China.     Faced with growing Congressional protectionist pressure, the U.S. Administration is pressing Japan for speedy action to reduce its still huge trade surplus, U.S. Officials said.     "We appreciate their frustration," a senior Japanese government official said. "But we are also frustrated."     The official said the 40 pct rise of the yen over the last 18 months has hit Japan hard, forcing exporters to slash spending and lay off workers to make up for lost sales abroad. That has not yet shown up in dollar-based statistics on trade, but it will, he said.     He said the U.S. Administration was ignoring the progress that has been made and instead emphasizing the problems that remain when it talks with Congress.     "It would only take five minutes to list their accomplishments," a senior U.S. Official replied.     The talks begin tomorrow with high-level discussions on the economic structures of both countries and how they affect the bilateral trade imbalance, which last year amounted to 51.48 billion dlrs in Japan's favour.     On the following two days, the topics will range from multilateral trade talks under the auspices of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) to such bilateral trade problems as super computers.     The structural talks are intended to be free-wheeling discussions among senior officials. Tomorrow's topics include savings and investment issues such as consumer credit and housing, and the implications of government budget deficits.     These talks come at a particularly delicate time for the Japanese government, which is facing increasing domestic pressure to abandon its tight-fisted fiscal policy and stimulate the sagging economy by spending more.     Some U.S. Officials complained Japan has no intention of boosting domestic demand and imports, as Washington wants.     Japanese officials in turn pointed the finger at the huge U.S. Budget deficit as one of the main culprits for the trade imbalance. That budget deficit has meant that the U.S. Is buying more imports.     Japan seems particularly peeved at being singled in a draft trade bill before the Senate as a nation following adverserial trade practices. "It condemns Japan without due process," one Japanese official said.     That reference spoils what is otherwise a well-thought-out bill introduced by Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen, he said.     Japan is also not totally happy with the administration's trade bill, particularly its proposal to establish reciprocal access to foreign markets as one criteria for retaliatory trade action by the U.S., Officials said.     Nevertheless, Japanese officials said they remain in a weak bargaining position, especially with the threat of a trade bill overhanging them.     "We have no leverage," one official admitted.     As a result, Tokyo is striving to meet U.S. Complaints about its trade practices in a variety of fields, including super computers.     The U.S. Is pressing for greater access to the Japanese super computer market.     The Japanese government has sent a long questionnaire to public institutions like universities which buy the sophisticated machines in hopes of eventually setting up informal bidding procedures easily understood by all potential sellers, officials said.  REUTER &#3;
+343@INDIA TO HOLD WHITE SUGAR BUYING TENDER@India will hold a buying tender on Wednesday, March 4, for two to three cargoes of white sugar for March/April shipment, traders said.  REUTER &#3;
+344@QANTAS TO BUY FOUR 747-400'S FOR ONE BILLION DLRS@&lt;Qantas Airways Ltd> has placed a firm order with Boeing Co &lt;BA> for four 747-400 aircraft at a cost of 250 mln Australian dlrs each, chairman Jim Leslie said.     The first is due for delivery in April 1989 with the others arriving in May, June and September of that year, he said in a statement.     The 400 series is the latest model of the Boeing 747 family, he said.     The purchase will take government-owned Qantas's 747 fleet to 28, he said.     Leslie said Qantas is talking to three engine makers who are all offering engines for the Boeing 747-400 and it will announce a decision on engine purchases later this year.     He said they are &lt;Pratt and Whitney> and General Electric Co &lt;GE>, a unit of United Technologies Corp &lt;UTX>, and Britain's &lt;Rolls-Royce Ltd>.     He said the 747-400, which incorporates new technology such as extended wings with six-feet high winglets and enhanced electronics, should have its first flight next February. The 400 series has a designed range of 12,500 kms, 2,140 kms further than the current Qantas 747-300's, he said.     The aircraft will be financed by foreign borrowings and foreign exchange earnings, and Qantas believes they will pay for themselves in four to five years, Leslie said.     The 747-400 has a take-off weight of 870,000 pounds, up from 833,000 for the 300 series, and offers an eight pct fuel saving, he said.     The higher range and payload means they will first be used on the route to Britain and Europe via Asia.     They will also be used on non-stop flights between Sydney and Los Angeles.  REUTER &#3;
+345@CARLTON COMMUNICATIONS OPTIMISTIC FOR 1987@&lt;Carlton Communications Plc> has started the current financial year well, with accounts for the first four months showing a healthy increase on the same period last year, and Chairman M.P. Green told the annual meeting he looked forward to 1987 with optimism.     The issue of 4.6 mln shares in ADR form had now been successfully completed, he added.     Carlton intended to increase its presence in the U.S. Which represented 50 pct of the world television market. Conditions worldwide in the television industry continued to look buoyant, the Chairman noted.  REUTER &#3;
+346@EC OPENS ANTI-DUMPING ENQUIRY INTO SOVIET MERCURY@The European Community Commission said it has opened an enquiry into allegations that the Soviet Union is dumping mercury on the European market at below-cost prices.     The Commission said its decision follows a complaint from EC non-ferrous metals producers that the sales of Soviet mercury were harming their business and threatening jobs in the European industry.     According to the complaint, Soviet mercury sales in the EC had risen from zero in recent years to 100 tonnes between August and October last year and threaten to capture 25 pct of the EC market if they continue at the same pace.     The industry said the mercury was being sold at more than 40 pct below prices charged by EC producers, forcing them to cut their prices to levels that no longer covered costs. The imports had caused producers heavy financial losses, it said.     The Commission said the industry would probably be unable to hold prices at current levels and that any increase would result in loss of sales and jobs.     The so-called anti-dumping procedure opened by the Commission will allow all interested parties to state their cases to the authority.  REUTER &#3;
+347@MANILA SAID TO OFFER DEBT BONDS TO BANKS@The Philippines will offer commercial bank creditors an innovative pricing plan that will make debt payments through certificates of indebtedness instead of cash, the authoritative Business Day newspaper said.     Finance Secretary Jaime Ongpin told reporters Saturday that the alternative proposal is designed to avoid an impasse when debt rescheduling talks reopen in New York on Tuesday.     He did not give details but said, "It is a very useful alternative and in the end will permit the banks to say that they achieved their pricing target and will likewise permit the Philippines to say exactly the same thing."     Quoting negotiation documents to be presented to the country's 12-bank advisory committee, Business Day said the debt certificates will carry maturities of five or six years.     It said the certificates will be classified as zero-coupon bonds or promissory notes with no interest but priced at a considerable discount from their redemption price.     It said the debt bonds will entitle holder banks to a guaranteed return on both interest and principal since no payment of any kind is made until the bond matures.     It said a bank can sell the bonds on the secondary bond market for either dlrs or pesos depending on its requirement.     The peso proceeds can be invested in selected industries under the Philippines' debt/equity program. Ongpin said Manila is sticking to its demand of a spread of 5/8 percentage points over London interbank offered Rates (LIBOR) for restructuring 3.6 billion dlrs of debt repayments.     "(The proposal) will give the banks a choice of 5/8ths or the alternative," Ongpin said. "Our representatives have gone to Washington to the (International Monetary) Fund, the (World) Bank, the Fed (Federal Reserve Board) and the (U.S.) Treasury to brief them in advance on this alternative and it has generally been positively received."     "We don't believe that there is going to be a problem on the accounting side," Ongpin said. "We have run this alternative proposal to the accounting firms. Neither have the government regulators indicated that there will be a problem."  Reuter &#3;
+348@ARGENTINE DEBT NEGOTIATOR CONFIDENT OF ACCORD@Argentina's chief debt negotiator said he was confident of a prompt accord with international creditor banks for rescheduling the country's foreign debt.     "I'm quite optimistic about carrying out a serious and quick negotiation," Treasury Secretary Mario Brodersohn said on return from talks in New York with leading U.S. and world financial officials.     Argentina is currently negotiating terms with the steering committee for its creditor banks that will allow it to meet four pct economic growth targets in 1987. It has also asked for a reduction in interest rates and fresh credit.     Brodersohn said the growth targets were not negotiable, but Argentina did not want to follow Brazil in suspending payments on its foreign debt.     He said Argentina was seeking 2.15 billion dlrs credit to meet the targets, adding that the banks' attitude had improved following Brazil's decision.     The United States and a group of other industrial nations on Thursday granted Argentina a 500 mln dlr bridge loan.     Brodersohn held talks in New York with U.S. Treasury Secretary James Baker, Federal Reserve chief Paul Volcker and International Monetary Fund (IMF) head Michel Camdessus.  Reuter &#3;
+349@GULF ARAB DEPUTY OIL MINISTERS TO MEET IN BAHRAIN@Deputy oil ministers from six Gulf Arab states will meet in Bahrain today to discuss coordination of crude oil marketing, the official Emirates news agency WAM reported.     WAM said the officials would be discussing implementation of last Sunday's agreement in Doha by Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) oil ministers to help each other market their crude oil.     Four of the GCC states - Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kuwait and Qatar - are members of the Organiaation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some face stiff buyer resistance to official OPEC prices.  Reuter &#3;
+350@MANILA OFFICIALS SPLIT OVER DEBT STRATEGY@A rift has occured among Philippine officials over debt talks opening tomorrow in New York with Economic Planning Secretary Solita Monsod accusing the chief negotiator of softening his stand to gain a quick agreement.     Monsod told Reuters Finance Secretary Jaime Ongpin had decided not to insist on Manila's creditor banks pledging to fund half of a projected 1988/92 financing gap of seven billion dlrs.     "He (Ongpin) wants to finish the negotiations as fast as possible. I'm saying that's very short-sighted," Monsod said.     Monsod said any pricing agreement on rescheduling 3.6 billion dlrs of the Philippines' total foreign debt of 27.8 billion dlrs would ignore a looming 14 billion dlr net resource transfer in the same period.     Manila is seeking a spread of 5/8 percentage points over the London Interbank Offered Rates (LIBOR).     Monsod said,  "Right now we are saying to the banks, let's share the financing burden."     Ongpin said last month the country's consultative group of multilateral and bilateral aid donors had endorsed a growth facility to bridge the funding gap.      He said the government and the consultative group would meet annually to gauge financing needs for each year. The aid donors and commercial bank creditors would then be asked to finance any gap on a shared basis.     He told reporters on Saturday it would be unwise to try to pin the banks down on Monsod's proposed growth facility.     Ongpin acknowledged there was a dispute over tactics. "Secretary Monsod and I get along famously," he said. "She talks and I listen but I don't necessarily agree."     Monsod said a firm commitment from the banks on bridging the financing gap would have aided the government's pump-priming program and 1987/92 medium-term development plan.     She said if private sector investment continued to be held back by the fear of a balance of payments crisis and rising interest rates, the country would fail to achieve its gross national product (GNP) growth target of an average 6.5 pct over the next six years.     "If you don't get those seven billion dlrs there is no plan. How can there be a program if there is no finance?" she said, adding Ongpin's stand was not good for the economy.     "It (Ongpin's stand) is going to make it much more difficult for the economy to attain its growth targets," Monsod said.     "Considering what the Philippine negotiating team is going to press for there is absolutely no reason why they should not be able to come back (from New York) in a day," she said.     Monsod, the government's chief economic planner, stressed Manila's policy was growth before debt.     She said if the banks refused to lend the new money, the Philippines should copy Brazil's action last week in freezing all debt repayments.     "If the banks do not cooperate by lending you back some of the money that you are sending abroad, then of course you have an option," Monsod said. "You just don't send it abroad. You do a Brazil."  REUTER &#3;
+351@OECD SAYS JAPAN RESOLVED TO STIMULATE DEMAND@Japan appears resolved to encourage domestic demand for its goods instead of relying on exports to support its economy, Jean-Claude Paye, Director General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), told a news conference.     Paye has been in Japan exchanging views on problems confronting the world economy and the role of the OECD.     He met with Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone, Foreign Minister Tadashi Kuranari, Bank of Japan Governor Satoshi Sumita and other high-ranking Japanese officials.  Reuter &#3;
+352@SAUDI ARABIA REITERATES COMMITMENT TO OPEC ACCORD@Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Hisham Nazer reiterated the kingdom's commitment to last December's OPEC accord to boost world oil prices and stabilize the market, the official Saudi Press Agency SPA said.     Asked by the agency about the recent fall in free market oil prices, Nazer said Saudi Arabia "is fully adhering by the ... accord and it will never sell its oil at prices below the pronounced prices under any circumstance."     Saudi Arabia was a main architect of December pact under which OPEC agreed to cut its total oil output ceiling by 7.25 pct and return to fixed prices of around 18 dollars a barrel.  Reuter &#3;
+353@KUWAIT MINISTER SAYS NO EMERGENCY OPEC TALKS SET@Kuwait's oil minister said in a newspaper interview that there were no plans for an emergency OPEC meeting after the recent weakness in world oil prices.     Sheikh Ali al-Khalifa al-Sabah was quoted by the local daily al-Qabas as saying that "none of the OPEC members has asked for such a meeting."     He also denied that Kuwait was pumping above its OPEC quota of 948,000 barrels of crude daily (bpd).     Crude oil prices fell sharply last week as international oil traders and analysts estimated the 13-nation OPEC was pumping up to one million bpd over its self-imposed limits.  Reuter &#3;
+354@TAIWAN PLANS NEW TARIFF CUTS@Taiwan plans another round of deep tariff cuts this year to help narrow its trade surplus with the U.S., A senior economic planner said.     Wang Chao-Ming, vice-chairman of the council for economic planning and development, told Reuters Taiwan would further reduce import tariffs on 1,700 products sometime in the second half of this year.     Cuts of up to 50 pct on those items were made last year and Wang said further cuts would go much deeper.     "We have to speed up liberalisation and cut import tariffs faster and more substantially," he said.     The United States, Taiwan's main trading partner, has said the island's import tariffs, still ranging from a high of almost 60 pct, were unacceptable. It has criticised the cuts as too selective.      Taiwan's trade surplus with the United States hit 13.6 billion dlrs last year. The surplus has boosted foreign exchange reserves to 50 billion dlrs, which Wang said made Taiwan a target for U.S. Protectionism.     Wang said the trade surplus and the reserves weakened Taiwan's position in talks with Washington over export quotas, particularly for shoes, textiles and machine tools which are among the island's main export-earners.     A special Taiwanese trade delegation leaves for Washington tomorrow to try to renegotiate an agreement signed last year limiting exports of Taiwan textiles.     Under the accord, Taiwan's textile export growth was limited to 0.5 pct each year until 1988. Taipei has said it is losing markets to South Korea and Hong Kong which were given more generous terms.  REUTER... &#3;
+355@RHONE-POULENC TO LAUNCH INVESTMENT CERTIFICATES@French state-owned chemicals group Rhone-Poulenc &lt;RHON.PA> said it will increase its capital with a 2.5 billion franc issue of preferential investment certificates on March 9.     Company chairman Jean-Rene Fourtou said 500 mln francs of the issue will be placed in the U.S. Details of the issue will be announced by Finance Minister Edouard Balladur on March 6.     The group, due to be privatised at an unspecified date, said in January it was planning a capital increase to pursue its development strategy and make further acquisitions.     Rhone-Poulenc shares were suspended from trading on the Paris Bourse last Thursday ahead of the capital increase. The group's capital currently stands at 4.03 billion francs.     Fourtou, speaking at a news conference, did not give details of acquisitions the company planned for 1987.     He said acquisitions in 1987 would complement an industrial investment program of around five billion francs, and research spending of about 3.5 billion francs. Rhone-Poulenc spent 5.5 billion francs on acquisitions last year.     "Chemistry is on the move and we face opportunities that must be seized," Fourtou said.  REUTER &#3;
+356@HUTCHISON SEES HIGHER PAYOUT, SATISFACTORY PROFITS@Hutchison Whampoa Ltd &lt;HWHH.HK> expects satisfactory profits in 1987 and will pay a higher dividend for the year, chairman Li Ka-shing said.     He did not make any specific projections for the company's earnings this year but he said the firm will pay a dividend of not less than 32.5 cents per share after a proposed four-for-one stock split and a one-for-four bonus issue.     It paid total dividends of 1.30 dlrs per share last year, equal to 26 cents per share, adjusting for the bonus and share split.     Hutchison, which has operations ranging from trading to property and container terminals, earlier reported after-tax profits of 1.62 billion dlrs against 1.19 billion dlrs in 1985.     The 1986 total excluded extraordinary gains of 563 mln dlrs, partly from the sale of some of its stake in the South China Morning Post, the leading English language newspaper, compared with 369 mln dlrs the previous year. It said it expects another 277 mln dlr gain in 1987 from the sale of the remaining shares.     Li said Hong Kong's property market remains strong while its economy is performing better than forecast with its largely export-led growth.     Gross domestic product grew by nearly nine pct last year against an initial government projection of 4.5 pct.     But he said Hong Kong's large trade deficit with the U.S. May result in protectionist measures that will adversely affect the British colony.     He said all of the company's major operations showed improved results in 1986.     Hutchison said earlier it will sell its entire 23.5 pct interest in Hongkong Electric Holdings Ltd &lt;HKEH.HK> to &lt;Cavendish International Holdings Ltd>, itself a spin-off from Hongkong Electric.     Under a reorganisation announced separately, Hongkong Electric will spin off all its non-electricity related activities into Cavendish, which will be listed on the local stock exchange. Hongkong Electric shareholders will receive one share in Cavendish for every Hongkong Electric share.     Cavendish will buy the 348.2 mln Hongkong Electric shares from Hutchison by issuing 975 mln new shares.     The spin-off and the sale of Hongkong Electric shares will give Hutchison a 53 pct stake in Cavendish.     Li said the decision to spin-off Cavendish is to relieve Hongkong Electric of public criticism of the power company for making risky investments. But he denied there was pressure from the government for the spin-off.     He said Cavendish will have seven billion dlrs of assets and will be almost debt free, with 340 mln dlrs of liabilites. Its major assets are the Hong Kong Hilton Hotel, property development, and interests in Husky Oil Ltd &lt;HYO.TO> of Canada and Pearson Plc &lt;PSON.L> of Britain.  REUTER &#3;
+357@BALLADUR EXPECTS IMPROVED FEBRUARY INFLATION DATA@The French inflation rate is expected to show a substantial improvement in February after January's very high 0.9 pct monthly rate, Finance Minister Edouard Balladur said.     He told a French television interviewer that half of the high January rise, which took year on year inflation that month to three pct, was due to higher oil prices.     "Now, taking account of this inflation index, our forecast for price rises this year is two and a half pct," he said.     Balladur said the upward revision of the inflation target, which the government had initially set at two pct for this year, should not affect wage expectations for this year.     "There is no reason to envisage a change in our wage policy," he said, referring to the government's aim of holding public sector wage increases to three pct this year.     Price inflation last year fell to 2.1 pct from 4.7 pct in 1985.  REUTER &#3;
+358@FEBRUARY U.S. PURCHASING MANAGER INDEX FALLS@The U.S. economy continued to expand in February, but at a slower pace than in January which saw a spurt of activity, the National Association of Purchasing Management (NAPM) said in a report.     The Association's composite survey index declined to 51.9 pct in February from 55.8 pct in January, the NAPM said. It was the seventh consecutive month in which this leading indicator was over 50 pct.     A reading above 50 pct generally indicates that the economy is in an expanding phase. One below 50 pct implies a declining economy.     The report, based on questions asked of purchasing managers at 250 U.S. industrial companies, also found that the growth rate in new orders and production slowed in February.     However, production remained vigorous as more than three times as many members reported it better rather than worse.     Vendor deliveries improved slightly last month, but members reported that steel supplies were tight as U.S. Steel &lt;X> gradually resumed production.     An equal number of members reported inventories were higher and lower. The NAPM said that had not happened since August 1984.     For a sixth month, more purchasers reported paying higher rather than lower prices, this time by a ratio of nine to one.     Robert Bretz, chairman of the NAPM's business survey committee and director of materials management at Pitney Bowes Inc &lt;PBI> said "the economy continued to expand in February, but at a more subdued rate than in January. The slowing of new orders should not be significant enough to dampen prospects for a respectable first quarter."     The composite index is a seasonally adjusted figure, based on five components of the NAPM business survey - new orders, production, vendor deliveries, inventories and employment.  Reuter &#3;
+359@FUNARO SAYS BRAZIL NEEDS MORE, FASTER FINANCE@Brazil would not have suspended payments on debt owed to foreign banks if it had received more and faster financing from official lending agencies, Finance Minister Dilson Funaro said.     He said he would not seek more money from the International Monetary Fund to which Brazil paid 922 mln dlrs last year and said Brazil's problems could not be solved by IMF intervention.     "It's a question of why the official lending agencies don't finance a little bit more quickly and easily," Funaro told reporters at the Brazilian Embassy.     Asked if Brazil would have continued making payments of monthly interest to its foreign commercial bank lenders if official lending agencies had provided more funds, he replied, "Yes, because our country did not receive financing from these agencies."     Asked how long the payment suspension would last, Funaro said "It all depends on what kind of financing we are going to receive from the other side."     Brazil, with foreign debt totaling 108 billion dlrs, stunned the banking community last week by suspending payments on some 68 billion dlrs owed to private banks.     Funaro said Brazil had paid 44 billion dollars to the World Bank and other lending agencies and commercial banks in the past four years and got only 11 billion dlrs in loans.     He said the net transfer was hurting the country's continued growth and capacity to import goods.     "Something is wrong with the system. Some mechanism has to be found to finance a country like Brazil," Funaro said.     He did not specify what steps he had in mind but said he would like to see "automatic" official lending when needed so that Brazil would not have to dip into its dwindling reserves, now reported to be below four billion dlrs.     Funaro said Brazil had the world's third-largest trade surplus and estimated the 1987 surplus would be at least eight billion dlrs.     But he said that without increased and faster lending from official institutions, the nation could not rely on its export earnings to finance development and imports and also service its debt.     "We must find an equilibrium between foreign adjustment and internal adjustment," Funaro said.     He complained that official lending agencies had imposed tight control on credit over the past four years, leaving commercial bank refinancing as the only credit available.     Funaro said U.S officials understand his position "but they don't like it." Later he left Washington for a tour of Europe and debt discussions with officials in Britain, West Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy.     Brazil's central cank President Francisco Gros said he sent a telex to creditor banks Friday to clarify confusion over Brazil's request that banks expedite procedures for renewal of short-term interbank credit and trade credit lines.      Reuter &#3;
+360@AMERICAN MOTORS &lt;AMO> BREAKS OFF TALKS ON PLANT@American Motors Corp said that it broke off talks aimed at extending the life of its only U.S. car assembly plant after the union rejected its final proposal for wage concessions.     Negotiations, which continued past a midnight Friday deadline, ended Saturday after United Auto Workers negotiators voted to reject the unspecified concessions, an AMC spokesman said by telephone from Milwaukee, site of the talks.     Without a new agreement containing lower labor costs, AMC said it would phase out vehicle production at the complex in Kenosha, Wisconsin, by 1989.  Reuter &#3;
+361@SCIENTIFIC MICRO SYSTEMS &lt;SMSI> ACUIRES SUPERMAC@Scientific Micro Systems Inc said it has acquired Supermac Technology, a rapidly growing supplier of enhancement products and disc drive subsystems for the Apple personal computer market.     Scientific Micro said it acquired all the common stock of Supermac in exchange for 1.05 mln shares of its own common stock. The stock closed at 5.50 dlrs bid on Friday.     Supermac, a privately held firm based in Mountain View, California, as is Scientific Micro, reported a net profit of 300,000 dlrs on revenue of 9.5 mln dlrs in fiscal 1986. It expects its revenue to approximately double in 1987.   Reuter &#3;
+362@AMERICAN EXPRESS &lt;AXP> VIEWING SHEARSON OPTIONS@American Express Co, rumored to be considering a spinoff of part of Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc, said it is studying a range of options for its brokerage unit that could improve Shearon's access to capital and help it meet broadening international competition.     In a joint statement, American Express and Shearson said the actions under consideration are an integral part of American Express' worldwide financial services strategy and that the two companies have been having both internal and external discussions on the matters.     American Express said no decision has been reached on the strategic options and that it and Shearson could ultimately decide to follow growth plans already in place.     Last week, rumors circulated on Wall Street that the financial services giant was considering a spinoff of part of Shearson and there was speculation it may be considering selling a stake to a Japanese firm. Analysts said the speculation also focused on American Express selling 20 pct of the profitable brokerage firm to the public.     There was some speculation that American Express had also considered a total spinoff of Shearson, but the plan was considered highly unlikely, analysts said.      American Express said in the statement on Sunday that it will not comment on rumors and speculation and a spokesman would not go beyond the statement. The company also remained silent last Thursday and Friday, as rumors drove American Express stock up a total of 5-1/2 dlrs in two days to bring it to a Friday close at 74.      It said it issued the statement on Sunday because a similar statement was being circulated to employees.     Analysts have been divided on whether it makes sense for American Express to give up a stake in the wholly-owned brokerage, which improved its after-tax earnings by about 50 pct in the last year.     Some analysts said American Express may consider spinning off part of Shearson because it is concerned that its stock price does not fully reflect the value of the brokerage firm.      Shearson contributed 316 mln dlrs of American Express' 1.25 billion dlr net in 1986.     American Express' ambitious plans for international growth may be also enhanced by the added cash that spinning out part of Shearson would bring. Analysts speculated that all of Shearson would have a market value of about 3.5 billion dlrs.     To some however, the need for added capital is puzzling. "(American) Express is in a position where they can raise capital if they need to," said Larry Eckenfelder of Prudential-Bache Securities.     Analysts said rumors were fed by the reorganization of Shearson management Wednesday. Chief operating officer Jeffrey Lane got the added, previously vacant, post of president.      The reorganization also created four new positions for chairmen of Shearson's operating divisions, a move analysts speculated would allow Shearson to be a stand alone company.      Analysts, contacted on Sunday said the statement does little to clarify last week's market speculation. It does confirm, however, that the financial services firm, which unsuccessfully attempted to expand Shearson with a major acquisition last year, is looking beyond its own walls for growth and positioning in the global market competition.     Late last year, Shearson's takeover offer to the E.F. Hutton Group Inc was rejected by Hutton, and analysts said there had been speculation that Shearson also was rebuffed when it approached another major Wall Street brokerage.          Reuter &#3;
+363@SPANISH FARMERS PROTEST, THEN CALL TRUCE@Spanish farmers demanding a better deal from the European Community blocked roads and staged protest rallies this weekend before their leaders announced a truce to negotiate with the government.     Spain joined the community at the start of last year and farmers say they have suffered competition from EC imports without sufficient compensation.     Leaders of three of the farmers' organisations announced at a press conference in Madrid yesterday they were suspending protests to allow time for negotiations with the government on their grievances.  Reuter &#3;
+364@SWISS HAVE NET GAIN IN 1985 GOVERNMENT FINANCES@Switzerland recorded last year its first overall surplus in government finances since 1974, ending with a net gain worth 905 mln Swiss francs, the Finance Ministry said.     The surplus, including cash transactions and long-term investments, contrasted with the 1985 shortfall of 1.06 billion francs and the 297 mln franc deficit proposed in the 1986 budget.     All categories of revenues were higher than forecast, and expenditures were 433 mln francs under forecast.     The Finance Ministry said expenditures totalled 23.18 billion francs against 22.88 billion in 1985 and the 23.61 billion proposed in the original 1986 budget.     Tax receipts, at 25.11 billion, were well above the 1985 figure of 22.19 billion and the forecast for 1986 of 23.71 billion. This left a surplus on cash transactions totalling 1.94 billion francs against a forecast 102 mln and the 1985 deficit of 696 mln.     Income and wealth taxes ended 749 mln francs above forecast, 378 mln of which came from higher than expected receipts on the stamp duty on financial market transactions.     Taxes on comsumption brought in 638 mln francs more than planned and other taxes 16 mln francs more, the ministry said.     The ministry said the improvement in the overall account reflected years of efforts by the government and parliament to introduce saving and the acceptance by people of necessary tax increases. But economic factors, including the low rate of inflation, the weak dollar, falling interest rates and low oil prices were also important factors.     A spokesman for the ministry said the government had used its improved cash position to retire about one billion francs of government debt, which accounted for the difference between the 1.94 billion surplus on cash transactions and the 905 mln franc overall surplus.  REUTER &#3;
+365@TWO S/L FAILURES RAISE U.S. 1987 TOLL TO 10@The Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) announced savings and loan association failures in Kansas and Colorado, raising the U.S. 1987 total to 10.     The FHLBB said it closed the First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Beloit, Kansas, and transferred its desposits and some other assets to Home Savings Association. It said First Federal, with 82.9 mln dlrs in assets, was closed because he was insolvent     The FHLBB said that, due to insolvency, it put Key S and L of Englewood, Colo, into receivorship and replaced it with a new Key Savings and Loan Association with new management.  Reuter &#3;
+366@ROPAK &lt;ROPK> HAS 34 PCT OF BUCKHORN &lt;BKN>@Ropak Corp said it received and accepted about 456,968 common shares and 527,035 Series A convertible preferred shares of Buckhorn Inc at four dlrs and 5.75 dlrs each respectively in response to its tender offer that expired Friday, and it now owns 34.4 pct of Buckhorn voting power.     The company had owned 63,000 common and 25,100 preferred shares before starting the hostile tender.  Ropak said it is borrowing the funds needed to buy the Buckhorn shares from its bank lender and will not need to use any funds that another bank had committed to provide under a margin loan.     Ropak said it waived minimum acceptance requirements to buy the shares and intends to evaluate a number of possible ways of completing an acquisition of Buckhorn.  It said it hopes that Buckhorn's board will reevaluate its position and enter into meaningful negotiations.  Reuter &#3;
+367@APPLE COMPUTER &lt;AAPL> UPGRADES MACINTOSH LINE@Apple Computer Inc today will announce the addition of two new machines to its profitable Macintosh line of personal computers, both aimed at the business market.     The Macintosh was first introduced in January 1984 and has been upgraded several times since then. Both of the new machines, the Macintosh SE and the Macintosh II, will be faster and more versatile, but considerably more expensive than earlier models.     The Mac SE (SE stands for "system expansion"), which Apple says will operate 15-20 pct faster than its current Mac Plus, goes on sale today. It carries a suggested retail price ranging from 2,899 to 3,699 dlrs depending on its features.     The Mac II, designed to run about four times faster than the Mac Plus, is to be ready for shipping in May and priced between 4,798 and 6,998 dlrs.     Mac Plus, which went on the market one year ago, sells for about 2,200 dlrs.     Both new computers are to be unveiled at the AppleWorld Conference in Los Angeles.     Company officials expressed high hopes for both computers at a press briefing on Friday, especially the high-performance Mac II which is designed to give Apple an entree to the expanding market for science and engineering workstations.     John Sculley, Apple chairman and chief executive officer, declined to estimate anticipated sales, but he said the Mac SE should contribute significantly to Apple's bottom line this year. He said it would appeal to the mainstream of PC users.     "I believe the Mac SE will be the product of choice for most people," he said. "My sense is that it will be a real power product for revenue."     Bruce Lupatkin, senior technology analyst with Hambrecht &amp; Quist in San Francisco, said he had not seen the new computers but expected the new products to do well.     "Apple has recognized the need for a convergence of computer functions into one general all-purpose workstation," he told Reuters. "The graphics interface on the Mac products is significantly better than anything IBM has to date."     International Business Machines is expected to announce updated personal computers this spring.     The Mac II uses the new Motorola 68020 microprocessor, an "open architecture" that allows for the addition of numerous peripheral devices, a built-in hard disk and one megabyte of memory, expandable to eight megabytes. It can be equipped with a 12-inch monochrome or a 13-inch color monitor.     In a demonstration of its speed and power, company executives said they thought the Mac II would push the development of software for Apple computers in new directions that could include sophisticated video editing, electronic mail systems and sound reproduction suitable for studio use.     The Mac II can be upgraded so that its monitor displays 256 colors or shades of gray.     The Mac SE is built around the 68000 microprocessor and will be shipped with one megabyte RAM, expandable to four megabytes, and a nine-inch monochrome screen.     Both new computers have two optional keyboards, a new feature in the Apple line of products.            Reuter &#3;
+368@PHILADELPHIA PORT CLOSED BY TANKER CRASH@The port of Philadelphia was closed when a Cypriot oil tanker, Seapride II, ran aground after hitting a 200-foot tower supporting power lines across the river, a Coast Guard spokesman said.     He said there was no oil spill but the ship is lodged on rocks opposite the Hope Creek nuclear power plant in New Jersey.     He said the port would be closed until today when they hoped to refloat the ship on the high tide.     After delivering oil to a refinery in Paulsboro, New Jersey, the ship apparently lost its steering and hit the power transmission line carrying power from the nuclear plant to the state of Delaware.  Reuter &#3;
+369@PENRIL &lt;PNL> SEEKS TO SELL TWO UNITS@Penril Corp said it is seeking to sell its Triplett Electrical Instrument Corp subsidiary in Bluffton, Ohio, and Triplett's Alltest division in Hoffman Estates, Ill., as part of a plan to concentrate on its three profitable division and reduce its debt load.     The company also said it is evaluating a plan to satisfy its obligations under its 10-7/8 pct subordinated notes but gave no details.  Interest on the notes is due today.     Penril further said director Clifford L. Alexander Jr. has resigned from the board.  It gave no reason.     Penril said shareholders at the annual meeting approved the limitation of directors' liability.     Reuter &#3;
+370@LL/E ROYALTY &lt;LRT> REVENUES MAY BE ESCROWED@LL and E Royalty Trust said Louisiana Land and Exploration Co &lt;LLX>, the working interest owner for its oil and natural gas properties, is entitled to start placing all or part of the revenues that would otherwise accrue to the trust.     LL and E said Louisiana Land has not yet escrowed any amounts and will monitor the siutuation to determine the necessity of doing so.  The trust said "If the working interest owner does begin to escrow funds, the effect on the royalties paid to the trust would be significant."  Royalties from the properties are the trust's only source of income.     The trust said independent petroleum engineers' preliminary annual estimates of future net revenues and the discounted present value of future net revenues from proved oil and natural gas reserves attributable to properties in which the trust has an interest are off 64 pct and 56 pct respectively from those estimated in 1986 due to the drop in oil and natural gas prices.     It said, however, that oil and natural gas reserves have actually increased in physical amount.  The cost estimates reflect prices and costs only through September 30.     The trust said using the September figures, the engineers determined estimated future net revenues to the trust from total proved reserves of about 57 mln dlrs.  Usingprices received in January 1987, however, it said the estimate would have been about 87 mln dlrs.  LL and E noted that there has been some weakening in prices since January.     The trust said the most significant portion of the drop in estimated future revenues cale from the Jay Field in Alabama and Florida, a fall to seven mln dlrs from 92 mln dlrs in 1986, as prices recieved from Jay in September were near production costs after expenses of nitrogen injection.  Reuter &#3;
+371@&lt;DALE BURDETT INC> FACES DAMAGE CLAIM@Dale Burdett Inc said it faces damages claims totalling about 420,000 dlrs from the former owners of Burdett Publications Inc.     The company said on February 20, 1986, its predecessor Nolex Development Inc acquired Burdett Publications Inc in an exchange of 17 mln common shares for all Burdett Publications shares, but the transaction was not qualified with the California Department of Corporations.     As a result, it said, the former Burdett Publications owners have a claim for damages against Dale Burdett as successor to Nolex for one yuear starting January 21, 1987, with the damages measured by the difference in values of shares exchanged plus interest from February 20, 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+372@PUROLATOR &lt;PCC> IN BUYOUT WITH HUTTON &lt;EFH>@New Jersey-based overnight messenger Purolator Courier Corp said it has agreed to be acquired for about 265 mln dlrs by a company formed by E.F. Hutton LBO Inc and certain managers of Purolator's U.S. courier business.     Analysts have said that Purolator has been for sale for some time. Purolator announced earlier it was mulling a takeover bid, but analysts wrongly predicted the offer was from another courier company.     Hutton LBO, a wholly owned subsidiary of E.F. Hutton Group Inc, will be majority owner of the company.     Hutton said the acquiring company, PC Acquisition Inc, is paying 35 dlrs cash per share for 83 pct of Purolator's stock in a tender offer to begin Thursday. The rest of the shares will be purchased for securities and warrants to buy stock in a subsidiary of PC Acquisition, containing Purolator's U.S. courier operations.     If all the shares of Purolator are tendered, shareholders would receive for each share 29 dlrs cash, six dlrs in debentures, and a warrant to buy shares in a subsidiary of PC Acquisition containing the U.S. courier operations.     Hutton said in the merger shareholders would get 46 mln dlrs aggregate amount of guaranteed debentures due 2002 of PC Acquisition and warrants to buy 15 pct of the common stock of the PC courier subsidiary. Hutton said the company has valued the warrants at two to three dlrs per share.     Purolator's stock price closed at 35.125 dlrs on Friday. While some analysts estimated the company was worth in the mid 30s, at least one said it would be worth 38 to 42 dlrs.     This follows sales of two other Purolator units. It agreed recently to sell its Canadian Courier unit to Onex Capital for 170 mln dlrs, and previously sold its auto filters business.     Purolator retains its Stant division, which makes closure caps for radiators and gas tanks. A Hutton spokesman said the firm is reviewing its options on Stant.     Purolator's courier business has been lagging that of its U.S. rivals because of the high price it paid in the past several years to add air delivery to its ground fleet.     E.F. Hutton will provide 279 mln dlrs of its funds to complete the transaction. This so-called "bridge" financing will be replaced later with long-term debt most likely in the form of bank loans, Hutton said. Hutton LBO is committed to keeping the courier business, its president Warren Idsal said.     "Purolator lost 120 mln dlrs over the last two years largely due to U.S. courier operations, which we believe the management is turning around. We belive it will be a very serious competitor in the future," said Idsal.     William Taggart, chief executive officer of U.S. Courier division, will be chief executive officer of the new company.     The tender offer will be conditioned on a minimum of two thirds of the common stock being tendered and not withdrawn to the expiration of the offer as well as certain other conditions.     The offer will begin Thursday, subject to clearances from the staff of the Interstate Commerce Commission and will expire 20 business days after commencement unless extended.  Reuter &#3;
+373@NCR &lt;NCR> SIGNS LICENSE AGREEMENT@&lt;Willemijn Holding BV> of Rotterdam said it has licensed NCR Corp to produce and sell products and services using token ring technology.  Reuter &#3;
+374@PAKISTAN COTTON OUTPUT REACHES 7.7 MLN BALES@Pakistan cotton production during the current crop season (Sept/March) reached 7.7 mln bales of 375 pounds each, up 500,000 from last season, Shafi Niaz, Chairman of the Agricultural Prices Commission, said.     Official sources said Pakistan was likely to use 3.4 mln bales of cotton during the current financial year ending June after 2.96 mln in 1985/86 and 2.70 mln in 1984/85.     They said consumption would increase due to a rise in demand for cotton yarn in domestic markets and abroad. Pakistan produced 540 mln kilos of yarn in fiscal year 1985/86 and exported 157 mln.     The State-owned cotton export corporation was likely to export 3.8 mln bales of cotton during the current fiscal year compared with 3.86 mln last year, cotton traders said.     The traders said there would be 1.3 mln bales of cotton carryover this fiscal year compared with just over a mln bales last year.  Reuter &#3;
+375@IMPERIAL CHEMICAL &lt;IMP> FORMS NEW UNIT@Imperial Chemical Industries PLC said it is forming a new U.S. pharmaceuticals unit called ICI Pharma.     Combined sales of Imperial's existing Stuart Pharmaceuticals unit and the new ICI Pharma are projected to be 1.1 billion dlrs in 1990, the company said.  Stuart had 1986 sales of 582 mln dlrs.     Imperial said it plans to introduce several new drugs, including diprivan, an anaesthetic, and zestril, a heart drug, over the next three years. ICI Pharma and Stuart will operate as separate units of ICI Pharmaceuticals Group, it said.     Stuart Pharmaceuticals and ICI Pharma will have 1987 sales of approximately 700 mln dlrs, about 450 mln dlrs from the new ICI Pharma and 250 mln dlrs from Stuart, officials said.     The combined sales force of about 900 sales people, split about equally between the two units, will be slightly larger than the existing sales force at Stuart.     Regulatory approval for the annesthetic diprivan is expected in late 1987, while zestril, a hypertension and heart drug, should be approved in mid or late 1988, company officials said.     Approval for oth new drugs, including, statil, a treatment for diabetic complications, is not expected until 1989 and 1990, the officials said.  Reuter &#3;
+376@FINANCIAL SANTA BARBARA &lt;FSB> TO MAKE PURCHASE@Financial Corp of Santa Barbara said it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Stanwell Financial, the lending operations unit of mortgage banking company &lt;Stanwell Mortgage>, for undisclosed terms.  Reuter &#3;
+377@ALCAN TO CLOSE WEST GERMAN ALUMINIUM SMELTER@&lt;Alcan Aluminiumwerke GmbH>, a subsidiary of Alcan Aluminium Ltd &lt;AL.N> of Canada, said it plans to close its aluminium smelter in Ludwigshafen at the end of June.     A spokesman said Alcan was closing the smelter, with annual capacity of 44,000 tonnes and 320 employees, because of high electricity costs and the low world market price of aluminium.     Alkan had said earlier this year it would close half the plant's capacity but decided to shut down completely when talks with potential cooperation partners failed, the spokesman said. He declined to name the other companies involved in the talks.  REUTER &#3;
+378@BBC AG BROWN BOVERI UND CIE &lt;BBCZ.Z> 1986 YEAR@Parent Company net profit 12.8 mln Swiss francs vs 7.5 mln.     Orders received 2.21 billion francs vs 2.61 billion.     Sales 2.25 billion francs vs 2.49 billion.     Group sales 13.83 billion francs vs 13.88 billion.     Group orders 11.03 billion francs vs 13.00 billion.  REUTE &#3;
+379@MARRIOTT &lt;MHS> TO SELL HOTEL@&lt;Four Seasons Hotels> said it and &lt;VMS Realty Partners> of Chicago have agreed to purchase the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel from Marriott Corp for an undisclosed amount.     It said the venture will rename the hotel the Four Seasons Biltmore at Santa Barbara and invest over 13 mln dlrs in improvements on the 228-room property.  Reuter &#3;
+380@DH TECHNOLOGY &lt;DHTK> CHAIRMAN SELLS SHARES@DH Technology Inc said it has repurchased 500,000 of its shares from cofounder Helmut Falk at 4.25 dlrs each and Falks has sold another 500,000 shares to venture capital firm TA Associates at the same price.     The company said Falk has resigned as chairman of DHL and now owns 213,567 shares.  It said TA now owns 928,0000 shares.     The company said Falk, who will remain on the board, has agreed to sell no more than 75,000 of his remaining shares in the next year without company consent.  It said president and chief executive officer William H. Gibb has assumed the added post of chairman.  Reuter &#3;
+381@BROWN BOVERI OMITS DIVIDEND, PLANS WARRANT BOND@BBC AG Brown Boveri und Cie &lt;BBCZ.Z> said it will omit dividend in 1986 for the second consecutive year.     It said it planned to invite shareholders and non-voting stockholders to subscribe to a warrant bond issue of around 150 mln Swiss francs to be made after the June 2 annual meeting.     The value of the stock subscription rights should correspond roughly to the dividend of 30 francs per share paid in 1984. The company also plans to issue participation certificates with a par value of 70 mln Swiss francs, from which existing shareholders are excluded.  Reuter &#3;
+382@U.S. CORPORATE FINANCE - ASSET-BACK MARKET GROWS@The U.S. asset-backed debt securities market, which grew explosively last year, is broadening and investment bankers say 1987 could see a variety of issuers.     "It is interesting to note that the first two asset-backed deals of the year were done by commercial banks," said Anthony Dub, who heads First Boston Corp's asset-backed group.     BankAmerica Corp's &lt;BAC> Bank of America unit last week issued 400 mln dlrs of securities backed by credit card receivables via sole manager First Boston. Dub said the offering sold out quickly, mostly to institutional investors.     The Bank of America offering followed a January 16 issue of 200 mln dlrs of similar debt by RepublicBank Corp's &lt;RPT> RepublicBank Delaware unit. Goldman, Sachs and Co ran the books on that deal, with First Boston acting as co-manager.     However, Dub said the Bank of America securities were more closely related to the so-called "cars deals" that raced to market last year than were the RepublicBank securities.     "The RepublicBank issue was secured by credit card receivables. In contrast, the Bank of America deal was the first public offering of credit card receivables because we used a grantor trust vehicle," he said.     In a grantor trust, investors buy asset-backed certificates that represent a specified percentage of an undivided interest in the trust, analysts explained.     The Bank of America certificates were issued by California Credit Card Trust A, which the bank established for that single purpose, investment bankers pointed out.     The debt has an average life of 1.79 years and matures in 1992. First Boston gave the issue a 6.90 pct coupon and priced it at 99.8125 to yield 6.95 pct, or 65 basis points over comparable Treasury securities. Non-callable for life, the deal was rated AAA by both Moody's and Standard and Poor's.     Underwriters away from the syndicate said they believed the Bank of America deal was priced too aggressively. "AAA-rated auto paper was trading about 75 basis points over Treasuries when First Boston priced the deal," one said.     However, Dub said the offering sold out quickly anyway.     The First Boston executive attributed this to the deal's top-flight rating by both agencies, unlike many of last year's cars deals, which were rated by S and P alone.     "Investors receive interest only payments for the first 18 months and then interest and principal payments for the remaining five to seven months," Dub detailed.     Investment bankers pointed out that because the Bank of America deal did not pay principal for a year and a half, the issue had a longer average life than some of the cars deals that were brought to market late last year.     The collateral for the trust includes a pool of VISA credit card receivables, backed by a letter of credit. Bank of America has about four billion dlrs of credit card receivables, making it one of the biggest in the U.S., analysts said.     Last week's deal was Bank of America's second foray into the young asset-backed securities market, analysts noted.     In mid-December 1986 Bank of America sold, via California Cars Grantor Trust 1986-A, 514 mln dlrs of certificates backed by automobile receivables through Salomon Brothers Inc.     Upcoming asset-backed issues include 200 mln dlrs of notes backed by the car leases of Volvo 1986 Lease Finance Corp, a unit of Volvo Finance North America Inc, via First Boston, and 450 mln dlrs of notes secured by sales contracts of Mack Trucks Receivables Corp, a unit of Mack Trucks Inc &lt;MACK>, via Shearson Lehmand Brothers Inc.     The asset backed market, which began in March 1985, totals an estimated 11.9 billion dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+384@ILC TECHNOLOGY &lt;ILCT> OFFICER REMOVED@ILC Technology Inc said Raymond Montoya, vice president of finance, has been removed as an officer and terminated as an employee of the company, and ILC has filed a civil action against him to recover alleged improprer disbursements of company funds.     The company said Montoya has been arrested by police in Hawthorne, Calif., and charged with grand theft and embezzlement.     It said the extent of the disbursements has not yet been determined.  In independent auditor is helping assess the alleged irregularities, the company said.  Reuter &#3;
+385@APPLE COMPUTER &lt;AAPL> HAS NEW MACINTOSH MODELS@Apple Computer Inc said it has introduced two new models of its Macintosh personal computer, the Macintosh II and SE, offering users the ability to flexibly configure systems to suit their needs or expand the systems as their needs grow.     Apple said the Macintosh II features high-performance, open architecture designed for advanced applications.     The Macintosh II, which is priced from 3,898 dlrs to 5,498 dlrs, also has six internal printed circuit card slots for adding multiple functions, including an optional color display, network connections and MS-DOS compatibility, the company said.     Apple said the Macintosh SE, priced from 2,898 dlrs to 3,698 dlrs, has internal storage capacity and an additional slot for added functions.  Reuter &#3;
+386@REAGAN AND BAKER BEGIN TASK OF REBUILDING@After a week that left his presidency shaken and his popularity at a new low, Ronald Reagan and his new chief of staff today begin trying to revive an administration tattered by the Iran-contra arms scandal.     Reagan and former Senate Republican leader Howard Baker, whose appointment as White House chief of staff won bipartisan praise, will begin mapping strategy to deal with scathing criticism by a report on his failed bid to trade U.S. arms with Iran for help in freeing Ameican hostages in Lebanon.     Among the chores facing Reagan's new inner circle is assessing the damage the 300-page Tower commission report has done to the nomination of Robert Gates to succeed William Casey as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency.     White House officials are checking to see how much support Gates, a 43-year old career spy agency bureaucrat, would have if his nomination is submitted to the full Senate for a vote, Senate Republican leader Robert Dole said.     Appearing on the NBC News program, "Meet the Press," the Kansas senator said the Gates nomination "could be in some difficulty."     Aides said that Gates' future would be given high priority by Baker.     Even though he was not deeply implicated in the arms sale scandal, lawmakers said Senate confirmation of the Gates nomination is not assured and, even if won, would come only after months of congressional probes into the affair.     "He has the smell of Iran on him," said former Nevada Sen. and Reagan confidant Paul Laxalt. "He is a victim."     Laxalt, appearing on the ABC News program, "This Week With David Brinkley," bluntly admitted "the Gates nomination is in trouble." Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sam Nunn said the odds are now slightly against confirmation of Gates.     When asked on the syndicated television program, "John McLaughlin: One on One," if he thought Gates would be confirmed, the Georgia Democrat shot back: "I wouldn't bet any money on it.     "I think this report hurts that," Nunn said. "It indicates that the National Security Council had policy-type influence over intelligence-type activities and we're going to go into that with Mr. Gates.     Only a day after it was issued last week, the Tower report prompted the abrupt exit of Donald Regan as White House chief of staff.     Regan, the former Wall Street executive and Treasury secretary who has been the president's top aide for the past two years, was assigned the lion's share of the blame for the botched handling of the Iran arms sale.     The report blamed Regan for the "chaos that descended on the White House" since it was first revealed last November that profits from the Iran arms sales had been diverted to contra rebels fighting the leftist Nicaraguan government.     The two other victims of the scandal are former National Security Adviser Vice Adm. John Poindexter who resigned and Marine Lt. Col. Oliver North who was fired after it was disclosed last November 23 that profits from the Iran arms sale were diverted to the contras. The two, pictured by the Tower commission as the key operators of the Iran arms deal, have refused to testify.     Reagan, who freely admits disliking details, is portrayed in the Tower report as a befuddled chief executive whose inattention let his aides run away with his foreign policy.     That perception has wrecked Reagan's popularity and threatened to condemn him to lame duck status until he leaves office in January 1989. A recent Newsweek magazine poll found that just 40 pct of Americans approved of Reagan's leadership, a record low, and a third believed he should consider resignation.     After meeting with aides over the weekend and poring over the meaty report of the commission headed by former Texas Sen. John Tower, Reagan is now preparing for a nationwide television address this week to respond to the criticisms of his presidency.  Reuter &#3;
+387@LAROCHE STARTS BID FOR NECO &lt;NPT> SHARES@Investor David F. La Roche of North Kingstown, R.I., said he is offering to purchase 170,000 common shares of NECO Enterprises Inc at 26 dlrs each.     He said the successful completion of the offer, plus shares he already owns, would give him 50.5 pct of NECO's 962,016 common shares.     La Roche said he may buy more, and possible all NECO shares. He said the offer and withdrawal rights will expire at 1630 EST/2130 gmt, March 30, 1987.  Reuter &#3;
+388@&lt;SDC SYDNEY DEVELOPMENT CORP> NINE MTHS LOSS@Period ended December 31, 1986     Oper shr loss 1.08 dlrs vs loss 84 cts     Oper loss 7,700,000 vs loss 1,700,000     Revs 11,800,000 vs 9,800,000     Note: Current shr and net exclude extraordinary gain of 300,000 dlrs or five cts shr, versus extraordinary gain of 200,000 dlrs or four cts shr  Reuter &#3;
+389@SENIOR ENGINEERING MAKES 12.5 MLN DLR US PURCHASE@&lt;Senior Engineering Group Plc> said it reached agreement with &lt;Cronus Industries Inc> to acquire the whole share capital of &lt;South Western Engineering Co> for 12.5 mln dlrs cash. This sum is being financed by a term loan.     South Western is one of the U.S.'s leading manufacturers of heat transfer equipment, with a turnover of 54.86 mln dlrs and pre-tax profits of 1.72 mln in 1986.     Completion of the deal is conditional on approval under U.S. Hart-Scott-Rodino regulations which is expected within 30 days. Some 350,000 dlrs is payable immediately, 12 mln dlrs payable on completion with the balance due by June 30, 1987.  Reuter &#3;
+390@CHEUNG KONG CHAIRMAN SEES STRONG RESULTS IN 1987@Cheung Kong (Holdings) Ltd &lt;CKGH.HK> is expecting strong results this year after reporting better than expected profits in 1986, chairman Li Ka-shing said.     He did not give a specific earnings projection but he told reporters the firm will pay total dividends of not less than 19 cents a share this year after a one-for-four bonus issue and a four-for-one stock split.     The company earlier declared total dividends equal to 15 cents a share for 1986, adjusting for the stock split and bonus issue.     Cheung Kong's earnings rose to 1.28 billion H.K. Dlrs in 1986, well above market expectations of 920 mln to one billion dlrs. They compared with profits of 551.7 mln dlrs in 1985.     Cheung Kong also reported extraordinary gains of 983.6 mln dlrs mainly from the firm's sale of the Hong Kong Hilton Hotel to Hongkong Electric Holdings Ltd &lt;HKEH.HK> for one billion dlrs. It had gains of 81.3 mln dlrs in 1985.     Li attributed the surge in 1986 earnings to a buoyant local property market and substantial increases in contributions from associated companies.     "Looking ahead, 1987 should be another year of stability for the property market," Li said. "The growth in (Hong Kong's) exports is expected to stimulate the demand for industrial buildings."     Cheung Kong is cash rich and is looking for new projects in the British colony, Li said, noting the firm is interested in a land reclamation project along the Hong Kong harbour and is exchanging views with the government on a proposal to build a second airport.  Reuter &#3;
+391@OCCIDENTAL &lt;OXY> UNIT TO REDEEM DEBENTURES@Occidental Petroleum Corp said its MidCon Corp subsidiary will redeem on March 31 all 269,000 dlrs of its outstanding 10-1/4 pct convertible subordinated debentures due 2009 at 107.18 pct of par.     It said interest payable March 31 will be paid in the usual manner to holders of record on March 15.  The debentures convert to common stock at 14.168319 dlrs per share, or 70.58 shares per 1,000 dlrs principal amount, through March 31. Holders converting through March 17 will be entitled to receive Occidental's regular quarterly dividend of 62-1/2 cts per share on common stock that is payable April 15.     The company said any holders surrendering debentures for conversion after March 15, other than those surrendering for conversion on March 31, will be required to pay to the conversion agent an amount equal to the interest paytable on the debentures on March 31.  Reuter &#3;
+393@VIACOM &lt;VIA> RECEIVES TWO REVISED OFFERS@Viacom International Inc said it received revised merger offers from &lt;National Amusements Inc> and &lt;MCV Holdings Inc>.     The company said the special committee plans to meet later today to review both offers.     Viacom said National Amusements' Arsenal Holdings Inc raised the value of its offer for the Viacom shares not held by National Amusements in three areas. National Amusements holds 19.6 pct of Viacom's stock.     The cash value of the offer was raised to 42.00 dlrs from the 40.50 dlrs a Viacom share offered February 23 while the value of the fraction of a share of exchangeable preferred being offered was increased to 7.50 dlrs a share from six dlrs. The interest rate to be used to increase the cash value of the merger, if delayed beyond April 30, was raised to nine pct from eight pct and 12 pct after May 31.     A Viacom spokesman said the Arsenal Holdings's offer continues to include a 20 pct interest in Arsenal for present Viacom shareholders.     Viacom said MCV Holdings, a group which includes the company's senior management and the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, raised the value of its offer by increasing the value of the preferred being offered to 8.50 dlrs from 8.00 dlrs a share and raising the ownership in the new company to be held by present Viacom shareholders to 45 pct from 25 pct. MCV called its previous offer, made February 26, the "final" proposed revision of its agreement with Viacom.  Reuter &#3;
+394@DOW &lt;DOW> TO OFFER 130 MLN DLRS IN SWISS NOTES@Dow Chemical Co said it will issue 200 mln Swiss franc-denominated bonds worth about 130 mln dlrs U.S. at current exchange rates.     The 12-year bonds will carry a coupon of 4-3/4 pct and will be sold primarily to European investors for 100.25 pct of face value, Dow said.     Proceeds from the offering will be used to refinance existing debt, it said.     Underwriters are led by Union Bank of Switzerland.  The bonds will be listed on stock exchanges in Basle, Berne, Geneva, Lausanne and Zurich.  Reuter &#3;
+395@FRENCH ESTIMATE 86/87 WHEAT DELIVERIES UNCHANGED@The French Cereals Intervention Board, ONIC, left its estimate of French 1986/87 (July/June) soft wheat deliveries unchanged from its last forecast at 21.98 mln tonnes.     This compared with deliveries of 24.38 mln tonnes in 1985/86 (August/July).     Estimated 1986/87 maize deliveries were also left unchanged from ONIC's previous forecast at the beginning of February at 9.91 mln tonnes against 10.77 mln the previous season.     Barley deliveries were also unchanged at 6.62 mln tonnes against 7.7 mln in 1985/86.  Reuter &#3;
+397@WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA STRIKES TWO NETWORKS@The Writers Guild of America said its members have struck the news staffs of CBS Inc &lt;CBS> and Capital Cities/ABC Inc &lt;CCB> this morning after negotiations for a new contract broke down.     The guild said there had been extensions prior to the strike deadline this morning, but said the strike was called after the companies refused to negotiate.     The guild said the companies failed to put a final offer on the table, made no money offer at all, and did not deviate substantially from their original proposals, which, the guild said, would have gutted the union contract.     The guild said the networks demanded the right to terminate employees at will and lay them off without the  arbitration, and the hiring of temporary employees to replace staffer employees.     The guild represents newswriters, editors, desk assistants, researchers, production assistants, promotion writers and graphic artists.     The strike affects unions in New York, Chicago, Washington and Los Angeles. Picketing will commence at corporate headquarters in New York and other locations, the guild said.  Reuter &#3;
+399@TUESDAY MORNING INC &lt;TUES> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 1.19 dlrs vs 1.46 dlrs     Net 3,150,185 vs 2,665,284     Revs 27.9 mln vs 24.1 mln     Avg shrs 2,653,646 vs 1,826,858     Year     Shr 1.45 dlrs vs 1.37 dlrs     Net 3,611,802 vs 2,502,443     Sales 62.2 mln vs 52.8 mln     Avg shrs 2,489,978 vs 1,826,858  Reuter &#3;
+401@MILLER TABAK HAS 91.8 PCT OF PENN TRAFFIC &lt;PNF>@&lt;Miller Tabak Hirsch and Co> said it has received an accepted 3,424,729 common shares of Penn Traffic Co in response to its 31.60 dlr per share tender offer that expired Friday, and together with the 380,728 shares it already owned, it now has about 91.8 pct of Penn Traffic.     The company said Penn Traffic is expected to hold a special shareholders' meeting later this month to approve a merger into Miller Tabak at the tender price.     It said two Miller Tabak representatives will be named to the Penn Traffic board on March Four to serve as the only directors with Penn Traffic president and chief executive officer Guido Malacarne.     The company said it received financing for the transaction from First National Bank of Minneapolis and Salomon Inc &lt;SB>.  Reuter &#3;
+402@COFFEE QUOTA TALKS CONTINUE BUT NO AGREEMENT YET@Coffee quota talks at the International Coffee Organization council meeting here continued this afternoon, but producers and consumers still had not reached common ground on the key issue of how to estimate export quotas, delegates said.     The 54 member contact group was examining a Colombian proposal to resume quotas April 1 under the ad hoc system used historically, with a pledge to meet again in September to discuss how quotas would be worked out in the future, they said.     Delegates would not speculate on the prospects for agreement at this time.     "Anything could happen," one delegate said.  Reuter &#3;
+403@FEDERAL INDUSTRIES SETS COMMERCIAL PAPER ISSUE@&lt;Federal Industries Ltd> said it introduced a commercial paper program with an authorization of 440 mln dlrs through agents &lt;Bank of Montreal>, &lt;Dominion Securities Inc> and Wood Gundy Inc.     Net proceeds from the sale of notes will be used for general corporate purposes and will replace existing outstanding debt, the company said.     It did not elaborate on financial terms of the issue.  Reuter &#3;
+404@WASTE MANAGEMENT &lt;WMX> VOTES SPLIT, UPS PAYOUT@Waste Management Corp said its board voted a two-for-one stock split payable April 21, record March 30.     In other action, Waste Management directors approved an increase in the quarterly dividend to 18 cts from 14 cts, payable April three, record March 18.  Reuter &#3;
+405@POREX TECHNOLOGIES &lt;PORX> SETS INITIAL DIVIDEND@Porex Technologies Corp said its board declared an initial annual dividend of 10 cts per share, its first payout, payable March 26 to holders of record March 12.  Reuter &#3;
+406@DAVIS WATER &lt;DWWS> DECLARES STOCK DIVIDEND@Davis Water and Waste Industries Inc said its board declared a 33-1/3 pct stock dividend, payable March 23 to holders of record March 12.  Reuter &#3;
+407@MEDCO CONTAINMENT &lt;MCCS> SETS INITIAL PAYOUT@Medco Containment Services Inc said its board declared an initial annual dividend of 10 cts per share, its first payout, payable March 19 to holders of record March 12.  Reuter &#3;
+408@PITTSTON &lt;PCO> AGREES TO ACQUIRE WTC &lt;WAF>@Pittston Co said it has tentatively agreed to acquire WTC International N.V. in a tax-free exchange of stock.     Pittston said it agreed to exchange 0.523 common share for each of the about 8,612,000 WTC common shares outstanding.     Pittston said WTC's three principal shareholders, who own 62 pct of its stock, are parties to this agreement. They have granted Pittston the right of first refusal to their shares.     WTC has granted Pittston an option to buy WTC shares equal to 18.5 poct of its outstanding stock. The agreement is subject to approval of both boards and WTC shareholders.     Pittston said described WTC as a fast growing air freight forwarding company with operations throughout the world. Its revenues totaled nearly 200 mln dlrs in the year ended November 30 and for the quarter ended on that date it earned 1.3 mln dlrs on revenues of 55.8 mln dlrs.     Pittston said its Burlington Air Express subsidiary generates about two-thirds of its 450 mln dlrs in annual revenes with its domestic air freight services.  Reuter &#3;
+409@SDC SYDNEY COST REVIEW MAY ELIMINATE PRODUCTS@&lt;SDC Sydney Development Corp>, earlier reporting an increased nine month operating loss, said a cost control review now underway may result in cost reduction and elimination of unprofitable and non-strategic products and services.     The company's operating loss for the nine months ended December 31, 1986 increased to 7.7 mln dlrs from a loss of 1.7 mln dlrs in the prior year, it said earlier.     Revenues increased by 20 pct to 11.8 mln dlrs from year-earlier 9.8 mln dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+410@&lt;MULTI-STEP PRODUCTS INC> SIX MTHS DEC 31 LOSS@Shr loss 11 cts     Loss 739,146     Revs 11,754,251     Note: initial public listing December, 1986  Reuter &#3;
+411@U.K. MONEY MARKET OFFERED BORROWING FACILTIES@The Bank of England said it had offered borrowing facilities to those discount houses wishing to use them at 1430 GMT.     The Bank also said it provided the money market 456 mln stg assistance in the afternoon session bringing its total help so far today to 493 mln stg. This compares with its forecast of a shortage in the system today of around 700 mln stg.     The central bank purchased bank bills outright comprising 41 mln stg in band one at 10-7/8 pct 361 mln stg in band two at 10-13/16 pct and 54 mln stg in band three at 10-3/4 pct.     Money market dealers said the Bank of England has recently used the offer of borrowing facilities to signal that it does not want to see an early reduction in U.K. Base lending rates.     The Bank does this by lending to the discount houses at rates of interest higher than its prevailing money market dealing rates.  REUTER &#3;
+412@ELECTRONIC MAIL &lt;EMCA> FINANCING ATTEMPT FAILS@Electronic Mail Corp of America said its efforts to secure additional financing for expansion have fallen through.     The company said that there are no immediate prospects for financing through other sources, though efforts will continue. The company said operations wil continue while further efforts are made.     Negotiations with an undisclosed company had been onging for four months, the company said.  Reuter &#3;
+413@NETHERLANDS GRANTS 47 MLN DLRS TO BANGLADESH@Bangladesh will receive a grant equivalent to 47 mln U.S. Dlrs from the Netherlands during 1987 under an agreement signed here Saturday, officials said.     This raised the amount of Dutch grants to Bangladesh to 759 mln dlrs since 1972, used mainly for commodity imports and implementing development projects, they said.  Reuter &#3;
+414@QUEBEC'S CAISSE DES JARDINS ISSUES YEN EUROBOND@Caisse Centrale Desjardins du Quebec is issuing a 10 billion yen step-up eurobond maturing on March 25, 1992 and priced at 101-3/4 pct, joint-bookrunner Warburg Securities said.     The issues pays a coupon of one pct in years one and two and then pays a coupon of 7-7/8 pct in years three, four and five. The selling concession is 1-1/4 pct while management and underwriting combined pays 5/8 pct.     The payment date is March 25 while the issue will be listed in Luxembourg. The borrower is the wholesale financing arm of a major group of credit unions in the Province of Quebec.  REUTER &#3;
+415@DOW CHEMICAL LAUNCHES 200 MLN SWISS FRANC BOND@Dow Chemical Co has launched a 200 mln Swiss franc, 12-year bond with a 4-3/4 pct coupon priced at 100-1/4 pct, lead manager Union Bank of Switzerland said.     The issue carries a call option from 1993 at 102 pct, declining thereafter by 1/2 percentage point per year.     Subscriptions close March 18 and payment date is April 2.  REUTER &#3;
+416@SWISS SIGHT DEPOSITS RISE 3.10 BILLION FRANCS@Sight deposits by commercial banks at the Swiss National Bank rose by 3.10 billion Swiss francs to 10.53 billion in the last 10 days of February, the National Bank said.     Foreign exchange reserves fell 3.06 billion francs to 30.64 billion.     Sight deposits are an important measure of Swiss money market liquidity.     The decline in foreign exchange reserves reflected the dismantling of swap arrangements, the National Bank said.     Banknotes in circulation rose by 834 mln francs to 24.79 billion while other deposits on call - mainly government funds - fell 1.60 billion francs to 1.04 billion.  REUTER &#3;
+419@BRAZIL CRITICISES ADVISORY COMMITTEE STRUCTURE@Brazil is not happy with the existing structure of the 14-bank advisory committee which coordinates its commercial bank debt, Finance Minister Dilson Funaro said.     U.S. Banks have 50 pct representation on the committee while holding only 35 pct of Brazil's debt to banks, he said, adding "This is not fair with the European and Japanese banks." The committee had played a useful role in 1982 and 1983, however.     Noting the often different reactions of U.S., Japanese and European banks, Funaro told journalists that Brazil might adopt an approach involving separate discussions with the regions.     Since debtor nations' problems were normally treated on a case-by-case basis, "Perhaps the same principle should apply to creditors," central bank president Francisco Gros said.     Brazil on February 20 suspended indefinitely interest payments on 68 billion dlrs owed to commercial banks, followed last week by a freeze on bank and trade credit lines deposited by foreign banks and institutions, worth some 15 billion dlrs.     Funaro and Gros spent two days at the end of last week in Washington talking to government officials and international agencies and will this week visit Britain, France, West Germany, Switzerland and Italy for discussions with governments.     Funaro and Gros are today meeting British Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson, Foreign Secretary Geoffrey Howe and Governor of the Bank of England Robin Leigh-Pemberton.     Bankers have estimated that Brazil owes U.K. Banks around 8.5 billion dlrs in long and medium term loans, giving the U.K. The third largest exposure after the U.S. And Japan.     The crisis began when Brazil's trade surplus, its chief means of servicing its foreign debt, started to decline sharply and the problem was compounded by a renewed surge in the country's&#127;ate of inflation.  Reserves were reported to have dropped below four billion dlrs.     Funaro envisaged that any eventual solution to problems with Brazil's 108 billion dlr foreign debt would involve only partial servicing of the debt.     "What we propose is to arrive at a mechanism of refinance for part of the service, because we cannot service all that," he said. "I really think we have to change the old rules."     Asked why Brazil was first approaching governments, rather than the commercial banks themselves in its search for a solution to the crisis, Funaro said "We must first talk to the governments and then we can talk to the banks, because the banks have some limits."     "It is a political discussion from our point of view," he said.     Funaro said he hoped next week to travel to talk to Japanese and Canadian government officials. He would then talk to the commercial banks "If I've got some solution from the governments. I can't take the burden only to the banks." He was not sure how long it would take to reach a solution.  &#127;  In discussions with governments Brazil would review the mechanisms whereby finance was made available to nations in need. Finance from official lending agencies had been virtually closed since 1982. "You must open these mechanisms," he said.     He said that while the U.S. Officials had been disturbed by Brazil's suspension of interest payments, they understood Brazil had no other choice, as it had to protect its reserves.     Also the financing mechanisms had to be discussed "because we can't stay as we were the last few years."     "I'm trying to put the problem on the table.... All of us would like to have a kind of equilibrium." he said. Although Brazil has rejected a substantive role for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in managing its economy, Funaro paid a call in Washington to IMF Managing Director Michel Camdessus and to World Bank President Barber Conable.     Funaro noted that inflation in February had started to decline again and he expected Brazil to achieve a minimum eight billion dlr trade surplus in 1987.     Banking sources noted that Brazil's monthly surplus had declined to some 150 mln dlrs in the final three months of last year, against a monthly one billion in the first nine months.     Brazil had the third largest trade surplus in the world, Funaro said, although its share of international trade was only one pct.  "The solution is linked with growth, not recession," he said, noting an IMF program would involve promoting exports and inducing an internal recession in order to service debt.     Banking sources said Brazil's debts to foreign governments, as opposed to commercial banks, now benefit from a sounder structure following last month's rescheduling by the Paris Club of creditor nations of 4.12 billion dlrs of official debt.  REUTER &#3;
+420@WHITTAKER CORP &lt;WKR> 1ST QTR JAN 31 NET@Oper shr 17 cts vs 25 cts     Qtly div 15 cts vs 15 cts prior     Oper net 1,522,000 vs 3,501,000     Sales 98.0 mln vs 86.3 mln     NOTE: Prior year net excludes loss from discontinued operations of 1,817,000 dlrs.     Company said common shares outstanding down significantly to 7,814,000, reflecting retirement of about 5,200,000 shares since start of restructurining in August 1986.     Dividend pay April 30, record April 16.  Reuter &#3;
+421@QUEBEC'S CAISSE DES JARDINS ISSUES YEN EUROBOND@Caisse Centrale Desjardins du Quebec is issuing a 10 billion yen step-up eurobond maturing on March 25, 1992 and priced at 101-3/4 pct, joint-bookrunner Warburg Securities said.     The issues pays a coupon of one pct in years one and two and then pays a coupon of 7-7/8 pct in years three, four and five. The selling concession is 1-1/4 pct while management and underwriting combined pays 5/8 pct.     The payment date is March 25 while the issue will be listed in Luxembourg. The borrower is the wholesale financing arm of a major group of credit unions in the Province of Quebec.  Reuter &#3;
+422@STOP AND SHOP COS INC &lt;SHP> 4TH QTR JAN 31 NET@Oper shr 1.80 dlrs vs 1.46 dlrs     Oper net 25.0 mln vs 20.2 mln     Sales 1.09 billion vs 996.4 mln     Avg shrs 13.9 mln vs 13.8 mln     Year     Oper shr 3.20 dlrs vs 2.57 dlrs     Oper net 44.4 mln vs 35.4 mln     Sales 3.87 billion vs 3.43 billion     Avg shrs 13.9 mln vs 13.8 mln     NOTES: Operating net excludes losses of 12.1 mln dlrs, or 87 cts a share, vs 321,000 dlrs, or two cts a share, in quarter and 6.0 mln dlrs, or 43 cts a share, vs 5.1 mln dlrs, or 37 cts a share, from discontinued operations. This includes provision in latest quarter of 12.2 mln dlrs for closing of Almys Department Store Co.     Operating net in latest quarter and year includes 750,000 dlrs charge for restructuring announced in early January  Reuter &#3;
+423@JIM WALTER CORP &lt;JWC> REGULAR DIVIDEND@Qtly div 35 cts vs 35 cts in prior qtr     Payable April one     Record March 14  Reuter &#3;
+424@DIAGNOSTIC &lt;DRS> MAKES A BID FOR ROSPATCH &lt;RPCH>@Diagnostic Retrieval Systems Inc said it has made an offer to acquire, through a wholly owned unit, all outstanding shares of Rospatch Corp's common stock for 22 dlrs a share cash, or about 53 mln dlrs.     DRS, a warfare systems producer, said it would make the transaction through a cash tender offer for all, but not less than 51 pct, of Rospatch's outstanding common stock followed by a merger with Rospatch, a labels, high technology and wood producer, at the same purchase price per share.     DRS said the deal is subject to approval by the Rospatch board, and the tender offer expires on March 6, 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+425@RECORD N.Z. FUTURES VOLUMES TRADED IN FEBRUARY@The volume of contracts traded on the New Zealand Futures Exchange (NZFE) reached a record 25,559 contracts in February, the International Commodities Clearing House (ICCH) said.     The previous high was 22,583 contracts in December 1986.     The ICCH said the value of the contracts traded in February was 2.90 billion N.Z. Dlrs.     The seven contracts currently traded on the NZFE are: five-year government bonds, the share price index, 90-day bank bills, 90-day prime commercial paper, the U.S. Dollar, crossbred wool, and wheat.  Reuter &#3;
+426@AIR FORCE EXERCISES OPTION FOR AAR &lt;AIR> ORDER@AAR Corp said that the U.S. Air force exercised an option valued at about eight mln dlrs with its Brooks and Perkins Cadillac manufacturing subsidiary in Michigan, for cargo pallet maintenence and overhaul.  Reuter &#3;
+427@DOW CHEMICAL LAUNCHES 200 MLN SWISS FRANC BOND@Dow Chemical Co has launched a 200 mln Swiss franc, 12-year bond with a 4-3/4 pct coupon priced at 100-1/4 pct, lead manager Union Bank of Switzerland said.     The issue carries a call option from 1993 at 102 pct, declining thereafter by 1/2 percentage point per year.     Subscriptions close March 18 and payment date is April 2.  Reuter &#3;
+428@TANZANIA SAYS NO NEED FOR NEW ECONOMIC MEASURES@Tanzania's ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party has endorsed the government's economic reform programme but said it did not think more changes, such as a further devaluation of the shilling, would be needed.     Tanzania has devalued the shilling more than 65 pct in less than a year and has started to overhaul inefficient government firms in line with a package agreed with the IMF.     The CCM's national executive committee said it was satisfied with government efforts to implement IMF conditions. "Measures taken so far are satisfactory and there is no need to take other ones -- the devaluation of the shilling included," it said.     The committee's statement was in response to a government report on the IMF package submitted last Thursday.  Reuter &#3;
+429@TAIWAN TO SEEK HIGHER TEXTILE EXPORTS TO U.S.@A Taiwan mission will leave next week for Washington to renegotiate an agreement severely limiting the growth of the island's textile exports, a Board of Foreign Trade official said.     Under the agreement signed last July, Taiwan's textile export growth was limited to 0.5 pct each year until 1988, based on the value of 1985 exports.     The official said the pact was unfair because the United States had signed more favourable agreements with Hong Kong and South Korea. They were each given about one pct growth until 1991.     He said Taiwan now found it difficult to compete with its two main rivals and the problem had been made worse because of the surging value of the Taiwan dollar.  Reuter &#3;
+432@U.S. NON-FARM PRODUCTIVITY FELL 2.2 PCT IN QTR@Productivity in the non-farm business sector fell at a seasonally adjusted, revised annual rate of 2.2 pct in the fourth quarter last year, the Labor department said.     Previously, the department said productivity fell 1.7 pct in the fourth quarter.     The decline followed a 0.3 pct drop in the third quarter.     For all of 1986, productivity increased 0.7 pct from 1985, reflecting rises of 4.3 pct in the first quarter and 0.5 pct in the second quarter.     Non-farm productivity in 1985 increased 0.5 pct, the department said.     For the fourth quarter, output rose 1.9 pct while hours of all persons increased 4.3 pct.     Hourly compensation rose 2.7 pct but effectively was zero when the increase in CPI-U is taken into account. Unit labor costs rose 5.1 pct.     The implicit price deflator for non-farm business fell 0.4 pct following a 3.6 pct increase in the third quarter.     Manufacturng productivity declined 0.1 pct after a 3.6 pct increase in the third quarter.     Manufacturing output rose 3.3 pct in the fourth quarter and as hours gained 3.4 pct and compensation per hour 2.1 pct, the department said.     Real compensation per hour in manufacturing fell 0.6 pct in the fourth quarter when inflation was taken into account.     Business productivity, including farms, fell 2.8 pct in the fourth quarter after a 0.4 pct third-quarter decline but was 0.7 pct higher overall in 1986 than in 1985.     Hourly compensation increased three pct overall in 1986 in the non-farm business sector, the smal.0 pct.e since 1919.     In 1985, hourly compensation rose 4.0 pct.     The implicit price deflator for non-farm business rose 2.2 pct in 1986 after a 3.3 pct rise a year earlier and was the smallest increase since 1965.     Unit labor costs were up 2.3 pct in 1986 after rising 3.5 pct in 1985.     Productivity in manufacturing rose 2.7 pct last year after a 1985 rise of 4.4 pct, the department said.  Reuter &#3;
+434@U.S. CONSTRUCTION SPENDING ROSE 1.0 PCT IN JAN@U.S. construction spending rose 3.6 billion dlrs, or 1.0 pct, in January to a seasonally adjusted rate of 378.5 billion dlrs, the Commerce Department said.     Spending in December fell a revised 3.5 billion dlrs, or 0.9 pct, to 374.9 billion dlrs, the department said.     Previously, it said spending fell 0.5 pct in December.     The department said the value of all new construction in 1986 was 376.9 billion dlrs, or six pct more than the 355.6 billion dlrs of building put in place in 1985.     The department said January construction spending was 5.1 billion dlrs, or 1.4 pct, above the January, 1986 total of 373.4 billion dlrs.     Residential construction spending rose in January to an annual rate of 180.7 billion dlrs from 178.6 billion dlrs in December.     Public construction outlays rose for a third successive month to 75.2 billion dlrs in January from 71.2 billion dlrs in December, and were 7.2 billion dlrs, or 10.6 pct, higher than the January, 1986 estimate of 68.0 billion dlrs, the department said.     The department said a big increase in public spending occurred on highway construction, where outlays rose in January to 23.8 billion dlrs from 18.9 billion dlrs in December.     In constant dlrs, January construction outlays rose 3.6 billion dlrs, or 1.1 pct from December levels, the department said.  Reuter &#3;
+435@WHITTAKER &lt;WKR> TO HAVE GAINS FROM SALES@Whittaker Corp said it will have a gain on the sale of discontinued businesses after any operating losses from the businesses up until the dates of disposition, but it will defer reporting the gain until its restructuring program hsa been substantially completed.     The company said in the first quarter ended January 31,m it completed the divestiture of its health maintenance organization operations to Travelers Corp &lt;TIC> , sold its Whittar Steel Strip operations to &lt;DofascoxInc> and sold its equity investment in Bertram-Trojan Inc to an affiliate of &lt;Investcorp>.     The company said it has entered into definitive agreements to sell Whittaker General Medical Corp, Bennes MArrel SA of France and Juster Steel Corp as well.     The company said to date it has received proceeds of about 90 mln dlrs from divestitures and has used the funds to reduce debt incurred in the repurchase of its common shares.     Whittaker today reported first quarter earnings from continuing operations fell to 1,522,000 dlrs from 3,501,000 dlrs a year before. The year-earlier figure excluded a 1,817,000 dlr loss from discontinued operations.  Reuter &#3;
+436@THE JAPAN FUND &lt;JPN> GETS BUYOUT OFFER@The Japan Fund Inc said it has received an unsolicited offer from &lt;Sterling Grace Capital Management LP>, acting together with certain other persons and entities, to purchase all the assets of the fund at five pct below its aggregate net asset value.     The Japan Find said tne deal is subject to obtaining satisfactory financing and a due diligence review.     It added that the proposal has been referred to its Board of Directors for consideration.  Reuter &#3;
+437@STANSBURY MINING &lt;STBY> GETS FUNDING FOR MINE@Stansbury Mining Corp said it has arranged the financing it needs to bring its vermiculite mine into operation later this year.     The company said New York investment banking firm Matthews and Wright has arranged 7,300,000 dlrs in tax-free industrial revenue bonds and 4,700,000 dlrs in conventional bonds.     It said it expects to produce saleable ore from the mine before year-end.     The company said it has also signed an agreement for Wright Engineers Ltd of British Columbia to recoup the cost of its services to Stansbury by converting warrants.     The company said Wright Engineers would convert the warrants to Stansbury common on a monthly basis at the monthly market value as the 1,700,000 dlrs of engineering work is completed.  It said it does not expect more than 400,000 warrants to be converted over the next 12 months.  Reuter &#3;
+438@&lt;SAMSUNG CO> CALENDAR 1986@Div 50 won vs 50 won     Net profit 6.91 billion won vs 6.10 billion     Sales 4,275.4 billion vs 3,801,7 billion     Note - Company has set 1987 sales target of 4,800 billion won.  Reuter &#3;
+439@&lt;DAEWOO CORP> CALENDAR 1986@Div 50 won vs 50 won     Net profit 35.4 billion won vs 34.2 billion     Sales 4,214.9 billion won vs 3,779.2 bilion     Note - company has set 1987 sales target of 5,200 billion.  REUTER &#3;
+441@BANK OF NEW YORK &lt;BK> TO HAVE GAIN ON UNIT SALE@Bank of New York Co said it and the management of RMJ Securities Corp have agreed to sell 80 pct of their interests in RMJ Holding Corp to &lt;British and Commonwealth Holdings PLC> and Bank of New York expects to realize a substantial gain on the transaction.     RMJ Holding is the holding company for RMJ Securities, a large broker of U.S. government securities and agency obligations  Bank of New York owns a majority interest in RMJ Holding and management of RMJ Securities the remainder.     Bank of New York said the sale is expected to be completed during the second quarter.     It said it and RMJ Securities management will continue to own 20 pct of RMJ Holding for now, but the agreement provides for the sale of that remaining interest to British and Commonwealth over the next six years.  Reuter &#3;
+442@CORNING &lt;GLW>, HAZLETON &lt;HLC> SET EXCAHNGE RATIO@Corning Glass Works said the exchange ratio for its previously announced acquisition of Hazleton Laboratories Corp has been established at 0.5165 Corning common share for each Hazleton common share.     Corning said the prospectus regarding the merger is expected to be mailed tomorrow to all Hazleton holders of record February 18. Hazleton shareholders will vote on the proposed merger at a special meeting on March 31.  Reuter &#3;
+443@HEALTH EXPERTS URGE ERADICATION OF RINDERPEST@World animal health experts called for a campaign to eradicate the lethal cattle disease Rinderpest in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Pakistan, a statement from a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) meeting here said.     Some 230 mln dlrs is needed over two years to vaccinate the entire susceptible cattle population in Bangladesh and Pakistan and high-risk areas of the other three countries. In India some 240 mln cattle are estimated to be at risk from the disease.     The experts recommended the campaign be funded mostly by the governments of the five nations, with help from the FAO. Similar campaigns are needed in Egypt, Yemen, Iraq and Iran.  Reuter &#3;
+444@TURKISH RETAIL PRICES RISE 2.7 PCT IN FEBRUARY@Turkish retail prices rose 2.7 pct in February after 2.9 pct in January and 1.7 pct in February 1986, the State Statistics Institute said.     Prices in the year to February rose 31.6 pct, compared with 30.3 pct in the year to January and 38.8 pct in the 12 months to February 1986.     The index (base 1978/79), covering 14 towns and five regions, was 1,886.8 in February, 1,837.2 in January and 1,434.0 in February 1986.  REUTER &#3;
+446@XEROX CORP &lt;XRX> ADDS CAPACITY TO SYSTEM@Xerox Corp said it has added a system that can handle more than 3,000 calls per hour and store up to 526 hours of messages to its Voice Message Exchange product line.     Available with 12 to 64 ports, the new System V is designed to serve 800 to 10,000 users, the company said. It is compatible with the company's entire voice message exchange line, it added.     Xerox said the system may be rented annually, with an option to purchase, starting at 4,700 dlrs per month, or purchased for 123,000 dlrs.   Reuter &#3;
+447@BALLY &lt;BLY> COMPLETES PURCHASE OF GOLDEN NUGGET@Bally Manufacturing Corp said it completed the acquisition of the Golden Nugget Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey from Golden Nugget Inc.     Bally also acquired from Golden Nugget various parcels of real estate in Atlantic City, it noted.     The transaction included 140 mln dlrs in cash and stock and the assumption of a 299 mln dlrs mortgage.  Reuter &#3;
+448@CONSOLIDATED TVX TO BUY BRAZIL GOLD MINE STAKES@&lt;Consolidated TVX Mining Corp> said it agreed to issue 7.8 mln treasury shares to acquire interests in three gold mining companies in Brazil and an option to increase the company's interest in a platinum property.     The company said the transactions will bring immediate production and earnings to Consolidated TVX, enhance its precious metal potential and is expected to improve cash flow and earnings on a per share basis. The company did not give specific figures.     Consolidated TVX said it will acquire 29 pct of CMP, a public gold mining company in which TVX already holds a 15 pct interest, making TVX the largest single shareholder.     The company also agreed to acquire a 19 pct stake in Novo Astro, a private company, and a 16 pct interest in Teles Pires Mining, increasing the TVX's ownership to 51 pct.     In addition, Consolidated TVX said it will acquire the right to add a 10 pct interest to a platinum property in which it already owns a 29.4 pct stake.     CMP earned 11 mln Canadian dlrs in 1986 and expects to produce 42,000 ounces of gold in 1987 at a cost of 160 U.S. dlrs an ounce, Consolidated TVX said.     Novo Astro operates Brazil's richest gold mine located in Amapa State, with an average grade of 0.8 ounces of gold a ton in a hardrock quartz vein, Consolidated TVX said. Mining of eluvial surface material produced 25,000 ounces in 1986 and is expected to produce 60,000 ounces in 1987.     It also said Teles Pires Mining controls rights to a 350 kilometer section of the Teles Pires River, where one dredge is expected to produce 10,000 ounces of gold in 1987.  Reuter &#3;
+449@WARWICK INSURANCE MANAGERS INC &lt;WIMI> 4TH QTR@Oper shr 17 cts vs 19 cts     Oper net 636,000 vs 358,000     Revs 10.6 mln vs 7,024,000     Avg shrs 3,808,000 vs 1,924,000     Year     Oper shr 73 cts vs 65 cts     Oper net 2,467,000 vs 1,199,000     Revs 31.5 mln vs 22.9 mln     Avg shrs 3,372,000 vs 1,785,000     NOTE: Net excludes investment gains 20,000 dlrs vs 86,000 dlrs in quarter and 586,000 dlrs vs 195,000 dlrs in year.     1985 year net excludes 304,000 dlr tax credit.     Share adjusted for one-for-two reverse split in November 1985.  Reuter &#3;
+450@CANADA INDUSTRIAL PRICES UP 0.2 PCT IN MONTH@Canada's industrial product price index rose 0.2 pct in January after falling 0.2 pct in each of the two previous months, Statistics Canada said.     The rise was led by price gains for papers, pharmaceuticals and petroleum and coal products. Price declines were recorded for meat products, lumber and motor vehicles.     On a year over year basis, the federal agency said the index fell 0.9 pct in January, the largest yearly decline on record.  Reuter &#3;
+451@OLIVER'S STORES &lt;OLVR> FILES CHAPTER 11@Oliver's Stores Inc said it has decided to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws and will file a petition by the end of this week.     The company said it has failed to reach agreement with primary lenders Manufacturers Hanover Corp &lt;MHC> and Midlantic Corp &lt;MIDL> on a debt restructuring.     It said Manufacturers has declared the company in default and demanded repayment of about six mln dlrs in debt.  Reuter &#3;
+452@HOWE OWNERS FEDERAL &lt;HFSL> HOLDERS OK MORE STOCK@Howen Owners Federal Savings and Loan Association said its stockholders have approved an amendment to its charter increasing the number of authorized common to 32 mln shares from eight mln and the number of authorized preferred shares to eight mln from two mln.  Reuter &#3;
+453@COMMERZBANK UNIT ISSUES STERLING EUROBOND@Commerzbank Overseas Finance NV is issuing a 50 mln stg eurobond due March 31, 1992 paying 9-5/8 pct and priced at 101-1/4 pct, joint-lead manager Samuel Montagu and Co Ltd said. Commerzbank AG is the other joint-lead.     The non-callable bond is available in denominations of 1,000 and 10,000 stg and will be listed in London. The selling concession is 1-1/4 pct while management and underwriting combined pays 5/8 pct.     The payment date is March 31.  REUTER &#3;
+454@NUCLEAR DATA &lt;NDI> GETS EXTENSIONS ON LOANS@Nuclear Data Inc said its bank lenders agreed to extend its secured loan agreement through June 30, 1987.     The agreement, which covers about 9.5 mln dlrs in short term debt, had been scheduled to expire February 28.     Terms of the extension require Nuclear Data to obtain replacement financing from outside sources before June 30, it said.     If the company is unable to or fails to achieve certain projected operating results in the meantime, it will be required to divest enough assets to retire its debt, it said.     For the first nine months of its fiscal 1987 year ended November 30, 1986, Nuclear Data reported a loss of almost nine mln dlrs or 4.98 dlrs a share on revenues of 32.6 mln dlrs.     Nuclear Data cited improvement in printed circuit board sales and said it is confident it will obtain replacement financing.     In other action, Nuclear Data said it set up a 1.25 mln dlrs reserve to cover the revaluation of certain domestic medical inventory and the redirection of its U.S. medical sales efforts.     The reserve was taken to offset a decline in the U.S. dollar against the Danish Kroner and other factors adversely affecting sales of its Danish manufactured medical products in the U.S. market, Nuclear Data said.  Reuter &#3;
+456@STROBER ORGANIZATION INC &lt;STRB> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 22 cts vs 17 cts     Net 1,232,000 vs 834,000     Sales 24.1 mln vs 20.9 mln     Avg shrs 5,609,000 vs five mln     Year     Shr 97 cts vs 69 cts     Net 4,985,000 vs 3,426,000     Sales 92.4 mln vs 77.9 mln     Avg shrs 5,153,000 vs five mln  Reuter &#3;
+457@JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF DOW CHEM &lt;DOW> UNIT@Dow Chemical Co said a judge on the New Jersey Superior Court for Monmouth County granted its Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals Inc unit a motion for a directed verdict in its favor in a case alleging its morning sickness drug, Bendectin, caused a child's birth defects.     Merrell Dow said after plaintiffs had completed their presentation of evidence, Judge Marshall Selikoff granted the company's motion and discharged the jury on grounds tha plaintiffs did not present evidence showing the drug caused the child' problems.  Reuter &#3;
+458@U.K. SAYS HAS NO ROLE IN BRAZIL MORATORIUM TALKS@U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Nigel Lawson has told Brazil's Finance Minister Dilson Funaro that negotiations on Brazil's debt to commercial banks are a matter for the commercial banks themselves, a Treasury spokesman said.     The spokesman said the Chancellor had emphasised in talks this morning with Funaro the need for the Brazilian authorities to be able to present a convincing economic program to the country's creditors. He added an accord with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) could be a very helpful support.     Brazil on February 20 suspended interest payments on 68 billion dlrs of its debts to commercial banks.     Lawson's attitude was interpreted by banking sources as a clear rebuff to Brazilian hopes of obtaining official cooperation in resolving its external debt crisis.     Funaro, accompanied by central bank president Francisco Gros, is on the first leg of a tour of European capitals in an attempt to explain to governments Brazil's indefinite suspension of interest payments earlier this month.     Brazil has in the past rejected a substantial role for the IMF in managing its economy, arguing that an IMF austerity program by promoting exports and dampening domestic consumption would lead to recession and threaten democracy.     Funaro and Gros last week visited Washington as part of their trip to enlist support from governments for its attempts to change the means by which developing countries finance growth.     Funaro said on Saturday in Washington that Brazil would not have suspended payment on its debt if it had received more and faster financing from international agencies.     He said earlier today that Brazil was first approaching governments before talking to the commercial banks themselves about the interest payment moratorium "because the banks have some limits.... It's a political discussion from our point of view."     Funaro said on Friday that his talks with U.S. Officials had resulted in no new financial arrangement to help resolve Brazil's debt crisis, describing the meeting as an initial contact.     He had earlier met Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul Volcker and U.S. Treasury Secretary James Baker.     The Treasury spokesman pointed out that today's talks had been at Funaro's request.     After travelling this week to France, Germany, Switzerland and Italy, Funaro hopes to visit Canada and Japan next week before starting negotiations with banks.  REUTER &#3;
+460@BANK OF ENGLAND ANNOUNCES ONE BILLION STG TAP@The Bank of Enlgand said it was creating and taking onto its own books a one stg tranche of the nine pct Exchequer stock due 2002.     The issue is part paid with 20 stg pct payable on issue and the 76 stg pct balance due on April 27. First dealings will take place this Wednesday, March 4.     The initial reaction among dealers was to mark prices around 1/8 point easier. The market had been untapped prior to this announcement.  REUTER &#3;
+461@BRENCO INC &lt;BREN> DECLARES QTLY DIVIDEND@Qtly div three cts vs three cts prior     Pay April six     Record March 20  Reuter &#3;
+462@BLACK SOUTH AFRICAN MINERS SEEK WAGE RISE@The National Union of Mineworkers, NUM, said it will demand a 55 pct annual wage increase in upcoming negotiations with South Africa's mining companies.     The union, representing some 360,000 black workers at about 118 mines, last year sought a 45 pct boost in salaries and settled for 23.5 pct.     NUM General Secretary Cyril Ramaphosa told a news conference the miners were "very angry at low wages...And are prepared to press their struggle for as long as it takes to get their demands met."     Salaries for black miners currently range from a low of 195 rand or 94 dlrs a month to 800 rand, or 384 dlrs, with an average monthly wage of 345 rand or 165 dlrs, Ramaphosa said.     He also said the union has asked the mining companies to begin new contract talks on April one instead of the usual May one starting time. The current one-year contract expires at the end of June.  REUTER &#3;
+463@PRIME COMPUTER &lt;PRM> UNVEILS PC SOFTWARE@Prime Computer Inc said it has introduced the Prime Medusa/pc software, a two dimensional version of its Prime Medusa computer-aided-design software.     Prime said Prime Medusa/pc is for use on an International Business Machines Corp &lt;IBM> PC/AT operating within a Prime 50 Series minicomputer environment.     The company said the software is available immediately to customers who have or are currently ordering a Prime Medusa license on one of Prime's 50 series systems.     Prime added the software costs 5,000 dlrs per license with monthly maintenance of 65 dlrs.     Prime said it also unveiled the Prime Medusa Revision 4.0 system with a new feature for developing applications that alows users to associate non-graphic information with graphic elements on a drawing sheet.     The Prime Medusa Revision 4.0 is available immediately, Prime said.  Reuter &#3;
+464@MASSACHUSETTS INVESTORS GROWTH STOCK FUND PAYOUT@Qtly div from income 5.1 cts vs 3.035 dlrs in prior qtr including capital gains of 2.978 dlrs     Payable March 27     Record February 27  Reuter &#3;
+465@FEDERAL INDUSTRIES PAPER ISSUE JUST IN CANADA@Federal Industries Ltd's earlier announced commercial paper issue of up to 440 mln dlrs, will be made only in Canada, a company spokesman said.     The issue currently underway is expected to be completed within the next few weeks.     The final amount of the issue depends on market conditions, but will likely be close to 400 mln dlrs, the spokesman said.  Reuter &#3;
+466@&lt;PREMDOR INC> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 35 cts vs 25 cts     Net 1,590,000 vs 1,140,000     Revs 32.2 mln vs 23.0 mln     YEAR     Shr 1.16 dlrs vs 68 cts     Net 5,300,000 vs 3,100,000     Revs 110.0 mln vs 85.4 mln  Reuter &#3;
+467@AMERICAN NURSERY &lt;ANSY> BUYS FLORIDA NURSERY@American Nursery Products Inc said it purchased Miami-based Heinl's Nursery Inc, for undisclosed terms.     Heinl's Nursery has sales of about 4.5 mln dlrs and owns 100 acres, of which 75 are in shade houses and about 58,300 square feet cover greenhouses, shipping and office facilities.  Reuter &#3;
+468@JUTLAND TELEPHONE SETS 75 MLN SWISS FRANC BOND@Jutland Telephone Co plans to issue a 75 mln Swiss franc, 4-3/4 pct bond with a par price and a maximum 10-year maturity, lead manager Union Bank of Switzerland said.     The bond may be retired between 1991 and 1996 if the secondary price does not exceed par.     It may be called starting in 1992 at 101, with declining premiums thereafter, or for tax reasons beginning in 1988 at 102 with declining premiums thereafter.  REUTER &#3;
+469@REGENCY CRUISES INC &lt;SHIP> ELECTS NEW CHAIRMAN@Regency Cruises Inc said its board elected William Schanz as its chairman and chief executive officer. He replaces Anastasios Kyriakides, who resigned in December.     Schantz has served as president, treasurer, and a director since its inception in 1984.     The company also elected three directors. They are Paul Hermann, John Clive Bayley and Costas Galetakis. The company said they replace Paul Wells and Douglas MacGarvey, who also resigned in December. One new director's post has been added, Regency said.  Reuter &#3;
+470@MFS MANAGED SECTORS TRUST DIVIDEND INCREASED@Semi-annual div from income of 7.3 cts vs 1.0 cent in prior period     Payable March 27     Record February 27  Reuter &#3;
+471@UNOCAL &lt;UCL> PLANS LUBE CENTERS AT TRUCKSTOPS@Unocal Corp said it plans to introduce truck lube centers at most of the 148 Unocal 76 Auto/TruckStops along the nation's interstate highways.     The company said the centers will be the first national program to offer over-the-road trucks a convenient and complete lube-and-oil-change service. The centers will offer a 20-point lubrication and oil change at a suggested price of 99.95 dlrs for most trucks.     Unocal said the price will be the same or lower than commercial grages and truckstops now charge in most areas.  Reuter &#3;
+472@&lt;GENZYME>, PFIZER &lt;PFE> UNIT IN JOINT VENTURE@Genzyme Corp said it and Howmedica, a Rutherford, N.J.-based company owned by Pfizer Inc, have agreed to an initial joint research and development program.     The company said the venture will focus on using Genzyme's proprietary technologies to procued hyaluronic acid-based products for use in orthopedic surgery.     Hyaluronic acid is a natural water retaining and lubricating component in the body's soft tissue, and a key part of certain body fluids.  Reuter &#3;
+473@MULTI-STEP TO SELL LADDER UNIT, CANCEL SHARES@&lt;Multi-Step Products Inc>, earlier reporting an initial six month loss, said it agreed to sell wholly owned Multi-Step Manufacturing Inc for 100,000 dlrs cash, subject to shareholder and regulatory approval.     Multi-Step also said it will pay 900,000 dlrs to cancel 711,192 of its own shares, which will be acquired from Michael Penhale and his benficiaries. Penhale will control and manage Multi-Step Manufacturing, following the transactions.     Multi-Step had a 739,146 dlr loss for the six months ended December 31. The company received its initial public listing in December.     The company said its ladder-making unit has been losing 300,000 dlrs quarterly.     The sale, expected to close in April, also calls for retirement of the unit's 400,000 dlr bank debt, Multi-Step said. The unit also has agreed to pay a debt of 400,000 dlrs to Tarxien Company Ltd, which is 40 pct owned by Multi-Step.     Multi-Step previously said it agreed to acquire the remaining 60 pct of Tarxien it does not already own.  Reuter &#3;
+474@ESSELTE BUSINESS &lt;ESB> UNIT BUYS ANTONSON UNIT@Esselte Business Systems Inc's Esselte Meto division said it has acquired the Antonson America Co, a subsidiary of &lt;Antonson Machines AB>, of Sweden.     Esselte said the Antonson unit, based in LaPorte, Indiana, manufactures scales and label printers. The company said the purchase is part of a plan to increase the range of retail electronic scales being offered by Esselte in the U.S.     It said the acquisition will enble Esselte to increase its distribution base in its effort to grow in the U.S.  Reuter &#3;
+475@FED EXPECTED TO ADD TEMPORARY RESERVES@The Federal Reserve is expected to enter the U.S. Government securities market to add temporary reserves, economists said.     They expect it to supply the reserves indirectly by arranging a fairly large round, two billion dlrs or more, of customer repurchase agreements. The Fed may add the reserves directly instead via System repurchases.     Federal funds, which averaged 6.02 pct on Friday, opened at 6-1/8 pct and traded between there and 6-1/16 pct. Funds are under upward pressure from settlement of recently sold two-year notes and from a Treasury tax and loan call on banks.  Reuter &#3;
+476@REUTER DEALING SERVICE INTRODUCED IN CHINA@Reuters Holdings Plc &lt;RTRS.L> said it had its first subscriber installation in China of its foreign exchange dealing service.     The subscriber is the banking department of the China International Trust and Investment Corp's (CITIC) head office in Beijing.     The service is also due to be connected soon at the Bank of China's new headquarters in Beijing, Reuters said.  REUTER &#3;
+477@CAMBRIDGE MEDICAL &lt;CMTC> IN DEAL ON AIDS TEST@Cambridge Medical Technology corp said it has signed a letter of intent with Panbaxy Laboratories to jointly make a new AIDS test.     The company said it will have the exclusive right to market the product worldwide.  The new test will be used to detect specific viral antigens in serum and whole blood samples.     It said it hopes to design a simplified test for home use.  Reuter &#3;
+478@FOUR SEASONS BUYING MARRIOTT &lt;MHS> HOTEL@&lt;Four Seasons Hotels Inc> and VMS Realty Partners said they agreed to acquire the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel in California from Marriott Corp, for undisclosed terms.     Closing was expected by March 31, they added.     The companies said they would jointly own the hotel and rename it the Four Seasons Biltmore at Santa Barbara. They said they would spend more than 13 mln U.S. dlrs "to enhance the Biltmore's position as one of the finest resort hotels in North America." Chicago-based VMS Realty is a real estate and development firm.  Reuter &#3;
+479@QUAKER OATS &lt;OAT> FILES SHELF REGISTRATION@Quaker Oats Co said it filed a shelf registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission covering up to 250 mln dlrs in debt securities.     The company said it may offer the securites in one or more issues, from time to time, over the next two years.     Proceeds will be used to repay short term debt issued in connection with Quaker Oats' recent acquisitions and for other corporate purposes, it said.     Underwriters may include Salomon Brothers Inc and Goldman, Sachs and Co.  Reuter &#3;
+480@STONE &lt;STO> SPLITS STOCK, RAISES PAYOUT@Stone Container Corp said it is splitting its common stock 2-for-1 and increasing its dividend 33-1/3 pct.     The dividend of 20 cts a share, an increase of five cts over the prior 15 cts a share on pre-split shares, is payable June 12 to holders of record May 22.     The stock split also is payable June 12 to holders of record May 22.  Reuter &#3;
+481@TEMPLE INLAND/INT'L PAPER UP ON RAISED OPINION@Shares of Temple Inland Inc &lt;TIN> and International Paper Co &lt;IP> rose sharply this morning following a recommendation by Prudential Bache Securities, traders said.     Temple Inland jumped 2-7/8 to 73 and International Paper  1-1/4 to 91-1/4.     Prudential Bache analyst Mark Rogers was not available for comment. Traders said he raised his recommendation of Temple Inland to a "buy" to support his earnings outlook of 5.85 dlrs a share in 1987 and nine dlrs a share in 1988. The company earned 3.30 dlrs a share in 1986.     Traders also said that Rogers reiterated a recommendation of International Paper, another forest products company that scored large gains in January as the dollar floundered. Rogers expects the company to earn 7.50 dlrs a share in 1987 and 10 dlrs a share in 1988. Last year the company earned 5.28 dlrs a share.  Reuter &#3;
+482@PRESIDENTIAL AIR &lt;PAIR> TO START NEW SERVICE@Presidential Airways Inc said it will serve 12 cities when it starts operating Continental Express under a joint marketing agreement with Texas Air Corp's &lt;TEX> Continental Airlines on March 23.     From its base at Dulles Airport in Washington, Presidential will serve Albany, N.Y., Birmingham and Huntsville in Alabama, Columbus, Ohio, Daytona Beach, Melbourne and Sarasota, all in Florida, Indianapolis, New York's Kennedy Airport, Philadelphia, Portland, Me., and Savannah, Ga.     Under the agreement, Presidential will continue as a separate company but its mileage plan and other services will be combined with those of Continental Airlines.  Reuter &#3;
+483@S-K-I LTD &lt;SKII> 2ND QTR JAN 25 NET@Shr 81 cts vs 57 cts     Net 3,660,273 vs 2,437,914     Rev 28.5 mln vs 23.1 mln     Six months     Shr 29 cts vs 12 cts     Net 1,325,755 vs 483,559     Rev 31.7 mln vs 26.4 mln  Reuter &#3;
+484@KAPOK CORP &lt;KPK> YEAR SEPT 30 LOSS@Shr loss 20 cts vs profit 96 cts     Net loss 499,000 vs profit 2,369,000     Revs 11.5 mln vs 10.3 mln     NOTE: Prior year net includes gain on sale of property of 4,557,000 dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+485@COUPON REDUCED ON BEST DENKI WARRANT BOND@The coupon on the 70 mln dlr equity warrant eurobond for Best Denki Co Ltd has been set at three pct compared with the indicated 3-1/8 pct, lead manager Nikko Securities Co (Europe) Ltd said.     The exercise price was set 1,640 yen per share, representing a premium of 2-1/2 pct over today's closing price of 1,600 yen. The foreign exchange rate was set at 154.40 yen to the U.S. Dollar.     The five-year deal is priced at par.  REUTER &#3;
+486@CARGILL U.K. STRIKE TALKS POSTPONED@Talks due today between management and unions to try to end the strike at Cargill U.K. Ltd's Seaforth oilseed crushing plant have been rescheduled for Thursday, a company spokesman said.     Oilseed processing at the plant has been halted since December 19 when mill workers walked out in protest at new contract manning levels.  Reuter &#3;
+487@LOTUS &lt;LOTS> INTRODUCES NEW SOFTWARE@Lotus Development Corp said it has unveiled a new software product, named Galaxy, to complement the newly introduced Apple Computer Inc &lt;AAPL> Macintosh II and Macintosh SE.     Lotus said Galaxy will be formally introduced over the summer.     Lotus said Galaxy will include Command language and dynamically linked modules, unlike any other software product currently available for the Macintosh product family, which enables the user to execute a series of commands with a single learned keystroke.                   Reuter &#3;
+488@AMAX &lt;AMX> IN GOLD, SILVER FIND@AMAX Incx said it has identified additional gold and silver ore reserves at its AMAX Sleeper Mine near Winnemucca, Nev..     It said as a result of recent drilling, reserves at thhe mine are now estimated at 2,470,000 short tons of ore grading 0.24 ounce of gold and 0.50 ounce of silver per ton that is treatable by conventional milling techniques.     AMAX said additional reserves amenable to heap leaching are estimated at 38.3 mln tons averaging 0.025 ounce gold and 0.24 ounce silver per ton.  Further drilling is being conducted, it said.  Reuter &#3;
+489@STUDY GROUP URGES INCREASED U.S. OIL RESERVES@A study group said the United States should increase its strategic petroleum reserve to one mln barrels as one way to deal with the present and future impact of low oil prices on the domestic oil industry.     U.S. policy now is to raise the strategic reserve to 750 mln barrels, from its present 500 mln, to help protect the economy from an overseas embargo or a sharp price rise.     The Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, a private group, also called for new research for oil exploration and development techniques.     It predicted prices would remain at about 15-18 dlrs a barrel for several years and then rise to the mid 20s, with imports at about 30 pct of U.S. consumption.     It said instead that such moves as increasing oil reserves and more exploration and development research would help to guard against or mitigate the risks of increased imports.  Reuter &#3;
+490@K-TRON INTERNATIONAL INC &lt;KTII> 4TH QTR NET@Oper shr profit 36 cts vs loss 1.48 dlrs     Oper net profit 1,353,000 vs loss 5,551,000     Revs 11.3 mln vs 8,142,000     Year     Oper shr profit 31 cts vs loss 1.58 dlrs     Oper net profit 1,165,000 vs loss 5,919,000     Revs 38.0 mln vs 31.6 mln     NOTE: Net includes pretax unusual gain 64,000 dlrs vs loss 4,744,000 dlrs in quarter and losses 3,0077,000 dlrs vs 4,744,000 dlrs in year.  1986 items include settlement of patent suit and provision for investment writeoff and 1985 item provision for loss on sale of scale business.     1986 net both periods excludes 400,000 dlr tax credit.  Reuter &#3;
+491@FORD &lt;F> INCREASES 2ND QTR OUTPUT PLANS -REPORT@Ford Motor Co has increased its U.S. production schedule for the second quarter by 52,000 cars and 32,000 trucks from previous plans, the trade paper Ward's Automotive Reports said.     The paper, which tracks industry production, said Ford plans to build 485,000 cars in the April-June period, compared with 497,000 a year ago.     Ford's new production schedule represents a 12 pct increase from previous production plans for cars and 10 pct for trucks, Ward's said.  Reuter &#3;
+492@FNMA &lt;FNM> ARRANGES MORTGAGE SECURITIES SWAP@The Federal National Mortgage Association said it arranged a swap of 250-350 mln dlrs in stripped mortgage-backed securities with Shearson Lehman Brothers Inc.     The exact amount of the swap will be determined later, it said. Fannie Mae said the swap includes 15-year mortgages for Fannie Mae stripped mortgage-back securities that bear a nine pct coupon.     The stripped securities consist of two classes. One receives all the principal payments from the underlying pool of mortgages and the other receives all the interest.  Reuter &#3;
+493@MCI &lt;MCIC> GETS PENNEY &lt;JCP> CONTRACT@MCI Communications Corp said it has received a contract to provide telecommunications services to J.C. Penney Co Inc to accomodate much of Penney's nationwide vboice and information transfer requirements, via a privatge satellite network.     It said video teleconferencing will be provided at five locations, data will be transmitted among seven locations and voice service will be provided to 350 locations.  The company said Penney's use of the services is expected top exceed four mln call minutes per month of voice traffic.     Value was not disclosed.  Reuter &#3;
+494@PRESIDENTIAL REALTY CORP &lt;PDO> ANNUAL NET@Shr 1.65 dlrs vs 1.50 dlrs     Net 5,370,000 vs 4,901,000     Rev 8.4 mln vs 7.8 mln     NOTE: 1986 net gain from property investments 717,000 dlrs, or 22 cts per share, vs 721,000 dlrs, or 22 cts per share.  Reuter &#3;
+495@FORD INCREASES 2ND QTR OUTPUT PLANS, REPORT SAYS@Ford Motor Co has increased its U.S. production schedule for the second quarter by 52,000 cars and 32,000 trucks from previous plans, the trade paper Ward's Automotive Reports said.     The paper, which tracks industry production, said Ford plans to build 485,000 cars in the April-June period, compared with 497,000 a year ago.     Ford's new production schedule represents a 12 pct increase from previous production plans for cars and 10 pct for trucks, Ward's said.  Reuter &#3;
+496@REDSTONE DETAILS SWEETENED VIACOM &lt;VIA> OFFER@Investor Sumner Redstone, who leads one of the two groups vying for control of Viacom International Inc, offered to sweeten his bid for the company by 1.50 dlrs a share cash and 1.50 dlrs in securities.     In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Redstone, who controls Dedham, Mass.,-based National Amusements Inc, a theater chain operator, offered to raise the cash portion of its Viacom offer to 42 dlrs a share from 40.50 dlrs.     Redstone also raised the face value of the preferred stock he is offering to 7.50 dlrs from six dlrs.     The Redstone offer, which is being made through Arsenal Holdings Inc, a National Amusements subsidiary set up for that purpose, which also give Viacom shareholders one-fifth of a share of Arsenal common stock after the takeover.     Viacom said earlier today it received revised takeover bids from Redstone and MCV Holdings Inc, a group led by Viacom management which is competing with Redstone for control of the company and already has a formal merger agreement with Viacom.     The company did not disclose the details of the revised offers, but said a special committee of its board would review them later today.     The Redstone group, which has a 19.5 pct stake in Viacom, and the management group, which has a 5.4 pct stake, have both agreed not to buy more shares of the company until a merger is completed, unless the purchases are part of a tender offer for at least half of the outstanding stock.     The two rivals also signed confidentiality agreements, which give them access to Viacom's financial records provided they keep the information secret.     In his SEC filing, Redstone, who estimated his cost of completing the takeover at 2.95 billion dlrs, said Bank of America is confident it can raise 2.275 billion dlrs.     Besides the financing it would raise through a bank syndicate, Bank of America has also agreed to provide a separate 25 mln dlr for the limited purpose of partial financing and has committed to provide another 592 mln dlrs, Redstone said.     Merrill Lynch, Pierce Fenner and Smith Inc has increased its underwriting commitment to 175 mln dlrs of subordinated financing debt for the Viacom takeover, from the 150 mln dlrs it agreed to underwrite earlier, Redstone said.     Redstone said his group would contribute more than 475 mln dlrs in equity toward the takeover.     The Redstone equity contribution to the takeover would consist of all of his group's 6,881,800 Viacom common shares and at least 118 mln dlrs cash, he said.     The new offer, the second sweetened deal Redstone has proposed in his month-long bidding war with management, also contains newly drawn up proposed merger documents, he said.     Last week, the management group submitted what it called its last offer for the company, valued at 3.1 mln dlrs and consisting of 38.50 dlrs a share cash, preferred stock valued at eight dlrs a share and equity in the new company. Redstone's previous offer had been valued at 3.2 billion dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+497@MONTEDISON CONCLUDES TALKS WITH ANTIBIOTICOS@Montedison Spa &lt;MONI.MI> said it has concluded its negotiations with Spanish pharmaceuticals company &lt;Antibioticos SA>.     A company spokesman told Reuters "We have concluded the talks and we are now awaiting authorization from Spanish authorities." He declined to comment further.     Earlier today the Italian company postponed a scheduled press conference on its talks with Antibioticos. An Italian press report today said Montedison has agreed to acquire Antibioticos for 500 billion lire.  REUTER &#3;
+498@UTILICORP &lt;UCU> COMPLETES ACQUISITION@UtiliCorp United Inc said it completed the acquisition of West Virginia Power from Dominion Resources for about 21 mln dlrs.     The sale was approved by the West Virginia Public Service Commission in January and became effective March one. West Virginia's management will continue to be responsible for operating the utility, it said.  Reuter &#3;
+499@ARMCO &lt;AS> CHANGES EUROPEAN MARKETING UNIT@Armco Inc said its former European Steel Mill Merchandising department has become a unit of the parent's specialty steels division based in Butler.     The unit, newly named Specialty Steels-Europe is based in Cologne, West Germany. It will market and sell in Europe the division's U.S.-made products and specialty products made in Europe.  Reuter &#3;
+500@FAA FINES DELTA &lt;DAL> 140,400 DLRS ON SAFETY@The Federal Aviation Administration fined Delta Air Lines Inc 140,400 dlrs for alleged violations of federal air safety rules, FAA officials said.     The FAA had reviewed Delta safety and maintenance operations early last year as part of a series of special inspections of U.S. air carriers.     The Delta fine is the smallest to come out of the special inspections, the officials said.     As a result of the inspections, Eastern Air Lines was fined a record 9.5 mln dlrs, American Airlines was penalized 1.5 mln dlrs and Pan American World Airways 1.95 million dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+501@TRADERS DETAIL FRENCH CEREAL EXPORT REQUESTS@French operators last Friday requested licences to export 10,500 tonnes of free market maize, 11,950 tonnes of free market barley and 13,000 of soft wheat flour to non-EC countries, at prefixed daily (droit commun) rebates, French trade sources said.     The latest requests for the maize were for export to Switzerland, Austria and Lichtenstein at a maximum daily rebate prefixed last Friday at 141 Ecus a tonne against a previous 20 Ecu daily rebate.     The special daily rebate for maize was set in the context of a Commission commitment to grant this season rebates for the export of 500,000 tonnes of French maize to non-EC countries, in compensation for concessions to the U.S. in the recent dispute over grain sales to Spain.     If the latest French requests are accepted as expected, this will bring the total of French maize exported in this context to 25,500 tonnes.     The Commission last Thursday granted weekly rebates for the sale of 15,000 tonnes of free market maize to non-EC countries.     Requests for barley were for export to Switzerland, Austria and Lichtenstein, Ceuta and Melilla at an unchanged pre-fixed restitution of 125 Ecus a tonne, while requests for soft wheat flour were for export to various non-EC countries at an unchanged 178 Ecus a tonne.  Reuter &#3;
+502@STUDY GROUP URGES INCREASED U.S. OIL RESERVES@A study group said the United States should increase its strategic petroleum reserve to one mln barrels as one way to deal with the present and future impact of low oil prices on the domestic oil industry.     U.S. policy now is to raise the strategic reserve to 750 mln barrels, from its present 500 mln, to help protect the economy from an overseas embargo or a sharp price rise.     The Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, a private group, also called for new research for oil exploration and development techniques.     It predicted prices would remain at about 15-18 dlrs a barrel for several years and then rise to the mid 20s, with imports at about 30 pct of U.S. consumption.     The study cited two basic policy paths for the nation: to protect the U.S. industry through an import fee or other such device or to accept the full economic benefits of cheap oil.     But the group did not strongly back either option, saying there were benefits and drawbacks to both.     It said instead that such moves as increasing oil reserves and more exploration and development research would help to guard against or mitigate the risks of increased imports.  Reuter &#3;
+503@NCR CORP &lt;NCR> UNIT SIGNS DISTRIBUTION PACT@NCR Corp's Personal Computer division said it signed an agreement to distrubute its personal computer products to 544 &lt;Computerland Corp> stores in the U.S.     The company said the agreement covers its entire PC line, which will be sold by Computerland franchises, Computerland Stores Inc, and for major corporate bids, through the Computerland National Accounts Program.     Computerland said it is planning a direct mail campaign and other publicity on its private satellite network to promote the NCR line.     The primary products to be sold by Computerland stores include the PC8 AT-compatible unit, the PC6 dual-speed model and the 2114/PC Retail Management System, according to NCR.  Reuter &#3;
+504@CARBIDE &lt;UK> LOOKS TO ACQUISITIONS FOR GROWTH@Union Carbide Corp is looking to acquisitions and joint ventures to aid its chemicals and plastics growth, according the H.W. Lichtenberger, president of Chemicals and Plastics.     Describing this as a major departure in the company's approach to commercial development, he told the annual new business forum of the Commercial Development Association "We are looking to acquisitions and joint ventures when they look like the fastest and most promising routes to the growth markets we've identified."     Not very long ago Union Carbide had the attitude "that if we couldn't do it ourselves, it wasn't worth doing. Or, if it was worth doing, we had to go it alone," Lichtenberger explained.     He said "there are times when exploiting a profitable market is done best with a partner. Nor do we see any need to plow resources into a technology we may not have if we can link up profitably with someone who is already there."     He said Carbide has extended its catalyst business that way and is now extending its specialty chemicals business in the same way.  Reuter &#3;
+505@CORRECTED - BANKAMERICA NEGOTIATING SALE OF UNITS@Bank of America NT and SA's &lt;BAC.N> West German branch said it is negotiating the sale of Bankhaus Centrale Credit AG, a small local West German bank it acquired in 1965, and of its West German Visa credit card operation.     Michael Seibel, Bank of America vice-president and regional manager, said the negotiations were proceeding well. He declined to give further details.     Bank of America's West German branch lost some 32 mln marks in 1985. The result includes profit and loss transfers from Bankhaus Centrale Credit and the Visa organisation. The sale of the units is part of the bank's worldwide restructuring plan.  REUTER &#3;
+506@&lt;FRANKLIN GOLD FUND> CUTS DIVIDEND@Semi div 13 cts vs 18 cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+507@COLUMBIA GAS &lt;CG> FORMS ERIE PIPELINE SUBIDIARY@Columbia Gas System Inc said it has formed Columbia Erie Pipeline Corp as a subsidiary to participate with Coastal Corp's &lt;CGP> ANR Pipeline Co in construction and operation of the Erie Pipeline System.     As previously announced, Columbia Gas and ANR Pipeline signed a letter of intent to form a partnership to construct and operate the Erie system, which will run from ANR's facilities in Defiance County, Ohio, to Clinton, County, Pa.     Columbia said specific terms of participation are to be spelled out in a partnership agreement to be negotiated within the next 60 days.  Reuter &#3;
+508@&lt;FRANKLIN CALIFORNIA TAX-FREE INCOME FUND>PAYOUT@Mthly div 4.5 cts vs 4.5 cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+509@&lt;FRANKLIN AGE HIGH INCOME FUND> SETS PAYOUT@Mthly div 3.6 cts vs 3.6 cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+510@R.J.R. NABISCO UNIT FORMS OVERSEEING COMMITTEE@R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co, a unit of R.J.R. Nabisco Inc &lt;RJR>, said it has formed an executive management committee to oversee the company's worldwide tobacco operations.     Reynolds Tobacco said the committee's members will be senior managers of Reynolds Tobacco Co, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco USA, and R.J. Reynolds International Inc.     R.J.R. Nabisco is reportedly attempting to form a master limited partnership out of its tobacco unit, part of which will be sold to the public.  Reuter &#3;
+512@&lt;FRANKLIN FEDERAL TAX-FREE INCOME FUND> PAYOUT@Mthly div 7.7 cts vs 7.7 cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+513@&lt;FRANKLIN NEW YORK TAX-FREE INCOME FUND> PAYOUT@Mthly div 7.3 cts vs 7.3 cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+514@&lt;FRANKLIN U.S. GOVERNMENT SECURITIES FUND>PAYOUT@Mthly div six cts vs six cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+515@GM &lt;GM> UNIT TO OFFER PRE-APPROVED CREDIT@General Motors Corp's GMAC Financial Services said it plans to offer 25 billion dlrs in pre-approved credit to more than two mln "preferred customers" in a nationwide direct mail campaign.     The GM unit said the program is the largest automotive credit offer of its kind in history.     GMAC Financial Services said the mailing will be completed by early March. Selected current GMAC customers will receive offers of pre-approved credit equal to the cash selling price of the vehicles they are currently financing, rounded up to the next 1,000 dlrs.     Within this group, Buick owners will also receive a special discount of 300 dlrs that would be provided by GM's Buick motor division if they accept GMAC's offer to finance or lease a new Buick.  Reuter &#3;
+516@CANADA RULING ON U.S. CORN INJURY DUE THIS WEEK@The Canadian government is expected to announce later this week its final ruling whether U.S. corn exports to Canada have injured Ontario corn growers, U.S. government and farm group representatives said.     The deadline for a final determination is March 7.     U.S. officials said they are encouraged by the outcome in a similar case covering European pasta imports. In that case, Canada decided pasta imports, which take about ten pct of the Canadian market, did not injure domestic producers. U.S. corn exports represent only about five pct of the Canadian market.     Canada slapped a 1.05 dlrs per bushel duty on U.S. corn imports in November 1986, but reduced the duty to 85 cts last month because the Canadian government said U.S. subsidies to  corn producers were less than Canada earlier estimated.  Reuter &#3;
+517@FIRST MISSISSIPPI CORP &lt;FRM> SETS PAYOUT@Qtly div six cts vs six cts prior     Pay April 28     Record March 31  Reuter &#3;
+518@ROTTERDAM PORT UNION AND EMPLOYERS TO MEET@Dutch port and transport union, FNV, agreed to an employers' request to reconvene abandoned peace talks tonight to try to end strikes that have disrupted Rotterdam's general cargo sector for the past six weeks, a union spokesman said.     Talks broke down Thursday when the union walked out after employers tabled their final offer to end the strikes which started January 19 in protest at planned redundancies of 800 from the sector's 4,000 workforce, starting with 350 this year.     The employers' invitation to restart the talks comes on the day a deadline set by Minister of Social Affairs Louw de Graaf for a resolution of the dispute expires.     De Graaf said if the dispute had not ended by today he would withdraw the 10 mln guilder annual labour subsidy to the sector.     No comment was immediately available from the employers' organization.  Reuter &#3;
+520@AIRGAS &lt;AGA> DECLINES TO COMMENT ON STOCK MOVES@The New York Stock Exchange said Airgas Inc declined to comment on its stock activity after a request for an explanation by the exchange.     The company's stock was up 1-1/8 points to 11 dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+521@JIM WALTER CORP &lt;JWC> SETS PAYOUT@Qtly div 35 cts vs 35 cts prior     Pay April One     Record March 14  Reuter &#3;
+522@FED ADDS RESERVES VIA CUSTOMER REPURCHASES@The Federal Reserve entered the U.S. Government securities market to arrange 1.5 billion dlrs of customer repurchase agreements, a Fed spokesman said.     Dealers said Federal funds were trading at 6-3/16 pct when the Fed began its temporary and indirect supply of reserves to the banking system.  Reuter &#3;
+523@SONY TO EXPAND U.K. TELEVISION OUTPUT@Sony (U.K.) Ltd said it would be doubling capacity at its Bridgend, Wales, television and components factory over the next three years in a 30 mln stg expansion.     The expansion, backed by Welsh office grants, would make Bridgend Sony's biggest tv manufacturing plant in Europe with output of about 500,000 tv sets per year, a spokesman said.     The move will add 300 jobs at Bridgend, bringing the total workforce to 1,500 at the end of the three-year period.     The expansion is part of a wider move by Sony Corp &lt;SNE.T> to locate more production capacity nearer its markets, a spokesman said.  Reuter &#3;
+524@JAPAN'S NTT FORECASTS PROFITS FALL IN 1987/88@&lt;Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp> (NTT) expects its profits to fall to 328 billion yen in the year ending March 31, 1988 from a projected 348 billion this year, the company said.     Total sales for the same period are expected to rise to 5,506 billion yen from a projected 5,328 billion this year, NTT said in a business operations plan submitted to the Post and Telecommunications Ministry.     NTT said it plans to make capital investments of 1,770 billion yen in 1987/88, including 109 billion for research and development, as against a total of 1,600 billion this year.  Reuter &#3;
+525@EC COMMISSION GIVEN PLAN TO SAVE STEEL INDUSTRY@European Community steelmakers presented the Executive Commission with a controversial plan for the future of the industry which diplomats say it may be forced reluctantly to accept.     Under the plan steel output would remain subject to restrictive quotas and imports would be firmly controlled for years to come while steel firms undertook a massive slimming-down operation to adjust capacity to lower demand.     Industry Commissioner Karl-Heinz Narjes has proposed the ending of the quota system by December 1988.     He has proposed a return to the free market, which under EC law is supposed to exist except in times of "manifest crisis."     But diplomats said some ministers who meet to discuss this idea on March 19 will argue that steel firms are in crisis in their countries, with orders falling as customers switch to alternative products and accounts firmly in the red.     Ministers from the EC's major steel producing countries are likely to shy away from Narjes' proposals and could back the industry's own plan instead, in the hope of minimising the political impact of plant closures, they said.     Industry sources said the plan presented to Narjes by the EC steelmakers' lobby group Eurofer would retain the quota production system at least until the end of 1990.     Eurofer said in a statement consultants working for it identified scope for closing plants on a "voluntary" basis to reduce capacity by 15.26 mln tonnes a year.     Cuts were still insufficient in one production area, that of hot rolled coils, and further talks were needed.     Eurofer added the industry would need the support of the Commission and governments in carrying out a closure program, particularly with social costs such as redundancy payments.     The EC steel industry has already shed 240,000 jobs this decade while reducing annual capacity by 31 mln tonnes.  Reuter &#3;
+526@LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE TO CLOSE TRADING FLOOR@The London Stock Exchange said its ruling council has decided to close the trading floor for government bonds (gilts) and equities in due course because most of the business is now done between brokers' offices.     A trading floor for traded options will be retained.     Dwindling activity on the exchange floor reflects the introduction of the new dealing system, known as SEAQ, which was part of the Big Bang restructuring of the market last October. Since then, brokers and market-makers have been dealing on the basis of competing share quotes displayed on screens.  REUTER &#3;
+527@EAGLE TELEPHONICS &lt;EGLA> SELLS TELEPHONES@Eagle Telephonics Inc said it signed a two-year agreement under which Pacific Telesis Group's &lt;PAC> Pacific Bell unit will buy its Eagle line of electronic key telephone systems for internal use.     Terms of the contract were not disclosed.  Reuter &#3;
+528@DURO-TEST CORP &lt;DUR> 2ND QTR JAN 31 NET@Shr 10 cts vs 14 cts     Net 531,896 vs 727,781     Revs 16.0 mln 16.8 mln     Six mths     Shr 30 cts vs 39 cts     Net 1,532,431 vs 2,000,732     Revs 32.7 mln vs 34.5 mln  Reuter &#3;
+529@&lt;FRANKLIN UTILITIES FUND> SETS PAYOUT@Qtly div 14 cts vs 14 cts prior     Pay March 13     Record March Two  Reuter &#3;
+530@GELCO CORP &lt;GEL> 2ND QTR JAN 31 NET@Shr 67 cts vs 23 cts     Net 5,220,000 vs 3,143,000     Revs 236.1 mln vs 256.2 mln     Avg shrs 7.8 mln vs 13.7 mln     Six Mths     Shr 85 cts vs 59 cs     Net 8,919,000 vs 8,158,000     Revs 483.8 mln vs 515.5 mln     Avg shrs 10.4 mln vs 13.7 mln     NOTE: Fiscal 1987 second quarter and first half earnings include a gain of 3.4 mln dlrs and exclude preferred dividend requirements of five mln dlrs in the quarter and 5.6 mln dlrs in the first half.     Fiscal 1986 net reduced by currency losses equal to six cts a share in the second quarter and equal to nine cts in the six months.      Reuter &#3;
+531@INTERNCHANGE FINANCIAL SERVICES &lt;ISBJ> PAYOUT UP@Qtly div 10 cts vs 8-1/3 cts prior     Pay April 21     Record March 20     NOTE: Interchange Financial Services Corp.  Reuter &#3;
+532@KAPOK CORP &lt;KPK> IN TECHNICAL DEFAULT@Kapok Corp said it is in techical default of its loans from Southeast Banking Corp &lt;STB> and Murray Steinfeld but is negotiating with the lenders.     It said neither has declared the loans due.     The company said it has agreed to sell the Peter Pan Restaurant in Urbana, Md., for 1,100,000 dlrs, or one mln dlrs after the payment of expenses.  Reuter &#3;
+533@NEWPORT CORP &lt;NESP> 2ND QTR JAN 31 NET@Shr 11 cts vs 13 cts     Net 1,037,690 vs 1,270,460     Sales 10.1 mln vs 9,215,836     Six Mths     Shr 25 cts vs 31 cts     Net 2,319,376 vs 2,930,507     Sales 21.2 mln vs 18.9 mln  Reuter &#3;
+534@KAPOK CORP &lt;KPK> 1ST QTR DEC 31 LOSS@Shr loss 14 cts vs loss 21 cts     Net loss 353,000 vs loss 541,000     Revs 2,668,000 vs 2,525,000     Avg shrs 2,452,3000 vs 2,552,300  Reuter &#3;
+535@PREFERRED HEALTHCARE LTD &lt;PHCC> 4TH QTR NET@Shr six cts vs four cts     Net 383,189 vs 241,857     Revs 1,506,756 vs 793,459     12 mths     Shr 24 cts vs 15 cts     Net 1,520,797 vs 929,017     Revs 5,268,486 vs 2,617,995  Reuter &#3;
+536@TRANZONIC COS &lt;TNZ> SETS QUARTERLY@Qtly div 11 cts vs 11 cts prior     Pay April 17     Record March 20  Reuter &#3;
+537@NUEUTROGENA &lt;NGNA> TO BUY BACK STOCK@Neutrogena Corp said it may purchase up to 100,000 shares of its outstanding common stock from time to time in the open market to reduce dilution from the future issue of employee stock options.     The company said it currently has 9.2 mln shares outstanding.     It said the shares that may be purchased and those currently outstanding will be adjusted to reflect a three-for-two stock split effective March two.    Reuter &#3;
+538@CRONUS INDUSTRIES INC &lt;CRNS> 4TH QTR LOSS@Oper Shr loss 40 cts vs loss 10 cts     Oper net loss 2,136,000 vs loss 467,000     Revs 21.9 mln vs 12.9 mln     12 mths     Oper shr loss 63 cts vs loss 30 cts     Oper net loss 3,499,000 vs loss 1,756,000     Revs 82.0 mln vs 54.5 mln     NOTE: Excludes income from discontinued operations of 1,478,000 vs 952,000 for qtr, and 31.2 mln vs 6,500,000 for year.     Excludes extraordinary charge of 2,503,000 for current qtr, and 4,744,000 for year.  Reuter &#3;
+539@MERCURY ENTERTAINMENT CORP &lt;MCRY> YEAR NOV 30@Shr loss four cts vs loss one ct     Net loss 413,021 vs loss 163,932     Revs 600,971 vs 665,800  Reuter &#3;
+540@CME PLANS RULE CHANGES TIGHTENING S/P TRADING@Directors of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange will meet Wednesday to consider a membership petition asking the exchange to tighten rules covering trading activities in the widely-popular Standard and Poor's 500 Stock Index futures pit, an exchange executive said.     The petition calls for elimination of dual trading, a legal practice where traders execute customer orders as well as trade for their own account.     But exchange officials noted this practice also provides an opportunity for a trader to engage in what is called "front-running", where traders enter orders for their own account before executing orders for their customers.     Leo Melamed, CME special counsel, said directors will rule on the petition on Wednesday, but added that a special S and P Advisory Committee has been studying S and P 500 futures trading conditions for the last six months and is expected to submit a complete list of recommendations within 30 days.     In addition to a recommendation on dual trading, Melamed said the special committee will also make suggestions about a possible automatic order entry and execution system for S and P 500 futures and futures-options and rule changes that would alleviate congested conditions in the trading pit.     Melamed said directors are likely to approve the recommendations of the special committee because "most actions of the board are in line with committee recommendations."     CME senior vice president Gerald Beyer said if the board accepts the member's petition this week, a rule change will be submitted to the Commodity Futures Trading Commission for approval.     If the board does nothing, or rejects the petition request, a rule change must then be submitted to the exchange membership for a vote within 15 days, Beyer said.     Melamed also added that if the petition must be ruled on before the recommendations from the special committee are made "it will confuse the issue."     Not all traders agree on the need to eliminiate or restrict dual trading.     Although Jonathan Wolff, senior vice president at Donaldson Lufkin and Jenrette, noted dual trading is evident on most exchanges.     "It's a question of the integrity of the person you do business with," Wolff said.     Futures traders who act as brokers, however, maintain that trading for their own accounts is necessary in order to make up for errors they inevitably make when filling customer orders in chaotic futures trading pits.     "To have an absolute ban on dual trading makes it difficult for a broker to function because of his errors," said John Michael, vice president at First Options of Chicago.     "What it comes down to is the ethics of the people involved," he said.     Furthermore, the competitive nature of futures brokerage makes front-running risky to a broker's livelihood, he said.     "If I ever discovered a broker doing it (front-running), or even suspected him of doing it, I would cut him off," Michael said.     An average broker in the Treasury bond futures pit, for instance, will fill orders for 5,000 to 10,000 contracts a day at 1.25 dlrs per contract, floor sources said.  Even figuring what is considered a typical 25 pct loss for errors such brokerage can be lucrative.     Front-running by brokers not only runs the market risk of an adverse price move, but also the risk of losing the brokerage business, Michael said.  Reuter &#3;
+541@BENGUET CORP &lt;BE> CALENDAR 1986@Net income 154.7 mln pesos vs 127.5 mln     Operating revenues 4.42 billion vs 3.3 billion     Operating profit 621.2 mln vs 203.4 mln     Earnings per share 4.80 vs 3.95     NOTE: Company statement said gold operations contributed 74 pct of consolidated earnings.  Reuter &#3;
+542@POGO &lt;PPP> CONSOLIDATES TWO DIVISIONS@Pogo Producing Co said it has consolidated its onshore and offshore Gulf Coast divisions into a Southern Division responsible for its onshore and offshore oil and gas exploration and development activities in the Gulf Coast and Gulf of Mexico areas.  Reuter &#3;
+543@UNOCAL &lt;UCL> UNIT CUTS CRUDE OIL POSTED PRICES@Unocal Corp's Union Oil Co said it lowered its posted prices for crude oil one to 1.50 dlrs a barrel in the eastern region of the U.S., effective Feb 26.     Union said a 1.50 dlrs cut brings its posted price for the U.S. benchmark grade, West Texas Intermediate, to 16 dlrs. Louisiana Sweet also was lowered 1.50 dlrs to 16.35 dlrs, the company said.     No changes were made in Union's posted prices for West Coast grades of crude oil, the company said.  Reuter &#3;
+544@PANHANDLE'S &lt;PEL> TRUNKLINE REDUCES GAS RATES@Panhandle Eastern Corp's Trunkline Gas Co pipeline subsidiary said it is reducing the commodity component of its wholesale natural gas rate four pct, effective immediately.     In a filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Trunkline said, it is reducing its commodity rate -- the portion of the total rate based on the price of gas -- to 2.58 dlrs per mln Btu from 2.69 dlrs per mln Btu.     The company said the lower rate results from a reduction in the average price the pipeline is paying for gas, adding this reflects contract reformation agreemats with producers.  Reuter &#3;
+545@INVESTOR GROUP HAS TALKS WITH PESCH ON AMI &lt;AMI>@WEDGE Group Inc, a Houston investment firm with a 5.5 pct stake in American Medical International Inc, said it has had talks with Pesch and Co, which is seeking control of the company.     In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, WEDGE, which is owned by Issam Fares, a Lebanese citizen living in Switzerland, also said it discussed the possibility of joining with others in its own bid to seek control of AMI.     WEDGE stressed that it has no current plans to seek control of AMI, but refused to rule out a takeover try in the future.     WEDGE said it has had discussions with AMI management, Pesch, the closely held health care and investment concern controlled by Chicago physician LeRoy Pesch, and other AMI shareholders.     It did not specify in its SEC filing which issues -- selling its AMI stake or joining with others in a takeover try -- were discussed with which group. But it said the talks did not produce any agreements or understandings.     WEDGE said it believes that "some form of restructuring of AMI and its business would be highly desirable and appropriate at this time."     WEDGE, which holds 4.8 mln shares of AMI common stock, said it plans to hold further talks with company management, Pesch and other shareholders.     Pesch last week sweetened his bid for the company to 22 dlrs a share in cash and securties, or 1.91 billion dlrs based on AMI's total outstanding, from an all-cash 20 dlr a share bid, which the company rejected.  Reuter &#3;
+546@I.M.S. INTERNATIONAL INC &lt;IMSI> SETS QUARTERLY@Qtly div four cts vs four cts prior     Pay March 27     Record March 13  Reuter &#3;
+547@BANNER &lt;BNR> COMPLETES TENDER FOR REXNORD &lt;REX>@Banner Industries Inc said 19.8 mln of the outstanding 20 mln shares in Rexnord Inc were tendered pursuant to its 26.25 dlr a share offer that closed at midnight EST Feb 27.     Together with the five mln Rexnard shares it already owns, the company said it now holds a 97 pct stake in the company.     It said the completion of the deal is subject to approval by Rexnard holders and to other closing conditions. It expects the deal to close in about 60 days.  Reuter &#3;
+548@MUTUAL OF OMAHA INTEREST SHARES &lt;MUO> QTLY DIV@Qtly div 36 cts vs 36 cts prior     Pay April one     Record March 13  Reuter &#3;
+549@MOBIL &lt;MOB> UNIT TO PRODUCE FOOD PACKAGING@Mobil Corp's Mobil Chemical Co's subsidiary, the world's largest producer of disposable plastic products, said it will enter the food packaging market.     Mobil said it will begin making clear container food packaging for supermarkets and institutions in March and will sharply raise production in the fall to an annual rate of more than 20 mln pounds of finished products.     It said industry demand for the products is projected to rise 15 pct annually over the next five years, and it is prepared to boost production substantially with future plant additions.     Mobil's Chemical's Plastic Packaging Division, which will make and sell the new product line, operates nine plants in the U.S. and one in Canada.     It also said the clear containers, seen in packaging for cookies, candy and bakery trays, grocery sald bar items, and other items, will be made from oriented polystyrene at the company's Canandiagua, N.Y., plant.  Reuter &#3;
+550@CORRECTED - BANKAMERICA NEGOTIATING UNITS SALE@Bank of America NT and SA's &lt;BAC.N> West German branch said it is negotiating the sale of Bankhaus Centrale Credit AG, a small local West German bank it acquired in 1965, and of its West German Visa credit card operation.     Michael Seibel, Bank of America vice-president and regional manager, said the negotiations were proceeding well. He declined to give further details.     Bank of America's West German branch lost some 32 mln marks in 1985. The result includes profit and loss transfers from Bankhaus Centrale Credit and the Visa organisation. The sale of the units is part of the bank's worldwide restructuring plan. -- corrects year of loss in third paragraph in item which originally ran February 27.  Reuter &#3;
+551@OSR &lt;OSRC> TO MAKE ACQUISITION@OSR Corp said it has agreed to acquire the properties and assets of Telcom International Group for 10.5 mln common shares, which would give former Telcom owners an 84 pct interest in the combined company.     Telcom is an international film and television distributor.  The assets being acquired consist mostly of distribution rights to films valued at over one mln dlrs, the company said.     OSR said as part of the acquisition agreement is is required to sell its 80 pct interest in Standard Knickerbocker Ltd, which makes jeans in Canada.     OSR said it expects to net about 150,000 dlrs on the sale of Standard Knickerbocker.     The company said both transactions are subject to approval by shareholders at a meeting to be held in April or May, it said.  Reuter &#3;
+552@MERCURY ENTERTAINMENT &lt;MCRY> SEES BETTER RESULTS@Mercury Entertainment Corp said it expects improved results in 1987.     The company today reported a loss for the year ended November 30 of 413,021 dlrs on revenues of 600,971 dlrs, compared with a loss of 163,932 dlrs on revenues of 665,800 dlrs a year before.  Reuter &#3;
+553@CRONUS INDUSTRIES INC &lt;CRNS> SELLS UNIT@Cronus Industries Inc said it agreed to sell its heat transfer equipment business, Southwestern Engineering Co, for a slight premium over book value, plus a release of Cronus from liability on approximately three mln dlrs of subsidiary indebtedness.     The company said the sale to a subsidiary of Senior Engineering Group PLC, a British company, will take place this month.  Reuter &#3;
+554@UNISYS CORP &lt;UIS> SETS QUARTERLY@Qtly div 65 cts vs 65 cts prior     Pay May Seven     Record April Seven  Reuter &#3;
+555@JACOBSON &lt;JCBS> VOTES SPLIT, INCREASES PAYOUT@Jacobson Stores Inc said its board voted a three-for-two stock split, payble March 30, record March 13.     In other action, Jacobson's directors approved an increase in its quarterly dividend to 11 cts on a post split basis payable April 14, record March 30.     The new dividend rate represents a 32 pct increase over the 12-1/2 cts paid quarterly on a pre-split basis.  Reuter &#3;
+556@AW COMPUTER &lt;AWCSA> IN SUPPLY AGREEMENT@AW Computer Systems Inc said it signed an 850,000 dlr agreement with TEC America Inc &lt;TCK> to develop and supply intelligent cash register controllers.     Under terms of the agreement, AW Computer said it will design and manufacture intelligent controllers for resale by TEC worldwide.     The company said the controller will allow TEC's new FT-70 point-of-sale terminal system to communicate with IBM PC/AT personal computers and compatibles.     The controller will be ready for shipment by October, the company said.  Reuter &#3;
+557@HARLEY-DAVIDSON INC &lt;HDI> 4TH QTR NET@Oper shr 18 cts vs 51 cts     Oper net 1,048,000 vs 1,870,000     Revs 72.2 mln vs 73.5 mln     Avg shrs 5,910,000 vs 3,680,000     Year     Oper shr 82 cts vs 72 cts     Oper net 4,307,000 vs 2,637,000     Revs 295.3 mln vs 287.5 mln     Avg shrs 5,235,000 vs 3,680,000     NOTE: Results exclude one-time gains of 223,000 or four cts and 564,000 or 11 cts for 1986 qtr and year vs gains of 6,359,000 or 1.73 dlrs and 7,318,000 or 1.99 dlrs for prior periods.      Reuter &#3;
+558@&lt;HOECHST AG> COMPLETES CELANESE &lt;CZ> ACQUISITION@Hoechst AG of West Germany said it has completed the acquisition of Celanese Corp.     Hoechst acquired a majority of Celanese shares in a recent tender offer at 245 dlrs per common share.  Reuter &#3;
+559@AMERICUS TRUST &lt;HPU> EXTENDS DEADLINE@Americus Trust for American Home Products Shares said it extended its deadline for accepting tendered shares until November 26, an extension of nine months.     The trust, which will accept up to 7.5 mln shares of American Home Products &lt;AHP>, said it has already received tenders for about four mln shares.     The trust is managed by Alex. Brown and Sons Inc &lt;ABSB> and was formed November 26, 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+560@MORSE SHOE INC &lt;MRS> 4TH QTR NET@Shr 59 cts vs 48 cts     Net 3,244,000 vs 2,584,000     Revs 169.3 mln vs 156.0 mln     12 mths     Shr 1.78 dlrs vs 1.32 dlrs     Net 9,733,000 vs 7,164,000     Revs 585.6 mln vs 541.0  Reuter &#3;
+561@BENETTON IN FINANCIAL SERVICES JOINT VENTURE@Benetton Group Spa &lt;BTOM.MI> said it reached agreement with textiles concern GFT-Gruppo Finanziario Tessile Spa for a joint venture in the financial services sector.    A Benetton spokeswoman said details of the accord would be outlined at a news conference on Thursday in Milan. The Italian clothing group has targeted financial services as a sector in which to expand its activities.    In January, Benetton acquired a large minority stake in the Italian unit of the U.K. Financial services group Prudential Corp PLC [PRUL.L].  Reuter &#3;
+562@ICO QUOTA TALKS CONTINUE, OUTCOME HARD TO GAUGE@Talks at the extended special meeting of the International Coffee Organization (ICO) on the reintroduction of export quotas continued, but chances of success were still almost impossible to gauge, delegates said.     Producer delegates were meeting to examine a Colombian proposal to resume historical quotas from April 1 to September, with a promise to define specific new criteria by which a new quota system would be calculated in September for the new crop year, they said.     Opinions among delegates over the potential for reaching a quota agreement varied widely.     Some consumers said the mood of the meeting seemed slightly more optimistic. But Brazil's unwillingness to concede any of its traditional 30.55 pct of its export market share looks likely to preclude any accord, other delegates said.     No fresh proposals other than the Colombian initiative had been tabled formally today, delegates said.     A full council meeting was set for 1900 hours for a progress report, delegates said.  Reuter &#3;
+563@SEC STAFF ADVISES FRAUD CHARGES AGAINST WPPSS@The staff of the federal Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to recommend that the Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) be charged with securities fraud in connection with its July 1983 default on 2.25 billion dlrs of bonds, a WPPSS official told Reuters.     WPPSS attorney Ron English said the system was advised by SEC staff attorneys that the five SEC commissioners would be asked to charge WPPSS in connection with its official statements about its plans to build its No. 3 and No. 4 nuclear power plants in the Pacific Northwest at the time it was selling the bonds.     English, in a telephone interview, said the SEC staff planned to allege that WPPSS had overstated the demand for power in the region and had understated the cost of the plants, which were to built with the bonds' proceeds.     English denied the allegations. He said WPPSS had made no public forecasts of power demand in connection with the bond sale and had never understated the cost of the plants.     "We at all times told the public everything we knew about the costs," he said.     English said WPPSS had no indication when the SEC might meet on the staff's recommendations.     The SEC, as a matter of policy, never comments on its enforcement activities.     The SEC's WPPSS investigation began in late 1983 and the agency's slow pace on the probe has been publicly criticized on several occasions since then by Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the House panel responsible for the SEC's budget and operations.     Of the five nuclear plants originally envisioned by WPPSS, one has been completed, two remain under construction, and two others--those for which the defaulted bonds were sold-- have been terminated.  Reuter &#3;
+564@PACIFIC WESTERN FUSES MANAGEMENT WITH CP AIR@&lt;Pacific Western Airlines Corp> said it integrated the senior management of Pacific Western and recently acquired Canadian Pacific Air Lines Ltd in preparation for the companies' merger this summer.     Pacific Western said it appointed president and chief executive Rhys Eaton as chairman and chief executive in the new management structure, and Murray Sigler as president. Sigler was previously president of Pacific Western's airline unit, Pacific Western Airlines Ltd.     Pacific Western acquired Canadian Pacific Air Lines for 300 mln dlrs last December from Canadian Pacific Ltd &lt;CP>.     Canadian Pacific Air Lines said president and chief executive Donald Carty and four senior vice-presidents resigned last week. Carty said in a company memorandum that he accepted another senior post in commercial aviation and that some of the vice-presidents were taking early retirment and others were resigning for personal reasons.     Pacific Western said the new management structure "will facilitate our objective of proceeding quickly to successfully position ourselves in the marketplace as a single airline network beginning this summer."  Reuter &#3;
+565@AMGEN &lt;AMGN> TO FORM PARTNERSHIP@Amgen Inc said it signed a letter of intent for an estimated 75 mln dlr research and development limited partnership to fund the clinical investigation of certain pharmaceutical products currently under development.     Neither terms of the arrangement nor the products covered by the partnership were disclosed, but Amgen said the limited partnership units will include warrants to purchase Amgen common stock.  Reuter &#3;
+566@BENETTON IN FINANCIAL SERVICES JOINT VENTURE@Benetton Group Spa [BTOM.MI] said it reached agreement with textiles concern [GFT-Gruppo Finanziario Tessile Spa] for a joint venture in the financial services sector.     A Benetton spokeswoman said details of the accord would be outlined at a news conference on Thursday in Milan. The Italian clothing group has targeted financial services as a sector in which to expand its activities.     In January, Benetton acquired a large minority stake in the Italian unit of the U.K. Financial services group Prudential Corp PLC [PRUL.L].  Reuter &#3;
+567@AIBD, CEDEL, EUROCLEAR JOIN IN TRADE MATCH SYSTEM@The Association of International Bond Dealers, AIBD, said it will cooperate with major clearing agencies Cedel and Euroclear on a eurobond trade confirmation and matching system to come into force by September this year.     The system, designed to give market participants a fast and reliable way of checking whether transactions are matched, will initially cover reporting of confirmed and mismatched trades.     It will include recording additional trade data, checking, comparison and matching any new elements but will only apply initially to delivery against payment transactions, AIBD said.     The AIBD said in a statement it would be responsible for developing suitable rules to back up the two clearing systems when they introduce their new matching matching facilities and confirmation systems by September this year.     Euroclear and Cedel intend to bring a "trade date-plus-one" matching capacity, reporting on a given day on trades entered by 1000 London time, designed to work with a planned AIBD rule requiring the entry of previous day's trades by that time.     The confirmation system covering critical trade data is designed to aid the trader and the settlements department and also reduce trading risks in volatile markets, AIBD said.  REUTER &#3;
+568@ZAPATA &lt;ZOS> WON'T PAY INTEREST ON DEBENTURES@Zapata Corp said it does not intend to pay the interest due March 15 on its 10-1/4 pct subordinated debentures due 1997 or the interest due May One on its 10-7/8 pct subordinated debentures due 2001.     Zapata said the results of continuing discussions with its bank lenders and the company's future financial position will determine Zapata's ability to meet its obligations to holders of the subordinated debentures.     The company said deferrals of payment obligations and covenant waivers provided by all of its bank lenders, which were scheduled to expire February 28, have been extended through April 30.     Zapata stopped paying interest on the debentures in April 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+569@HARNISCHFEGER INDUSTRIES INC &lt;HPH> 1ST QTR NET@Shr 24 cts vs 1.20 dlrs     Net 5.8 mln vs 20.2 mln     Revs 193.5 mln vs 107.0 mln     Avg shrs 16.4 mln vs 12.3 mln     NOTE: 1987 net includes tax credits equal to 18 cts.     1986 net includes tax credits of 17 cts and a gain of 1.16 dlrs from a change in accounting for pensions.     Periods end January 31, 1987 and 1986, respectively.  Reuter &#3;
+570@IRISH OIL CONCERN HAS 8.5 PCT OF CYNERGY &lt;CRG>@Bryson Oil and Gas Plc, a Belfast, Northern Ireland, oil company, said it has acquired an 8.5 pct stake in Cynergy Corp and took steps to help it consider the possibility of seeking control or influencing the company.     In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission in which it disclosed its stake, Bryson said it also asked Cynergy for a list shareholder list in case it decided to communicate with the holders.     Shareholder information would be vital to anyone planning a tender offer and is commonly requested by individuals or groups mulling takeover attempts.     Bryson told the SEC it may review the feasibility of trying to influence the management policies of Cynergy, or of trying to gain control of the company through representation on its board of directors.     A shareholder list would also be necessary for a group trying to mount a campaign for the election of directors.     Bryson, which said it has retained D.F. King and Co Inc to work on its Cynergy dealings, said it bought 841,887 Cynergy common shares for 5.4 mln dlrs to gain an "equity position" in the company. Last week, Texas developer James Sowell told the SEC he sold his entire 823,387-share stake in the company.  Reuter &#3;
+572@ALBERTSON'S INC &lt;ABS> 4TH QTR JAN 29 NET@Shr 92 cts vs 83 cts     Net 30.8 mln vs 27.5 mln     Sales 1.40 billion vs 1.32 billion     Year     Shr 3.00 dlrs vs 2.57 dlrs     Net 184.8 mln vs 154.8 mln     Sales 5.38 billion vs 5.06 billion  Reuter &#3;
+573@U.S. INTEC INC &lt;INTK> 4TH QTR NET@Qtly div six cts vs five cts     Net 188,000 vs 130,000     Sales 12.2 mln vs 10.1 mln     Avg shrs 3,029,930 vs 2,764,544     Year     Shr 81 cts vs 1.45 dlrs     Net 2,463,000 vs 3,718,000     Sales 52.4 mln vs 47.5 mln     Avg shrs 3,029,930 vs 2,566,680     NOTE: 1985 year net includes gain 500,000 dlrs frol life insurance on deceased director.     1985 quarter net includes 150,000 dlr tax credit.  Reuter &#3;
+574@FRANKLIN RESOURCES &lt;BEN> FORMS THREE FUNDS@Franklin Resources Inc said it formed three mutual funds that free Pennsylvania residents of taxes levied by the state's counties on stocks, bonds and mutual fund shares.     The funds include the Franklin Pennsylvania Investors U.S. Government Securities Fund, which invests in Ginnie Mae securities, and the Franklin Pennsylvania Investors High Income Fund, investing in high-yield corporate bonds. Both funds pay monthly dividends.     The Franklin Pennsylvania Investors Equity Fund invests in stocks of U.S. companies and pays semi-annual dividends.   Reuter &#3;
+575@CINCINNATI BELL INC &lt;CSN> RAISES QUARTERLY@Qtly div 48 cts vs 44 cts prior     Pay May One     Record April One  Reuter &#3;
+576@CINCINNATI BELL &lt;CSN> SETS STOCK SPLIT@Cincinnati Bell Inc said its board declared a two-for-one stock split, subject to two thirds approval at the annual meeting on April 20 of an increase in authorized common shares to 120 mln from 60 mln.     It said the split would be payable May 20 to holders of record May Five.  Reuter &#3;
+577@BRT REALTY TRUST &lt;BRT> RAISES QUARTERLY PAYOUT@BRT Realty Trust said it raised its quarterly dividend to 50 cts a share from the 42 cts paid in the previous quarter.     It said the dividend is payable March 31 to shareholders of record March 17.     BRT also said it filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the public offering of 1.2 mln shares of common stock.     BRT, which has about 3.3 mln common shares currently outstanding, said Merrill Lynch Capital Markets will be the sole manager of the offering.  Reuter &#3;
+578@UNIVERSAL HEALTH REALTY &lt;UHT> IN INITIAL PAYOUT@Universal Health Realty Income Trust, which recently went public, said its board has declared an initial quarterly dividednd of 33 cts per share, payable MArch 31 to holders of record March 16.  Reuter &#3;
+579@QED EXPLORATION INC &lt;QEDX> 2ND QTR JAN 31 NET@Shr six cts vs 12 cts     Net 132,151 vs 261,560     Revs 622,909 vs 968,4287     1st half     Shr nine cts vs 24 cts     Net 204,765 vsd 539,769     Revs 1,181,424 vs 1,867,892  Reuter &#3;
+580@PREFERRED HEALTH CARE LTD &lt;PHCC> YEAR DEC 31 NET@Shr 24 cts vs 15 cts     Net 1,520,797 vs 929,017     Revs 5,268,486 vs 2,617,995  Reuter &#3;
+581@AOI COAL CO &lt;AOI> 4TH QTR NET@Oper shr one ct vs one ct     Oper net 147,000 vs 40,000     Revs 13.5 mln vs 14.1 mln     Year     Oper shr five cts vs 20 cts     Oper net 621,000 vs 2,274,000     Revs 54.3 mln vs 56.0 mln     NOTE: 1986 net excludes tax credits of 60,000 dlrs in quarter and 218,000 dlrs in year.     Results reflect acceleration of depreciation on certain classes of mining equipment that resulted in the assets being fully depreciated in 1986.  Reuter &#3;
+582@AIBD, CEDEL, EUROCLEAR JOIN IN TRADE MATCH SYSTEM@The Association of International Bond Dealers, AIBD, said it will cooperate with major clearing agencies Cedel and Euroclear on a eurobond trade confirmation and matching system to come into force by September this year.     The system, designed to give market participants a fast and reliable way of checking whether transactions are matched, will initially cover reporting of confirmed and mismatched trades.     It will include recording additional trade data, checking, comparison and matching any new elements but will only apply initially to delivery against payment transactions, AIBD said.     The AIBD said in a statement it would be responsible for developing suitable rules to back up the two clearing systems when they introduce their new matching matching facilities and confirmation systems by September this year.     Euroclear and Cedel intend to bring a "trade date-plus-one" matching capacity, reporting on a given day on trades entered by 1000 London time, designed to work with a planned AIBD rule requiring the entry of previous day's trades by that time.     The confirmation system covering critical trade data is designed to aid the trader and the settlements department and also reduce trading risks in volatile markets, AIBD said.  Reuter &#3;
+583@WESTERN DIGITAL &lt;WDC> ADDS E-MAIL PACKAGE@Western Digital Corp said it signed a licensing agreement under which it will sell an electronic mail software package from &lt;Consumers Software>, Gilroy, Calif.     Western Digital said the software package, named Network Courier, allows computer users operating on a local area network to exchange messages and files without having to exit their current applications.     Western Digital said the agreement marks its intention to widen the market for local area network products by selling specific applications rather than components.  Reuter &#3;
+584@MIDWAY &lt;MDWY> TO EXPAND SERVICE@Midway Airlines Inc said will begin to serve several new cities in the United States this year, starting April five with new flights to Atlanta from Chicago.     The carrier will fly three daily Atlanta flights out of Chicago's Midway Airport using two new airplanes and aircraft acquired from KLM.  Reuter &#3;
+585@FOOTHILL &lt;GFI> ARRANGES DEBT PLACEMENT@Foothill Group Inc said its Foothill Capital Corp unit arranged the private placement of 23 mln dlrs in senior debt and 27 mln in senior subordinated debt.     The senior and senior subordinated debt was purchased by institutional lenders and will bear interest at 9.4 pct and 10.15 pct, respectively, Foothill said.     It said completion of the transaction will increase the company's capital funds to 138 mln dlrs.  Reuter &#3;
+586@KEVEX CORP &lt;KEVX> 2ND QTR JAN 31 NET@Shr eight cts vs one ct     Net 399,000 vs 44,000     Sales 9,603,000 vs 7,107,000     Six Mths     Shr 10 cts vs one ct     Net 503,000 vs 69,000     Sales 17.3 mln vs 13.8 mln  Reuter &#3;
+587@WESTERN UNION &lt;WU> NAMES NEW PRESIDENT@Western Union said John Pope Jr has been elected president of the telegraph company and executive vice president of the corporation.     Western Union said Pope, formerly the executive vice president of the company, succeeds Robert Leventhal.     The company said Leventhal will remain chairman and chief executive officer of the corporation and company, the prinipal subsidiary of Western Union Corp.  Reuter &#3;
+588@NORTH ATLANTIC INDUSTRIES INC &lt;NATL> YEAR NET@Shr 40 cts vs 30 cts     Net 1,408,000 vs 1,038,000     Sales 35.2 mln vs 31.6 mln     NOTE: Results restated for change to FIFO inventory accounting from LIFO, which reduced 1985 net 192,000 dlrs or five cts a share.  Reuter &#3;
+589@CHURCHILL TO MARKET WESTERN UNION &lt;WU> SERVICES@&lt;Churchill Communications Corp> said it signed an agreement under which it will sell and service Western Union Corp's telex, electronic mail and long distance services to customers not directly assigned to Western Union representatives.     Churchill, a privately held firm that processes electronic mail services, said the agreement extends for two years, with options for renewal.