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    As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world's biggest ships. Workers are now installing giant, 22-story lock gates to accommodate larger "Post-Panamax" ships through the Canal, one of the world's busiest maritime routes.

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    Shares of Goldcorp Inc. (GG) are higher by 0.53% to $19.07 in early afternoon trading on Thursday, as some mining stocks rise today along with the price of gold. Gold for April delivery is gaining by 0.69% to $1,205.30 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

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    Shares of Peabody Energy Corp. (BTU) are down by 7.32% to $5.89 in early afternoon trading on Thursday, after the Obama administration submitted a plan to change how it collects royalties on coal mined from federal land, in an effort to reduce the use of the fuel linked to climate change, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday afternoon.

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    Shares of Barrick Gold Corp. (ABX) are higher by 1.94% to $11.58 in early afternoon trading on Thursday, as some mining stocks get a jolt from the extended rally in gold prices. Gold for April delivery is up by 0.58% to $1,203.90 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

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    American Express (AXP) shares are falling, down 1.69% to $78.76 in market trading on Thursday, following the conclusion of yesterday's annual investor meeting.Company executives failed to explain how they plan to respond to the looming expiration of its 16 year partnership with Costco as the big box retailer has already signed an agreement with Citigroup (C) and Visa that will begin next March, according...

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    Shares of oil and gas company company Denbury Resources (DNR) were gaining 1.2% to $7.74 Thursday as oil prices continued to rise. WTI crude oil for May delivery was up 1.4% to $49.92 a barrel Thursday morning, and Brent crude oil was up 2.7% to $58a barrel. Oil prices were rising after Saudi Arabia initiated air strikes in Yemen, according to Reuters.

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    Funds that mimic strategies used by active managers for a fraction of the cost could be forced to carry a health warning by regulators who are concerned they may pose greater risks than are being disclosed.

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    * Systematic funds now total nearly $1 trln - Lyxor. * Regulators concerned about their performance in a crisis. * Some formulas opaque, others susceptible to 'crowding' By Nishant Kumar and Simon Jessop.

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     Accenture shares are climbing 5.6% to $93.15 in early market trading on Thursday after the management consulting, technology and outsourcing services provider raised its own revenue forecasts for the second time and beat analysts' quarterly financial forecast before the opening bell today.The company raised its full year revenue growth expectations for the second time this fiscal year to betwe...

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    Winnebago Industries (WGO) shares are falling sharply in early market trading on Thursday, down 11.18% to $20.55, following the release of the recreational vehicle manufacturer's second quarter financial results before the opening bell today.The company's net income fell 15% driven lower by rising expenses to $8.1 million during the quarter, or 30 cents per diluted share, on revenue that rose 2.5% to...

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    ConAgra Foods (CAG) shares are up 1.5% to $35.46 in early market trading on Thursday following the release of the packaged foods company's third quarter earnings results before the opening bell today.The Omaha, NE-based company beat analysts' profit and revenue expectations for the period while also providing full year earnings guidance that beat analysts' forecast for the year.ConAgra reported a net...

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    ConAgra Foods Inc (CAG), the maker of Slim Jim beef jerky and Chef Boyardee pasta, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit due to cost cuts and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast. ConAgra's shares rose about 2 percent in premarket trading on Thursday.