Americans should start
receiving direct payments from the U.S. government in mid-April
to help them cope with the coronavirus pandemic, but some may
not see the money until mid-September, according to a
BNP Paribas Fortis, the
Belgian arm of France’s BNP Paribas, on Thursday
abandoned its plan to pay out a dividend after coming under
pressure from the Belgian government.
The World Bank on Thursday
said it had approved an initial $1.9 billion in emergency funds
for coronavirus response operations in 25 developing countries,
with more than half the aid earmarked to help fight the
fast-spreading disease in India.
U.S. online grocery delivery company
Instacart said on Thursday it will distribute free health and
safety kits to full-service shoppers, days after its workers
went on strike to call attention to safety and wage concerns
over the coronavirus crisis.
Intercontinental Exchange Inc on
Thursday said the daily price limit for all Cotton No. 2 futures
will be reverted to 3 cents per pound (300 points) above and
below the prior day’s settlement price, effective April 3.