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BRIEF-Rovida Advisors Reports 5.158 Percent Passive Stake In Orion Engineered Carbons As Of Dec 5

* ROVIDA ADVISORS REPORTS A 5.158 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ORION ENGINEERED CARBONS SA AS OF DECEMBER 5, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text : [ID:http://bit.ly/2iUIQUq] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Laurentian Bank Of Canada says on Dec 5, disclosed issues arising from a review of mortgages that it had sold to a third party purchaser

* Laurentian Bank Of Canada - On Dec 5, co disclosed issues arising from a review of mortgages that it had sold to a third party purchaser

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BRIEF-Tucows, Units, Enter Interim Amendment To First Amended And Restated Credit Agreement

* SAYS ON DEC 5, CO, UNITS, ENTERED INTERIM AMENDMENT TO FIRST AMENDED AND RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Westmoreland Resource Partners Appoints Michael Hutchinson As Interim Chief Executive Officer

* WESTMORELAND RESOURCE PARTNERS LP SAYS ON DEC 5, BOARD APPOINTED MICHAEL HUTCHINSON TO SERVE AS INTERIM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER - SEC FILING Source text - http://bit.ly/2kChp5Y Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 5-Trump lawyer denies Deutsche Bank got subpoena on Trump accounts

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by people or entities close to President Donald Trump, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Sabby Management LLC Reports A 9.20 Pct Passive Stake In Biocept

* SABBY MANAGEMENT LLC REPORTS A 9.20 PCT PASSIVE STAKE IN BIOCEPT INC AS OF DEC 5 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2ACbgue) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Luxury brands boosted by court ruling for online sales ban

LUXEMBOURG, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Coty and other luxury brand owners scored an important victory on Wednesday in their bid to prevent retailers selling their products on online platforms such as Amazon and eBay after Europe's top court said they have the right to do so to preserve their image.

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UPDATE 3-Canada scraps plan to buy Boeing fighters amid trade dispute - sources

OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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CORRECTED-Delivery Hero to place up to $810 million worth of shares

FRANKFURT, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Delivery Hero, the world's largest online takeaway food delivery group, said on Tuesday it would offer shares worth up to 686 million euros ($810 million) to investors, raking in cash to expand its business through takeovers.

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RPT-Electric charge: Glencore bets big on car battery metals

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Glencore has increased production of the metals used to make electric car batteries faster than its major mining rivals, according to an industry-wide analysis that shows the scale of a strategy that has big prospective risks and rewards.

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UPDATE 2-Kinder Morgan gas pipeline explosion kills 2 in Illinois- fire dept.

Dec 5 (Reuters) - An explosion on a Kinder Morgan natural gas pipeline killed two people and injured two others on Tuesday in Lee County, Illinois, according to the Dixon Rural fire department chief.

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UPDATE 1-Apple, Facebook find something to praise China for amid internet clamp

WUZHEN, China, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Top executives at Apple Inc and Facebook Inc managed to find something to praise Beijing for at an internet conference in China this week, even as its Communist Party rulers ban Western social media and stamp on online dissent.

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UPDATE 2-Enbridge restarts Great Lakes Line 5 pipeline after weather conditions improve

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc said it restarted its Line 5 oil pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac in North America's Great Lakes on Tuesday after it was shut due to bad weather.

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UPDATE 1-Google pulls YouTube from Amazon devices, escalating spat

Dec 5 (Reuters) - A rare public spat in the technology industry escalated on Tuesday when Google said it would block its video streaming application YouTube from two Amazon.com Inc devices and criticized the online retailer for not selling Google hardware.

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UPDATE 1-Turkish gold trader says he paid $45,000 bribe to U.S. prison guard

(Adds Zarrab testimony) By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying in the trial of a Turkish banker accused of helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions said on Tuesday that he paid a $45,000 bribe to a U.S. prison guard to obtain alcohol and use the guard's phone. Reza Zarrab, who is cooperating with prosecutors, testified that he got the money through a Turkish attorney whom he did not identify. Zarrab said he used the guard's phone to speak w

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico index rises on bank deal; Brazil's Bovespa dips

(Updates prices, adds details on Mexican stock index) SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Mexico's S&P/BVM IPC share index rose 0.64 percent on Tuesday, recovering some ground after falling last week to its lowest level since March. Banorte bank pushed the gains, with its shares rising 2.60 percent as it announced that shareholders approved its acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, a deal that will create the country's second-biggest bank. The Mexican peso weakened in respons

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Andeavor undeterred by Washington state panel's rail-terminal snub

HOUSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Independent U.S. refiner Andeavor said on Tuesday it will not abandon a push to build a Pacific Coast rail-to-marine terminal despite a Washington state panel's recommendation against the project.

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UPDATE 1-Emerging market fund flows turn sharply negative in late November -IIF

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Investor fund flows to emerging markets, which have been enjoying a boom for most of this year, turned sharply negative in late November, with equities particularly hard hit, a bank lobbying institution that tabulates flows data said on Tuesday.

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CORRECTED-HNA's airlines miss lease payments -report

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Airlines owned by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group have missed payments due on leased aircraft, the chief executive of lessor Aergo Capital has told industry publication FlightGlobal.

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UPDATE 1-Enbridge halts Great Lakes Line 5 pipeline due to bad weather

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Enbridge Inc temporarily shut down its Line 5 oil pipeline across the Straits of Mackinac in North America's Great Lakes on Tuesday, due to high winds and nine-foot (3 meter) high waves, according to the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE).

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UPDATE 1-U.S. slaps duties on Vietnamese steel originating from China

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday slapped steep import duties on steel products from Vietnam that originated in China after finding they evaded U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy orders.

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REFILE-Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial

(Refiles to add dropped text in final two paragraphs.) By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A Turkish gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in the trial of an executive at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank, who is charged with helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, said Tuesday that he and the banker never liked each other. Reza Zarrab, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with U.S. prosecutors in the case, also said he had complained about Halkbank deputy ge

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Brazil telecoms regulator rejects Oi shareholder petition

BRASILIA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Brazil's telecommunications regulator Anatel said it rejected a petition by Societe Mondiale, a shareholder in Oi SA, to stop Aurelius Capital Management inking a debt restructuring accord with the struggling Brazilian telecoms company.

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UPDATE 2-Steinhoff says probes accounting irregularities, CEO resigns

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Steinhoff International, Europe's second-largest furniture retailer by sales said it had launched an investigation into accounting irregularities and that its chief executive had resigned on Tuesday.

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Laurentian Bank discloses 'misrepresentations' on some mortgages

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canadian lender Laurentian Bank said an audit had found "documentation issues and client misrepresentations" on some mortgages it had sold to another company, triggering the worst one-day selloff in its shares since 2009.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. challenges Tronox plan to buy Cristal's titanium dioxide business

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has filed a complaint aimed at stopping chemical maker Tronox Ltd from purchasing Cristal's titanium dioxide business, the Federal Trade Commission said.

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U.S. challenges Tronox plan to buy Cristal's titanium dioxide business

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has filed a complaint aimed at stopping chemical maker Tronox Ltd from purchasing Cristal's titanium dioxide business, the Federal Trade Commission said.

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Emerging market fund flows turn sharply negative in late November -IIF

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Investor fund flows to emerging markets, which have been enjoying a boom for most of this year, turned sharply negative in late November, with equities particularly hard hit, a bank lobbying institution that tabulates flows data said on Tuesday.

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Husqvarna, U.S. affiliate to pay $2.85 mln over emissions data

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Sweden's Husqvarna AB and its U.S. affiliate agreed on Tuesday to pay a $2.85 million civil penalty to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, the Justice Department and Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement.

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'Responsible' investor group toughens code on global members

BOSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A UN supported group pushing for "responsible" investment said it has adopted tougher rules aimed at making fund managers deliver on pledges to pay attention to environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.

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HNA's airlines miss lease payments -report

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Airlines owned by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group have missed payments due on leased aircraft, the chief executive of lessor Aergo Capital has told industry publication FlightGlobal.

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UPDATE 1-Steinhoff CEO resigns, company says accounting irregularities to be investigated

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Markus Jooste, chief executive of German-listed Steinhoff International Holdings NV, has resigned, the company said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 5-Trump lawyer denies Deutsche Bank got subpoena on Trump accounts

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday, but Trump's lawyer denied any such subpoena had been issued.

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UPDATE 3-Disney's bid for Fox assets gains momentum -sources

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is in the lead to acquire much of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's media empire, though rival suitor Comcast Corp remains in contention, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Canada scraps buying 18 Boeing fighter jets amid trade dispute -sources

OTTAWA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada is scrapping a plan to buy 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet fighter jets amid a deepening dispute with the U.S. aerospace company, three sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1--Pentagon evaluating U.S. West Coast missile defense sites - officials

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. agency tasked with protecting the country from missile attacks is scouting the West Coast for places to deploy new anti-missile defenses, two Congressmen said on Saturday, as North Korea's missile tests raise concerns about how the United States would defend itself from an attack.

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Trump lawyer: Deutsche Bank has not received subpoena for Trump records

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A lawyer for U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has not received any subpoena for financial records relating to the president or his family as part of the special counsel's Russia probe.

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BRIEF-Hancock Jaffe Laboratories Adds Westpark Capital And Viewtrade Securities To Underwriters To IPO‍​

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Hancock Jaffe Laboratories Inc :

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UPDATE 1-Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

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Buyout firm Platinum seeks parts of Unilever spreads business - sources

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Investment firm Platinum Equity is preparing a binding bid for part of Unilever's margarine and spreads business, sources familiar with the matter said, ahead of next week's deadline for final offers.

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UPDATE 1-Jury orders Bayer, J&J to pay $28 million in Xarelto lawsuit

Dec 5 (Reuters) - A Philadelphia state court jury on Tuesday ordered Bayer AG and Johnson & Johnson to pay $27.8 million to an Indiana couple over the drugmakers' failure to warn of internal bleeding risks from their blood thinner Xarelto.

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CORRECTED-Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

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Uber suspends cash payments in Mexico's Puebla after demands from state

MEXICO CITY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc said on Tuesday it will stop accepting cash payments in the central Mexican state of Puebla to comply with demands from authorities, as the ride-hailing company faces a new wave of regulation in Mexico.

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UPDATE 1-Banorte shareholders vote to create Mexico's No. 2 bank

MONTERREY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Shareholders in Mexico's Banorte on Tuesday approved the acquisition of Grupo Financiero Interacciones, which will create the country's second-biggest bank.

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UPDATE 2-France's Lactalis to pay $600 mln for Brazil's Itambé -source

SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Groupe Lactalis SA on Tuesday announced plans to buy Brazilian dairy company Itambé Alimentos SA in the first half of 2018, as the French group expands in Latin America's largest economy with its second major acquisition in recent years.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. FDA approves Novo Nordisk diabetes drug Ozempic

Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved Novo Nordisk A/S's diabetes drug Ozempic, setting the stage for a heated battle with Eli Lilly & Co's Trulicity.

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U.S. oil industry group launches voluntary program to cut methane

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday launched a voluntary program to cut emissions of the greenhouse gas methane from oil and gas operations, a move environmentalists said was not strong enough to adequately protect the climate.

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Delivery Hero to place $810 million worth of shares

FRANKFURT, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Delivery Hero, the world's largest online takeaway food delivery group, said on Tuesday it would offer shares worth 686 million euros ($810 million) to investors, raking in cash to expand its business through takeovers.

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UPDATE 3-Canada's Trudeau says will keep exploring trade deal with China

BEIJING, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada's trade minister extended his stay in Beijing on Tuesday in a bid to salvage early talks on a free trade agreement with China, but Canada faces tough choices after the United States threatened to pull out of NAFTA.

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UPDATE 4-Deutsche Bank gets subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts -source

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Exxon takes climate-change probe fight to Massachusetts top court

BOSTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp urged Massachusetts' top court on Tuesday to block the state's attorney general from obtaining records to investigate whether the company for decades concealed its knowledge of the role fossil fuels have on climate change.

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UPDATE 1-Belarus arrests suspected ringleader of global cyber crime network

AMSTERDAM/LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - One of Eastern Europe's most prolific cyber criminals has been arrested in a joint operation involving Belarus, Germany and the United States that aimed to dismantle a vast computer network used to carry out financial scams, officials said on Tuesday.

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Pizza Hut delivery in Phoenix: 'Would you like beer with that?'

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Pizza Hut on Tuesday began offering beer delivery in a downtown Phoenix restaurant as part of a larger test aimed at setting the chain apart from stronger rivals such as Domino's Pizza Inc.

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Nigerian lawmakers vote to investigate suspension of SEC boss

ABUJA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Nigeria's lower house of parliament passed a motion on Tuesday to investigate the suspension of the Securities and Exchange Commission's chief by the finance minister.

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UPDATE 3-Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.

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Venezuela's U.N. envoy Ramirez says removed by Maduro

CARACAS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Venezuela's powerful former oil czar Rafael Ramirez said on Tuesday he had resigned from his job as U.N. envoy at the request of President Nicolas Maduro, in a growing spat between the political rivals.

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Netflix drops Danny Masterson from 'The Ranch' comedy

LOS ANGELES, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Actor Danny Masterson has been written out of the Netflix comedy series "The Ranch", the streaming company said on Tuesday. Netflix did not give a reason for Masterson's exit but Los Angeles police said in March that the actor, best known from "That 70s Show," was being investigated for alleged sexual assault of three women in the early 2000s. "As a result of ongoing discussions, Netflix and the producers have written Danny Master

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UPDATE 2-Deutsche Bank gets subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts -source

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A U.S. federal investigator probing alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election asked Deutsche Bank for data on accounts held by President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Russian state fund RDIF plans to invest in Yandex taxi business

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) plans to invest in Yandex's ride-sharing unit Yandex.Taxi and will partner with China's Alibaba in investing in other internet projects in Russia, the state fund's CEO said on Tuesday.

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CORRECTED-Kinder Morgan Canada down 2.4 pct after more potential pipe delay

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd shares fell as much as 2.4 percent early on Tuesday, the day after the company said its C$7.4 billion ($5.8 billion) Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could miss the revised timetable of a September 2020 start.

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B of A CEO says Q4 trading is down 15 pct

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Trading revenues at Bank of America Corp are on track the be 15 percent lower in the fourth quarter than they were a year ago, Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan said during a question and answer session at an industry conference Tuesday.

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Prysmian sets sights on other M&A targets after General Cable deal

MILAN, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Italian cable maker Prysmian is looking at three more M&A targets, its CEO Valerio Battista said on Tuesday, the day after announcing a $3 billion deal to buy U.S. rival General Cable.

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METALS-Copper price sinks to two-month low as dollar firms, inventories rise

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Updates prices, dollar, trader comment) By Zandi Shabalala LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The price of copper fell to its lowest level in two months on Tuesday as inventories rose and the dollar largely held onto gains made in the previous session on hopes of U.S. tax cuts. Benchmark copper had slipped 3.6 percent to $6,580 per tonne by 1527 GMT, after touching its lowest level since Oct. 5 at $6,655.10. It was on track for its biggest

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UPDATE 1-Disney's bid for Fox assets gains momentum -sources

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co is in the lead to acquire much of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's media empire, though rival suitor Comcast Corp remains in contention, people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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JPMorgan CFO sees 4th-quarter market revenue down 15 pct

NEW YORK, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Financial markets quarterly trading revenue at JPMorgan Chase & Co is running about 15 percent lower than a year earlier, Chief Financial Officer Marianne Lake said on Tuesday at an investor conference.

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UPDATE 2-Dish co-founder Ergen steps down from CEO role to focus on wireless

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Dish Network Corp said on Tuesday co-founder Charlie Ergen has stepped down from his chief executive role to devote more time to build out the company's wireless business.

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U.S. finds harm from Argentine, Indonesian biodiesel imports

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. International Trade Commission on Tuesday made a final finding that biodiesel imports from Argentina and Indonesia harm U.S. producers, ensuring that anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties remain in effect. (Reporting by David Alexander and Eric Walsh Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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CVS likely wants FTC antitrust review, not Justice Dept, of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - It is uncertain who in the U.S. government will carry out an antitrust review of CVS Health Corp's deal to buy health insurer Aetna Inc, but the drugstore company is likely hoping the potentially more lenient Federal Trade Commission gets the nod, antitrust experts say.

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Glencore, Ontario Teachers' form royalties joint venture

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Mining giant Glencore Plc and Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan formed a joint venture for Glencore's portfolio of royalty assets, the companies said on Tuesday.

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Cheniere boosts LNG tanker fleet amid Asian demand boom

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer Cheniere Energy has expanded its shipping fleet with a flurry of spot vessel charters to keep up with Asian winter demand growth as spot prices hit three-year highs, market sources said.

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo CEO sees better commercial loan results in Q4

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co will likely see improvement in its business lending segment when it reports fourth-quarter earnings in January, Chief Executive Officer Tim Sloan said at an investor presentation on Tuesday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as mining losses offset rising bank stocks

TORONTO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged lower in early trade on Tuesday as falling copper and other commodity prices weighed on mining stocks while shares of banks pushed higher at the tail end of their earnings season.

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BRIEF-US appeals court revives lawsuit against Alibaba by ADS investors

Dec 5 (Reuters) - u.s. Appeals court revives shareholder lawsuit against alibaba group holding ltd over pre-ipo regulatory warning -- ruling 2Nd u.s. Circuit court of appeals vacates lower court judge's dismissal of lawsuit by holders of american depository shares and call options Shareholders accused alibaba of concealing a regulator's warning about its ability to suppress counterfeiting on its websites

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International police operation shuts down "Andromeda" malware system

AMSTERDAM, Dec 5 (Reuters) - A joint operation involving Germany, the United States and Belarus has taken down a malware system known as "Andromeda" or "Gamarue" that infected more than 2 million computers globally, Europol said on Tuesday.

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METALS-Copper slips as inventories rise, dollar holds gains

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Updates prices, dollar) By Zandi Shabalala SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Copper fell to its lowest in nearly two months on Tuesday as inventories rose and the dollar largely held onto the previous session's gains made after U.S. tax bills were pushed through. Benchmark copper had slipped 2.2 percent to $6,675 per tonne in official rings, after touching its lowest since Oct. 10 at $6,657.50. "The dollar has managed to come back on r

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Marriott signs co-brand credit card deal with JPMorgan, AmEx

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Marriott International signed a deal with JPMorgan Chase and American Express to issue co-branded credit cards associated with its loyalty programs, the world's largest hotel chain said on Tuesday.

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MOVES-AIG names new chief underwriting officer of general insurance unit

Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. commercial insurer American International Group Inc on Tuesday named Tom Bolt chief underwriting officer of its general insurance unit.

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U.S. law firm probes South Africa Naspers over contract with TV station

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. law firm, Pomerantz LLP, said on Tuesday it has launched an investigation into whether South Africa's Naspers and its directors engaged in securities fraud or other unlawful businesses practices.

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UPDATE 2-BMO's quarterly adjusted profit tops on retail strength

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Bank of Montreal, Canada's fourth-biggest lender, on Tuesday reported a quarterly adjusted profit that beat analysts' estimates, helped by higher income from its main retail business.

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MOVES- Deutsche Bank, Lombard Odier IM, Zhejiang Rongsheng

Dec 5 (Reuters) - The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Tuesday. To inform us of other job changes, email moves@thomsonreuters.com.

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Brazil's BR Malls in talks to sell three malls - filing

SAO PAULO, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Brazilian mall operator BR Malls Participações SA is in talks to sell three shopping malls, it said in a securities filing on Tuesday in response to a query from capital markets regulator CVM.

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StanChart says exploring opening new European office

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Standard Chartered is exploring setting up a new office in Europe to help its expansion in the region, a spokesman for the bank said on Tuesday.

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Scotiabank says BBVA accepts offer to buy stake in BBVA Chile

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Bank of Nova Scotia said on Tuesday that Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A. (BBVA) has formally accepted its offer to buy the Spanish lender's stake in BBVA Chile for about $2.2 billion.

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UPDATE 2-Sterling skids on uncertainty over Brexit deal

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Sterling skidded to six-day lows on Tuesday, heading for its worst day in over a month, on uncertainty over whether Britain can reach a deal with the European Union to open talks on post-Brexit free trade.

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UPDATE 1-Toll Brothers profit, revenue jump on higher demand

Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc on Tuesday reported a rise in quarterly profit and revenue, boosted by higher demand for its homes.

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Goldman Sachs to add 250 jobs in Poland -FT

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs is looking to hire about 250 staff in Poland to expand its team there by almost 50 percent in 2018, the head of its Polish technology and operations office told the Financial Times.

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Toll Brothers profit jumps 67.8 pct

Dec 5 (Reuters) - U.S. luxury homebuilder Toll Brothers Inc reported a 67.8 percent jump in quarterly profit, partly boosted by an increase in home sales and prices.

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EU to decide on tax haven blacklist, assess U.S. tax reform

BRUSSELS, Dec 5 (Reuters) - European Union finance ministers plan to adopt a blacklist of tax havens and assess the impact of the United States' planned tax overhaul in a meeting on Tuesday in Brussels.

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Apple, Facebook find something to praise China for amid internet clamp

WUZHEN, China, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Top executives at Apple Inc and Facebook Inc managed to find something to praise Beijing for at an internet conference in China this week, even as its Communist Party rulers ban Western social media and stamp on online dissent.

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UK new car sales on course for first annual drop since 2011

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - British new car registrations dropped 5 percent in the year to date, putting them on track for the first annual fall since 2011, hit by weaker consumer confidence and uncertainty over the future of diesel, an industry body said on Tuesday.

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Deutsche Bank receives subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts -source

FRANKFURT, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Special Counsel Robert Mueller has asked Deutsche Bank to share data on accounts held by U.S. President Donald Trump and his family, a person close to the matter said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Sterling skids on Brexit disappointment; data eyed

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Sterling skidded to its biggest fall since Nov. 2 on Tuesday after being whipsawed by disappointing Brexit talks.

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IATA seeks strong law enforcement to deter irresponsible use of drones

GENEVA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Law enforcement authorities must play a strong role to ensure there are suitable deterrents in place for those flying recreational drones to prevent danger to passenger aircraft, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Tuesday.

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European shares steady as tech-financials rotation continues

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - European shares see-sawed on Tuesday with sectors strongly diverging as a rotation from tech stocks into financials, bolstered by the U.S. tax bill, gathered pace.

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UPDATE 1-UK's Cineworld to buy U.S. Regal Entertainment for $3.6 bln

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Britain's Cineworld Group Plc has agreed to buy U.S. movie theatre operator Regal Entertainment Group for $3.6 billion in cash, the companies said on Tuesday.

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Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto interest in Freeport Indonesia mine

JAKARTA, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Indonesia plans to acquire Rio Tinto's 40 percent participating interest in the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by the local unit of Freeport-McMoRan Inc, mining minister Ignasius Jonan said on Tuesday.

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METALS-Base metals slip on profit-taking, shrug off positive China data

(Recasts, updates prices) By James Regan SYDNEY, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Base metals slipped into negative territory on Tuesday despite positive Chinese services data, as investors locked in profits on recent gains in nickel and copper. Earlier in the day, UBS raised its forecast for electric vehicles, which eventually led to an upgrade in the 2020-2021 nickel outlook. However, the brokerage warned that a vast inventory pile of metal and ore means it will be difficult to see nickel prices

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Severe dengue vaccine risk in uninfected '2 in a 1,000' -Sanofi

LONDON, Dec 5 (Reuters) - French drugmaker Sanofi said on Tuesday the risk of severe dengue occurring in previously uninfected people given its Dengvaxia dengue vaccine was around two in 1,000 and these individuals recovered with treatment.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 5

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures is up 0.05 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Cineworld to buy U.S. peer Regal Entertainment for $3.6 bln

Dec 5 (Reuters) - British movie theatre operator Cineworld Group Plc said on Tuesday it reached an agreement to buy U.S. peer Regal Entertainment Group for $3.6 billion.