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Brazilian prosecutors ask state bank Caixa to remove vice presidents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors have asked that all the vice presidents of Caixa Economica Federal be replaced for what officials suspect are "irregularities" at the state bank, according to a document made public late on Friday.

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Mattis says North Korea isn't capable of striking US mainland

Secretary of Defense James Mattis said Friday he does not believe that North Korea's current intercontinental ballistic missiles are capable of hitting the continental US.

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US STOCKS-Wall St closes at records with tax overhaul in sight

* Indexes up: Dow 0.58 pct, S&P 0.9 pct, Nasdaq 1.17 pct (Updates to close, adds commentary, volume numbers)

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Chile stocks mark highest weekly gain in 8 years

SANTIAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index ended up 7 percent on the week on Friday, its highest weekly gain in eight years and coming ahead of Sunday's presidential election, as the price of copper, the country's main export, rose.

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US STOCKS-Wall St at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul

* Indexes up: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 0.84 pct, Nasdaq 0.99 pct (Updates to early afternoon trading)

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Mexico's Senate picks new electoral prosecutor amid graft spat

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Senate on Friday named the country's new top prosecutor for election-related crimes, after the official previously in the post was fired amid a graft scandal involving a close former aide of President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Wall St. rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose in morning trading on Friday, driven by gains in shares of banking and healthcare companies and on hopes that a final Republican tax bill will be unveiled in Congress later in the day.

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US STOCKS-Wall St rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain

* Indexes up: Dow 0.51 pct, S&P 500 0.65 pct, Nasdaq 0.57 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX broadly rallies, Linamar jumps on acquisition

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, helped by a sharp jump in auto parts maker Linamar Corp after it announced plans to buy an agricultural equipment maker, while natural resources stocks also boosted the move higher.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street up as gains in consumer staples power recovery

* Indexes up: Dow 0.53 pct, S&P 500 0.51 pct, Nasdaq 0.35 pct (Updates to open)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, boosted by Linamar on acquisition news

TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained in early trading on Friday, as auto parts maker Linamar Corp jumped on news of a C$1.2 billion deal to buy an agricultural equipment maker, and heavyweight energy and financial stocks also rose.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures point to flat opening

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were little changed on Friday even as oil prices rose amid ongoing OPEC-led production cuts and a pipeline outage in the North Sea.

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US STOCKS-Futures recover from tax bill concerns

Dec 15 (Reuters) - U.S. stock markets were set to open higher on Friday, recovering from a bout of uncertainty surrounding the passage of the Republicans' much-awaited tax overhaul bill.

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UPDATE 3-Hong Kong to push ahead with controversial dual-class shares

* HKEX drafting specific rule changes to allow dual-class shares

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UPDATE 2-Hong Kong to push ahead with controversial dual-class shares

* HKEX drafting specific rule changes to allow dual-class shares

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UPDATE 1-Hong Kong to push ahead with controversial dual-class shares

* HKEX drafting specific rule changes to allow dual-class shares

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Hong Kong gearing up to allow controversial dual-class shares

HONG KONG, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Hong Kong is set to allow controversial dual-class shares under rule changes to be proposed by the city's stock exchange as it raises the stakes in its battle against New York for blockbuster Chinese initial public offerings (IPOs).

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Nikkei falls hit by telecom stocks, posts 1.1 pct weekly drop

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the country's fourth wireless carrier.

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French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 15

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks.

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Beautiful photos capture the energy of Hong Kong

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the term "feng shui" as: "A Chinese geomantic practice in which a structure or site is chosen or configured so as to harmonize with the spiritual forces that inhabit it."

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Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low; telecom stocks extend slide

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to more than a week low on Friday morning, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after Rakuten said it aims to become Japan's fourth wireless carrier.

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Prosecutors say Long Island woman tried to use bitcoin to aid Islamic State

(Reuters) - A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for the militant group Islamic State was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization and bank fraud, prosecutors said Thursday.

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Fund managers seek stocks benefiting from Democratic gains in 2018 U.S. elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday's Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on optimism over tax bill, Fed's economic outlook

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX barely higher as miners gain

TORONTO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday as miners rose with higher metal prices and telecom and healthcare names pulled back.

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Wall Street opens higher as bank stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Thursday, aided by gains in bank stocks and on news that the Republicans' tax overhaul plan was headed for final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed, stimulus plan doesn't buoy Saudi

* Saudi Electricity continues slide on news of payment to state

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Global stocks edge up amid central bank bonanza

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares eked out modest gains on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause on a day packed with central bank decisions in Europe.

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Stock futures up, eyes on Disney-Fox deal, bank stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set for a slightly higher open on Thursday as traders focused on a $52.4 billion stock deal between Walt Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox and gains in shares of big banks.

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Exclusive: EU regulators to clear Luxottica, Essilor deal without conditions - sources

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Italy's Luxottica and French glasses group Essilor are set to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for their 48-billion-euro ($56.8 billion), two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

LONDON (Reuters) - European shares and the euro dipped on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause before a series of central bank decisions in Europe.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - European shares and the euro dipped on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause before a series of central bank decisions in Europe.

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South Africa's Zuma appeals court ruling on state prosecutor's appointment: local media

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed an appeal against a court ruling that his appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid, local media reported on Thursday.

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Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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South Korea prosecutors seek four-year jail term for Lotte group chief

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's prosecutors are seeking a four-year jail term for Lotte Group chief Shin Dong-bin, the corporate group's spokesman said by telephone on Thursday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, U.S. yields sag

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX at record high close as gold miners gain

TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index closed at a record high on Wednesday but well off its session highs, as sharp gains for gold miners were offset by losses among energy companies and a fall in grocery retailer Empire Company Ltd .

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US STOCKS-Wall St extends gains slightly after expected Fed rate hike

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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Industrial stocks drive Wall Street higher; Fed decision eyed

(Reuters) - A surge in shares of Caterpillar and Boeing lifted the Dow industrials to record level in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, ahead of a widely-expected interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

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US STOCKS-Industrial stocks drive Wall St higher; Fed decision eyed

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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Rosenstein: No good cause to fire Mueller

The second-highest ranking official at the Justice Department stepped back into the national spotlight Wednesday to say he believes there's no good cause for firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller and that to date no one has asked him to remove the special counsel.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks worldwide reach highs; U.S. Treasury yields fall

* Fed widely seen hiking interest rates for third time in 2017

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on tech gains; Fed decision awaited

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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UPDATE 5-Oil mixed after U.S. crude stocks draw; Forties outage lends support

* Britain's biggest pipeline likely to be shut for several weeks

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UPDATE 3-Italian bonds, bank stocks hit as prospect of March election reignites political uncertainty

* Broader markets await Fed rate decision (Adds stocks market reaction, quotes)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX hits all-time high in broad rally

TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index hit an all-time high in early trade on Wednesday, boosted by broad gains led by its heavyweight financial and natural resources sectors.

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Wall Street rises at open as technology stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday on gains in technology stocks while investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on an interest rate hike due later in the day.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St rises at open as technology stocks gain

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday on gains in technology stocks while investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on an interest rate hike due later in the day.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Corporate news weakens Dubai and Saudi, Qatar jumps after budget

* Abu Dhabi's ADNOC Distribution rises from IPO price on debut

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures rise with oil prices

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Wednesday as oil prices rose after industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles.

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Oil up on U.S. crude stocks draw, Forties outage supports

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets.

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EMERGING MARKETS-U.S. political woes lift emerging stocks, FX ahead of Fed

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks and currencies sailed higher on Wednesday ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, lifted by U.S. assets nursing losses after President Donald Trump's Republicans suffered an election defeat.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 13

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures up 0.02 percent ahead of the cash market open on Wednesday.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 13

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen to open 17 points lower at 7,309.8 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * THOMAS COOK: Air Berlin's administrator said renewed talks with Thomas Cook have not led to a sustainable offer for the insolvent carrier's Austria-based Niki unit. * OIL: Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles. * Gold prices were almost unchanged

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Tillerson overture to North Korea: U.S. ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key U.S. demand that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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Britain urged to prosecute social media firms over online abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Social media companies should face prosecution for failing to remove racist and extremist material from their websites, according to a report by an influential committee.

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Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be about giving up its nuclear arsenal.

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Tillerson: US ready to talk with North Korea without preconditions

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US is ready to talk with North Korea without preconditions.

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U.S.'s Tillerson, in new overture to North Korea, says ready to talk without pre-conditions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered on Tuesday to begin talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, appearing to back away from U.S. demands that Pyongyang must first accept that any negotiations would have to be based on North Korean nuclear disarmament.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow rise with help from banks, Nasdaq lags

* Indexes: Dow up 0.64 pct, S&P up 0.34 pct, Nasdaq down 0.02 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds commentary, changes byline)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European stocks close higher; Brent dips after hitting $65

* Dollar gains as Fed expected to raise rates (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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S&P, Dow at record levels as Boeing, bank stocks gain

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Dow hit record levels in early afternoon trading on Tuesday as Boeing rose and bank stocks gained ahead of a near certain move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rate.

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Venezuela to open criminal probe of ex oil czar Ramirez: prosecutor

CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuela will open a criminal investigation of former oil czar Rafael Ramirez, the country's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday, as part of a broad shakeup of the OPEC nation's oil industry that has resulted in the arrest of dozens of executives.

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Boeing, bank stocks lift Dow, S&P; techs drag on Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow advanced in late morning trade on Tuesday as Boeing's shares hit a record and bank stocks rose ahead of a near certain move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rate.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX advances, lifted by Valeant, financial services

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday, led by gains in drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals and in the financial services sector.

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Boeing, bank stocks lift Dow, techs weigh on S&P, Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged higher on Tuesday, with a 3 percent jump in shares of Boeing and rise in financial stocks, while losses in technology stocks weighed on the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

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US STOCKS-Boeing, bank stocks lift Dow, techs weigh on S&P, Nasdaq

* Indexes: Dow up 0.30 pct, S&P up 0.04 pct, Nasdaq off 0.1 pct (Updates to open)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises to record high as financials and energy gain

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a record high on Tuesday, led by the heavyweight financials group as bond yields rose, while the energy group also gained ground.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil prices help Gulf rise, Saudi petchems strong

DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Middle East stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline pushed Brent oil above $65 a barrel for the first time since mid-2015.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Dow opens higher; Fed's rate hike in focus

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened higher as energy stocks gained and shares of Boeing touched a record high, while the S&P and the Nasdaq opened flat ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

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Oil hits two-year-and-a-half year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped to their highest in more than two years on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market.

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Oil hits two-and-a-half year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped to their highest in more than two years on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil hits 2-1/2 year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped to their highest in more than two years on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hit by Fed, China policy-tightening nerves

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Emerging equities fell on Tuesday after two days of strong gains as markets looked to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and potential policy tightening in China, though a rise in the oil price to mid-2015 highs underpinned energy producers.

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Oil prices jump on pipeline outage, stocks take breather

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market, while world stocks took a break from a three-day rally.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil prices jump on pipeline outage, stocks take breather

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market, while world stocks took a break from a three-day rally.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 12

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 13 points on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.22 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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Japanese stocks post modest gains helped by financials, shippers

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning in choppy trade supported by gains in financial stocks, mining shares and shippers, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Chile stocks see highest rise in two years on copper prices

By Felipe Iturrieta and Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chilean stocks rose more than 2 percent on Monday, their highest daily rise in almost two years, driven by foreign buyers in large stocks and higher prices for copper, the country's main export. The IPSA index rose 2.69 percent to 5,018.67 points, its best performance since January 2016. The copper reference price on the London Metals Exchange rose 1.5 percent, its largest daily rise in almost two months. Shar

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British banker to appeal against life sentence for Hong Kong double murder

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A British banker, jailed for life in Hong Kong last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped in his luxury apartment, is due to launch an appeal on Tuesday.

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St rises with help from technology, energy sectors

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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GLOBAL-MARKETS-Wall Street stocks tick higher; stocks rise worldwide

* Wall Street up after brief uncertainty on New York explosion

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Mexican retail group says November same-store sales rose 5.4 pct

MEXICO CITY, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Mexico's retail association said on Monday that sales at stores open for at least a year rose by 5.4 percent in November, compared to the same month a year earlier.

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Wall Street higher as technology, energy stocks gain

(Reuters) - Technology and energy stocks gained in early afternoon trading on Monday, helping Wall Street shake off uncertainties following an explosion at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher as technology, energy stocks gain

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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US STOCKS-Wall St ticks higher as New York explosion worries wane

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX inches up with fertilizer company gains, railways weigh

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index inched higher in morning trade on Monday, boosted by gains for materials stocks including fertilizer companies, while gold miners moved in both directions and railway stocks weighed.

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First round of Volkswagen pay talks end without deal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union IG Metall on Monday said a first round of wage talks at Volkswagen failed to produce a result, adding it was disappointed the carmaker did not present a counter-offer to its demand for a 6-percent wage hike.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips at open as banks, railways move lower

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged lower in early trade on Monday, with declines in banks and railway stocks offsetting small overall gains for the materials sector.

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US STOCKS-Futures inch up, bitcoin grabs investor interest

Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Monday, with the launch of bitcoin futures raising investor interest in cryptocurrency related companies.

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures little changed as oil prices edge lower

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Futures for Canada's main stock index were little changed on Monday amid a fall in oil prices on signs of an increase in U.S. drilling activity.

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GLOBAL-MARKETS-Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

* Expectant dollar hovers ahead of Fed rate rise (Updates prices, adds detail)

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Exclusive: Hong Kong fund tells Toshiba that chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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S.African prosecutors extend deadline for Zuma to file arguments over revived graft charges

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said on Monday it had extended the deadline for President Jacob Zuma to submit arguments on why he should not be prosecuted for corruption.

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Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks climbed and equity volatility neared a record low on Monday as investors focused on signs of strong economic growth ahead of a slew of central bank rate decisions, while the launch of bitcoin futures fed the market's cryptocurrency obsession.

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Hong Kong activist fund tells Toshiba chip unit sale to Bain group not necessary

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A Hong Kong-based activist investor in Toshiba Corp has told the embattled conglomerate that the $18 billion sale of its chip unit sale to a Bain Capital-led group is no longer necessary after its recent capital injection, according to a letter seen by Reuters.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - World stocks climbed and equity volatility neared a record low on Monday as investors focused on signs of strong economic growth ahead of a slew of central bank rate decisions, while the launch of bitcoin futures fed the market's cryptocurrency obsession.

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Japanese police refer former champion Harumafuji to prosecutors

TOKYO (Reuters) - Police on Monday referred former sumo grand champion Harumafuji to prosecutors on suspicion of bodily injury to a junior wrestler, Japanese media reported, the latest development in an incident that has tainted the image of the national sport.

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Nikkei flat as real estate, construction stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks struggled for traction on Monday as gains in financial shares were offset by drops in real estate and construction companies, with Obayashi Corp diving more than 8 percent.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major markets rise, led by Saudi and Egypt

* Saudi continues bounce from chart support, volume very high

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Prescription Drugs May Cost More With Insurance Than Without It

Some consumers are finding they can get a better deal on prescription drugs by leaving their insurance cards at home.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX posts 2-week high as industrials lead broad-based rally

TORONTO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a two-week high on Friday, led by financial and industrial shares after solid U.S. jobs data boosted investor sentiment, while energy stocks climbed on higher oil prices.

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BRIEF-Qiao Zhongxing Reports 9.9 Percent Stake In UTStarcom

* QIAO ZHONGXING REPORTS 9.9 PERCENT STAKE IN UTSTARCOM HOLDINGS CORP AS OF NOVEMBER 28 - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2jbYDCb) Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-November payrolls report lifts Wall St

* Dow up 0.34 pct, S&P 500 up 0.43 pct, Nasdaq up 0.46 pct (Updates to mid-afternoon, changes byline)

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Papadopoulos' fiancee says he didn't act 'without campaign approval'

The fiancee of former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, is speaking out publicly to push back against claims by President Donald Trump and his team that Papadopoulos was just a "coffee boy" on the campaign.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street gains on robust Nov. hiring data

* Indexes up: Dow 0.38 pct, S&P 0.49 pct, Nasdaq 0.64 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar gain after strong U.S. job growth data

* Dollar index on pace for fifth session of gains (Updates with opening of U.S. markets; changes dateline from London)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with energy stocks; Kinder Morgan Canada jumps

TORONTO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, boosted by broad gains for energy stocks as oil prices moved higher, and as pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd jumped following a favorable regulator ruling.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Strong U.S. jobs growth data lifts Wall Street

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wall Street's stock indexes opened higher on Friday after the latest jobs data showed strength in the U.S. economy and bolstered the case for a December interest rate hike.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rise as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.8 pct, following Asian stocks higher

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Futures add to gains on strong Nov. jobs data

Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures extended gains on Friday after a Labor Department report showed job growth increased at a strong clip in November and wages rebounded.

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South African court rules Zuma appointment of state prosecutor invalid

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor to decide whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid and should be set aside immediately.

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US STOCKS-Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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South Africa's high court rules Zuma appointment of state prosecutor invalid

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's High Court ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma's appointment of a state prosecutor responsible for deciding whether to reinstate corruption charges against him was not valid and should be set aside immediately.

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Sterling hits six-month high, stocks up as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

LONDON (Reuters) - A breakthrough in Brexit negotiations pushed sterling to a six-month high against the euro on Friday and added momentum to an upswing in world stocks underpinned by strong economic news from China and Japan.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Sterling hits 6-month high, stocks up as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.9 pct, following Asian stocks higher

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U.S. Justice Department taps prosecutor to oversee asset forfeiture program

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has tapped a North Carolina-based prosecutor for a new role designed to provide more checks and balances to its civil asset forfeiture program, following criticism of its abuse by the police.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain as risk appetite returns; oil rebounds

* Bitcoin tops $15,000, continues surge (Updates with afternoon trading)

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Wall Street higher as technology stocks gain ground

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher in early afternoon trading on Thursday as popular technology stocks gained a firm footing after a bout of selloff and industrial stocks rose.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street higher as technology stocks gain ground

* Indexes up: Dow 0.41 pct, S&P 0.34 pct, Nasdaq 0.62 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain, dollar hits two-week high as risk appetite returns

* Bitcoin tops $15,000, continues surge (Updates with open of U.S. markets; changes dateline from London)

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Technology stocks lead Wall Street's rise

(Reuters) - The three major U.S. indexes rose in late morning trading on Thursday with stocks of technology companies leading the pack, followed by industrials.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as energy stocks gain with oil prices

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, helped by gains among energy stocks as oil prices picked up and as BlackBerry Ltd moved higher after announcing an automotive partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm.

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Tech gains lift Nasdaq; consumer stocks weigh on S&P, Dow

(Reuters) - Gains in technology stocks helped lift the Nasdaq on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were weighed down by losses in consumer stocks.

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US STOCKS-Tech gains lift Nasdaq; consumer stocks weigh on S&P, Dow

* Indexes up: Dow 0.03 pct, S&P 0.01 pct, Nasdaq 0.22 pct (Updates to open)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, energy stocks

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ticked higher in early trade on Thursday, helped by gains among its heavyweight financial and energy sectors.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Broadcom helps lift Nasdaq; S&P, Dow slip

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Gains in chipmaker Broadcom and yogawear maker Lululemon helped lift the Nasdaq at the open on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were slightly lower.

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BRIEF-Vince Holding Q3 Sales Rose 4.1 Percent To $79.1 Million

* - NET INVENTORY AT END OF Q3 OF FISCAL 2017 WAS $51.4 MILLION COMPARED TO $34.4 MILLION AT END OF Q3 OF FISCAL 2016

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Lawmaker called out for heterosexual rant

Conservative Pennsylvania state representative Daryl Metcalfe proclaimed his heterosexuality during a committee meeting after being touched on the arm by a male colleague.

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Wall Street flat; rise in tech stocks offsets energy lag

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were little changed on Wednesday, with technology stocks clinging on to modest gains and helping offset losses in energy shares after oil prices slipped more than 2 percent.

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US STOCKS-Wall St flat; rise in tech stocks offsets energy lag

* Indexes down: Dow 0.06 pct, S&P 0.08 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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Wall Street hits a lull even as technology stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street turned weary in late morning trading on Wednesday, with a slide in energy stocks and Home Depot offsetting gains in technology sector as investors readjust their stock holdings.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Yields fall, stocks choppy as risk appetite wanes

* U.S, German bond yields fall as investors move to safe assets

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German prosecutors begin initial inquiry into BMW diesel emission allegations

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations made this week by Germany's main environmental lobby group that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as Hudson's Bay sinks, energy stocks weigh

TORONTO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index turned higher on Wednesday as banks and industrial stocks rose, offsetting a slump in department store operator Hudson's Bay Co after it reported a deeper-than-expected loss. Energy stocks fell with lower oil prices.

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Munich prosecutors start initial inquiry into BMW emissions allegations

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors said on Wednesday they had opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations raised by Germany's main environmental lobby that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests.

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Tech stocks rise in choppy Wall Street trading

(Reuters) - Wall Street treaded water in choppy morning trading on Wednesday with gains in technology stocks offsetting losses in financial shares.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as Hudson's Bay shares slump

TORONTO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell in early trade on Wednesday, hurt by a tumble in shares of Hudson's Bay Co after the department store operator posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss, while financial and energy stocks also weighed.

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Nasdaq set to recede for the fourth day

* Private employers added 190,000 jobs in Nov vs est. of 185,000

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Halperin and Rose accusers form support group

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US STOCKS-Futures under stress as tech selloff continues

Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to losses at the open on Wednesday as high-flying technology stocks fell for the fourth day on worries over lofty valuations and the impact of a tax overhaul on corporate earnings.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hit 2-mth lows on Israel fears, tech selling

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Emerging equities tumbled to near two-month lows on Wednesday as geopolitical concerns over North Korea and the Middle East soured risk sentiment and investors continued a rotation out of tech stocks, hitting index heavyweights in Asia.

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Hong Kong's premium office space ranked world's most expensive

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's premium office space has topped the charts as the world's most expensive for the second consecutive year, outpacing prices in No. 2 Midtown New York by 66 percent, according to property consultancy JLL.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 6

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 41 points lower at 7,286.6 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.45 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Asia stocks hit 2-month low as risk sentiment sours broadly

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped across the board on Wednesday as various factors including weaker metals prices and monetary policy concerns in China soured investor risk sentiment.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 6

Dec 6 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 41 points lower at 7,286.6 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * GLAXOSMITHKLINE: The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Wednesday said it is taking local units of GlaxoSmithKline and Swiss healthcare company Novartis to court over false or misleading representations in the marketing of pain relief products. * OIL: Oil prices dipped on Wednesday, as refined product inventories in the

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks hit 2-mth low as risk sentiment sours broadly

* Nikkei drops 2 pct, copper slide hits non-ferrous metal sector

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Asia stocks stumble on Wall Street losses, dollar sags

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday, dragged by losses on Wall Street as the technology sector stuttered yet again after a brief rebound, while the dollar sagged on lower long-term U.S. yields.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks stumble on Wall Street losses, dollar sags

* Nikkei drops 0.9 pct, copper slide hits non-ferrous metal sector

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Asia stocks pressured by Wall Street losses, dollar sags

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks slipped on Wednesday, pressured by losses on Wall Street as the technology sector stuttered yet again after a brief rebound, while the dollar sagged on lower long-term U.S. yields.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks pressured by Wall Street losses, dollar sags

* Long-term US yields slip as curve flattening continues, USD dips

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DOJ opens door to regulating bump stocks

The Justice Department announced Tuesday that it has begun a federal rule-making process that could reinterpret the legality of certain bump fire stock devices, a piece of equipment that enabled the Las Vegas gunman in October to fire on concertgoers more rapidly, mimicking automatic fire.

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US STOCKS-Tech rally burns out, leaves Wall Street lower

* Indexes: Dow -0.45 pct, S&P -0.37 pct, Nasdaq -0.19 pct (Updates to close)

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U.S. Justice Department considers possible 'bump stocks' ban

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday that it is considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, the attachments that make semiautomatic rifles fire faster and were used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history in Las Vegas in October.

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U.S. Justice Department, ATF to decide if bump stocks are prohibited

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Tuesday they are considering a possible ban on certain bump stocks, used in Las Vegas in October in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street wavers as Disney falls and tech rebounds

* Indexes: Dow -0.15 pct, S&P -0.02 pct, Nasdaq +0.33 pct (Updates to afternoon)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Copper falls to two-month low; tech stocks rebound

* Dollar gains for second day on U.S. tax reform hopes (Updates with afternoon trading)

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Tech stocks rebound as investors assess tax bill details

(Reuters) - Wall Street rose and technology stocks recovered from a two-day selloff on Tuesday, with investors assessing a change to the Senate's version of the tax overhaul bill that could affect the ability of companies to cut their tax bills.

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UPDATE 1-Naspers inquiry drags South African stocks lower, rand steady

* Rand trades sideways (Adds details, fresh quotes, updates figures)

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Technology stocks attempt rebound

(Reuters) - Technology stocks edged higher on Tuesday and signaled a pause to two days of selloff, while a rally in bank and other stocks powered by tax-cut optimism stalled, capping gains on the S&P 500 and the Dow.

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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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U.S. investors overweight in stocks despite market fears: study

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Three out of four U.S. investors age 40 and older worry about a correction that will eventually end the long-running bull market in stocks, yet most refuse to head for the exits.

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On Olympics: I.O.C.’s Dilemma: What Would the Winter Games Be Without Russia?

The novelistic saga of Russia’s systematic doping at the Olympics will reach a climax with a decision Tuesday on its participation in the 2018 Winter Games.

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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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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 5

Dec 5 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 4 points lower at 7,334.4 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers. * ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND: Scottish lawmakers will debate a motion calling for Royal Bank of Scotland to halt planned cuts to its branch network, which opponents say will damage the remote communities they are meant to serve. * GOLD: Gold prices held within a tight range in Asian trade on Tuesday, supported by a slightly weaker dollar as investors a

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BRIEF-Nasdaq Copenhagen expands benchmark index to 25 stocks from 20

* ‍NASDAQ COPENHAGEN INTRODUCES C25 AS NEW LEADING INDEX FOR DANISH EQUITY MARKET​

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Op-Ed Contributors: Don’t Prosecute Trump. Impeach Him.

There is no case for obstruction of justice, but there is a constitutional tool for ousting a corrupt president.

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Siemens, Brazilian prosecutors eyeing settlement over bribery lawsuit: newspaper

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - German industrial group Siemens AG is negotiating a settlement worth more than 1 billion reais ($307 million) with Brazilian state prosecutors over a civil case related to probes into whether bribes were paid to win train contracts, according to a Monday newspaper report.

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'Amanpour' will be interim replacement for Charlie Rose on PBS

PBS has a plan for replacing Charlie Rose's late-night interview program, and it starts with Christiane Amanpour.

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Carvana raises cash without scrutiny

Dec 4 (IFR) - Fast-growing used car retailer Carvana raised US$100m through the private sale of convertible preferred securities on Monday, a deal that allowed the listed company to avert public scrutiny.

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US STOCKS-Tax-cut euphoria elevates Wall Street to record high

* Indexes: Dow up 0.65 pct, S&P up 0.37 pct, Nasdaq off 0.34 pct (Updates to afternoon)

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Turkish banker says U.S. prosecutors withheld evidence

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Lawyers for a banker at Turkey's state-owned Halkbank who is charged with scheming to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran accused U.S. prosecutors of withholding evidence that might help exculpate their client. They said this included gold trader Reza Zarrab's alleged willingness to lie in exchange for leniency. In a letter on Monday to U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, lawyers for Mehmet Hakan Atilla said prosecutors on Saturday even

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UPDATE 1-Netflix to start House of Cards production in 2018 without Kevin Spacey

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Monday the final season of "House of Cards" will start production in 2018 and will not star Kevin Spacey, who is facing a number of allegations of sexual misconduct.

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'House of Cards' production to resume without Kevin Spacey

Netflix has decided to move forward with the final season of "House of Cards" without Kevin Spacey, a source familiar with the decision tells CNN.

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Netflix to start House of Cards production in 2018 without Kevin Spacey

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Netflix Inc said on Monday the final season of "House of Cards" will start production in 2018 and will not star Kevin Spacey. The final season will have eight episodes, the company said at a UBS media conference. (Reporting by Laharee Chatterjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar gain as U.S. tax plan advances

* Oil prices ease as market eyes U.S. output (Updates with open of U.S. markets, changes dateline; previous LONDON)

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Bank stocks favored over tech as tax bill makes headway

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes rose on Monday as Republican-led efforts to slash corporate tax rates cleared a major hurdle, with investors picking stocks that have lagged for much of the year including shares of financial and industrial companies.

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US STOCKS-Bank stocks favored over tech as tax bill makes headway

* Indexes up: Dow 0.99 pct, S&P 0.42 pct, Nasdaq 0.54 pct (Changes comment, adds company details, updates prices)

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CEE MARKETS-Budapest bucks European stocks rally on Richter plunge

* Richter falls as EMA starts review of its Esmya drug * PKN Orlen rebound reverses Warsaw stock index decline * Zloty firms, Polish rate-setters may voice worry over CPI * Romanian 10-year bond sale draws solid demand after yield rise (Adds Romanian government bond auction, rebound of Warsaw stocks) By Sandor Peto and Radu-Sorin Marinas BUDAPEST/Bucharest, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Budapest stocks eased on Monday, dragged down by a sell-off in drugmaker Richter , now under inv

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher on Senate tax bill approval

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes surged at the opening on Monday after the U.S. Senate passed its version of a tax overhaul bill, bringing closer to reality President Donald Trump's promise of cutting corporate taxes to spur growth.

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Audi decides against Hong Kong Formula E appeal

(Reuters) - Audi will not appeal against Daniel Abt's disqualification from Sunday's Hong Kong Formula E race after reviewing documents and processes, the team said on Monday.

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Tax deal sends dollar surging, preps U.S. stocks for strong day

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar jumped on Monday versus the currencies of other developed and emerging nations while Treasury yields rose and Wall Street was primed for a another record-setting day after the U.S. Senate voted to approve a wide-ranging tax overhaul.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Tax deal sends dollar surging, preps US stocks for strong day

* Dollar rises 0.4 percent vs currency index; bond yields rise

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Russian prosecutors seek 10 years in jail for ex-economy minister -agencies

MOSCOW, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors on Monday sought a sentence of 10 years in jail for ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, on trial on charges of extorting a $2 million bribe from Rosneft chief Igor Sechin, Russian news agencies reported.

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Kennedy Center Honors goes on without Trump

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South Africa's rand weaker as ruling party's succession race gathers steam, stocks firmer

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 4 (Reuters) - South Africa's rand weakened early on Monday as the leadership race for the new leader of the ruling African National Congress gathered momentum, with the largest voting bloc expected to signal its preferred candidate this week.

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Nikkei falls after weakness in large cap stocks, tech shares weigh

TOKYO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday with weakness in large-cap stocks such as Fanuc and SoftBank taking a toll, while tech shares also lost ground, offsetting gains in retail stocks which rose on strong monthly sales.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 4

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening 62 points higher at 7,362.8 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers. * RIO TINTO: Rio Tinto Ltd said on Monday it has appointed Simon Thompson as its next chairman, succeeding Jan du Plessis, who will step down after serving almost nine years as chair. * LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE: Bruised by the collapse of its merger with Deutsche Boerse and battered by the abrupt departure of its CEO, the London Stock Exchange (LSE)

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See amazing miniature version of Hong Kong

Tony Lai's replicas of old Hong Kong acts as a counterweight, pulling at the nostalgic heart of Hongkongers.

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Without Trump, Kennedy Center celebrates Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.

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Kennedy Center Honors Evoke Politics, Even Without Trump

The five artistic trailblazers who were recognized spoke openly about President Trump and his policies. He skipped the gala to avoid “political distraction.”

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Nikkei edges lower after weakness in large cap stocks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Monday morning with weakness in large-cap stocks such as Fanuc and SoftBank taking a toll, offsetting gains in retail stocks which rose on strong monthly sales.

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Without Trump, Kennedy Center honors Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With the notable absence of President Donald Trump, the Kennedy Center on Sunday celebrated singers Lionel Richie and Gloria Estefan, rapper LL Cool J, television producer Norman Lear and dancer Carmen de Lavallade with honors for the arts.

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Rosenqvist inherits Formula E win after Abt disqualified

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Germany’s Daniel Abt was disqualified from Sunday’s Hong Kong Formula E race after a post-race inspection ended his victory celebrations and handed the win to Swedish rival Felix Rosenqvist.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Yemen helps Saudi rise for eighth day, Qatar rebounds on FX

* Saudi market also buoyed by easing concern about graft probe

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Abt gets apt birthday gift with Hong Kong Formula E win

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Germany's Daniel Abt celebrated his birthday with a first Formula E victory on Sunday after receiving a gift from all-electric series rookie Edoardo Mortara on the streets of Hong Kong.