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BRIEF-Scotts Miracle-Gro Co Says CEO James Hagedorn's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $22.1 mln

* SCOTTS MIRACLE-GRO CO SAYS CEO JAMES HAGEDORN'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $22.1 MILLION VERSUS $8.5 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Snyder's-Lance Hires Bank To Weigh Sale After Campbell Approach- CNBC

* SNYDER'S-LANCE HIRES BANK TO WEIGH SALE AFTER CAMPBELL APPROACH- CNBC, CITING SOURCES‍​ Source text : http://cnb.cx/2zdb8T5 Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Global shares little changed after central bank meetings

* U.S. stocks down (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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Turkish banker expected to testify in Iran sanctions trial in New York

(Reuters) - Mehmet Hakan Atilla, a Turkish banker accused of taking part in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions, plans to testify in his own defense at his trial in New York, his lawyers said Thursday.

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World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - World stock markets were little changed on Thursday after policy meetings from major central banks in Europe, while some U.S. shares were buoyed by news that the Republicans' tax legislation could face final votes in Congress before year-end.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares little changed amid slate of central bank meetings

* Dollar index up (Updates to U.S. trading open; changes byline, dateline, previously LONDON)

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Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian lender Sberbank's talks with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have finished in their current form, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Alexander Morozov said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished, now talking with everyone

* LONDON: RUSSIA'S SBERBANK CFO SAYS TALKS WITH ALIBABA HAVE FINISHED IN THE PREVIOUS FORMAT, YANDEX DEAL SIGNED

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BRIEF-Becton Dickinson And Co Says CEO Vincent Forlenza's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $13.1 Mln

* BECTON DICKINSON AND CO SAYS CHAIRMAN AND CEO VINCENT FORLENZA'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $13.1 MILLION VERSUS $13.9 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2ktIxQL) Further company coverage:

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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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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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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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EMERGING MARKETS-With Fed out of way, emerging markets await Turkish cbank

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Emerging equities rose to a near two-week high on Thursday after the U.S. Fed delivered a widely-expected rate rise but remained cautious on the inflation outlook, while Turkey's lira slipped before a central bank meeting.

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UPDATE 1-Banks drag European shares down as investors await Draghi

* Wind turbine makers boosted by U.S. tax development (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

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Banks drag European shares down as investors eye BoE, ECB meetings

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Weakness in bank stocks dragged European shares to a downbeat open on Thursday as financial sectors caught the cold from U.S. and Asian trading which suffered from a less hawkish than expected tone from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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BAWAG says agrees to buy north German bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse

VIENNA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Austrian bank BAWAG has agreed to buy north German building society bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse, it said on Thursday, continuing its policy of making bolt-on acquisitions and expanding in Germany.

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Moscow, Cairo may sign deal on Friday to resume Russian flights to Egypt: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Egypt may sign an agreement on Friday allowing to resume Russian civilian flights to Egypt, the TASS news agency cited Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov as saying on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Independent Bank Group, Inc. Announces Pricing Of Subordinated Notes Offering

* INDEPENDENT BANK GROUP, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SUBORDINATED NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Deutsche Bank Raises Prime Lending Rate To 4.50 Pct

* DEUTSCHE BANK- CO'S NEW YORK BRANCH, DEUTSCHE BANK NEW YORK, SUBSIDIARY DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS RAISED PRIME LENDING FROM 4.25% TO 4.50%

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Turkish banker accused of helping Iran launder money seeks mistrial

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Turkish banker on trial in New York on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions asked a judge on Wednesday to declare a mistrial, saying testimony by a former Turkish police investigator should not have been allowed in court.

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Trump 'dossier' firm: Republicans leaked bank records in retaliation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A firm that commissioned a "dossier" detailing links between then-presidential candidate Donald Trump's campaign and Russia said in a court filing that Republicans leaked the company's banking data to the media for partisan political purposes.

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LPC: Banks provide US$650m of loans for SMG buyout

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - US venue management firm SMG's leveraged buyout by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp will be backed by a US$650m loan package, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Citibank Says Raised Base Lending Rate To 4.50% From 4.25%

* CITIBANK SAYS RAISED ITS BASE LENDING RATE TO 4.50% FROM 4.25%, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 14, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. court removes creditor hurdle to a Westinghouse bankruptcy plan

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. judge shot down on Wednesday a request by creditors of Westinghouse Electric Co LLC for a bigger role in the nuclear technology company's bankruptcy just days after its parent company Toshiba Corp proposed a restructuring plan.

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LPC: Banks optimistic on 2018 US CLO volume with Wells Fargo predicting record year

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo is predicting record US Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) fund issuance of US$125bn in 2018 with little in sight to derail 2017’s strong momentum. JP Morgan sees a smaller increase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank expect issuance to match 2017’s robust volume.

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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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UPDATE 2-Gas exports from Total's North Sea field halted until early Jan

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Exports of natural gas from one of the North Sea's key fields have been halted for at least three weeks until early January, after the closure of Britain's largest oil and gas pipeline, field operator Total said on Wednesday.

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UK PM May says RBS branch closures are a commercial matter for the bank

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said that branch closures announced by the Royal Bank of Scotland were a commercial matter for the bank, after she was asked to intervene to halt the closures.

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VW bank expects profit rise in 2017 despite diesel scandal

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The financial arm of German carmaker Volkswagen said on Wednesday that it expects a rise in operating profit in 2017, despite a diesel scandal that has rocked the industry.

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Gas exports from Total's UK Elgin Franklin platform halted until Jan. 2

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Gas exports from Total E&P's Elgin-Franklin gas platform in Britain's North Sea have been halted until Jan. 2 due to the shutdown of the Forties oil pipeline, Total said in a market notice on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-‍Yandex, Sberbank enter into agreement for Yandex.Market joint venture​

* ‍YANDEX AND SBERBANK ENTER INTO BINDING AGREEMENT FOR YANDEX.MARKET JOINT VENTURE​

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Banks eye Paris airports operator in Macron privatisation drive -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Investment banks are vying to work with potential buyers or the French government on the sale of its majority stake in Aeroports de Paris (ADP) , sources close to the matter said, in one of the largest infrastructure deals expected to come to market in 2018.

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Judges consider HK double murder appeal by convicted former British banker

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three judges in Hong Kong's Court of Appeal are set to decide the fate of a former British banker who was jailed for life last year for the murder of two Indonesian women he tortured and raped after his appeal hearing closed on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Brazil banks agree to reimburse depositors for losses

BRASILIA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian banks agreed on Tuesday to compensate depositors for losses from government plans that tackled hyperinflation in the 1980s and 1990s, potentially settling over a million legal disputes that have hung over the country's banking system.

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BRIEF-SmartFinancial Inc To Acquire Southern Community Bank

* SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. TO ACQUIRE TULLAHOMA, TN-BASED SOUTHERN COMMUNITY BANK

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BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Announces Plan To Acquire First Bank Lubbock Bancshares In Texas

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ACQUIRE FIRST BANK LUBBOCK BANCSHARES, INC. IN TEXAS

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BRIEF-Sinclair Raises Additional Term Loans And Amends Bank Credit Agreement

* SINCLAIR RAISES ADDITIONAL TERM LOANS AND AMENDS BANK CREDIT AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Electromed Inc Says Renewed Its $2.5 Million Revolving Line Of Credit With Venture Bank

* ELECTROMED INC - ON DEC 12, CO RENEWED ITS $2.5 MILLION REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT WITH VENTURE BANK PURSUANT TO RIDER TO BUSINESS LOAN AGREEMENT

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UPDATE 1-Brazil banks agree to reimburse depositors for losses

BRASILIA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian banks agreed on Tuesday to compensate depositors for losses from government plans that tackled hyperinflation in the 1980s and 1990s, settling over a million legal disputes that have hung over the country's banking system.

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

(Reuters) - Wall Street stocks were higher on Tuesday afternoon with the biggest boost from the financial sectors as investors bet on strong economic growth a day ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's widely-expected hike in interest rates.

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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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BRIEF-Woodward Inc Says CEO Thomas Gendron's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.3 Million

* WOODWARD INC SAYS CEO THOMAS GENDRON'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $7.3 MILLION VERSUS $5.8 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ANFHxJ Further company coverage:

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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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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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UPDATE 1-Banks eye Paris airports operator in Macron privatisation drive -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Investment banks are vying to work with potential buyers or the French government on the sale of its majority stake in Aeroports de Paris (ADP) , sources close to the matter said, in one of the largest infrastructure deals expected to come to market in 2018.

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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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BRIEF-JG Wentworth Says Co, Units Filed Voluntary Cases Under Chapter 11 In United States Bankruptcy Court

* JG WENTWORTH SAYS ON DEC 12, CO, UNITS FILED VOLUNTARY CASES UNDER CHAPTER 11 IN UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR DISTRICT OF DELAWARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Dextera Surgical Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

* DEXTERA SURGICAL FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY AND SIGNS ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH AESCULAP, INC.

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World Bank says will cease financing upstream oil and gas after 2019

PARIS (Reuters) - The World Bank said on Tuesday it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas projects after 2019, apart from certain gas projects in the poorest countries in exceptional circumstances.

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe flies to Singapore, first trip since ouster

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's former president Robert Mugabe has left the country for medical checks in Singapore, his first foreign travel since the army forced him from office last month, a state security official said on Tuesday.

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M&A dominates Europe share trading; weak banks offset oil boost

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Mergers and acquisitions dominated early European share trading on Tuesday, while strong oil and tech stocks were not enough to offset a decline in banks.

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Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist 'cover-up'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh's central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka's monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the bank a "scapegoat."

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Brent crude jumps above $65 for 1st time since 2015 after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

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Brent crude jumps above $65 for first time since 2015 after North Sea pipeline outage

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Brent crude oil prices jumped above $65 per barrel for the first time since 2015 after the shutdown of the Forties North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supplies from a market that was already tightening due to OPEC-led production cuts.

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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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Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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UPDATE 1-Hackers hit U.S., Russian banks in ATM robbery scam-report

FRANKFURT, Dec 11 (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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Hackers hit major ATM network after U.S., Russian bank breaches: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A previously undetected group of Russian-language hackers silently stole nearly $10 million from at least 18 mostly U.S. and Russian banks in recent years by targeting interbank transfer systems, a Moscow-based security firm said on Monday.

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Japan's SMBC Nikko poised to poach bankers in push for U.S. growth

TOKYO (Reuters) - Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group Inc's brokerage unit is ready to poach bankers to expand its U.S. investment banking arm and could even buy small firms if the right target comes up, its chief executive said.

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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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Russia's Putin and Egypt's Sisi discuss Middle East tensions in Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin met Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Monday for talks on cooperation and tensions in the Middle East following Washington's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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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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Mubadala has done 15 to 16 investments in Silicon Valley as part of the Softbank fund

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi's state investor, Mubadala [MUDEV.UL], has made 15 to 16 investments in Silicon Valley as part of a partnership with Softbank Group, deputy group CEO, Waleed al-Muhairi, told a conference in Abu Dhabi.

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Anti-Trump protests wane in Jerusalem, West Bank; flare in Beirut

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian protests waned in the occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip on Sunday while violence flared near the U.S. embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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Bangladesh minister says wants to 'wipe out' Manila bank for heist role

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's finance minister said late on Saturday he wanted to "wipe out" a Philippines bank that was used to channel $81 million stolen from the Bangladeshi central bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year.

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Iraq is 'totally liberated' from Islamic State: Iraqi armed forces

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has been "totally liberated" from Islamic State, the Iraqi armed forces announced in a statement on Saturday.

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Boston Herald files for bankruptcy protection to pursue sale

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - The parent company of the Boston Herald filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday and will look to sell the newspaper to Gatehouse Media LLC, a move that underscores the hard times facing traditional print journalism.

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Venezuela's oil sales to U.S. fell in Nov to lowest level since 2003

HOUSTON, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil exports to the United States fell in November to their lowest level since January 2003, when a strike knocked down the country's output, due to sanctions and a steep production decline, according to Reuters data.

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Deutsche Bank can cope with Basel III outcome: CFO in paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank is able to cope with the stricter capital rules on banks that were agreed this week, its finance chief told a German paper.

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UBS investment bank head wary on 2018 outlook

ZURICH (Reuters) - The head of Swiss bank UBS's investment banking business gave a cautious outlook for market conditions next year, with fees set to fall again and volatility staying low.

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UPDATE 1-China imposes record fine on Guangfa Bank over guarantees for defaulted bonds

BEIJING, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator has confiscated illegal income and imposed fines on China Guangfa Bank Co totalling 722 million yuan ($109 million) for providing illegal guarantees for defaulted corporate bonds sold through an Alibaba-backed online finance platform, it said on Friday.

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China Guangfa Bank fined $109 million for rule violation - regulator

BEIJING, Dec 8 (Reuters) - China's banking regulator has fined China Guangfa Bank Co 722 million yuan ($109.12 million) for providing illegal guarantees for defaulted corporate bonds, it said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-SoftBank to invest $300 mln in food delivery firm DoorDash - Recode

Dec 7 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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BRIEF-India's City Union Bank Says Mastercard Reported Improper Debit Card Transactions To Co

* SAYS MASTERCARD RECENTLY REPORTED TO CO CERTAIN SET OF IMPROPER DEBIT CARD TRANSACTIONS

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SoftBank to invest $300 million in food delivery firm DoorDash: Recode

(Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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SoftBank to invest $300 mln in food delivery firm DoorDash - Recode

Dec 7 (Reuters) - SoftBank Group Corp plans to invest around $300 million into DoorDash, a San Francisco-based food delivery startup, Recode reported.

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BRIEF-SoftBank Is Preparing To Invest Around $300 Million Into The Food Delivery Startup Doordash- Recode, Citing Sources

* SOFTBANK IS PREPARING TO INVEST AROUND $300 MILLION INTO THE FOOD DELIVERY STARTUP DOORDASH- RECODE, CITING SOURCES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Luther Burbank Corporation Announces Pricing Of Initial Public Offering

* SAYS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 12.2 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $10.75PER SHARE

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Exclusive: Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed discuss suing Manila bank for heist damages

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world's biggest cyber-heists, several sources said.

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U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 billion of inflows, largest since June: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors'...

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UPDATE 1-U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 bln of inflows, largest since June -Lipper

(Adds quotes from senior research analyst) By Jennifer Ablan NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors' appetite for low-cost exposure to record-high stock markets. Risk appetite was also reflected in high-quality bonds. U.S.-based investment-grade corporate bond funds attracted $622 million of inflows in the week ended We

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U.S.-based stock ETFs attract $14.6 bln of inflows, largest since June -Lipper

NEW YORK, Dec 7 (Reuters) - U.S.-based stock ETFs attracted $14.6 billion of inflows in the week ended Wednesday, their 10th consecutive week of inflows and the largest since June, illustrating investors' appetite for low-cost exposure to record-high stock markets.

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BRIEF-Investors Bank Announces Workforce Reduction And Branch Closures

* INVESTORS BANK ANNOUNCES WORKFORCE REDUCTION AND BRANCH CLOSURES

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Cillizza: Franken's totally unapologetic resignation

Two things were clear after Al Franken finished his speech on the Senate floor just after noon on Thursday:

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Deutsche Bank says more regulation of cryptocurrencies needed

BERLIN (Reuters) - More regulation and some degree of security are needed to make cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin a serious new asset class for investors, Deutsche Bank Chief Investment Officer Christian Nolting said.

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BRIEF-Micron Technology Says CEO Sanjay Mehrotra's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $15.4 Mln

* MICRON TECHNOLOGY INC SAYS CEO SANJAY MEHROTRA'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $15.4 MILLION - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Visa Says Ceo Alfred Kelly Jr.'S FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $21.7 Mln

* VISA INC SAYS CEO ALFRED KELLY, JR.'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $21.7 MILLION - SEC FILING

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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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BRIEF-Molina Healthcare - On Dec 4 Co Entered Commitment Letter With Suntrust Bank And SunTrust Robinson Humphrey

* MOLINA HEALTHCARE - ON DEC 4 CO ENTERED COMMITMENT LETTER WITH SUNTRUST BANK AND SUNTRUST ROBINSON HUMPHREY - SEC FILING

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HSBC has 3-year head start on foreign investment banking rivals in China: Gulliver

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC has a three-year head start on its foreign investment banking rivals in China because of the British bank's unique position of having management control of its securities venture there, chief executive Stuart Gulliver said on Thursday.

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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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Bankrupt Toys 'R' Us puts aside $16 million for executive bonuses

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U.S. Comptroller halts plan to remove in-house bank examiners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bank examiners can continue working inside the banks they supervise, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said on Wednesday, in a policy reversal for the U.S. banking regulator.

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MOVES-Houlihan Lokey government services bankers decamp for Baird

WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Two senior investment bankers specializing in government services, aerospace and defense are departing boutique investment bank Houlihan Lokey Inc for competitor Robert W. Baird, three people familiar with the moves said on Wednesday.

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U.S. asks officials to defer travel to Israel, West Bank to December 20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department issued a cable to all its diplomatic posts worldwide on Wednesday asking its officials to defer non-essential travel to Israel, Jerusalem and the West Bank until Dec. 20 according to a copy of the cable seen by Reuters.

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BRIEF-Bank Of Nova Scotia- Announced Partnerships With Viola Group And Team8

* BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA- ANNOUNCED PARTNERSHIPS WITH TWO ISRAELI TECHNOLOGY COS, VIOLA GROUP AND TEAM8 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Exclsuive: China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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Exclusive: China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO: sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.

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Exclusive: Baupost expected to make quick profit in Westinghouse bankruptcy- sources

(Reuters) - Hedge funds led by the Baupost Group LLC are poised to score a $170 million profit in less than three months from a bet tied to Toshiba Corp's bankrupt nuclear unit Westinghouse Electric Corp, according to three people familiar with the matter.

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Japan's Nikkei posts biggest fall since late March

TOKYO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest percentage drop since late March, with selling accelerating after a break of a key technical support level from its 25-day moving average.

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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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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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Banned From Winter Olympics, Russia Faces Greatest Sports Crisis Since Soviet Era

The decision carries the whiff of history, although back then the conflicts were rooted in political ideology rather than performance-enhancing drugs.

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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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Gold trader says he never liked Turkish banker facing trial

NEW YORK (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.

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Trump lawyer denies Deutsche Bank got subpoena on Trump accounts

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (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 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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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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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 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 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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U.S. Special Counsel Mueller's office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

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Special Counsel Mueller's office has spent $3.2 million since May: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has spent about $3.2 million so far as part of its ongoing probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department revealed Tuesday in a report.

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BRIEF-OceanFirst Financial's Unit Gets Regulatory Approval From OCC To Merge With Sun National Bank

* OCEANFIRST FINANCIAL- ON DEC 4, CO'S UNIT GOT REGULATORY APPROVAL FROM OFFICE OF COMPTROLLER OF CURRENCY TO MERGE WITH SUN NATIONAL BANK -SEC FILING Source text : (http://bit.ly/2jgvuSZ) Further company coverage:

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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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Deutsche Bank gets subpoena from Mueller on Trump accounts: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has 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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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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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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BRIEF-Laurentian Bank Financial Group Reports Q4 Adjusted Earnings Per Share C$1.63

* Q4 REVENUE C$268 MILLION VERSUS I/B/E/S VIEW C$258.3 MILLION

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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 (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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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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BRIEF-Bank Of Nova Scotia Says BBVA Accepted Scotiabank's Offer To Buy 68.19 Pct Ownership In BBVA Chile For About $2.2 Bln

* BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA-BBVA ACCEPTED SCOTIABANK'S OFFER TO BUY ITS 68.19 PERCENT OWNERSHIP IN BBVA CHILE, FOR ABOUT $2.2 BILLION ​

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BRIEF-BBVA Accepts Offer From Bank Of Nova Scotia Over BBVA Chile

* SAYS ACCEPTED OFFER AND ENTERED INTO SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH BANK OF NOVA SCOTIA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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Russia's Promsvyazbank says it sold asset worth 8 bln roubles

MOSCOW, Dec 5 (Reuters) - Promsvyazbank (PSB), one of Russia's biggest private lenders, said on Tuesday its N1.1 capital ratio was expected to reach 7.4 pct as of January 1, 2018 after it sold an asset worth 8 billion roubles.

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BRIEF-Hardwoods Distribution ‍Estimates That About 11% Of Its Total Sales Is Product Imported From China That Would Be Subject To Trade Case​

* HARDWOODS ANNOUNCES UPDATE REGARDING US TRADE INVESTIGATION AGAINST CHINESE IMPORT PLYWOOD

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BRIEF-Independent Bank Corp To Acquire Traverse City State Bank For About $63.24 Mln

* INDEPENDENT BANK CORPORATION ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE TRAVERSE CITY STATE BANK

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Democrat takes aim at controversial capital rule disliked by big U.S. banks

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. senator wants to free the biggest U.S. lenders from having to hold capital against certain assets held at central banks, according to a document viewed by Reuters and a person familiar with it.

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BRIEF-AGF Reported Total Fee-Earning AUM Of $37.3 Billion As At Nov 30

* AGF MANAGEMENT LTD - REPORTED TOTAL FEE-EARNING ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT OF $37.3 BILLION AS AT NOVEMBER 30, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Analysis: GOP turnaround on Roy Moore was totally predictable

The path to the Republican Party's acceptance of Roy Moore was paved by one thing: Cold, hard political calculus. And math. So, two things.

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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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OPEC oil output falls in November to lowest since May

LONDON (Reuters) - OPEC oil output fell in November by 300,000 barrels per day (bpd) to its lowest since May, a Reuters survey found, pressured by a drop in Angolan and Iraqi exports, strong compliance with a supply cut deal and involunary declines.

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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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Shares of big U.S. banks jump as Senate approves tax overhaul

(Reuters) - Shares of the biggest U.S. banks rose on Monday, after the Senate approved a tax overhaul bill on Saturday, raising investor hopes that their earnings would get a boost from a significantly lower tax bill.

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Shares of big U.S. banks rise as Senate approves tax overhaul

(Reuters) - Shares of the biggest U.S. banks were higher after the Senate approved a tax overhaul bill on Saturday, which will provide significant tax cuts for businesses.

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Special Report: Hidden peril awaits China's banks as property binge fuels mortgage fraud frenzy

SHANGHAI/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - When Zhu Chenxia bought a flat early last year from Lei Yarong in the up-market Nanshan district of China's southern metropolis of Shenzhen, the two women drew up three purchase agreements to cover the deal.

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French bank Natixis bets on fixed-income, equity derivatives to grow Asia sales

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Natixis SA aims to boost Asia's share of its corporate and investment banking sales to more than 15 percent over the next couple of years, as the French bank expands in areas such as fixed-income and equity derivatives, its chief executive said.

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BRIEF-Inuitive and SoftBank to Collaborate on AI and IoT

* SOFTBANK GROUP CORP SAYS CO'S UNIT AND INUITIVE LTD AGREED TO COLLABORATE THROUGH DEVELOPMENT OF AI, DEEP LEARNING AND ADVANCED 3D SENSING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Confusion reigns as banks scramble to price FX, bond research under EU markets revamp

LONDON (Reuters) - How much are you worth? For the FX and bond analysts covering the world's biggest markets, how much to charge for their time and research remains in question just a month away from sweeping new rules that require fund managers to pay for these services.

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Former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafik meets lawyer in Cairo

CAIRO (Reuters) - Former Egyptian premier Ahmed Shafik met with his lawyer at a Cairo hotel on Sunday, the lawyer said, after his family said it feared he had been "kidnapped" following his arrival from the UAE after announcing his intention to run for president of Egypt.

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Whereabouts of Egyptian ex-PM unknown since deportation home: family

CAIRO (Reuters) - The family of former Egyptian prime minister Ahmed Shafik said on Sunday it has lost contact with him since they say he was deported from the United Arab Emirates to Cairo just days after announcing his intention to run for president next year.

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Qatar riyal stabilising in offshore market after c.bank pledge on dollar supply

DOHA, Dec 3 (Reuters) - Qatar's riyal is stabilising in offshore trade, recovering from several weeks of increasing volatility, after the central bank pledged to ensure liquidity in the foreign exchange market, commercial bankers said on Sunday.

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Tax Bill Offers Last-Minute Breaks for Developers, Banks and Oil Industry

In Senate Republicans’ mad dash to rewrite the tax code, lawmakers added loopholes for the wealthy and tightened deductions for middle-income workers.

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Voyager fires thrusters for first time since 1980

NASA scientists are able to fire up a set of thrusters on Voyager 1 for the first time since 1980, allowing the spacecraft to orient itself in interstellar space, 13 billion miles from Earth.

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BRIEF-Tortoise Energy Independence Fund Says As Of Nov. 30, Unaudited Total Assets Were About $255.3 Million

* TORTOISE ENERGY INDEPENDENCE FUND, INC. PROVIDES UNAUDITED PRELIMINARY BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION AND ASSET COVERAGE RATIO UPDATE AS OF NOV. 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Bryn Mawr Bank Corp Receives Regulatory Approval For The Acquisition Of Royal Bancshares Of Pennsylvania

* BRYN MAWR BANK CORPORATION RECEIVES REGULATORY APPROVAL FOR THE ACQUISITION OF ROYAL BANCSHARES OF PENNSYLVANIA, INC.

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Turkish gold trader testifies on bank executive's role in sham food sales

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales.

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Turkish gold trader testifies on bank exec's role in sham food sales

By Brendan Pierson NEW YORK, Dec 1 (Reuters) - A Turkish-Iranian gold trader testifying for U.S. prosecutors in a New York court on Friday gave his most detailed account yet of how he claims an executive of Turkey's state-owned Halkbank devised key parts of a plan to launder money for Iran through fake food sales. The executive, Mehmet Hakan Atilla, is on trial on charges that he took part in a scheme to violate U.S sanctions against Iran. The gold trader, Reza Zarrab, ple

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BRIEF-Mazda North American Reports Total November U.S. Sales Of 21,469 Vehicles, Down 2.6 Pct

* MAZDA NORTH AMERICAN SAYS REPORTED TOTAL NOVEMBER U.S. SALES OF 21,469 VEHICLES, DOWN 2.6 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX edges up as energy, bank stocks gain; miners weigh

TORONTO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher on Friday as banks and energy companies gained with higher oil prices and surprisingly robust domestic jobs data, while gold mining stocks pulled back.

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'Clash of Clans' maker Supercell banks on few games

HELSINKI (Reuters) - "Clash of Clans" maker Supercell will focus on a few mobile games and kill off those which it does not expect to become a top-10 global hit, its chief executive said on Friday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as miner losses offset by energy, bank gains

TORONTO, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Friday, as losses among gold miners and other materials stocks were offset by gains for energy and bank stocks with higher oil prices and after surprisingly robust domestic jobs data.

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BRIEF-Ford U.S. Sales Totaled 210,771 Vehicles For Nov, a 6.7 Pct Gain Over 2016‍​

* FORD SALES UP 6.7 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER; F-SERIES ACHIEVES BEST SALES IN 16 YEARS, WHILE FORD SUVS POST BRAND’S BEST NOVEMBER SALES IN 17 YEARS

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BRIEF-National Bank Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share Of $1.39

* NATIONAL BANK REPORTS ITS RESULTS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR-END OF 2017 AND RAISES ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY 3% TO 60 CENTS PER SHARE

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BRIEF-National Bank Increases The Dividend Of Its Common Shares

* NATIONAL BANK OF CANADA - ‍BOARD DECLARED INCREASE OF DIVIDEND ON COMMON SHARES FROM $0.58 TO $0.60 PER COMMON SHARE FOR QUARTER ENDING JAN 31, 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EMERGING MARKETS-Turkish lira, banks in fresh selloff on US trial fears

LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Turkish lira and bank stocks fell on Friday, extending losses and lagging other emerging markets after U.S. trial testimony implicated President Tayyip Erdogan in a plan to help Iran evade sanctions.

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RBS axes further 259 British branches as expands e-banking

LONDON (Reuters) - British state-owned Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) said on Friday it will close 259 branches and cut 680 jobs as it reduces costs and encourages customers to use online and mobile services.

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Erik Prince details Seychelles meeting with Russian banker

Blackwater founder Erik Prince testified to House lawmakers that he met the head of a Russian investment fund earlier this year -- but he insisted it was not part of an effort to set up a Russian backchannel with the Trump administration, multiple sources told CNN.

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BRIEF-VMware CFO expects total revenue for fiscal 2018 to be $7.88 Bln

* VMWARE CFO - EXPECT TOTAL REVENUE FOR FISCAL 2018 TO BE $7.88 BILLION AND LICENSE REVENUE FOR FISCAL '18 TO BE $3.16 BILLION - CONF CALL

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U.S.-based money market funds post $33 billion inflows, largest of 2017: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors poured $33 billion into U.S.-based money market funds during the week ended Nov. 29, the largest inflows of 2017, Lipper data showed on Thursday, in a sign that...

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BRIEF-Total Energy Services Announces Receipt Of Statement Of Claim

* TOTAL ENERGY SERVICES INC. ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF STATEMENT OF CLAIM

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Big U.S. banks in last-ditch push on regulatory relief bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Wall Street banks and big regional lenders are scrambling to secure changes to a U.S. Senate bill easing rules on smaller banks ahead of a key lawmaker meeting next week, several bank lobbyists told Reuters.

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WRAPUP 1-Canada's TD outshone by CIBC as banks brace for headwinds

TORONTO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Toronto-Dominion Bank and smaller rival CIBC rounded off a week of earnings announcements by Canadian banks on Thursday, reporting record profits, but they face headwinds in 2018 due to stricter mortgage rules and concerns about the potential for house price declines.

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Bikram hot yoga bankruptcy should be dismissed: U.S. Trustee

(Reuters) - The bankruptcy of hot yoga pioneer Bikram Choudhury Yoga Inc should be dismissed or converted to a Chapter 7 liquidation due to a failure to file required documents, according to papers filed by the U.S. Department of Justice's bankruptcy watchdog.

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U.S. regional banks delve deeper into advisory services to boost growth

(Reuters) - Squeezed by lower loan growth as interest rates finally begin to rise, regional U.S. banks have been giving more financial advice to mid-sized companies and affluent Americans to drive...

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Total starts up Antwerp refinery and petrochem complex after upgrade

PARIS, Nov 30 (Reuters) - French oil and gas company Total said on Thursday that production had resumed gradually at its 338,000 barrels-per-day refinery and petrochemical platform in Antwerp, Belgium after a $1 billion upgrade.

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Dow crosses 24,000 mark as banks climb, techs rebound

(Reuters) - The blue-chip Dow Jones index raced past the 24,000 mark for the first time on Thursday, propelled by further gains for bank stocks and a recovery in technology shares.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX up as energy stocks rally; TD Bank hit by earnings miss

TORONTO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, with energy shares rallying as hopes for a deal to extend output cuts pushed oil prices higher, while a miner sank on a lowered outlook and two big banks moved in opposite directions after reporting earnings.

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Israeli settler kills Palestinian in West Bank in what army calls response to rock-throwing

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli settler shot and killed a Palestinian man in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, in what the Israeli army said was a response to an attack by Palestinians throwing rocks, which Palestinians denied.

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BRIEF-NTN Buzztime Inc Enters Into Amended And Restated Loan And Security Agreement With East West Bank

* NTN BUZZTIME INC - ‍ON NOV 29, CO ENTERED INTO AN AMENDED AND RESTATED LOAN AND SECURITY AGREEMENT WITH EAST WEST BANK - SEC FILING​

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Banks face contract repapering rush to retain clients after Brexit

LONDON, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Banks in London are preparing to move hundreds of thousands of contracts they expect to be rendered invalid by Brexit to continental Europe, in a process known as "repapering", marking a major step in their adjustment plans.

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Turkey's Denizbank says did not collaborate with gold trader Zarrab

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkey's Denizbank said on Thursday it did not have any dealings with the shipping group owned by gold trader Reza Zarrab, who is testifying in a U.S. federal court after pleading guilty to conspiring to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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UPDATE 2-Canada's TD Bank results outshone by smaller rival CIBC

* CIBC fourth-quarter EPS C$2.81 vs forecast C$2.59 (Adds comment from TD executive, analyst)

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UPDATE 1-TD Bank posts quarterly earnings below market forecasts

TORONTO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Toronto-Dominion Bank reported fourth-quarter results on Thursday which were below market expectations, affected by a decline in revenues at its investment banking business.

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CORRECTED (OFFICIAL)-MOVES- JP Morgan, Citi Private Bank, VAM Funds, Brown Shipley (Nov. 29)

Nov 29 (Reuters) - The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Wednesday. To inform us of other job changes, email moves@thomsonreuters.com.

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BRIEF-FCB Financial Says Agreement With Floridian Community Bank, Includes A Termination Fee Of $3.1 Mln In Certain Circumstance

* FCB FINANCIAL HOLDINGS INC - AGREEMENT WITH FLORIDIAN COMMUNITY BANK, INCLUDES A TERMINATION FEE OF $3.1 MILLION IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCE - SEC FILING‍​ Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2jyfxqB) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Chevron, Total, PetroChina may develop Iraq's Majnoon oilfield

VIENNA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Chevron, Total and PetroChina may form a consortium to develop Iraq's Majnoon oilfield which Royal Dutch Shell wants to exit, Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said in Vienna on Thursday. Shell plans to exit Majnoon and hand over its operation to state-run Basra Oil Co. by the end of June 2018.

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BRIEF-TD Bank Group Q4 EPS C$1.42

* TD BANK GROUP REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2017 RESULTS

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TD Bank posts quarterly earnings below market forecasts

TORONTO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Toronto-Dominion Bank on Thursday reported fourth-quarter results which were below market expectations, affected by a decline in revenues at its investment banking business.

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Flipkart investors, employees trimming stakes as part of SoftBank deal: sources

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Some early Flipkart [IPO-FLPK.N] investors, employees and ex-employees are selling their shares in the Indian e-commerce firm as part of a $2.5 billion investment deal agreed with Japan's SoftBank Group , two people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Flipkart investors, employees trimming stakes as part of SoftBank deal -sources

* Current, former employees offered just over $85 apiece -sources

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UPDATE 1-U.S. trial threatens funding for Turkey's dollar-dependent banks

* Deputy PM promises do whatever necessary if banks affected (Updates Wednesday report with U.S. court case)

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Cumulus Media files for bankruptcy protection

Nov 29 (Reuters) - U.S. radio broadcaster Cumulus Media Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and said it has entered into a restructuring agreement with certain of its lenders to reduce more than $1 billion in debt.

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Softbank offers to buy more Flipkart shares at reduced $9 bln-$10 billion valuation: Mint

(Reuters) - Japan's Softbank Group Corp offered to buy an undisclosed number of shares in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart at a reduced valuation in the range of $9 billion to $10 billion, the Mint daily reported on Thursday.

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REFILE-Softbank offers to buy more Flipkart shares at reduced $9 bln-$10 bln valuation - Mint

Nov 30 (Reuters) - Japan's Softbank Group Corp offered to buy an undisclosed number of shares in Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart at a reduced valuation in the range of $9 billion to $10 billion, the Mint daily reported on Thursday.

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Bankrupt Breitburn gets U.S. court approval to pursue reorganization

Nov 29 (Reuters) - Breitburn Energy Partners LP can begin seeking creditor support for a reorganization plan that would split the bankrupt U.S. oil firm into two separate, creditor-owned companies, a U.S. court ruled on Wednesday.

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Brazil bankruptcy judge puts back Oi creditor meeting to Dec 19

BRASILIA, Nov 29 (Reuters) - The judge handling the bankruptcy restructuring of Brazilian telecoms Grupo Oi SA decided on Wednesday to postpone a meeting of creditors until Dec. 19 because stakeholders could not agree on key issues.

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BRIEF-United Security Bancshares Says Board Of Co, United Security Bank Voted To Increase Size Of Their Respective Boards From 10 To 11 Directors​

* UNITED SECURITY BANCSHARES- ‍ON NOV. 28, BOARD OF CO, UNITED SECURITY BANK VOTED TO INCREASE SIZE OF THEIR RESPECTIVE BOARDS FROM 10 TO 11 DIRECTORS​ Source text: [http://bit.ly/2AGgfgo] Further company coverage:

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Nasdaq falters as investors flee tech for banks

(Reuters) - The Nasdaq posted its biggest one-day drop in more than three months on Wednesday as investors fled high-flying technology stocks and shifted to banks and other pockets of the market that could benefit from improving economic conditions, lower regulations and taxes as well as higher interest rates.

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Nasdaq stumbles as bets shift from tech to banks

(Reuters) - The Nasdaq was on pace for its biggest one-day drop in more than three months on Wednesday as investors bailed out of high-flying tech stocks and shifted bets to banks and other pockets of the market that could benefit from improving economic conditions, lower regulations and taxes, and higher interest rates.

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BRIEF-Flagstar Bank Announces Enotes For Ewarehouse Lending

* SAYS ‍FLAGSTAR BANK IS ACCEPTING ENOTES TO FUND WAREHOUSE LENDING TRANSACTIONS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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MOVES- JP Morgan, Citi Private Bank, VAM Funds, Brown Shipley

Nov 29 (Reuters) - The following financial services industry appointments were announced on Wednesday. To inform us of other job changes, email moves@thomsonreuters.com.

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Turkey to do whatever necessary if banking sector affected by U.S. trial: Simsek

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek said on Wednesday Turkey will do whatever is necessary if its banking sector is affected by the U.S. trial of a Turkish bank executive in a case regarding a conspiracy to evade U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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Citi Private Bank appoints Andrew Keating as UK Private Banker

(Reuters) - Citi Private Bank (CPB), a unit of Citigroup Inc that caters to wealthy individuals and families, appointed Andrew Keating as UK Private Banker.

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Weatherbys Private Bank names associate director

(Reuters) - Weatherbys Private Bank appointed Henry Taylor as an associate director.