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BRIEF-Altona Mining ‍says Copper Mountain to buy Co for A$​93 mln

* ‍Copper Mountain to acquire Altona Mining for A$​93 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Galapagos says Albatross with GLPG2222 shows positive clinical results in CF patients

* REG-ALBATROSS WITH GLPG2222 SHOWS POSITIVE CLINICAL RESULTS IN CF PATIENTS

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IBM could be set for gains after long slump -Barron's

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp could be the next blue-chip company with a rising valuation, according to a report in financial publication Barron's.

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UPDATE 1-Avolon firms up deal for 75 Boeing jets, may order 20 more

HONG KONG/PARIS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Chinese-owned aircraft leasing company Avolon has firmed up an order for 75 Boeing airplanes and may order 20 more, its parent Bohai Capital said on Sunday.

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UPDATE 1-Natixis ups dividend payout target in new three-year plan

* To take part in asset management industry consolidation (Update with details, CEO comment)

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RPT-Wall St Week Ahead-Despite Amazon, brick stores are not dead yet

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Just in time for the Black Friday kick-off to holiday season shopping, stock market investors have been handed tools to bet on the decline of brick-and-mortar retail.

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Natixis ups dividend payout target in new three-year plan

PARIS, Nov 19 (Reuters) - France's fourth-biggest listed bank Natixis aims to grow revenue by five percent annually over the next three years and to return more than 60 percent of earnings to investors, it said on Sunday ahead of an investor day.

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From Las Vegas to Washington D.C., lobbyists swarm U.S. Congress on tax bill

WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Recreational vehicle retailers from across the country were sipping morning coffee at a convention in Las Vegas earlier this month when word whipped through the hotel's "dealers' lounge" that the U.S. Congress was considering tax law changes threatening their businesses.

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Avolon agrees to buy 75 Boeing aircraft, may order 20 more

HONG KONG, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Chinese aircraft leasing company Bohai Capital said on Sunday its Avolon Aerospace Leasing Ltd subsidiary had agreed to buy 55 B737 MAX 8 and 20 B737 MAX 10 aircraft from Boeing, and may order an additional 20 M737 MAX 8, with a total list value of around $11 billion.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Geopolitics weigh on region, UK sukuk ruling hits Dana Gas

DUBAI, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Middle Eastern stock markets generally fell on Sunday, weighed down by geopolitics and concern about Saudi Arabia's anti-corruption crackdown, while Dana Gas shares sank in Abu Dhabi because of a British High Court ruling on its Islamic bonds.

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BRIEF-Goldman Sachs to advise Jabal Omar on merger with Umm Al-Qura

* APPOINTS GOLDMAN SACHS SAUDI ARABIA AS FINANCIAL ADIVISER TO STUDY POTENTIAL MERGER WITH UMM AL-QURA DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION‍​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Bohai Capital's unit in deal to buy aircraft from Boeing

* Says unit Avolon Aerospace Leasing Limited signs contract to buy aircraft from Boeing Co

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Release of Indian film about Rajput queen delayed after protests

Nov 19 (Reuters) - The producers of "Padmavati" - a Bollywood movie based on an epic poem about a Rajput queen, said on Sunday they had indefinitely delayed the release of the film, which has been accused of distorting history and has sparked protests.

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Battered GE shares lure some buyers but worst may not be over

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric Co shares stabilized after a brutal slide last week sent the stock near six-year lows, but the worst may not be over.

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Adidas 'would have problem' with FIFA if it has broken law - Bild am Sonntag

FRANKFURT, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Adidas, a long-standing sponsor of FIFA, "would have a problem" with the global soccer body if it was found to have broken the law by a U.S. investigation into bribery, the company's chief executive told a German paper.

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Honda recalling 900,000 minivans because seats may tip forward

WASHINGTON, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Saturday that it was recalling about 900,000 minivans because second-row seats may tip forward if not properly latched after being adjusted.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Large U.S. farm study finds no cancer link to Monsanto weedkiller

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - A large long-term study on the use of the big-selling weedkiller glyphosate by agricultural workers in the United States has found no firm link between exposure to the pesticide and cancer, scientists said on Thursday.

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RPT-Pro-trade U.S. Republicans get nervous that NAFTA talks could fail

MEXICO CITY, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Pro-trade Republicans in the U.S. Congress are growing worried that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to quit the NAFTA free trade deal entirely rather than negotiate a compromise that preserves its core benefits.

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UPDATE 1-Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings

* Grasberg is world's second largest copper mine by volume (Adds Freeport's comment)

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Spain's Gas Natural sells Colombian distribution unit to Brookfield

MADRID, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Spain's Gas Natural said late on Friday it had agreed to sell the 59.1 percent stake it owns in its Colombian retail distribution unit to infrastructures fund Brookfield Infrastructure for 482 million euros ($568 million.

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UPDATE 2-SouthGobi Resources says CEO arrested in China

* Aminbuhe arrested on Oct. 11, detained in Rizhao - SouthGobi

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Slavery Ensnares Thousands in U.K. Here’s One Teenage Girl’s Story.

Across Britain, vulnerable adults and children — both citizens and migrants — have become victims of modern slavery. A teenager trapped by a drug gang tells what happened to her.

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Moody's withdraws RCom's credit rating after missed payment

MUMBAI, Nov 18 (Reuters) - Rating agency Moody's said on Friday it has withdrawn its credit rating on Reliance Communications, as it considers the Indian telecom operator to be in default for missing an interest payment on its bonds that was due last week.

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Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings - sources

TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 18 (Reuters) - U.S. miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc is evacuating spouses and children of workers from its giant Indonesian copper mine after a string of shootings in the area raised security concerns, company sources said.

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CORRECTED-Shiekh Shoes owner says retailer seeks financing to avoid bankruptcy

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - U.S. sneaker seller Shiekh Shoes LLC is searching for financing to avoid bankruptcy, its owner Shiekh Ellahi said on Friday, as increasing online competition has caused major upheaval for brick-and-mortar retail chains.

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China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push

BEIJING, Nov 18 (Reuters) - China Citic Bank Corp and search engine giant Baidu Inc launched on Saturday a direct banking joint venture, dubbed AiBank, to capitalise on China's rapidly growing fintech sector.

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Shiekh Shoes owner says retailer seeks financing to avoid bankruptcy

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - U.S. sneaker seller Shiekh Shoes LLC is searching for financing to avoid bankruptcy, its owner Shiekh Ellahi said on Friday, as increasing online competition has caused major upheaval for brick-and-mortar retail chains.

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BRIEF-Oroco suspends proposed private placement

* ‍Company is suspending private placement pending intended acquisition of certain mineral concessions in Mexico​

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BRIEF-Greenfields Petroleum Corp qtrly loss per share of $0.01‍​

* Greenfields Petroleum Corporation announces financial results and operating highlights for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017

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Verizon close to announcing digital streaming deal with NFL- Bloomberg

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Verizon Communications Inc, no. 1 U.S. wireless carrier, is close to a new deal with the National Football League for digital streaming rights, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Matrrix reports Q3 share loss $0.02 per share

* Says qtrly loss per share $0.02‍​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-U.S. rejects Ford petition to delay recall of 3 million vehicles

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday it was rejecting a petition by Ford Motor Co to delay recalling about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective air bag inflators to conduct additional testing.

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Pro-trade U.S. Republicans get nervous that NAFTA talks could fail

MEXICO CITY, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Pro-trade Republicans in the U.S. Congress are growing worried that U.S. President Donald Trump may try to quit the NAFTA free trade deal entirely rather than negotiate a compromise that preserves its core benefits.

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Global banks flag concerns over U.S. Senate tax proposal

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Global banks raised concerns on Friday over a provision in the U.S. Senate tax bill aimed at cracking down on tax avoidance by multinational corporations that they said could hurt the banking industry.

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Business jets risk U.S. pilot shortage on competition from airlines

MONTREAL, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Business jet operators, already offering double digit raises to attract pilots, could face a labor shortfall in North America as they compete with U.S. airlines for talent, executives and analysts said.

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UPDATE 5-Wells Fargo consumer lending head axed after disparaging regulators -source

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co announced on Friday it fired its head of consumer lending, a move that people familiar with the matter said was because he disparaged a bank regulator to a fired employee.

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Affinion seeks to sell AD&D unit to cut debt -sources

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Affinion Group Holdings Inc, a U.S. provider of loyalty programs and insurance products, is exploring a sale of its accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) business as it seeks to trim its debt pile, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Genghis S.á.r.l. acquires 18.5 mln shares of Taiga Building Products

* Genghis S.á.r.l. acquires shares of Taiga Building Products Ltd. under exchange offer

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BRIEF-PrimeEnergy Corporation Q3 shr loss $1.22‍​

* PrimeEnergy Corp qtrly revenues ‍$17.2 million versus $16.5 million ​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Crown Point announces operating and financial results for three and nine months ended september 30, 2017​

* Says estimates total of $9.8 million of capital expenditures for Q4 2017 and fiscal 2018 ​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso up on NAFTA talks, uncertainty over U.S. tax cuts

(Updates prices) SAO PAULO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso firmed on Friday amid expectations that ongoing NAFTA talks in Mexico City would adopt a slightly more deliberative tone than in the past and focus on low-impact issues. The peso, up 0.64 percent on the day, was also lifted by a weaker dollar that sank on mounting uncertainty over major tax cuts sought by U.S. President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress. Late on Thursday, Reuters reported that Canada is

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BRIEF-Western Digital announces prepayment of €874 mln of Euro term B loans

* Western Digital announces prepayment of €874 mln of Euro term B loans

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UPDATE 1-Bunge scraps deal for controlling stake in Grupo Minsa

Nov 17 (Reuters) - U.S. agricultural commodities trader Bunge Ltd said Friday it has terminated a deal for a controlling stake in Mexican corn miller Grupo Minsa SAB de CV , an acquisition that would have made Bunge the top grain miller in Mexico.

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BRIEF-WGL Holdings reports Q4 results

* Says qtrly total operating revenue $429.1 million versus $459.9 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Petro Vista completes announces management and board change

* Petro Vista completes announces management and board change

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BRIEF-Clarocity Corp announces Q3 loss per share $0.02‍​

* Clarocity Corporation announces Q3 2017 financial results and debt facility

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Nordic Capital, KKR vying for Sandvik's U.S. unit Hyperion -sources

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Buyout firms Nordic Capital and KKR & Co are competing to acquire Hyperion, a U.S. manufacturer of metal cutting and drilling equipment owned by Swedish engineering company Sandvik AB, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Missouri limits use of weed killer linked to crop damage

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Missouri will limit the use of a weed killer made by BASF SE after farmers complained the chemical drifted and harmed their crops, following a move by Arkansas to prohibit sprayings next year of the herbicide and rival products.

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UPDATE 3-Keystone pipeline spill pushes oil higher, fuels TransCanada opponents

CALGARY, Alberta/LINCOLN, Neb., Nov 17 (Reuters) - A major oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota helped push U.S. crude prices higher on Friday, while fueling opposition to another pipeline project by owner TransCanada Corp that faces a crunch decision in Nebraska next week.

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UPDATE 2-Canada's CN Rail on hiring spree as shipments surge

WINNIPEG, Manitoba/MONTREAL, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Canadian National Railway Co plans to extend a major hiring spree into next year as Canada's biggest freight railroad scrambles to handle surging shipments and fill vacancies, a company official said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Bandera Master Fund L.P. reports 9.5 pct stake in Rubicon Technology as of Nov 16

* Bandera Master Fund L.P. reports 9.5 pct stake in Rubicon Technology Inc as of Nov 16 - SEC Filing

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BRIEF-‍Bandera Partners LLC reports a 5.1 pct stake in Luby's Inc as of Nov 14

* ‍Bandera Partners LLC reports a 5.1 percent stake in luby's inc as of November 14 - SEC Filing​

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UPDATE 1-Goldman wins dismissal of lawsuit in U.S. over ties to Malaysia leader

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has won the dismissal of a $510 million lawsuit in New York brought by a private equity firm that accused the Wall Street bank of shortchanging it in a merger to "curry favor" with Malaysia's prime minister.

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UPDATE 3-Raytheon gets OK for $10.5 bln Patriot sale to Poland -Pentagon

Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department approved a possible $10.5 billion sale of Raytheon Co's Patriot missile defense system to Poland, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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BRIEF-UQM Technologies says files for resale of up to 30 million shares of common‍​ stock by the selling stockholder

* UQM Technologies Inc - files for resale of up to 30 million shares of common‍​ stock by the selling stockholder - SEC Filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2APxqsb) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-CVR Refining LP says co, Coffeyville Finance, CVR Refining LLC among others entered amendment no. 1 to amended and restated ABL credit agreement​

* CVR Refining LP-‍on Nov 14, co,Coffeyville Finance, CVR Refining LLC among others entered amendment no. 1 to amended and restated ABL credit agreement​

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BRIEF-New Residential Investment says co, 3 units, Deutsche Bank National Trust, others amended series 2015-VF1 indenture supplement

* New Residential Investment says ‍on Nov 15, co, 3 units, Deutsche Bank National Trust, others amended series 2015-VF1 indenture supplement - SEC Filing

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Goldman wins dismissal of lawsuit in U.S. over Malaysia ties

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has won the dismissal of a $510 million lawsuit in New York by a private equity firm that accused the Wall Street bank of shortchanging it in a merger to curry favor with Malaysia's prime minister.

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BRIEF-Visteon says entered amendment no. 3 to its credit agreement, dated as of Apr 9, 2014

* Visteon Corp - ‍on Nov 14, co entered amendment no. 3 to its credit agreement, dated as of April 9, 2014 - SEC Filing​

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UPDATE 8-Oil rises over 2 pct, but shows first weekly fall in six

* TransCanada's Keystone pipeline remains shut after leak (Updates with settlement price, CFTC data)

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UPDATE 4-J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart climb aboard Tesla's electric truck

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Friday got high-profile orders from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and fleet operator J.B. Hunt for its future electric truck, but would-be customers indicated they are giving the big rig a try, not buying in volume.

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BRIEF-First Horizon and Capital Bank agree to sell 2 branches to Apex Bank

* First Horizon and Capital Bank agree to sell 2 branches to Apex Bank Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Caesars Entertainment says units ‍ are each extending early payment deadline, withdrawal time and expiration date for their cash tender offers​

* Caesars Entertainment Corp - units ‍ are each extending early payment deadline, withdrawal time and expiration date for their cash tender offers​

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BRIEF-Territorial Bancorp declares special dividend

* Territorial Bancorp Inc - ‍board of directors has declared a special cash dividend of $0.30 per share payable on December 20, 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-BlackBerry COO resigns to deal with family issues -source

TORONTO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard has resigned from the Canadian software company, effective Dec. 1, to help family members deal with health issues, a person familiar with the plans told Reuters on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-BlackBerry COO Beard resigns to deal with family health issues -source

TORONTO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard has resigned from the Canadian software company, effective Dec. 1, to help family members deal with health issues, a person familiar with the plans told Reuters on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Raytheon gets OK for $10.5 bln Patriot sale to Poland -Pentagon

Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department approved a possible $10.5 billion sale of Raytheon Co's Patriot missile defense system to Poland, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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BRIEF-GREEN PLAINS SAYS ‍ON NOV 16, UNIT ENTERED AMENDMENT TO CREDIT FACILITY LED BY BANK OF THE WEST

* GREEN PLAINS - ‍ON NOV 16, UNIT ENTERED AMENDMENT TO ITS SENIOR SECURED ASSET-BASED REVOLVING CREDIT FACILITY WITH GROUP OF LENDERS LED BY BANK OF THE WEST

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Venezuela's crude sales to the U.S. rose in Oct but remained low

HOUSTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude exports to the United States recovered in October from the previous month but were still the third lowest in 2017, according to Thomson Reuters trade flows data.

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UPDATE 4-Wells Fargo consumer lending head axed after disparaging regulators -source

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co fired Franklin Codel, its head of consumer lending, over a conversation he had with a former employee about compensation in which he disparaged U.S. regulators, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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Canadian grocery chain Loblaw says has ordered 25 Tesla electric trucks

TORONTO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Canadian grocery chain Loblaw Cos has placed an order for 25 of Tesla Inc's new electric heavy duty trucks, a Loblaw spokeswoman said in a statement sent by email.

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Raytheon gets OK for $10.5 bln Patriot sale to Poland -Pentagon

Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department approved a possible $10.5 billion sale of Raytheon Co's Patriot missile defense system to Poland, the Pentagon said on Friday.

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BlackBerry COO Beard resigns to deal with family health issues -source

TORONTO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard has resigned from the Canadian software company, effective Dec. 1, to help family members deal with health issues, a person familiar with the plans told Reuters on Friday.

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BRIEF-FDA approves remote feature to program Cochlear implants

* Says approved remote feature for follow-up programming sessions for Nucleus Cochlear implant system through telemedicine platform

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Jesse Jackson Announces He Has Parkinson’s Disease

The longtime civil rights leader said he plans to make “lifestyle changes” but will not allow the disease to interfere with his advocacy work.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. dollar, Wall St fall with tax overhaul in focus

* Wall St off, weighed by tax uncertainty ahead of Thanksgiving

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U.S. rejects Ford petition to delay recall of 3 million vehicles

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday it was rejecting a petition by Ford Motor Co to delay recall of about 3 million vehicles with potentially defective air bag inflators to conduct additional testing.

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US STOCKS-Wall St set to end week on whimper as tax changes mulled

* Indexes down: Dow 0.41 pct, S&P 500 0.17 pct, Nasdaq 0.06 pct (Updates to late afternoon)

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As Canada prepares for legal pot, ex-cops get into the business

TORONTO (Reuters) - A former Canadian police chief and several colleagues who fought against making marijuana use legal have switched sides and embraced the looming legalization of cannabis with a leap into business.

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UPDATE 2-South Dakota pipeline spill will take months to clean up

CALGARY, Alberta/LINCOLN, Nebraska, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The crude oil spill on the Keystone pipeline in South Dakota will take months to clean up, a state official said on Friday, just days before Nebraska was due to decide on another pipeline project by the owner, TransCanada Corp.

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German watchdog drops inquiry into HNA, Qatar over Deutsche Bank -source

FRANKFURT, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Germany's financial watchdog will take no action after ending an investigation into whether China's HNA and Qatar's royal family were working together on their investments in Deutsche Bank, a person familiar with the matter said.

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U.S. agency approves AT&T drone in Puerto Rico for cellular service

Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday said it had approved a request by AT&T Inc to use a new drone known as the Flying Cow or Cell on Wings to help restore cellular service in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

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BRIEF-Players Network enters confidential settlement with Comcast

* Says recently entered confidential settlement with Comcast, resulting in termination of litigation with Comcast described in co's filings‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2zQJryd) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 7-Oil rises over 2 pct, still set for first weekly fall in 6

* Russia seen to be hesitating over extending global output curbs

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No date set yet for Keystone pipeline restart - TransCanada spokesman

CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 17 (Reuters) - No date has been set yet for a restart of TransCanada Corp's Keystone pipeline, which was shut down on Thursday after a 5,000-barrel crude oil leak in South Dakota, a company spokesman said on Friday.

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BRIEF-UNITED STATES LIME & MINERALS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF REPURCHASE PROGRAM

* UNITED STATES LIME & MINERALS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF REPURCHASE PROGRAM

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UPDATE 3-Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.

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BRIEF-Public Service Enterprise Group Inc files for potential mixed shelf offering

* Public Service Enterprise Group Inc files for potential mixed shelf offering - SEC filing‍​ Source text (http://bit.ly/2zQI3eK) Further company coverage:

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Saudi Kingdom Holding plans to sell two hotels in Beirut - sources

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian investment firm Kingdom Holding plans to sell its stakes in the Moevenpick Hotel and Four Seasons Hotel in Beirut, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday.

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BRIEF-CINCINNATI FINANCIAL DECLARES REGULAR QUARTERLY AND SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

* CINCINNATI FINANCIAL CORPORATION DECLARES REGULAR QUARTERLY AND SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-TITAN MEDICAL ANNOUNCES FILING OF AMENDED, RESTATED PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS

* TITAN MEDICAL ANNOUNCES FILING OF AMENDED AND RESTATED PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS

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BRIEF-Agnico Eagle Mines files for mixed shelf of up to $500 mln

* Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd files for mixed shelf of up to $500 million - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2zPJIRO) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Equifax to meet investors in Boston and Baltimore

* Says ‍executives will discuss company's Q3 2017 performance as well as strategic outlook for 2017​

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U.S. oil drilling rig count holds steady this week -Baker Hughes

Nov 17 (Reuters) - U.S. energy companies kept the oil rig count unchanged this week, General Electric Co's Baker Hughes energy services firm said on Friday, as some analysts expect a gradual decline in overall rigs in the fourth quarter and in 2018. The rig count , an early indicator of future output, held at 738 in the week to Nov. 17, still much higher than 471 rigs a year ago as energy companies boosted spending plans for 2017 as crude started recovering f

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UPDATE 2-Puerto Rico utility head resigns after slow Hurricane Maria response

NEW YORK, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following criticism of the slow restoration of power to the island after Hurricane Maria, the U.S. territory's governor said.

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US STOCKS-Wall St slips on worries over tax plan's progress

* Twenty-First Century Fox jumps on signs of takeover interest

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BRIEF-CTI INDUSTRIES SAYS TIMOTHY PATTERSON TENDERED HIS RESIGNATION AS CFO

* CTI INDUSTRIES CORP SAYS ‍EFFECTIVE NOV 15, TIMOTHY PATTERSON TENDERED HIS RESIGNATION AS CFO - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2j5ERUu) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-DISCOVERY STOCKHOLDERS APPROVES SERIES C COMMON STOCK ISSUANCE TO SCRIPPS NETWORKS

* DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS SAYS STOCKHOLDERS APPROVED SERIES C COMMON STOCK ISSUANCE TO SCRIPPS NETWORKS SHAREHOLDERS AS CONSIDERATION FOR MERGER Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mC5OUT) Further company coverage:

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South Dakota pipeline spill hits TransCanada shares, Canada crude price

CALGARY, Alberta/LINCOLN, Nebraska (Reuters) - Canadian heavy crude prices and TransCanada Corp shares slid on Friday, the day after the Keystone pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota as officials in Nebraska mulled whether to approve another pipeline proposed by the company.

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BRIEF-MONSTER DIGITAL ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF OFFERS TO AMEND AND EXERCISE WARRANTS

* MONSTER DIGITAL INC ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF OFFERS TO AMEND AND EXERCISE WARRANTS

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UPDATE 1-South Dakota pipeline spill hits TransCanada shares, Canada crude price

CALGARY, Alberta/LINCOLN, Nebraska Nov 17 (Reuters) - C anadian heavy crude prices and TransCanada Corp shares slid on Friday, the day after the Keystone pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in South Dakota as officials in Nebraska mulled whether to approve another pipeline proposed by the company.

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BRIEF-TransCanada says needs U.S. approval to restart shut Keystone pipeline

* Says needs approval from U.S. authorities to restart Keystone pipeline shut after spill in Amherst, South Dakota Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Ethan Lou)

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UPDATE 3-J.B. Hunt, Wal-Mart climb aboard Tesla's electric truck

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc and big truck fleet operator J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc said on Friday they will order Tesla Inc's electric semi trucks, boosting the Silicon Valley automaker's effort to expand its reach beyond luxury cars and solar energy systems.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. dollar, Wall St fall as tax reform in focus

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2017 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Updates with U.S. trading, changes byline, previous dateline LONDON)

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Financial firms stall settlement talks amid U.S. consumer watchdog upheaval

* Prospect of Trump appointee puts firms on enforcement front foot

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UPDATE 2-UK court finds for Dana Gas creditors in $700 mln Islamic bond case

* Bondholders call for negotiated settlement (Adds Dana statement, context)

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Toback accuser shares painful details of alleged encounter

Erin Thompson typed furiously, unleashing a torrent of painful memories onto the page.

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WRAPUP 2-U.S. housing starts vault to one-year high; permits increase

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding jumped to a one-year high in October as disruptions caused by recent hurricanes in the South faded and communities in the region started replacing houses damaged by flooding.

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac prices $279 mln offering of ‍ML-03 certificates

* Freddie Mac prices $279 million offering of guaranteed tax-exempt ml certificates

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US STOCKS-Wall St slips on doubts about tax plan's progress

* Twenty-First Century Fox jumps on signs of takeover interest

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BRIEF-Apple says need a little more time before HomePod is ready for customers

* Apple says need a little more time before HomePod is ready for co's customers

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BRIEF-Zhejiang Yinlun Machinery to supply cooler to General Motors

* Says it receives contract from U.S. General Motors Co and SAIC General Motors Corp to supply cooler from 2021

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UPDATE 3-Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Codel

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co has fired its head of consumer lending over unsuitable communications he had with a former employee, the bank said on Friday, the latest upheaval at a lender roiled by scandal for more than a year.

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BRIEF-Apple to delay HomePod speaker system until "early 2018"- CNBC‍​

* Apple to delay HomePod speaker system until "early 2018"- CNBC‍​

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German court releases on bail ex-Audi manager in emissions inquiry

MUNICH, Nov 17 (Reuters) - A former Audi manager is being released following his arrest earlier this year on suspicion of fraud and false advertising in connection with the carmaker's emissions scandal, a spokesman for Munich's higher regional court said on Friday.

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Fox shares rise on signs of more takeover interest

(Reuters) - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc shares were up 3 percent in trading on Friday after sources said both Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc were interested in buying parts of its studio and TV operations.

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BRIEF-Manitowoc announces 1-for-4 reverse stock split

* The Manitowoc Company Inc announces 1-for-4 reverse stock split

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BRIEF-Rite aid announces senior management changes in category management

* Rite Aid announces senior management changes in category management

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BRIEF-VBL therapeutics prices 2.5 mln ordinary share offering

* VBL Therapeutics prices 2.5 million ordinary share offering

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BRIEF-Bombardier recruits to fill positions for completion work on Global 7000 aircraft​

* Says ‍actively recruiting to fill about 1,000 new positions in Montréal over next 18 months for completion work on its Global 7000 aircraft​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Ancora Advisors LLC reports 5.20 pct stake in PFSWEB Inc as on NOV. 16

* Ancora advisors LLC reports 5.20 percent stake in PFSWEB Inc as on nov. 16 - SEC filing

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BRIEF-Level Brands shares open about 14 pct below IPO price in debut

* Level Brands shares open at $5.16 in debut on The NYSE versus IPO price of $6.00 per share Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Broadcom closes $5.5 billion Brocade deal

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it closed its acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc, giving it a larger share of the data center products market.

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UPDATE 1-Regulators must focus on risks, not specific firms -U.S. Treasury

WASHINGTON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday regulators should closely monitor risk across the whole financial system, rather than singling out large non-bank financial firms for tougher scrutiny.

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UPDATE 4-Two killed as Kenyan police disperse supporters cheering opposition leader

* Odinga's convoy was trying to reach Nairobi business district

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GE shares rise after CEO Flannery buys stock

(Reuters) - Shares of General Electric Co opened higher on Friday after Chief Executive John Flannery disclosed that he bought 60,000 shares of the industrial conglomerate's stock.

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UPDATE 5-Oil climbs, but still set for first weekly fall in six

* Russia seen to be hesitating over extending global output curbs

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Heineken, Coke distributors start Brazil arbitration in Feb -Valor

SAO PAULO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Heineken NV and Brazilian distributors for Coca-Cola Co will begin arbitration in February regarding a distribution contract that the Dutch brewer decided to end this year, according to a Friday report by newspaper Valor Economico.

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BRIEF-Manitex International receives NASDAQ continued listing notice

* Manitex International Inc. receives NASDAQ continued listing notice Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-InZinc announces up to $2 million private placement

* InZinc Mining Ltd - ‍intends to complete a non-brokered private placement of up to 20 million units at a price of $0.10 per unit​

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as energy stocks recover; heading for weekly loss

TORONTO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose in early trade on Friday as higher oil prices helped its heavyweight energy sector recover from sharp losses earlier in the week.

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BRIEF-Cardtronics appoints ‍Gary Ferrera as CFO

* Cardtronics Plc - Appoints ‍Gary Ferrera as chief financial officer, effective November 28, 2017​

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BRIEF-Black Box Corp announces Joel Trammell as CEO

* Black Box Corp - ‍Joel T. Trammell replacing E.C. Sykes, who is retiring​, as CEO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Lumos Networks completes sale to EQT Infrastructure

* Lumos Networks completes sale to EQT Infrastructure Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Amgen launches Enbrel Mini with Autotouch in U.S.

* Amgen launches the Enbrel Mini single-dose prefilled cartridge with autotouch reusable autoinjector that is ergonomically designed for patients

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P, Dow open lower as health, tech stocks weigh

Nov 17 (Reuters) - The Dow and the S&P 500 opened lower on Friday, led by losses in healthcare and technology stocks.

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Fox shares jump on signs of more takeover interest

(Reuters) - Twenty-First Century Fox Inc shares jumped 8 percent in premarket trading on Friday after sources said both Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc were also interested in buying parts of its studio and TV operations.

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BRIEF-DSM acquires Brazilian production facility from Amyris

* DSM expands strategic alliance with Amyris and acquires Brazilian production facility from Amyris

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Franklin Codel

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Friday Franklin Codel, a senior executive vice president and head of its consumer lending organization, has been dismissed, effective immediately.

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METALS-Nickel gains capped by caution over high inventories

* Copper, nickel set to end week lower (Adds official prices)

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BRIEF-Align Technology ‍announced an agreement with GlideWell Dental to distribute Itero Element​

* Align Technology expands distribution for Itero Element(R)and enhances same-day dental restorations with GlideWell Dental

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BRIEF-Cerecor announces leadership changes

* Cerecor Inc - ‍Interim Chief Executive Officer John Kaiser and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Ronald Marcus stepping down​

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BRIEF-General Electric CEO John Flannery reports open market purchase of 60,000 shares of co's common stock on Nov 15 at $18.27 per share

* General Electric Co CEO John L. Flannery reports open market purchase of 60,000 shares of co's common stock on November 15 at $18.27per share - SEC Filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2j1qEbq] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Emerita Resources announces $3 mln private placement

* Emerita Resources Corp - ‍Announces $3 million private placement at a price per unit of $0.10​

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BRIEF-SenesTech announces pricing of public offering of common stock and warrants to purchase common stock

* SenesTech announces pricing of public offering of common stock and warrants to purchase common stock

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BRIEF-Celldex Therapeutics initiates phase 2 combination study of CDX-3379 and Cetuximab in head and neck squamous cell Carcinoma

* Celldex Therapeutics Inc initiates phase 2 combination study of CDX-3379 and Cetuximab in head and neck squamous cell Carcinoma Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Universal Security Instruments Q2 loss per share $0.07

* Universal Security Instruments reports second-quarter results

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BRIEF-Manitok Energy updates on acquisition of Questfire Energy assets

* Manitok Energy Inc. updates on the acquisition of questfire energy inc.'s assets

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BRIEF-Advanced Accelerator Applications reports qtrly loss per share EUR​ ‍0.26

* Advanced Accelerator Applications reports 39% sales growth for third quarter 2017

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BRIEF-Vara and Ebix form JV

* Vara and Ebix announce joint venture, to address it & BPO outsourcing in the financial & insurance sector in India

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UPDATE 2-BNP damps down Commerzbank tie-up talk, says just friends

* Cerberus has sparked talk of German bank mergers (Adds Cryan comments on banking consolidation)

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BRIEF-Ossen Innovation Q2 earnings per share $0.06

* Ossen Innovation announces unaudited financial results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Abercrombie & Fitch reports ‍comparable sales for Q3 up 4 pct

* Q3 adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share $0.30 excluding items

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures edge higher as oil rises; inflation data eyed

Nov 17 (Reuters) - Futures pointed to a slightly higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Friday amid a rise in oil prices and ahead of monthly inflation data.

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China sets sweeping new rules to regulate $15 trillion asset management products

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank on Friday issued sweeping guidelines to tighten rules on asset management business, the latest step by Beijing to fend off systemic risks in the country's...

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Flat tyre? China bike sharing boom shows signs of strain

SHANGHAI, Nov 17 (Reuters) - China's bike sharing bubble is showing signs of strain, after the country's third largest firm said it was going under.

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BRIEF-Autoweb says co entered into a tax benefit preservation plan exemption agreement with Piton Capital Partners

* Autoweb says ‍on Nov 15, co entered into a tax benefit preservation plan exemption agreement with Piton Capital Partners Llc - SEC filing​ Source text: [http://bit.ly/2zK711T] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Copper Fox Metals announces update on Carmax share consolidation

* Copper Fox Metals Inc announces update on Carmax share consolidation

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BRIEF-Diana Containerships reports Q3 revenue of $6.7 million

* Diana Containerships Inc reports financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Alaska Air Group says Oct 2017 rpms was 4.37 bln, up 11.0 pct

* Alaska Air Group Inc - ‍October 2017 rpms was 4.37 billion, up 11.0 percent

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BRIEF-Tuniu ‍estimates Q3 non-GAAP net income of RMB35.0 mln to RMB40.0 mln​

* Tuniu announces management change and preliminary results for the third quarter of 2017

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport copper mine

JAKARTA/TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.

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China sets sweeping new rules to regulate asset management products

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank on Friday issued sweeping guidelines to tighten rules on asset management business, the latest step by Beijing to fend off systemic risks in the country's...

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BRIEF-CBS Corp announces preliminary results of CBS Radio exchange offer

* CBS Corporation announces preliminary results of CBS Radio exchange offer

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BRIEF-U.S. Concrete - ‍Polaris Materials shares expected to be delisted from Toronto Stock Exchange

* US Concrete Inc - ‍Polaris Materials Corp common shares are expected to be delisted from Toronto Stock Exchange on or about November 20, 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-‍Moody's concludes review and downgrades Omantel to Baa3, outlook stable​

* ‍Moody's concludes review and downgrades Omantel to Baa3; outlook stable​

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UPDATE 1-SAP sees margins flattening out in fourth quarter - CFO

BARCELONA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Europe's biggest technology company SAP expects profit margins to flatten out during the fourth quarter after three years of declines, with improving margins to begin to show up in 2018, Chief Financial Officer Luka Mucic said on Friday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks claw back losses but set for second weekly fall

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - World stocks continued to claw back losses on Friday after spending much of the week in the red, boosted by signs of progress in U.S. tax reform and strong corporate results.

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Jaguar Land Rover tests first driverless vehicle on public roads

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Britain's biggest automaker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), has tested its first driverless car on public roads, it said on Friday, as carmakers race against each other and tech firms to tap into new technologies.

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UPDATE 1-Ukraine lawmaker: several candidates for central bank chief

KIEV, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The acting governor of Ukraine's central bank, Yakiv Smoliy, and the head of Raiffeisen Bank's local unit are among candidates for the role of central bank governor, Interfax Ukraine quoted lawmaker Ihor Kononenko as saying on Friday.

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BRIEF-GDS Holdings says ‍full amount of its outstanding $150 mln bonds converted into shares by bond holders​

* ‍FULL AMOUNT OF ITS OUTSTANDING $150 MILLION CONVERTIBLE BONDS VOLUNTARILY CONVERTED INTO ORDINARY SHARES BY BOND HOLDERS​

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks track U.S. gains, India shines

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Earnings-driven gains on Wall Street pushed emerging stock markets higher on Friday, with Indian assets racing ahead following a ratings upgrade.

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EU watchdog tightens grip over use of foreign credit ratings

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The European Union's markets watchdog has tightened its grip over the use of credit ratings compiled outside the bloc in a taste of what the "Big Three" ratings agencies in London face after Brexit.

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RPT-Soros, Cohen among big name investors betting on Argentine startups

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The founder of mobile banking startup Uala, Pierpaolo Barbieri, says that just a few years ago big name investors would never have put their money in early stage companies like his in Argentina.

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BRIEF-Fang reports qtrly ‍fully diluted earnings per ADS $0.03​

* Q3 revenue $112.2 million versus I/B/E/S view $105.4 million

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U.S. car maker Ford to invest over 750 mln euros in Valencia plant

MADRID, Nov 17 (Reuters) - U.S. car manufacturer Ford announced on Friday it would invest more than 750 million euros ($885 million) in its Spanish plant in the eastern region of Valencia to produce the new model of its Kuga SUV.

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China's central bank tightens guidelines on asset management products

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's central bank issued on Friday draft guidelines to tighten regulations on financial institutions' asset management business, a key component of the country's rampantly...

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Board of Brazil's Light approves 100 mln reais in debentures

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Light's board approved the issuance of 100 million reais ($30.54 million) in debentures with a term of two years for its subsidiary Light Energia, the Brazilian utility said early on Friday.

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Ukraine MP: acting governor in running for cbank chief - IFX Ukraine

KIEV, Nov 17 (Reuters) - The acting governor of Ukraine's central bank, Yakiv Smoliy, and the head of Raiffeisen bank's Ukrainian unit Volodymyr Lavrenchuk are being considered for the role of central bank governor, Interfax Ukraine reported lawmaker Ihor Kononenko as saying on Friday.

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BRIEF-Real Industry and Real Alloy’S U.S. Operations initiate chapter 11 proceedings

* REAL INDUSTRY AND REAL ALLOY’S U.S. OPERATIONS INITIATE CHAPTER 11 PROCEEDINGS

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BRIEF-OMV is strategic partner of IONITY‍​

* IS STRATEGIC FILLING STATION NETWORK PARTNER FOR THE COUNTRIES AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY AND SLOVENIA Source text - http://bit.ly/2jwZ8Gv Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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SAP sees margins flattening out in fourth quarter - CFO

BARCELONA, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Business software company SAP sees the potential for profit margins to hit bottom during the fourth quarter after three years of declines, with improving profits to begin to show up in 2018, Chief Financial Officer Luka Mucic said on Friday.

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UPDATE 6-Moody's gives Modi a boost by raising India's sovereign bond rating

* Other global rating agencies unlikely to follow suit - economist (Adds finmin comments, upgrades for banks, graphic)

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Indonesia evacuates villagers after shootings near Freeport mine

JAKARTA/TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Indonesia on Friday began evacuating villages that authorities said had been occupied by armed separatists after a string of shootings near the giant Grasberg copper mine operated by Freeport McMoRan Inc in the eastern province of Papua.

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BRIEF-Medical Australia says court approved ICU Medical's offer to buy co

* Federal Court of Australia approves scheme of arrangement under which ICU Medical Inc to buy all shares on issue in MLA​

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BRIEF-Southgobi Resources H shares on trading halt pending announcement on chairman

* Trading in shares of co halted pending announcement on Aminbuhe, chairman of board of directors of company​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Southgobi Resources H shares on trading halt

* Trading in shares of co will be halted at 1:00 p.m​ on 17 nov Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Dassault Systemes completes tender offer for Exa at price of $24.25 per share

* DASSAULT SYSTÈMES SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES TENDER OFFER FOR EXA CORPORATION

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Asian shares gain, Mueller report hits dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares clawed back most of their weekly loss after rising firmly on Friday as strong Wall Street earnings and a step forward on U.S. tax reform brightened the mood, though many hurdles remain to secure passage of a tax cut deal.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares gain, Mueller report hits dollar

* Futures hint at mostly higher openings for European markets

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AUTOSHOW-GM's Cadillac expects China sales to jump 60 pct in 2017

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING, Nov 17 (Reuters) - General Motors' Cadillac luxury brand expects its China sales to surge 60 percent in 2017, faster than it had projected at the start of the year, on strong demand from younger buyers, the brand's country chief said.

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BRIEF-Moody's upgrades issuer ratings of 5 Indian non-financial corporates following sovereign upgrade

* MOODY'S UPGRADES ISSUER RATINGS OF 5 INDIAN NON-FINANCIAL CORPORATES FOLLOWING SOVEREIGN UPGRADE

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UPDATE 7-New $200,000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Nov 16 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck on Thursday when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig's trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever.

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UPDATE 5-Moody's gives Modi a boost by raising India's sovereign bond rating

* Other global rating agencies unlikely to follow suit - economist (Adds other agencies' ratings, political reaction, markets)

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CORRECTED-AIRSHOW-Jetmakers end Dubai rollercoaster with big orders pending

DUBAI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - It started with a deal that never was and ended with the mother of all air show announcements - this week's Dubai Airshow saw little in the way of firm new business, but reminded observers the rivalry between two global giants is as fierce as ever.

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Asian shares up on U.S. tax, earnings hopes; Mueller report hits dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rose firmly on Friday as strong U.S. earnings and a step forward in Congress on U.S. tax reform brightened the mood, even though investors noted that many hurdles remain to passage of a deal on tax cuts.

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Nikkei rises to 1-week high but breaks 9-week winning streak

TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a one-week high on Friday, helped by gains in most sectors while chip-related stocks such as Sumco and Tokyo Electron outperformed.

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UPDATE 6-New $200,000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

HAWTHORNE, Calif., Nov 16 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc upstaged its own debut of an electric heavy duty truck when a red Roadster pulled out of the big rig's trailer and Chief Executive Elon Musk said the new $200,000 sports car would be the fastest production car ever.

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CORRECTED-Nikkei rises to more than 1-week high; chip-related stocks outperform

TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a more than one-week high on Friday morning, helped by shares in most sectors while chip-related stocks such as Sumco and Tokyo Electron outperformed.

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Germany to spend 10 mln euros to help clear mines in Syria -media

BERLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Germany will spend an initial 10 million euros to help remove mines from the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the Handelsblatt newspaper said in Friday editions.