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BRIEF-Boeing sees growing demand for new airplanes in Southeast Asia

* Boeing sees growing demand for new airplanes in southeast Asia

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METALS--Shanghai, London metals skid on North Korea tensions, China credit jitters

(Adds comment, detail, updates prices) By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Metals in Shanghai and London fell on Friday as investors slashed risk given escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and ongoing jitters about China debt after a ratings downgrade. "Metals have had quite a rally in the past few months and have done so much faster than fundamentals would suggest they should," said analyst Amy Li of National Australia Bank in Melbourne. A combination of fa

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BRIEF-Atlanta Gold says court granted motion for civil contempt, on clean water act

* Atlanta Gold announces U.S. District Court decision on clean water act

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UPDATE 2-Arkansas one step from ban on controversial herbicide next summer

* Arkansas board votes to bar dicamba use after April 15, 2018

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METALS-Shanghai metals skid on North Korea tensions, China credit jitters

MELBOURNE, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Metals soured in Shanghai and London on Friday as investors slashed risk given escalating tensions on the Korean peninsula and ongoing jitters about China debt.

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Nikkei falls as geopolitical fears on North Korea sap risk appetite

TOKYO, Sept 22 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell in choppy trade early on Friday, moving away from two-year highs as rising geopolitical tensions over North Korea sapped risk appetite.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks fall, yen and franc gain as N.Korea moots H-bomb test

* China stocks slip after S&P downgrades China's credit rating

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BRIEF-Del Monte Pacific announces sale by U.S. unit of its Sager Creek business for US$55 mln

* Deal for US$55 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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Shares in HTC rise 9.96 percent on Google's Pixel buyout

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Shares in Taiwanese technology company HTC Corp rose 9.96 pct in early trading on Friday.

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BRIEF-Juno Therapeutics prices $250 million follow-on offering

* Juno Therapeutics- Announced pricing of its follow-on public offering of 6.1 million shares of its common stock at a price to public of $41.00 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-New Pacific reports qtrly shr $0.02

* New Pacific reports financial results for the year ended June 30, 2017

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PRECIOUS-Gold prices inch up amid North Korea concerns

Sept 22 (Reuters) - Gold edged up from a four-week low on Friday as the latest twist in tensions between the United States and North Korea prompted investors to seek out the safe-haven asset. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.2 percent at $1,293.70 an ounce at 0042 GMT, after marking its lowest since Aug. 25 at $1287.61 in the previous session. * U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up 0.1 percent at $1,296.60 an ounce. * The dollar on Fr

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BRIEF-Alliant Energy's Iowa Energy Company reaches partial settlement on pending rate review

* Alliant Energy's Iowa Energy Company reaches partial settlement on pending rate review

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REFILE-GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks edge lower, focus turns to China markets after ratings cut

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index down 0.1 pct, Nikkei slips 0.15 pct

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BRIEF-Magnis Resources announces New York State Government's funding of unit's battery factory

* New York State Government provides funding package to unit for stage 1 production of lithium-ion battery gigafactory Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to U.S. lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. bond funds, tech stocks attract huge inflows -Lipper

(Adds details on mutual funds and ETFs, analyst quote, table, byline) By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.S.-based taxable-bond funds took in $7 billion during the latest week, the largest weekly intake since July, adding to an already strong year for debt against the backdrop of a rate-hiking cycle, Lipper data showed on Thursday. Even in a week with big inflows for technology stocks, U.S. fund investors continue to favor debt over equity. The Federal Reserve on Wed

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Turkish Airlines to place orders for 40 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Boeing Co said on Thursday that Turkish Airlines intends to buy 40 787-9 Dreamliners, indicating demand for long-haul aircraft amid declining orders for many wide-body models.

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UPDATE 1-Arkansas one step away from ban on controversial herbicide use next summer

CHICAGO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Arkansas moved a step closer on Thursday to barring sprayings next summer of an herbicide linked to U.S. crop damage, setting the stage for a potential showdown between the state and chemical maker Monsanto Co.

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REFILE-Fire disrupts Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil

BRASILIA, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A fire disrupted operations at a Vale Fertilizantes plant in Brazil's southeastern state of Minas Gerais on Thursday, the company said.

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BRIEF-Hit Technologies completes debt and equity financing

* Closed its non-brokered private placement of 3.2 million units at price of $0.05 per unit for gross proceeds of $157,500 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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RPT-Russia set to pipe more oil to China, stepping up race with Saudis

BEIJING/MOSCOW, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Chinese oil refineries are gearing up to receive more Russian oil transported through an expanded Siberian pipeline network from January, likely cementing Russia's position as China's largest oil supplier in a close race with Saudi Arabia.

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HPE plans 5,000 job cuts -Bloomberg

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co is planning to cut at least 5,000 workers as part of a broader effort to reduce costs amid mounting competition, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-RealPage expects $3-$4 mln of renter's insurance claims from hurricanes

* Portion of company's renters insurance operation is expected to be adversely affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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U.S. announces near $700 million in humanitarian aid to Syria

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department on Thursday announced more than $697 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria, bringing total U.S. assistance since 2012 to more than $7 billion.

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BRIEF-Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans about 5,000 job cuts - Bloomberg

* Hewlett Packard Enterprise plans about 5,000 job cuts - Bloomberg

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BRIEF-Boeing, Turkish Industry establish aerospace initiative

* Boeing - ‍co , Turkish Airlines today announced airline's intention to order 40 787-9 Dreamliners​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Arkansas one step away from ban on controversial herbicide use next summer

CHICAGO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A state board that oversees the use of agricultural chemicals in Arkansas advanced a proposal on Thursday to ban sprayings after a set date next year of an herbicide linked to U.S. crop damage, dealing a blow to chemical makers Monsanto Co and BASF.

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BRIEF-Tahoe revises 2017 guidance for gold operations

* Tahoe revises 2017 guidance for gold operations and provides updated reserves and resources at timmins west

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Guinea rioters burn down police buildings in mining town, 17 wounded

CONAKRY, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Hundreds of rioters in the Guinean bauxite mining town of Boke burned down a police and a gendarmerie building on Thursday and clashed with security forces wielding batons, leaving 17 people injured, the local Red Cross said.

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UPDATE 4-Hack of Wall St regulator rattles investors, lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday over its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading.

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RPT-YOUR MONEY-Three tips for smart dividend ETF plays

NEW YORK, Sept 21(Reuters) - Pop quiz: What percentage of long-term stock market returns are thanks to the humble dividend? Five? 10? 20?

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BRIEF-Playa Hotels & Resorts incurred no significant damage from Maria

* Playa Hotels & Resorts incurred no significant damage from Maria

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BRIEF-51Job astrategic investment in Lagou​

* 51Job Inc - ‍Has entered into an agreement to become majority shareholder of Lagou Information Limited​

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Tiffany names Roger Farah as chairman in latest management shakeup

(Reuters) - Luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co on Thursday named Roger Farah as chairman, the latest management shakeup where outsiders have been brought in to give the iconic company a new look.

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Versartis growth hormone drug fails key study, shares sink

(Reuters) - Versartis Inc said its experimental drug for the treatment of growth hormone deficiency in children did not meet the main goal of a late-stage study, sending its shares tanking 85 percent.

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Canadian GM strike spills over as layoffs hit other parts plants

MONTREAL, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A strike that began Sunday at a Canadian General Motors Co plant is having a ripple effect, with the company temporarily laying off workers at three parts facilities on Thursday.

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BRIEF-General Dynamics awarded $5 bln U.S. Navy contract

* General Dynamics awarded $5 billion for design of U.S. Navy's next ballistic-missile submarine

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BRIEF-Allison Transmission's unit priced its offering of $400 mln in aggregate principal amount of 4.750% senior notes

* Allison Transmission Holdings Inc - ‍its unit priced its offering of $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 4.750% senior notes due 2027 - SEC filing​

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BRIEF-CI Financial announces new debenture financing

* CI Financial Corp - ‍Entered into an agreement to sell debt securities with an aggregate principal amount of $250 million​

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BRIEF-EBay appoints Adriane Brown and Diana Farrell to board

* EBay Inc-apppointment of Adriane Brown and Diana Farrell to board on Sept 19 increases size of co's board of directors from 12 to 14 - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2xm7L9M) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-MAA announces estimated impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

* MAA announces estimated impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

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BRIEF-VolitionRX, Belgian Volition, entered unsecured loan agreement for amount up to $1.2 mln

* VolitionRX Ltd-on September 20, 2017 co, Belgian Volition, unit entered into unsecured loan agreement for an amount up to about US$1.2 million- SEC filing

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BRIEF-Scientific Games says if agreement with NYX Gaming is terminated co may be required to pay a termination fee

* Scientific Games Corp - if agreement with NYX Gaming is terminated under some circumstances, co may be required to pay NYX a termination fee of C$30 million Source text: [http://bit.ly/2xVrwIp] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Flowserve announces appointment of Lee Eckert as CFO

* Flowserve announces the appointment of Lee Eckert as chief financial officer

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BRIEF-Rexford Industrial files prospectus supplement​ with SEC

* Rexford Industrial- ‍In connection with commencement of continuous equity offering, co filed prospectus supplement​ with SEC - SEC filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2waOjeG] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Dextera Surgical and Century Medical enter into amendment to secured note purchase agreement​

* Dextera Surgical says ‍on September 21, 2017, Dextera Surgical, Century Medical, entered into amendment to secured note purchase agreement​ - SEC filing

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BRIEF-Univar acquires Tagma Brasil

* Univar Inc says ‍its wholly owned subsidiary Univar Brasil Ltda has acquired stock of Tagma Brasil Ltda​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-HD Supply says board reduced its size effective with Lionel Nowell's resignation​

* HD Supply Inc says ‍on September 20, board reduced size of board from nine to eight members effective with Lionel Nowell's resignation​ - SEC filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2wKklxG] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-iStar ‍repaid all 2017 and 2018 debt maturities​

* iStar Inc - ‍Repaid all 2017 and 2018 debt maturities, leaving no corporate debt maturities for next 21 months​

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BRIEF-Rayonier Advanced Materials and Tembec provide update on transaction

* Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc and Tembec provide update on transaction

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BRIEF-Cytori Therapeutics enters into an amendment to its existing loan and security agreement

* Cytori Therapeutics- On September 20, 2017, co entered into an amendment to its existing loan and security agreement, dated May 29, 2015 - SEC filing

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BRIEF-Western Asset Mortgage Capital estimates its book value per share was about $10.97

* Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corp - company estimates that its book value per share, as of August 31, 2017, was approximately $10.97​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-GGP Inc - CFO provides notice of intention to retire on March 2018‍​

* GGP Inc - on September 19, Michael Berman, EVP and CFO provided notice of intention to retire from company on March 1, 2018‍​ - SEC filing

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BRIEF-SAIC awarded $165 million IT contract by Virginia

* Science Applications International Corp - has been awarded a $165 million contract by Commonwealth of Virginia to serve as a multisourcing service integrator​

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BRIEF-Alaris Royalty contributes additional $6.0 mln to Sandbox Acquisitions and additional $2.0 mln to C&C Communications​

* Alaris Royalty Corp - ‍Contributed an additional U.S. $6.0 million to Sandbox Acquisitions and additional U.S. $2.0 million to C&C Communications​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Snap spectacles hardware lab cuts some jobs, changes leadership - Bloomberg

* Snap spectacles hardware lab cuts some jobs, changes leadership - Bloomberg, citing sources Source : https://bloom.bg/2w98Nog Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-Wall St lower with pressure from Apple, rate expectations

* Indexes down: Dow 0.16 pct, S&P 0.19 pct, Nasdaq 0.33 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds commentary, changes byline)

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BRIEF-Minerals Technologies board authorizes $150 mln share repurchase program

* Minerals Technologies board of directors authorizes $150 million, two-year share repurchase program

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. yield curve flattens, stocks dip; possible Dec hike in focus

* China credit rating gets cut (Updates with U.S. oil price settlement)

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BRIEF-Teamsters says about 1,300 employees who maintain UPS' air fleet filed request with NMB

* Teamsters says about 1,300 employees who maintain ups' air fleet filed request with nmb asking to be released from mediated contract negotiations with co Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-CSX says operational performance continues to improve​ ‍despite impacts of Irma

* CSX Corp says "‍despite impacts of Irma, key service metrics show that CSX's operational performance continues to improve" Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-‍Manulife Asset Management says AUM reached C$480 bln as of June 30

* Says AUM reached CAD$480 billion as of June 30, 2017, up 10 percent over June 30, 2016​

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BRIEF-Fibra Prologis reports no business disruption from Mexico City earthquake

* Fibra Prologis reports no business disruption from Mexico City earthquake

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UPDATE 3-Hack of Wall St regulator rattles investors, lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday about its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading.

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UPDATE 3-Telia settles U.S., European bribery probes for $965.8 mln

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Telia Co agreed to pay $965.8 million to settle U.S. and European criminal and civil charges that the Swedish phone company paid bribes to win business in Uzbekistan.

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UPDATE 1-Nat'l Bank of Canada says tech glitch may have exposed customer data

Sept 21 (Reuters) - National Bank of Canada, the country's sixth largest lender, said on Thursday a website glitch earlier this week may have exposed personal information of about 400 customers.

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Former U.S. Attorney Bharara joins CNN as senior legal analyst

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara is joining CNN as a senior legal analyst, a CNN spokesman said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Ingredion Inc increases size of board to 11 directors

* On September 15, 2017, board increased size of board from 10 directors to 11 directors Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Gran Tierra, unit amend credit agreement

* On September 18, co, unit entered into Eighth Amendment to Credit Agreement​ - SEC filing

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UPDATE 1-Generic drugmaker Impax Labs in talks to merge with Amneal - WSJ

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc is in talks to merge with privately held Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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BRIEF-Nine Ten Partners sells 40,000 shares of TechTarget Inc's common stock on Sept 20

* Nine Ten Partners LP reports open market sale of 40,000 shares of TechTarget Inc's common stock on Sept 20 at $11.51 per share - SEC filing

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Top cocoa producers to create buffer stock to influence world prices

ABIDJAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast and Ghana, the world's top cocoa producers, plan to create a buffer stock of beans with the aim of exerting more influence over world prices, a senior Ivorian government official told Reuters on Thursday.

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Ukraine President says Trump shares vision on 'new level' of defense cooperation

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko met U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday and said afterwards that they had a shared vision on a "new level" of defense cooperation, but not whether this included the U.S. provision of defensive weapons to Ukraine.

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UPDATE 2-Hack of Wall St regulator rattles investors, lawmakers

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street's top regulator came under fire on Thursday about its cyber security and disclosure practices after admitting hackers had breached its database of corporate announcements in 2016 and may have used it for insider trading.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil rate future yields fall on rate-cutting bets

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Yields paid on Brazilian interest-rate futures fell on Thursday as traders bet the central bank could cut rates below 7 percent after it reduced inflation forecasts for this year and the next. In its quarterly inflation report, the central bank forecast inflation at 3.2 percent in 2017 and 4.3 percent in 2018, down from 3.3 percent and 4.4 percent, respectively, even as it revised upward its estimate for economic growth this year.

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Philanthropists pledge millions for better U.N. data on women

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - P hilanthropists pledged millions of dollars to fund U.N. data gathering on Thursday, saying it was vital to learn more about the world's women to tackle the poverty that disproportionately affects them.

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Generic drugmaker Impax Labs in talks to merge with Amneal - WSJ

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Impax Laboratories Inc is in talks to merge with Amneal Pharmaceuticals LLC, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

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US STOCKS-Wall St lower as Apple, Fed view weigh

* Indexes down: Dow 0.13 pct, S&P 0.13 pct, Nasdaq 0.31 pct (Updates to open)

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UPDATE 3-Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants

DETROIT, Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.S. automakers are facing mounting pressure amid slowing demand in the country, as automakers from Asia and Europe aggressively ramp up vehicle production in North America, including a new investment by Daimler AG.

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Light heavyweight champ Ward announces retirement

(Reuters) - Unified light heavyweight world titleholder and former Olympic champion Andre Ward announced his retirement from boxing on Thursday.

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National Bank of Canada faces website glitch -Bbg

Sept 21 (Reuters) - A glitch in National Bank of Canada's website may have exposed personal information of about 400 customers, Bloomberg reported, citing an email statement from the bank.

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BRIEF-FDA warns about serious liver injury with Ocaliva for rare chronic liver disease

* FDA warns about serious liver injury with Ocaliva for rare chronic liver disease

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BRIEF-Gardner Lewis Asset Management reports 5.8 pct stake in Shoretel Inc

* Gardner Lewis Asset Management reports a 5.8 percent stake in Shoretel Inc as of September 11, 2017 - SEC filing​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2w9hNts) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Ralphs Grocery introduces pre-measured prepared meal kits called Prep+Pared

* ‍Ralphs Grocery Company says is introducing pre-measured and prepared meal kits, called Prep+Pared, in its stores​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Harvest Operations Corp announces closing of U.S. $285 mln 3% senior note offering

* Announces closing of U.S. $285 million 3 pct senior note offering Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-United Steelworkers says union workers ratify contract with ASARCO

* Union Workers ratify contract covering about 2,000 workers at 5 ASARCO LLC copper mining and processing facilities

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BRIEF-TDH Holdings shares open 58.8 pct above IPO price in debut

* TDH Holdings Inc shares open at $6.75 in debut on the NASDAQ versus IPO price of $4.25 Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Globex Mining Enterprises ‍announces departure of James Wilson as CFO

* ‍Announces departure of James G. Wilson as chief financial officer​

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UPDATE 2-Banks boost European shares after Fed signals December hike

* Siemens, Alstom rise on rail merger talk (Adds details, closing prices)

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UPDATE 2-Siemens to pick Alstom or Bombardier for rail talks within days - source

* Alstom deal could make Siemens majority owner - source (Adds details, background)

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BRIEF-Square increases size of board ten directors

* Square Inc says on September 18, 2017, the board of directors of Square increased the size of the board to ten directors‍​ - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2hjkLsG) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Hack of U.S. securities regulator rattles investors, stirs doubts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Wall Street's top regulator faced questions on Thursday about its defenses against cyber criminals after admitting hackers breached its electronic database of corporate announcements and may have used it for insider trading.

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UPDATE 3-Greenpeace boards ship in bid to halt delivery of UK-bound VW diesel cars

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Greenpeace activists boarded a ship arriving in Britain on Thursday to stop the delivery of more than 1,000 Volkswagen cars from Germany while others sought to immobilise vehicles at a port in anti-diesel protests.

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BRIEF-Washington Trust Bancorp increases quarterly dividend

* Says dividend represents a one-cent per share increase over most recent quarterly dividend rate​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Wells Fargo CEO to testify before Senate as questions linger over scandal

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo Chief Executive Tim Sloan is due to testify before Congress on Oct. 3 as the bank deals with fallout from a sales scandal a year ago that continues to spark new revelations.

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UPDATE 1-GlobalFoundries says no commitment from Tesla on chip deal

Sept 21 (Reuters) - GlobalFoundries, which fabricates chips for Advanced Micro Devices Inc, said on Thursday that Tesla had not committed to working with it on any autonomous driving technology or product, contradicting an earlier media report.

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BRIEF-Square names Naveen Rao to board of directors

* Square names Naveen Rao, leader in artificial intelligence, to board of directors

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UPDATE 2-Saudi lifting ban on Skype, WhatsApp calls, but will monitor them

* Encumbent telecoms operators could lose voice call revenue (Adds Zain CEO comments)

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US STOCKS-Wall St slips from record levels as Apple, Fed view weigh

* Indexes down: Dow 0.04 pct, S&P 0.18 pct, Nasdaq 0.67 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

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BRIEF-L3 Wins EO/IR contracts valued at over $300 mln in orders year-to-date

* Says wins EO/IR contracts valued at more than $300 million in orders year-to-date​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Disney announces new president for Europe, Middle East, Africa organization

* Says Rebecca Campbell will assume role of president, Walt Disney Company Europe, Middle East and Africa effective January 1, 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as banks boosted, miners hurt by Fed

TORONTO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index inched higher on Thursday morning as gains for heavyweight banking stocks offset declines for gold and base metal miners hurt by the U.S. Federal Reserve's signal of another interest rate increase this year.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexican peso hits 2-week lows on quake-related concerns

NEW YORK, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso fell to two-week lows versus the dollar on Thursday as news of extensive damage and human toll across central Mexico in the aftermath of a powerful earthquake revived concerns about the economy slowing further.

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BRIEF-Metsa board issue 250 million notes due 2027​

* ‍NEW NOTES MATURE ON 29 SEPTEMBER 2027, BEAR A FIXED ANNUAL INTEREST AT RATE OF 2.750 PER CENT AND HAVE AN ISSUE PRICE OF 99.664 PER CENT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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BRIEF-TDH Holdings, Inc. Announces pricing of initial public offering

* Tdh holdings, inc. Announces pricing of initial public offering

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-Mexico races to save 12-yr-old girl as quake toll hits 237

MEXICO CITY, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against the odds as dawn broke on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and other possible survivors trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

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CORRECTED-Mexico searches for earthquake survivors against increasing odds

MEXICO CITY, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Rescuers labored against long odds into the dawn on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and untold other survivors who may be trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years.

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UPDATE 1-Volvo rolls out compact SUV in latest upmarket move under Geely

MILAN, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Volvo Cars showed off its first compact SUV on Thursday with the launch of its XC40 model, the latest in a sweeping overhaul of the carmaker's line-up under Chinese ownership.

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UPDATE 2-Eldorado backs down on threat to halt Greek investment, for now

* Athens seeks solution via arbitration. (Releads with Eldorado decision to postpone investment freeze)

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Blackstone buys German measuring firm Schenck

FRANKFURT, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Buyout group Blackstone has bought German measuring technology group Schenck Process from private equity investor IK Investment Partners, the groups said on Thursday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as resource stock falls offset by big bank gains

TORONTO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday, as gold and base metal miners weighed with a fall in commodity prices and heavyweight financials rose.

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BRIEF-Medtronic announces clinical study to evaluate its Corevalve Evolut pro system in 'everyday' clinical practice

* Medtronic announces clinical study to evaluate the Corevalve Evolut pro system in 'everyday' clinical practice

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BRIEF-Perrigo announces FDA final approval for its AB rated generic version of Exalgo® 32mg extended release tablets

* Perrigo announces FDA final approval for its AB rated generic version of Exalgo® 32mg extended release tablets

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo CEO to testify before Senate banking panel on Oct. 3

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo Chief Executive Tim Sloan is due to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on Oct. 3, sources familiar with the scheduled meeting said.

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BRIEF-Brookline says if deal not consummated under some circumstances, First Commons Bank agreed to pay co termination fee of $2.2 mln‍​

* Brookline Bancorp says if deal not consummated under some circumstances, First Commons Bank agreed to pay co termination fee of $2.2 mln‍​ - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2hlltCh) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Telia settles U.S. bribery case

Sept 21 (Reuters) - TELIA ADMITS, ACCEPTS AND ACKNOWLEDGES RESPONSIBILITY FOR ALLEGED WRONGDOING, ACCORDING TO THE DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENT DEFERRED PROSECUTION AGREEMENT SAYS IT RUNS FOR THREE YEARS Telia co enters deferred prosecution agreement with u.s. Department of justice, to pay $548.6 mln monetary penalties -- court filing U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE SAYS TELIA'S UZBEKISTAN SUBSIDIARY, COSCOM, IS ENTERING A RELATED GUILTY PLEA U.S. ACCUSED TELIA OF CONSPIRING TO VIOLATE ANTI-BRIBERY

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BRIEF-Chibougamau Independent Mines appoints Marie-Josee Audet as CFO

* Chibougamau Independent Mines Inc - ‍announces departure of James G. Wilson as chief financial officer and corporate secretary​

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens slightly lower after Fed's hawkish stance

Sept 21 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened slightly lower on Thursday, even as the Dow managed to hit another record high, a day after the Federal Reserve signaled it could raise interest rates for the third time this year despite low inflation.

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Siemens to decide within days on rail talks with Bombardier or Alstom -source

MUNICH, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Siemens will decide within days whether to continue negotiations on a potential rail combination with either Canadian group Bombardier or with French peer Alstom, a person close to the matter said.

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Wells Fargo CEO due to testify before Senate banking panel Oct. 3

WASHINGTON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Tim Sloan, the chief executive officer of Wells Fargo, is due to testify before the Senate Banking Committee on October 3, said sources familiar with the scheduled meeting.

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BRIEF-Immersion appoints Hossam Bahlool as VP of marketing

* Immersion appoints Hossam Bahlool as vice president of marketing Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Eagle Bancorp CEO Ronald Paul sells 3,672 shares of co's common stock on Sept 20

* Eagle Bancorp Inc CEO Ronald Paul reports sale of 3,672 shares of co's common stock on Sept 20 at $63.57 per share - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2yrVGQt) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Orbital ATK launches PATRIOT Target Vehicle for missile defense test

* Orbital ATK successfully launches PATRIOT Target Vehicle for missile defense test Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Cascade Dairy Holdings Inc completes acquisition of Columbia Basin Dairy Holdings

* Cascade Dairy Holdings Inc, formerly high performance beverages, announces the completion of its acquisition of Columbia Basin Dairy Holdings Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Polarityte announces closing of $17.75 mln above market private placement

* Polarityte announces closing of $17.75 million above market private placement Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Unifirst Corp expects to recognize an impairment of capitalized costs as part of its ongoing CRM systems project

* Unifirst Corp - expects to recognize an impairment of capitalized costs as part of its ongoing CRM systems project

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BRIEF-Audentes Therapeutics commences dosing of first patient in phase 1/2 trial of AT132 for the treatment of x-linked myotubular myopathy

* Audentes Therapeutics announces dosing of first patient in ASPIRO, a phase 1/2 clinical trial of AT132 for the treatment of X-linked myotubular myopathy

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BRIEF-iCapital Network to buy U.S. private equity access fund platform from Deutsche Bank

* iCapital Network to acquire US private equity access fund platform from Deutsche Bank

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BRIEF-Nova Lifestyle Inc says ‍Q3 profit "has increased substantially compared to prior year period​"

* Nova Lifestyle anticipates robust third quarter 2017 financial results; wins Asian American brand recognition

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ICE delays takeover of London's silver benchmark to Oct. 2

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - ICE Benchmark Administration, a unit of Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), will take over as operator of London's silver benchmark on Oct. 2, a week later than planned, the exchange said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Provention Bio announces licensing agreements with Janssen for two clinical-stage immunology assets

* Provention Bio announces licensing agreements with Janssen for two clinical-stage immunology assets

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BRIEF-Amicus Therapeutics says U.S. FDA granted orphan drug designation to ATB200/AT2221 for Pompe disease

* Says ‍U.S. FDA has granted orphan drug designation to ATB200/AT2221​ for Pompe disease​

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BRIEF-Scholastic posts Q1 adj. loss $1.67 from continuing operations

* Reaffirms FY 2018 earnings per share view $1.20 to $1.30 from continuing operations excluding items

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BRIEF-InspireMD announces distribution agreement for CGuard EPS in Portugal

* InspireMD announces distribution agreement for CGuard(tm) EPS in Portugal Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures little changed; oil prices slip

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled a third interest rate hike for the year and as oil prices slipped.

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BRIEF-Peregrine Diamonds completes 2017 work program at Chidliak

* Peregrine Diamonds successfully completes 2017 work program at Chidliak and provides Botswana project update

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BRIEF-Sphere 3D amends opus credit agreement

* Sphere 3D announces amendment of opus credit agreement to extend maturity date of credit facilities to March 31, 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-ALJ Regional says Phoenix will pay $10 mln on Moore-Langen deal subject to adjustments

* ALJ Regional - As ‍consideration for Moore-Langen deal, Phoenix will pay $10 million in cash, subject to customary net working capital adjustments​ Source: (http://bit.ly/2w90U2a) Further company coverage:

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Carlyle targets first-close of new Asia buyout fund at over $4 bln - sources

HONG KONG, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Carlyle Group is targeting the first closing of a new Asia buyout fund within the next couple of months at over $4 billion, three people familiar with the matter said, bulking up in a region that has become a key market for global funds.

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BRIEF-KB Home says co's board determined that the bonus payment to CEO Jeffery Mezger shall be reduced by 25 percent ‍​

* KB Home - on Sept 20, co's board determined that the bonus payment CEO Jeffery Mezger, would have otherwise been entitled to receive for fiscal year 2017 shall be reduced by 25 percent ‍​

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BRIEF-Celadon Group Inc files for non timely 10-K

* Celadon Group Inc files for non timely 10-K - SEC filing Source text : (http://bit.ly/2fjkNAj) Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UK retail sales surge in August, likely to boost BoE rate hike bets

(Corrects paragraph 6 on likelihood of flat Q3 retail sales, after ONS corrects estimate given to media) By David Milliken LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - British retail sales unexpectedly surged in August, official figures showed on Wednesday, boosting the chance that the Bank of England will raise interest rates in November. Last week the BoE said it was likely to raise interest rates in the coming months if the economy and inflation pressures strengthen as expected. Wednesday's

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BRIEF-Starwood Property Trust exercises option to raise maximum financings available under wells repurchase facility​

* Starwood Property Trust - on sept 15, co exercised its option under fifth amended and restated master repurchase and securities contract and financing facility ​

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BRIEF-Hawaiian Electric Industries says Arclight Capital affiliate signed agreement to sell 60 MW Hamakua Energy Partners plant

* Hawaiian Electric Industries - ‍ affiliate of arclight capital partners signed an agreement to sell 60-megawatt Hamakua Energy Partners plant

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BRIEF-Maxwell Technologies enters into amendment no. 5 to loan and security agreement​

* Maxwell Technologies Inc - ‍ on sept 20, co entered into amendment no. 5 to loan and security agreement, as amended with East West Bank - sec filing​

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BRIEF-Toshiba "disappointed" by Western Digital's initiation of additional arbitration

* Toshiba issues statement regarding request for arbitration filed by Western Digital's Sandisk concerning investment in Toshiba's fab 6​

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BRIEF-Target Corp declares regular quarterly dividend

* Sets quarterly dividend of $0.62 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Singapore sovereign fund GIC takes majority stake in hotel near Tokyo Disney Resort

TOKYO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Singapore sovereign fund GIC Pte said on Thursday it had acquired a stake of 51 percent in the Sheraton Grande Tokyo Bay Hotel near Tokyo Disney Resort for $464 million, one of its largest investments in Japan in recent years.

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Eldorado unit says efforts to resolve dispute with Greece can bear fruit

ATHENS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - A dispute between Eldorado Gold and Greece over the Canadian miner's investment in the country can be resolved, the chief executive of the company's Greek unit said on Thursday.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Fed takes the steam out of emerging markets

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks and currencies fell on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve confirmed it would reverse its stimulus programme from next month and stick to rate hike plans.

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CEE MARKETS-Forint hits 4-month low after Fed tightening signal

* Forint, zloty fall as Fed signals balance sheet tightening * Forint hits 4-month low on loose Hungarian cbank policy * Hungarian debt yields hesitate near record lows By Sandor Peto and Jan Lopatka BUDAPEST/PRAGUE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Central Europe's most liquid currencies, the forint and the zloty fell on Thursday after the Federal Reserve signalled balance sheet tightening and one more rate hike in 2017. "Tighter policy by the Fed cuts liquidity in the world and aff

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed's 'Great Unwinding' lifts dollar, yields and bank stocks

* Oil prices near highest since April/May on output cut hopes

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UPDATE 1-Banks boost European bourses after Fed signals December rate hike

* Capita slumps 14 pct as hunt for new CEO drags on (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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UPDATE 2-CRH reinforces U.S. grip with $3.5 bln Ash Grove Cement deal

* CRH shares rise sharply as analysts see big synergies (Adds share price, quotes, details)

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Alibaba-backed Best seeks last-mile logistics growth after IPO -CEO

HONG KONG, Sept 21 (Reuters) - China's Best Inc, flush with $450 million from a U.S. initial public offering (IPO), is broadening its scope in so-called last-mile logistics in China as a key strand of its growth strategy, its chief executive told Reuters.

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BRIEF-Golar LNG has appointed Iain Ross to replace Oscar Spieler as CEO

* Oscar will remain with group, fulfil role of executive advisor & assist Ross until charterers Perenco and SNG accept FLNG Hilli Episeyo Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-CapitaLand Commercial to buy Singapore office tower from BlackRock for $1.55 bln

* Deal comes amid improving outlook for Singapore office rents

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Saudi is lifting Skype, WhatsApp ban, but will censor calls

RIYADH, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The Saudi government is lifting a ban on calls made through online apps on Thursday but will monitor and censor them, a government spokesman said.

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MOVES-Citadel hires Gottlander for swaps trading

LONDON, Sept 21 (IFR) - Citadel Securities has hired Daniel Gottlander as head of swaps trading. He will begin his new role in October.

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BRIEF- Kuraray to buy Calgon Carbon for about $1.11 bln

* Says it plans to acquire 100 percent voting power in Calgon Carbon Corp for about $1.11 billion

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UPDATE 1-Japan chemical maker Kuraray to buy Calgon Carbon for $1.1 bln

* Kuraray to buy all Calgon Carbon shares in debt-funded deal

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UPDATE 1-Shipper Golar LNG appoints Iain Ross as new CEO

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Shipping company Golar LNG Ltd said it has appointed Iain Ross as its new chief executive.

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Banks boost European bourses after Fed signals December rate hike

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The banking sector drove a strong open for European stocks on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled a likely December rate hike and announced it would begin trimming its balance sheet in October.

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Shipper Golar LNG appoints Iain Ross as new CEO

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Shipping company Golar LNG Ltd said it has appointed Iain Ross as its new chief executive officer.

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UPDATE 4-Google bets anew on smartphones, pays $1.1 bln for HTC's Pixel division

* Google will also gain access to HTC's intellectual property

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Japan's Kuraray to buy Calgon Carbon for $1.1 bln

TOKYO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Japanese chemical manufacturer Kuraray Co Ltd will buy U.S. activated carbon firm Calgon Carbon Corp for $1.107 billion, Kuraray said on Thursday, adding the carbon materials firm as one of its core businesses.

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Merck KGaA, Pfizer's cancer drug Bavencio gets EU nod

FRANKFURT, Sept 21 (Reuters) - European regulators on Thursday granted market approval for Merck KGaA and Pfizer's immuno-oncology drug Bavencio to treat a rare and aggressive type of skin cancer called Merkel cell carcinoma.

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BRIEF-Merck KGaA's Bavencio drug wins EU approval for Merkel cell carcinoma

* European commission approves Bavencio (avelumab) for metastatic Merkel cell carcinoma For the full story: Further company coverage:

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RPT-Switzerland's SIX looks at potential $2 bln sale of payments unit -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Swiss stock exchange operator SIX Group has hired JPMorgan to look at options for its payments unit, including a sale worth up to 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.1 billion), sources familiar with the plans told Reuters.

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UPDATE 1-CapitaLand Commercial to buy Singapore office tower from BlackRock for $1.55 bln

* Deal comes amid improving outlook for Singapore office rents

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China's Baidu launches $1.5 bln autonomous driving fund

BEIJING, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Chinese search engine Baidu Inc announced a 10 billion yuan ($1.52 billion) autonomous driving fund on Thursday as part of a wider plan to speed up its technical development and compete with U.S. rivals.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 21

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 3 points at 7,274.6 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.07 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Nikkei edges up as yen eases after Fed; Apple suppliers fall

* Yen weakens vs dollar after Fed signals it might hike this year

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Dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals Dec rate hike

TOKYO (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

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BRIEF-President Energy says acquisition of Chevron's 100% operated interest in oil producing assets

* ANNOUNCE ACQUISITION OF CHEVRON'S 100% OPERATED INTEREST IN ITS OIL PRODUCING ASSETS AT PUESTO FLORES AND ESTANCIA VIEJA

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PRESS DIGEST- New York Times business news - September 21

Sept 21 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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CapitaLand Commercial to buy Singapore office tower from BlackRock for $1.55 bln

SINGAPORE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - CapitaLand Commercial Trust said on Thursday it was buying an office tower in Singapore's financial district for for S$2.1 billion ($1.55 billion) from BlackRock Inc, the world's largest asset manager.

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UPDATE 9-Mexicans race to save schoolgirl buried by quake; death toll at 237

MEXICO CITY, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Mexican rescuers raced against the clock on Wednesday to save a 12-year-old girl trapped beneath a collapsed school and reach other possible survivors buried in rubble in central Mexico following the country's most deadly earthquake in three decades.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 21

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 3 points at 7,274.6 on Thursday, according to financial bookmakers. * ANGLO AMERICAN: Volcan Investments, the family trust of the chairman of diversified miner Vedanta, on Wednesday said it was increasing its stake in Anglo American but did not intend to make a bid for the entire company. * HOCHSCHILD MINING: Precious metals miner Hochschild Mining Plc is doubling down on efforts to find early-stage mining projects

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Twitter to meet Congressional panel probing 2016 US election

Sept 21 (Reuters) - Twitter Inc representatives will meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff next week in relation to inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a company representative said.

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Platts plans to publish U.S. crude prices in Asia as imports rise

SINGAPORE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Oil pricing agency S&P Global Platts said on Thursday it planned to publish U.S. crude prices during the Asia market close from December after U.S. exports to the region rose.

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Avis, Hertz shares rise but remain in short-seller cross-hairs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. car-rental companies Avis Budget Group Inc and Hertz Global Holdings Inc have driven out of the ditch in recent weeks, aided in part by storms that devastated the southern United States.

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SK Hynix says some key issues on Toshiba chip unit sale still need agreement

SEOUL, Sept 21 (Reuters) - SK Hynix Inc, part of the winning consortium for Toshiba Corp's chip unit, said on Thursday that some key issues still needed to be agreed upon.

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BRIEF-HTC to continue to expand Vive platform, Google plans investments in Taiwan

* HTC's Vive platform will actively continue to expand - Chairwoman Cher Wang

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UPDATE 2-U.S. SEC says hackers may have traded using stolen insider information

* SEC only became aware of possible illicit trading last month (Adds details of critical report into SEC cyber security, details of previous hacks, more background)

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UPDATE 1-Equifax says server first compromised on March 10

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Equifax Inc said on Wednesday that investigators had determined that an online dispute website at the heart of the theft of some 143 million consumer records was initially compromised by hackers on March 10, four months before the company noticed any suspicious activity.

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UPDATE 3-Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 bln deal

* HTC will continue to run its remaining phone business (Recasts with company statement, details of the deal)

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Karachi Journal: Daring to Celebrate, Sect in Pakistan Prepares for Honored Guest

The Dawoodi Bohras bear the scars of sectarian attacks, but they are going all out to host their sect’s leader for the first time in more than 20 years.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar shines, Asia shares slip after Fed signals Dec rate hike

TOKYO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The U.S. dollar shone while Asian shares slipped on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced a plan to start shrinking its balance sheet and signalled one more rate hike later this year.

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UPDATE 1-Building materials firm CRH to buy Ash Grove Cement in $3.5 bln deal

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Irish building materials firm CRH Plc said it would buy U.S. cement maker Ash Grove Cement Co in a $3.5 billion deal to expand in North America.

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BRIEF-Ash Grove Cement announces Sale to CRH

* Transaction has been unanimously approved by board of directors of Ash Grove and is currently expected to close in late 2017 or early 2018

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BRIEF-CRH to buy Ash Grove Cement for $3.5 bln

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Nikkei probes more than 2-year highs as yen eases, Apple suppliers fall

* Yen weakens vs dollar after Fed signals it might hike this year

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Building materials firm CRH to buy Ash Grove Cement in $3.5 bln deal

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Irish building materials firm CRH Plc said it would buy U.S. cement maker Ash Grove Cement Co for a total consideration of $3.5 billion.

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Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for $1.1 bln

TAIPEI, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will acquire part of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC's smartphone operations for $1.1 billion, the companies said in a joint statement on Thursday.

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METALS-London metals slip after Fed raises rate hike expectations

MELBOURNE, Sept 21 (Reuters) - London metals came under pressure on Thursday after the Federal Reserved raised expectations of one more rate hike this year, lifting the dollar and raising prospects of higher costs for industrial metals.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. SEC says hackers may have traded using stolen insider information

* SEC only became aware of the intrusion last month (Recasts, adds context)

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Toshiba prepares to formalize chips sale, even as rejected suitor steps up legal action

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp is expected to formalize the sale of its prized memory chip unit on Thursday to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital, even as jilted suitor and joint venture partner Western Digital took fresh legal action.

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UPDATE 2-Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for around $1 bln -source

* HTC will continue to run its remaining phone business-source