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With little movement, NAFTA talks said to run risk of stalemate

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Talks to update the North American Free Trade Agreement appeared to be in danger of grinding toward a stalemate amid complaints of U.S. negotiators' inflexibility, people familiar with the process said on Sunday.

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

HONG KONG/PARIS (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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Airbus faces tricky hurdles over stalled A380 Emirates deal

DUBAI (Reuters) - A preliminary deal to sell 36 A380s to Emirates blew up in an Airbus hospitality chalet moments before the Gulf carrier was expected to shower $30 billion on the planemaker and its U.S. rival Boeing at the start of last week's Dubai Airshow.

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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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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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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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'No fireworks' at NAFTA talks, but few signs of progress

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Negotiations in Mexico to update NAFTA have not made much progress on tough U.S. demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact but the current round of talks are progressing with civility, a well-placed source said on Saturday.

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'No fireworks' at NAFTA talks, but few signs of progress: source

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Negotiators at high stakes talks to update NAFTA have so far kept their tempers but are not making much progress on tough U.S. demands that could sink the 1994 trade pact, a well-placed source said on Saturday.

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Exclusive: Qualcomm set to win conditional Japanese antitrust okay for NXP deal - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm is set to win “imminent” Japanese antitrust clearance for its $38-billion bid for NXP Semiconductors and gain Europe’s approval by the end of the year with slight tweaks to its concessions, a person familiar with the matter said.

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LaVar Ball belittles Trump's role in release of UCLA players

Days after President Donald Trump touted his role in the release of three UCLA basketball students who were arrested in China, LaVar Ball, the father of one of those players, suggested the President had little to do with the matter.

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Volkswagen to invest $27 billion in core brand until 2022

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen will invest 22.8 billion euros ($26.9 billion) in its main car brand over the next five years, it said on Saturday, a day after it announced a spending program aimed at bolstering its position as a maker of electric cars.

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Verizon close to announcing digital streaming deal with NFL: Bloomberg

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

MONTREAL (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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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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Despite Amazon, brick stores are not dead yet

NEW YORK (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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Buyers circle suddenly attractive U.S. media companies

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - All of a sudden, it seems, everybody wants to own a U.S. media company.

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Wall Street pulls back at week's end with tax changes mulled

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street ended the week on a sour note on Friday, with major indexes slipping modestly as investors weighed the fate of the Republicans' tax overhaul plan.

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

WASHINGTON (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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Wall Street set to end week on whimper as tax changes mulled

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street was set to end the week on a muted note on Friday, with major indexes slipping modestly, as investors weighed the fate of the Republicans' tax cut plan.

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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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Wall Street slips on worries over tax plan's progress

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes were under pressure on Friday as investors were skeptical about the Republicans' efforts to pass the tax bill.

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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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Volkswagen accelerates push into electric cars with $40 billion spending plan

WOLFSBURG/HAMBURG (Reuters) - Volkswagen approved a 34 billion euro ($40 bln) spending plan on Friday that accelerates its efforts to become a global leader in electric cars.

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Tesla's unfettered ambition will drain finances: analysts

(Reuters) - Tesla Inc shares rose on Friday as analysts questioned how soon Chief Executive Elon Musk will have to ask creditors and shareholders for more capital to fund development of an electric semi truck, a new roadster and accelerated production of a high-volume electric sedan.

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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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Nearly 2,000 Siemens employees protest against job cuts

BERLIN (Reuters) - Siemens employees protested in various German cities on Friday against the company's proposal to cut 6,900 jobs, which a senior Siemens official said could be revised after negotiations with the union.

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Reuters poll: Major U.S. tax cuts not likely this year - economists

BENGALURU (Reuters) - U.S. Republicans are not expected to push major tax cuts through Congress this year, according to a majority of economists in a Reuters poll, who in any case were skeptical that the legislation would provide a significant boost to the economy.

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Apple pushes launch of HomePod smart speaker to early 2018

(Reuters) - Apple Inc has pushed the launch of its HomePod smart speaker to early next year from December, the company said on Friday.

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Wall Street slips on doubts about tax plan's progress

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were on track to post small weekly losses on Friday as investors were skeptical about the Republicans' efforts to pass the tax bill.

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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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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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Exclusive: Toshiba set to OK $5 billion injection on Monday to stay listed - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp will decide on Monday to raise some $5 billion from overseas investors, allowing the troubled conglomerate remain a publicly traded company even if the sale of a key business is delayed, two people with direct knowledge of the process said.

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Broadcom closes $5.5 billion Brocade deal

(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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Wall St. slips as tech, financial stocks weigh

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes drifted lower on Friday, weighed down by losses in financial and technology stocks.

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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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S&P, Dow open lower as health, tech stocks weigh

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

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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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Sports retail stocks jump after upbeat earnings

(Reuters) - Shares of sports retailers soared on better-than-expected earnings from Foot Locker Inc , Shoe Carnival Inc and Hibbett Sports Inc as the companies sold more premium shoes and cut stocks of low-margin ones.

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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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Broadcom completes Brocade acquisition

(Reuters) - Broadcom Ltd said on Friday it completed its $5.5 billion acquisition of network gear maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc.

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Sports retail stocks jump after upbeat reports

(Reuters) - Shares of sports retailers soared on Friday after Foot Locker Inc , Shoe Carnival Inc and Hibbett Sports Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profits.

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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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Volkswagen to spend over $40 billion on electric and self-driving cars

WOLFSBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Volkswagen's leaders on Friday approved a five-year spending plan that aims to further the German automaker's goal of transforming itself into a leading force in electric cars.

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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-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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Tesla's unfettered ambition to strain finances but investors unfazed

(Reuters) - Investors shrugged off any concern over Tesla Inc over-stretching its production and financial resources with the unveiling of new futuristic semi-trucks and a pricey sports car, pushing its shares up almost 4 percent on Friday.

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U.S. probes 415,000 Volkswagen vehicles for air bag problems

(Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it is opening an investigation into potential air bag failure in 415,000 Volkswagen vehicles after the German automaker issued a recall for the same issue in 2015.

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Exclusive: Germany's top banks step up efforts to offload toxic shipping debt

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Top national lenders Deutsche Bank <DBK Gn.DE> and Commerzbank are stepping up efforts to offload distressed shipping loans, finance sources said, as the German banking system grapples with $100 billion in toxic debt from the sector.

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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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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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Fork talk lifts bitcoin to all-time high near $8,000

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin hit an all-time high just below $8,000 on Friday, on talk that a software upgrade whose suspension sent the cryptocurrency into a tailspin at the end of last week was, after all, going ahead within hours.

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Wireless carriers on mute as Supreme Court hears big privacy case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider a major cellphone privacy case later this month, but leading players in the wireless industry that is at the center of the closely watched dispute are keeping their distance.

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Analysts flee Wall Street with gallows humor as research changes loom

(Reuters) - Having covered financial stocks at big and small banks for more than two decades, David Hilder was accustomed to the ebb and flow of Wall Street job cuts and hiring sprees.

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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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World stocks claw back losses but set for second weekly fall

LONDON (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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Nissan cites staff shortage for improper tests, plans more inspectors

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd on Friday blamed a lack of trained staff for improper final inspections at its car plants in Japan for over 20 years, and said it would increase the number of inspectors as part of a plan to improve compliance.

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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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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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Ford to invest over 750 million euros in Valencia plant

MADRID (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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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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Volkswagen board discusses 70 billion euro spending plan: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Volkswagen's supervisory board is discussing a five-year spending plan totaling more than 70 billion euros ($82.5 billion) to further transform the group into a leader in electric cars, a person familiar with the talks told Reuters.

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China faces waste hangover after Singles' Day buying binge

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's Singles' Day online discount sales bonanza on Saturday saw bargain-hungry buyers spend over $38 billion, flooding the postal and courier businesses with around 331 million packages - and leaving an estimated 160,000 tonnes of packaging waste.

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Nissan blames staff shortage for improper tests, plans more inspectors

YOKOHAMA (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd on Friday blamed a staff shortage for improper final inspections at its car plants in Japan for over 20 years, and said it would increase the number of trained staff as part of a plan to improve compliance.

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Japanese regulators raid Airbnb over suspected antitrust practices

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese fair trade regulators raided last month the offices of Airbnb Inc over suspected violations of antitrust laws, the home rental site said on Friday, denying any wrongdoing.

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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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GM's Cadillac expects China sales to jump 60 percent in 2017

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (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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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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New $200,000 Tesla Roadster speeds in front of electric big-rig truck

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (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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Cambodia faces U.S., EU action after banning opposition ahead of elections

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - The United States promised "concrete steps" against Cambodia and the European Union threatened vital trade preferences after the Cambodian Supreme Court banned the main opposition party ahead of elections at the request of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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Daimler to invest $755 million in China for electric car, battery production: executive

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler AG plans to invest 5 billion yuan ($755 million) in China for factory capacity to manufacture electric cars and the batteries that power them, part of an effort to help its Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands comply with the country's green car production and sales quotas.

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Tesla unveils electric big-rig truck, sporty Roadster

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Thursday unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck that it will start producing in 2019, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the company's future depends.

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REFILE-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 17

(Corrects date in headline) Nov 17 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 10 points at 7,377.1 on Friday, according to financial bookmakers. * GOCOMPARE-ZGP: A top five shareholder in GoCompare said the British price comparison company should respond "positively" if a sweetened offer by Zoopla-owner ZPG were made in the region of 520 million pounds. * GOLD: Gold prices rose on Friday as the dollar weakened after a report that investigators looking into possi

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Tesla unveils electric big-rig truck in midst of Model 3 factory 'hell'

HAWTHORNE, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Thursday unveiled a prototype electric big-rig truck, throwing itself into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan on which the company's future depends.

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Nissan to brief on improper inspection issue at 0730 GMT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co Ltd said it would hold a news conference on Friday to provide an update on the investigation into improper final inspection procedures - an issue that has led to the recall of 1.2 million vehicles in Japan.

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Asian shares up on US 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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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up on US tax, earnings hopes; Mueller report hits dollar

* Dollar falls broadly on media report of Mueller's subpoenas

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Toshiba says not in talks to with any company over PC unit sale

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Friday it had not entered into talks with any company to sell its personal computer business, denying media reports that it was in negotiations to sell the unit to Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc.

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Nikkei rises to more than 2-week high; chip-related stocks outperform

TOKYO, Nov 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a more than two-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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Toyota to consider selling locally-developed EVs in China

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp will consider selling in China all-electric battery car models developed by its two local joint ventures, the automaker said on Friday in a press release.

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Nissan's Infiniti to start producing new SUV in China next year

BEIJING (Reuters) - Nissan Motor Co's premium brand Infiniti will start producing a new crossover SUV in China next year, using existing manufacturing capacity in the northeastern city of Dalian. 

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Gulf carriers may be in focus under foreign airline U.S. tax exemption cut

(Reuters) - A U.S. congressional proposal that would eliminate income tax exemptions for certain airlines could affect major Gulf carriers, potentially worsening an international spat between U.S. airlines and their Middle East rivals.

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Toshiba says not considering separate investment in chip unit by Bain group member

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp said on Friday it was not considering accepting any separate investment in its memory chip unit by a member of a Bain Capital-led consortium that has agreed to buy the prized business for $18 billion.

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BRIEF-Sterling Bancorp announces pricing of initial public offering of common stock

* Sterling Bancorp Inc announces pricing of initial public offering of common stock

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BRIEF-Comstock Holding Co Q3 loss per share $0.45

* Comstock Holding Companies reports third quarter 2017 results

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Asian shares gain as earnings, tax debate help U.S. stocks

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares rose on Friday as strong U.S. earnings and a step forward in the U.S. Congress on tax reform brightened the mood, even though investors noted that many more hurdles must be passed to reach a final deal on tax cuts.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares gain as earnings, tax debate help U.S. stocks

* Strong earnings, passage of Lower House tax bills boosts Wall St

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Automaker Subaru sees $177 million in costs linked to inspection scandal

TOKYO (Reuters) - Subaru Corp said it was recalling 395,000 vehicles in Japan and that it expected to incur about 20 billion yen ($177 million) in costs related to improper final inspection procedures at domestic plants.

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Comcast, Verizon approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets: sources

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp and Verizon Communications Inc have both approached Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to express interest in buying Fox assets that were the subject of recent talks between Fox and Walt Disney Co, two people familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Key Technology Q4 earnings per share $0.18

* Key Technology Inc qtrly ‍net sales $40.5 million versus $30.5 million ​

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BRIEF-Ipass enters into a common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund for up to $10 mln

* Ipass enters into a common stock purchase agreement with Aspire Capital Fund for up to $10 million with an initial purchase of $1 million priced at $0.54

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Chile's presidential hopefuls wrap up campaigning ahead of Sunday vote

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chile's presidential hopefuls wrapped up campaigning on Thursday in a race that has pitted billionaire Sebastian Pinera's promise for change against center-left candidate Alejandro Guillier's defense of a recent raft of progressive reforms.

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Comcast approached Twenty-First Century Fox to buy some assets: source

(Reuters) - Comcast Corp has approached Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, expressing interest in the same assets that Walt Disney Co had approached Fox for recently, according to a person familiar with the matter.

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Toshiba in talks to sell PC operations to Asus: Nikkei‍​

(Reuters) - Japanese conglomerate Toshiba Corp has entered into negotiations to sell its personal computer operations to Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc, the Nikkei reported on Friday.

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Soros, Cohen among big name investors betting on Argentine startups

BUENOS AIRES (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.Now, in what he says is a sign of changing times, the 30-year-old entrepreneur can count among his backers billionaire George Soros and Point72 Ventures LLC, funded by the family office of hedge fund magnate Steve Cohen.

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Wall Street rallies powered by Cisco, Walmart; House tax vote supports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose sharply on Thursday boosted by earnings-related gains in Wal-Mart and Cisco, while a tax bill expected to boost corporate earnings passed its first, if smallest, hurdle.

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Jetmakers end Dubai rollercoaster with big orders pending

DUBAI (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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Barnes & Noble says investor's plan to take it private not 'bona fide'

(Reuters) - Barnes & Noble Inc said on Thursday a deal proposed by an activist investor to take the bookstore chain private was not "bona fide" as its chairman and founder, Leonard Riggio, would not participate and raising the required funds was highly unlikely.

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BRIEF-Alcentra Capital says ‍board has expanded open-market stock repurchase program

* Says ‍board of directors has expanded its open-market stock repurchase program by $2.5 million to $5.0 million​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar rise as U.S. House OKs tax overhaul

* Graphic: World FX rates in 2017 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh (Adds U.S. House passage of tax overhaul)

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Wall Street gains powered by Cisco, Walmart; tax passage supports

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose sharply on Thursday boosted by earnings-related gains in Wal-Mart and Cisco, while a tax bill expected to boost corporate earnings passed its first - if smallest - hurdle.

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US STOCKS-Wall St gains powered by Cisco, Walmart; tax passage supports

* Dow up 0.83 pct, S&P 500 up 0.86 pct, Nasdaq up 1.38 pct (Updates prices, adds tax bill vote, changes comment, byline)

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FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 on Thursday to allow broadcasters to voluntarily use a new technology to improve picture quality and allow better reception on mobile phones and give advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits.

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BRIEF-SERVOTRONICS Q3 EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.29

* Q3 REVENUE ROSE 19.7 PERCENT TO $11.33 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Meredith approaches Time again with Koch brothers backing: source

(Reuters) - Meredith Corp is in talks again to buy Time Inc in a potential deal backed by billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters on Thursday.

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U.S. airlines sharply cut involuntary passenger bumping: DOT

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Major U.S. airlines are bumping far fewer passengers from overbooked flights after a high-profile incident in April prompted the industry to reassess its practices, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) reported on Thursday.

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Cobalt hedging not mining the route for VW in EV drive, official says

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen is not looking to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a key ingredient of electric-car batteries, by investing in mines, a senior official at the automaker said.

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Volkswagen taps Brazil growth with new model to challenge Fiat, GM

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen launched its new Virtus model on Thursday to tap Brazil's highest-volume segment as part of a recovery plan that analysts said will help it regain ground on rivals General Motors and Fiat in South America's largest car market.

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Ex-Trump lawyer to defend AT&T-Time Warner merger

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc said it had hired media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, whose clients have included U.S. President Donald Trump, to defend its acquisition of media and entertainment company Time Warner Inc if the government sues to block the deal.

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Wal-Mart, tech stocks lead Wall Street gains

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes marched higher on Thursday, driven by gains in Wal-Mart and technology shares, while investors awaited a vote on the Republican tax bill.

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UPDATE 2-Recovery rally for European stocks leaves oil sector behind

* Energy stocks fall after Norway wealth fund proposes oil stocks exit

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Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs to tackle flailing turbines business

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens will cut about 6,900 jobs, or close to 2 percent of its global workforce, mainly at its power and gas division, which has been hit by the rapid growth of renewables.

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UPDATE 3-Smucker brews up strong earnings, sees lower coffee costs in 2018

* Shares up nearly 10 percent (Adds quote from CFO, coffee bean price forecast and updates share move)

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UPDATE 2-Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund proposes to drop oil, gas stocks from index

* Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2tskfub (Updates market reaction, adds comments)

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Wal-Mart shares jump on strong U.S. sales growth

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported better-than-expected U.S. comparable sales on Thursday, as customers stocked up on food and other supplies ahead of hurricanes and online purchases soared, sending its shares up more than 8.5 percent.

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AT&T hires ex-Trump lawyer to defend possible Time Warner deal lawsuit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T said on Thursday it had hired prominent media lawyer Daniel Petrocelli to serve as lead trial counsel if the U.S. Justice Department files a lawsuit to block the No. 2 U.S. wireless company's acquisition of media and entertainment company Time Warner .

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Viacom expects distributor revenue to drop in 2018; shares sink

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc , owner of MTV and Comedy Central, said Thursday it expects lower revenue from cable and satellite companies in 2018, a forecast that sent its shares down almost 10 percent in morning trading.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks rise along with dollar, investors eye tax vote

* Nikkei rallies on bargain-hunting after 6-day losing streak

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BRIEF-MDU RESOURCES INCREASES QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND TO 19.75 CENTS/SHARE

* ‍INCREASED CO'S QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND TO 19.75 CENTS PER SHARE; PREVIOUS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND WAS 19.25 CENTS/SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Late arrival of iPhone X clouds Best Buy's results

(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc took a $100 million hit in the third quarter from the late launch of the iPhone X and gave a profit forecast for the holiday period that fell short of analysts' estimates, as it competes in a brutal U.S. retail market.

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Gains in Wal-Mart, Cisco lift Wall Street

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 index recovered from its worst two-day fall since August on Thursday after Wal-Mart and Cisco shares soared on strong results.

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Swiss bank to launch bitcoin futures to allow betting against cryptocurrency

ZURICH (Reuters) - Swiss bank Vontobel said it will start trading Switzerland's first two mini futures to short bitcoin on Friday, giving investors a tool to bet against the value of the volatile cryptocurrency or to hedge bitcoin positions.

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US STOCKS-Gains in Wal-Mart, Cisco lift Wall Street

* Indexes up: Dow 0.77 pct, S&P 0.76 pct, Nasdaq 1.17 pct (Changes comment, updates prices, adds details on tax plan)

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Siemens to cut 6,900 jobs across its energy businesses

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens plans to cut about 6,900 jobs across its businesses supplying the power generation and oil and gas industries, which have been hit by the rapid growth of renewable energy.

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Tax reform faces long road ahead in the Senate

House Republicans are hours away from fulfilling their pledge of a full-scale tax overhaul. But all eyes have already shifted to the Senate, where the reality of tax reform is starting to bubble up: It's complicated, it's difficult and, at some point, the cruise control would be flicked off and this would start to get real. Well, now it's getting real.

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IBM urged to avoid working on 'extreme vetting' of U.S. immigrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to declare that it will not develop technology to help the Trump administration carry out a proposal to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States.

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Wal-Mart sales growth bucks trend in retail sector, shares jump

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported better-than-expected U.S. comparable sales on Thursday, as customers stocked up on food and building materials ahead of hurricanes and online purchases soared, sending its shares up more than 7 percent.

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Wall Street recovers on strong Wal-Mart, Cisco earnings

(Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes recovered from two days of losses on Thursday after technology stocks got a boost from Cisco results and Wal-Mart soared to a record high.

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Hong Kong IPO surge challenges New York in battle for China listings

HONG KONG (Reuters) - It's not often Hong Kong can boast hotter initial public offerings than New York, but some recent deals and a potential pipeline of big Chinese tech floats suggest a shift in the balance between the two fundraising rivals.

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Viacom expects affiliate sales to drop in 2018; shares sink

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc , owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, said Thursday it expects high single-digit declines in revenue from U.S. cable TV operators and online distributors in the first half of 2018, sending its shares down 8 percent.

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Siemens says to cut about 6,900 jobs

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Siemens plans to cut about 6,900 job in its turbines division, including related services and in large drives, the Munich-based industrial group said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Norway's $1 trillion wealth fund proposes to drop oil, gas stocks from index

* Graphic: http://tmsnrt.rs/2tskfub (Adds market reactions, green campaigners, analyst)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX ticks higher as banks gain, energy stocks weigh

TORONTO, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ticked higher in early trade on Thursday, helped by gains among its biggest banking stocks while energy companies weighed.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher after strong Wal-Mart, Cisco earnings

Nov 16 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks indexes opened higher on Thursday after two days of losses, driven by strong earnings from Wal-Mart and Cisco.

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Wal-Mart third-quarter sales boosted by hurricanes, online; shares jump

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales at established U.S. stores on Thursday, boosted by hurricane-related purchases and soaring online sales, sending its shares up 4.4 percent.

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Viacom beats revenue estimates despite distribution headwinds

(Reuters) - Viacom Inc , owner of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, reported mixed quarterly results Thursday as higher-than-expected revenue in its film unit and improved domestic ad sales offset lower revenue from U.S. cable TV operators and online distributors.

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Rights groups pressure IBM to renounce interest in Trump's 'extreme vetting'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A coalition of rights groups launched an online petition on Thursday urging IBM Corp to renounce a Trump administration proposal to use technology to identify people for visa denial and deportation from the United States.

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Best Buy falls short with holiday profit forecast

(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc reported disappointing third-quarter results on Thursday and forecast holiday-quarter profit below Wall Street estimates as it cut prices to match those offered by rivals including Amazon.com Inc .

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Emerson sweetens bid for Rockwell Automation to $29 billion

(Reuters) - Emerson Electric Co boosted its offer to buy Rockwell Automation Inc to about $29 billion, after the smaller rival rebuffed a $27.6 billion bid last month saying it undervalued the company.

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Wal-Mart reports better-than-expected third-quarter sales, shares jump

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc , the world's largest retailer, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales at established U.S. stores on Thursday, boosted by hurricane-related purchases and soaring online sales, sending its shares up 3.5 percent.

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Best Buy's holiday-quarter profit forecast misses Street view

(Reuters) - Best Buy Co Inc reported on Thursday disappointing third-quarter results and forecast holiday-quarter profit below Wall Street's estimates as the company cuts prices to match those offered by rivals such as Amazon.com Inc .

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UPDATE 2-EU, US close to deal on stock exchanges before MIFID II deadline

BRUSSELS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The European Commission will grant equivalent status to trading venues in the United States and Switzerland provided EU member states agree, draft documents seen by Reuters said.

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Tesla to unveil electric big-rig truck in midst of Model 3 factory 'hell'

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Tesla Inc on Thursday will unveil a prototype electric big-rig truck, which may be able to drive itself, throwing the company into a new market even as it struggles to roll out an affordable sedan which is central to the company's future.

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T-Mobile US to propose significant share buyback

BARCELONA (Reuters) - T-Mobile US will propose a "significant" share buyback that could start in December, CFO Braxton Carter said on Thursday, a sign that the third biggest carrier in the United States is confident in its outlook after the collapse of a merger with Sprint Corp.

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BRIEF-Spectrum brands Q4 adjusted earnings per share $1.35

* Spectrum Brands Holdings reports solid fiscal 2017 fourth quarter results, announces projects Alpha and Ignite to further support long-term growth ambitions

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BRIEF-Qiwi PLC reports Q3 adjusted earnings per share rub 17.38

* Qiwi PLC qtrly ‍total adjusted net revenue increased 22 pct to rub 3,238 million ($55.8 million)​

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UPDATE 1-EU, US close to deal on stock exchanges before MIFID II deadline

BRUSSELS, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The European Commission has adopted decisions to grant equivalence status to trading venues in the United States and Switzerland, draft documents seen by Reuters said.

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Uber's London license appeal could take years: Mayor Khan

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber's [UBER.UL] appeal process against a decision by London's transport regulator to strip the taxi app of its operating license in the British capital could take years, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said on Thursday.

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T-Mobile US to propose significant share buyback: CFO

BARCELONA (Reuters) - U.S. No.3 carrier T-Mobile US will propose a "significant" share buyback that could start in December, finance chief Braxton Carter said on Thursday, a sign of confidence after the collapse of its merger with Sprint Corp.

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Recovery rally for European stocks as cyclicals make a comeback

* European benchmarks' 2017 performance http://reut.rs/2A1JRV7

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Kazakh airline SCAT orders six Boeing jets

DUBAI (Reuters) - Boeing signed a deal at the Dubai Airshow on Thursday to sell six Boeing 737 MAX 8 passenger jets to SCAT Airlines of Kazakhstan, a person close to the discussions said.

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CEE MARKETS-FX, stocks rebound as Asia stocks rise and euro retreats

* Profit-taking after euro rally mostly helps CEE currencies * Budapest leads stock rebound on MOL, upgraded by S&P * Leu remains under pressure from politics, overheating fears * Croatia starts marketing 2030-expiry euro bonds By Sandor Peto BUDAPEST, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Central European currencies and equities mostly firmed on Thursday on relief that the past week's global stocks sell-off had not continued in Asia overnight, indicating less risk aversion. Regional c

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EMERGING MARKETS-Solid U.S. data lifts emerging stocks, currencies

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks snapped a five-day losing streak on Thursday as investors found solace from solid U.S. data in the wake of the recent global equity sell off while currencies advanced despite a slightly stronger dollar.

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T-Mobile to roll out U.S. 5G network by 2020

BARCELONA (Reuters) - T-Mobile US, the third-largest U.S. mobile operator, will roll out its fifth-generation network across the United States by 2020, Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said on Thursday.

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Europe's longest stocks sell-off of the year abates

LONDON (Reuters) - Investors tentatively returned to world stock markets on Thursday, looking for bargains after Europe's longest losing streak of the year and the worst run since March for the top global indices.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Europe's longest stocks sell-off of the year abates

* Nikkei rallies on bargain-hunting after 6-day losing streak

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Merkel allies talk tough ahead of crunch coalition negotiations

BERLIN (Reuters) - Allies of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they would not agree a coalition at any price ahead of crunch talks on Thursday at which she must forge a three-way alliance or else risk seeing her 12-year stint in power come to an end.

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Few banks seen queuing for China's red carpet invite

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China stunned the finance world last week when it unveiled plans to allow foreign control of its financial institutions. Few bankers thought their long-held dream of better access to the world's largest banking market was within reach.

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UPDATE 1-Recovery rally for European stocks as cyclicals make a comeback

* European benchmarks' 2017 performance http://reut.rs/2A1JRV7 (Updates prices, adds quotes, detail)

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Oil steady as expected output curbs balance U.S. supply

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil markets stabilized on Thursday as expectations that OPEC would extend production limits balanced rising U.S. crude production and inventories.

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Recovery rally for European stocks as cyclicals make a comeback

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) - European shares enjoyed a recovery on Thursday, snapping their longest losing streak since October 2016 as the cyclicals sectors which had driven a market-wide sell-off made a comeback.

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Oil edges up as expected extension of OPEC cuts counters rising U.S. supplies

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets edged up on Thursday as expectations that OPEC will extend production cuts at a meeting at the end of this month outweighed rising U.S. crude production and inventories.

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Asia shares gain despite Wall St. weakness, dollar edges higher

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares shrugged off Wall Street losses and a lackluster start to rally on Thursday, while the dollar edged up as investors priced in more U.S. rate hikes after upbeat economic data.

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BRIEF-Strauss Group reports Q3 earnings per share of NIS 1.09​

* Qtrly ‍strong organic sales growth, excluding foreign exchange effects, was 8.3%​

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Asia shares gain despite Wall St. slip, dollar edges higher

TOKYO/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares shrugged off a lackluster start and pushed higher, while the dollar edged up as investors priced in more U.S. rate hikes after upbeat economic data.

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Oil stable as OPEC cuts counter rising U.S. supplies

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets were stable on Thursday as rising U.S. crude production and inventories were countered by expectations that OPEC will extend an ongoing production cut during a meeting at the end of this month.

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Volkswagen Group earmarking $11.8 billion to develop, build China electric cars

GUANGZHOU/BEIJING (Reuters) - Volkswagen Group plans to spend 10 billion euros ($11.8 billion) by 2025 to develop and manufacture so-called new-energy vehicles (NEVs), the group's China chief Jochem Heizmann told Reuters on Thursday.

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Meredith, Time Inc restart deal talks with Koch brothers' support: NYT

(Reuters) - Time Inc is in talks with Meredith Corp again to sell itself in a potential deal backed by billionaire brothers Charles Koch and David Koch, the New York Times reported.

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Mark Cuban says tax rates have almost no impact on investment

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Billionaire entrepreneur and potential presidential candidate Mark Cuban said on Wednesday that a cut in the U.S. corporate tax rate would have little to no effect on his investment decisions.

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BRIEF-Achillion announces pricing of secondary offering of common stock

* Achillion announces pricing of secondary offering of common stock

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Oil prices weighed down by rising U.S. supplies, but OPEC cuts prevent falls

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets on Thursday were weighed down by rising U.S. crude production and inventories, but prices were prevented from falling by expectations that OPEC will extend an ongoing production cut during a meeting at the end of this month.

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Ackman sells Air Products, Nomad Foods positions, makes strong profit

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Activist investor William Ackman told his hedge fund clients on Wednesday that he liquidated positions in Air Products and Chemicals Inc and Nomad Foods Ltd, investments that earned them a lot of money.

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UPDATE 2-S&P, MSCI to blend telecom, media stocks in one sector

Nov 15 (Reuters) - A stock market index revamp could put the FANG stocks under one roof.

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Narrow win for Fox shows restlessness with dual-class shares

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - A shareholder proposal calling for Twenty-First Century Fox Inc to scrap its dual-class share structure was rejected on Wednesday, though the measure received significant support among voters outside the controlling Murdoch family.

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Asia shares cautious as mood turns skittish

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares got off to a cautious start on Thursday after Wall Street stumbled despite upbeat U.S. economic news and the Treasury yield curve hit its flattest in a decade as investors priced in more U.S. rate hikes.

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BlackBerry shifts patent strategy through outsourcing deal

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's BlackBerry Ltd announced the outsourcing of a significant part of its patent licensing efforts on Wednesday to a unit of the U.S.-based Marconi Group.

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US STOCKS-Wall St falls with energy shares; tax angst weighs

* Industry sector revamp could see all FANG stocks under one roof

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BRIEF-NetEase reports Q3 GAAP diluted earnings per ADS $2.86

* NETEASE REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2017 UNAUDITED FINANCIAL RESULTS

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UPDATE 1-S&P, MSCI indexes to combine telecom, media stocks into one sector

Nov 15 (Reuters) - Shares of companies specializing in telecommunications, media and entertainment will be combined into a single sector in a major overhaul of U.S. stock market indexes, including the benchmark S&P 500, S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI Inc said on Wednesday.

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Trian's Peltz claims win in proxy fight, P&G says not yet

(Reuters) - Activist hedge fund manager Nelson Peltz claimed victory in his fight to win a seat on Procter & Gamble Co's board after a preliminary tally of votes was released on Wednesday, but P&G refused to concede and said it wants to see a certified result before declaring a winner.

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Tezos organizers hit with second lawsuit over cryptocurrency fundraiser

(Reuters) - A second lawsuit was filed this week against the organizers of cybercurrency technology project Tezos, an initiative that raised $232 million to issue a cryptocurrency that does not exist and fund development of a transaction system that has no clear end date.

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Washington state AG's office confirms Justice Department circulating AT&T Time Warner complaint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington state attorney general's office acknowledged on Wednesday that it was reviewing a draft complaint being circulated by the U.S. Justice Department regarding AT&T's plan to buy Time Warner , confirming that the Justice Department has drawn up a complaint.

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BRIEF-Everi Holdings director Eileen​ Raney buys 9,000 shares of co's common stock

* Everi Holdings Inc director Eileen​ ‍raney reports purchase of 9,000 shares of co's common stock on Nov 15 at $8.65 per share - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2AKnfVJ) Further company coverage:

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S&P to combine telecom, media stocks into one sector

Nov 15 (Reuters) - S&P Dow Jones Indices on Wednesday said it would combine telecommunication and media and entertainment company shares into a single sector in a long-anticipated overhaul of its stock market indexes, including the benchmark S&P 500.

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Wall Street falls with energy shares; tax angst weighs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as energy sector shares dropped for a fourth straight session, tracking crude prices, while a late run-up was thwarted by concerns over the passage of a tax revamp after Republican senators were critical of the proposal.

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Trian's Peltz says it wins proxy fight against P&G

(Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Trian's Nelson Peltz said on Wednesday he won a proxy fight with Procter & Gamble Co for a seat on the company's board.

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Oracle backs tougher foreign investment bills aimed at China

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Software maker Oracle Corp is backing bipartisan legislation that aims to toughen foreign investment rules amid increasing concern over Chinese efforts to buy U.S. high-tech companies, according to a letter seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

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BlackBerry signs patent licensing deal with Teletry

(Reuters) - Canada's BlackBerry Ltd said on Wednesday it agreed to allow Teletry, a unit of patent licensing firm Marconi Group, to sub-license a broad range of its patents to global smartphone manufacturers.

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Delta Air says tax cut would buy new planes, pay down debt

DETROIT (Reuters) - C would use savings from a lower U.S. corporate tax rate to buy new equipment and pay down some of its debt, the carrier's chief executive said on Wednesday, as congressional Republicans work to push forward a tax cut bill.

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BRIEF-First Round Capital sells 110,482 shares of Blue Apron Holdings Inc's Class A common stock between Nov 13-14

* First Round Capital IV, L.P. reports open market sale of 110,482 shares of Blue Apron Holdings Inc's Class A common stock between Nov 13-14 - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2z3PySl) Further company coverage:

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Exclusive: Mattel snubs Hasbro's latest acquisition approach - sources

(Reuters) - Mattel Inc has rebuffed Hasbro Inc's latest takeover approach, people familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, casting uncertainty over the potential combination of the world's two largest toy companies.

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Bombardier plans hiring spree for business jet program: sources

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Bombardier Inc expects to hire around 1,000 workers in Montreal over 18 months, as the Canadian plane and train maker ramps up production of its new Global 7000 business jet, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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U.S. government approaches 18 states to fight AT&T-Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department has approached 18 state attorneys general to try to win their support for an antitrust lawsuit to block pay TV and wireless powerhouse AT&T Inc's $85.4 billion deal to buy media and entertainment company Time Warner Inc, a person briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

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Wall Street falls as energy tracks oil lower; tech weighs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks fell on Wednesday as energy sector shares dropped for a fourth straight session, tracking crude prices, while tech, the best performing sector this year, weighed the most on the S&P 500.

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US STOCKS-Wall St falls as energy tracks oil lower; tech weighs

* Dow down 0.41 pct, S&P 500 down 0.33 pct, Nasdaq down 0.24 pct (Updates prices, changes comment, byline)

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U.S. fund investors snub domestic stocks

By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Nov 15 (Reuters) - U.S. investors dashed into funds that buy stocks outside the country at the fastest pace since July, while pulling money out of domestic equities, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday. World stock mutual funds and exchange-traded funds attracted $6.5 billion during the week ended Nov. 8, the 49th straight week of inflows and the largest haul in 16 weeks, according to the trade group. That compares to $3.7 bil

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U.S. delivery companies dig deep to hire holiday season help

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The tightest U.S. labor market this century is putting pressure on margins for freight haulers and warehouse operators as they bid for hundreds of thousands of workers to move packages during the peak holiday period.

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Lockheed's CH-53K helicopter to make global debut at Berlin air show: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - The U.S. military has approved Lockheed Martin Corp's new CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter to fly at the Berlin air show next April, according to two sources familiar with the program.