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Daimler to invest $1 billion in Alabama plant, create over 600 jobs

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Daimler said it will invest $1 billion to expand its U.S.-based Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama to start building electric sport-utility vehicles there from about 2020.

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Exclusive: Macquarie leapfrogs Goldman to join top tier of commodity banks

LONDON (Reuters) - Australia's Macquarie Group Ltd has overtaken Goldman Sachs to break into the top three banks for commodities business, having significantly expanded its U.S. energy operations in recent years while rivals cut back.

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

WASHINGTON (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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Hack of U.S. securities regulator rattles investors, stirs doubts

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (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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Wall Street slips from record levels as Apple, Fed view weigh

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks slipped from their all-time highs on Thursday, weighed down by Apple and the hawkish stance of the Federal Reserve, which hinted at raising interest rates for a third time this year despite low inflation.

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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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Exclusive: Chipmaker GlobalFoundries asks EU to investigate bigger rival TSMC - source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. electronic chipmaker GlobalFoundries has asked European antitrust regulators to investigate market leader TSMC , accusing the Taiwanese firm of unfair competition, an industry source said on Monday.

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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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Wall St. lower as investors assess Fed's hawkish stance

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks pulled back from their all-time highs on Thursday as investors assessed the Federal Reserve's policy statement, which hinted at raising interest rates for the third time this year and laid out plans to roll back its monetary stimulus.

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Wells Fargo CEO to testify before Senate banking panel on October 3

WASHINGTON (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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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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Wall St. opens slightly lower after Fed's hawkish stance

(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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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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Daimler joins rush to add more North American auto plants: report

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

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U.S. jobless claims fall; hurricanes still affecting data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, but the near-term outlook for the labor market was muddied by the continuing impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

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Wells Fargo CEO due to testify before Senate banking panel October 3

WASHINGTON (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-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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U.S. jobless claims fall; hurricanes still impacting data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits unexpectedly fell last week, but the data continued to be influenced by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, muddying the labor market picture in the near term.

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EU eyes solo move to increase tax on online giants, risking U.S. anger

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Thursday it may seek to implement tax reform to raise more revenue from online giants without the backing of the United States and other rich nations, in a move that could spark a new transatlantic dispute.

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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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Futures flat after Fed signals third rate hike this year

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Thursday, a day after the Federal Reserve signaled that it could raise interest rates for the third time this year despite low inflation and disclosed plans to shrink its balance sheet.

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ECB may ask fintech banks to hold bigger buffers

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - High-tech banks looking to enter the fintech zone may be asked to hold bigger liquidity and capital buffers due to the unique nature of their risks, the European Central Bank said in draft licensing guidelines on Thursday.

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Road to electric car paradise paved with handouts

JUDABERG, Norway (Reuters) - The Norwegian island of Finnoey has the highest density of electric cars in the world. The reason? They are exempt from the $6,000-a-year toll charges for the tunnel to the mainland.

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

HONG KONG (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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Toys 'R' Us plans holiday hires including toy demonstrators

(Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc, the U.S. toy retailer that filed for bankruptcy protection this week, said on Thursday it is hiring part-time seasonal workers to staff its stores for the holidays, including for a new position of toy demonstrator.

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Mitsubishi recalls 89,406 cars in Russia: standards agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's standards watchdog Rosstandart said on Thursday it had been informed that Mitsubishi Motors Corp was recalling 89,406 Mitsubishi ASX cars sold in Russia between July 2010 and January 2016.

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Volvo rolls out compact SUV in latest upmarket shift under Geely

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

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Mexican F1 track undamaged by quake, race to go ahead

LONDON (Reuters) - Mexican Grand Prix organizers say next month's Formula One race in Mexico City will go ahead as planned despite the capital being hit by its deadliest earthquake in three decades.

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

LONDON (Reuters) - Signals the Federal Reserve will hike U.S. interest rates again this year and begin the 'Great Unwinding' of a decade of aggressive stimulus, drove the dollar to a two-month high versus the yen on Thursday and sent bonds and commodities lower.

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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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Merkel's party dips in poll but still way ahead before Sunday vote

BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel's conservatives dropped one percentage point in a poll released on Thursday, three days before a German election in which the chancellor is expected to win a fourth term, while the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) gained two points.

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Toshiba, keen to seal $18 billion chips sale, wrestles with last-minute delays

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp is locked in last minute discussions over "key issues" with the would-be buyers of its $18 billion memory chip business led by U.S. private equity firm Bain, potentially delaying a formal agreement on the sale.

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Lufthansa CEO puts focus on 38 wet lease planes in Air Berlin battle

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa's bid for Air Berlin assets is focused on securing the 38 crewed planes it currently leases from the insolvent carrier and it is interested in a further 20 to 40 planes, Lufthansa's chief executive said.

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Google bets anew on smartphones, pays $1.1 billion for HTC's Pixel division

TAIPEI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay $1.1 billion for the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones - its second major foray into phone hardware after an earlier costly failure.

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China's Baidu launches $1.5 billion autonomous driving fund

BEIJING (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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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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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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What is at stake for Uber in U.S. bribery probe?

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. bribery investigation at ride-hailing company Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] will likely go on for a year or more and could lead to snowballing legal and compliance costs if lawyers find systemic problems.

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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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Google to acquire HTC's Pixel smartphone division in $1.1 billion deal

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said it would pay $1.1 billion in cash to acquire the division at Taiwan's HTC Corp that develops the U.S. firm's Pixel smartphones, its latest push into hardware manufacturing.

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Oil dips on rising U.S. crude inventories and production

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil markets dipped on Thursday, weighed down by rising U.S. crude inventories and production as well as a stronger dollar, which potentially hampers fuel consumption in countries that use other currencies at home.

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

TAIPEI (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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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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Plan to ease U.S. firearm export rules may relieve gunmakers facing sales slump

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A move by the Trump administration to make it simpler to sell small arms abroad may provide some relief to gun makers American Outdoor Brands and Sturm Ruger & Company in an industry grappling with a deep sales slump since the election of President Donald Trump.

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Google to buy part of HTC's smartphone operations for around $1 billion : source

HONG KONG/TAIPEI (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is set to announce a deal to acquire part of Taiwanese firm HTC Corp's smartphone operations for about $1 billion, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said on Thursday.

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

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

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BRIEF-Acceleron announces pricing of public offering of common stock

* Acceleron announces pricing of public offering of common stock

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BRIEF-Student Transportation reports Q4 earnings per share $0.05

* Student Transportation Inc. reports fourth quarter & fiscal year 2017 results

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Braskem denies reports on merger of stock classes

BRASILIA, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem SA said it is not studying a possible share restructuring, according to a securities filing late on Wednesday.

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Florence declined and London may too, banks warn ahead of May's speech

LONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Britain is in danger of losing its place in the financial world much in the same way Florence did after its Renaissance heyday, an industry group warned on Thursday.

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Albertsons buys meal-kit delivery provider Plated

(Reuters) - Albertsons Cos Inc , one of America's biggest supermarket chains, said on Wednesday it would buy meal-kit delivery service Plated, as it looks to attract more customers to its stores amid increased competition.

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BRIEF-Iovance Biotherapeutics announces pricing of its public offering of $50 mln of common stock

* Iovance Biotherapeutics, Inc. announces pricing of its public offering of $50 million of common stock

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FedEx raises TNT integration costs by $75 million: filings

(Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp said on Wednesday its expects to incur roughly $350 million in integration costs related to its acquisition of Netherlands-based TNT Express during 2018, some $75 million higher than previous estimates.

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St. Louis approves police body cameras ahead of more protests

ST. LOUIS, Sept 20 (Reuters) - St. Louis officials decided on Wednesday to supply police officers with body cameras for a year as the city prepares for a sixth night of protests after a white former police officer was acquitted of killing a black man.

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FedEx says financial drain from cyber attack to linger through 2018

(Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp said on Wednesday a June cyber attack on its Dutch unit will continue to hurt revenue through its second fiscal quarter and fiscal full-year 2018 and force bigger investments in information technology.

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BRIEF-Hilton Grand Vacations announces pricing of secondary common stock offering

* Hilton Grand Vacations announces pricing of secondary common stock offering

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Fed keeps U.S. rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite a recent bout of low inflation.

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Tesla working with AMD to develop chip for self-driving car: CNBC

(Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Inc is working with Advanced Micro Devices Inc to develop its own artificial intelligence chip for self-driving cars, CNBC reported on Wednesday, citing a source familiar with the matter.

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Wall St. closes slightly higher after Fed policy decisions

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow ended slightly higher on Wednesday, adding to their string of closing records, after the Federal Reserve signaled it expects another interest rate hike by year-end and disclosed timing for reducing its balance sheet.

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US STOCKS-Wall St closes slightly higher after Fed policy decisions

* Fed unveils balance sheet unwind timing, signals Dec. rate hike

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BRIEF-Tapimmune files for‍​ resale of 4.4 mln shares of common stock held by selling stockholders

* Tapimmune Inc - Files for‍​ resale 4.4 million shares of common stock which are currently held by selling stockholders - SEC filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2hjwILz] Further company coverage:

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Apple concedes new watch has connectivity glitch

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby.

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Fed keeps rates steady, to start portfolio drawdown in October

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve left interest rates unchanged on Wednesday but signaled it still expects one more increase by the end of the year despite recent weak inflation readings.

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Holiday sales forecasts indicate strong growth for retailers

(Reuters) - Early holiday sales forecasts are indicating a largely stronger season for retailers than last year, helped by higher online sales and increasing spending power due to a strong labor market.

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Wall St. falls after Fed signals another rate hike this year

(Reuters) - Wall Street's three major indexes were lower on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signaled that it expects another rate hike by year end and disclosed timing for reducing its balance sheet.

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US STOCKS-Wall St falls after Fed signals another rate hike this year

* Indexes down: Dow 0.21 pct, S&P 0.36 pct, Nasdaq 0.66 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds commentary, changes byline)

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Waymo seeking $2.6 billion from Uber for one trade secret: lawyer

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion from Uber for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars, a lawyer for Uber said on Wednesday.

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Dominican Republic shuts most ports ahead of Hurricane Maria

SANTO DOMINGO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Dominican Republic closed most of its ports ahead of Hurricane Maria, but the country's 34,000-barrel-per-day refinery was still running, the government said on Wednesday.

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Waymo seeking $2.6 billion for one trade secret against Uber

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - An Uber [UBER.UL] lawyer on Wednesday said Alphabet Inc's Waymo unit is seeking about $2.6 billion for the alleged theft of one of several trade secrets in a lawsuit over self-driving cars.

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Wall St. flat; all eyes on Fed policy decision

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed in early afternoon trading on Wednesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy decision for clues on the future path of interest rates.

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Google close to buying smartphone maker HTC's assets: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google is close to acquiring assets of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp , Bloomberg reported, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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BlackRock's Fink says he is committed to gender diversity

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Larry Fink on Wednesday said the largest asset manager must mirror its customers in terms of gender, in comments that come as the company has become more vocal about shareholder and activist efforts to boost workplace diversity.

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UPDATE 2-M&A, Spain turmoil liven up Europe stocks

* Banks in focus ahead of Fed policy decision (Recasts, adds details, closing prices)

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S&P, Dow flat ahead of Fed decision; Apple weighs on Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Dow were little changed on Wednesday but hovered near record levels as investors waited to hear from the Federal Reserve on future interest rate hikes this year while the tech-heavy Nasdaq was pulled lower by a drop in Apple.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat ahead of Fed decision; Apple weighs on Nasdaq

* Apple down on reports of connectivity issues with its smartwatch

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar flat as investors brace for Fed statement

* Oil prices pare gains after inventory data (Updates with early U.S. market activity; changes dateline, previous LONDON)

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General Mills profit misses as U.S. yogurt sales sour

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit as yogurt and cereal sales declined in North America, sending the company's shares down 9 percent to their lowest levels in nearly two years.

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BlackRock's Fink says he is committed to gender parity

NEW YORK (Reuters) - BlackRock Inc Chief Executive Larry Fink on Wednesday said he is committed to gender parity and that his company must mirror customers, especially with a large proportion of household wealth managed by women.

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Pfizer files suit against J&J over Remicade contracts

(Reuters) - Drugmaker Pfizer Inc on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson , saying its rival's contracts with health insurers for blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, Remicade, were anticompetitive and blocked sales of Pfizer's new biosimilar.

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General Mills profit misses on weak yogurt, cereal sales

(Reuters) - General Mills Inc reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly profit, hurt by lower sales of its yogurts and cereals in North America.

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Wall St. opens little changed; Fed takes center stage

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened little changed on Wednesday as investors waited for the conclusion of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting for indications of a third interest rate hike this year.

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Toshiba to sell chip unit to Bain Capital-led group for $18 billion

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp agreed on Wednesday to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as energy and financials lead, investors await Fed

TORONTO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Wednesday, as energy and financial stocks led gains, with investors waiting for the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve meeting for clues on its next monetary policy move.

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Pfizer sues Johnson & Johnson over Remicade biosimilar

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson , saying that the drugmaker's anticompetitive contracts with health insurers prevented biosimilar competition to its blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug, Remicade.

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Wall St. opens flat as investors await Fed decision

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened little changed on Wednesday as investors waited for the conclusion of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting for indications of a third interest rate hike this year.

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Clariant short-sellers squeezed as activist Corvex doubles-down

LONDON (Reuters) - Hedge funds have trimmed bets on a fall in shares of Clariant , just as activist investor Corvex increases pressure on the Swiss chemicals company to ditch a $20 billion M&A deal with rival Huntsman .

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UPS expects to hire about 95,000 workers for holiday season

(Reuters) - Package delivery company United Parcel Service Inc said it expected to hire about 95,000 seasonal employees for its crucial peak holiday season for the fourth straight year.

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Rohingya refugees take little heart from speech by Myanmar's Suu Kyi

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh said on Wednesday they were dismayed by a speech by Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi in which she condemned rights violations against them but, as far as they could see, offered little hope of them ever going home.

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BRIEF-Trio-Tech International Q4 earnings per share $0.09

* Trio-Tech fourth quarter net income increased 96% to $0.09 per diluted share versus $0.05 per share last year

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Toshiba says seals $18 billion deal to sell chip unit to Bain Capital group

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell its prized semiconductor business to a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital LP, a key step in keeping the struggling Japanese conglomerate listed on the Tokyo exchange.

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As Apple slows, fast-moving Chinese rivals gain in wealthy markets

HONG KONG/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Slowing innovation at iPhone maker Apple gives Asian rivals their best chance yet to conquer developed markets, retailers and consumers say - thanks to better designs and lower prices.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures edge higher; Fed meet in focus

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Canada’s main stock index futures were trading slightly higher on Wednesday, as investors were cautious ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that may give clues on whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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Futures flat as investors focus on Fed meeting

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited clues from the Federal Reserve meeting on whether the central bank will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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Special Report: The garage science behind the stun gun that changed policing

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - When Rick Smith launched his supercharged stun gun in 1999, his startup had produced two failed products, several years of losses and a load of debt.

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US STOCKS-Futures flat as investors focus on Fed meeting

Sept 20 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited clues from the Federal Reserve meeting on whether the central bank will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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Getting your kid to bank summer earnings

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Linda Rogers' father set her up for retirement when she was just a teenager.

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Wal-Mart to give more hours to current staff this holiday season

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday it would not hire temporary workers this holiday season and would instead offer the extra hours to its current employees.

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BRIEF-Tintri says board approved restructuring, reduction in force plan of a little more than 10 pct of co's global workforce

* Tintri - on September 18, 2017, board approved restructuring, reduction in force plan of a little more than 10 percent of co's global workforce - SEC filing

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Eurowings wins union backing to speed up hiring amid Air Berlin turbulence

BERLIN (Reuters) - Lufthansa budget unit Eurowings has agreed a deal with the Verdi union that will allow it to hire new cabin crew at short notice from rivals such as bankrupt Air Berlin .

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T-Mobile U.S. explores takeover of Sprint: source

(Reuters) - U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc is exploring taking over rival Sprint Corp in an all-stock deal, after SoftBank Group Corp offered to give up its majority ownership of Sprint, a person familiar with the matter said.

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MIDEAST MONEY-Abu Dhabi targets IPOs worth $5 bln ahead of Saudi Aramco

DUBAI/ABU DHABI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Abu Dhabi is hoping to fast-track at least $5 billion of stock market listings by state-backed companies next year before Saudi Aramco's planned $100 billion IPO dominates investor demand.

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Toshiba selects Bain group as buyer of its prized chip business: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp has chosen a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital to buy its prized memory chip unit, three people with knowledge of the talks said on Wednesday, a last-minute dramatic twist to a highly contentious auction.

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Walmart, Target join call for 'Dreamer' legislation

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Target Corp and PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday joined an expanded group of nearly 800 companies calling in a letter for U.S. legislation to protect immigrants brought into the country illegally by their parents from deportation, according to organizer FWD.us.

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World stocks notch up new high but it's all about the Fed

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks eked out a new record high on Wednesday and the dollar dipped against its major rivals with the focus on a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that may give clues as to whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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UPDATE 1-European stocks tread softly ahead of Fed

* Kingfisher, Inditex results in focus (Adds detail and quotes, updates prices)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks notch up new high but it's all about the Fed

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - World stocks eked out a new record high on Wednesday and the dollar dipped against its major rivals with the focus on a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting that may give clues as to whether it will raise interest rates for a third time this year.

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Uber reviews Asia business amid U.S. bribery probe: source

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], which is the subject of a U.S. federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws, has started a review of its Asia operations and notified U.S. authorities about payments made by staff to police officers in Indonesia, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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European stocks tread softly ahead of Fed

LONDON, Sept 20 (Reuters) - European stocks continued to trade cautiously in early deals on Wednesday ahead of a policy decision by the U.S. Federal Reserve later in the day, with energy stocks and miners boosted by a rise in metals and oil prices.

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Australia pushes ahead with refugee deal that Trump called 'stupid'

The Australian refugee deal that US President Donald Trump once derided as "stupid" and "horrible" is happening.

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New Zealand election could put an obstacle in path to nailing TPP deal

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - If New Zealanders vote this weekend to change who governs them, that could create an obstacle to plans by members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to finalize a trade deal in November.

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Swiss stocks - Factors to watch on Sept. 20

ZURICH, Sept 20 (Reuters) - The following are some of the main factors expected to affect Swiss stocks on Wednesday:

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Asia stocks steady, dollar treads water as investors count down to Fed

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were mostly steady on Wednesday after Wall Street again rose to record highs, although movements were limited as a wait-and-see mood prevailed before the Federal Reserve reveals its monetary policy stance later in the day.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks steady, dollar treads water as investors count down to Fed

* Spreadbetters expect European stocks opening flat to touch lower

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Wells Fargo's lone outsider aims to clean up bank's reputation

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Before a sales scandal upended its reputation, Wells Fargo & Co was something of a proud outsider in Washington and on Wall Street compared to its big bank peers.

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How $5 billion of debt caught up with Toys 'R' Us

(Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc has been making $400 million in interest payments on its debt every year, largely due to its $6.6 billion leveraged buyout in 2005. This week, it succumbed to its debt burden, leading to the biggest bankruptcy of a U.S. retailer since that of Kmart in 2004.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Sept 20

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 1 point at 7,276.2 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * RYANAIR: Ryanair has offered senior pilots who agree to work an additional 10 days a bonus of up to 12,000 euros in a bid to avoid additional passenger disruption after it cancelled more than 2,000 flights over staffing issues. * TATA STEEL: Thyssenkrupp and Indian peer Tata Steel on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to comb

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Kirkuk shaping up as flashpoint ahead of Kurdistan independence vote

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - Visitors to Kirkuk in northern Iraq are greeted by an imposing statue of a Kurdish Peshmerga fighter with a gun slung over his shoulder, a reminder of tensions building in the hotly-contested city ahead of a referendum on Kurdish independence.

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Toshiba selects Bain group as buyer of its memory chip business: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Toshiba Corp has selected a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital to buy its prized memory chip unit, three people with knowledge of the talks said on Wednesday, the latest dramatic twist to a highly contentious auction.

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Airbus opens China A330 plant amid market push

TIANJIN (Reuters) - Airbus SE on Wednesday opened its Chinese completion plant for A330 jets, with hopes that an increased presence in the world's fastest growing aviation market would help boost demand for the firm's profitable but ageing wide-body jets.

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Buffett calls pessimists about United States 'out of their mind'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Uncertainty about how the United States will cope with growing tumult in the world has not dampened Warren Buffett's optimism for the country's prospects over the long term -- even 100 years into the future.

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Exclusive: Toshiba selects Bain group as buyer of its memory chip business - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's embattled Toshiba Corp has selected a group led by U.S. private equity firm Bain Capital to buy its prized memory chip unit, three people with knowledge of the talks said on Wednesday.

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Asia steady after Wall St sets record highs, dollar treads water

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were mostly steady on Wednesday after Wall Street again rose to record highs, although movements were limited as a wait-and-see mood prevailed before the Federal Reserve reveals its monetary policy stance later in the day.

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China's Xi demands 'strong hands' to maintain stability ahead of Congress

BEIJING (Reuters) - Stability is an absolute principle that needs to be dealt with using "strong hands", Chinese President Xi Jinping has told security officials ahead of next month's key Congress of the ruling Communist Party.

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UPDATE 2-Caribbean oil terminals make preparations ahead of Hurricane Maria

HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Several Caribbean oil storage terminals that temporarily closed ahead of Hurricane Irma earlier this month have started making preparations in case they have to shut again due to Hurricane Maria, which was a rare Category 5 storm on Tuesday.

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Uber reviews Asia business over bribery allegations in U.S.: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL], which is the subject of a federal probe into whether it broke bribery laws, has started a review of its Asia operations and notified U.S. officials about payments made by staff in Indonesia, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter.

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Asia steady after Wall St. notches record highs, dollar holds firm

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks were mostly steady on Wednesday after Wall Street again rose to record highs, although movements were limited as a wait-and-see mood prevailed before the Federal Reserve reveals its monetary policy stance later in the day.

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UPDATE 1-Caribbean oil terminals make preparations ahead of Hurricane Maria

HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Several Caribbean oil storage terminals that temporarily closed ahead of Hurricane Irma earlier this month have started making preparations in case they have to shut again due to Hurricane Maria, which was a rare Category 5 storm on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 3-As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal

* Bill has momentum, but fate still unclear (Adds failure of separate bipartisan effort to stabilize insurance markets)

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BRIEF-Gladstone Capital Corp prices series 2024 term preferred stock offering

* Gladstone Capital Corporation prices series 2024 term preferred stock offering

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BRIEF-Copart reports Q4 earnings per share $0.30

* Copart reports fourth quarter fiscal 2017 financial results

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Cyber attack, hurricane weigh on FedEx quarterly profit

(Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp said on Tuesday a June cyber attack on its Dutch unit slashed $300 million from its quarterly profit, and the company lowered its full-year earnings forecast.

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Wall Street edges higher; U.S. Fed meeting in focus

(Reuters) - The three major U.S. stock indexes edged higher on Tuesday, logging closing records, with financial stocks providing the biggest boost a day ahead of the Federal Reserve's concluding statement from its two-day policy meeting.

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As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration and top U.S. Senate Republicans pushed on Tuesday for action on a bill to dismantle Obamacare, but time was running out and they were still hunting for the votes needed to pass their latest attempt to gut the 2010 healthcare law.

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UPDATE 2-As clock ticks, Republicans try to move ahead on Obamacare repeal

WASHINGTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The Trump administration and top U.S. Senate Republicans pushed on Tuesday for action on a bill to dismantle Obamacare, but time was running out and they were still hunting for the votes needed to pass their latest attempt to gut the 2010 healthcare law.

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T-Mobile US explores takeover of Sprint: source

(Reuters) - U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc is exploring taking over rival Sprint Corp in an all-stock deal, after SoftBank Group Corp offered to give up its majority ownership of Sprint, a person familiar with the matter said.

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Ford to cut production at five North American vehicle plants

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it plans to idle five North American vehicle assembly plants for a total of 10 weeks to reduce inventories of slow-selling models.

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FedEx quarterly profit falls

(Reuters) - Package delivery company FedEx Corp on Tuesday reported a lower quarterly net profit due to service disruptions following June's Petya cyber attack on its Dutch delivery unit TNT Express and the impact of Hurricane Harvey.

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BRIEF-Acceleron announces proposed public offering of common stock

* Acceleron announces proposed public offering of common stock

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Wall St edges up on financials as Fed eyed

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks closed slightly higher on Tuesday but trading was in a narrow range with financial stocks providing the biggest boost ahead of the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting.

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U.S. bankruptcy judge says will approve loan for Toys 'R' Us

WILMINGTON, Del (Reuters) - The U.S. Bankruptcy judge overseeing the Chapter 11 of Toys 'R' Us said on Tuesday he would approve the company's request to borrow more than $2 billion to help stabilize the largest U.S. toy chain as it builds inventory for the year-end shopping season.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso turns weaker after earthquake; stock trading suspended

By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso turned weaker on Tuesday after a powerful earthquake hit the south of the country, which made the country's stock exchange suspend trading. The 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook buildings in the capital of Mexico City and sent people fleeing into the street. The Mexican peso dipped 0.2 percent after firming as much as 0.2 percent earlier. The move decoupled the peso from other Latin American currencies, which h

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Wall St. edges up as U.S. Fed meeting is in focus

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were slightly higher on Tuesday, helped by gains in financial, technology and telecom stocks, but indexes traded in a narrow range as investors stayed away from making major bets ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

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U.S. watchdog settled for small fine over Wells Fargo phony accounts: report

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A consumer watchdog agency could have levied $10 billion in penalties against Wells Fargo & Co last year for opening unauthorized customer accounts, but settled for a fraction of that to resolve the matter quickly, according to regulatory documents released on Tuesday.

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Exclusive: Toshiba flips back towards Western Digital group for chip unit sale - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is shifting back toward selling its prized semiconductor unit to a group backed by joint venture partner Western Digital Corp , people familiar with the deal said.

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Stockpicking mutual fund managers try new bet: themselves

NEW YORK, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Active mutual fund managers are decreasing the use of passive exchange-traded funds in their portfolios, a shift that leaves more of their performance numbers up to their own investment picks.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks move up, dollar dips as investors await Fed

* Trump at UN says U.S. may have to 'totally destroy' N. Korea

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Tesla shares fall from record high after warning from analyst

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares of Tesla fell from record highs on Tuesday after an analyst warned that the electric car maker may take longer than expected to become profitable.

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Exclusive: Toshiba flips back to favoring Western Digital group for chip unit sale - sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is shifting back toward selling its prized semiconductor unit to a group backed by joint venture partner Western Digital Corp , just days after saying it was leaning toward a rival bid including a South Korean chipmaker, people familiar with the deal said in the latest in a series of twists for the critical deal.

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Massachusetts sues Equifax as hack concerns spread to Canada

(Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax Inc following a breach that exposed the personal data of up to 143 million people, including 3 million in the state.

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Wall St. edges up on telecom gains; Fed meet in focus

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged up in early afternoon trading on Tuesday, helped largely by gains in telecom stocks, but traded in a narrow range as investors stayed away from making major bets ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

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US STOCKS-Wall St edges up on telecom gains; Fed meet in focus

* Indexes up: Dow 0.20 pct, S&P 0.15 pct, Nasdaq 0.15 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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Fiat Chrysler recalls 494,000 pickup trucks for fire risk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV said Tuesday it will recall 494,000 medium and heavy-duty Ram pickup trucks worldwide because of a water pump that could overheat and potentially cause a fire.

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Caribbean oil terminals make preparations ahead of Hurricane Maria

HOUSTON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Several Caribbean oil storage terminals that temporarily closed ahead of Hurricane Irma earlier this month have started making preparations in case they have to shut again due to Hurricane Maria, which was a rare Category 5 storm on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-Telecom stocks rally in quiet European markets on M&A talk

* Heineken drops as Mexican investor cuts stake (Recasts, adds details, closing prices)

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Massachusetts sues Equifax for not protecting state residents

(Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax Inc following a breach that exposed the personal data of as many as 143 million people, including 3 million in the state.

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BRIEF-U.S. Bancorp announces 7.1 pct increase in qtrly common stock dividends

* U.S. Bancorp announces a 7.1 percent increase in quarterly common stock dividends

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Wall St. little changed as investors focus on Fed meeting

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday as investors held back from making major bets ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting that is expected to roll out a plan to pare the central bank's debt holdings.

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US STOCKS-Wall St little changed as investors focus on Fed meeting

* Indexes up: Dow 0.07 pct, S&P 0.01 pct, Nasdaq 0.04 pct (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

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Walgreens gets regulatory nod for slimmed-down Rite Aid deal

(Reuters) - U.S. antitrust regulators have allowed a slimmed-down deal for drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc to buy about 42 percent of Rite Aid Corp's U.S. stores for $4.38 billion, Walgreens said on Tuesday.

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Massachusetts sues Equifax for failing to protect state residents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against credit reporting firm Equifax following a breach that exposed personal data about up to 143 million people, 3 million in Massachusetts.

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Toys 'R' Us seeks bankruptcy to survive retail upheaval

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, which filed for bankruptcy late Monday, will ask a judge on Tuesday for permission to borrow money so that it can start paying suppliers to ensure it has Lego building blocks and Barbie dolls for the holiday season.

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Alibaba-backed Best Inc cuts expected price range for U.S. IPO

(Reuters) - Alibaba Group-backed Chinese logistics firm Best Inc on Tuesday slashed the expected price range of its U.S. initial public offering, one day before its market debut, suggesting tepid investor enthusiasm.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX hits six-week high as energy, financials drive gains

TORONTO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to six-week highs on Tuesday, led by oil and gas companies, bolstered by oil prices near five-month highs, and by financial stocks.

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T-Mobile, Sprint in merger talks: CNBC

(Reuters) - U.S. wireless carriers T-Mobile US Inc and Sprint Corp are said to be in active merger talks, CNBC reported, citing sources.

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Wall St. little changed ahead of Fed's policy meeting

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were little changed in morning trading on Tuesday as investors avoided taking major bets ahead of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to roll out a plan to pare the central bank's bond holdings.

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Saudi Aramco could disclose accounts early 2018: sources

LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco will be able to release its audited financial accounts in early 2018 if the government decides on a venue for listing the oil giant's IPO and finalizes several reforms this year, three sources said.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX near six-week high as energy leads gains

TORONTO, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday as energy stocks, buoyed by oil prices near five-month highs, led the index to its highest since August 9.

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BRIEF-Gladstone Capital posts new Series 2024 Term Preferred Stock offering

* Gladstone Capital Corporation announces new Series 2024 Term Preferred Stock offering and intent to redeem all outstanding shares of existing Series 2021 Term Preferred Stock Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Wall St. opens slightly higher ahead of Fed meet

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Tuesday, with the Dow hitting another record, ahead of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to roll out a plan to pare the central bank's bond holdings.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens slightly higher ahead of Fed meet

Sept 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened slightly higher on Tuesday, with the Dow hitting another record, ahead of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting that is expected to roll out a plan to pare the central bank's bond holdings.

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Volvo Cars plans U.S. plant expansion, doubling investment: source

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Volvo Cars is doubling investment in its first U.S. plant under construction to add a second production line at a total cost of $1 billion, a source with knowledge of the plans said, as the carmaker heads for a fourth straight year of record sales.

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Walgreens gets regulator's nod to buy Rite Aid stores

(Reuters) - Drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc said on Tuesday it received regulatory clearance to buy 1,932 stores, 254 stores lesser than it had previously intended, from Rite Aid Corp for $4.38 billion.

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Sudan's Bashir visits Darfur ahead of U.S. sanctions decision

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir visited the war-torn Darfur region on Tuesday in an effort to show his country is ready to have 20-year-old sanctions lifted by the United States just weeks before Washington is expected to issue a decision.

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Nokia's French jobs cut plan suspended until October 2: French minister

PARIS (Reuters) - Nokia's plan to cut almost 600 jobs in France is suspended until Oct. 2, French junior economy minister Benjamin Griveaux said on Tuesday after meeting the head of the Finnish telecom equipment maker's French unit.

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Futures slightly higher ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which would give investors clues on the timing of the next U.S. interest rate hike.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX futures lifted by higher oil prices

Sept 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index futures were higher on Tuesday as heavyweight energy sector was boosted by oil prices trading near five-month highs.

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US STOCKS-Futures slightly higher ahead of Federal Reserve meeting

Sept 19 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were slightly higher on Tuesday, ahead of the Federal Reserve's two-day policy meeting, which would give investors clues on the timing of the next U.S. interest rate hike.

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Kohl's to accept Amazon returns in 82 stores

(Reuters) - Department store operator Kohl's Corp said on Tuesday that select merchandise bought from Amazon.com Inc can be returned at 82 Kohl's stores in Los Angeles and Chicago, starting October.

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Billionaire Ratcliffe seeks British backing for Defender-style 4x4

LONDON (Reuters) - An off-roader modeled on Land Rover's classic Defender could be rolling off British production lines if the owner of petrochemicals giant Ineos can win government backing for it.

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Airbus looks to China for A380 jumbo amid sluggish global sales

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese airlines could need between 60 and 100 Airbus A380 jets over the next five or so years as passenger traffic grows, the plane maker's China head said on Tuesday, amid rising questions over future demand for the super jumbo.

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Turkish tanks trained on northern Iraq in show of force ahead of vote

SIRNAK, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops dug in on the country's southern border on Tuesday and turned their weapons toward Kurdish-run northern Iraq, where authorities plan an independence referendum in defiance of Ankara and Western powers.

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Airbus eyes China for A380 jumbo amid sluggish global sales

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese airlines could need between 60 and 100 of Airbus SE's A380 jets over the next five or so years as passenger traffic grows, the plane maker's China head said on Tuesday, amid rising questions over future demand for the super jumbo.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hover at 3-mth high, forint in focus

LONDON, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks seesawed around three-month lows on Tuesday and currencies were mostly flat, including Hungary's forint which hit a two-month low against the euro the previous day in expectation of more monetary policy easing.

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Swiss shut down 'fake' E-Coin in latest cryptocurrency crackdown

ZURICH (Reuters) - Switzerland's financial watchdog has closed down what it said was the provider of a fake cryptocurrency and is investigating around a dozen other possible fraud cases, in the latest clamp-down on the risks involving virtual money.

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Shares tap brakes, dollar reverses as Fed nears

LONDON (Reuters) - Record-high world stocks braked and the dollar dipped on Tuesday ahead of a two-day meeting of the Federal Reserve after which it is expected to detail plans to shrink its balance sheet and gradually keep lifting U.S. interest rates.

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Activist lifts Clariant stake, aiming to scuttle Huntsman deal

ZURICH (Reuters) - The activist investor fighting Clariant's planned $20 billion merger with Huntsman Corp has built a 15.1 percent stake in the Swiss chemicals maker, making it the company's biggest shareholder.

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Bayer says needs more time for Monsanto deal approval

MONHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - German drugs and pesticides maker Bayer said it would likely take until early next year to complete the planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto , which it had previously expected to be under wraps by the end of 2017.

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With new operating system, Apple revamps its money-making App Store

(Reuters) - Apple Inc's newest operating system for iPhones and iPads introduces changes to its marketplace for third-party software to satisfy app developers and add new so-called augmented reality apps.

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Asian shares slip as investors await Fed meeting for rate clues

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares slipped on Tuesday, hobbled by uncertainty as traders awaited a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on U.S. monetary policy, though sentiment was supported by record highs on Wall Street.

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Activist builds 15.1 percent Clariant stake, fights Huntsman deal

ZURICH (Reuters) - The activist investor fighting Clariant's planned $20 billion merger with Huntsman Corp has built a 15.1 percent stake in the Swiss chemical maker, making it the company's biggest shareholder.

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Toyota president says will continue to make variety of vehicle types

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp President Akio Toyoda on Tuesday said his company would continue to make a variety of vehicle types available to customers, even as tighter global regulations are prompting automakers to develop more electric vehicles.

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Austrian minister says Airbus settlement still possible in lawsuit

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's defense minister said on Tuesday he stands by his legal complaint against Airbus about allegations of fraud over a $2 billion fighter deal but still considers an eventual out-of-court settlement an option.

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A Much-Changed Icon, Aung San Suu Kyi Evades Rohingya Accusations

In her first speech since the crisis started, the de facto leader of Myanmar defended the security forces despite accusations of ethnic cleansing.

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Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season

(Reuters) - Toys 'R' Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection late Monday, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry that is caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains.

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UPDATE 2-Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season

* Operations outside US, Canada not part of bankruptcy (Adds comments from CEO, analyst; background)

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Alibaba-backed logistics firm Best slashes proposed U.S. IPO: IFR

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Best Inc, a Chinese logistics company backed by Alibaba Group , slashed its proposed U.S. initial public offering after receiving tepid response from investors to its initial valuation, IFR reported on Tuesday, citing people close to the deal.

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Asian shares waver as investors await Fed meeting for rate clues

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares slipped on Tuesday, supported by record highs on Wall Street but hobbled by uncertainty as traders awaited a Federal Reserve meeting for clues on U.S. monetary policy.

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Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy protection

(Reuters) - Toys "R" Us Inc, the largest U.S. toy store chain, filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday, the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry caught in a viselike grip of online shopping and discount chains.

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MIDEAST STOCKS - Factors to watch - September 19

DUBAI, Sept 19 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.