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UPDATE 2-Tillerson lands in Riyadh at start of Gulf, South Asia tour

RIYADH, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to attend a landmark meeting between officials from Saudi Arabia and Iraq aimed at improving relations between the two countries and countering Iran’s growing regional influence.

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UPDATE 1-Tillerson lands in Riyadh at start of Gulf, South Asia tour

RIYADH, Oct 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Riyadh on Saturday to attend a landmark meeting between officials from Saudi Arabia and Iraq aimed at improving relations between the two countries and countering Iran’s growing regional influence.

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Brazil's JBS to resume operations at 7 plants in Brazil

SAO PAULO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA will resume operations on Tuesday at seven slaughterhouses in Mato Grosso do Sul state that had been shut since Wednesday following a court-ordered asset freeze, a media representative said on Saturday.

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Iraq may offer Total, Chevron terms different from Shell for Majnoon field development

BAGHDAD, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Iraq may offer Chevron and Total terms to develop the Majnoon oilfield different from those it had given to Royal Dutch Shell, Iraqi Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi said on Saturday.

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Prime Minister Announces Spain Will Remove Catalonia’s Leader

Mariano Rajoy of Spain announced that he would seek to remove the leader of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont, from office, after separatist drive.

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U.S. regulator clears Nutella maker's acquisition of Ferrara Candy Co

* The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has cleared the acquisition of Illinois-based Ferrara Candy Co by Italian confectionary group Ferrero, the regulator said in its website.

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Thomas battles back in Korea, shares lead with Brown

SEOUL (Reuters) - Justin Thomas refused to be thrown off his game by a double bogey midway through the third round of the $9.25 million CJ Cup in South Korea on Saturday, carding a battling 70 to set the pace with Scott Brown at the Nine Bridges course on Jeju island.

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Qantas flight to San Francisco turns back after 'technical issue'

SYDNEY, Oct 21 (Reuters) - A Qantas jumbo jet bound for San Francisco was forced to return to Australia on Saturday after a "technical issue" 90 minutes into its flight, the airline said.

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Japan's Mitsubishi, U.S. partner to invest $1.8 bln in data centres -media

TOKYO, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Japanese trading house Mitsubishi Corp plans to set up a joint venture with U.S. data centre operator Digital Realty Trust and build around 10 data centres in Japan by 2022 for 200 billion yen ($1.8 billion), the Nikkei said on Saturday.

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BRIEF-Walter Investment Management Corp reaches agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders

* Walter Investment Management Corp reaches agreement with term lenders and senior noteholders on financial restructuring

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Recent hurricanes take toll on quarterly earnings

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - After raging over the southern United States and Puerto Rico, remnants of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are now dampening U.S. corporate profits.

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BRIEF-‍Tentative agreement between Timkensteel, United Steelworkers voted down​

* ‍Tentative agreement between Timkensteel, United Steelworkers voted down​

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Graft probe into Mexico president's ally poses tricky challenge ahead of elections

MEXICO CITY, Oct 20 (Reuters) - With a tight general election looming next year, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto faces a tough choice on whether to pursue a graft probe involving a prominent ally and Brazilian construction firm Odebrecht.

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UPDATE 1-Grupo Mexico profit more than doubles on metals, acquisition

MEXICO CITY, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Mexican mining and infrastructure company Grupo Mexico said on Friday that its net profit more than doubled in the third quarter, as metals prices rose and it included a new acquisition.

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California judge tosses $417 mln talc cancer verdict against J&J

Oct 20 (Reuters) - A California judge on Friday threw out a $417 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit by a woman who claimed she developed ovarian cancer after using its talc-based products like Johnson's Baby Powder for feminine hygiene.

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BRIEF-Metanor reports its financial results for the quarter

* Metanor reports its financial results for the quarter and year ended June 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Houlihan Lokey Inc files for potential stock shelf

* Houlihan Lokey Inc files for potential stock shelf; size not disclosed Source text: (http://bit.ly/2yEJM6m) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Geo Group Inc files for potential mixed shelf offering

* Geo Group Inc files for potential mixed shelf offering; size not disclosed Source text: (http://bit.ly/2yD0Md5) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Symantec Corp files for offering of up to 1.0 million shares of common stock

* Symantec Corp files for offering of up to 1.0 million shares of common stock by the selling stockholders Source text: (http://bit.ly/2gt2Ufx) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-P&G files for stock shelf of up to 100,000 shares of common stock

* P&G files for stock shelf of up to 100,000 shares of common stock to participants in the procter & gamble U.K. share investment scheme Source text: (http://bit.ly/2gUwPh9) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-P&G files for potential debt shelf offering

* P&G files for potential debt shelf offering; size not disclosed Source text: (http://bit.ly/2hU0vuz) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Tesla raises borrowing capacity for car leases to $1.1 bln

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Friday it has increased its borrowing capacity for a car lease program to $1.1 billion from $600 million.

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UPDATE 2-Monsanto sues Arkansas over proposed herbicide limits

CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop a proposed summer ban on a weed killer linked to widespread crop damage beyond the major farm state's borders.

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UPDATE 3-Brazil judge gives creditors more time to work out Oi restructuring

SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The judge overseeing phone carrier Oi SA's bankruptcy case agreed on Friday to give creditors and the company more time to reconcile competing restructuring proposals, 16 months into Brazil's largest in-court reorganization.

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UPDATE 1-Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Experimental communications balloons provided by Alphabet Inc in collaboration with AT&T Inc will allow some of the carrier's customers in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico to send texts and access critical information on the internet, Alphabet said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Hudson's Bay CEO Storch abruptly steps down

Oct 20 (Reuters) - The chief executive of Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Co, Gerald Storch, abruptly resigned on Friday, at a time when the department store company is in the middle of a strategic review and struggling to turn around sales.

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BRIEF-Antares Pharma receives complete response letter from FDA for Xyosted

* Antares pharma receives complete response letter from the fda for Xyosted

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GlaxoSmithKline adult shingles vaccine wins U.S. approval

Oct 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved GlaxoSmithKline's Shingrix shingles vaccine for use in adults aged 50 and over, a move widely expected after an advisory panel to the agency last month voted unanimously to recommend its approval, the company announced on Friday.

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Grupo Mexico 3rd-qtr profit more than doubles

MEXICO CITY, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Mexican mining and infrastructure company Grupo Mexico said on Friday that its net profit more than doubled in the third quarter, as revenue rose.

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BRIEF-Glaxosmithkline says Shingrix approved in US

* Shingrix approved in the us for prevention of shingles in adults aged 50 and over‍​ ‍​

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UPDATE 7-GE vows $20 bln asset sales, 'sweeping change' as profit falls

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's new chief executive vowed on Friday to shed more than $20 billion worth of assets and hold executives accountable for failing to deliver profits after what he called "horrible" results in the third quarter.

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Ash Grove approves sale to CRH after Summit drop out

DUBLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A majority of Ash Grove Cement's shareholders approved the sale of the U.S. cement maker to Ireland's CRH on Friday after a rival bid from Summit Materials failed to materialise.

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UPDATE 1-Monsanto sues Arkansas over proposed herbicide limits

CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co sued Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday to stop proposed restrictions on the use of a weed killer linked to widespread U.S. crop damage, setting up a legal battle between the agrichemical company and a major farm state.

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BRIEF-Timbercreek Investment Management announces proposed merger

* Timbercreek Investment Management - ‍intention to merge Timbercreek Global Real Estate Fund into Timbercreek Global Real Estate Income Fund Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Myomo Inc files for offering of up to $6 million ‍​

* Myomo Inc files for offering of up to $6 million - SEC filing ‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2xUgOxm) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Apellis Pharma adds Evercore ISI as IPO underwriter

* Apellis Pharmaceuticals Inc says it adds Evercore ISI to underwriters to the IPO - SEC filing‍​ Source text : (http://bit.ly/2xV7cHw) Further company coverage:

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Alphabet balloon project to provide limited internet in Puerto Rico

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc said on Friday it is collaborating with AT&T Inc to deliver limited internet connectivity to the hardest-hit areas of Puerto Rico through its "Project Loon" balloon project.

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Florida programmer sentenced to 16 months for bitcoin exchange scheme

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A Florida software engineer was sentenced to 16 months in prison on Friday after being found guilty of scheming to help an illegal bitcoin exchange avoid having banks and regulators look into its activities.

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BRIEF-DBV Technologies peanut allergy treatment fails to meet main goal in late-stage study

* DBV Technologies announces topline results of phase III clinical trial in peanut-allergic patients four to 11 years of age‍​

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Tesla raises borrowing capacity under warehouse agreements to $1.1 bln

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Tesla Inc said on Friday it has increased its borrowing capacity, related to an agreement, to $1.1 billion as the electric car maker spends heavily to fix production bottlenecks of its new Model 3 sedan.

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BRIEF-At Home Group files for offering of up to 50.6 mln shares of common stock by selling stockholders

* At Home Group Inc files for offering of up to 50.6 million shares of common stock by the selling stockholders - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2hTftkm) Further company coverage:

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Monsanto sues Arkansas officials over proposed limits on herbicide use

CHICAGO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Monsanto Co filed a lawsuit against Arkansas agricultural officials on Friday over a state proposal to bar sprayings next summer of a controversial type of weed killer manufactured by the company and rival BASF , according to court documents.

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BRIEF-PFB Corp reports qtrly ‍shr $0.23​

* PFB Corporation announces results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017, and declares increased quarterly dividend

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UPDATE 1-Snap lays off 18 employees in recruiting division

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Social media company Snap Inc said on Friday it had laid off 18 people in its recruiting division, an unusual move for a young company with ambitious growth plans and a likely reflection of tough competition from Facebook Inc.

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BRIEF-Ash Grove Cement announces stockholder approval of pending acquisition by CRH Plc

* Ash Grove Cement Company announces stockholder approval of pending acquisition by CRH Plc

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BRIEF-Alimera Sciences says co entered into a common stock sales agreement with HC Wainwright & Co LLC

* Alimera Sciences Inc says ‍on Oct 20, co entered into a common stock sales agreement with HC Wainwright & Co LLC - SEC filing

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DBV Technologies peanut allergy drug fails key study

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Drug developer DBV Technologies SA said on Friday its peanut allergy treatment did not meet the main goal in a highly anticipated late-stage study.

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BRIEF-JPMorgan Chase issues shares of fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative preferred stock​

* JPMorgan Chase says ‍issued 125,750 shares of company's fixed-to-floating rate non-cumulative preferred stock, series cc, par value of $1 per share​ Source text - http://bit.ly/2yDjrHH Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Tesla Inc says certain units of co enters into amendment to warehouse agreements

* Tesla Inc - on October 18, certain units of co entered into amendment to warehouse agreements

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UPDATE 1-Hudson's Bay CEO Gerald Storch to step down

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Co said on Friday Chief Executive Gerald Storch will step down, effective Nov. 1, to return to his advisory firm Storch Advisors.

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BRIEF-Jaguar Health files for resale or other disposition of up to 36 million shares of co

* Jaguar Health files for resale or other disposition of up to 36 million shares of co by the selling shareholders ‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2gxkRxa) Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS-Wall St hits record highs; tax plan hopes fuel optimism

* Senate passes budget plan that could pave the way for tax cuts

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BRIEF-HB Fuller Co entered into term loan credit agreement ‍on Oct. 20​

* HB Fuller Co - ‍on October 20, co entered into a term loan credit agreement​

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Hudson's Bay CEO Gerald Storch to step down

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Co said on Friday Chief Executive Gerald Storch will step down, effective Nov. 1, to return to his advisory firm Storch Advisors.

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BRIEF-Hudson's bay CEO ‍Jerry Storch steps down

* Hudson's Bay Co - ‍governor and executive chairman Richard Baker to reassume CEO role on an interim basis​

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BRIEF-Hawaii Public Utilities Commission approves settlement in Hawaii Water Service's Pukalani Rate Case

* Hawaii Public Utilities commission approves settlement in Hawaii Water Service's Pukalani rate case

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BRIEF-Target Corp announces pricing of pending any and all Tender Offers

* Target Corporation announces pricing of pending any and all Tender Offers

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UPDATE 8-Oil edges up as weak U.S. demand faces Mideast tensions

* Global refiners import U.S. oil to make up for OPEC cuts (Adds settlement prices, U.S. rig count, analyst quote)

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UPDATE 2-Honeywell sees aero margin widening, hikes 2017 revenue forecast

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc expects its aerospace profit margins to keep widening, helped by strong demand for service and spare parts, though margins will not improve as much as they did in the third quarter, the company's chief financial officer said on Friday as Honeywell reported results.

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US STOCKS-Wall St gains, progress in Trump's tax plan lifts hopes

* Senate passes budget plan that could pave the way for tax cuts

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UPDATE 6-GE vows $20 bln asset sales, 'sweeping change' as profit falls

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's new chief executive vowed on Friday to shed more than $20 billion worth of assets and hold executives accountable for failing to deliver profits after what he called "horrible" results in the third quarter.

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UPDATE 3-EPA abandons changes to U.S. biofuel program after lawmaker pressure

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has backed off a series of proposed changes to the nation's biofuels policy after a massive backlash from corn-state lawmakers worried the moves would undercut ethanol demand, according to a letter from the agency to lawmakers seen by Reuters.

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UPDATE 2-Spain plans new elections in Catalonia to end independence bid- opposition

MADRID, Oct 20 (Reuters) - The Spanish government has secured opposition support for dissolving Catalonia's parliament and holding new elections there in January in its bid to check the regional government's push for independence.

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UPDATE 2-Creditors of debt-laden Brazilian firm Oi request meeting delay

SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Several groups of Oi SA creditors have requested the postponement of a meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss the Brazilian phone carrier's bankruptcy protection process, a representative for a key bondholder group said on Friday.

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WRAPUP 3-Top oilfield services firms signal fourth-quarter uncertainty

Oct 20 (Reuters) - The world's top two oilfield service firms on Friday warned slower producer spending and weakness in offshore exploration may weigh on current-quarter earnings, but said activity could improve in the longer term as the global crude market comes into balance.

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Brazil's CSN expects to issue bonds by year-end, CEO says

SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Brazilian steelmaker Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional SA plans to sell bonds on international markets in an effort to improve its debt profile, Benjamin Steinbruch, chief executive officer, said on Friday.

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Airbus sees CSeries jets grabbing major global market share: CEO

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Airbus SE expects to sell "thousands" of Bombardier Inc's new CSeries aircraft, capturing half the global market for smaller single-aisle commercial jets, Chief Executive Tom Enders said on Friday.

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Wall St Weekahead-Recent hurricanes take toll on quarterly earnings

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - After raging over the southern United States and Puerto Rico, remnants of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria are now dampening U.S. corporate profits.

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UPDATE 1-Creditors of debt-laden Brazilian firm Oi request meeting delay

SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Several groups of Oi SA creditors have requested the postponement of a meeting scheduled for Monday to discuss the Brazilian phone carrier's bankruptcy protection process, a representative for a key bondholder group said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Airbus sees CSeries jets grabbing major global market share -CEO

MONTREAL, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Airbus SE expects to sell "thousands" of Bombardier Inc's new CSeries aircraft, capturing half the global market for smaller single-aisle commercial jets, Chief Executive Tom Enders said on Friday.

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CORRECTED-E*Trade to buy custody firm in growth push as profits remain dull

NEW YORK, Oct 19 (Reuters) - E*Trade Financial Corp plans to spend $275 million to acquire a firm that provides custody services and technical support to financial advisers, the discount brokerage firm said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Whole Foods resolves incident involving unauthorized information access at certain venues

* Says has resolved incident announced on Sept 28, 2017 involving unauthorized access of payment card information

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BRIEF-Wins Finance Holdings announces Nasdaq's withdrawal of delisting determination letter

* On October 19, co received letter from staff of listing qualifications department of Nasdaq Stock Market LLC​

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IPO revival, earnings remain in focus

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (IFR) - The US IPO market has hit its stride, but more aggressive pricing by issuers is threatening to snuff out easy gains.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. tax plan hopes lift stocks, strengthen dollar

* U.S. Senate passes budget plan that could usher in tax reform

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US STOCKS-Wall St up as progress in Trump's tax plan lifts hopes

* Senate passes budget plan that could pave the way for tax cuts

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Wells Fargo fires forex bankers, investigates unit -WSJ

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co, the third-largest U.S. bank by assets, has fired four foreign-exchange bankers amid an investigation into that business by both the bank and regulators, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter and the bank.

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo faulted by U.S. regulator for auto insurance abuses -NYT

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co wrongly pushed auto insurance on customers who did not need it and took too long to halt the abuse, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing a confidential report from a leading bank regulator.

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BRIEF-Wells Fargo has fired 4 foreign-exchange bankers amid an investigation- WSJ‍​

* Wells Fargo & Co has fired 4 foreign-exchange bankers amid an investigation into that business by both bank and regulators- WSJ, citing sources‍​ Source text: http://on.wsj.com/2yvqDpN Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Merck to cut 1,800 U.S. sales jobs, add 960 in chronic care

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Drugmaker Merck & Co Inc, moving to a new sales team structure in the United States, plans to cut 1,800 sales positions, while adding 960 jobs to a new chronic care sales force, the company said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Bank of the James reports Q3 EPS $0.23

* Bank of the James announces third quarter, nine months 2017 financial results and declaration of dividend

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Apple hit with trademark lawsuit over iPhone X "animoji" feature

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A Japanese software company is suing Apple Inc in a U.S. court over the trademark for the term "animoji", alleging the U.S. technology company stole the name to use on a feature of its iPhone X.

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METALS-Nickel hits six-week high as investors see wider deficits

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Adds closing prices/details)

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UPDATE 2-Ericsson, Volvo lead European stocks in earnings driven session

* U.S. tax reform progress lifts banks, risky sectors (Adds closing prices)

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UPDATE 1-Tech companies to lobby for immigrant 'Dreamers' to remain in U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Nearly two dozen major companies in technology and other industries are planning to launch a coalition to demand legislation that would allow young, illegal immigrants a path to permanent residency, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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UPDATE 4-Gillette weakens P&G report after Peltz row

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co disappointed Wall Street with sales on Friday, hurt by continuing weakness in its Gillette business, a week after it claimed to have fought off hedge-fund manager Nelson Peltz's move to muscle onto the board.

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BRIEF-Southern Co's unit awarded contract by USACE to repair power grid in Puerto Rico​

* PowerSecure, a unit of co, has been awarded contract by USACE for additional support to repair power grid in Puerto Rico​

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WRAPUP2-Japan's Kobe Steel says violated statutory standards, losing customers

* Statutory standards violated - company (Adds details, comments, property auction)

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UPDATE 7-Oil prices flat; weak U.S. demand offsets Mideast tensions

* Global refiners import U.S. oil to make up for OPEC cuts (New throughout, updates prices and market activity; new byline, changes dateline, previously LONDON)

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Saudi Aramco seeks local, foreign investors for construction arm

KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia, Oct 20 (Reuters) - National oil firm Saudi Aramco plans to set up a construction company with local and international partners to build non-oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia, industry sources familiar with the plan said.

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BRIEF-First Financial declares special dividend of $1.50/share

* First Financial - co's ‍directors declared special dividend of $1.50/share payable on Dec 1 to shareholders of record at close of business Nov 17, 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Tencent-backed Sea Ltd jumps in debut, but soon reverses course

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Sea Ltd, a Singapore-based online gaming and e-commerce company backed by Tencent, rose 13 percent their debut on Friday, giving the company a market valuation of $5.39 billion.

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U.S. regulator to monitor winter natgas supply in California, New England

Oct 20 (Reuters) - U.S. energy regulators will pay attention to natural gas supply issues in Southern California and New England this winter, but overall they do not see major factors that would lead to significant market disruptions.

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UPDATE 4-GE vows $20 bln asset sales, 'sweeping change' as profit falls

NEW YORK, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Calling its results "horrible" and "unacceptable," General Electric Co's new chief executive vowed on Friday to shed more than $20 billion worth of assets and hold executives accountable for failing to deliver profits.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus expects to sell 'thousands' of CSeries jets -CEO

MONTREAL, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders said on Friday he believed Bombardier Inc's CSeries planes would capture half the market for smaller single-aisle aircraft with the sale of "thousands" of the 110-to-130 seat jets.

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Wells Fargo scrutinized by regulator for auto insurance program - NYT

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co engaged in deceptive auto insurance practices, failed to properly manage risks and hasn't set aside enough funds to pay back affected customers, the New York Times reported, citing a confidential report by federal regulators.

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UPDATE 3-Kansas City Southern overcomes hurricane to beat on revenue

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Regional U.S. railroad Kansas City Southern posted a better-than expected quarterly profit on Friday despite disruptions from Hurricane Harvey but may be impacted by the NAFTA negotiations as more than a quarter of its revenue comes from shipments between Mexico and the United States.

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RPT-Bookrunner announces revised price for BAWAG shares in float‍​

ZURICH, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A revised price range of 48 euros ($56.65) to 49 euros ($57.83) per share has been announced for the float of BAWAG, the Austrian bank majority owned by U.S. private equity group Cerberus Capital Management , one of the bookrunners said on Friday.

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BRIEF-Baker Hughes expects activity to stay flat through year-end - Conf Call

* Baker Hughes - Expect activity to stay flat through year-end till market has "better line of sight" into 2018 budgets, operators' production hedge positions - Conf Call

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Germany will await prosecution "ok" before delivering Israeli subs - Spiegel

BERLIN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Germany will wait for Israeli prosecutors to conclude all investigations in a corruption scandal involving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before delivering three submarines in a $2 billion defence deal, German magazine Der Spiegel reported.

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BRIEF-GE CEO says our current cash flow for 2017 is "horrible" - CNBC‍​

* GE CEO says our current cash flow for 2017 is "horrible" - CNBC‍​

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UPDATE 1-Southern Copper says Q3 profit doubled, expects Tia Maria permit

LIMA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said on Friday that its net profit doubled to $401.8 million in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier as sales surged on higher copper prices.

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UPDATE 1-Burger King operator BK Brasil files for IPO in wave of listings

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes SA, operator of the Burger King fast-food chain in Brazil, will list an undisclosed amount of new shares on the country's stock exchange, the latest in a year-long wave of initial public offerings.

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BRIEF-Honeywell to grow dividends at pace equal to or greater than earnings post 2018 - Conf Call‍​

* Honeywell says intend to undertake additional restructuring projects in Q4, enabled by lower effective tax rate

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Paris wants to regulate Asian bike-share operators

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris does not want Asian bike-sharing operators to burst into the city the way Airbnb and Uber did and plans to introduce regulation to ensure an orderly rollout of new bicycle...

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WRAPUP 2-Schlumberger, Baker Hughes warn of weak fourth quarter

Oct 20 (Reuters) - The world's top two oilfield services firms warned on Friday of a challenging fourth quarter for the industry, as investment slows due to soft oil prices and energy firms reducing activity on offshore rigs.

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BRIEF-ISS RECOMMENDS SINA SHAREHOLDERS VOTE "FOR" ELECTION OF YICHEN ZHANG

* ISS RECOMMENDS THAT SINA SHAREHOLDERS VOTE "FOR" THE ELECTION OF YICHEN ZHANG

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CORRECTED-Notable municipal bankruptcy lawyer talks shop to Hartford taxpayers

HARTFORD, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The lawyer who took Detroit, Michigan, through the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history brought his message to a new crowd on Thursday: residents of Hartford, Connecticut's cash-strapped capital city.

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BRIEF-Sea Ltd - priced IPO of 58.96 million ADRS at a price of $15 per ADS

* Sea ltd - priced IPO of 58.96 million ADRS at a price of $15 per ADS for a total offering size of approximately $884 million‍​ Source text (http://bit.ly/2irrlxR) Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-CITIBANK EXTENDS QUICK LOCK CONVENIENCE TO DEBIT CARDS

* CITIBANK EXTENDS QUICK LOCK CONVENIENCE TO DEBIT CARDS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX opens broadly higher, near eight-month high

TORONTO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened higher on Friday, touching its strongest level in nearly eight months as financials led the broad-based gains.

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Burger King operator BK Brasil files for IPO

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes SA, the operator of the Burger King fast-food chain in Brazil, on Friday filed to list an undisclosed amount of new shares through an initial public offering on the country's stock exchange.

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Southern Copper says Q3 profit doubled, expects Tia Maria permit

LIMA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said Friday that its net profit doubled to $401.8 million in the third quarter from the same period a year earlier as sales surged on higher copper prices.

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BRIEF-Schlumberger on track to achieve cash flow generation target for the year - conf call

* Schlumberger NV says remain on track to achieve cash flow generation target for the year - conf call

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BRIEF-Bluerush announces the closing of non-brokered private placement

* Bluerush announces the closing of non-brokered private placement Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Terreno Realty acquires a building in Los Angeles for $4.8 mln

* Terreno Realty Corporation acquires building in Los Angeles, CA for $4.8 million

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BRIEF-Excellon increases bought deal financing to $13.25 million

* To increase amount of bought deal offering to 6.6 million units for gross proceeds of about $13.25 million​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-First Quantum Minerals signs new term loan and revolving credit facility

* First Quantum Minerals Ltd says has signed a new term loan and revolving credit facility with its core relationship banks​

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UPDATE 1-Honeywell raises full-year forecast; shares hit record

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc raised it full-year sales forecast as its aerospace business sees higher demand for spare parts and services such as maintenance from the airline industry.

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MOVES-Chubb hires new global government and industry affairs head

Oct 20 (Reuters) - The world's largest listed property and casualty insurer Chubb Ltd named Jodi Bond senior vice president of its global government and industry affairs unit.

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BRIEF-Softbank plans second Vision Fund of about $200 bln - WSJ

* Softbank is floating tentative plans for second Vision Fund that could be about $200 billion in size - WSJ citing a source Source: http://on.wsj.com/2imBmMX Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Linde says 50.85 percent of shares tendered for planned Praxair merger

* Says shareholders representing 50.85 percent of capital accept exchange offer for Praxair merger by Oct 20

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UPDATE 6-Oil set for weekly loss as profit-taking outweighs Mideast strife

* Global refiners import U.S. oil to make up for OPEC cuts (Updates prices in paragraph 2)

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Oi bondholders request delay of Monday creditors meeting

SAO PAULO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Several groups of bondholders in debt-laden Brazilian phone carrier Oi SA have requested the delay of a creditors assembly scheduled for Monday, representatives for the International Bondholders Committee said on Friday.

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WRAPUP 1-Schlumberger, Baker Hughes warn of N. America slowdown

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Schlumberger Ltd and Baker Hughes , the world's top two oilfield services firms, warned on Friday of a slowdown in North America and a challenging year ahead as crude oil prices stay volatile.

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BRIEF-Castle brands says co to amend it's existing $19 mln revolving credit facility with ACF

* Castle Brands says ‍on Oct 18 co entered into amendment to amend co's existing $19 million revolving credit facility with ACF - SEC filing​

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UPDATE 1-Higher freight volumes lift Kansas City Southern quarterly profit

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, the fourth-largest U.S. railroad, reported a higher quarterly net profit on Friday, driven by year-over-year growth from all of its six business units and increased rail car volumes.

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XPO Logistics adding 6,000 holiday workers on e-commerce outlook

SEATTLE, Oct 20 (Reuters) - XPO Logistics Inc said on Friday it is hiring more than 6,000 seasonal workers for the crucial peak holiday season, roughly 20 percent more than last year, as the third-largest publicly traded U.S. logistics company gears up for a surge in e-commerce deliveries.

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BRIEF-Rice Midstream Partners increases quarterly distribution​

* Rice Midstream Partners Lp - ‍board of its general partner approved cash distribution of $0.2814 per unit for Q3, up 4 percent from Q2​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Summer Infant enters into amended credit agreement

* Summer Infant - ‍amended existing credit facility to provide near-term financial flexibility as result of bankruptcy filing by Toys "R" Us on Sept 18​

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WRAPUP 1-Japan's Kobe Steel says violated statutory standards, losing customers

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Kobe Steel Ltd sank deeper into crisis on Friday as the embattled company said it had lost some customers to competitors because of widespread data falsification that had extended to its mainstream steel sheet business.

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BRIEF-Honeywell sees 2017 sales of $40.2 bln - $40.4 bln

* Honeywell - sees 2017 total Honeywell sales $40.2 billion - $40.4 billion - presentation‍​

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Blacklisted by Brazil, Dublin funds find new ways to invest

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Brazil has provided investors with some of the best returns in the world this year but investment funds based in Ireland have been forced to adopt new strategies to get their money's worth.

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UPDATE 1-P&G's profit beats Wall Street on higher sales of beauty, home care

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble Co , which recently declared victory in an historic proxy fight with activist investor Nelson Peltz, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday but sales slightly missed Wall Street estimates.

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UPDATE 2-Baker Hughes posts big profit miss, sees challenging year

* Baker Hughes Q3 adj. EPS of $0.05 vs est. $0.11 (Adds analyst estimate, background, shares)

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Uber opens up Paris travel database to help city planners

BRUSSELS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Uber said on Friday it would open up its trove of travel data in Paris to the public to help city officials and urban planners better understand transportation needs, as the company seeks to woo national authorities.

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UPDATE 2-GE stock drops as profit misses, CEO cuts forecast

Oct 20 (Reuters) - General Electric Co's third-quarter profit missed Wall Street estimates by a wide margin on Friday and the industrial conglomerate slashed its earnings forecast, sending the year's worst-performing Dow stock down another 6 percent.

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BRIEF-Sealed Air names William Stiehl as acting CFO

* Sealed Air names William G. Stiehl acting chief financial officer

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BRIEF-Manpowergroup reports Q3 EPS of $2.04

* Q3 earnings per share view $1.97 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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METALS-Nickel hits 6-week high as investors see wider deficits

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Recasts, adds details/quote, updates prices, changes dateline)

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BRIEF-CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP Q3 EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.68

* CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. REPORTS THIRD QUARTER NET INCOME OF $348 MILLION AND DILUTED EPS OF $0.68

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BRIEF-General Electric Co results press release

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Honeywell profit rises 8.7 percent

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc reported an 8.7 percent rise in third-quarter profit, driven by its aerospace business.

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Chevron approves new tech investment to raise output at North Sea field

Oct 20 (Reuters) - U.S. oil major Chevron has approved an investment to increase output from its Captain oilfield by using a new water-injection technology for the first time in the North Sea, the company said on Friday.

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BRIEF-MOBILE MINI Q3 ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.27

* MOBILE MINI REPORTS Q3 2017 RESULTS AND ANNOUNCES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-U.S. SEC notice confirms Sea Ltd's F-1 filing for U.S. IPO is effective starting Oct 19 - SEC filing

* U.S. SEC notice confirms Sea Ltd's F-1 filing for U.S. IPO is effective starting Oct 19 - SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2xTOsbx) Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 4-Oil set for weekly loss on profit-taking

* Global refiners import U.S. oil to make up for OPEC cuts (Updates throughout, adds comment, changes dateline from SINGAPORE)

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UPDATE 3-S.Koreans' support for nuclear projects deals blow to government energy plan

* KEPCO jumps nearly 6 pct after survey results announced (Recasts, adds comments)

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Widow shares positive experience of Trump call in April

Natasha De Alencar was sitting at home after a trip to Walmart in April when a phone rang. It was President Donald Trump, and he wanted to talk about her husband.

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BRIEF-Cabot Credit Management announces intention to float on LSE

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Cabot Credit Management Ltd

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China Southern to buy 38 Boeing jets worth $5.65 bln

SHANGHAI, Oct 20 (Reuters) - China Southern Airlines has signed a deal to buy 38 aircraft from U.S. planemaker Boeing Co with a combined price tag of $5.65 billion, the Chinese carrier said on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-Russia's Rosneft to take control of Iraqi Kurdish pipeline amid crisis

* Kurdistan oil exports struggle amid tensions with Baghdad (Adds details, background; changes media slug from RUSSIA-KURDISTAN/ROSNEFT-PIPELINE)

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Nyong'o shares Weinstein story to end 'conspiracy of silence'

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has a Harvey Weinstein story, too. And she's sharing it in hopes of doing her part to end what she calls in a New York Times op-ed a "conspiracy of silence."

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EMERGING MARKETS-U.S. tax plans cast shadow over emerging FX, stocks gain

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Progress in U.S. tax reform plans lifted emerging stocks on Friday, but a stronger dollar and higher U.S. Treasury yields scuppered currencies, which looked set for daily and weekly losses.

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UPDATE 1-South Africa expects to renew Total's offshore exploration right

CAPE TOWN, Oct 20 (Reuters) - South Africa is expected to renew Total's offshore exploration rights next year, the chief executive of the state petroleum agency said on Friday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. tax reform move boosts dollar, stocks, bond yields

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - European stocks, the dollar and bond yields climbed on Friday as investors speculated on the return of the "Trumpflation trade", after the U.S. Senate approved a budget blueprint that paves the way for tax cuts.

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Acacia Mining says cannot pay $300 mln to Tanzania upfront

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Gold miner Acacia Mining Plc does not have the ability to make a $300 million payment to the Tanzanian government to resolve a tax dispute, Chief Financial Officer Andrew Wray said on a call with analysts.

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UPDATE 1-Ericsson, Volvo propel European stocks as Spain lags

* U.S. tax reform progress lifts banks, risky sectors (Recasts, adds quotes and detail, updates prices)

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BRIEF-China Southern Airlines signs agreement to buy aircraft from Boeing

* Says it signs agreement to buy 8 B777-300ER, 30 B737-8 aircraft from Boeing

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METALS-Nickel hits 6-week high as steel rallies in China

SYDNEY/MANILA, Oct 20 (Reuters) - London nickel futures jumped to a six-week high on Friday, supported by a rally in Chinese steel prices as investors looked to more production curbs in the world's top steel producer.

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UPDATE 1-Acacia seeks clarification on Barrick-Tanzania deal

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Gold miner Acacia Mining said on Friday it would need to approve a deal struck by majority owner Barrick Gold and the Tanzanian government and that it sought further clarification on the agreement.

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Ericsson, Volvo propel European stocks as Spain lags

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - European shares rose in early deals on Friday, recovering some losses as well-received earnings reports boosted shares in Volvo and Ericsson, though political malaise held back Spanish stocks.

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BRIEF-Global Ship Lease reports results for Q3 2017

* Announces results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Global Ship Lease launches secured notes offering of $360 mln

* Global Ship Lease Inc says ‍it has launched an offering of first priority secured notes due 2022 in an aggregate principal amount of $360 million​

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Oct. 20

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is expected to open 30 points higher at 7,553 on Friday, with futures up 0.43 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Singapore online gaming firm Sea raises about $890 mln in U.S. IPO - IFR

SINGAPORE, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Singapore-based online gaming and e-commerce firm Sea Ltd has raised about $890 million in its U.S IPO after pricing the offering above expectations, Thomson Reuters publication IFR reported, citing two people with knowledge of the transaction.

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BRIEF-Ncondezi agrees to non-binding offer with GE and CMEC​

* NCONDEZI ENERGY LTD - ‍NON-BINDING OFFER WITH CHINA MACHINERY ENGINEERING CORPORATION AND GENERAL ELECTRIC SOUTH AFRICA LIMITED

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Acacia Mining cuts Q3 spending on Tanzania export ban

LONDON, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Gold miner Acacia Mining said on Friday it had cut spending by 33 percent in the third quarter of the year compared with a year ago as it adapted to the ban on its gold and copper exports in Tanzania.

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Asian shares, dollar gain after U.S. Senate passes budget plan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares and the dollar gained on Friday after the U.S. Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares, dollar gain after U.S. Senate passes budget plan

* Senate passes budget plan that could pave way for tax reform

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BRIEF-Acacia says any proposal between Barrick, Tanzania would need co's approval

* ACACIA MINING - CONTINUES TO SEEK FURTHER CLARIFICATION ON TANZANIA DISCUSSIONS AND AS YET NO FORMAL PROPOSAL HAS BEEN PUT TO ACACIA FOR CONSIDERATION​

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Nikkei posts longest winning streak since 1961 on weaker yen, Abe hopes

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose for the 14th straight session on Friday to post its longest winning streak in over 50 years, as a weaker yen helped stocks recoup earlier losses.

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BRIEF-A Soriano Corp unit sells Anscor's entire stake in Cirrus Medical Staffing for US$36.9 mln‍​

* Unit sold Anscor's entire stake in Cirrus Medical Staffing to webster Capital Management LLC for US$36.85 million‍​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Japan insurer Sompo sees about $620 mln loss from Americas disasters

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Japanese insurer Sompo Holdings Inc estimated losses of about 70 billion yen ($620 million) as of Friday from payments related to natural disasters that occurred in August and September in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean.

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China hires 10 banks including Citigroup, HSBC for $2 bln sovereign bond issue

HONG KONG, Oct 20 (Reuters) - China has hired 10 banks including Agricultural Bank of China Bank of Communications, and Citigroup for its $2 billion dollar-denominated sovereign bond issue, according to an internal bank memo seen by Reuters on Friday.

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BRIEF-TSMC orders machinery equipment worth T$2.1 bln

* Says it orders machinery equipment worth T$2.1 billion ($69.43 million) from Lam Research International Sarl, Applied Materials South East Asia Pte Ltd

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BRIEF-‍Nicox enters research collaboration with Re-Vana Therapeutics

* ‍Nicox enters research collaboration with Re-Vana Therapeutics on its next generation of stand-alone no-donors in a novel sustained release ophthalmic formulation​

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Romania - Factors to watch on Oct. 20

Oct 20 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Romanian financial markets on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-S.Korea survey backs restarting construction of 2 nuclear reactors

* Shares of KEPCO jump nearly 6 pct after announcement (Adds analyst comments, background)

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PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Oct 20

Oct 20 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories on the New York Times business pages. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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INSIGHT-Short on staff: Nursing crisis strains U.S. hospitals

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia, Oct 20 (Reuters) - A shortage of nurses at U.S. hospitals hit West Virginia's Charleston Area Medical Center at the worst possible time.

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BRIEF-Verkkokauppa.com says ‍board decided on distributing dividend of Euro 0.043 per share

* Verkkokauppa.com says ‍board decided that a dividend of eur 0.043 per share be distributed from retained earnings​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Singapore Airlines to finalise $13.8 bln Boeing order next week

* Deal announced in February, not in Boeing order book under airline's name

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BRIEF-HMN Financial reports third quarter results

* Qtrly ‍net interest income of $6.8 million, up $0.2 million from Q3 of 2016​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Nissan's inappropriate inspections started at least 20 years ago -NHK

* Transport ministry: Nissan investigation into misconduct ongoing

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UPDATE 1-Taser maker Axon says SEC is reviewing its financial reports

Oct 19 (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is reviewing the financial filings of Axon Enterprise Inc, the manufacturer of Taser stun guns, requesting detailed information on the company’s returns, the company disclosed on its website on Thursday.

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Asian shares perk up after U.S. Senate passes budget plan

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares shrugged off early sluggishness and gained on Friday, and the dollar rose after the U.S. Senate approved a budget blueprint for the 2018 fiscal year that will pave the way for Republicans to pursue a tax-cut package without Democratic support.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares perk up after US Senate passes budget plan

* Senate passes budget plan that could pave way for tax reform

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UPDATE 1-SoftBank's big checks are stalling tech IPOs

LAGUNA BEACH, Calif., Oct 19 (Reuters) - Big cash infusions for startups from an ever-expanding group of financiers, led by SoftBank Group Corp and Middle East sovereign wealth funds, have extinguished hopes that the technology IPO market would bounce back this year.

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Nikkei in reach of best run of daily gains since 1961 on weaker yen, Abe hopes

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday in choppy trade, in reach of posting its best daily winning streak in more than five decades, as a weaker yen helped stocks pare earlier losses.

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METALS-Copper firmer, on track for fourth weekly rise

SYDNEY, Oct 20 (Reuters) - London copper nudged higher on Friday as some investors beefed up positions following overnight losses, and remained on track to post its fourth weekly rise even after retreating from three-year highs.

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BRIEF-‍Qualcomm Technologies and SenseTime Group announce plans to collaborate on artificial intelligence and machine learning for future mobile, IoT products​

* Co,SenseTime Group announce plans to collaborate on artificial intelligence and machine learning for future mobile, IoT products​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Notable municipal bankruptcy lawyer talks shop to Hartford taxpayers

HARTFORD, Oct 19 (Reuters) - The lawyer who took Detroit, Michigan, through the largest Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history brought his message to a new crowd on Thursday: residents of Hartford, Connecticut's cash-strapped capital city.

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Singapore Airlines to finalise $13.8 bln Boeing order next week

* Deal announced in February but not yet in Boeing order book

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Asian shares edge higher, Fed chief speculation tempers appetite

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares inched slightly higher on Friday, but grappled for firmer leads as speculation about who the next U.S. central bank chief will be kept global investors wary.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares edge higher, Fed chief speculation tempers appetite

TOKYO, Oct 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares inched slightly higher on Friday, but grappled for firmer leads as speculation about who the next U.S. central bank chief will be kept global investors wary.

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BRIEF-Ignyta says public offering of 10.0 million common shares priced at $16.00per share

* Ignyta announces pricing of public offering of common stock

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UPDATE 1-Creditors request delay of Oi assembly -sources

BRASILIA/SAO PAULO, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Creditors including state-controlled lender Banco do Brasil SA, development bank BNDES and groups representing bondholders on Thursday requested the delay of Monday's creditors assembly of Brazilian phone company Oi SA, two sources with knowledge of the matter said.

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BRIEF-Fronsac announces the acquisition of three properties

* ‍total consideration paid for these properties was $6.2 million and was settled in cash​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Flexsteel reports Q1 earnings per share $0.78

* ‍company expects to see continuing raw material cost increases into calendar year 2018​