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BRIEF-Americas Silver Corp commences production at its San Rafael mine

* Americas Silver Corp commences production at its San Rafael mine

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BRIEF-Talen Energy Supply commences tender offer for up to $100 mln of outstanding 4.625 pct notes due 2019

* Talen Energy Supply, Llc announces commencement of tender offer for up to a maximum aggregate principal amount of $100,000,000 of its outstanding 4.625 pct notes due 2019 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Talen Energy Supply reports $100 mln offering of senior notes

* Talen Energy Supply, Llc announces $100 million offering of senior notes Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Geron says first patient dosed in expanded part 1 of imerge clinical trial in myelodysplastic syndromes

* Geron announces first patient dosed in expanded part 1 of imerge clinical trial in myelodysplastic syndromes Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Aurora Cannabis intends to launch takeover bid for Cannimed Therapeutics

* Aurora Cannabis announces intention to launch takeover bid for Cannimed Therapeutics Inc.

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Retailer Auchan says it has not been approached by Amazon in Europe

PARIS, Nov 20 (Reuters) - French retailer Auchan said on Monday it had not been approached by E-commerce giant Amazon about deals or partnerships in Europe, with speculation still rife that Amazon may be eyeing European transactions.

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BRIEF-Liquor Stores Na says ‍selling its 15 liquor barn retail stores in Kentucky

* Liquor Stores Na says ‍selling its 15 liquor barn retail stores in Kentucky & entering into negotiations to sell its 51% interest in Birchfield ventures

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BRIEF-Armstrong World Industries to sell EMEA and Pacific Rim businesses to Knauf International

* Armstrong World Industries to sell EMEA and Pacific Rim businesses to Knauf International

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Chile stock index slips more than 1 pct after first-round vote

SANTIAGO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Chile's stock index slipped more than 1 percent in early trading on Monday after conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera garnered less support than expected in the country's first round presidential election.

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BRIEF-WIDEPOINT AWARDED $4.4 MLN TASK ORDER FOR WIRELESS MANAGED SERVICES BY USCIS

* WIDEPOINT AWARDED $4.4 MILLION TASK ORDER FOR WIRELESS MANAGED SERVICES BY UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Rego Payment Architectures names David Knight CEO

* Rego Payment Architectures Inc announces David Knight as CEO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-LivaNova says breaching co to pay $6 mln if deal with Microport collapses

* LivaNova - If deal to sell co's cardiac rhythm management business to Microport Cardiac Rhythm terminated‍, breaching party to pay termination fee of $6 million Source text: (http://bit.ly/2z3iI02) Further company coverage:

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MOVES-BNP Paribas Asset Management names new chief marketing officer

Nov 20 (Reuters) - BNP Paribas Asset Management, the investment management arm of BNP Paribas, said Roger Miners would succeed Anthony Finan as its chief marketing officer.

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BRIEF-Photon control announces management change

* Photon control announces management change Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-BonTerra completes all-season exploration camp to support expanding resource development program at Gladiator gold project

* BonTerra completes all-season exploration camp to support expanding resource development program at Gladiator gold project Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-UTStarcom reports Q3 earnings per share of $0.06

* UTStarcom reports unaudited financial results for the third quarter of 2017

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BRIEF-CF Corp intends to transfer listing of its ordinary shares and warrants to New York Stock Exchange​

* CF corp - ‍CF Corp intends to transfer listing of its ordinary shares and warrants to New York Stock Exchange​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Maple Gold completes corporate transition and begins trading under new symbol

* Maple Gold Mines Ltd - ‍Effective Nov. 20, company's common shares have commenced trading on TSX venture exchange under new trading symbol 'MGM'​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-DYCOM INDUSTRIES Q1 ADJ NON-GAAP EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.99

* DYCOM INDUSTRIES, INC. ANNOUNCES FISCAL 2018 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS, PROVIDES GUIDANCE FOR THE NEXT FISCAL QUARTER AND NEW DATE AND TIME FOR THE RESULTS CONFERENCE CALL

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BRIEF-APPLIED DNA SECURES 1-YEAR CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY

* APPLIED DNA SCIENCES INC - ‍DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY (DLA) HAS AWARDED CO A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF ITS CURRENT CONTRACT THROUGH OCTOBER 13, 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-BITAUTO Q3 NON-GAAP DILUTED NET INCOME PER ADS RMB1.56

* Q3 REVENUE RMB 2.34 BILLION VERSUS I/B/E/S VIEW RMB 2.21 BILLION

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BRIEF-RED EAGLE MINING ANNOUNCES $8 MILLION EQUITY FINANCING

* ‍ANNOUNCES PRIVATE PLACEMENT FOR GROSS PROCEEDS OF $8,240,750, CONSISTING OF 23,545,000 UNITS AT A PRICE OF $0.35​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EMERGING MARKETS-Central European currencies recover from bout of German angst

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Central European currencies were in recovery mode on Monday, having suffered an early bout of angst following the sudden collapse of German coalition talks.

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PRECIOUS-Gold slips on stronger dollar, but still near one-month high

* German politics boost dollar against euro * Prospect of higher U.S. rates creates headwind for gold * Norilsk to boost palladium purchases from central bank (Recasts, adds comment, adds London dateline) By Pratima Desai Nov 20 (Reuters) - Gold slipped on Monday as the dollar rose, but prices still held near the one-month highs hit last week as political and economic uncertainty in the United States dominated sentiment. Spot gold was down 0.2 percent at $1,291.6

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Ex-divs to take 6.9 points off FTSE 100 on Nov.23

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 6.89 points off the index. COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION IMPACT (pence) Carnival

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BRIEF-Microport Scientific's unit buys CRM business from Livanova

* ‍Unit buys CRM business for initial consideration of US$190 million​ from Livanova PLC Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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UPDATE 3-Roche shares climb after trial wins in cancer, haemophilia

* Roche playing catch-up in cancer immunotherapy (Adds comment from analyst, Shire shares, details about Roche share rise)

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UPDATE 2-Altice has no plans to sell shares to tackle $58 bln debts

* Reiterates asset sales plans to cut debt (Adds share price, analyst comment)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European markets jarred by German coalition collapse

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - European stocks slipped and safe haven government bonds were in demand early on Monday as the collapse of coalition talks in Germany served as a reminder of political risk that still runs as an undercurrent in Europe.

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Face time with May: UK listens to bankers' Brexit worries

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A few hours before Theresa May lost her second cabinet member in a week, the British prime minister found time amidst the crisis to meet one of the world's most powerful bankers.

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BRIEF-Nevada Copper announces development plan for optimized underground mine and appoints Chief Operating Officer

* Nevada Copper announces development plan for optimized underground mine and appoints Chief Operating Officer

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UPDATE 1-Glencore flags issues in Katanga Mining's accounting practices

Nov 20 (Reuters) - Glencore Plc said on Monday it had identified material weaknesses in the internal controls for financial reporting at Katanga Mining Ltd, in which the London-listed miner has a majority.

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BRIEF-‍Biohaven receives agreement from FDA on initial pediatric study plan for rimegepant

Nov 20 (Reuters) - Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd-

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UPDATE 1-Kenyan assets perk up as the Supreme Court upholds repeat vote

NAIROBI, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Kenyan shares headed higher and the currency strengthened against the dollar after the Supreme Court upheld President Uhuru Kenyatta's victory in a repeat election held last month, traders said.

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Israeli real estate developer Gazit-Globe swings to Q3 loss

* Gazit-Globe, Israel's largest real-estate company, swung to a loss in the third quarter, partly due part to a wider fair value loss from investment property and investment property under development.

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BRIEF-Gazit-Globe reports Q3 economic FFO per share of NIS 0.95

* Qtrly economic FFO totaled NIS 186 million (US$ 53 million), or NIS 0.95 per share (US$ 0.27 per share)‍​

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CORRECTED-As Venezuela pumps below OPEC target, oil rivals begin filling gap

HOUSTON/DUBAI, Nov 20 (Reuters) - As Venezuela's dilapidated energy sector struggles to pump enough crude oil to meet the country's OPEC output target, rival producers within the exporters group have started to plug the gap, OPEC and industry sources said.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 20

Nov 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 11 points at 7,369.7 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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Kenyan shares jump after the Supreme Court upholds repeat election

NAIROBI, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Kenya's benchmark NSE-20 share index rose 1.57 percent on Monday after the Supreme Court upheld the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat election held last month, traders said.

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UPDATE 1-Russia's Rosneft confirms oil supply deal with China's CEFC

MOSCOW, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Rosneft had signed an oil supply deal with CEFC China Energy Company Ltd, Russia's largest oil producer said in a regulatory filing on Monday, confirming a Reuters report last week.

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Bipartisan Harvard panel recommends hacking safeguards for elections

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A bipartisan Harvard University project aimed at protecting elections from hacking and propaganda will release its first set of recommendations today on how U.S. elections can be defended from hacking attacks.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks wilt, German coalition impasse hits euro

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares pulled back on Monday with investor sentiment hurt by a retreat on Wall Street, while the euro and German stock futures skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse.

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Glencore appoints CFO to Katanga's board after review

Nov 20 (Reuters) - Diversified miner Glencore Plc on Monday said it noted material weaknesses identified in Katanga Mining Ltd internal controls over financial reporting.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Nov 20

Nov 20 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening down 11 points at 7,369.7 on Monday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures down 0.3 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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UPDATE 2-Roche announces trial successes in cancer, haemophilia

* Roche playing catch-up in cancer immunotherapy (Adds detail about shares)

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Israel's Cellcom, Partner in talks to build fiber optic network

JERUSALEM, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Israel's largest mobile operator, Cellcom , said on Monday it was in negotiations with rival operator Partner Communications to cooperate in building a nationwide fiber optic network.

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Poland - Factors to Watch Nov 20

Following are news stories, press reports and events to watch that may affect Poland's financial markets on Monday. ALL TIMES GMT (Poland: GMT + 1 hour):

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Russia's Rosneft says clinches oil supply deal with China's CEFC

MOSCOW, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said on Monday it had signed a deal with CEFC China Energy Company Ltd on oil supplies, further strengthening its foothold in the world's largest energy consumer.

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PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - Nov 20

Nov 20 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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REFILE-UPDATE 2-Alibaba goes offline with $2.9 bln stake in China's top grocer

* Says part of a wider effort to integrate data and physical stores

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BRIEF-Pepper Group says Federal Court Of Australia​ has approved acquisition by Red Hot Australia Bidco

* ‍Scheme of arrangement approved by Federal Court of Australia

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Nikkei falls as drops in chip-related stocks, financials weigh

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday amid losses on Wall Street and a stronger yen, while semiconductor equipment manufacturers and financial stocks underperformed.

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BRIEF-Mediawan sells SVOD rights to “Zone Blanche” to Amazon

* MEDIAWAN SA - SALE OF “ZONE BLANCHE” SVOD RIGHTS TO AMAZON Source text: http://bit.ly/2j8RQVy Further company coverage:; (Gdynia Newsroom)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks wilt as China weakness dims mood, euro skids

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares pulled back on Monday, with investor sentiment hurt by a retreat on Wall Street and a slide in Chinese stocks, while the euro skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse.

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Roche says Tecentriq combination cuts lung cancer risk

ZURICH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - A late-stage trial of Roche's immuno-oncology medicine Tecentriq with other cancer drugs as an initial therapy for lung cancer met its goal of significantly reducing the risk of disease worsening or death, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday.

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U.S. patent review board becomes conservative target

NEW YORK, Nov 20(Reuters) - In August, a dozen inventors gathered around a fire pit outside the headquarters of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, and set alight patents they said had been rendered worthless by an overreaching federal government.

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PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Nov 20

Nov 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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UPDATE 1-Debt-ridden Altice says not preparing equity-linked cash raising, no margin loan problems

PARIS, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Debt-ridden telecoms and cable group Altice said on Monday it was not preparing to raise cash by means of any equity issue, adding it had no margin loans problems and was working on an asset sale programme to cut its debt.

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As Venezuela pumps below OPEC target, oil rivals begin filling gap

HOUSTON/DUBAI, Nov 20 (Reuters) - As Venezuela's dilapidated energy sector struggles to pump enough crude oil to meet the country's OPEC output target, rival producers within the exporters group have started to plug the gap, OPEC and industry sources said.

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UPDATE 1-Televisa exec shot dead outside Mexico City while riding bike

MEXICO CITY, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Adolfo Lagos, the head of struggling Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa's telecoms unit izzi, was shot dead on Sunday on the outskirts of Mexico City, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks falter as weakness in China markets dim mood

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares eased on Monday, with investor sentiment hurt by a retreat on Wall Street and sliding Chinese stocks, while the euro skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse.

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UPDATE 2-Alibaba goes offline with $2.9 bln stake in China's top grocer

* Says part of a wider effort to integrate data and physical stores (Adds analyst quote, share price, context)

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Pinera wins first round of Chile election, faces runoff

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera will face center-left Senator Alejandro Guillier in a runoff for Chile's presidency next month, after a first round vote on Sunday that Pinera won, but with fewer votes than expected.

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UPDATE 5-Pinera wins first round of Chile election, faces runoff

* Conservative Pinera wins 36.6 pct, center-left Guillier 22.7 pct

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BRIEF-TransUnion appoints Pia Arellano president and CEO in the Philippines

* TransUnion appoints Pia Arellano president and CEO in the Philippines Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ))

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Nikkei falls on weaker Wall St, strong yen, bargain hunting curbs losses

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average fell on Monday amid losses on Wall Street and a stronger yen, although bargain hunting limited the losses.

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BRIEF-‍U.S. Steel responds to city of Chicago press conference​

* ‍U. S. STEEL ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO CITY OF CHICAGO'S NOV. 19, 2017, PRESS CONFERENCE​

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BRIEF-KKR-backed Emerald Media leads $65 mln Series B funding in aCommerce‍​

* aCommerce says KKR-backed emerald media leads $65 million series B in co‍​

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UPDATE 1-Alibaba to buy 36.2 pct Sun Art for $2.9 bln

HONG KONG, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said on Monday it would buy an aggregate direct and indirect stake of 36.16 percent in China's top hypermarket operator, Sun Art Retail Group Ltd, for a total HK$22.4 billion ($2.9 billion).

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GRAINS-Wheat slips after two-day runup amid plentiful supply

MANILA, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Chicago wheat futures edged lower on Monday after a two-day advance, pressured by abundant global supplies, while corn and soybeans steadied after sharp gains in the previous session. FUNDAMENTALS * Wheat for December delivery on the Chicago Board of Trade was down 0.6 percent at $4.24-3/4 a bushel by 0127 GMT. * Global wheat demand has been lean at a time of bountiful supply with Russia looking at a record harvest. * Exports of Euro

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Goldman Sachs sees Fed raising rates four times in 2018

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs said it expects a tight U.S. labor market and more normal inflation picture will lead the Federal Reserve to hike interest rates four times next year.

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'Transparent' star Jeffrey Tambor says he may leave show after harassment allegations

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Jeffrey Tambor, the Emmy-winning star of the Amazon web series "Transparent," said on Sunday he did not see how he could return to the show next season after a second person leveled allegations of sexual harassment against him.

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Marvell Technology clinches roughly $6 bln deal to buy Cavium-sources

Nov 19 (Reuters) - Chipmaker Marvell Technology Group Ltd has agreed to acquire smaller peer Cavium Inc for around $6 billion, as it seeks to expand in the networking equipment sector, people familiar with the matter said on Sunday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares subdued after Wall St retreats, euro slips

TOKYO, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Asian shares started the week on the back foot on Monday, pressured by a retreat on Wall Street amid tax reform uncertainty while the euro skidded after German coalition talks hit an impasse.

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BRIEF-Samson Oil and Gas announces suspension of trading of American depositary shares on NYSE

* Announces suspension of trading of American Depositary shares on NYSE American exchange and pending delisting​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Televisa exec shot dead outside Mexico City while riding bike

MEXICO CITY, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Adolfo Lagos, the head of struggling Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa's telecoms unit izzi, was shot dead on Sunday on the outskirts of Mexico City, the state attorney general's office said in a statement.

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BRIEF-Sun Art Retail ‍announces acquisition of interest in co

* ‍announces acquisition of 26.02% interest in sun art retail group limited by Taobao China Holding Limited​

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UPDATE 4-Pinera wins first round of Chile election, faces runoff

SANTIAGO, Nov 19 (Reuters) - Conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera will face center-left Senator Alejandro Guillier in a runoff for Chile's presidency next month, after placing first by a wide margin in Sunday's first-round election.

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Alibaba to buy 36.2 pct Sun Art for $2.9 bln

HONG KONG, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd said it would buy an aggregate direct and indirect stake of 36.16 percent stake in China's top hypermarket operator, Sun Art Retail Group Ltd, for a total HK$22.4 billion ($2.9 billion).

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Post-Brexit border checks could add 1.5 bln pounds to UK aerospace costs

LONDON, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Britain's aerospace industry could face 1.5 billion pounds ($2 billion) a year in extra costs after Brexit if firms exporting components to the European Union face additional checks at the border, industry body ADS Group said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Altice NV says not in preparation of cash raising by means of an equity or equity-linked issuance

* ALTICE NV- ALTICE IS NOT IN PREPARATION OF A CASH RAISING BY MEANS OF AN EQUITY- OR EQUITY-LINKED ISSUANCE AND HAS NO INTENTION TO PURSUE SUCH ACTION​

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BRIEF-Noble Group announces entry into an investment agreement

* Unit ‍had on 16 November 2017 entered into an investment agreement with Mkango Resources Limited​

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UPDATE 4-Satellite calls yield no clues on missing Argentine submarine

MAR DEL PLATA, Argentina, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A storm on Sunday complicated efforts to find an Argentine navy submarine missing in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members, while satellite calls thought to come from the vessel did not help searchers identify the vessel's location.

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BRIEF-Alibaba Group, Auchan Retail and Ruentex form new retail strategic alliance​

* ‍ALIBABA GROUP, AUCHAN RETAIL AND RUENTEX FORM NEW RETAIL STRATEGIC ALLIANCE​

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Baker Hughes' sell-off could mean buying opportunity -Barron's

NEW YORK, Nov 19 (Reuters) - A recent sell-off in the stock of Baker Hughes, a GE-owned company, might mean a chance to buy the shares at a bargain, a report in Barron's financial newspaper said.

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Iridium says last call from its device on missing Argentine submarine was Wednesday

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. satellite communications company Iridium Communications Inc said on Sunday the last call from its device aboard a missing Argentine submarine was made at 1136 GMT on Wednesday, the day the vessel vanished.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Saudi Arabia and Arab allies push for unity against Iran, Hezbollah meddling

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia and other Arab foreign ministers criticized Iran and its Lebanese Shi'ite ally Hezbollah at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Sunday, calling for a united front to counter Iranian interference.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Natixis ups dividend payout target in new three-year plan

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

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

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

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The Senator says she does not believe Roy Moore's denials of sexual abuse and hopes Alabama voters don't elect him

Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins said on Sunday that she does not believe Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore's denials of the sexual allegations against him and hopes the state's voters do not send him to Washington.

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Ex-Chile leader Pinera favored to win presidential election

SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chileans voted for a successor to President Michelle Bachelet on Sunday, with billionaire conservative Sebastian Pinera the favorite to win, though a crowded field of leftist challengers are likely to force a December runoff.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Release of Indian film about Rajput queen delayed after protests

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

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

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

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Honda recalling 900,000 minivans because seats may tip forward

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

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

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

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

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

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UPDATE 1-Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings

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

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Spain's Gas Natural sells Colombian distribution unit to Brookfield

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

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UPDATE 2-SouthGobi Resources says CEO arrested in China

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

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

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

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Freeport evacuating Indonesian mine worker families after shootings - sources

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

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

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

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China Citic, Baidu launch direct bank in fintech push

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

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Shiekh Shoes owner says retailer seeks financing to avoid bankruptcy

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

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BRIEF-Oroco suspends proposed private placement

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

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

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

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Verizon close to announcing digital streaming deal with NFL- Bloomberg

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

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BRIEF-Matrrix reports Q3 share loss $0.02 per share

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

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Alabama Senate election winner due to be certified in late December

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The outcome of Alabama's Dec. 12 U.S. Senate election probably will not be certified until Dec. 26 at the earliest, a state official said on Friday, making it unlikely the race will affect major year-end legislation in Congress including Republican tax cuts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-PrimeEnergy Corporation Q3 shr loss $1.22‍​

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-WGL Holdings reports Q4 results

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

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BRIEF-Petro Vista completes announces management and board change

* Petro Vista completes announces management and board change

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

* Clarocity Corporation announces Q3 2017 financial results and debt facility

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

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

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Missouri limits use of weed killer linked to crop damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Territorial Bancorp declares special dividend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Canadian grocery chain Loblaw says has ordered 25 Tesla electric trucks

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-FDA approves remote feature to program Cochlear implants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Players Network enters confidential settlement with Comcast

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

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

* Russia seen to be hesitating over extending global output curbs

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No date set yet for Keystone pipeline restart - TransCanada spokesman

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

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

* UNITED STATES LIME & MINERALS ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF REPURCHASE PROGRAM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-CINCINNATI FINANCIAL DECLARES REGULAR QUARTERLY AND SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

* CINCINNATI FINANCIAL CORPORATION DECLARES REGULAR QUARTERLY AND SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

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

* TITAN MEDICAL ANNOUNCES FILING OF AMENDED AND RESTATED PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS

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

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

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BRIEF-Equifax to meet investors in Boston and Baltimore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* Prospect of Trump appointee puts firms on enforcement front foot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Zhejiang Yinlun Machinery to supply cooler to General Motors

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

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UPDATE 3-Wells Fargo dismisses consumer lending head Codel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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