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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed, stimulus plan doesn't buoy Saudi

* Saudi Electricity continues slide on news of payment to state

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BRIEF-OneMain Holdings Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* ONEMAIN HOLDINGS, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK BY AN AFFILIATE OF FORTRESS INVESTMENT GROUP LLC

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BRIEF-Mineral Hill Industries Terminates Share Purchase Agreement With 12 Shareholders Of CPS Energy Resources

* MINERAL HILL INDUSTRIES - TERMINATED SHARE PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH 12 SHAREHOLDERS OF CPS ENERGY RESOURCES DUE TO NON-COMPLIANCE WITH TERMS OF SPA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Teresa Elder Joins WideOpenWest As CEO

* WIDEOPENWEST INC- AUTHORIZED A STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM, COMMENCING IMMEDIATELY, TO REPURCHASE AN AGGREGATE OF $50 MILLION OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Apple Inc Releases iMac Pro

* APPLE INC - IMAC PRO IS AVAILABLE ON DECEMBER 14, STARTING AT AN APPLE RETAIL PRICE OF $4,999 (US) Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Alaska Airlines Says Begins Nonstop Service Between San Francisco Airport And Kailua-Kona Airport

* ALASKA AIRLINES SAYS BEGINS NONSTOP SERVICE BETWEEN SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND KAILUA-KONA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Trovagene Submits Protocol To FDA For Phase 2 Clinical Trial Of Pcm-075 In Combination With Zytiga®

* TROVAGENE SUBMITS PROTOCOL TO FDA FOR PHASE 2 CLINICAL TRIAL OF PCM-075 IN COMBINATION WITH ZYTIGA® FOR METASTATIC CASTRATION-RESISTANT PROSTATE CANCER

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BRIEF-Oncosec Announces Dosing Of First Patient In Registration-Directed Phase 2B Clinical Trial

* ONCOSEC ANNOUNCES DOSING OF FIRST PATIENT IN REGISTRATION-DIRECTED PHASE 2B CLINICAL TRIAL, PISCES/KEYNOTE-695, OF IMMUNOPULSE® IL-12 IN COMBINATION WITH PEMBROLIZUMAB Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Addvantage Technologies Announces Q4 Loss Per Share $0.03

* ADDVANTAGE TECHNOLOGIES ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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BRIEF-Criteo SA - Provides An Update On Expected Impact Of Apple's ITP On Criteo's Projected 2018 Revenue

* CRITEO PROVIDES AN UPDATE ON ITS Q4 2017 OUTLOOK AND ON THE IMPACT ON ITS BUSINESS FROM APPLE'S ITP

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BRIEF-Transat A.T. Inc Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share C$3.97

* TRANSAT A.T. INC. - RESULTS FOR FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2017

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BRIEF-Teva Announces Restructuring Plan And Measures To Improve Its Business And Financial Performance

* TEVA ANNOUNCES RESTRUCTURING PLAN AND ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO IMPROVE ITS BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

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BRIEF-Axalta Coating Systems Sees Preliminary 2018 Net Sales Growth About 6% to 7%

* AXALTA COATING SYSTEMS LTD SEES PRELIMINARY 2018 CAPEX OF ABOUT $160 MILLION

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BRIEF-Amicus Therapeutics Submits New Drug Application To U.S. FDA For Migalastat

* AMICUS THERAPEUTICS SUBMITS NEW DRUG APPLICATION TO U.S. FDA FOR MIGALASTAT FOR TREATMENT OF FABRY DISEASE

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METALS-Copper near two-week high, China data supports

* GRAPHIC-2017 asset returns: http://tmsnrt.rs/2jvdmXl (Recasts, updates prices, changes dateline, adds details/quote)

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BRIEF-Aehr Test Systems Receives Follow-On Order For Fox-Xpâ„¢ Test And Burn-In System For Silicon Photonics Devices

* AEHR TEST SYSTEMS RECEIVES FOLLOW-ON ORDER FOR FOX-XPâ„¢ TEST AND BURN-IN SYSTEM FOR SILICON PHOTONICS DEVICES

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BRIEF-Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd Announces 6.75 Pct Senior Unsecured Note Offering

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Tidewater Midstream And Infrastructure Ltd:

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BRIEF-Guyana Goldfields Plans To Release Optimized Mine Plan For Aurora Gold Mine In Q1

* GUYANA GOLDFIELDS INC. CONTINUES TO OPTIMIZE THE AURORA GOLD MINE

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BRIEF-Kalvista Pharmaceuticals Reports Q2 Loss Per Share $0.50

* KALVISTA PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS FISCAL SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

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BRIEF-Allena Pharma Reports Q3 Loss Per Share $3.49

* ALLENA PHARMACEUTICALS REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND PROVIDES BUSINESS UPDATE

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Gibraltar launches financial services license for blockchain

LONDON (Reuters) - Gibraltar's financial services watchdog will introduce the world's first bespoke license for "fintech" firms using blockchain distributed ledger technology from next month in a bid to attract start-ups to the British overseas territory as it prepares for Brexit.

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Lebanon approves offshore oil, gas exploration bid - source

BEIRUT, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Lebanon's cabinet approved a bid on Thursday for offshore energy exploration by a consortium made up of France's Total, Italy's ENI and Russia's Novatek, in the country's first oil and gas offshore licensing round, a government source said.

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BRIEF-Cenovus' 2018 Budget Continues Focus On Deleveraging

* CENOVUS ENERGY INC - PLANS TO INVEST BETWEEN $1.5 BILLION AND $1.7 BILLION IN 2018

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BRIEF-Protagonist Therapeutics Appoints Sarah Noonberg To Board

* PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS APPOINTS SARAH NOONBERG TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Cleantech Solutions International Says Shareholders Approve Of Corporate Name Change

* CLEANTECH SOLUTIONS INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL OF CORPORATE NAME CHANGE TO SHARING ECONOMY INTERNATIONAL INC.

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Bombardier forecasts 2018 revenue below Street estimates

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc on Thursday forecast 2018 revenue to be $17.0 billion to $17.5 billion, well below Wall Street expectations.

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Netanyahu asks Teva Pharm to minimize job loss in Israel

JERUSALEM, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he spoke with the chief executive of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries and asked that the company keeps layoffs in Israel to a minimum.

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BRIEF-Protagonist Therapeutics Announces Final Phase 1 Study Results With Novel Hepcidin Mimetic, PTG-300

* PROTAGONIST THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES FINAL PHASE 1 STUDY RESULTS WITH NOVEL HEPCIDIN MIMETIC, PTG-300

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BRIEF-Bombardier Sees 2018 Revenue Growth Of About $1 bln Over 2017 Guidance​

* BOMBARDIER ANNOUNCES 2018 GUIDANCE, TARGETING REVENUE GROWTH, CONTINUED EARNINGS IMPROVEMENT AND FCF BREAKEVEN

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BRIEF-Ribbon Communications Names Fritz Hobbs CEO

* RIBBON COMMUNICATIONS NAMES FRITZ HOBBS PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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UPDATE 1-UK nuclear regulator approves Hitachi-GE reactor design

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Britain's nuclear regulator has approved Hitachi-GE's reactor design, paving the way for it to be used in Horizon's planned new nuclear project in Britain.

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Putin: U.S. secret services control doping whistleblower Rodchenkov

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's former anti-doping chief-turned-whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov is working under the control of U.S. special services, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Tata Group, GE Partner To Manufacture Leap Engine Components In India

* GE AND TATA GROUP ENTER INTO STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO MANUFACTURE LEAP ENGINE COMPONENTS IN INDIA

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UPDATE 2-South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

* Charm offensive includes K-Pop and TV stars (Adds memorandum on trade agreement)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - European shares and the euro dipped on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause before a series of central bank decisions in Europe.

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UPDATE 1-UK retailers enjoy bumper Black Friday sales

* Retail sales +1.6 pct yy, beats all forecasts in Reuters poll * Black Friday promotion boosted household goods sales * Economists split on signals for broader economy * Bank of England announcement due at 1200 GMT (Updates with reaction from economists and markets) By David Milliken and William Schomberg LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - British shoppers pounced on electrical goods and other Black Friday bargains last month, giving an unexpectedly big boost to retail sales,

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BRIEF-Glaxosmithkline Submits Regulatory Application For Single-Dose Tafenoquine For Treatment Of Plasmodium Vivax Malaria

* SUBMITS REGULATORY APPLICATION FOR SINGLE-DOSE TAFENOQUINE FOR TREATMENT OF PLASMODIUM VIVAX MALARIA TO AUSTRALIA'S THERAPEUTIC GOODS ADMINISTRATION​

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BRIEF-Accenture To Buy Irish Creative Agency Rothco

* TO BUY ROTHCO , A FULL-SERVICE CREATIVE AGENCY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EMERGING MARKETS-With Fed out of way, emerging markets await Turkish cbank

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Emerging equities rose to a near two-week high on Thursday after the U.S. Fed delivered a widely-expected rate rise but remained cautious on the inflation outlook, while Turkey's lira slipped before a central bank meeting.

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UPDATE 1-Banks drag European shares down as investors await Draghi

* Wind turbine makers boosted by U.S. tax development (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

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Atos shares fall 2.8 percent after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

PARIS (Reuters) - Shares in Atos fell as much as 2.8 percent early on Thursday after Franco-Dutch chip maker Gemalto rejected its 4.3 billion euro ($5 billion) takeover bid.

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UPDATE 1-Atos shares fall 2.8 pct after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Shares in Atos fell as much as 2.8 percent early on Thursday after Franco-Dutch chip maker Gemalto rejected its 4.3 billion euro ($5 billion) takeover bid.

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Russian court rejects Siemens claim that Crimea turbines sale was invalid

MOSCOW, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Moscow's Arbitration Court on Thursday rejected a claim by Germany's Siemens that the sale of its turbines which were delivered to Crimea was invalid.

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Atos shares fall 2.8 pct at open after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

PARIS, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Shares in Atos fell 2.8 percent early on Thursday after Franco-Dutch chip maker Gemalto rejected its takeover bid.

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Banks drag European shares down as investors eye BoE, ECB meetings

LONDON, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Weakness in bank stocks dragged European shares to a downbeat open on Thursday as financial sectors caught the cold from U.S. and Asian trading which suffered from a less hawkish than expected tone from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

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UPDATE 1-UK's Domino's Pizza to expand stake in Iceland operation

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza, a master franchisee of U.S. group Domino's Pizza Inc, said on Thursday it would buy a further 44.3 percent stake in Domino's Iceland for 30.2 million euros ($35.71 million).

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BAWAG says agrees to buy north German bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse

VIENNA, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Austrian bank BAWAG has agreed to buy north German building society bank Deutscher Ring Bausparkasse, it said on Thursday, continuing its policy of making bolt-on acquisitions and expanding in Germany.

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BRIEF-Severfield Says Awarded Landmark Contract For Google's Uk HQ

* HAS BEEN AWARDED A LANDMARK CONTRACT ON RECENTLY ANNOUNCED NEW GOOGLE HEADQUARTERS IN KING'S CROSS, LONDON

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UPDATE 1-Australia's Crown Resorts signs several deals to cut debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it had signed several deals to divest assets to cut debt, including selling interest in a site on the Las Vegas Boulevard for $300 million.

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UK's Domino's to buy further 44.3 pct stake in Iceland subsidiary

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza, a master franchisee of U.S. group Domino's Pizza Inc, said on Thursday it would buy a further 44.3 percent stake in Domino's Iceland for 30.2 million euros ($35.71 million).

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BRIEF-BP says Consulting With Lawyers After Australian Watchdog Blocks Woolworths Deal

* ACKNOWLEDGES ANNOUNCEMENT BY AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION THAT IT INTENDS TO OPPOSE PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF WOOLWORTHS’ RETAIL FUEL BUSINESS

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RPT-Austria gas blast exposes Italy weak link

MILAN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - A deadly gas explosion in Austria has exposed a weak link in European energy security -- in neighbouring Italy.

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RPT-UPDATE 2-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chinese consumer lending firm Lexinfintech has slashed the size of its U.S. initial public offering by two-thirds to a maximum possible $151.8 million, following a recent crackdown by Beijing on fast-growing online micro-lenders.

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Britain's Bunzl sees 15 pct revenue growth on North America boost

Dec 14 (Reuters) - British business supplies distributor Bunzl Plc forecast an about 15 percent rise in full-year group revenue, helped by new business wins in North America.

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UPDATE 2-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

* Beijing has targeted online micro-lenders with new rules (Adds graphics, crackdown's impact on shares of rivals)

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BRIEF-Berendson hit by fine for breaking competition law - UK's CMA

* UK'S ‍CMA HAS FINED TWO SUPPLIERS OF 'CLEANROOM' LAUNDRY SERVICES​

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PSA, Toyota lead European car sales gain, helped by extra selling day

BERLIN (Reuters) - European car sales rose 5.8 percent in November, helped by an extra selling day as PSA Group and Toyota posted the strongest gains among the region's major automakers, industry data published on Thursday showed.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks generally rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike, while its caution on inflation tempered expectations for 2018 tightening, weighing on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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BRIEF-Blocktrade: Alphamin ‍Confirms Close Of South African Private Placement

* ‍CONFIRMS THAT SOUTH AFRICAN PRIVATE PLACEMENT CLOSED AT 12:00 ON 11 DECEMBER 2017​

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BRIEF-Statoil awards subsea contracts worth up to NOK 40 bln

* ‍STATOIL HAS AWARDED NEW SUBSEA MAINTENANCE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENTS TO AKER SOLUTIONS , TECHNIPFMC AND ONESUBSEA.

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Nikkei slips, telecom shares slump on Rakuten market entry plan

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average slipped on Thursday, as banks and insurer shares weakened in line with lower interest rates while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten plans to enter the mobile carrier market.

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Australia's Crown Resorts signs several divestment deals to reduce debt

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Australian casino operator Crown Resorts said on Thursday it has signed several divestment deals as part of its ongoing debt reduction strategy, including the sale of its interest in a Las Vegas site for $300 million to a unit of Wynn Resorts Ltd.

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BRIEF-UBS Announces Changes To Group Executive Board

* UBS GROUP AG-MARTIN BLESSING, CURRENTLY PRESIDENT PERSONAL & CORPORATE BANKING AND PRESIDENT UBS SWITZERLAND, WILL BECOME PRESIDENT WEALTH MANAGEMENT

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BRIEF-TSMC orders machinery equipment, facility worth T$8.66 bln

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd :

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BRIEF-Wynn Resorts Says Reached Agreement To Purchase Land From Wynn Las Vegas For $336 Mln

* WYNN RESORTS REACHES AGREEMENT TO PURCHASE LAND ACROSS FROM WYNN LAS VEGAS FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

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UPDATE 1-Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO size as China reins in micro-lenders

* Beijing targeted online micro-lenders with new rules this month (Adds company response, background on firm and industry)

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BRIEF-Canadian Mining cancels Ghana gold property acquisition

* CANADIAN MINING CORP. CANCELS GHANA GOLD PROPERTY ACQUISITION

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U.S. solar installations to fall more than expected in 2017

Dec 14 (Reuters) - U.S. solar installations will fall more than expected this year, according to an industry report released on Thursday, due to weakened demand for residential systems and delays on large projects over concerns that President Donald Trump will impose tariffs on imported panels, increasing costs.

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BRIEF-Becle To Acquire Pendleton Whisky Brands For $205 Mln

* BECLE SA DE CV SAYS HAS ENTERED INTO A DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE PENDLETON WHISKY BRAND ASSETS FROM HOOD RIVER DISTILLERS, INC

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BRIEF-EP Energy announces amendments to offers to exchange new senior secured notes

* EP ENERGY ANNOUNCES AMENDMENTS TO OFFERS TO EXCHANGE NEW SENIOR SECURED NOTES DUE 2024 FOR OUTSTANDING SENIOR NOTES DUE 2020, 2022 AND 2023

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BRIEF-Bristow Group Announces Pricing Of Convertible Senior Notes Offering

* BRISTOW GROUP ANNOUNCES PRICING OF CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Yirendai Announces Strategic Investment In Lion Rock

* YIRENDAI LTD SAYS HAS MADE STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN LION ROCK, THROUGH LION ROCK'S SERIES A FINANCING OF HK$50 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GM says former UAW Vice President Joe Ashton to resign from board

Dec 13 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Wednesday Joseph Ashton, a former United Auto Workers vice president who led the union's GM department, has resigned from the company's board.

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Pemex says worker found dead in Salamanca refinery

MEXICO CITY, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Mexican state oil company Pemex said on Wednesday that a worker was found dead at its Salamanca refinery in the central state of Guanajuato.

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U.S. appeals court vacates conviction of drug distributor over Botox

Dec 13 (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday vacated the conviction of the owner of a wholesale drug distributor accused of selling authentic Botox and other drugs with foreign labels, dealing another setback to the government, which has struggled at times to successfully prosecute similar such cases.

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BRIEF-Boston Properties Announces Redemption Price For 3.700% Senior Notes Due 2018

* BOSTON PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES REDEMPTION PRICE FOR 3.700% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2018

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Nikkei edges down, telecom shares slump as Rakuten mulls market entry

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average erased earlier modest gains on Thursday to edge down, while telecommunications shares withered on news that online retailer Rakuten is weighing entry into the mobile carrier market.

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BRIEF-Independent Bank Group, Inc. Announces Pricing Of Subordinated Notes Offering

* INDEPENDENT BANK GROUP, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SUBORDINATED NOTES OFFERING

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BRIEF-Proteostasis Therapeutics Prices Public Offering Of 8 Mln Shares At $5/Share

* PROTEOSTASIS THERAPEUTICS PRICES PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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UPDATE 1-Anti-pipeline group goes back to work against Keystone XL

SEWARD, Neb., Dec 13 (Reuters) - Nebraska's main anti-pipeline group is trying to rally opposition to the TransCanada Corp's Keystone XL project's recently approved route through the state, tracking down landowners it says were not given a voice in the regulatory process.

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U.S. shoemaker Rockport explores options including sale -sources

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The Rockport Group is exploring its options, including a possible sale, after one of the U.S. footwear maker's major debtholders took ownership of the company, people familiar with the matter said Wednesday.

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Odebrecht paid firms linked to Peru's Kuczynski $4.8 mln -document

LIMA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Brazilian builder Odebrecht transferred $4.8 million to companies linked to Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski between 2004 and 2012, some of which was paid to a company Kuczynski controlled when he held senior government roles, according to a document the company sent to Congress.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, US yields sag

TOKYO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday after the Federal Reserve delivered a much-anticipated interest rate hike but flagged caution about inflation, tempering expectations for future tightening, which weighed on the dollar and Treasury yields.

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Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision plans to list unit's shares in Shanghai

TAIPEI, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer, said it planned to list shares of a subsidiary in Shanghai.

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UPDATE 1-Australian jobs growth surges, unemployment near 5-year lows

* Aussie dlr pops up to a five-week high (Adds economist comment, more data metrics, milestones, updates A$ level)

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South Korea's Moon tries K-Pop and TV stars in China charm offensive

SEOUL, Dec 14 (Reuters) - South Korean President Moon Jae-in will unveil an array of TV talent and K-Pop celebrities at events, including a state dinner, in China on Thursday as he attempts to smooth out a year of difficult diplomacy with a star-laden charm offensive.

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Lexinfintech slashes U.S. IPO as Beijing reins in micro-lenders

HONG KONG, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Chinese consumer lending firm Lexinfintech has slashed the size of its initial public offering to between $108 million and $132 million - a move that comes in the wake of a crackdown by Beijing on fast-growing online micro-lenders.

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BRIEF-Denso, Blackberry partner to develop Integrated Automobile HMI Platform

* DENSO AND BLACKBERRY PARTNER TO DEVELOP WORLD’S FIRST INTEGRATED AUTOMOBILE HMI PLATFORM

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BRIEF-EastGroup Properties Says Acquired Gwinnett Progress Center In Atlanta For $29.2 Million

* EASTGROUP PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES RECENT INVESTMENT AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES

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BRIEF-Vornado Announces Public Offering Of $450 Mln 3.5 Pct 7-Year Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2025

* VORNADO ANNOUNCES PUBLIC OFFERING OF $450 MILLION 3.5% 7-YEAR SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2025 AND CALLS FOR REDEMPTION ITS $450 MILLION 2.5% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2019 AND CALLS FOR REDEMPTION THE REMAINING $120 MILLION OF ITS 6.625% SERIES I CUMULAT

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BRIEF-Siyata Mobile Announces Increase Of CDN$1 Mln To Brokered Private Placement

* SIYATA MOBILE ANNOUNCES INCREASE OF CDN$1 MILLION TO BROKERED PRIVATE PLACEMENT RESULTING IN UP TO CDN$4 MILLION IN UNSECURED CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES

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BRIEF-Boulevard Acquisition Says Institutional Investors Agreed To Private Placement Of New Estre Shares For About $130 Mln

* BOULEVARD ACQUISITION CORP. II AND ESTRE AMBIENTAL S.A. TRANSACTION UPDATE

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BRIEF-RewardStream Appoints Usama Chaudhry As CFO

* ‍EFFECTIVELY IMMEDIATELY, RALPH TURFUS HAS RESIGNED FROM BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND AS CHAIRMAN OF COMPANY

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BRIEF-Deutsche Bank Raises Prime Lending Rate To 4.50 Pct

* DEUTSCHE BANK- CO'S NEW YORK BRANCH, DEUTSCHE BANK NEW YORK, SUBSIDIARY DEUTSCHE BANK TRUST COMPANY AMERICAS RAISED PRIME LENDING FROM 4.25% TO 4.50%

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BRIEF-Conn's Inc Says Entered Into Agreement To Securitize Aggregate Of $669.3 Mln Of Consumer Receivables

* CONN'S- ‍ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT TO SECURITIZE AN AGGREGATE OF $669.3 MILLION OF CONSUMER RECEIVABLES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Raging River Exploration Announces 2018 Capital Budget Of $335 Million

* RAGING RIVER EXPLORATION INC. ANNOUNCES DUVERNAY LIGHT OIL DISCOVERY, OPERATIONAL UPDATE AND ANNOUNCES 2018 CAPITAL BUDGET OF $335 MILLION

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BRIEF-BSM Technologies Qtrly Loss Per Share $0.014​

* ‍TOTAL REVENUE OF $15.7 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 5% COMPARED TO $15.0 MILLION IN Q4 F2016​

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BRIEF-Mullen Group Approves 67 Pct Annual Dividend Hike To $0.60 Per Share​

* ‍BOARD HAS APPROVED A 67.0 PERCENT INCREASE IN ANNUAL DIVIDEND TO SHAREHOLDERS FROM $0.36 PER SHARE TO $0.60 PER SHARE​

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BRIEF-At&T Mobility, Communications Workers Of America Reach Tentative Agreement In Orange Contract Negotiations

* AT&T MOBILITY, COMMUNICATIONS WORKERS OF AMERICA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT IN ORANGE CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS

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Turkish banker accused of helping Iran launder money seeks mistrial

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Turkish banker on trial in New York on charges that he helped Iran evade U.S. sanctions asked a judge on Wednesday to declare a mistrial, saying testimony by a former Turkish police investigator should not have been allowed in court.

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UPDATE 1-Ecuador court sentences VP to six years in jail in Odebrecht graft case

QUITO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - An Ecuadorean court on Wednesday sentenced Vice President Jorge Glas to six years in jail after finding him guilty of receiving bribes from Brazilian construction company Odebrecht in return for handing the scandal-ridden firm state contracts.

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BRIEF-Bristol-Myers Squibb Granted Exclusive License By Ono Pharmaceutical For Multiple Programs Targeting Immuno-Suppressive Factors In The Tumor Microenvironment

* BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB GRANTED EXCLUSIVE LICENSE BY ONO PHARMACEUTICAL FOR MULTIPLE PROGRAMS TARGETING IMMUNO-SUPPRESSIVE FACTORS IN THE TUMOR MICROENVIRONMENT

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso firms after Fed maintains U.S. rate outlook

By Bruno Federowski and Sheky Espejo Dec 13 (Reuters) - Mexico's peso currency and stocks firmed on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised the cost of borrowing, but did not signal that it could pick up the pace of rate hikes next year. Signs of quicker U.S. economic growth had prompted speculation that the Fed could have forecast more rate hikes next year. But the U.S. central bank's forecast of three hikes in 2018 and 2019 was unchanged from its projections in September.

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BRIEF-FDA Approves Pfizer's New Biosimilar To Remicade

* PFIZER INC - UNITED STATES FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION HAS APPROVED IXIFI AS A BIOSIMILAR TO REMICADE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-Hines Global REIT II Makes Second Public Offering Of Up To $2.50 Bln In Shares Of Its Stock

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Hines Global Reit II: HINES GLOBAL REIT II SAYS MAKING A SECOND PUBLIC OFFERING OF UP TO $2.50 BILLION IN SHARES OF ITS STOCK- SEC FILING

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Toronto airport requires extra security checks after 'customs breach'

TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Some U.S.-bound flights from Toronto's main international airport were delayed on Wednesday afternoon due to an incident that prompted authorities to require some passengers to go through customs a second time, a spokeswoman said.

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BRIEF-Western Alliance Bancorp Says Ken Vecchione Will Be Promoted To CEO In Q1 2018

* WESTERN ALLIANCE BANCORPORATION DETAILS TIMING FOR CEO ROLE TRANSITION IN 2018

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BRIEF-Winnebago Industries Board Approve Qtrly Cash Dividend Of $0.10 Per Share

* WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES BOARD OF DIRECTORS APPROVE QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF $0.10 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. study sheds light on how Zika causes nerve disorder

CHICAGO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - A new study sheds light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition, and the findings could have implications for companies working on Zika vaccines, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Disney deal set to value Fox at more than $75 billion -source

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's deal to buy film, television and international businesses from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc will value the latter at over $40 per share, or $75 billion, a person familiar with the matter said.

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BRIEF-Aqua America Announces Appointment Of Chris Franklin As Chairman

* AQUA AMERICA ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF CHRIS FRANKLIN AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD

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BRIEF-Cheetah Mobile To Incorporate Microsoft's Ai-Based Technologies And Services Into Cheetah Mobile's Product Matrix

* CHEETAH MOBILE INC - ANNOUNCED A COLLABORATION TO INCORPORATE MICROSOFT'S AI-BASED TECHNOLOGIES AND SERVICES INTO CHEETAH MOBILE'S PRODUCT MATRIX Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-U.S. FDA Accepts Bristol-Myers Squibb’S Application For Opdivo (Nivolumab) Plus Yervoy (Ipilimumab)

* U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) ACCEPTS BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB’S APPLICATION FOR OPDIVO (NIVOLUMAB) PLUS YERVOY (IPILIMUMAB) IN INTERMEDIATE- AND POOR-RISK PATIENTS WITH ADVANCED RENAL CELL CARCINOMA AND GRANTS PRIORITY REVIEW

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BRIEF-Hmg Courtland Properties says Jy-Tv Associates Entered Agreement With Cardone Real Estate Acquisitions

* HMG COURTLAND PROPERTIES - JY-TV ASSOCIATES ENTERED AGREEMENT WITH CARDONE REAL ESTATE ACQUISITIONS TO SELL APARTMENTS FOR ABOUT $50.3 MILLION-SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2AAFuRH] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Helix Biopharma Q1 Loss Per Share C$0.02

* Q1 LOSS PER SHARE C$0.02 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Casi Pharmaceuticals Files For Stock Shelf Of Upto $100 Million

* CASI PHARMACEUTICALS INC FILES FOR STOCK SHELF OF UPTO $100 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2zaieHQ] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Jacobs And Ch2m Announce Ch2m Stockholder Approval Of Merger

* JACOBS AND CH2M ANNOUNCE CH2M STOCKHOLDER APPROVAL OF MERGER AND PRELIMINARY MERGER CONSIDERATION ELECTION RESULTS

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BRIEF-Sotherly Hotels Enters Hotel Purchase & Sale Agreement To Buy Hyatt Centric Arlington

* SOTHERLY HOTELS INC - ENTERED HOTEL PURCHASE & SALE AGREEMENT TO BUY HYATT CENTRIC ARLINGTON HOTEL FOR ABOUT $81 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2j0oDwl] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Chesapeake Utilities Says Unit Filed With FERC Uncontested Settlement Agreement

* CHESAPEAKE UTILITIES - UNIT FILED WITH FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION UNCONTESTED SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT ASSOCIATED WITH CURRENT RATE CASE PROCEEDING

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UPDATE 2-Lockheed Martin may top Boeing in race to supply Canada jets -experts

OTTAWA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canada's decision to make it harder for Boeing Co to win a major jet order hands rival plane maker Lockheed Martin Corp an advantage in capturing the contract, defense experts said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-INTL FCStone Inc Q4 Loss Per Share $1.27

* REPORTS FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER AND 2017 ANNUAL FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Lexinfintech Holdings Ltd Sees U.S. IPO Of 12 Million

* LEXINFINTECH HOLDINGS LTD SEES U.S. IPO OF 12.0 MILLION AMERICAN DEPOSITARY SHARES REPRESENTING 24.0 MILLION CLASS A ORDINARY SHARES - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-General American Investors Announces Actions Taken By Board

* GENERAL AMERICAN INVESTORS COMPANY ANNOUNCES ACTIONS TAKEN BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-First Industrial Realty Trust To Issue $300 Mln Notes In Private Offering

* FIRST INDUSTRIAL REALTY TRUST TO ISSUE $300 MILLION OF UNSECURED NOTES IN A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nordson Corp Reports Q4 GAAP EPS $1.37

* ORATION REPORTS FISCAL YEAR 2017 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR RESULTS

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX at record high close as gold miners gain

TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index closed at a record high on Wednesday but well off its session highs, as sharp gains for gold miners were offset by losses among energy companies and a fall in grocery retailer Empire Company Ltd .

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UPDATE 1-Ford to shift midsize sedan production out of Mexico -sources

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co has told suppliers it plans to shift production of midsize Fusion and Mondeo sedans out of Mexico and Spain in 2020 and move it to China, three sources said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Berkshire Hathaway Energy Announces Debt Tender Offer And Consent Solicitation

* BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY ENERGY ANNOUNCES DEBT TENDER OFFER AND CONSENT SOLICITATION

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BRIEF-Keycorp Raises Its Prime Lending Rate To 4.50 Percent

* KEYCORP RAISES ITS PRIME LENDING RATE TO 4.50 PERCENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Innovative Solutions & Support Reports Q4 Loss Per Share $0.01

* INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS & SUPPORT, INC. ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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CME Group veteran, post-trade head Taylor to retire at year-end

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Kim Taylor, CME Group veteran and post-trade head, will retire from the world's largest exchange group at the end of the year, she said in an email to Reuters.

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LPC: Banks provide US$650m of loans for SMG buyout

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - US venue management firm SMG's leveraged buyout by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp will be backed by a US$650m loan package, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 1-Lockheed Martin may top Boeing in race to supply Canada jets -experts

OTTAWA, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canada's decision to make it harder for Boeing Co to win a major jet order hands rival plane maker Lockheed Martin Corp an advantage in capturing the contract, defense experts said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-Three U.S. men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

Dec 13 (Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks.

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UPDATE 7-Oil slips as U.S. gasoline stock build overshadows crude draw

* U.S. crude stocks down 5.1 mln bbls, gasoline up 5.7 mln-EIA

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UPDATE 3-Ineos declares force majeure on North Sea oil after Forties shutdown

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - North Sea operator Ineos has declared force majeure on all shipments of crude oil, natural gas and condensates through its Forties pipeline system that has shut off vital energy supplies to Britain, according to a source familiar with the matter on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Jetblue Airways says To Repurchase Up To $750 mln Shares

* AUTHORIZED TO REPURCHASE UP TO $750 MILLION OF SHARES OF STOCK OVER TWO YEARS, BEGINNING JAN 1 Source text : (http://bit.ly/2C2ucSq) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Altice USA, Charter, Comcast Reach Agreement To Form New Interconnect In New York DMA

* ALTICE USA, CHARTER AND COMCAST REACH AGREEMENT TO FORM NEW INTERCONNECT IN THE NEW YORK DMA

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BRIEF-Citibank Says Raised Base Lending Rate To 4.50% From 4.25%

* CITIBANK SAYS RAISED ITS BASE LENDING RATE TO 4.50% FROM 4.25%, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 14, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Delta may place order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets -sources

PARIS/NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines looked close on Wednesday to placing an order for 100 Airbus A321neo jets in a boost for the European planemaker as it tries to narrow a 2017 order gap against Boeing, two people familiar with the matter said.

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UPDATE 1-France proposes age-of-consent rule for Facebook users

PARIS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - All French children under the age of 16 will have to seek parental approval to open an account on Facebook or any other social network under draft legislation presented on Wednesday.

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Schumer Files Police Report After Fraudulent Document Emerges

A document that looks like a court filing suggests Senator Chuck Schumer harassed a staff member, but the staff member said any such claims are false.

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US STOCKS-Wall St extends gains slightly after expected Fed rate hike

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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Mexican authorities warn cryptocurrency offerings could be a crime

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday that cryptocurrencies were risky investments and said fundraising programs known as initial coin offerings (ICOs) could potentially violate Mexican financial law.

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UPDATE 2-Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 mln

BOSTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday.

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WRAPUP 3-U.S. core inflation slows, puts spotlight on 2018 interest rate outlook

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Underlying U.S. consumer inflation slowed in November, held down by weak healthcare costs and the biggest drop in apparel prices in nearly two decades, which could impact the pace at which the Federal Reserve raises interest rates next year.

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BRIEF-Gemalto Rejects Atos' Proposal To Buy Co

* GEMALTO REJECTS UNSOLICITED AND CONDITIONAL PROPOSAL BY ATOS

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UPDATE 2-Activist investor Primestone urges Tennant to merge with Nilfisk

COPENHAGEN/LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Activist hedge fund Primestone Capital on Wednesday urged U.S. cleaning equipment company Tennant and Danish peer Nilfisk to consider merging after building up minority stakes in both firms.

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Trump administration calls for government IT to adopt cloud services

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The White House said Wednesday the U.S. government needs a major overhaul of information technology systems and should take steps to better protect data and accelerate efforts to use cloud-based technology.

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U.S. stock funds attract most cash in 7 weeks -ICI

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors dashed into domestic stocks, pouring the most cash in seven weeks into the market, according to Investment Company Institute (ICI) data on Wednesday. The funds collected $6 billion in the seven days through Dec. 6, according to the trade group, as the market is poised to close 2017 with another strong year of gains under its belt. "We're in literally the longest amount of days since a 5 percent drawdown in 25 years," said Gary Droz, ma

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UPDATE 3-SAG nominations focus on indie movies, snubbing Streep and Day-Lewis

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Small-town dramedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" led the 2018 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations on Wednesday in a list that shut out veterans Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis as well as Steven Spielberg's press freedom movie "The Post."

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CORRECTED-(OFFICIAL)-UPDATE 3-Brazil Burger King operator may price IPO near top of range -sources

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The operator of the Burger King fast-food chain in Brazil, BK Brasil Operação e Assessoria a Restaurantes SA, is expected to price its initial public offering near the top of the suggested price range, three people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Medtronic settles states' probe into Infuse marketing for $12 mln

BOSTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Medtronic Plc has agreed to pay $12 million to resolve claims that the company engaged in a deceptive marketing strategy to promote its Infuse bone graft product used in spinal surgery, the Massachusetts attorney general said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Three men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

Dec 13 (Reuters) - A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court documents.

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BRIEF-Axe Exploration Says It Intends to Redirect Business To Cryptocurrency

* TO EVALUATE NEW BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES, EVENTUALLY REDIRECT BUSINESS TO CRYPTOCURRENCY & BLOCKCHAIN Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 6-Oil slips as U.S. gasoline stock build overshadows crude draw

* U.S. crude stocks down 5.1 mln bbls, gasoline up 5.7 mln-EIA

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US STOCKS-Industrial stocks drive Wall St higher; Fed decision eyed

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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UPDATE 3-T-Mobile to launch new television service in 2018, acquire Layer3 TV

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday that it will launch a new streaming television service next year after buying startup Layer3 TV for an undisclosed amount.

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UPDATE 1-Dassault ends Falcon 5X jet program with Safran, turns to Pratt & Whitney

PARIS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation said on Wednesday that it would drop a contract with Safran for the development of a Falcon business jet engine and that it would launch a new project powered by U.S. rival engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

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Seadrill confirms receiving rival bids for its debt restructuring

OSLO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Drilling rig firm Seadrill confirmed on Wednesday it had received two rival bids for its debt restructuring from unsecured bondholders.

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UPDATE 2-CIBC sees proportion of profits from U.S. doubling in 3 years

* U.S. growth driven by PrivateBancorp acquisition (Adds comment from CEO on Caribbean business, capital forecast)

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Marcato likely to pull off win in proxy war with Deckers

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Deckers Outdoor Corp shareholders looked set to hand three board seats to Marcato Capital Management at the UGG boots maker's annual meeting on Thursday, capping a months-long bitter proxy contest.

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BRIEF-Fitch Says Overcapacity, Online Shift Differentiate EU, U.S. Retail

* FITCH SAYS OVERCAPACITY, ONLINE SHIFT DIFFERENTIATE EU, U.S. RETAIL

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Dassault Aviation to drop Silvercrest engine contract with Safran

PARIS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation said on Wednesday that it would drop a contract with Safran for the development of the Silvercrest business jet engine and that it would a launch a new project powered by U.S. airplane engine maker Pratt & Whitney.

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Austria gas blast exposes Italy weak link

MILAN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - A deadly gas explosion in Austria has exposed a weak link in European energy security -- in neighbouring Italy.

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BRIEF-Interactive Brokers to Accept Orders For Short Sales Of CFE Bitcoin Futures

* WILL NOW ACCEPT ORDERS FOR SHORT SALES OF CBOE FUTURES EXCHANGE BITCOIN FUTURES

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Top U.S. official calls for clarity on post-Brexit aviation safety

BRUSSELS, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The United States is urgently calling for clarity on which aviation safety regime the British aerospace industry will operate under after the country leaves the European Union, to avoid increased certification costs for airlines and manufacturers.

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BRIEF-CIBC sees 10-12 percent earnings growth in U.S.

* CIBC U.S. HEAD SAYS EXPECTS EARNINGS GROWTH OF 10-12 PERCENT IN NEXT THREE YEARS

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BRIEF-BMTC Group Says FY-End Will Change To Jan 31​

* BMTC GROUP INC - ‍CORPORATION'S FINANCIAL YEAR-END WILL CHANGE FROM DECEMBER 31 TO JANUARY 31​

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MOVES-Citi promotes Davison in FIG reshuffle in EMEA

LONDON, Dec 13 (IFR) - Citigroup has promoted Piers Davison to co-head its financial institutions group in Europe, Middle East and Africa, as part of a raft of changes in the FIG business at its corporate and investment bank.

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LPC: Banks optimistic on 2018 US CLO volume with Wells Fargo predicting record year

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo is predicting record US Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) fund issuance of US$125bn in 2018 with little in sight to derail 2017’s strong momentum. JP Morgan sees a smaller increase and Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Deutsche Bank expect issuance to match 2017’s robust volume.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks worldwide reach highs; U.S. Treasury yields fall

* Fed widely seen hiking interest rates for third time in 2017

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on tech gains; Fed decision awaited

* U.S. consumer prices rise 0.4 pct in Nov, in line with estimates

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WRAPUP 2-U.S. core inflation slows, puts spotlight on 2018 interest rate outlook

WASHINGTON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Underlying U.S. consumer inflation slowed in November, held down by weak healthcare costs and the biggest drop in apparel prices in nearly two decades, which could impact the pace at which the Federal Reserve raises interest rates next year.

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Facebook says Russian-linked accounts spent just 97 cents on ads over Brexit

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Russian-based operatives placed three adverts on Facebook in the run-up to Britain's 2016 referendum on EU membership, spending just 97 cents to raise the issue of immigration, the social media platform said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Limelight Networks Sees 2018 Non-GAAP EPS Between $0.11 And $0.15 Per Share

* SEES 2018 CAPITAL EXPENDITURES BETWEEN $22 MILLION AND $24 MILLION

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UPDATE 3-Honeywell sees higher 2018 profit, says tax bill could spur investment

* Shares up 1.6 percent (Adds CFO quotes from conference call and analyst comment; updates share)

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UPDATE 5-Oil mixed after U.S. crude stocks draw; Forties outage lends support

* Britain's biggest pipeline likely to be shut for several weeks

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UPDATE 2-T-Mobile to launch new television service in 2018, acquire Layer3 TV

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc will launch a new television service in 2018 and acquire television technology company Layer3 TV Inc for an undisclosed amount, the U.S. No. 3 wireless carrier said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Target To Buy Same-Day Delivery Platform Shipt Inc For $550 Mln

* TARGET CORP SAYS AGREED TO BUY SHIPT INC, AN ONLINE SAME DAY DELIVERY PLATFORM, FOR $550 MILLION IN CASH

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UPDATE 1-CIBC sees proportion of profits from U.S. doubling in 3 years

TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce said on Wednesday it expected the proportion of its earnings coming from the United States to nearly double in the next three years, helped by the $5 billion acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp.

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BRIEF-EBay Signs Agreement to Acquire Terapeak

* SAYS HAS SIGNED AN AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE TERAPEAK; FINANCIAL TERMS OF THE DEAL WERE NOT DISCLOSED‍​ Source text : http://bit.ly/2nXOaMh Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Elliott Issues Statement In Response To Qualcomm's Statement On Fair Value Of NXP

* ELLIOTT ADVISORS (UK) LIMITED ISSUES STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO QUALCOMM'S STATEMENT REGARDING THE FAIR VALUE OF NXP Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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PDVSA bonds initially valued at 19.25 cents at CDS auction

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (IFR) - Bonds of Venezuela's PDVSA were valued at 19.25 cents on the dollar in the first stage of an auction Wednesday to determine the payout on credit default swaps tied to the state-owned oil company.

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BRIEF-Grubhub Expands Partnership With The Cheesecake Factory

* GRUBHUB EXPANDS PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHEESECAKE FACTORY TO DELIVER MENU FAVORITES FROM COAST TO COAST Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 3-Italian bonds, bank stocks hit as prospect of March election reignites political uncertainty

* Broader markets await Fed rate decision (Adds stocks market reaction, quotes)

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BRIEF-Comtech Telecommunications Receives $9.4 Million Order for Solid-State Power Amplifiers for In-Flight Connectivity

* COMTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS-GOT ORDER FOR MORE THAN $9.4 MILLION FOR SOLID-STATE POWER AMPLIFIERSTO BE USED IN AIRBORNE, IN-FLIGHT CONNECTIVITY APPLICATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Gas exports from Total's North Sea field halted until early Jan

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Exports of natural gas from one of the North Sea's key fields have been halted for at least three weeks until early January, after the closure of Britain's largest oil and gas pipeline, field operator Total said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Facebook And WWE Launch Live In-Ring Series On Facebook Watch

* FACEBOOK AND WWE® LAUNCH LIVE IN-RING SERIES ON FACEBOOK WATCH

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BRIEF-Hive Blockchain Announces Expansion In Sweden, Up To $100 Mln Financing

* HIVE BLOCKCHAIN ANNOUNCES MAJOR EXPANSION IN SWEDEN, INCLUDING NEW BITCOIN MINING FACILITY, AND UP TO $100 MILLION FINANCING

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BRIEF-Element Fleet Management Comments On Media Reports Speculating Potential Deals Involving Co

* ELEMENT FLEET MANAGEMENT COMMENTS ON MEDIA REPORTS SPECULATING POTENTIAL DEALS INVOLVING CO

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BRIEF-Caterpillar's North America Machines Retail Sales For 3-Month Rolling Period Up 12 Pct

* CATERPILLAR - LATIN AMERICA MACHINES RETAIL SALES FOR 3-MONTH ROLLING PERIOD ENDED NOV. UP 48 PERCENT

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX hits all-time high in broad rally

TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index hit an all-time high in early trade on Wednesday, boosted by broad gains led by its heavyweight financial and natural resources sectors.

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UPDATE 1-China's HNA says U.S lawsuit over failed deal 'baseless'

HONG KONG, Dec 13 (Reuters) - China's HNA Group said on Wednesday a U.S. lawsuit against the company and its Beijing-based unit Pactera Technology International Ltd over a failed acquisition was "baseless and without merit".

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Berlin regrets EU decision on airline Niki as insolvency looms

BERLIN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The German government said it "greatly regrets" a decision by the European Commission to block Lufthansa's planned purchase of airline Niki and it signalled insolvency for the Air Berlin subsidiary and the grounding of its flights.

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BRIEF-Mercedes-Benz Financial ‍Completes Negotiations To Lease Facility At Alliancetexas In Fort Worth

* MERCEDES-BENZ FINANCIAL SERVICES USA - ‍COMPLETED NEGOTIATIONS TO LEASE NEW, BUILD-TO-SUIT, 200,000 SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY AT ALLIANCETEXAS IN FORT WORTH Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Declares Special Cash Dividend

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-Cedar Realty Announces Partial Redemption Of 7.25% Series B Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock

* CEDAR REALTY TRUST ANNOUNCES PARTIAL REDEMPTION OF 7.25% SERIES B CUMULATIVE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St rises at open as technology stocks gain

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Wednesday on gains in technology stocks while investors awaited the Federal Reserve's decision on an interest rate hike due later in the day.

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Airbus COO Bregier dismisses reports departure, focused on targets

TOULOUSE, France Dec 13 (Reuters) - Airbus chief operating offficer Fabrice Bregier dismissed media reports about his departure from the aerospace group, saying on Wednesday he was focused on achieving company targets.