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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.

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BRIEF-Nasdaq Says Experiencing Issues With Market Data Dissemination, Affecting Certain Nordic Indexes

* NASDAQ SAYS CURRENTLY EXPERIENCING ISSUES WITH MARKET DATA DISSEMINATION, AFFECTING CERTAIN NORDIC INDEXES

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Corporate news weakens Dubai and Saudi, Qatar jumps after budget

* Abu Dhabi's ADNOC Distribution rises from IPO price on debut

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UPDATE 1-Renault gears up for driverless cars by buying magazines

* Renault aims to put hands-off cars on road by 2021 (updates throughout)

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BRIEF-Helios And Matheson Analytics Announces Pricing Of $60 Mln Public Offering

* HELIOS AND MATHESON ANALYTICS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $60 MILLION PUBLIC OFFERING

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UPDATE 2-Lilly's 2018 forecast beats on strength of new drugs

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co on Wednesday forecast 2018 profit and revenue ahead of Wall Street estimates on strong demand for recently launched drugs such as Trulicity and Taltz.

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BRIEF-TD Ameritrade Announces Pricing Of Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* TD AMERITRADE ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Blackrock To Support Chairman Donald Brydon In London Stock Exchange-TCI Row- Source

* BLACKROCK TO SUPPORT CHAIRMAN DONALD BRYDON IN LONDON STOCK EXCHANGE-TCI ROW- SOURCE Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Trakopolis IOT Enters Into Agreement With Texas-Based Oilfield Services Company

* TRAKOPOLIS IOT CORP SAYS HAS ENTERED INTO AN AGREEMENT WITH A TEXAS-BASED OILFIELD SERVICES COMPANY

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BRIEF-Plains All American Pipeline Announces Open Season For Permian Basin To Corpus Christi Pipeline

* PLAINS ALL AMERICAN PIPELINE ANNOUNCES OPEN SEASON FOR PERMIAN BASIN TO CORPUS CHRISTI PIPELINE

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BRIEF-Primestone Capital Reports 5.2 Pct Stake In Tennant Co ‍​

* PRIMESTONE CAPITAL LLP REPORTS 5.2 PERCENT STAKE IN TENNANT CO AS OF DECEMBER 4, 2017 - SEC FILING‍​

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Rubio: How US, Asian democracies can counter China

America is reaffirming its commitment to securing a free and open Indo-Pacific region amid North Korea's nuclear and missile threats, China's increasingly assertive rise and other challenges. India and Japan, two of our key partners, have increased their security cooperation in response to regional challenges. But Washington must do more to support them and expand the involvement of Australia and other Asian democracies.

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BRIEF-Titan Medical Gets Two Canadian Patents

* TITAN MEDICAL STRENGTHENS PATENT PORTFOLIO WITH ISSUANCE OF TWO CANADIAN PATENTS AND ALLOWANCE OF A JAPANESE PATENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-WestJet Reports November Traffic Up 12.1 Percent Year Over Year

* ‍REVENUE PASSENGER MILES (RPMS), OR TRAFFIC, INCREASED 12.1 PER CENT YEAR OVER YEAR IN NOVEMBER​

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BRIEF-South Atlantic Bancshares To Acquire Atlantic Bancshares

* SOUTH ATLANTIC BANCSHARES, INC. TO ACQUIRE ATLANTIC BANCSHARES, INC.

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BRIEF-Olympic Steel Increases And Extends Asset Based Credit Agreement To Support Future Growth

* OLYMPIC STEEL INCREASES AND EXTENDS ASSET BASED CREDIT AGREEMENT TO SUPPORT FUTURE GROWTH

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UK PM May says RBS branch closures are a commercial matter for the bank

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said that branch closures announced by the Royal Bank of Scotland were a commercial matter for the bank, after she was asked to intervene to halt the closures.

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BRIEF-Seacor Holdings Inc. Announces Sale And Lease Of Sea-Vista Tanker

* SEACOR HOLDINGS INC. ANNOUNCES SALE AND LEASE OF SEA-VISTA TANKER

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BRIEF-Digital Power Corporation Creates Cryptocurrency Mining Division

* DIGITAL POWER CORPORATION CREATES CRYPTOCURRENCY MINING DIVISION

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UPDATE 1-ATM machine-maker Diebold's CEO steps down

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Diebold Nixdorf Inc, one of the world's largest ATM makers, said on Wednesday that President and Chief Executive Andreas Mattes is stepping down, effective immediately.

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures rise with oil prices

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Canada's main stock index on Wednesday as oil prices rose after industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles.

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UPDATE 1-Natgas producer EQT sets 2018 capital spending budget at $2.4 bln

Dec 13 (Reuters) - EQT Corp on Wednesday said it expected to spend 60 percent more on its capital budget in 2018 after it became the biggest U.S. natural gas producer when it completed its acquisition of Rice Energy last month.

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Honeywell sees fourth-qtr profit at top end of previous forecast

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Honeywell International Inc said on Wednesday its fourth-quarter earnings would be $1.84 per share, the top end of its previous forecast.

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BRIEF-Gain Capital Launches AI-Enhanced Trading App, Getgo

* SAYS ‍LAUNCHED GETGO, A FINANCIAL TRADING APP​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Renesola Secures Financing From Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund For Poland Projects

* RENESOLA SECURES PROJECT FINANCING FROM SEQUOIA ECONOMIC INFRASTRUCTURE INCOME FUND FOR 55MW OF PROJECTS IN POLAND

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BRIEF-Genesee & Wyoming Reports Traffic For November 2017

* ‍G&W'S TRAFFIC IN NOVEMBER 2017 WAS 271,912 CARLOADS, AN INCREASE OF 21,249 CARLOADS, OR 8.5 PCT, COMPARED WITH NOVEMBER 2016​

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BRIEF-EQT Announces 2018 Operational Forecast

* FORECASTS 2018 PRODUCTION SALES VOLUME OF 1,520 - 1,560 BCFE

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BRIEF-Teranga Gold Says Entered Into MoU With Sodim To Establish JV

* TERANGA GOLD SAYS HAS ENTERED INTO MOU WITH SODIM TO ESTABLISH JV FOR EXPLORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF AFEMA LAND PACKAGE IN CÔTE D'IVOIRE

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BRIEF-Wesco International Renews Share Repurchase Program, Provides 2018 Outlook

* WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC. REAFFIRMS 2017 OUTLOOK, RENEWS SHARE REPURCHASE PROGRAM, AND PROVIDES 2018 OUTLOOK

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Rights group criticizes China for mass DNA collection in Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities have collected DNA and other biometric data from the whole population of the volatile western region of Xinjiang, Human Right Watch said on Wednesday, denouncing the campaign as a gross violation of international norms.

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BRIEF-W W Grainger Says Size Of Board Increased To 11 Directors On Dec 12 - SEC Filing

* W W GRAINGER INC SAYS WITH DEC 12 APPOINTMENT OF LUCAS WATSON TO BOARD, SIZE OF BOARD WAS INCREASED TO 11 DIRECTORS - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2z7kAY5) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-PPDAI Group Posts ‍Q3 Net Loss $0.3150/ADS Attributable To Ordinary Shareholders ​

* - ‍QTRLY NET LOSS PER ADS ATTRIBUTABLE TO ORDINARY SHAREHOLDERS $0.3150​

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BRIEF-Empire Co Posts Q2 Adjusted Earnings Per Share C$0.27

* EMPIRE COMPANY REPORTS IMPROVED FISCAL 2018 SECOND QUARTER RESULTS

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

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's HNA Group [HNAIRC.UL] 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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BRIEF-LightInTheBox Holding Co Q3 Loss Per ADS $0.03

* ‍FOR Q4, COMPANY EXPECTS NET REVENUES TO BE BETWEEN $97 MILLION AND $100 MILLION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 3-Gas supply from Austrian gas hub back to normal after deadly blast

* Cause of explosion investigated by two commissions (Adds statement on potential damage, Kremlin, details on killed person)

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UPDATE 1-British city of Sheffield gives Uber a welcome boost

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The northern English city of Sheffield has lifted a suspension on Uber's operating licence after it provided satisfactory answers to questions about the taxi app's management, in a welcome boost to the firm's British operations.

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EMERGING MARKETS-U.S. political woes lift emerging stocks, FX ahead of Fed

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Emerging stocks and currencies sailed higher on Wednesday ahead of an expected Federal Reserve interest rate hike, lifted by U.S. assets nursing losses after President Donald Trump's Republicans suffered an election defeat.

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BRIEF-Niiio Finance Group And ‍Thomson Reuters Launch Regional Partnership​

* ‍THOMSON REUTERS AND FINTECH NIIIO LAUNCH REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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Blackstone hires Bain dealmaker in Japan corporate buyout push - sources

* Bain's Toshiba chip deal is top PE-backed global deal this yr

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South Korean firms flock to Beijing hoping summit will hasten thaw with China

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hoping a thaw in relations with China will reopen opportunities after a diplomatic spat earlier this year cost many of them business, some 300 South Korean executives joined President Moon Jae-in for the start of his four-day trip to China on Wednesday.

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As China gas crisis deepens, factories, homes lose supply

SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) - The southern Chinese province of Hunan has warned of natural gas shortages, an official said on Wednesday, as producers rush to divert fuel to heat northern homes with temperatures plummeting and factories across the country losing supplies of the fuel.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares eye record high as Fed heads for hat-trick

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Global shares were within a whisker of another record high on Wednesday as markets traded on expectations of a third U.S. interest rate hike of the year, and waited to hear from the Federal Reserve how many more are likely in 2018.

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British city Sheffield lifts licence suspension on Uber

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The northern English city of Sheffield has lifted a suspension on Uber's operating licence after it provided satisfactory answers to questions about the taxi app's management, the city council said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-France's Sanofi pins hopes on new drugs after setbacks

* CEO says company on track to sell European generics unit (Adds details, shares)

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Kremlin says Austrian gas accident underlines Gazprom's projects importance

MOSCOW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The explosion, which rattled Austria's main gas pipeline hub and led to gas supplies disruptions in Europe, has underlined the need for Gazprom's gas projects, a Kremlin spokesman said on Wednesday.

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China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi low key

BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the main public remarks to another senior official.

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UPDATE 1-European shares open on a cautious note ahead of Fed meeting

* Telecom Italia dips, CEO meets gvt (Adds more stocks, context)

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Gas exports from Total's UK Elgin Franklin platform halted until Jan. 2

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Gas exports from Total E&P's Elgin-Franklin gas platform in Britain's North Sea have been halted until Jan. 2 due to the shutdown of the Forties oil pipeline, Total said in a market notice on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-Deutsche Boerse Xetra trading platform functioning again - website

* Exchange operator reported brief disruption before market open

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European shares open on a cautious note ahead of Fed meeting

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - European bourses opened on a cautious note on Wednesday despite gains on Wall Street and in Asia as investors await a U.S. Federal reserve meeting and assess the political implications of Donald Trump's setback in a bitter Senate election in Alabama.

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UPDATE 1-Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco, helping it cut its debt by 41.4 million pounds.

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UK's Wood Group sees 2017 core earnings of $590-$600 mln

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Oilfield services company John Wood Group Plc, which bought smaller rival Amec Foster Wheeler earlier this year, said on Wednesday it expects 2017 core earnings of between $590 million and $600 million.

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U.S. criticises Poland for fining U.S.-owned broadcaster TVN

WARSAW, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The United States criticised a decision by Poland's media regulator to slap a $415,000 fine on TVN, a U.S.-owned private broadcaster, saying the ruling appeared to undermine media freedom.

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UPDATE 2-European stock, bond futures open on Eurex after delay

LONDON, Dec 13 (Reuters) - The start of trading in government bond and stock market futures on the derivatives and futures exchange Eurex was delayed by around 50 minutes on Wednesday after the platform suffered "serious issues".

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BRIEF-‍Yandex, Sberbank enter into agreement for Yandex.Market joint venture​

* ‍YANDEX AND SBERBANK ENTER INTO BINDING AGREEMENT FOR YANDEX.MARKET JOINT VENTURE​

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Italy - Factors to watch on Dec. 13

The following factors could affect Italian markets on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Oil prices recover on big US crude stock drawdown, pipeline shutdown supports

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

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Debt-laden Carillion secures deal to sell part of UK healthcare unit

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Troubled British construction firm Carillion said on Wednesday it had reached a deal to sell a large part of its UK healthcare facilities management business to outsourcing group Serco for about 47.7 million pounds ($63.55 million).

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RPT-UPDATE 1-Banks eye Paris airports operator in Macron privatisation drive -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Investment banks are vying to work with potential buyers or the French government on the sale of its majority stake in Aeroports de Paris (ADP) , sources close to the matter said, in one of the largest infrastructure deals expected to come to market in 2018.

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Google to open artificial intelligence center in China

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 13

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 futures up 0.02 percent ahead of the cash market open on Wednesday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up, dollar dips as Republicans lose Alabama Senate race

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures, Treasury yields and the dollar dipped on Wednesday as Democrat Doug Jones beat Republican Roy Moore in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama, while Asian shares gained as crude oil futures took back some lost ground.

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METALS-Copper edges higher ahead of expected U.S. rate hike

(Adds detail, updates prices) By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, Dec 13 (Reuters) - London copper edged higher on Wednesday as the dollar eased after hitting one-month highs earlier on expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will raise interest rates for a fifth time since 2015. The dollar slipped against a basket of currencies after a Democrat won a bitter fight for a U.S. Senate seat in deeply conservative Alabama, reducing Republicans' already narrow Senate majority further. "Pr

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UPDATE 1-Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

* Panasonic sees batteries as key to doubling auto biz revenue (Adds analyst comment, Toyota EV background, Panasonic battery background)

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RPT-Toyota and Panasonic eye joint development of new EV batteries

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp and Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday they will consider jointly developing batteries for electric vehicles.

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BRIEF-Shire Says New Formulation Of Oncaspar Receives Marketing Authorization In Europe

* SHIRE PLC SAYS NEW FORMULATION OF ONCASPAR RECEIVES MARKETING AUTHORIZATION IN EUROPE FOR PATIENTS WITH ACUTE LYMPHOBLASTIC LEUKEMIA

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BRIEF-Zotefoams Announces Strategic Partnership With Nike

* STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH NIKE TO DEVELOP FOOTWEAR TECHNOLOGY AND SUPPLY MATERIALS FOR GLOBAL FOOTWEAR, APPAREL AND EQUIPMENT COMPANY

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Russian gas flows to Italy have resumed

MILAN, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Gas flows from Russia, interrupted by a blast at the Baumgarten gas hub in Austria, resumed at 2000 GMT on Tuesday, a spokesman for Italian gas grid operator Snam said. (Reporting by Stephen Jewkes, editing by Louise Heavens)

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Nikkei dented by weaker tech shares; Shikoku Electric stumbles

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended lower on Wednesday after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, while Shikoku Electric slumped after a court ruled against the restart of one of its nuclear reactors.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 13

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen to open 17 points lower at 7,309.8 on Wednesday, according to financial bookmakers. * THOMAS COOK: Air Berlin's administrator said renewed talks with Thomas Cook have not led to a sustainable offer for the insolvent carrier's Austria-based Niki unit. * OIL: Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles. * Gold prices were almost unchanged

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BRIEF-Regeneron And Sanofi Announce Positive Topline Pivotal Results For Pd-1 Antibody Cemiplimab In Advanced Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma

* REGENERON AND SANOFI ANNOUNCE POSITIVE TOPLINE PIVOTAL RESULTS FOR PD-1 ANTIBODY CEMIPLIMAB IN ADVANCED CUTANEOUS SQUAMOUS CELL CARCINOMA

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Behind bitcoin boom, Japanese retail investors pile in

* Japanese traders said to account for up to half of bitcoin trade

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REFILE-WRAPUP 1-S.Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with "speculative mania"

* Bitcoin weaker, but Bitcoin-related shares in Seoul recover

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PRESS DIGEST-New York Times business news - Dec 13

Dec 13 (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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China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi silent

BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the public remarks to another senior official.

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BRIEF-Kazakh airline buys two Bombardier Q400 Nextgen aircraft

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Kazakh state-owned airline Qazaq Air says:

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WRAPUP 1-S.Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with "speculative mania"

* Bitcoin weaker, but Bitcoin-related shares in Seoul recover

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'The Last Jedi' seeks balance in a 'Star Wars' galaxy in tumult

LOS ANGELES, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Light faces dark, old faces new and there's a struggle to find a balance in the Force when "Star Wars" returns with "The Last Jedi," the sequel that places Luke Skywalker and his sister Leia at the center of an emotional adventure.

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AT&T begins testing high-speed internet over power lines

NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) - AT&T Inc has started trials in Georgia state and a non-U.S. location to deliver high-speed internet over power lines, the No. 2 wireless carrier said on Wednesday, marking its latest push to offer faster broadband service to more customers.

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The high-profile founder of struggling Chinese tech conglomerate LeEco has been placed on an official blacklist of debt defaulters, a further blow to a firm that had spent heavily to compete in areas from smart cars to online entertainment.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares up, dollar dips as Democrat wins Alabama Senate race

* Democrat seen beating Trump-backed candidate in Senate race

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BRIEF-Blueprint Medicines Prices Public Offering Of 3.70 Mln Shares At $81.00/Share

* BLUEPRINT MEDICINES ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF SHARES OF COMMON STOCK

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S&P futures extend losses as Democrat tipped to win Alabama race

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - U.S. S&P futures extended earlier losses on Wednesday, as Democrat Doug Jones took a slight lead over Republican Roy Moore with about 86 percent of the vote counted in a bitter U.S. Senate race in Alabama.

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BRIEF-J B Chemicals & Pharma Gets U.S. FDA Nod For Supplementary ANDA For Atenolol Tablets

* SAYS CO GETS SUPPLEMENTARY ANDA APPROVAL BY US FDA FOR ATENOLOL TABLETS

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Google launching artificial intelligence research center in China

BEIJING, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Wednesday it is opening an artificial intelligence (AI) research center in China to target the country's local talent, even as the U.S. search firm's products remain blocked in the country.

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UPDATE 3-Thai Beverage emerges as only potential bidder for large stake in Vietnam's Sabeco

* Sabeco auction is on Dec. 18 (Recast with Thai Bev statement)

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METALS-Copper largely steady ahead of expected U.S. rate hike

MELBOURNE, Dec 13 (Reuters) - London copper trading was little changed on Wednesday, as volumes thinned throughout the complex in the lead-up to holidays and ahead of a U.S. monetary policy meeting which may spell out higher interest rates. FUNDAMENTALS * LME: London Metal Exchange copper was up 0.1 percent at $6,666.50 a tonne, as of 0247 GMT, having closed little changed in the previous session. Prices have found a base around $6,500, but have run into resistance at the 10

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Toyota, Panasonic to hold news conference at 0630 GMT

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp on Wednesday said they would hold a joint news conference in Tokyo at 3:30 pm (0630 GMT).

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-S.Korea to hold emergency meeting on cryptocurrencies, measures expected Friday

* S.Korea to announce measures on virtual currencies on Friday -c.bank official

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UPDATE 1-Ex-Trump aide Carter Page tells court to stop AT&T Time Warner deal

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page argued in court papers on Tuesday that AT&T Inc should not be permitted to buy CNN parent Time Warner Inc because there was a risk it would lead to "recklessness" in journalism.

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INSIGHT-Did Sanofi, WHO ignore warning signals on dengue vaccine?

* Vaccine can make risk of severe disease higher in some cases

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Shareholders in Brazil´s Sanepar raise $302 mln with share offering

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian water and sanitation utility Companhia de Saneamento do Paraná priced its secondary share offering at 55.20 reais per unit, the company said in a securities filing late on Tuesday.

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Nikkei edges lower as weaker tech shares offset boost from financials

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged lower on Wednesday morning after tech stocks lost ground as they tracked their weaker U.S. counterparts, offsetting gains in the financial space.

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BRIEF-Bluebird Bio Prices Public Offering Of 3.2 Mln Shares At $185/Share

* BLUEBIRD BIO ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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Brazil's Oi files new restructuring plan allowing takeover by bondholders

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecommunications company Oi SA filed late on Tuesday a new restructuring plan with the Rio de Janeiro court sweetening the terms for bondholders and government credits in a push to get approval in a key creditors meeting on Dec. 19.

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UPDATE 1-S.Korea to hold emergency meeting on cryptocurrencies, measures expected Friday

* S.Korea to announce measures on virtual currencies on Friday -c.bank official

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BRIEF-‍African Gold Group Announces Termination Of Negotiations With Hummingbird Resources

* ‍AFRICAN GOLD GROUP ANNOUNCES TERMINATION OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH HUMMINGBIRD RESOURCES AND IS EVALUATING ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AND REMEDIES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Iron Mountain Incorporated Prices Debt Offering

* IRON MOUNTAIN- ‍PRICED AN OFFERING BY WAY OF A PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF A TOTAL OF $825 MILLION IN AGGREGATE PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF ITS 5.25% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028​

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BRIEF-94Th Common Stock Monthly Dividend Increase Declared By Realty Income

* 94TH COMMON STOCK MONTHLY DIVIDEND INCREASE DECLARED BY REALTY INCOME

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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Says Net Proceeds Of Increased Public Offering Will Be About $48.5 Mln

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORPORATION PRICES AN INCREASED PUBLIC OFFERING OF $50,000,000 - 5.95% NOTES DUE 2022

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UPDATE 1-Exxon deal aside, tough proxy season looms at U.S. energy firms

BOSTON/HOUSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Climate activists said on Tuesday they would take a tough shareholder resolution off the table at Exxon Mobil Corp after the company agreed to provide new details about how climate change could affect its business.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares flat, Fed hike expectations underpin dollar

TOKYO, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Asian shares were treading water in early trade on Wednesday as crude oil futures steadied after a selloff, while a widely expected interest rate hike from the Federal Reserve underpinned the dollar.

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Minnesota joins U.S. states limiting controversial farm chemical

CHICAGO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Minnesota became the latest U.S. state on Tuesday to restrict controversial weed killers made by Monsanto Co and BASF SE that were linked to widespread crop damage, while Arkansas took a step back from imposing new limits.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus CEO Enders declines comment on role beyond 2019

PARIS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders declined comment on Tuesday on a report that he would not seek a fresh mandate when his contract expires in 2019.

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BRIEF-Khalkos Says Jacques Levesque Appointed CFO

* KHALKOS ANNOUNCES THE RESULTS OF ITS GENERAL MEETING OF THE SHAREHOLDERS AND THE APPOINTMENT OF A NEW CFO

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BRIEF-Iron Mountain Says Public Offering Of 14.5 Mln Common Shares Priced At $37 Per Share

* SAYS PUBLIC OFFERING OF 14.5 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $37.00PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-‍Acasta Enterprises Announces Deal To Lease Four Airbus C295 Aircrafts To Humanitarian Assistance Organization​

* ‍ACASTA ENTERPRISES' AVIATION COMPANY ANNOUNCES DEAL TO LEASE FOUR AIRBUS C295 AIRCRAFTS TO HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATION​

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BRIEF-‍Alimentation Couche-Tard Founder Alain Bouchard To Sell Shares

* ALIMENTATION COUCHE-TARD- ALAIN BOUCHARD HAS INFORMED CORPORATION OF HIS INTENTION TO SELL 200,000 CLASS B SUBORDINATED VOTING SHARES THAT HE HOLDS​

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Canada to create overseas mining watchdog early in 2018

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Ottawa plans early next year to create an independent office to oversee Canadian mining, oil and gas companies' activities abroad, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, a move that environmental and human rights groups have long demanded.

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UPDATE 2-Toshiba, Western Digital end chip dispute; joint investment to resume

* Western Digital drops effort to stop the chip sale to Bain group

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British princes join Jedi knights at 'Star Wars' premiere in London

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Britain's Princes William and Harry joined the cast of the new film "Star Wars: The LastPIC

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UPDATE 2-Brazil banks agree to reimburse depositors for losses

BRASILIA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian banks agreed on Tuesday to compensate depositors for losses from government plans that tackled hyperinflation in the 1980s and 1990s, potentially settling over a million legal disputes that have hung over the country's banking system.

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UPDATE 1-Unimin to buy shale sand supplier Fairmount in cash-and-stock deal

HOUSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would sell itself to Unimin Corp in a cash-and-stock deal to create one of the largest suppliers of sand for use in hydraulic fracturing to shale oil and gas producers.

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BRIEF-Discovery Air Qtrly Loss Per Share C$0.05

* DISCOVERY AIR INC. ANNOUNCES RESULTS FOR THE QUARTER ENDED OCTOBER 31, 2017

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BRIEF-SmartFinancial Inc To Acquire Southern Community Bank

* SMARTFINANCIAL, INC. TO ACQUIRE TULLAHOMA, TN-BASED SOUTHERN COMMUNITY BANK

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Canadian regulator schedules hearing on CanniMed-Aurora takeover battle

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Ontario Securities Commission on Tuesday scheduled a hearing on CanniMed Therapeutics' request to intervene in a hostile takeover bid by bigger rival Aurora Cannabis Inc on Dec. 20.

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BRIEF-Heartland Financial USA Announces Plan To Acquire First Bank Lubbock Bancshares In Texas

* HEARTLAND FINANCIAL USA, INC. ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ACQUIRE FIRST BANK LUBBOCK BANCSHARES, INC. IN TEXAS

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CORRECTED-FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

Dec 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed creating a new fast track to market for certain medical devices and a potential reduction in the amount of safety data required for approval.

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BRIEF-Sinclair Raises Additional Term Loans And Amends Bank Credit Agreement

* SINCLAIR RAISES ADDITIONAL TERM LOANS AND AMENDS BANK CREDIT AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-OSC Issues Notice Of Hearing To Consider Application Filed By Cannimed Therapeutics

* ONTARIO SECURITIES COMMISSION ISSUES NOTICE OF HEARING TO CONSIDER APPLICATION FILED BY CANNIMED THERAPEUTICS TO INTERVENE IN HOSTILE AURORA BID- ‍​OSC WEBSITE

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Electric vehicle battery prices to steady by 2020-Hyundai Motor

* Mineral supply constraints to slow battery price fall - Lee

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UPDATE 5-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee dies at 65 - mayor's office

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, a champion for the technology sector and former civil rights attorney who sued the city on behalf of tenants and would go on to lead as its first Chinese American mayor, died early on Tuesday, officials said.

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BRIEF-ESSA Pharma announces overnight marketed equity offering

* ESSA PHARMA - TO USE NET PROCEEDS OF OFFERING PRIMARILY TO CONTINUE ONGOING PRECLINICAL DEVELOPMENT OF CO'S ANITEN COMPOUNDS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Churchill Downs announces pricing of $400 mln senior secured term loan B due 2024

* CHURCHILL DOWNS INCORPORATED ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $400 MILLION SENIOR SECURED TERM LOAN B DUE 2024 AND $500 MILLION SENIOR NOTES DUE 2028

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba, Western Digital end chip dispute; joint investment to resume

Dec 13 (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and its chip business partner Western Digital Corp agreed to settle a long-running dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its chip unit, the companies said in a statement, removing a key obstacle to the deal.

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UPDATE 2-France-based Miner AMR starts bauxite production in Guinea

CONAKRY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Paris-based miner AMR began production at its Guinean bauxite mine on Tuesday, aiming to produce between 6 million and 10 million tonnes a year of the aluminium ore, the company said.

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Helios and Matheson drops on stock sale plan to raise MoviePass stake

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc said on Tuesday it would sell shares to raise funds to increase its stake in online ticketing service MoviePass, sending Helios' shares plunging 22 percent aftermarket.

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BRIEF-Td Ameritrade Announces Secondary Offering Of Common Stock

* TD AMERITRADE HOLDING CORP - UNDERWRITTEN SECONDARY OFFERING A TOTAL OF 27.7 MILLION SHARES OF COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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

* HINES GLOBAL REIT SAYS MAKING A SECOND PUBLIC OFFERING OF UP TO $2.50 BILLION IN SHARES OF ITS STOCK- SEC FILING Source text: [http://bit.ly/2AeIqiE] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-PSE&G Says Learned That Its Customers May Be Affected By A Potential Data Breach Involving Systems Of Tio Networks

* PSE&G SAYS LEARNED THAT ITS CUSTOMERS MAY BE AFFECTED BY A POTENTIAL DATA BREACH INVOLVING SYSTEMS OF TIO NETWORKS

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BRIEF-Ecology And Environment Reports Q1 Earnings Per Share $0.12

* ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENT, INC. REPORTS IMPROVED SOUTH AMERICAN RESULTS, LOWER OVERALL EARNINGS FOR FIRST QUARTER OF 2018

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BRIEF-Electromed Inc Says Renewed Its $2.5 Million Revolving Line Of Credit With Venture Bank

* ELECTROMED INC - ON DEC 12, CO RENEWED ITS $2.5 MILLION REVOLVING LINE OF CREDIT WITH VENTURE BANK PURSUANT TO RIDER TO BUSINESS LOAN AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Nektar Therapeutics Says Received Notice Of Termination From Daiichi Of Collaboration Agreement

* NEKTAR THERAPEUTICS - ON DEC 6, CO RECEIVED NOTICE OF TERMINATION FROM DAIICHI OF COLLABORATION AGREEMENT WHICH WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE AS OF FEB 4, 2018

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BRIEF-Daiichi Sankyo And Puma Biotechnology To Collaborate With Major Cancer Center In HER2-Mutated Cancer

* DAIICHI SANKYO AND PUMA BIOTECHNOLOGY ANNOUNCE RESEARCH COLLABORATION WITH MAJOR CANCER CENTER IN HER2-MUTATED CANCER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-New York REIT, New York Recovery Operating Partnership Entered Into Amendment To Loan Agreement

* NEW YORK REIT SAYS ON DEC 6, CO & NEW YORK RECOVERY OPERATING PARTNERSHIP ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO LOAN AGREEMENT DATED DEC 20, 2016 - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Xiaochuan Wang Reports 5.3 Percent Passive Stake In Sogou Inc

* XIAOCHUAN WANG REPORTS 5.3 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN SOGOU INC AS OF DECEMBER 4 - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2AOimvS) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Altius Minerals Q2 Earnings Per Share C$0.16

* ALTIUS REPORTS Q2 F2018 REVENUE OF $18M AND ADJUSTED EBITDA OF $14.6M; INCREASES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-Provectus Announces Resolution Of SEC Investigation

* PROVECTUS ANNOUNCES RESOLUTION OF SEC INVESTIGATION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Select Bancorp And Premara Financial Merger Receives Regulatory And Shareholder Approvals

* SELECT BANCORP AND PREMARA FINANCIAL MERGER RECEIVES REGULATORY AND SHAREHOLDER APPROVALS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Waddell & Reed Financial Reports Preliminary Assets Under Management Of $81.4 Bln As Of Nov 30

* WADDELL & REED FINANCIAL, INC. ANNOUNCES NOVEMBER 30, 2017 ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT

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BRIEF-Sensata Technologies Sees Revenue of $3.41 bln - $3.51 bln in 2018

* - FOR FISCAL YEAR 2018, CO ANTICIPATES REVENUE BETWEEN $3.41 BILLION AND $3.51 BILLION

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BRIEF-Phillips 66 Says Co's President Tim Taylor Will Retire

* PHILLIPS 66 SAYS CO'S PRESIDENT TIM TAYLOR WILL RETIRE AT THE END OF THIS YEAR Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Mason Graphite Announces $45 Million Bought Deal Private Placement Offering

* MASON GRAPHITE ANNOUNCES $45 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Announces First Offerings Of Multi Pcs Backed By Tax-Exempt Loans

* FREDDIE MAC ANNOUNCES FIRST OFFERINGS OF MULTI PCS BACKED BY TAX-EXEMPT LOANS

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BRIEF-Par Pacific Holdings Announces Pricing Of Senior Secured Notes Offering

* PAR PACIFIC HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SENIOR SECURED NOTES OFFERING

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UPDATE 2-Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV shoot up with ambitious growth plan

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA shot up more than 5 percent on Tuesday as executives unveiled plans to start construction on 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales.

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Advocates ready legal showdown with U.S. FCC on net neutrality

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Net neutrality advocates said they are gearing up for a legal fight after abandoning attempts to convince the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to keep 2015 rules aimed at maintaining an open internet.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil banks agree to reimburse depositors for losses

BRASILIA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian banks agreed on Tuesday to compensate depositors for losses from government plans that tackled hyperinflation in the 1980s and 1990s, settling over a million legal disputes that have hung over the country's banking system.

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UPDATE 4-Broken pipeline cuts British supply during peak energy demand

* Brent jumps above $65 for first time since mid-2015 (Updates with INEOS saying outage could last up to 4 weeks)

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow rise with help from banks, Nasdaq lags

* Indexes: Dow up 0.64 pct, S&P up 0.34 pct, Nasdaq down 0.02 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds commentary, changes byline)

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BRIEF-Bombardier Appoints Diane Giard To Its Board

* APPOINTMENT OF DIANE GIARD TO ITS BOARD OF DIRECTORS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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GLOBAL MARKETS-European stocks close higher; Brent dips after hitting $65

* Dollar gains as Fed expected to raise rates (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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BRIEF-UK's City Of York refuses renewal of Uber's licence

* APPLICATION BY UBER TO RENEW ITS PRIVATE HIRE OPERATOR’S LICENCE IN YORK HAS BEEN CONSIDERED BY CITY OF YORK COUNCIL’S GAMBLING, LICENSING AND REGULATORY COMMITTEE- CITY OF YORK COUNCIL SPOKESPERSON

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Workers at Chile's Quebrada Blanca mine set to strike -union

SANTIAGO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - A union at Teck Resources' Quebrada Blanca copper mine in Chile is set to strike after contract talks mediated by the Chilean government failed to reach a deal, the union told Reuters.

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INEOS says Forties pipeline outage to last at least 2 weeks

** Ineos says in email to customers it expects the Forties pipeline outage in the North Sea to last "no less than two", possibly up to four weeks

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BRIEF-Sistema says it Received Legal Claim Filed By Rosneft, Pjsoc Bashneft Seeking Damages From Co, Units for Rub 131.64 Bln‍​

* SISTEMA -RECEIVED LEGAL CLAIM FILED BY ROSNEFT AND PJSOC BASHNEFT SEEKING DAMAGES FROM CO, UNITS JSC SISTEMA-INVEST IN THE AMOUNT OF RUB 131.64 BLN‍​

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Europe moves closer to own satnav system with latest Galileo launch

BERLIN, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Europe launched four more Galileo satellites on Tuesday, taking the number in orbit to 22 and moving a step closer to having its own navigation system, lessening its dependence on the U.S. Global Positioning System, or GPS.

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GRAPHIC-Bitcoin euphoria puts other retail bets in shade

Dec 12 (Reuters) - If you wondered why 18-year old twitterati and seasoned speculative traders alike have bet on bitcoin's surge towards $20,000 this week, look no further than the comparison with the past year's new stock exchange floatations.

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BRIEF-Canada Gov't Says Confident New Policy Of Discriminating Against Bidders Deemed To Be Harming Economy Is Consistent With International Obligations

* CANADA GOV'T SAYS CONFIDENT NEW POLICY OF DISCRIMINATING AGAINST BIDDERS DEEMED TO BE HARMING ECONOMY IS CONSISTENT WITH INTERNATIONAL OBLIGATIONS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by David Ljunggren)

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BRIEF-Woodward Inc Says CEO Thomas Gendron's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $7.3 Million

* WOODWARD INC SAYS CEO THOMAS GENDRON'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $7.3 MILLION VERSUS $5.8 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2ANFHxJ Further company coverage:

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UK seeks new anti-fraud head after crime agencies overhaul

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The British government on Tuesday began a long-delayed hunt for a new head of the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) after announcing plans to create a new national economic crime centre with the power to instruct the anti-fraud agency to investigate cases.

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White House to host fresh biofuels talks to help refiners -sources

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The White House will host talks between the rival oil and ethanol industries on Wednesday in hopes of brokering a deal to help refiners struggling to meet the country's biofuels policy, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 1-Lyft starts Canada service in first international foray

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. ride-hailing company Lyft Inc on Tuesday launched its service in Toronto, marking the first time it has taken its battle against the much larger Uber Technologies Inc outside of the United States.

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UPDATE 1-Colombia fines Argos, Cemex and Holcim $66 mln for fixing cement prices

BOGOTA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Colombia on Tuesday fined cement companies Cementos Argos, Cemex and Holcim, along with some of its managers, more than 200 billion pesos ($66 million) for fixing prices.

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UPDATE 1-Canada scraps plan to buy Boeings, warns firm on future orders

OTTAWA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada said on Tuesday it was scrapping the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet jets and made clear the U.S. company currently has little chance of winning a larger contract for 88 fighters.

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Teva's Yitzhak Peterburg resigns from board

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd said on Tuesday Yitzhak Peterburg, who previously served as the company's chairman and interim chief executive, resigned from its board, effective immediately.

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Canada scraps plan to buy Boeings, warns firm on future orders

OTTAWA, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada on Tuesday announced it was scrapping the planned purchase of 18 Boeing Co Super Hornet jets and made clear the U.S. company currently has little chance of winning a larger contract for 88 fighters.

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BRIEF-Twitter Says Adding Plus Button In The Composer

* SAYS IS ROLLING OUT UPDATES TO THREADS TO EVERYONE ON IOS, ANDROID, AND TWITTER.COM IN COMING WEEKS

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UPDATE 4-World is losing the battle against climate change, Macron says

* Summit takes place on 2-year anniversary of Paris climate deal

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BRIEF-International Brotherhood Of Teamsters Says The Kroger Master Agreement Has Concluded

* INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF TEAMSTERS - AFTER 7 MONTHS OF NEGOTIATIONS THE KROGER MASTER AGREEMENT, INCLUDING 5 LOCAL UNION SUPPLEMENTS CONCLUDED

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UPDATE 2-Glencore sees battery minerals powering profit in 2017 and beyond

* Says has "zero interest" in lithium (Updates with share price, further detail)

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Mexico government bans Odebrecht unit from public contracts for 4 yrs

MEXICO CITY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Mexican government has banned an affiliate of construction company Odebrecht from bidding for federal public contracts for four years, in an investigation stemming from the bribery scandal that has engulfed the Brazil-based builder.

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BRIEF-U.S. Army Awards Booz Allen Hamilton A $37.4 bln Contract

* U.S. ARMY AWARDS BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON A SPOT ON $37.4B CONTRACT TO EQUIP SOLDIERS FOR THE MODERN BATTLEFIELD Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-M&A "boom" dominates Europe share trading as oil leads gains

* Disappointing pipeline update weighs on Genmab (Adds details, closing prices)

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UPDATE 1-France-based Miner AMR starts bauxite production in Guinea

CONAKRY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Paris-based miner AMR began production at its Guinean bauxite mine on Tuesday, aiming to produce between 6 and 10 million tonnes a year of the aluminium ore, the company said.

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BRIEF-Sika AG says ‍board has decided to set up a new region in Americas

* SAYS ‍BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF SIKA HAS DECIDED TO SET UP A NEW, STRONG REGION AMERICAS​

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Louis Dreyfus to sell Australian fertiliser unit to Agrium

PARIS/WINNIPEG, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Global commodity trader Louis Dreyfus Company has agreed to sell its fertiliser business to Canada's Agrium Inc. as it continues an overhaul in response to tough agricultural markets.

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UPDATE 1-Brazil's MRV aims for over $2.1 bln in 2018 home sales

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazilian homebuilder MRV Engenharia e Participações SA hopes to start construction of 50,000 new home units in 2018, which could generate more than 7 billion reais ($2.1 billion) in sales, a company executive said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Enbridge says Line 3 pipeline project operational date uncertain

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The start date for Enbridge Inc's C$8.2 billion ($6.52 billion) Line 3 pipeline replacement project is uncertain and could be as late as November 2019, the company said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Janssen Says Darzalex Combination Regimen Shows Improved Outcomes

* JANSSEN - DARZALEX (DARATUMUMAB) COMBINATION REGIMEN SIGNIFICANTLY IMPROVED OUTCOMES FOR NEWLY-DIAGNOSED MULTIPLE MYELOMA PATIENTS TRANSPLANT INELIGIBLE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-The North West Company Q3 Shr C$0.42

* THE NORTH WEST COMPANY INC. ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS AND A QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-Vertex, CRISPR Therapeutics To Co-Develop CTX001 As CRISPR/Cas9 Gene Edited Treatment

* VERTEX AND CRISPR THERAPEUTICS TO CO-DEVELOP AND CO-COMMERCIALIZE CTX001 AS CRISPR/CAS9 GENE EDITED TREATMENT FOR SICKLE CELL DISEASE AND Î’-THALASSEMIA

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S., European stock markets climb ahead of Fed meeting; oil hits peak

* Dollar gains as Fed expected to raise rates (Updates to U.S. trading open; changes byline, dateline, previously LONDON)

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BRIEF-TC Media Sells 12 Of Its Newspapers To Groupe Lexis Media Inc.

* TC MEDIA SELLS 12 OF ITS NEWSPAPERS TO GROUPE LEXIS MEDIA INC.

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BRIEF-Moody's Says Apple, Microsoft To Drive Robust Earnings Growth For Global Diversified Technology Sector In 2018

* MOODY'S SAYS APPLE, MICROSOFT TO DRIVE ROBUST EARNINGS GROWTH FOR GLOBAL DIVERSIFIED TECHNOLOGY SECTOR IN 2018

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BRIEF-Philip Morris To Make Results From Programs Around IQOS Available By Early 2018

* PHILIP MORRIS INTERNATIONAL SAYS TO MAKE DATA, RESULTS FROM NON-CLINICAL, CLINICAL PROGRAM AROUND IQOS AVAILABLE TO PUBLIC BY EARLY 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Louis Dreyfus Company Sells Its Australian Fertilizers Business To Agrium

* SELLS ITS AUSTRALIAN FERTILIZERS AND INPUTS BUSINESS TO LANDMARK OPERATIONS LTD

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UPDATE 1-Banks eye Paris airports operator in Macron privatisation drive -sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Investment banks are vying to work with potential buyers or the French government on the sale of its majority stake in Aeroports de Paris (ADP) , sources close to the matter said, in one of the largest infrastructure deals expected to come to market in 2018.

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California and Washington state join carbon pledge in defiance of Trump

PARIS (Reuters) - California and Washington state joined five nations on the Pacific coast of the Americas on Tuesday to agree to step up the use of a price on carbon dioxide emissions as a central economic policy to slow climate change.

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New York comptroller to withdraw Exxon shareholder climate proposal

BOSTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli plans to withdraw a shareholder proposal it had filed for Exxon Mobil Corp annual meeting next year, his office said in a press release on Tuesday.

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Land and Buildings reiterates Hudson's Bay real estate worth more

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Activist investor Land and Buildings on Tuesday reiterated that Canadian department store operator Hudson's Bay Co's real estate assets were worth substantially more than the company's current market valuation.