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Bitcoin futures race higher in volatile launch, dollar steady

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Futures in bitcoin, which has taken global financial markets by storm, got off to a volatile start at its launch, while the dollar kept gains in Monday's Asian session on expectations the Federal Reserve will stick to its tightening path.

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Uber heads to court in fight for London survival

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber [UBER.UL] will defend its right to operate in London in a court hearing on Monday after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its license in its most important European market.

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Bitcoin futures start trading on CBOE exchange

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin arrived on Sunday, with futures of the cryptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm starting trading for the first time.

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Mediaset hopes truce with Vivendi to come with content deal with Telecom Italia: media

MILAN (Reuters) - Mediaset's chief executive said he hoped the shared interest over TV content with Telecom Italia (TIM) could pave the way to a truce with France's Vivendi , speaking in a interview published late on Sunday.

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Britain's Labour Party looks to move some BoE functions away from London

(Reuters) - Britain's Labour Party is considering moving some of Bank of England's functions to Birmingham, from its current home in Threadneedle Street in the City of London, according to an interim report on the British financial system released on Sunday.

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Harassment All Around, Afghan Women Weigh Risks of Speaking Out

Watching the “Me, Too” campaign, some Afghan woman are more willing to talk about assaults. But the danger to their lives if they do has not diminished.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Major markets rise, led by Saudi and Egypt

* Saudi continues bounce from chart support, volume very high

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Thyssenkrupp makes offer to workers for Tata Steel deal: sources

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp has offered workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, several people close to labor union IG Metall said.

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Bangladesh minister says wants to 'wipe out' Manila bank for heist role

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's finance minister said late on Saturday he wanted to "wipe out" a Philippines bank that was used to channel $81 million stolen from the Bangladeshi central bank's account with the Federal Reserve Bank of New York last year.

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After bitcoin’s wild week, traders brace for futures launch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The newest way to bet on bitcoin, the cyptocurrency that has taken Wall Street by storm with its stratospheric price rise and wild daily gyrations, will arrive on Sunday when bitcoin futures start trading.

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South Korea's Hyundai says faces headwinds from weaker yen next year

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean automakers face a major headwind from a weakening Japanese yen, which will boost rivals like Toyota Motor Corp. next year, a Hyundai Motor think tank said.

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Thyssenkrupp ready to make workers offer for Tata Steel deal: Bild am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thyssenkrupp is prepared to offer workers commitments on jobs and investments to get union backing for its deal with Tata Steel to merge their European steel operations, German weekly Bild am Sonntag reported, citing an internal memo.

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VW executive convicted in U.S. may seek transfer to Germany: Welt am Sonntag

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt, convicted in the United States this week for his role in the German carmaker's emissions scandal, may ask to serve his prison sentence in Germany, German weekly Welt am Sonntag reported, citing sources close to Schmidt.

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U.N. envoy told North Korea urgent need to open channels to cut conflict risk

SEOUL/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations political affairs chief told senior North Korean officials during a visit to Pyongyang this week that there was an "urgent need to prevent miscalculations and open channels to reduce the risks of conflict," the world body said.

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Apple in talks to acquire music identification app Shazam: source

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc is in talks to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, whose software helps users identify songs by pointing their phone at an audio source, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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PepsiCo to move to Nasdaq after nearly a century with NYSE

(Reuters) - PepsiCo Inc is moving its listing to the Nasdaq, ending a century-long association with the New York Stock Exchange.

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Apple's Ive returns to helm of design teams

(Reuters) - Apple Inc Chief Design Officer Jony Ive is returning to day-to-day management of the company's design teams after handing off managerial duties two years ago to focus on other projects, Apple told Reuters on Friday.

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Delta Air Lines cancels hundreds of flights due to winter storm

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines has canceled more than 600 flights due to inclement weather at its Atlanta hub, the carrier said on Friday, as a winter storm travels towards the northeast, threatening more cancellations and delays.

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Tax-loss selling to pressure 2017's losers in December

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks that have been lackluster so far in 2017 are unlikely to see their fortunes reversed in the final month of the year, as investors engage in tax-harvesting practices before the new year.

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Macy's Terry Lundgren to retire as chairman in January

(Reuters) - Department store operator Macy's Inc said Chairman and former Chief Executive Terry Lundgren would retire from the board on January 31, 2018.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX posts 2-week high as industrials lead broad-based rally

TORONTO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a two-week high on Friday, led by financial and industrial shares after solid U.S. jobs data boosted investor sentiment, while energy stocks climbed on higher oil prices.

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Strong U.S. job growth in November bolsters economy's outlook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth increased at a strong clip in November, painting a portrait of a healthy economy that analysts say does not require the kind of fiscal stimulus that President Donald Trump is proposing, even though wage gains remain moderate.

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Wall Street closes higher after payrolls report

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, buoyed by a solid payrolls report for November that locked in expectations for an interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve next week and raised optimism about economic prospects in 2018.

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Bitcoin drops after dramatic gains ahead of futures launch

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse.

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November payrolls report lifts Wall Street

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street indexes advanced on Friday on the heels of a solid payrolls report for November, locking in expectations for an interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve next week and boosting optimism about economic prospects for 2018.

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US STOCKS-November payrolls report lifts Wall St

* Dow up 0.34 pct, S&P 500 up 0.43 pct, Nasdaq up 0.46 pct (Updates to mid-afternoon, changes byline)

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Trump says fines against Wells Fargo could be increased

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - President Donald Trump took aim at the third-largest U.S. bank on Friday, writing on Twitter that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co could be hiked amid an ongoing sales scandal.

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Alpine skiing: Vonn's stock is sky high in the risk business

LAKE LOUISE, Alberta (Reuters) - The downhill is very much a high risk, high reward business and American speed queen Lindsey Vonn was reminded again of the price you pay for success on the alpine World Cup ski circuit.

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Bitcoin tumbles after dramatic gains ahead of futures launch

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse.

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Wall Street gains on robust Nov. hiring data

(Reuters) - Wall Street indexes gained on Friday as U.S. employers added more jobs than expected in November, cementing the case for an interest rate hike next week and adding to optimism about the economy heading into 2018.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street gains on robust Nov. hiring data

* Indexes up: Dow 0.38 pct, S&P 0.49 pct, Nasdaq 0.64 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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Ahead of Canada fighter jet announcement, Boeing looks to future

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Boeing Co , which is locked in a dispute with the Canadian government, said on Friday it would continue to look for ways to work with the country, which is expected next week to announce it is scrapping plans to buy 18 of the U.S. planemaker's Super Hornet fighter jets.

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WestJet to gain market share with Delta joint venture: Moody's

(Reuters) - WestJet Airlines Ltd's joint venture with Delta Air Lines Inc will put the Canadian air carrier in a stronger position to gain market share, credit rating agency Moody's Investors Service said.

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EU regulators to warn Bayer about Monsanto bid: source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are set to warn Bayer its planned purchase of U.S. seed maker Monsanto may hurt competition, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday, a move that would force Bayer to offer concessions to address the concerns.

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Steinhoff shares climb off 14-year low in volatile trade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Steinhoff shares plunged another 50 percent on Friday, before paring some losses as traders booked profits on short positions taken out after the South African retailer disclosed accounting irregularities earlier this week.

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Deutsche Bank can cope with Basel III outcome: CFO in paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank is able to cope with the stricter capital rules on banks that were agreed this week, its finance chief told a German paper.

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Wall Street rises as jobs data shows strength in economy

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks were pushed higher on Friday by a stronger-than-expected jobs data for November, which indicated improving economic fundamentals at the world's largest economy in the run up to a near certain interest rate hike next week.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks, dollar gain after strong U.S. job growth data

* Dollar index on pace for fifth session of gains (Updates with opening of U.S. markets; changes dateline from London)

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U.S. tax repatriation plan may not cure long-term dollar weakness

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors looking for the U.S. Republican tax bill to prompt multinational companies to convert foreign profits into dollars and end the worst slide in the greenback in a decade may have to temper their hopes for a prolonged rebound.

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CVS expects Justice Department to handle review of Aetna deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CVS Health Corp expects the U.S. Justice Department to do the antitrust review of its planned acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, a spokesman for the drugstore chain operator said.

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Trump says fines against Wells Fargo won't be dropped: Twitter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that government fines and penalties against Wells Fargo & Co will not be dropped and could be "substantially increased."

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Strong jobs data lifts Wall Street higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street ticked higher on Friday after a stronger-than-expected jobs data for November showed that the world's largest economy has gained strength, ahead of a near certain interest rate hike next week.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with energy stocks; Kinder Morgan Canada jumps

TORONTO, Dec 8 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, boosted by broad gains for energy stocks as oil prices moved higher, and as pipeline operator Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd jumped following a favorable regulator ruling.

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Strong U.S. jobs growth data lifts Wall Street

(Reuters) - Wall Street's stock indexes opened higher on Friday after the latest jobs data showed strength in the U.S. economy and bolstered the case for a December interest rate hike.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Strong U.S. jobs growth data lifts Wall Street

Dec 8 (Reuters) - Wall Street's stock indexes opened higher on Friday after the latest jobs data showed strength in the U.S. economy and bolstered the case for a December interest rate hike.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World stocks rise as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.8 pct, following Asian stocks higher

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After dramatic gains, bitcoin tumbles 20 percent in 10 hours

LONDON/TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin lost almost a fifth of its value in 10 hours on Friday, having surged more than 40 percent in the preceding 48 hours, sparking fears the market may be heading for a price collapse.

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Singapore's ComfortDelGro buys majority stake in Uber unit

(Reuters) - Singapore's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp will buy a 51 percent stake in a unit of Uber [UBER.UL] that runs a fleet of private hire vehicles, as the companies seek to bridge the gap with dominant ride-hailing firm Grab.

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Stock futures add to gains on strong November jobs data

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures extended gains on Friday after a Labor Department report showed job growth increased at a strong clip in November and wages rebounded.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Futures add to gains on strong Nov. jobs data

Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures extended gains on Friday after a Labor Department report showed job growth increased at a strong clip in November and wages rebounded.

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JPMorgan, Citi not willing to support launch of bitcoin futures: FT

(Reuters) - Big Banks, including JPMorgan Chase and Citigroup will not immediately clear bitcoin trades for clients once Cboe Global Markets and CME Group start trading futures contracts in the cryptocurrency next week, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Roche, Novartis' Italian heads risk trial for alleged market rigging: sources

ROME (Reuters) - The local heads of Swiss drugmakers Roche and Novartis risk facing trial in Italy for alleged market manipulation, judicial sources said on Friday.

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Lloyd's of London pushes ahead with Brexit plans

LONDON (Reuters) - Lloyd's of London [SOLYD.UL] will press ahead with plans to establish a foothold in the European Union regardless of progress in EU divorce talks that industry groups said was welcome but did little to dispel uncertainty.

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Venice Commission: Polish judiciary reforms pose a serious risk

WARSAW (Reuters) - The Venice Commission, a panel of constitutional law experts of the human rights body Council of Europe, said on Friday that Poland's proposed court overhaul poses serious risks to all parts of the country's judiciary.

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Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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US STOCKS-Brexit deal helps U.S. futures bounce

Dec 8 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Friday, helped by gains for global stock markets after Britain secured EU agreement to move on from the first-round of Brexit negotiations.

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Steinhoff shares bounce off 14-year low in volatile trade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Steinhoff shares plunged another 50 percent on Friday, before recovering as traders booked profits on short positions taken out after the South African retailer disclosed accounting irregularities earlier this week.

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RBS CEO says U.S. settlement could slip into next year: Bloomberg

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland's chances of reaching a deal this year with the U.S. Department of Justice over its mis-selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities are "diminishing", its chief executive said in a Bloomberg TV interview.

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VW says halts multivan deliveries amid emissions 'uncertainties'

BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said on Friday it had stopped delivering the T6 multivan to dealers after detecting that the diesel model emitted excessive nitrogen oxide levels and had reported the findings to Germany's automotive watchdog (KBA).

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RBS CEO says chance of U.S. settlement this year diminishing: Bloomberg

LONDON (Reuters) - Royal Bank of Scotland's chances of reaching a settlement this year with the U.S. Department of Justice over its mis-selling of toxic mortgage-backed securities are "diminishing", its chief executive said in a Bloomberg TV interview.

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Sterling hits six-month high, stocks up as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

LONDON (Reuters) - A breakthrough in Brexit negotiations pushed sterling to a six-month high against the euro on Friday and added momentum to an upswing in world stocks underpinned by strong economic news from China and Japan.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Sterling hits 6-month high, stocks up as Brexit deal adds to Asian cheer

* European stocks surge 0.9 pct, following Asian stocks higher

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Philippines to seek refund of $59 million from Sanofi amid vaccine risk

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines will seek the return of 3 billion pesos ($59 million) it paid French drugmaker Sanofi for a dengue vaccine used to immunize hundreds of thousands of children that Sanofi has said could worsen the disease in some cases.

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Toshiba, Western Digital aiming to settle chip dispute next week: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and Western Digital Corp have agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the Japanese firm's plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit and aim to have a final agreement in place next week, sources familiar with the matter said.

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Asia cheers China trade boost, bitcoin comes off heady heights

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rallied for a second session on Friday as economic news from China and Japan beat all expectations while bitcoin, the market's new crypto-star, tumbled more than 10 percent after a meteoric ascent in recent weeks.

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Volkswagen recalls 30,777 cars in Russia: standards agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's standards agency Rosstandart said on Friday it had been informed about the recall of 30,777 Volkswagen Polo cars sold in Russia in 2015-2017.

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Kobe Steel's copper plant loses JIS certification - government

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Industrial Standards (JIS) certification for copper and copper alloy seamless pipes produced by Kobe Steel Ltd's unit Shinko Metal Products has been suspended, the nation's trade ministry said on Friday.

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Bitcoin plummets more than 12 percent to below $15,000

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin tumbled more than 12 percent in volatile Asian trading on Friday, dropping below the $15,000 level after touching a record high above $16,000 earlier in the session.

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Asia cheers China trade boost, bitcoin shoots for the stars

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rallied for a second session on Friday as economic news from China and Japan beat all expectations and investors marveled at the meteoric ascent of bitcoin, the market's new crypto-star.

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Toshiba, Western Digital agree in principle to settle chip dispute: sources

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp and business partner Western Digital Corp have agreed in principle to settle a dispute over the embattled Japanese conglomerate's plans to sell its $18 billion chip unit, sources with direct knowledge of the talks said.

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Asia gets China trade boost, bitcoin shoots for the stars

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rallied for a second session on Friday as economic news from China and Japan beat all expectations, and investors marveled at the meteoric ascent of the market's new crypto-star, bitcoin.

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HSBC beefs up Asia research team with 15 new hires in China

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC said on Friday that it had expanded its Asian research team by hiring 15 analysts following the launch of HSBC Qianhai Securities, the first Chinese securities joint venture to be majority-owned by a foreign bank.

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Exclusive: Bangladesh Bank, NY Fed discuss suing Manila bank for heist damages

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's central bank has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to join a lawsuit it plans to file against a Philippines bank for its role in one of the world's biggest cyber-heists, several sources said.

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JPMorgan's Dimon taking customer pricing hints from Amazon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - JPMorgan Chase & Co expects to offer more price discounts to its banking customers who buy multiple products, similar to the way Amazon.com gives extras to its Prime subscribers, chief executive Jamie Dimon said on Thursday.

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Bitcoin blows past $16,000, alarm bells ring louder

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin rocketed to a lifetime high well above $16,000 on Thursday after climbing some 67 percent over one week, intensifying the debate about whether the cryptocurrency is in a bubble about to burst.

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Japanese shares rally, bitcoin shoots for the moon

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares rallied for a second session on Friday as investors awaited major economic data from China and the United States while marveling at the meteoric ascent of the market's new crypto-star, bitcoin.

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Oracle's Safra Catz among two new members named to Disney board

(Reuters) - Media company Walt Disney Co on Thursday named Oracle Corp's chief executive, Safra Catz, and her counterpart at Illumina Inc , Francis A. deSouza, to its board.

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Alibaba redraws retail fault lines with bricks-and-mortar push

HANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - In a small village shop near the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou, store owner Lu Qiwei uses his smartphone to place orders to refill stocks of instant noodles, rice and drinks.

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Hilton says tax cut would finance share buybacks

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc would use the windfall from a lower U.S. corporate tax rate to finance share buybacks from investors, company executives said, highlighting how corporate savings would be spent under the Republican tax plan.

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Goldman Sachs to clear bitcoin futures: spokeswoman

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is planning to clear bitcoin futures for some clients as the new contracts go live on exchanges in the coming days, a spokeswoman for the bank said on Thursday.

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Wall Street rising: Facebook, Alphabet, Lululemon gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street rose on Thursday, buoyed by popular technology companies including Facebook and Alphabet, while shares of yoga pants seller Lululemon Athletica also worked up a sweat.

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Bitcoin flirts with $16,000, alarm bells ring louder

LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin rocketed to a lifetime high just shy of $16,000 on Thursday after climbing some 60 percent in just over a week, intensifying the debate about whether the cryptocurrency is in a bubble about to burst.

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AT&T/Time Warner antitrust trial set for March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The trial to determine if the U.S. Department of Justice can stop AT&T Inc's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc will begin on March 19, a federal judge in Washington said during a hearing on Thursday.

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Exclusive: Wells Fargo sanctions are on ice under Trump official - sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The new acting head of the U.S. consumer finance watchdog is reviewing whether Wells Fargo & Co should pay tens of millions of dollars over alleged mortgage lending abuse, according to three sources familiar with the dispute.

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Exclusive: Uber's Chinese rival Didi Chuxing to enter Mexico next year - sources

MEXICO CITY/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Didi Chuxing, China's ride-hailing behemoth, plans to expand into Mexico next year, intensifying its global rivalry with Uber, according to two sources familiar with the plans.

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Wall Street rising: Facebook, Alphabet gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street rose on Thursday, buoyed by popular technology companies including Facebook and Alphabet, while shares of yoga pants seller Lululemon Athletica also warmed up.

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Morgan Stanley fires former lawmaker for misconduct

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley has fired former U.S. Democratic lawmaker Harold Ford, Jr., a managing director at the Wall Street bank, for inappropriate conduct, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

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Faulty positioning in rugby tackles boosts injury risk

(Reuters Health) - Head, neck and shoulder injuries during rugby tackles are more common when the tackler’s head is incorrectly positioned in relation to the ball carrier, a small study has found.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain as risk appetite returns; oil rebounds

* Bitcoin tops $15,000, continues surge (Updates with afternoon trading)

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LendingClub shares take a hit from disappointing forecast

(Reuters) - Shares of LendingClub Corp hit a record low on Thursday after the online lender raised its loss estimate and cut its revenue forecast for the fourth quarter.

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Wall Street higher as technology stocks gain ground

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks edged higher in early afternoon trading on Thursday as popular technology stocks gained a firm footing after a bout of selloff and industrial stocks rose.

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Gum infections tied to increased risk of stomach cancer precursor

(Reuters Health) - Gum infections may increase people’s risk for sores in the digestive tract that can lead to stomach cancer, a small study suggests.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street higher as technology stocks gain ground

* Indexes up: Dow 0.41 pct, S&P 0.34 pct, Nasdaq 0.62 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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New York pension fund seeks more pay disclosure from Wells Fargo

(Reuters) - New York state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is asking Wells Fargo & Co to disclose more information about employee incentive pay, an issue that was at the heart of a scandal that has roiled the third-largest U.S. lender for more than a year.

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Pollution putting infants at risk of brain damage

Almost 17 million infants worldwide are breathing toxic air, potentially affecting their brain development, according to a UNICEF report published Wednesday.

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Honeywell to buy 25 percent of Chinese supply chain software firm

(Reuters) - Industrial conglomerate Honeywell will take a 25 percent stake in Chinese software provider Flux Information Technology, placing a long-term bet on China's rapidly growing logistics industry.

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Uber's license suspended in British city of Sheffield

LONDON (Reuters) - Uber's license to operate in the northern English city of Sheffield was suspended last Friday after it failed to respond to requests about the management of its taxi app, the local authority said.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks gain, dollar hits two-week high as risk appetite returns

* Bitcoin tops $15,000, continues surge (Updates with open of U.S. markets; changes dateline from London)

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Ford to test new self-driving vehicle technology in 2018

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co will begin testing its latest self-driving vehicle technology next year in at least one city but has not changed its plan to begin commercial production until 2021, the company said.

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Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks

(Reuters) - Budweiser beer maker Anheuser-Busch has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the brewer said on Thursday.

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Technology stocks lead Wall Street's rise

(Reuters) - The three major U.S. indexes rose in late morning trading on Thursday with stocks of technology companies leading the pack, followed by industrials.

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Key to Pandora's turnaround: a better advertising platform

(Reuters) - Kevin Kleinman, a trader at Watchhimtrade.com, listens to music on Pandora every morning as he executes trades worth millions of dollars. But he will not bet a dime on the music streaming company.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as energy stocks gain with oil prices

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Thursday, helped by gains among energy stocks as oil prices picked up and as BlackBerry Ltd moved higher after announcing an automotive partnership with chipmaker Qualcomm.

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Tech gains lift Nasdaq; consumer stocks weigh on S&P, Dow

(Reuters) - Gains in technology stocks helped lift the Nasdaq on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were weighed down by losses in consumer stocks.

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US STOCKS-Tech gains lift Nasdaq; consumer stocks weigh on S&P, Dow

* Indexes up: Dow 0.03 pct, S&P 0.01 pct, Nasdaq 0.22 pct (Updates to open)

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Broadcom helps lift Nasdaq; S&P, Dow slip

(Reuters) - Gains in chipmaker Broadcom and yogawear maker Lululemon helped lift the Nasdaq at the open on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were slightly lower.

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Bitcoin surges above $15,000 after climbing $2,000 in 12 hours

LONDON (Reuters) - Bitcoin rocketed above $15,000 for the first time on Thursday, after adding more than $2,000 to its price in fewer than 12 hours.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with banks, energy stocks

TORONTO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ticked higher in early trade on Thursday, helped by gains among its heavyweight financial and energy sectors.

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Hormonal birth control increases breast cancer risk

Birth control can increase a woman's risk of breast cancer by up to 38%, depending on how long she has taken it, a new study finds.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Broadcom helps lift Nasdaq; S&P, Dow slip

Dec 7 (Reuters) - Gains in chipmaker Broadcom and yogawear maker Lululemon helped lift the Nasdaq at the open on Thursday, while the S&P 500 and the Dow were slightly lower.

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Apple suppliers gain after Broadcom hint on iPhone

(Reuters) - Shares in Skyworks Solutions Inc , Cirrus Logic Inc , and Qorvo Inc traded higher on Thursday after fellow Apple supplier Broadcom Ltd hinted the late launch of iPhone X would help revenue rise.

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Lebanon emerges from crisis with Iran on top, but risks remain

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's allies in Lebanon have emerged even stronger from a crisis triggered by Saudi Arabia, which achieved little more than to force the Saudis' main Lebanese ally - Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri - closer to Tehran's friends in Beirut.

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Budweiser maker Anheuser-Busch reserves 40 Tesla electric trucks: WSJ

(Reuters) - Anheuser-Busch, which makes Budweiser beers, has reserved 40 of Tesla Inc's all-electric Semi trucks as it seeks to reduce fuel costs and vehicle emissions, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

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Steinhoff scandal knocks $12 billion off value in blow to tycoon Wiese

JOHANNESBURG/BERLIN (Reuters) - Shocked Steinhoff shareholders have wiped more than $12 billion off its value since it revealed "accounting irregularities" and parted ways with its chief executive, in a dramatic fall from grace for the South African retailer.

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Hungary's Jobbik party says fine risks making it insolvent ahead of 2018 vote

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Hungary's main opposition party would be unable to compete at an election next April if state auditors impose a heavy fine in a campaign finance case, a vice chairman for the nationalist Jobbik party told Reuters on Thursday.

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Czech Travel Service says signs deal for additional nine Boeing 737 MAX planes

PRAGUE (Reuters) - Czech airline Travel Service said on Thursday it had signed an order for nine additional Boeing 737 MAX planes for its fleet in November, increasing its total order book for the model to 39 planes.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar hits two-week high, world shares climb as risk appetite returns

LONDON, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The dollar rose to its highest level in two weeks on Thursday and world shares rebounded amid a broader recovery in global risk sentiment.

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Stock futures sluggish; eyes on tax bill talks and General Electric

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a dull opening on Thursday with technology stocks holding on to their modest gains as traders focus on progress in tax bill negotiations and General Electric's job-cut plan.

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General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power business revamp

ZURICH (Reuters) - General Electric Co announced on Thursday it was axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business as the struggling industrial conglomerate responds to dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants.

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German SPD leader takes aim at U.S. tech giants

BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) took aim at U.S. technology firms Apple, Facebook and Google on Thursday, saying a strong Europe was needed to make sure they stick to the rules.

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GE to cut 12,000 jobs in power business: Bloomberg

(Reuters) - General Electric Co is planning to cut 12,000 jobs in its power business, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell paid no tax in Australia for 2016

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp and Chevron Corp paid no tax in Australia in the 2016 financial year, the third year in a row, despite reporting billions of dollars in income from operations in the country, a report from the tax office showed on Thursday.

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AT&T/Time Warner antitrust hearing to focus on trial date

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc will meet in court for the first time on Thursday as the antitrust regulator attempts to stop the U.S. No. 2 wireless company's $85 billion purchase of media company Time Warner Inc .

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GE proposes to cut 1,600 jobs in Germany

BERLIN (Reuters) - General Electric said it plans to cut around 1,600 jobs in Germany as it shrinks its troubled power generation business.

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Toymaker Lego wins Chinese copyright case against brick imitators

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Lego has won a landmark case in China against two companies that manufactured and sold toys almost identical to its LEGO Friends range but branded Bela, the Danish toymaker said.

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Soros-backed GlenPoint opens New York office, co-founder to relocate

LONDON (Reuters) - London-based hedge fund manager Glen Point Capital, which raised cash from billionaire George Soros, has opened an office in New York, three sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

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Dollar hits two-week high on U.S. tax reform optimism, world shares climb

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar rose to its highest level in two weeks on Thursday over optimism the United States would successfully push through tax reforms, while world shares rebounded after two straight days of losses.

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Alibaba, Ford to cooperate in search for new retail opportunities

BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has signed a deal with Ford Motor Co to explore cooperation in areas such as cloud computing, connectivity and retail which could involve the sale of Ford cars on Alibaba's online retail platform Tmall.

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Alibaba to cooperate with Ford Motor for new retail opportunities

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's e-commerce giant Alibaba said on Thursday it signed an agreement with Ford Motor on strategic cooperation to jointly explore areas such as connectivity, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

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Asia shares creep above 2-month lows, but growth, U.S. policy risks weigh

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered above two-month lows on Thursday as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off although softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors cautious.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares creep above 2-mth lows, but growth, US policy risks weigh

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered above two-month lows on Thursday as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off although softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors cautious.

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South Africa rand edges down as global risk appetite wanes

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 7 (Reuters) - The South African rand weakened on Thursday, as appetite for emerging market currencies globally was subdued with investors avoiding big bets ahead of employment data in the United States, seen as an indicator to the direction of interest rates.

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HSBC has 3-year head start on foreign investment banking rivals in China: Gulliver

HONG KONG (Reuters) - HSBC has a three-year head start on its foreign investment banking rivals in China because of the British bank's unique position of having management control of its securities venture there, chief executive Stuart Gulliver said on Thursday.

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Sharp to seek all-Japan OLED alliance to counter South Korea's Samsung, LG

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Sharp Corp will ask the government to help it form an alliance with rival Japan Display Inc in OLED technology to better compete with South Korean makers, its chief executive said on Thursday.

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Bitcoin to start futures trading, stoking Wild West worries

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin fans are salivating over the potential of long-awaited legitimacy for the cyptocurrency when futures trading launches this weekend, but experts worry the risks associated with bitcoin's Wild West-like nature could overshadow the debut.

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Breaking slow: Asia set to raise rates next year, but still lag Fed

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Tighter monetary policy is coming to Asia next year. Yet it will lag the Federal Reserve's rate hikes as Asian central banks balance an exports-led revival in growth with a slowdown in regional locomotive China.

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Digital currency exchange NiceHash says bitcoin worth nearly $64 million hacked

(Reuters) - Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said nearly $64 million had been lost.

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Asia shares hover near 2-month low as growth, U.S. policy risks weigh

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares hovered near two-month lows on Thursday as softer oil and copper prices and uncertainty over U.S. policy kept many investors on the sidelines, even as some high-tech bellwethers bounced back after a searing sell-off.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hover near 2-mth low as growth, US policy risks weigh

* Ex-Japan Asia little changed despite rebound in some tech names

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Air New Zealand cancels flights after "events" involving Rolls-Royce engines

(Reuters) - Air New Zealand Ltd said on Thursday "two recent events" involving Rolls-Royce Holdings PLC Trent 1000 engines had prompted it to cancel and delay some international flights over the coming weeks, making it the latest airline to experience problems.

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Asia shares hover near two-month low as growth, U.S. policy risks sap sentiment

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares held close to a two-month low on Thursday as softer oil and copper as well as U.S. policy uncertainty kept sentiment in check, while high-tech stocks struggled to recover after a searing sell-off.

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Bitcoin rises above $14,000 on Bitstamp to record high

TOKYO (Reuters) - Bitcoin soared to a record high of $14,047.40 on Thursday, continuing its surge from below $1,000 at the beginning of the year.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hover near 2-mth low as growth, US policy risks sap sentiment

TOKYO, Dec 7 (Reuters) - Asian shares held close to a two-month low on Thursday as softer oil and copper as well as U.S. policy uncertainty kept sentiment in check, while high-tech stocks struggled to recover after a searing sell-off.

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VW executive gets seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Chevron sets 2018 capital budget at $18.3 billion

(Reuters) - Oil and gas major Chevron Corp announced an $18.3 billion capital and exploratory budget on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Uber paid 20-year-old Florida man to keep data breach secret - sources

SAN FRANCISCO/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A 20-year-old Florida man was responsible for the large data breach at Uber Technologies Inc last year and was paid by Uber to destroy the data through a so-called "bug bounty" program normally used to identify small code vulnerabilities, three people familiar with the events have told Reuters.

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Bill letting people bring concealed guns across state lines passes U.S. House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - People would be able to bring legal, concealed guns into any U.S. state under legislation the House of Representatives approved on Wednesday that would also bolster the national background check system and require a study of the "bump stocks" used in October's Las Vegas mass shooting.

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Surging online orders slow Wal-Mart delivery network

SEATTLE/CHICAGO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Wednesday that soaring online purchases have caused delays in its distribution network, reflecting the challenge retailers and delivery services face in handling strong peak-season ecommerce demand.

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Study confirms higher breast cancer risk with hormone-based contraception

(Reuters Health) - Women who currently use or recently used hormone-based contraception face a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer, although the overall risk for most women is relatively low, a new study of 1.8 million women in Denmark has concluded.

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Disney CEO likely to extend tenure if Fox deal happens: WSJ

(Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger will likely extend his tenure past 2019 to facilitate integration of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc assets if a deal is completed, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

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Tech recovers, but not enough to push Wall St higher

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 fell a tiny bit on Wednesday, with Microsoft and other technology stocks making modest gains but not quite offsetting losses in energy shares after oil prices dropped more than 2 percent.

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Volkswagen executive sentenced to seven years for U.S. emissions fraud

DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S.-based Volkswagen AG executive who oversaw emissions issues was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $400,000 by a judge on Wednesday for his role in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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Citigroup sees 'high teens' percentage decline in fourth-quarter markets revenue

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc fourth-quarter markets revenue is on track to be down by a "high-teens" percentage from a year earlier, Chief Financial Officer John Gerspach said on Wednesday.

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Airbus faces hectic December to meet 2017 delivery goal

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus lagged Boeing in jet production and sales in the first 11 months of the year but left itself a shot at meeting full-year delivery targets after unblocking delayed engine supplies for its upgraded A320neo jet, company data showed on Wednesday.

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Bitcoin zooms above $13,000 to record high on relentless demand

TOKYO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bitcoin extended its rally on Wednesday, breaking above $13,000 to a record high despite questions about the cryptocurrency's real value and worries about a dangerous bubble.

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Uber's top European dealmaker to step down from role

(Reuters) - Uber Technologies Inc's top European dealmaker is stepping down from his role, the latest in a series of management changes at the ride-hailing service.

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Tech recovery nudges Wall Street higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes edged higher on Wednesday, with Microsoft and other technology stocks making modest gains and helping offset losses in energy shares after oil prices dropped more than 2 percent.

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Canada's swipe at Boeing jets could open way for European rivals

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's decision to shun Boeing Co jets could open the way for European rivals seeking to supply new fighters, assuming the government can sort out major procurement challenges, three sources familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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EU urges internet companies to do more to remove extremist content

(Reuters) - Internet groups such as Facebook , Google's YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednesday.

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General Electric to cut 4,500 jobs in Europe: source

(Reuters) - General Electric Co plans to cut as many as 4,500 jobs in Europe as the U.S. industrial conglomerate shrinks its troubled power generation business, a labor union source said on Tuesday.

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Home Depot sets $15 billion share buyback, investment plan

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc announced a $15 billion share buyback plan on Wednesday and said it would invest in improving its stores to hit a $120 billion annual sales target in the next three years.

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U.S. Comptroller halts plan to remove in-house bank examiners

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Bank examiners can continue working inside the banks they supervise, U.S. Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting said on Wednesday, in a policy reversal for the U.S. banking regulator.

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Deutsche Boerse chairman considering early departure: Handelsblatt

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Boerse Chairman Joachim Faber is considering quitting as head of the exchange operator's supervisory board as early as in 2019, Handelsblatt reported, citing sources in the finance industry.

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Wall Street flat; rise in tech stocks offsets energy lag

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were little changed on Wednesday, with technology stocks clinging on to modest gains and helping offset losses in energy shares after oil prices slipped more than 2 percent.

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US STOCKS-Wall St flat; rise in tech stocks offsets energy lag

* Indexes down: Dow 0.06 pct, S&P 0.08 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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Google beats class action sex bias claims, for now

(Reuters) - A California state judge has dismissed class action claims accusing Alphabet Inc's Google of paying female employees less than men and giving them fewer opportunities for promotions.

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Italy fines Unilever for abuse of dominant position in ice cream

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust agency said on Wednesday it had fined Unilever's Italian unit more than 60 million euros ($70.7 million) for abuse of its dominant position in the country's ice cream market.

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Wall Street hits a lull even as technology stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street turned weary in late morning trading on Wednesday, with a slide in energy stocks and Home Depot offsetting gains in technology sector as investors readjust their stock holdings.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Yields fall, stocks choppy as risk appetite wanes

* U.S, German bond yields fall as investors move to safe assets

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German prosecutors begin initial inquiry into BMW diesel emission allegations

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors have opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations made this week by Germany's main environmental lobby group that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests.

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T-Mobile rolls out buyback plan after Sprint deal talks collapse

(Reuters) - T-Mobile US Inc said its board approved the U.S. wireless carrier's first-ever buyback program, a month after the company and rival Sprint Corp ended their deal talks.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as Hudson's Bay sinks, energy stocks weigh

TORONTO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index turned higher on Wednesday as banks and industrial stocks rose, offsetting a slump in department store operator Hudson's Bay Co after it reported a deeper-than-expected loss. Energy stocks fell with lower oil prices.

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Wal-Mart drops Stores from name to shed brick and mortar image

(Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will be known as Walmart Inc, effective Feb. 1, the world's largest retailer said on Wednesday, as part of its efforts to rebrand itself as more than a brick and mortar store.

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Munich prosecutors start initial inquiry into BMW emissions allegations

MUNICH (Reuters) - Munich prosecutors said on Wednesday they had opened a preliminary inquiry into allegations raised by Germany's main environmental lobby that a BMW diesel model is fitted with engine software capable of cheating on emissions tests.

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Tech stocks rise in choppy Wall Street trading

(Reuters) - Wall Street treaded water in choppy morning trading on Wednesday with gains in technology stocks offsetting losses in financial shares.

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U.S. unit labor costs decline for two straight quarters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. unit labor costs were much weaker than initially thought, declining both in the second and third quarters of this year, suggesting that inflation could remain benign for a while.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls as Hudson's Bay shares slump

TORONTO, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell in early trade on Wednesday, hurt by a tumble in shares of Hudson's Bay Co after the department store operator posted a wider-than-expected quarterly loss, while financial and energy stocks also weighed.

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Nasdaq set to recede for the fourth day

(Reuters) - The Nasdaq was set to fall for the fourth day on Wednesday as investors ditched the year's best performers on doubts over stretched valuations and the impact of a U.S. tax overhaul on corporate earnings.

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Nasdaq set to recede for the fourth day

* Private employers added 190,000 jobs in Nov vs est. of 185,000

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'Swiss-made' label lacks precision for watch industry

ZURICH (Reuters) - If you buy a "Swiss-made" watch thinking it's almost entirely produced in Switzerland, you might be mistaken.

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Volkswagen executive faces sentencing in U.S. emissions fraud case

DETROIT (Reuters) - Volkswagen AG executive Oliver Schmidt will be sentenced in federal court in Detroit on Wednesday for his part in a diesel emissions scandal that has cost the German automaker as much as $30 billion.

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UnitedHealth to buy DaVita primary care unit for $4.9 billion

(Reuters) - U.S. health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc on Wednesday announced a $4.9 billion deal to buy a unit of DaVita Inc, looking to bolster its primary and urgent care services.

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T-Mobile board approves up to $1.5 billion buyback program

(Reuters) - U.S. wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday its board authorized a buyback program for up to $1.5 billion of the company's common stock.

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Britain pushes back date for provisional findings on Sky-Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator will publish its provisional findings on Rupert Murdoch's planned takeover of Sky next month, later than expected, but the overall timing of the review should remain unchanged.

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US STOCKS-Futures under stress as tech selloff continues

Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to losses at the open on Wednesday as high-flying technology stocks fell for the fourth day on worries over lofty valuations and the impact of a tax overhaul on corporate earnings.

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UnitedHealth to buy DaVita's medical unit for $4.9 billion

(Reuters) - UnitedHealth Group Inc said on Wednesday it would buy kidney care services provider DaVita Inc's medical unit for about $4.9 billion cash, as the health insurer looks to expand operations in outpatient care services.

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Home Depot sets new $15 billion buyback, long-term sales target

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a new $15 billion share buyback plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion for the year ending January 2021.

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Luxury brands lifted by EU court backing for online sales ban

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Coty and other luxury brands scored a landmark victory on Wednesday in their bid to stop retailers selling their products on online platforms such as Amazon and eBay when Europe's top court backed their right to protect their image.

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Tech tremors spread to financials to spoil global rally

LONDON (Reuters) - Tremors in technology stocks spread to Europe on Wednesday, with weaker metals prices and flagging financials also tripping up a rally that had taken world equities to record highs.

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California Department of Insurance seeks to suspend Wells Fargo's licenses

(Reuters) - The California Department of Insurance is seeking to suspend or revoke Wells Fargo & Co's licenses for alleged improper insurance sales practices related to the company's online insurance referral program.

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Home Depot announces $15 billion buyback program

(Reuters) - Home Depot Inc , the largest U.S. home improvement chain, on Wednesday announced a $15 billion share repurchase plan and set a target to grow annual sales to between $114.7 billion and $119.8 billion by the year ending January 2021.

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Britain pushes back date for provisional findings in Sky-Fox deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's competition regulator will publish its provisional findings into the planned takeover of pay-TV group Sky by Rupert Murdoch's Fox in January and not December as originally planned, it said on Wednesday.

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Exclusive: Ford set for China tie-up with Alibaba to test online, direct auto sales - source

BEIJING (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is expected to sign as early as Thursday a deal with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd which may allow the U.S. automaker to test selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba's online retail arm Tmall, as well as via a new “auto vending machine” store concept, according to a Ford source familiar with the matter.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hit 2-mth lows on Israel fears, tech selling

LONDON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - Emerging equities tumbled to near two-month lows on Wednesday as geopolitical concerns over North Korea and the Middle East soured risk sentiment and investors continued a rotation out of tech stocks, hitting index heavyweights in Asia.

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Luxury brands boosted by court ruling for online sales ban

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - Coty and other luxury brand owners scored an important victory on Wednesday in their bid to prevent retailers selling their products on online platforms such as Amazon and eBay after Europe's top court said they have the right to do so to preserve their image.

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Tech tremors, metals spoil global rally

LONDON (Reuters) - Tremors in tech stocks spread to Europe on Wednesday, with weaker metals prices also tripping up a rally in world stocks which had taken them to record highs.

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Hong Kong's premium office space ranked world's most expensive

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong's premium office space has topped the charts as the world's most expensive for the second consecutive year, outpacing prices in No. 2 Midtown New York by 66 percent, according to property consultancy JLL.

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Balding, premature graying tied to higher heart disease risk

Male-pattern baldness and premature greying are associated with a greater risk of heart disease before the age of 40 than obesity, according to a new study from India. Does this mean that doctors should be screening our hairline alongside traditional risk factors such as our weight and blood pressure?

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Europe's top court says Coty can impose online sales ban

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - U.S. cosmetics company Coty can block retailers from selling their products on online platforms, Europe's top court said on Wednesday.

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Exclsuive: China's Xiaomi seeks bank pitches for 2018 IPO - sources

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi Inc has asked banks to pitch next Friday for an initial public offering in 2018, people familiar with the plan told Reuters.