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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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U.S. court upholds Grand Canyon uranium mining ban, but allows mine nearby

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld a lower-court ruling keeping a ban on uranium mining around the Grand Canyon, but also upheld a separate decision allowing a uranium mine nearby to open.

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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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Trump signs defense policy bill, urges U.S. Congress to fund it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump signed the annual defense policy bill on Tuesday and urged Congress to fully fund the measure and lift the budget caps that have forced limits on U.S. defense spending for several years.

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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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Poland's new PM says government policy to remain unchanged

WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's new Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday in his policy speech that the Law and Justice (PiS) party government's policy will remain unchanged and it will be focused on supporting families.

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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.

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BRIEF-Envirostar Declares Special Cash Dividend Of $0.12 Per Share

* ENVIROSTAR DECLARES SPECIAL CASH DIVIDEND – A 20% INCREASE OVER 2016

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX advances, lifted by Valeant, financial services

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Tuesday, led by gains in drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals and in the financial services sector.

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BRIEF-Capital Southwest Announces Offering Of Notes

* CAPITAL SOUTHWEST CORP- TO USE NET PROCEEDS FROM OFFERING TO REPAY OUTSTANDING INDEBTEDNESS UNDER EXISTING CREDIT FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Brazil Burger King operator may price IPO near top of range -sources

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

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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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METALS-Zinc up after Glencore holds 2018 output forecast steady

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Updates with official midday prices, adds detail) By Maytaal Angel LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Zinc prices rose on Tuesday after miner and trader Glencore held its output forecast steady for next year, disappointing investors who had largely bet it would restart more capacity. Glencore told an investors presentation it would restart its Lady Loretta mine in the first half of 2018, but added that it expects zinc output to fall sligh

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Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks

Reuters Health - Motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets, and they are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes, a U.S. study suggests.

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BRIEF-Sigmatron International Reports Q2 EPS of $0.17

* SIGMATRON INTERNATIONAL, INC. REPORTS SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR FISCAL 2018

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Boeing, bank stocks lift Dow, techs weigh on S&P, Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged higher on Tuesday, with a 3 percent jump in shares of Boeing and rise in financial stocks, while losses in technology stocks weighed on the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq.

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US STOCKS-Boeing, bank stocks lift Dow, techs weigh on S&P, Nasdaq

* Indexes: Dow up 0.30 pct, S&P up 0.04 pct, Nasdaq off 0.1 pct (Updates to open)

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Anchor shares post-brain surgery video

Six months after undergoing brain surgery, former co-anchor of "E! News" Maria Menounos shares a video taken 24 hours after the life-saving procedure.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil's Bovespa drops 1 pct on pension jitters

SAO PAULO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark Bovespa index led declines among Latin American equities markets on Tuesday, falling more than 1 percent amid persisting uncertainty over the passage of pension reform legislation seen as key to the nation's fiscal health. Speaking to journalists in Argentina late on Sunday, President Michel Temer said a vote on streamlining Brazil's social security system could be delayed until early 2018 as the government struggles to gather support amon

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises to record high as financials and energy gain

TORONTO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose to a record high on Tuesday, led by the heavyweight financials group as bond yields rose, while the energy group also gained ground.

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BRIEF-Capricor & California Institute For Regenerative Medicine​ Entered Into Amendment 3 To CIRM Notice Loan Award

* CAPRICOR SAYS ‍ON DEC 11, CO, CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE​ ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT NO. 3 TO CIRM NOTICE OF LOAN AWARD - SEC FILING

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Oil prices help Gulf rise, Saudi petchems strong

DUBAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Middle East stock markets mostly rose on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline pushed Brent oil above $65 a barrel for the first time since mid-2015.

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EU renews approval for herbicide glyphosate for five years

BRUSSELS, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Tuesday it had renewed for five years the licence for the weed-killer glyphosate, a key ingredient in Monsanto Co's top-selling Roundup, following a heated debate over whether it causes cancer.

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BRIEF-Kroger And Chase Pay Announce Mobile Payment Partnership

* KROGER CO - ‍TEAMING UP WITH CHASE PAY TO OFFER MOBILE PAYMENTS STARTING WITH SELECT RETAIL MARKETS AND E-COMMERCE PROGRAMS IN 2018​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-JG Wentworth Says Co, Units Filed Voluntary Cases Under Chapter 11 In United States Bankruptcy Court

* JG WENTWORTH SAYS ON DEC 12, CO, UNITS FILED VOLUNTARY CASES UNDER CHAPTER 11 IN UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR DISTRICT OF DELAWARE - SEC FILING

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Dow opens higher; Fed's rate hike in focus

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened higher as energy stocks gained and shares of Boeing touched a record high, while the S&P and the Nasdaq opened flat ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

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BRIEF-Morien Adopts Dividend Policy And Announces First Dividend

* MORIEN RESOURCES CORP - BOARD HAS APPROVED IMPLEMENTATION OF A DIVIDEND POLICY, DECLARED AN INAUGURAL DIVIDEND OF CAD $0.005 PER COMMON SHARE

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BRIEF-Shieldx Networks Secures $25 Mln In Series B Funding

* SHIELDX NETWORKS - CLOSED $25M SERIES B ROUND OF FUNDING WITH NEW INVESTORS INCLUDING ASHAR AZIZ, DIMENSION DATA AND SYMANTEC VENTURES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Irish start-up helps local shops compete with online giants

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Pointy, a Dublin-based firm with Silicon Valley backers, is solving the problem of how to make it easier for people to find products they want close to home, as shopping online gets easier but locating what you want locally remains elusive.

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BRIEF-Soleno Therapeutics Announces $15 Million Private Placement

* SOLENO THERAPEUTICS ANNOUNCES $15 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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BRIEF-Transeastern Power Trust Announces $40 Mln Private Placement Offering, Debt Recapitalization

* TRANSEASTERN POWER TRUST ANNOUNCES $40 MILLION PRIVATE PLACEMENT OFFERING, DEBT RECAPITALIZATION AND PROPOSED CHANGE OF NAME TO BLOCKCHAIN POWER TRUST

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BRIEF-T. Rowe Price Group Reports Preliminary Month-End Assets Under Management Of $991 Bln As Of November 30, 2017

* T. ROWE PRICE GROUP REPORTS PRELIMINARY MONTH-END ASSETS UNDER MANAGEMENT FOR NOVEMBER 2017

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BRIEF-Rockwell Medical Signs License Agreement With Quimica Europea To Commercialize Triferic In Peru

* ROCKWELL MEDICAL SIGNS EXCLUSIVE LICENSE AGREEMENT WITH QUIMICA EUROPEA TO COMMERCIALIZE TRIFERIC IN PERU

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BRIEF-International Paper Co Enters Into A $660 Million Five-Year Credit Agreement

* ON DEC 8, CO ENTERED INTO A $660 MILLION FIVE-YEAR CREDIT AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Dextera Surgical Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

* DEXTERA SURGICAL FILES FOR CHAPTER 11 BANKRUPTCY AND SIGNS ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH AESCULAP, INC.

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BRIEF-Stryker Announces Howard Cox Jr Will Retire From Board

* STRYKER ANNOUNCES MR. HOWARD COX JR WILL RETIRE FROM BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-Intrepid Announces Delivery Of New 777-300ER To Philippine Airlines​

* INTREPID AVIATION LTD - ‍INTREPID ANNOUNCES DELIVERY OF NEW 777-300ER TO PHILIPPINE AIRLINES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Portola Provides Update On European Marketing Authorization Application For Betrixaban

* PORTOLA PHARMACEUTICALS PROVIDES UPDATE ON EUROPEAN MARKETING AUTHORIZATION APPLICATION FOR BETRIXABAN

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AIG launches new cyber threat analysis to gauge companies' risks

(Reuters) - American International Group Inc has ramped up its analysis for insuring against cyber attacks, using a system that scores a company's risk of having a breach along with safeguards it has in place, the insurer said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Fairmount Santrol, Unimin To Merge

* PRESS RELEASE - FAIRMOUNT SANTROL AND UNIMIN TO MERGE, CREATING A LEADER IN PROPPANT AND INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS SOLUTIONS

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BRIEF-Hillenbrand Enters Second Amended Credit Agreement Among Co

* ON DEC 8, ENTERED SECOND AMENDED CREDIT AGREEMENT AMONG CO, WITH ITS SUBSIDIARY BORROWERS AND SUBSIDIARY GUARANTORS- SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Stepan CFO Scott Beamer To Resign - SEC Filing

* STEPAN SAYS ON DEC 8, SCOTT BEAMER, CFO, NOTIFIED CO HE INTENDS TO RESIGN - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Alliance Data Systems Says Its Columbus, Ohio-Based Card Services Business To Launch Branded Credit Card For Guess? Inc

* ALLIANCE DATA SYSTEMS SAYS ITS COLUMBUS, OHIO-BASED CARD SERVICES BUSINESS TO LAUNCH NEW BRANDED CREDIT CARD FOR GUESS? INC - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Jianpu Technology Reports Q3 Unaudited Financial Results

* QTRLY LOSS PER SHARE $0.01 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Abcann Enters Into Agreement To Acquire Leading Medical Cannabis Clinic

* ABCANN ENTERS INTO AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE LEADING MEDICAL CANNABIS CLINIC

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BRIEF-Coda Octopus Group Names Michael Midgley Chief Financial Officer

* MIDGLEY WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF COMPANY'S WHOLLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY, CODA OCTOPUS COLMEK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Emergent Biosolutions Awarded Department Of National Defence Contract

* EMERGENT BIOSOLUTIONS AWARDED DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE CONTRACT TO SUPPLY ANTHRASIL TO THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT

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BRIEF-Ascendant Resources Announces Record Tonnes Mined From Its El Mochito Mine

* ASCENDANT RESOURCES ANNOUNCES RECORD TONNES MINED AND ITS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF POSITIVE EBITDA FROM ITS EL MOCHITO MINE

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BRIEF-Drawbridge Health And Thorne Research Announce Strategic Collaboration

* GENERAL ELECTRIC CO - DRAWBRIDGE HEALTH AND THORNE RESEARCH ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC COLLABORATION Source text - http://bit.ly/2AMRkVN Further company coverage:

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Brexit allows EU to get serious about defense

The theatrics surrounding the Brexit negotiations have caused many to pay little attention to something far more important when considering the future of Europe: the formal launch of the EU's "permanent structured cooperation" in defense.

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UPDATE 1-MTU eyes bigger share of future aircraft engine programmes

* Sees moderate rise in 2018 underlying operating profit (Recasts, adds CEO comment, further details)

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FX trading volumes rise in November - TR

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Currency trading on Thomson Reuters platforms recovered slightly in November but remained well below a 2017 peak seen in September, the company said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Tapimmune Announces Enrollment Of First Patient In Phase 2 Clinical Trial For Treating Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

* TAPIMMUNE ANNOUNCES ENROLLMENT OF FIRST PATIENT IN PHASE 2 CLINICAL TRIAL FOR TREATING TRIPLE-NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER FUNDED BY U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

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BRIEF-Repros Therapeutics Announces Acquisition By Allergan

* REPROS THERAPEUTICS INC.® ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION BY ALLERGAN PLC

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BRIEF-Co-Diagnostics Announces Sale Of Molecular Diagnostic Tests

* CO-DIAGNOSTICS, INC. ANNOUNCES SALE OF MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC TESTS, INCLUDING ZIKA VIRUS, TO MAJOR CARIBBEAN LABORATORY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Carrizo Oil & Gas Announces Divestiture Of A Portion Of Eagle Ford Acreage

* CARRIZO OIL & GAS ANNOUNCES THE DIVESTITURE OF A PORTION OF ITS EAGLE FORD ACREAGE

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BRIEF-Hydropothecary To Increase Production Capacity To 108,000 Kilograms Per Year Of Dried Cannabis

* HYDROPOTHECARY ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS TO INCREASE PRODUCTION CAPACITY TO 108,000 KILOGRAMS PER YEAR OF DRIED CANNABIS

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BRIEF-Forterra Says U.S. Court Granted Motion To Dismiss Relating To Lawsuit Filed By Affiliates Of Heidelbergcement A.G.

* FORTERRA - ON DEC 8, U.S. COURT GRANTED MOTION TO DISMISS FILED BY CERTAIN AFFILIATES OF CO RELATING TO LAWSUIT FILED BY AFFILIATES OF HEIDELBERGCEMENT A.G.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil hits 2-1/2 year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped to their highest in more than two years on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market.

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BRIEF-Dextera Surgical Says Nasdaq Has Determined To Delist Co's Common Stock

* DEXTERA SURGICAL - ON DEC 11, CO RECEIVED FROM NASDAQ LETTER NOTIFYING CO THAT NASDAQ HAS DETERMINED TO DELIST CO'S COMMON STOCK FROM NASDAQ

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Germany's VDMA sees UK engineering market stagnating under Brexit

FRANKFURT, Dec 12 (Reuters) - German engineering association VDMA expects the British market to stagnate next year as manufacturers hold off investments in factory equipment while they wait for a degree of clarity in Brexit negotiations.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Emerging stocks hit by Fed, China policy-tightening nerves

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Emerging equities fell on Tuesday after two days of strong gains as markets looked to a U.S. Federal Reserve meeting and potential policy tightening in China, though a rise in the oil price to mid-2015 highs underpinned energy producers.

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BRIEF-CareerBuilder Names Anthony Dupree Its Chief Information Officer, Chief Information Security Officer

* CAREERBUILDER NAMES ANTHONY DUPREE ITS CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AND CHIEF INFORMATION SECURITY OFFICER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Genetic Technologies Provides Update On Strategic Review Initiative

* GENETIC TECHNOLOGIES PROVIDES UPDATE ON STRATEGIC REVIEW INITIATIVE

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

SYDNEY/MELBOURNE Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco has agreed to buy shopping mall owner Westfield Corp for $15.7 billion, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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BRIEF-India's Mukesh Ambani Considers IPO Of Jio Wireless Carrier- Bloomberg,Citing Sources

* INDIA'S MUKESH AMBANI CONSIDERS IPO OF JIO WIRELESS CARRIER- BLOOMBERG,CITING SOURCES

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UPDATE 1-Blackstone buys back 10 pct in warehouse firm Logicor - source

Dec 12 (Reuters) - A Blackstone real estate fund is buying a 10 percent stake in Logicor Ltd just months after selling the European warehouse firm to a Chinese sovereign wealth fund, a source familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Steve Laut To Become Executive Vice Chairman of Canadian Natural Resources

* DARREN FICHTER, CURRENTLY EVP OF CANADIAN CONVENTIONAL TO BE PROMOTED TO COO, E&P

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UPDATE 1-Seadrill bondholders propose alternative debt restructuring -sources

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - An unofficial committee of Seadrill's unsecured bondholders has submitted a binding alternative proposal for the company's restructuring, two sources familiar with the proposal told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Seadrill bondholders propose alternative debt restructuring -sources

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - An unofficial committee of Seadrill's unsecured bondholders has submitted a binding alternative proposal for the company's restructuring, two sources familiar with the proposal told Reuters on Tuesday.

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Saudi Aramco lifts spending plans to $414 bln over next decade

DAMMAM, Saudi Arabia, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Saudi Aramco plans to raise its spending to $414 billion over the next 10 years, including on infrastructure and drilling, as the state oil giant moves into new businesses, executives said.

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UPDATE 1-M&A dominates Europe share trading as oil leads gains

* Disappointing pipeline update weighs on Genmab (ADVISORY- Follow European and UK stock markets in real time on the Reuters Live Markets blog on Eikon, see cpurl://apps.cp./cms/?pageId=livemarkets)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil prices jump on pipeline outage, stocks take breather

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices jumped on Tuesday after the shutdown of a North Sea pipeline knocked out significant supply from an already tightening market, while world stocks took a break from a three-day rally.

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BRIEF-‍Bombardier Says Won Rolling Stock And Maintenance Contracts For West Midlands Trains Franchise In UK​

* ‍BOMBARDIER WINS ROLLING STOCK AND MAINTENANCE CONTRACTS FOR WEST MIDLANDS TRAINS FRANCHISE IN UK​

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ING to stop funding utilities which rely too much on coal

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - ING by the end of 2025 will stop funding any utility company which relies on coal for more than 5 percent of its energy, the Dutch bank said on Tuesday.

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CORRECTED-Vives de Montal leaves BAML

LONDON, Dec 11 (IFR) - Anthony Vives de Montal, a director in Bank of America Merrill Lynch's public sector financing business, has left the bank, according to sources.

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Russia's Rosneft asks to freeze some of Sistema's assets-RIA

MOSCOW, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Russian oil major Rosneft is seeking a freezing injunction in respect of some of Sistema's assets under its second legal claim against the conglomerate, the RIA news agency quoted a Rosneft spokesman as saying on Tuesday.

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Why am I not losing weight?

Weight loss is still incredibly challenging for most people, as evidenced by the growing global obesity epidemic.

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Russian court to hear new Rosneft lawsuit against Sistema in Jan

MOSCOW, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The Arbitration Court of Bashkortostan will hold preliminary hearings of a 131.6-billion-rouble ($2 billion) lawsuit filed by Russia's Rosneft and Bashneft against Sistema on Jan. 12, court documents showed.

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M&A dominates Europe share trading; weak banks offset oil boost

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Mergers and acquisitions dominated early European share trading on Tuesday, while strong oil and tech stocks were not enough to offset a decline in banks.

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Norway parties inclined to back fund's plan to slash oil exposure -report

OSLO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Norway's $1 trillion sovereign wealth fund, the world's largest, will probably win backing from parliament for its proposal to cut most oil and gas stocks from its portfolio, business daily Dagens Naeringsliv reported on Tuesday.

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Autoliv plans to move ahead with listing of electronics business

STOCKHOLM, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Sweden's Autoliv said on Tuesday it plans to move ahead with a listing of its electronics business, which makes radars, visions systems and driver assistance software.

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U.S. FDA accepts application for Indivior's new schizophrenia drug

Dec 12 (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) accepted Indivior's application for its new schizophrenia treatment, the British drugmaker said on Tuesday, boosting hopes of marketing the drug in the country.

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BRIEF-Autoliv declares dividend of 60 cents/share for Q1 2018​

* AUTOLIV DECLARES DIVIDEND AND SETS DATE FOR SHAREHOLDER AGM

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BRIEF-Volkswagen says VW brand deliveries rise 11.8 percent in Nov

* SAYS VW BRAND DELIVERIES RISE 11.8 PERCENT TO 594,300 VEHICLES IN NOV

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UPDATE 4-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $15.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds Frank and Peter Lowy comments, analyst comments)

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BRIEF-Kosmos Energy To Plug A Well Offshore Mauritania

* COMPLETED DRILLING LAMANTIN-1 EXPLORATION WELL LOCATED IN BLOCK C-12 OFFSHORE MAURITANIA IN APPROXIMATELY 2,200 METERS OF WATER​

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Kosmos Energy to plug offshore Mauritania well

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Kosmos Energy Ltd said it would plug one of its exploration wells offshore Mauritania after it failed to find significant amount of oil and gas.

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UPDATE 1-UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 12

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Britain's FTSE 100 index is seen opening up 13 points on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers, with futures up 0.22 percent ahead of the cash market open.

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BRIEF-Autoliv decides on spin-off of Electronics business, expects Q3 listing

* AUTOLIV CONCLUDES STRATEGIC REVIEW AND PREPARES FOR SPIN-OFF OF ITS ELECTRONICS SEGMENT

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BRIEF-Oslo Bourse cuts REC, Nanovector from OBX, adds Norwegian Finans, Questerre

* OSLO BOURSE CUTS REC SILICON AND NORDIC NANOVECTOR FROM OBX INDEX, ADDS NORWEGIAN FINANS HOLDING AND QUESTERRE

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BRIEF-Ashtead Group Says H1 Revenue At 1.9 Bln Stg

* H1 PRETAX PROFIT 493 MILLION STG VERSUS 413 MILLION STG YEAR AGO

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UPDATE 3-France's Unibail-Rodamco bids $24.7 bln for Australia's Westfield

* Westfield owns 35 shopping centres in UK, U.S. (Adds analyst comment, retail background)

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UPDATE 2-Thai Beverage emerges as only bidder for large stake in Vietnam's Sabeco

* Sabeco auction is on Dec. 18 (Recasts, adds comment, share price movement)

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RPT-Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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BRIEF-Pershing Gold Announces Bought Deal Of Us$6.8 Million And Private Placement Of Us$6.8 Million

* PERSHING GOLD ANNOUNCES BOUGHT DEAL OF US$6.8 MILLION AND PRIVATE PLACEMENT OF US$6.8 MILLION

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BRIEF-Biotech Genmab sees 2018 expense growth of 40-50 pct

Dec 12 (Reuters) - FOLLOWING ARE STATEMENTS FROM GENMAB'S R'N'D UPDATE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA:

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BRIEF-‍Altice Nv Altice Intends To Reduce Its Share Capital By Cancelling Treasury Shares​

* On June 28, 2017, the general meeting of Altice N.V. granted authority to the Board to cancel common shares A and common shares B in the share capital of the company held by the company.

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Unibail-Rodamco agrees to buy Australia's Westfield for $24.7 bln including debt

SYDNEY, Dec 12 (Reuters) - France's Unibail-Rodamco SE has agreed to acquire Australian mall owner Westfield Corp for $24.7 billion including debt, in what would be the biggest takeover of an Australian company on record.

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Japanese stocks slip before Fed; but miners, shippers rise

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei slipped on Tuesday, reversing earlier gains as investors turned cautious ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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RPT-U.S. soy processors build new capacity at fastest rate in 20 years

CHICAGO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. agricultural cooperatives are building new soybean crushing plants at the fastest rate in two decades as farmers in the world's top producer prepare to sow another record area with soy.

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PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - Dec 12

Dec 12 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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Blackstone's real estate fund buys 10 pct stake in Logicor- FT

Dec 12 (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP's real estate fund is taking a 10 percent stake in European warehouse firm Logicor Ltd , the Financial Times reported on Tuesday citing people briefed on the matter.

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BRIEF-Cathedral Energy Services Ltd. Announces New Credit Facility

* CATHEDRAL ENERGY SERVICES LTD. ANNOUNCES NEW CREDIT FACILITY

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BRIEF-Blackstone Buys Back 10 Pct Of Logicor From CIC- FT,Citing Sources

* BLACKSTONE BUYS BACK 10 PERCENT OF LOGICOR FROM CIC- FT,CITING SOURCES

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Asia shares take a time out, Brent breaks above $65

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares took a small step back on Tuesday after three straight sessions of gains, with markets consolidating in the hope an upswing in global growth could outlast a likely hike in U.S. borrowing costs this week.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares take a time out, Brent breaks above $65

* Brent crude tops $65 a barrel for first time since mid-2015

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RPT-UPDATE 2-China's growth objectives clash with financial stability goal - IMF

* IMF releases report on stability of China's financial system

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REFILE-Amazon's cloud unit expands in China, with new partner in Ningxia

BEIJING, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc said on Tuesday it was expanding its cloud computing business in China with a new local partner, aiming to win share in an increasingly crowded and highly regulated market.

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BRIEF-Cowen Prices Offering Of $120 Million 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes Due 2022

* COWEN PRICES OFFERING OF $120 MILLION 3.00% CONVERTIBLE SENIOR NOTES DUE 2022

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BRIEF-Wintrust Announces Veterans First Mortgage Acquisition Agreement

* WINTRUST ANNOUNCES VETERANS FIRST MORTGAGE ACQUISITION AGREEMENT

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Mexico Pemex's union re-elects leader until 2024

MEXICO CITY, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The union of Mexican state oil company Pemex on Monday re-elected its leader, Carlos Romero Deschamps, until December 2024, the country's labor secretary said on Monday.

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Asia shares take breather, Brent breaks above $65

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Asian shares took a breather on Tuesday after three straight sessions of gains, with markets consolidating in the hope an upswing in global growth could outlast a likely hike in U.S. borrowing costs this week.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares take breather, Brent breaks above $65

* Brent crude tops $65 a barrel for first time since mid-2015

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Japanese stocks post modest gains helped by financials, shippers

TOKYO, Dec 12 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks edged up on Tuesday morning in choppy trade supported by gains in financial stocks, mining shares and shippers, with investors on tenterhooks ahead of this week's U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting.

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BRIEF-Essa Pharma Reports Qtrly Loss Per Share Of $0.07

* ESSA PHARMA ANNOUNCES FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

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UPDATE 1-NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in Australia over patent dispute

Dec 12 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents.

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U.S. company sues China's HNA over deal, cites opaque ownership

NEW YORK, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Ness Technologies S.A.R.L., a U.S. software engineering company, has sued Chinese conglomerate HNA Group accusing it of failing to adequately answer questions about its ownership in a U.S. review of takeovers by foreign companies, thereby causing their $325 million deal to fail.

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UPDATE 3-France awards climate grants to U.S.-based scientists on summit eve

PARIS, Dec 11 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron plans to award multi-year grants for several U.S.-based scientists to relocate to France, his office said on Monday on the eve of a climate summit hosted by the president to raise finances to counter global warming.

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BRIEF-Cobalt 27 Capital Announces Purchase Of Additional Cobalt

* COBALT 27 CAPITAL- ENTERED INTO AGREEMENTS TO PURCHASE AN ADDITIONAL 80 METRIC TONNES OF PHYSICAL COBALT FOR TOTAL PURCHASE PRICE OF ABOUT $6.2 MILLION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: ( Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com )

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BRIEF-Input Capital announces TSX-V approval for normal course issuer bid

* INPUT CAPITAL SAYS ‍TSV VENTURE EXCHANGE ACCEPTED CO'S APPLICATION FOR NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID FOR UP TO 6.6 MILLION OF ITS SHARES, ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF CO'S PUBLIC FLOAT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Global Brokerage, Inc. Receives Approximately 78.5% Yes Votes To Move Forward With The Prepackaged Plan Of Reorganization

* GLOBAL BROKERAGE, INC. RECEIVES APPROXIMATELY 78.5% YES VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PREPACKAGED PLAN OF REORGANIZATION

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BRIEF-GMS Announces Pricing Of Secondary Public Offering Of Common Stock

* GMS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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NZ's Fisher & Paykel sues Resmed in patent dispute

Dec 12 (Reuters) - New Zealand's Fisher & Paykel Healthcare filed a lawsuit in Australia on Tuesday against Resmed Inc alleging the medical device manufacturer's respiratory treatment products violate four Fisher & Paykel patents.

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China video game craze drives booming e-sports market

WUHU, China/SHANGHAI, Dec 12 (Reuters) - In an industrial park on the edge of Shanghai, a dozen Chinese teenagers are taking a break from battling digital armies to focus on their yoga.