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Transneft says its computers were used for mining cryptocurrency

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Computers at Transneft have been used for the unauthorized manufacture, or "mining", of the cryptocurrency Monero, a vice-president of the Russian pipeline operator said.

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South Korea's Kakao to issue GDRs of up to $1 billion for M&A

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean messaging app service provider Kakao Corp said on Friday it is targeting raising up to $1 billion overseas for use in global mergers and acquisitions.

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BT and Sky strike deal to carry each other's channels

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's leading pay-TV companies Sky and BT have agreed to supply their most popular channels to each other's platforms in a thawing of a once difficult relationship.

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Uber Eats to offer couriers insurance in Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Uber's [UBER.UL] food-delivery business will begin offering an insurance package to its couriers in Europe, a move to address the conditions of "gig economy" workers.

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Nikkei falls hit by telecom stocks, posts 1.1 pct weekly drop

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to their lowest in more than a week on Friday, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after e-commerce group Rakuten said it aims to become the country's fourth wireless carrier.

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French and Benelux stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 15

Dec 15 (Reuters) - Below are company-related news and stories from French and Benelux media which could have an impact on the region's markets or individual stocks.

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Indonesia's Go-Jek acquires three companies to boost payment services

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's Go-Jek has acquired three financial technology businesses, as it expands from ride-hailing and other mobile on-demand offerings into payments and other services.

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Nikkei falls to more than 1-week low; telecom stocks extend slide

TOKYO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks fell to more than a week low on Friday morning, with mobile firms extending a sell-off on concerns of increased competition after Rakuten said it aims to become Japan's fourth wireless carrier.

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Moves in South Korea to make cryptocurrency trading more transparent

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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Factbox: Trump on Twitter (December 14) - Stock market, federal regulations

The following statements were posted to the verified Twitter accounts of U.S. President Donald Trump, @realDonaldTrump and @POTUS.

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South Korea blockchain association announces virtual currency transparency measures

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean blockchain association announced on Friday measures to boost transparency in trading of cryptocurrencies, agreed by 14 exchanges in the country including the world's busiest virtual currency exchange, Bitthumb.

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Prosecutors say Long Island woman tried to use bitcoin to aid Islamic State

(Reuters) - A suburban New York hospital technician accused of using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to launder money meant for the militant group Islamic State was arrested on charges of money laundering in support of a foreign terrorist organization and bank fraud, prosecutors said Thursday.

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U.S. panel urges regulators to monitor financial innovation risks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. regulatory panel on Thursday called for watchdogs to closely monitor risks created by financial innovation, warning that "fintech" and virtual currencies such as bitcoin threaten to disrupt the traditional financial services industry.

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Investors pull most money in 2017 from U.S. stock funds: Lipper

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Investors pulled $16.2 billion from U.S.-based equity funds during the latest week, according to Lipper, marking the largest withdrawals since December 2016.

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Fund managers seek stocks benefiting from Democratic gains in 2018 U.S. elections

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The surprise victory by Democrats in Tuesday's Alabama election for a U.S. senator is prompting fund managers to prepare for more losses by the Republican party in the 2018 mid-term Congressional elections.

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Amazon to start selling Apple TV, Google Chromecast

(Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will start selling Google Chromecast and Apple TV, which compete against its Fire TV, on its online store, an Amazon spokeswoman told Reuters on Thursday.

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U.S. regulators ditch net neutrality rules as legal battles loom

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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German court rules against foreign intelligence mass communication surveillance

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's foreign intelligence agency (BND) must not store the metadata - such as phone numbers - of international phone calls for the purpose of intelligence analysis, a court rules on Thursday.

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Federal Communications Commission repeals net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, setting up a court fight over a move that could recast the digital landscape.

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow flat as healthcare losses offset by tech, media gains

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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Hackers halt plant operations in watershed cyber attack

(Reuters) - Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently invaded the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility in a watershed attack that halted plant operations, according to cyber investigators and the firm whose software was targeted.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher on optimism over tax bill, Fed's economic outlook

* Weekly jobless claims fall; Nov. retail sales beat estimates

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Protesters gather as U.S. regulators meet to end net neutrality

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, as protesters gathered to oppose the change.

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Sberbank CFO says previous talks with Alibaba finished

LONDON (Reuters) - Russian lender Sberbank's talks with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba have finished in their current form, the bank's Chief Financial Officer Alexander Morozov said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Pfizer Announces Pricing Terms Of Private Exchange Offer For 6.500 PCT Notes Due 2038

* PFIZER INC ANNOUNCES PRICING TERMS OF PRIVATE EXCHANGE OFFER FOR ITS 6.500 PER CENT. NOTES DUE 2038 OPEN TO CERTAIN INVESTORS AND RELATED TENDER OFFER OPEN TO ALL INVESTORS

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Malaysia issues draft regulations for crypto currency businesses

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's central bank on Thursday said it had issued draft regulations for digital currency businesses, but said that such currencies were still not legal tender in the country.

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Hackers shut down infrastructure safety system in attack: FireEye

(Reuters) - Hackers likely working for a nation-state recently penetrated the safety system of a critical infrastructure facility in an attack that caused operations to shut down, according to cyber security firm FireEye Inc, which said it investigated the incident.

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BRIEF-Dicerna Announces Pricing Of Follow-On Public Offering Of Common Stock

* DICERNA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF FOLLOW-ON PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Casa Systems Sees IPO Of 6 Million Shares Of Its Common Stock Priced At $13 Per Share

* CASA SYSTEMS INC SEES IPO OF 6 MILLION SHARES OF ITS COMMON STOCK PRICED AT $13.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Overstock, tZERO And Siebert Financial Corp Execute Letter Of Intent To Offer Discount Trading

* OVERSTOCK, TZERO AND SIEBERT FINANCIAL CORP. EXECUTE LETTER OF INTENT TO OFFER DISCOUNT TRADING

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX barely higher as miners gain

TORONTO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday as miners rose with higher metal prices and telecom and healthcare names pulled back.

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Wall Street opens higher as bank stocks gain

(Reuters) - Wall Street opened higher on Thursday, aided by gains in bank stocks and on news that the Republicans' tax overhaul plan was headed for final votes in Congress before the year-end.

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Google Brain co-founder teams with Foxconn to bring AI to factories

(Reuters) - Andrew Ng, co-founder of some of Alphabet Inc -owned Google's most prominent artificial intelligence projects, on Thursday launches a new venture with iPhone assembler Foxconn to bring AI and so-called machine learning onto the factory floor.

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Online shopping won't grow forever, says Unibail boss creating malls giant

SYDNEY/PARIS (Reuters) - Online shopping has its limits and physical stores will never go out of fashion, says the CEO of Unibail-Rodamco which is betting $16 billion on buying Westfield to create a global mall giant.

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

* Saudi Electricity continues slide on news of payment to state

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

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

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Global stocks edge up amid central bank bonanza

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares eked out modest gains on Thursday as cautious comments on inflation from the U.S. Federal Reserve gave investors pause on a day packed with central bank decisions in Europe.

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Denmark considers using cryptocurrencies for humanitarian aid

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark sees potential for blockchain technology in humanitarian aid and said on Thursday it is considering becoming the first donor country to move money using cryptocurrencies.

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Stock futures up, eyes on Disney-Fox deal, bank stocks

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set for a slightly higher open on Thursday as traders focused on a $52.4 billion stock deal between Walt Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox and gains in shares of big banks.

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

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

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Gibraltar launches financial services license for blockchain

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

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Tech firm raises $118 million in virtual coin offer to fund blockchain phone

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Swiss-Israeli technology firm Sirin Labs said on Thursday it had raised $118 million in an initial coin offering (ICO) to support the development of an open source blockchain smartphone.

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

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

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Former Philippine President defends controversial dengue program

MANILA (Reuters) - Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino defended on Thursday his decision to implement a controversial immunization program using a new dengue vaccine in 2016, saying it was justified with millions of people at risk of being infected by the virus.

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These states are running out of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program

Sixteen states will run out of federal funding for CHIP -- the Children's Health Insurance Program -- by the end of January, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Three-quarters of all states expect to exhaust funds by the end of March unless Congress can agree to fund it.

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Federal Communications Commission set to reverse net neutrality rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is expected on Thursday to rescind net neutrality rules championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama that barred the blocking or slowing of internet traffic.

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European stocks, euro dip as central banks dominate

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

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

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

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Atos shares fall 2.8 percent after Gemalto rejects takeover bid

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

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Asia stocks slightly up after Fed move; dollar, U.S. yields sag

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

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

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

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In major shift, Rakuten plots to become Japan's No. 4 wireless carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc said it would apply for a 4G mobile license, aiming to become the country's fourth major wireless carrier in a strategic shift that had analysts warning of an uphill battle to gain customers.

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

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

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Rakuten seeks license to become Japan's fourth major mobile carrier

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc said on Thursday it will apply for a fourth generation mobile carrier license, a move that if successful would see it become the country's fourth major wireless carrier.

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

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

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Finisar deal helps Apple block rivals' path to AR features

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's $390 million deal with chip supplier Finisar Corp announced on Wednesday helps lock in the supply of a component that Apple believes will play a big role in its future products by bolstering augmented reality features.

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Asia stocks edge higher after Fed meeting; dollar, U.S. yields sag

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

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Joe Biden Comforts Meghan McCain in Heartfelt Exchange on ‘The View’

“One of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John,” Mr. Biden told a tearful Ms. McCain. Her father, John McCain, has the same form of cancer that killed his son Beau.

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Rakuten eying entry into Japan's mobile carrier market: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc plans to join a government auction for wireless spectrum to be held in January, potentially becoming the country's fourth major wireless carrier, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

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Rakuten eyeing entry into Japan's mobile carrier market: source

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese online retailer Rakuten Inc plans to join a government auction for wireless spectrum to be held in January, potentially becoming the country's fourth major wireless carrier, a source briefed on the matter said on Thursday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BRIEF-Jacobs And Ch2m Announce Ch2m Stockholder Approval Of Merger

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

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

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

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T-Mobile to launch TV service in 2018, buy Layer3 TV

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

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

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

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

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

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Apple grants $390 million to Finisar to boost laser chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Wednesday it had awarded $390 million to optical components maker Finisar Corp to boost production of laser chips that power iPhone X's features such as Face ID, Animoji and portrait mode photos.

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

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

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Mexican authorities warn cryptocurrency offerings could be a crime

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

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Congress secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the U.S. Senate's top Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying he would back a sharply lowered corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

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

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

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Three men plead guilty to crimes tied to 2016 botnet attacks

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

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Senate secures tax deal, Trump backs 21-percent corporate rate

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congressional Republicans have reached a deal on final tax legislation, the top Senate Republican tax writer said on Wednesday, with President Donald Trump saying minutes later he would back a corporate tax rate of 21 percent.

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Industrial stocks drive Wall Street higher; Fed decision eyed

(Reuters) - A surge in shares of Caterpillar and Boeing lifted the Dow industrials to record level in early afternoon trading on Wednesday, ahead of a widely-expected interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Mexico authorities warn of risks of cryptocurrencies

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's finance ministry and central bank warned on Wednesday of the risks associated with cryptocurrencies and investment schemes known as initial coin offerings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Finisar gets $390 million from Apple to make more iPhone X chips

(Reuters) - Finisar Corp is getting a $390 million investment from Apple Inc to revive a plant in Texas, which will boost production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID and portrait mode photos.

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

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

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France proposes age-of-consent rule for Facebook users

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

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

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

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

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

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U.S. says hacker to plead guilty for role in 2016 cyber attacks

(Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice has caught one of the people involved in creating the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks, according to court papers.

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Wall Street rises at open as technology stocks gain

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

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

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

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

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

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

* TD AMERITRADE ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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

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

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Greek top court clears way for U.S. extradition of Russian cybercrime suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's top court cleared the way on Wednesday for the extradition to the United States of a Russian man, also wanted in Moscow, suspected of having laundered billions of dollars in the digital currency bitcoin.

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Germany monitoring bitcoin market impact: FinMin

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is carefully monitoring the impact of cryptocurrencies on markets, a finance ministry spokesman said on Wednesday, as bitcoin surged and the futures of the best known cryptocurrency made their world debut on a U.S. stock exchange.

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Greek top court paves way for U.S. extradition of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's Supreme Court on Wednesday paved the way for the extradition to the United States of Russian bitcoin fraud suspect Alexander Vinnik.

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures rise with oil prices

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

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Apple to invest $390 million in Finisar to ramp up chip production

(Reuters) - Apple Inc will give Finisar Corp $390 million to increase production of chips that power high-profile iPhone X features including Face ID, Animojis and portrait-mode photos.

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Oil up on U.S. crude stocks draw, Forties outage supports

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets.

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Deutsche Telekom, EWE to invest 2 billion euros in German fiber buildout

BERLIN (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom is partnering with EWE AG [LANDWE.UL] to invest 2 billion euros ($2.4 billion) in building out a superfast glass-fiber broadband network in northwestern Germany, the companies said on Wednesday.

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Apple to invest $390 million in chipmaker Finisar

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Wednesday it would invest $390 million in Finisar Corp, which it will use to build out a plant in Texas to make chips that power popular iPhone features such as face ID, animojis and portrait-mode selfies.

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

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

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

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

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British city of Sheffield gives Uber a welcome boost

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

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

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

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Blackstone hires Bain dealmaker in Japan corporate buyout push - sources

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Toyota, Panasonic consider joint development of EV batteries

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp and Panasonic Corp said on Wednesday they are considering jointly developing batteries for electric vehicles (EVs), a partnership that could help Panasonic extend its market lead in automotive lithium-ion batteries.

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UK Stocks-Factors to watch on Dec 13

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

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South Korea considers cryptocurrency tax as regulators grapple with 'speculative mania'

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea said on Wednesday it may tax capital gains from cryptocurrecy trading as global regulators worried about a bubble, with Australia's central bank chief warning of a 'speculative mania" that has seen the digital asset making rip-roaring gains.

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Oil prices recover on big U.S. crude stock drawdown, pipeline shutdown supports

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles, while expectations for an extended shutdown of a major North Sea crude pipeline also continued to bolster markets.

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Founder of China's embattled LeEco placed on debt blacklist

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

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Oil recovers on big U.S. crude stock drawdown

TOKYO (Reuters) - Oil prices rose in early Asian trade on Wednesday as industry data showed a larger-than-expected drawdown in U.S. crude stockpiles.

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Toyota, Panasonic to hold news conference at 1.30 a.m. ET

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

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South Korea to hold emergency meeting on cryptocurrencies, measures expected Friday

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's government has called an emergency meeting to discuss the trading of cryptocurrencies, and measures on the market will be announced on Friday, a central bank official said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Iron Mountain Incorporated Prices Debt Offering

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

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

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

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Britain urged to prosecute social media firms over online abuse

LONDON (Reuters) - Social media companies should face prosecution for failing to remove racist and extremist material from their websites, according to a report by an influential committee.

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

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

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Analysis: An insane exchange between Jake Tapper and a Moore spokesman

Lost amid the sexual harassment and misconduct charges against Roy Moore over the past month is the fact that even before any of those allegations came to light, Republicans in Washington were deathly afraid of what the prospect of Moore in the Senate could do to the overall party brand.

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Electric vehicle battery prices to steady by 2020: Hyundai Motor

SEOUL (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor Co believes electric vehicle battery prices will level off by 2020 due to supply constraints of key ingredients, ending years of sharp declines that have helped stimulate activity in the booming sector.

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

(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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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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UK city of York refuses to renew Uber's license in new regulatory setback

(Reuters) - The English city of York refused to renew Uber's [UBER.UL] license to operate there on Tuesday, the city council said, the latest regulatory setback suffered by the ride-hailing app.

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Bitcoin euphoria puts other retail bets in shade

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

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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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UK city York refuses to renew Uber's licence

(Reuters) - The English city of York rejected Uber's licence renewal on Tuesday, citing concerns about the ride-hailing app's data breach and the number of complaints received, a city council spokesperson said.

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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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S&P, Dow at record levels as Boeing, bank stocks gain

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Dow hit record levels in early afternoon trading on Tuesday as Boeing rose and bank stocks gained ahead of a near certain move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rate.

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

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Major U.S. and European stock indexes advanced on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting of U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers, while oil prices reached $65 per barrel earlier in the day for the first time since mid-2015.

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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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Lyft starts Canada service in first international foray

(Reuters) - U.S. ride-hailing firm Lyft Inc on Tuesday launched its service in Toronto, the first international market for the rival of much larger Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL].

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

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Dow advanced in late morning trade on Tuesday as Boeing's shares hit a record and bank stocks rose ahead of a near certain move by the Federal Reserve to raise interest rate.

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Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Bitfinex down

(Reuters) - Digital currency exchange operators Coinbase and Bitfinex reported problems with service through their websites on Tuesday, frustrating traders seeking to cash in on the latest surge in the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

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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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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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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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Facebook to book advertising revenue locally amid political pressure

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Social media giant Facebook said on Tuesday it would start booking advertising revenue locally instead of re-routing it via its international headquarters in Dublin although the move is unlikely to result in it paying much more tax.

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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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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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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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Oil hits two-year-and-a-half year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather

LONDON (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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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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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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Oil hits two-and-a-half year high on pipeline shutdown, stocks take breather

LONDON (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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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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Airbnb drops controversial payment card in France

PARIS (Reuters) - Short-term rental website Airbnb has agreed to withdraw a controversial payment system in France after government officials, including finance minister Bruno Le Maire, met with its managers on Monday.

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Taiwan's Far Eastern International fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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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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Bitcoin exchange Bithumb says 'right' regulations in South Korea would boost market

SEOUL (Reuters) - The Seoul-based operator of the world's busiest virtual currency exchange Bithumb said on Tuesday it will fully comply with potential regulations from the South Korean government and adequately capitalize itself to protect its clients.

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Oil prices jump on pipeline outage, stocks take breather

LONDON (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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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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Taiwan's Far Eastern Int'l fined T$8 million over SWIFT hacking incident

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's financial regulator said on Tuesday it had fined Far Eastern International Bank T$8 million ($266,524) due to deficiencies related to its SWIFT system hacking incident.

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Rolls-Royce creates cross-business data unit to drive efficiency

LONDON (Reuters) - Rolls-Royce has created a data unit, named R2 Data Labs, that uses analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve efficiency across its civil and defense aerospace, marine, nuclear and power systems businesses.

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Singapore's electric car-sharing program hits the road

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore launched on Tuesday its first large-scale electric car-sharing program through which the land-scarce city-state hopes to provide commuters with more transport options and steer them away from the need to buy their own cars.

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

BEIJING (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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Philippine bank accuses Bangladesh of heist 'cover-up'

MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines bank through which $81 million stolen from Bangladesh's central bank was channeled in February 2016 has accused Dhaka's monetary authority of covering up its negligence and demanded that it stop making the bank a "scapegoat."

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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-GMS Announces Pricing Of Secondary Public Offering Of Common Stock

* GMS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Oasis Petroleum Inc Announces Pricing Of Public Offering Of Common Stock

* ‍ TOTAL GROSS PROCEEDS OF APPROXIMATELY $321.9 MILLION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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EMERGING MARKETS-Chile stocks see highest rise in two years on copper prices

By Felipe Iturrieta and Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Chilean stocks rose more than 2 percent on Monday, their highest daily rise in almost two years, driven by foreign buyers in large stocks and higher prices for copper, the country's main export. The IPSA index rose 2.69 percent to 5,018.67 points, its best performance since January 2016. The copper reference price on the London Metals Exchange rose 1.5 percent, its largest daily rise in almost two months. Shar

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BRIEF-Ashford Hospitality Prime Board Authorizes Repurchase Of Up To $50 Mln Of Common Stock

* ASHFORD HOSPITALITY PRIME SAYS BOARD GRANTED A REPURCHASE AUTHORIZATION TO ACQUIRE SHARES OF COMMON STOCK OF UP TO $50 MILLION- SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Sirius XM announces new programming collaboration with Shareblue

* SIRIUS XM - CO'S PROGRESS CHANNEL 127 ENTERED NEW PROGRAMMING COLLABORATION WITH SHAREBLUE MEDIA Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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U.S. agency prepares to hand over internet oversight to FTC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission plans to turn over oversight of internet service providers to another federal agency as it plans to vote on Thursday to revoke the landmark 2015 "net neutrality" rules.

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CORRECTED-US STOCKS-Wall St rises with help from technology, energy sectors

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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'More to come' after bitcoin futures launch: Cboe CEO

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The generally smooth launch of bitcoin futures on Cboe Global Markets could pave the way for other cryptocurrency-related products like options and ETFs, the head of the exchange operator said in an interview on Monday.

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GLOBAL-MARKETS-Wall Street stocks tick higher; stocks rise worldwide

* Wall Street up after brief uncertainty on New York explosion

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Apple removes app after MyEtherWallet complaint

(Reuters) - IPhone maker Apple Inc said on Monday it had removed a paid iOS application from its App Store after MyEtherWallet, a free service for storing digital currencies, complained that the program was improperly using its name.

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SEC halts initial coin offering from restaurant review app

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has stepped in to stop an "initial coin offering" (ICO) from a restaurant review app, after the company failed to register it as a security.

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U.S. tech firm settles probe of Russian work on defense project

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Netcracker Technology Corp will not face criminal charges for allowing Russian nationals without security clearance to work on a U.S. defense project after it agreed to adopt enhanced cyber security measures, authorities said on Monday.

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Wall Street higher as technology, energy stocks gain

(Reuters) - Technology and energy stocks gained in early afternoon trading on Monday, helping Wall Street shake off uncertainties following an explosion at one of New York's busiest commuter hubs.

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US STOCKS-Wall St higher as technology, energy stocks gain

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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Apple confirms deal to buy music discovery app Shazam

SAN FRANSICO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Monday confirmed it had reached a deal to acquire Shazam Entertainment Ltd, the U.K.-based app that lets users identify songs by pointing a smart phone at the audio source.

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US STOCKS-Wall St ticks higher as New York explosion worries wane

* Cryptocurrency related stocks bounce after bitcoin futures debut

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth 23 percent more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday NXP Semiconductors NV is worth about 23 percent more than Qualcomm Inc's $38-billion offer to buy the chipmaker.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX inches up with fertilizer company gains, railways weigh

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index inched higher in morning trade on Monday, boosted by gains for materials stocks including fertilizer companies, while gold miners moved in both directions and railway stocks weighed.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips at open as banks, railways move lower

TORONTO, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged lower in early trade on Monday, with declines in banks and railway stocks offsetting small overall gains for the materials sector.

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U.S. videogame makers may trounce sales estimates again

(Reuters) - Tepid holiday sales forecasts from two of the three major U.S. videogame producers have not dampened investors' confidence in one of the past decade's major stock market success stories for a simple reason: they almost always beat them.

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BRIEF-Trican Announces First Half 2018 Capital Program

* TRICAN ANNOUNCES FIRST HALF 2018 CAPITAL PROGRAM, UPDATES THE STATUS OF ITS NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID AND PROVIDES AN OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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Elliott says chipmaker NXP worth more than Qualcomm's offer

(Reuters) - Activist investor Elliott Management Corp said on Monday that NXP Semiconductors NV is worth $135 per share on an intrinsic standalone basis, more than the $110 Qualcomm Inc has offered to buy the company.

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Iran foreign minister defends missile program, asks European support

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Iran's foreign minister on Monday defended its ballistic missile program and urged European countries not to be influenced by U.S. President Donald Trump's confrontational policy towards Tehran.

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Chinese electric car maker to put 'Weltmeister' on road next year

BEIJING (Reuters) - WM Motor Technology Co, one of a new breed of Chinese electric car companies, will use its company name "Weltmeister" as its brand and plans to start taking orders for its first product, a sport-utility vehicle, from April.

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US STOCKS-Futures inch up, bitcoin grabs investor interest

Dec 11 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Monday, with the launch of bitcoin futures raising investor interest in cryptocurrency related companies.

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CANADA STOCKS-Futures little changed as oil prices edge lower

Dec 11 (Reuters) - Futures for Canada's main stock index were little changed on Monday amid a fall in oil prices on signs of an increase in U.S. drilling activity.

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EU must look at regulating bitcoin, ECB's Nowotny says

VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union needs to consider regulating bitcoin, European Central Bank ratesetter Ewald Nowotny said on Monday, citing the risk of money laundering.

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GLOBAL-MARKETS-Bitcoin futures steal spotlight, momentum keeps pushing stocks up

* Expectant dollar hovers ahead of Fed rate rise (Updates prices, adds detail)