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NEW YORK, Dec 29 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks are poised to close out 2017 with a stellar performance, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite all poised for gains of roughly 20 percent or more. [Source]

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UPDATE 1-Google announces patent agreement with Tencent amid China push

* Deal comes as Google looks to expand its presence in China (Adds context, details from statement)

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Asia stocks set record highs, U.S. government funding woes weigh on dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asia stocks edged up to record highs on Friday, although losses on Wall Street slowed the advance, while worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown weighed on the dollar.

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S.Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A South Korean consumer group has filed a criminal complaint against Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook over slower iPhone devices, after probes in Europe into allegations the firm had deliberately shortened the life of its handsets.

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Google announces patent agreement with China's Tencent

BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Alpahbet Inc's Google said it had agreed to a patent cross-licensing deal with Chinese social media and gaming firm Tencent Holdings Ltd, the U.S. company said on Friday.

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Asia stocks set record highs, U.S. govt. funding woes weigh on dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asia stocks edged up to record highs on Friday, although losses on Wall Street slowed the advance, while worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown weighed on the dollar.

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BRIEF-Golden Entertainment prices secondary offering of 6.5 mln shares at $28 per share

* GOLDEN ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PRICING OF SECONDARY PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks set record highs, US govt funding woes weigh on dollar

* Worries over possible US government shutdown weigh on dollar

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Aegean Bunkering leaves Singapore's marine fuels market

* Aegean Bunkering Pte Ltd on Friday said it had this week left the world's largest marine fuels market in Singapore after handing back its supply and craft operator licences

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BRIEF-Obalon Therapeutics prices offering of 5.5 mln shares at $5.50 per share

* OBALON THERAPEUTICS INC - ‍PRICING OF AN UNDERWRITTEN PUBLIC OFFERING OF 5.5 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK AT A OFFERING PRICE OF $5.50 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Oak Valley Bancorp reports Q4 earnings $0.20 per share

* ‍NET INTEREST INCOME WAS $9 MILLION FOR THREE MONTHS ​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Canada regulator sets out process for pipeline permit disputes

VANCOUVER, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The National Energy Board on Thursday set out a process for resolving permit disputes related to Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which has faced repeated delays due to difficulty in obtaining permits.

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METALS-Shanghai aluminium prices climb after China GDP boost

BEIJING, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Shanghai aluminium prices rose on Friday, buoyed by the first acceleration in China's GDP growth in seven years, even as the country's output of the metal posted a surprise jump for December. FUNDAMENTALS * SHFE ALUMINIUM: The most-traded aluminium contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) was up 1 percent at 14,770 yuan ($2,307.56) a tonne at 0202 GMT, but still on course for a weekly drop of 2.3 percent. * LME ALUMINIUM: In London, three mo

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BRIEF-Kinder Morgan says pleased with NEB's decision to set out a process for resolving permit disputes

* KINDER MORGAN - ‍PLEASED NEB'S DECISION SETTING DOWN GENERIC PROCESS TO HEAR ANY FUTURE MOTIONS AS THEY RELATE TO PROVINCIAL AND MUNICIPAL PERMITTING ISSUES​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-MetLife, U.S. regulators agree to set aside legal fight

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. government and MetLife Inc announced on Thursday they would jointly seek to dismiss an appeal over whether the insurance company should face stricter oversight as a key part of the financial system.

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Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech -EU

BRUSSELS, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Social media companies Facebook , Twitter and Google's YouTube have greatly accelerated their removals of online hate speech, reviewing over two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show.

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BRIEF-Agios prices offering of 7.09 mln shares at $67 per share

* AGIOS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $475 MILLION PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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Nikkei edges up helped by financials; GMO soars

TOKYO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged up on Friday morning with financial stocks leading the gains after U.S. yields rose, while GMO Internet soared after an activist fund called on the company to abolish its takeover defences and reduce the power of its founder.

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Possible Buffett successor Jain reports $109 mln Berkshire stake

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Ajit Jain, who was recently appointed a vice chairman of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc , on Thursday reported ownership of roughly $109 million of the conglomerate's stock.

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PRECIOUS-Gold inches up, but heads for first weekly loss in six

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged up on Friday, supported by a weaker dollar and worries about a possible U.S. government shutdown, but the precious metal was still on track for its first weekly drop in six weeks. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,328.98 an ounce by 0111 GMT. Gold on Thursday touched its weakest level since Jan. 12 at $1,323.70 on Thursday, having fallen from recent four-month highs. * Spot gold has fallen 0.8 percent so far thi

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UPDATE 2-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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Asia stocks near record highs, U.S. funding woes weigh on dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asia stocks edged higher on Friday and were within reach of record highs, although losses on Wall Street slowed the advance, while worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown weighed on the dollar.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks near record highs, US funding woes weigh on dollar

* Dollar dips on worries over possible US government shutdown

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BRIEF-Americold Realty Trust Announces Pricing Of IPO

* SAYS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 45.3 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $16.00PER SHARE

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BRIEF-HTG Molecular Diagnostics Announces Pricing Of Public Offering Of Common Stock

* HTG MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK

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BRIEF-Nine Energy Service Prices IPO

* SAYS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 7.00 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED AT $23.00PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 5-Morgan Stanley raises targets, but Wall Street wants more

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley raised key profitability and efficiency targets on Thursday, but those loftier goals failed to impress Wall Street analysts, who repeatedly asked Chief Executive Officer James Gorman why the bank could not do even better.

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UPDATE 2-SoftBank is now Uber's largest shareholder as deal closes

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp closed a deal with Uber Technologies Inc on Thursday, making SoftBank the largest stakeholder in the ride-services firm and providing a much-needed boost to controversy-ridden Uber.

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BRIEF-IBM Says Expect Revenue Growth, Margin Stabilization In 2018 - Conf Call

* IBM SAYS AS WE ENTER 2018, PROJECTED SERVICES REVENUE FROM CURRENT BACKLOG POINTS TO IMPROVED SERVICES REVENUE TRAJECTORY IN 2018 VERSUS 2017 - CONF CALL

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BRIEF-Urogen Pharma Announces Pricing Of Public Offering Of Ordinary Shares

* UROGEN PHARMA ANNOUNCES PRICING OF PUBLIC OFFERING OF ORDINARY SHARES

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BRIEF-Voya Financial Prices Offering Of $350 Mln Of Junior Subordinated Notes

* VOYA FINANCIAL PRICES OFFERING OF $350 MILLION OF JUNIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES

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UPDATE 1-U.S. fund investors pull most cash from 'junk' in 2 months -Lipper

(Adds details on funds, analyst quote, table, byline) By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pulled $3.1 billion from high-yield "junk" bonds during the latest week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, offering new warning signs about risk appetite despite global markets' continuing triumph. The junk bond withdrawals - from both mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) during the week ended Wednesday - mark the largest of any week since November, accor

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UPDATE 2-CP Rail weighs strategic deals to boost crude-by-rail

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd said on Thursday it is weighing strategic deals to boost crude-by-rail shipments in 2018, after reporting fourth-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates.

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Home security company ADT Inc's IPO priced at $14/share

Jan 18 (Reuters) - ADT Inc, a provider of security monitoring services, said on Thursday that its initial public offering was priced at $14 per share, below the expected range of $17 to $19.

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Canada regulator sets out process for pipeline permit disputes

VANCOUVER, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The National Energy Board on Thursday set out a process for resolving permit disputes related to Kinder Morgan Canada's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which has faced repeated delays due to difficulty in obtaining permits.

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Apple, Alphabet employee buses damaged by vandals during commute

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Vandals damaged Apple Inc and Alphabet Inc charter buses carrying employees to and from work in California's Silicon Valley in recent days, police said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Aptar Announces George Fotiades To Replace Chairman King Harris

* APTAR ANNOUNCES CHAIRMAN KING HARRIS TO RETIRE IN MAY; GEORGE FOTIADES ELECTED AS INCOMING CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD; TWO NEW DIRECTORS APPOINTED Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Fulton Financial To Raise Minimum Wage To $12 Per Hour

* FULTON FINANCIAL CORP - CO ALSO WILL RAISE ITS MINIMUM WAGE TO $12 PER HOUR Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-PAVmed Announces Firm Commitment Public Offering Of Common Stock

* PAVMED ANNOUNCES FIRM COMMITMENT PUBLIC OFFERING OF COMMON STOCK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-ADT Prices Initial Public Offering

* ADT INC - ANNOUNCED PRICING OF ITS INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING OF 105 MILLION SHARES OF COMMON STOCK AT AN INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING PRICE OF $14 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Phaserx Revokes Proposed Distribution Record Date

* PHASERX- REVOKED PROPOSED DISTRIBUTION RECORD DATE AS REQUESTED IN DISTRIBUTION RECORD DATE MOTION, WITHDREW THE MOTION IN BANKRUPTCY COURT-SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DmSNqm) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Buckeye Partners Prices $400 Mln Offering Of 6.375% Junior Subordinated Notes

* BUCKEYE PARTNERS, L.P. PRICES $400 MILLION OFFERING OF 6.375% JUNIOR SUBORDINATED NOTES

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U.S. fund investors pull most cash from 'junk' in 2 months -Lipper

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors pulled $3.1 billion from high-yield "junk" bonds during the latest week, Lipper data showed on Thursday, offering new warning signs about risk appetite despite global markets' continuing triumph.

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BRIEF-Marriott Unit sells Sheraton and Park Tower, Buenos Aires

* MARRIOTT-UNIT SOLD THE 740-ROOM SHERATON BUENOS AIRES HOTEL&CONVENTION CENTER,THE 180-ROOM PARK TOWER,A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, BUENOS AIRES

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BRIEF-Armistice Capital Llc Reports 8.8 Percent Passive Stake In Blue Apron

* ARMISTICE CAPITAL LLC REPORTS 8.8 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN BLUE APRON HOLDINGS AS OF JAN 8, 2018 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DeXqyv) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Speedcast International To Provide Equipment And Services To Noble Corp's Drilling Fleet​

* SELECTED BY NOBLE CORPORATION TO PROVIDE NEW COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES TO GLOBAL DRILLING FLEET​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-683 Capital Management Reports 6.1 Pct Passive Stake In Anthera Pharma

* 683 CAPITAL MANAGEMENT, LLC REPORTS A 6.1 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ANTHERA PHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF JAN 8 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mOAqQ5)

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-IBM returns to growth, but shares drop after recent rally

Jan 18 (Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's revenue rose for the first time in 23 quarters and beat analysts' estimates as the company's shift into its focus areas such as cloud computing and security services gains traction.

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BRIEF-Riot Blockchain Canada Appoints Jeffrey Vormittag As Chief Operating Officer

* RIOT BLOCKCHAIN - ON JAN 17 RIOT BLOCKCHAIN CANADA APPOINTED JEFFREY VORMITTAG AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER OF RIOT CANADA FOR 2 YRS, EFFECTIVE JAN 20​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DlfKpT) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Mellanox Technologies Reports Q4 Non-GAAP Earnings of $0.82/Share

* MELLANOX ACHIEVES RECORD QUARTERLY AND ANNUAL REVENUES; FORECASTS STRONG 2018

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BRIEF-Canadian Pacific Railway Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share of C$6.77

* CP REPORTS RECORD FOURTH-QUARTER AND RECORD FULL-YEAR RESULTS ON THE STRENGTH OF ITS OPERATING MODEL AND DISCIPLINED APPROACH IN THE MARKETPLACE

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BRIEF-HSBC Holdings Says It Settles Foreign Exchange Investigation With U.S. DoJ

* SAYS IT SETTLES FOREIGN EXCHANGE INVESTIGATION WITH THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE‍​

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REFILE-UPDATE 4-Amazon's review of Toronto could escalate tension with Trump

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc's inclusion of Canada's largest city on a list of 20 finalists for a massive new campus could escalate tensions between the tech giant and U.S. President Donald Trump.

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Buyers jockey for indie films at Sundance without Weinstein

PARK CITY, Utah / LOS ANGELES, Jan 18 (Reuters) - For the first time in three decades, producer Harvey Weinstein will not be trudging down Park City's snowy Main Street when the Sundance Film Festival opens Thursday, leaving the independent movie festival marketplace without its most-watched tastemaker.

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UPDATE 1-Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-N. American Q4 cocoa grind falls, 5-year low for 2017

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - North American cocoa grindings took a surprise fall in the fourth quarter of 2017 and nudged down to a five-year low for the full calendar year, data from the National Confectioners Association (NCA) showed on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Salient Capital Advisors Reports 5.26 Pct Passive Stake In Rice Midstream Partners

* SALIENT CAPITAL ADVISORS REPORTS 5.26 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN RICE MIDSTREAM PARTNERS LP AS OF DEC 31, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2FUGaAz) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Netlist Inc - ITC Affirms No Infringement Of Asserted Patents, Terminates Investigation

* NETLIST INC - ON JANUARY 16, THE ITC ISSUED A FINAL DETERMINATION REGARDING THE PROCEEDINGS FILED AGAINST SK HYNIX INC

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BRIEF-Affinor Growers CEO Steps Down

* AFFINOR GROWERS INC - ‍BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS ACCEPTED RESIGNATION OF JARRETT MALNARICK AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COMPANY​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Entegra Financial Qtrly Loss Per Share $0.48‍​

* ENTEGRA FINANCIAL CORP. ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

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Malaysian Airlines flight makes emergency landing in Alice Springs

SYDNEY, Jan 19 (Reuters) - A Malaysian Airlines (MAS) flight from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur was forced to make an emergency landing in remote outback Australia on Thursday after running into "technical difficulties".

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BRIEF-Essex Portfolio LP Enters Second Amended, Restated Revolving Credit Agreement ​

* ESSEX PORTFOLIO LP- ‍ON JAN. 17, ESSEX PORTFOLIO, L.P ENTERED SECOND AMENDED, RESTATED REVOLVING CREDIT AGREEMENT - SEC FILING ​

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BRIEF-Lite Access Technologies Provides Comment On Carillion, UK Operations Update

* LITE ACCESS TECHNOLOGIES PROVIDES COMMENT ON CARILLION AND UK OPERATIONS UPDATE

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Thadaney to leave Toronto Stock Exchange owner TMX Group

Jan 18 (Reuters) - TMX Group's head of equity capital markets, Nicholas Thadaney, is leaving Canada's biggest stock exchange operator after a reorganization of the company, Chief Executive Officer Lou Eccleston said.

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UPDATE 3-Schneider Electric says bug in its technology exploited in hack

MIAMI BEACH, Fla., Jan 18 (Reuters) - Schneider Electric SE said on Thursday that hackers had exploited a flaw in its technology in a watershed incident discovered last month that halted operations at an undisclosed industrial facility.

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Brazil issues $1.5 bln in reopening of 2047 dollar bond

BRASILIA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazil has issued $1.5 billion worth of a 2047 dollar bond at a spread of 271 bps over U.S. Treasuries, in a reopening that is its first sovereign debt transaction of the year, the National Treasury said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate passes bill renewing internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, overcoming objections from civil liberties advocates that it undermined the privacy of Americans.

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BRIEF-Canopy Growth Increases Bought Deal Financing To $200.7 Mln

* CANOPY GROWTH CORPORATION ANNOUNCES INCREASE TO BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING

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US STOCKS-Wall St treads water as rising interest rates balance tech growth

* Dow down 0.19 pct, S&P up 0.02 pct, Nasdaq up 0.16 pct (Updates to late afternoon, changes byline, adds dateline NEW YORK)

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Businesses warn of risks of tighter rules on U.S. foreign investment

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Proposals before the U.S. Senate and House to tighten rules on foreign investment into critical technologies could cause companies to take their research and development overseas to avoid scrutiny, critics said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-H&R Announces $250 Million Senior Unsecured Debenture Financing

* H&R REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT TRUST - THE DEBENTURES WILL CARRY A COUPON RATE OF 3.416% AND WILL MATURE ON JANUARY 23, 2023

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REFILE-ADT's IPO likely to fall short on price

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (IFR) - Home security company ADT was headed Thursday for a somewhat disappointing IPO likely to fall roughly 20% short of the US$2.1bn sum it hoped to raise from investors.

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UPDATE 1-Brazilian prosecutors ask BNY Mellon unit to return $2.5 bln to local fund

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors asked on Thursday that the local unit of Bank of New York Mellon Corp return 8.2 billion reais ($2.56 billion) to local pension fund Postalis, according to a statement.

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UPDATE 1-CIBC eyes FirstCaribbean valuation around $1.4 bln -sources

* CIBC working with Barclays/UBS on listing -sources (Adds background on targeted valuation, prospects for listing)

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UPDATE 1-Italy's anti-trust opens probe into Apple, Samsung phone complaints

ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust body said on Thursday it had opened a probe into allegations that Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd used software updates to slow their mobile phones and push clients into buying new handsets.

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BRIEF-GOGL Says Issuance Of New Shares In Connection With Delivery Of Vessel

* GOGL - ISSUANCE OF NEW SHARES IN CONNECTION WITH DELIVERY OF VESSEL

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BRIEF-Manitex International Announces $6.3 Mln Order For 42 Straight Mast Cranes

* MANITEX INTERNATIONAL, INC. ANNOUNCES $6.3 MILLION ORDER FOR 42 STRAIGHT MAST CRANES

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BRIEF-Crown Holdings Announces Pricing Of Senior Notes

* CROWN HOLDINGS - ‍HAS PRICED ITS OFFERINGS OF EUR 500 MILLION PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF 2.875% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2026​

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UPDATE 1-Train crashes in Mexico City suburb, killing at least 5

MEXICO CITY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A train derailed in a densely populated Mexico City suburb on Thursday morning, killing at least five people, local authorities said.

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MOVES-Bank of America names MacDonald new global TMT head; Zakkour departs

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp has appointed Jack MacDonald to be head of global technology, media and telecom investment (TMT)banking, following the departure of Anwar Zakkour, the banker who formerly led the TMT group, according to a memo seen by Reuters.

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UPDATE 2-Crisis-hit Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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UPDATE 1-Daimler, Bosch hit by walkouts in sector-wide labour dispute

* IG Metall demands 6 pct more pay, shorter working hours (Adds quote from regional IG Metall head)

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Brazilian prosecutors ask BNY Mellon to return $2.5 bln to local fund

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazilian prosecutors in Sao Paulo asked on Thursday that the local unit of Bank of New York Mellon Corp return 8.2 billion reais ($2.56 billion) to local pension fund Postalis, according to a statement.

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BRIEF-Jacksonville Says CNB Or Co To Pay Fee Of $2.25 Million if Deal Terminated

* JACKSONVILLE- IF MERGER AGREEMENT WITH CNB BANK SHARES TERMINATED UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES,CO OR CNB TO PAY FEE OF $2.25 MILLION TO THE OTHER-SEC FILING Source text : [http://bit.ly/2mTSDMO] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-ZK International Group Announces $1.2 Million Contract With The Xingrong Group

* ZK INTERNATIONAL GROUP CO., LTD. ANNOUNCES $1.2 MILLION CONTRACT WITH THE XINGRONG GROUP, ONE OF CHINA'S LARGEST WATER SUPPLY AND TREATMENT COMPANIES Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-U.S. CPSC Says Bed Bath & Beyond Recalls Hudson Comforters By Ugg

* BED BATH & BEYOND RECALLS HUDSON COMFORTERS BY UGG DUE TO RISK OF MOLD EXPOSURE

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UPDATE 2-Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago -Icahn

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn called on Thursday for the termination or renegotiation of Xerox Corp's long-running joint venture with Fujifilm Holdings reiterating demands for a change of leadership at Xerox.

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BRIEF-Spirit Airlines Adds ‍New Service Between Atlantic City and New Orleans

* SPIRIT AIRLINES SAYS STARTS ‍NEW NONSTOP SERVICE CONNECTING ATLANTIC CITY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TO LOUIS ARMSTRONG NEW ORLEANS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-WEC Energy Group Raises Quarterly Dividend

* QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND OF 55.25 CENTS PER SHARE, INCREASE OF 6.25 PERCENT OVER CURRENT QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 52 CENTS SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Photronics says‍ effective Jan 20, Macricostas Will No Longer Be Executive Chairman Of Co

* PHOTRONICS - ‍ EFFECTIVE JAN 20, 2018, MACRICOSTAS WILL NO LONGER BE EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF CO - SEC FILING​

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BRIEF-Nuuvera Inc. Announces Increase To Bought Deal Financing

* NUUVERA INC - PURSUANT TO UPSIZED DEAL TERMS, UNDERWRITERS HAVE AGREED TO PURCHASE, 8.2 MILLION UNITS AT C$5.50 PER UNIT FOR GROSS PROCEEDS OF C$45 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Mkango Announces Shareholder Approval For Talaxis Transaction

* MKANGO ANNOUNCES SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL FOR TALAXIS TRANSACTION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Aetna Enhances Accountable Care Product In Connecticut With Trinity Health Of New England

* AETNA ENHANCES ACCOUNTABLE CARE PRODUCT IN CONNECTICUT WITH TRINITY HEALTH OF NEW ENGLAND

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BRIEF-CWB Franchise Finance Partners With Lone Star Texas Grill On Development Line Facility

* CWB FRANCHISE FINANCE PARTNERS WITH LONE STAR TEXAS GRILL ON DEVELOPMENT LINE FACILITY

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BRIEF-Okta And Servicenow Integrate To Improve Security Incident Response

* OKTA AND SERVICENOW INTEGRATE TO IMPROVE SECURITY INCIDENT RESPONSE

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BRIEF-Kindred Biosciences Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up To $150 Million

* KINDRED BIOSCIENCES INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UP TO $150 MILLION – SEC FILING‍​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2risHPv) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nestlé Nominates Three New Independent Directors To Board

* BOARD ALSO PROPOSES INDIVIDUAL RE-ELECTION OF CHAIRMAN AND OTHER CURRENT MEMBERS OF BOARD

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UPDATE 2-European shares edge higher as cyclicals back in favour

* Financials, tech and materials lead rise (Recasts, adds detail and quote, updates prices at close)

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UPDATE 1-Crisis-hit Venezuela's oil output plummets in 2017 to decades low

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Venezuela's crude oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year, according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that points to a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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Peugeot CEO to meet with UK unions, govt officials

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Peugeot SA Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said on Thursday he planned to meet next week with the automaker's UK unions and government officials to discuss the future of Peugeot's Vauxhall plant, where Tavares said production costs are twice those of its plants in France.

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UPDATE 1-United States wins WTO chicken ruling against China

GENEVA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The United States largely won a World Trade Organization ruling on Thursday that China had failed to comply with an earlier ruling against its punitive tariffs on U.S. broiler chickens.

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CORRECTED-Senate environment panel chief backs probe into uranium imports

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The chair of the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee said on Thursday he wants the Commerce Department to investigate the impacts of uranium imports from Russia and central Asia on national security, backing a request from two U.S. uranium mining firms who filed the petition.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. hospital systems team up to launch generic drugmaker

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) - A group of four hospital systems plans to launch a not-for-profit generic drugmaker aimed at combating shortages and high costs of some generic drugs, which they blame on unscrupulous drug companies that hike prices.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks dip after rally as energy weighs; bond yields climb

* Dollar remains soft (Updates with U.S. market open, changes byline, dateline; previous LONDON)

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US STOCKS-Wall St slips from record as healthcare, energy drag

* Indexes down: Dow 0.3 pct, S&P 0.16 pct, Nasdaq 0.07 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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WRAPUP 2-Cold weather chills U.S. homebuilding; jobless claims at 45-year low

WASHINGTON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilding fell more than expected in December, recording its biggest drop in just over a year, likely as unseasonably cold weather at the end of the month disrupted the construction of single-family housing units.

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BRIEF-Westamerica Bancorporation Reports Q4 EPS of $0.16

* WESTAMERICA BANCORPORATION REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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Peugeot 'very open' to alliance in Latin America - CEO

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Peugeot SA is "very open" to a potential alliance in Latin America, the chief executive of the French automaker, Carlos Tavares, said during a media briefing on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Avangrid Renewables Signs PPA With Nike For Portion Of New Texas Gulf Coast Wind Farm

* AVANGRID RENEWABLES SIGNS PPA WITH NIKE FOR PORTION OF NEW TEXAS GULF COAST WIND FARM

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EMERGING MARKETS-Chilean, Argentine equities hit record highs

SAO PAULO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Chile's equities market hit a record intraday high on Thursday on positive developments for the nation's lithium and copper industries, while Argentina's benchmark index also rose amid continued heavy interest from international investors. On Wednesday evening, Chilean state development agency Corfo said it had struck a deal with lithium miner SQM, ending a long dispute over royalties in Chile's Salar de Atacama and potentially unlocking significant investm

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UPDATE 1-Apple's U.S. tax payment does not change EU's Irish tax ruling

BRUSSELS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Apple's announcement that it will pay $38 billion in U.S. tax on its overseas cash will not reduce the $16 billion tax bill the company owes Ireland following a European Union ruling, the EU's executive said on Thursday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as financials gain, energy stocks fall

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was barely lower in morning trade on Thursday, as banks and other financial stocks pushed higher while the index was weighed by energy stocks including Husky Energy Inc, which has had its SeaRose operations suspended.

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BRIEF-Gendis Announces Insider Bid And Abridgement Of Deposit Period

* GENDIS ANNOUNCES INSIDER BID AND ABRIDGEMENT OF DEPOSIT PERIOD

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TREASURIES-Benchmark yields at 10-month high on strong China data

* U.S. 10-year yields hit highest since March * 10-year inflation breakeven rate highest since March * Two-year yields highest since September 2008 By Kate Duguid NEW YORK, Jan 18 - Yields on U.S. 10-year notes reached a 10-month high on Thursday after China reported fourth-quarter growth that accelerated for the first time in seven years. China's gross domestic product grew 6.8 percent in the October to December period from a year earlier. An export recovery helped the

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BRIEF-Royole Corp Signs Strategic Partnership Agreement With JD.Com

* ROYOLE CORPORATION​ - HAS SIGNED A STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH JD.COM Source text for Eikon:

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BRIEF-Kite Announces Clinical Collaboration With Pfizer

* KITE ANNOUNCES CLINICAL COLLABORATION TO EVALUATE INVESTIGATIONAL COMBINATION OF YESCARTA™ (AXICABTAGENE CILOLEUCEL) AND PFIZER’S UTOMILUMAB IN LARGE B-CELL LYMPHOMA

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UPDATE 2-BNY Mellon expects more severance charges in 2018, shares down

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bank of New York Mellon Corp expects to book more severance charges in 2018, its chief executive said, as the custodian bank tries to cut costs and streamline its businesses.

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UPDATE 3-S.Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

* Anti-graft push puts global firms under scrutiny (Updates with ANC meeting)

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BRIEF-Hyatt Configures Organization To Accelerate Growth

* HYATT HOTELS CORP SAYS WILL REALIGN ITS CORPORATE LEADERSHIP TEAM AND OPERATIONS AND CHANGES ARE EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN Q2 OF 2018

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Wall Street slips as healthcare, energy stocks drag

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes edged lower on Thursday as declines in healthcare and energy stocks paused a rally that had driven the Dow to its fastest ever 1,000 point gain.

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Crisis-stricken Venezuela's oil output plummeted to decades low in 2017

HOUSTON/CARACAS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Venezuela's oil production fell nearly 13 percent last year according to figures released by OPEC on Thursday, hitting a 28-year annual low that suggested a deepening economic crisis and increased chances of a debt default.

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Cities ranging from New York and LA to Columbus, Ohio are in the running to land the $5 billion campus

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BRIEF-Carl Icahn Releases Open Letter To Xerox Shareholders

* CARL ICAHN SAYS "WE ARE OBVIOUSLY IN FAVOR OF" RENEGOTIATING FUJI XEROX JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT TO MAKE IT MORE FAVORABLE FOR XEROX‍​

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BRIEF-Great Canadian Gaming Says Registration Of Ontario Gaming GTA Ltd As Gaming Supplier Approved

* GREAT CANADIAN GAMING - REGISTRATION OF ONTARIO GAMING GTA LTD PARTNERSHIP AS A GAMING SUPPLIER UNDER GAMING CONTROL ACT (ONTARIO) HAS BEEN APPROVED Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Brazil offers $1 bln in reopening of 2047 dollar bond -source

BRASILIA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Brazil on Thursday offered an initial $1 billion worth of 2047 dollar bonds in the first sovereign debt transaction of the year, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as energy stocks fall, banks push higher

TORONTO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index was little changed in early trade on Thursday, as energy stocks fell and banks rose.

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BRIEF-Americold Realty Trust Says Now Sees IPO Of 40.3 Mln Common Shares Priced Between $14.00 And $16.00 Per Share

* AMERICOLD REALTY TRUST SAYS NOW SEES IPO OF 40.3 MILLION COMMON SHARES PRICED TO BE BETWEEN $14.00 AND $16.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Honeywell Supplies United Airlines With Cockpit Technologies For New Boeing 737 Max Airplanes

* HONEYWELL SUPPLIES UNITED AIRLINES WITH COCKPIT TECHNOLOGIES FOR NEW BOEING 737 MAX AIRPLANES

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BRIEF-Storyful Says Mandy Jenkins Has Assumed Role Of Editor In Chief

* STORYFUL SAYS MANDY JENKINS HAS ASSUMED ROLE OF EDITOR IN CHIEF Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-CNB Bank Shares And Jacksonville Bancorp Announce Agreement To Merge

* CNB BANK SHARES, INC. AND JACKSONVILLE BANCORP, INC. ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT TO MERGE

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BRIEF-Facebook Says CEO Of American Express Appointed To Board

* FACEBOOK INC - KENNETH CHENAULT, CEO OF AMERICAN EXPRESS, HAS BEEN APPOINTED TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 5, 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Wall Street opens flat as energy stocks weigh

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened little changed on Thursday as energy stocks took a hit from lower oil prices.

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BRIEF-Vermillion Announces Agreement With Bluecross Blueshield Of Illinois

* VERMILLION ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH BLUECROSS BLUESHIELD OF ILLINOIS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nuuvera Announces $35 Mln Bought Deal Offering

* NUUVERA SAYS ENTERED INTO AGREEMENT WITH UNDERWRITERS, WHO HAVE AGREED TO PURCHASE, ON "BOUGHT DEAL" BASIS, 6.4 MILLION UNITS OF CO AT C$5.50/UNIT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Mineworx Announces Alliance With Murdock Capital Partners

* MINEWORX TECHNOLOGIES - ‍ACCORDING TO TERMS OF AGREEMENT MURDOCK WILL ACT AS CORPORATE MARKET ADVISORY CONSULTANT TO MINEWORX​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Tarku Signs An Option Agreement With SOQUEM On The Guercheville Project

* TARKU SIGNS AN OPTION AGREEMENT WITH SOQUEM ON THE GUERCHEVILLE PROJECT

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BRIEF-Intellicheck Says Appointment Of David Ullman To Board

* INTELLICHECK SAYS APPOINTMENT OF DAVID ULLMAN TO BOARD BRINGS TOTAL NUMBER OF BOARD MEMBERS TO SIX - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2BbFItY) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Vanguard Natural Resources Sees Q1 Capital Expenditures $46 Mln To $50 Mln

* VANGUARD NATURAL RESOURCES, INC. ANNOUNCES SENIOR LEADERSHIP CHANGES AND INITIAL 2018 GUIDANCE, AND PROVIDES 2018 GENERAL CORPORATE UPDATE

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BRIEF-Marathon Patent Group Acquires Blockchain And Cryptocurrency Transmission Patents

* MARATHON PATENT GROUP ACQUIRES BLOCKCHAIN AND CRYPTOCURRENCY TRANSMISSION PATENTS

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BRIEF-Five Oaks Investment Announces New Strategic Direction And Entry Into New External Management Agreement With Affiliate Of Hunt Companies

* FIVE OAKS INVESTMENT CORP. ANNOUNCES NEW STRATEGIC DIRECTION AND ENTRY INTO NEW EXTERNAL MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT WITH AFFILIATE OF HUNT COMPANIES, INC.

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BRIEF-GE Says Co's Power Services Business Signed Long-Term Agreements With Consortium Formed By Macquarie Capital, Techint Valued At About Over $330M ‍​

* GE - CO'S POWER SERVICES BUSINESS SIGNED LONG-TERM AGREEMENTS WITH CONSORTIUM FORMED BY MACQUARIE CAPITAL, TECHINT VALUED AT ABOUT OVER $330M ‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2EUMaaT) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Webster Financial Records 1-Time Revaluation Adjustment To Net Deferred Tax Assets Of About $20.9 Mln

* WEBSTER FINANCIAL SAYS RECORDED 1-TIME REVALUATION ADJUSTMENT TO NET DEFERRED TAX ASSETS DURING QUARTER ENDED DEC 31, 2017 OF ABOUT $20.9 MILLION - SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Extraction Oil & Gas Announces Preliminary Q4 2017 Production

* EXTRACTION OIL & GAS ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY FOURTH-QUARTER 2017 PRODUCTION; ESTIMATED CRUDE OIL VOLUMES NEAR THE HIGH END OF GUIDANCE RANGE WHILE TOTAL EQUIVALENT VOLUMES EXCEED MIDPOINT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Strongbridge Biopharma Receives Notice Of Allowance From U.S. Patent And Trademark Office For New Patent Covering RECORLEV

* STRONGBRIDGE BIOPHARMA RECEIVES NOTICE OF ALLOWANCE FROM U.S. PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE FOR NEW PATENT COVERING RECORLEV™ (LEVOKETOCONAZOLE) FOR THE TREATMENT OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

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BRIEF-Beta Hunt Mine Gold Production Increases 21 Pct In Q4 2017

* BETA HUNT MINE GOLD PRODUCTION INCREASES 21 PCT IN Q4 2017; EXITS YEAR AT 70,000 OUNCE ANNUALIZED PRODUCTION RATE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Limelight Networks And Tencent Cloud To Provide Seamless Global Content Delivery

* LIMELIGHT NETWORKS AND TENCENT CLOUD TO PROVIDE SEAMLESS GLOBAL CONTENT DELIVERY

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US STOCKS-Futures edge higher after Morgan Stanley results

* Futures: Dow up 37 pts, S&P up 3.25 pts, Nasdaq off 1.25 pts

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BRIEF-Capitala Group Participates In $29.0 Million Credit Facility

* CAPITALA GROUP PARTICIPATES IN $29.0 MILLION CREDIT FACILITY

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BRIEF-Extraction Oil & Gas Announces Tender Offer For Any And All Of Its 7.875% Senior Unsecured Notes Due 2021

* EXTRACTION OIL & GAS, INC. ANNOUNCES TENDER OFFER FOR ANY AND ALL OF ITS 7.875% SENIOR UNSECURED NOTES DUE 2021

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UPDATE 1-Morgan Stanley quarterly profit tanks; adjusted profit beats view

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley's quarterly profit dropped almost 60 percent on a provision related to the new U.S. tax law, but adjusted profit beat analyst expectations as strength in wealth management helped offset a drop in trading revenue.

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BRIEF-Interdigital Says Expect One-Time Charge Of About $40 Million To $55 Million in Q4 2017 Related To Revaluation Of Deferred Tax Assets & Liabilities

* INTERDIGITAL SAYS EXPECT RECORDING IN Q4 2017 ONE-TIME CHARGE OF ABOUT $40 MILLION TO $55 MILLION RELATED TO REVALUATION OF DEFERRED TAX ASSETS & LIABILITIES Source text: (http://bit.ly/2FQgdSw) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-M&T Bank Corp Q4 Operating Earnings Per Share $2.04

* ORATION ANNOUNCES 2017 FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR RESULTS

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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Arsenal's Sanchez likely to join Man Utd - Wenger

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to join rivals Manchester United this month, his manager Arsene Wenger said ahead of Saturday's Premier League match against Crystal Palace.

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BNY Mellon profit rises 37 pct on tax gain

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Bank of New York Mellon Corp reported a 37 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit on Thursday, benefiting from the federal tax overhaul.

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FOREX-Dollar recovers but diversification plays weigh

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The dollar edged higher on Thursday after plumbing a three-year low hit earlier in the session as higher U.S. Treasury yields prompted some investors to pare bearish bets against the greenback.

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BRIEF-Callaway Golf Sees Tax Reform To Result In Net Increase Of About $5 Mln-$10 Mln In Income Tax Expense In Q4

* CALLAWAY GOLF- SEES ENACTMENT OF TAX LEGISLATION TO RESULT IN NET INCREASE OF ABOUT $5 MILLION-$10 MILLION IN INCOME TAX EXPENSE IN Q4, FY ENDED DEC 31, 2017​ Source: (http://bit.ly/2DlD0I9) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Wyndham Worldwide, La Quinta Announce Acquisition Agreement

* WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE AND LA QUINTA HOLDINGS ANNOUNCE ACQUISITION AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-SPI Energy Co Establishes Strategic Partnership With Hoofoo, Hackproof Cryptocurrency Hardware Wallet

* SPI ENERGY CO., LTD. ESTABLISHES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH HOOFOO THE HACKPROOF CRYPTOCURRENCY HARDWARE WALLET

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Wyndham Worldwide to buy La Quinta's hotel business for $1.95 bln

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Wyndham Worldwide Corp said on Thursday it would acquire La Quinta Holdings Inc's hotel franchise and management businesses for $1.95 billion in cash.

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BRIEF-La Quinta Names Keith Cline President And CEO Of Corepoint Lodging

* LA QUINTA HOLDINGS NAMES KEITH A. CLINE PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COREPOINT LODGING INC.

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BRIEF-Airgain ‍Reaffirms 2017 Sales Forecast Of 12 Pct To 15 Pct Growth Over Prior Year​

* AIRGAIN INC - ‍REAFFIRMS PREVIOUSLY ISSUED GUIDANCE FOR ITS SALES OUTLOOK FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017 OF 12% TO 15% GROWTH OVER PRIOR YEAR​

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BRIEF-Hydrogenics Receives $7.8 Million Fuel Cell Order In China

* HYDROGENICS CORP - SHIPMENTS ARE EXPECTED TO BE MADE OVER NEXT TWELVE MONTHS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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New York Today: New York Today: Street Philosophy

Thursday: Philosophers talk to the public, the New York Jewish Film Festival and milder weather.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus wins Emirates deal for A380 jets worth $16 bln at list price

* Overall deal worth estimated $16 bln (Adds detail, background)

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BRIEF-Tapestry Inc Says HK Stock Exchange Approved Withdrawal Of Listing Of HDRs

* STOCK EXCHANGE HAS APPROVED WITHDRAWAL OF LISTING OF HDRS ON STOCK EXCHANGE

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UPDATE 2-S.Africa's Ramaphosa piles pressure on Zuma with anti-graft call

* Anti-graft push puts global firms under scrutiny (Recasts, adds finance minister, details)

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Emirates places provisional order for 20 Airbus A380s

DUBAI, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Dubai-based airline Emirates has made a provisional order for 20 Airbus A380s, it said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Exxon Mobil signs deal for deepwater oil exploration off Ghana

ACCRA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp signed a deal with Ghana on Thursday to explore for oil in the Deepwater Cape Three Point offshore (DWCTP) oilfield. The signing followed direct negotiations between Ghana and Exxon Mobil without an open competitive tender due to the nature of the field, where the depth ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 metres, Ghanaian officials said.

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Airbus wins Emirates deal for A380 jets worth $16 bln at list price

PARIS, Jan 18 (Reuters) - European planemaker Airbus on Thursday announced it has sealed an order with Emirates worth $16 billion for Airbus' flagship A380 superjumbo, in a deal which looks set to protect the future of the A380 programme.

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UPDATE 1-Iraq, BP sign deal to boost Kirkuk crude output - oil ministry

KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with BP on Thursday to boost production capacity from its northern Kirkuk oilfields, the country's oil ministry said.

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UPDATE 2-Google, Temasek to come in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek -sources

* Go-Jek expanding in payments business (Adds details on Google's investment, industry context)

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Soccer-Arsenal's Sanchez likely to join Man Utd - Wenger

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez is likely to join Manchester United, his manager Arsene Wenger said on Thursday.

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Iraq, BP sign agreement to boost oil production from northern Kirkuk field - Iraqi official

BAGHDAD, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with BP on Thursday to boost production capacity from the northern Kirkuk oilfields, which were taken back in October by Iraqi government forces, an Iraqi oil official said.

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Stocks: 4 things to know before the bell

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Exxon Mobil signs deal for deepwater oil exploration off Ghana

ACCRA, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Exxon Mobil Corp signed a deal with Ghana on Thursday to explore for oil in the Deepwater Cape Three Point offshore oilfield. The signing followed direct negotiations between Ghana and Exxon Mobil without an open competitive tender due to the nature of the field, where the depth ranges from 2,000 to 4,000 metres, Ghanaian officials said. (Reporting by Kwasi Kpodo, editing by Sofia Christensen; editing by Jason Neely)

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BRIEF-‍Elbit Systems awarded $85 mln contract to supply electronic warfare systems

* ‍ELBIT SYSTEMS AWARDED $85 MILLION CONTRACT TO SUPPLY ELECTRONIC WARFARE SYSTEMS TO A EUROPEAN COUNTRY​

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UPDATE 1-European shares post modest rise after U.S. and Asia rally

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - European shares notched up modest gains on Thursday, failing to match a rally that lifted Wall Street and Asia to new records.

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China's JD.com says will invest over $3 bln in "rustbelt" regions - Xinhua

SHANGHAI, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Chinese online retailer JD.com will invest more than 20 billion yuan ($3.11 billion) in the country's northeastern "rustbelt" regions over the next three years, the Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday, citing the company.

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FOREX-Dollar bounces from 3-year lows as U.S. yields rise

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The dollar rose from a three-year low hit earlier in the day as a rise in U.S. Treasury yields prompted some investors to buy the greenback but the market remained cautious on the outlook for the currency amidst a lack of price pressures.

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UPDATE 1-Mongolia's Oyu Tolgoi declares force majeure after border protests

ULAANBAATAR, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Oyu Tolgoi copper-gold mine in Mongolia's southern Gobi Desert declared force majeure after protests by Chinese coal haulers disrupted deliveries near the border, majority owner Turquoise Hill said Wednesday.

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European shares post modest rise after U.S., Asia rally

LONDON, Jan 18 (Reuters) - European shares notched up modest gains on Thursday, falling short of a rally that lifted Wall Street and Asia to new records.

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Russia's benchmark MOEX stock index climbs to all-time high

MOSCOW, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The Russian benchmark stock index hit an all-time high on Thursday, catching up with the gains of major global peers and buoyed by favourable oil prices.

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Uber partners with taxi firm ComfortDelGro for new Singapore service

SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Uber Technologies and Singapore's top taxi operator ComfortDelGro Corp Ltd will launch a new ride-hailing service in Singapore from Friday, as they team up against their key regional rival Grab.

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BRIEF-Biohaven says U.S. FDA has notified co it may proceed with clinical investigation of BHV-5000

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Biohaven Pharmaceutical Holding Company Ltd:

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UPDATE 1-Shell oil heist: the story so far

SINGAPORE, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Singapore authorities say they have uncovered a complex, cross-border scheme to steal large quantities of oil from Shell's biggest refinery.

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METALS-China metals mixed; upbeat data propels LME copper

SYDNEY, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Shanghai base metals futures turned mixed in late Asian hours on Thursday with better-than-expected China economic data coming in just before the market close, which pushed up LME copper.

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Iraq, BP to sign agreement to boost Kirkuk oil production

KIRKUK, Iraq, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Iraq plans to sign an agreement with BP on Thursday to boost production from the northern Kirkuk oilfields, an Iraqi oil official said.

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UPDATE 1-Experian's quarterly revenue rises

Jan 18 (Reuters) - Experian Plc, the world's biggest credit data company, on Thursday reported a 5 percent rise in third-quarter organic revenue from ongoing activities at constant exchange rates, and said it expects full-year organic revenue growth in the mid-single digits.

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Israel's Elbit Systems wins $85 mln European contract

TEL AVIV, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Israeli defence firm Elbit Systems Ltd said on Thursday it won an $85 million contract to supply advanced ground-based Electronic Warfare and Signal Intelligence systems to an unnamed European country.

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BRIEF-Balfour Beatty Says 2017 Profit Benefiting From Credit From Us Tax Reforms

* ‍NOTES THAT US GOVERNMENT RECENTLY PASSED TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WHICH CONTAINS SIGNIFICANT TAX REFORM MEASURES​

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Asia stocks touch record highs after Wall St. surge, dollar edges back

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks struck record highs on Thursday, with a rally by Wall Street supporting bullish investor sentiment, while the dollar pulled back from three-year lows as comments by European Central Bank officials tempered the euro's recent rally.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia stocks touch record highs after Wall St surge, dollar edges back

* MSCI Asia-Pacific index hits record high, 26-yr peak for Nikkei

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RPT-Dealmaking Ferrero tycoon breaks decades of family tradition

MILAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - For almost 70 years, family-owned chocolate group Ferrero shunned acquisitions, relying completely on its ability to grow on its own and dream up new products. Those days are gone.

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COLUMN-China may cause larger seasonal swings in LNG prices: Russell

* GRAPHIC - China LNG imports vs spot price: http://reut.rs/2DJxrjH

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On the Runway: Alexander Wang Is Leaving New York Fashion Week

He is the latest in a string of high-profile New York designers to depart the official schedule. Here’s why you should care.

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BRIEF-CTI BioPharma to receive $10 mln milestone payment for Trisenox

* CTI BIOPHARMA TO RECEIVE $10 MILLION MILESTONE PAYMENT FOR TRISENOX®

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BRIEF-Axis Auto Finance announces upsize of previously announced financing

* AXIS AUTO FINANCE ANNOUNCES UPSIZE OF PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FINANCING

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Nikkei ends lower after hitting new 26-year high

TOKYO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average ended lower on Thursday, pulling back from a new 26-year high as investors turned cautious, while real estate stocks and financial firms underperformed.

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PRESS DIGEST -Wall Street Journal - Jan 18

Jan 18 (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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UPDATE 1-Google, Temasek coming in as new investors in Indonesia's Go-Jek -sources

* Go-Jek expanding in payments business (Adds details of funding, quote)

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BRIEF-Meyer Burger announces preliminary FY 2017 net sales of about CHF 473 mln

* MEYER BURGER ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR FISCAL YEAR 2017