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Trump slaps steep U.S. tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry in the first of several potential trade restrictions.

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Asia stocks rise as end to U.S. government shutdown buoys Wall St., dollar steady

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks advanced on Tuesday after U.S. senators struck a deal to end a three-day government shutdown, sending Wall Street's main indexes to record highs and keeping the dollar well supported.

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market capitalization as subscribers surge

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of 2017, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

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BRIEF-Journey Energy Announces Repurchase Of 24.8% Of Outstanding Common Shares

* ANNOUNCES REPURCHASE OF 24.8% OF ITS OUTSTANDING COMMON SHARES, PURCHASE OF DUVERNAY LANDS AND UPDATES 2018 GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.32

* ENTERPRISE FINANCIAL REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL 2017 YEAR RESULTS

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Bank of America wants more brokerage clients to be bank clients

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America is offering cash and interest rate incentives to Merrill Lynch clients for opening first-time checking and savings accounts as it tries to seize the large chunk of wealth that brokerage customers hold at other institutions.

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ADM approach to Bunge marks potential U-turn on oilseed strategy

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Archer Daniels Midland Co's proposed takeover of Bunge Ltd could signal a change in the company's strategy on oilseeds, giving the top U.S. grain merchant a much bigger capacity to crush soy just months after ADM's chief executive said the firm would cut spending on the sector.

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U.S. slaps steep tariffs on imported washers, solar panels

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump slapped steep tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels on Monday, marking his first moves to erect trade restrictions under seldom-used trade laws that allow unilateral actions.

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market cap as subscribers surge

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 2 million more subscribers than Wall Street expected in the final three months of last year, tripling profits at the online video service that is burning money on new programming to dominate internet television around the world.

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Judge orders U.S. government to seek consent to give data to AT&T, Time Warner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The judge hearing the Justice Department's lawsuit to stop AT&T from buying Time Warner ordered the department on Monday to seek permission to give the two companies access to rivals' pricing data.

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Puerto Rico to sell off crippled power utility PREPA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico said on Monday it would sell off its troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.

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Exclusive: Ackman cuts staff, shuns limelight as he seeks to turn around fund

BOSTON (Reuters) - William Ackman is cutting almost a fifth of staff and looking to lower his public profile as he seeks to turn around Pershing Square Capital Management after three straight years of losses, people familiar with the move told Reuters on Monday.

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial Qtrly Earnings Per Share $0.32‍​

* ENTERPRISE FINANCIAL SERVICES CORP - QTRLY EARNINGS PER SHARE $0.32‍​

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BRIEF-RBB Bancorp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.29

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.40 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Wintrust Financial Corp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.17

* ORATION REPORTS RECORD FOURTH QUARTER 2017 NET INCOME, AN INCREASE OF 26% OVER PRIOR YEAR, AND RECORD FULL-YEAR 2017 NET INCOME OF $257.7 MILLION, AN INCREASE OF 25% OVER PRIOR YEAR

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Bacardi to buy high-end tequila maker Patron in $5.1 billion deal

(Reuters) - Bacardi Ltd said on Monday it would buy high-end tequila maker Patron Spirits International AG in a $5.1 billion deal, hoping to become the second largest spirits company in the United States by market value.

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Adobe lifts profit forecast on tax reform boost

(Reuters) - Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc on Monday lifted its adjusted profit forecast for the current quarter and the full year, saying it expects its effective tax rate to decline "substantially" due to the recently enacted U.S. tax reforms.

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Netflix crosses $100 billion market cap on subscriber surge

(Reuters) - Netflix Inc snagged 8.33 million new streaming customers in the final quarter of last year - 2 million more than Wall Street expected - as the pioneering online video service kept pouring money into programming in a race to dominate internet television around the world.

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BRIEF-H & R Block Expects To Report Income Tax Expense During Q3 Due To Tax Legislation

* H & R BLOCK INC - AS A RESULT OF TAX LEGISLATION, CO EXPECTS TO REPORT AN INCOME TAX EXPENSE DURING THIRD QUARTER OF FY18 ‍​- SEC FILING

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BRIEF-Zions Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.54

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.74 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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SEC is scrutinizing overnight blockchain companies: chairman

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is scrutinizing public companies that change their name or business model in a bid to capitalize upon the hype surrounding blockchain technology, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton said on Monday.

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Stocks hit record as senators reach deal to end shutdown

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday as each of Wall Street's main scored records in the wake of a deal by U.S. senators to end the federal government shutdown.

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Adobe lifts earnings forecast on tax reform boost

(Reuters) - Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc on Monday lifted its forecast for yearly earnings per share, helped by new U.S. tax laws, saying it expects its effective tax rate to decline "substantially."

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CORRECTED-T. Rowe Price Group Inc expected to post earnings of $1.50 a share - summary

* T. Rowe Price Group Inc is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results, expected on January 30.

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What debt ceiling worries? Markets hum along

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Government shutdown? So yesterday. Debt ceiling? Yawn.

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Icahn, Deason join forces to demand Xerox explore options

(Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason joined forces on Monday to push Xerox Corp to explore strategic options, oust its "old guard", including its CEO, and negotiate better terms for its decades-long deal with Japan's Fujifilm.

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Facebook should pay 'trusted' news publishers carriage fee: Murdoch

(Reuters) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook to pay "trusted" news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies, amid efforts by the social media company to fight misinformation on its platform.

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Wall St. touches records as Senate deals to end shutdown

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks advanced on Monday as each of Wall Street's main indexes touched a record intraday level after U.S. senators struck a deal to end the federal government shutdown.

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T. Rowe Price Group Inc expected to post earnings of $1.50 a share - summary

* T. Rowe Price Group Inc is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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General Dynamics Corp expected to post earnings of $2.38 a share - summary

* General Dynamics Corp is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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U.S. says audit watchdog staff helped KPMG pass audit inspections

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Monday announced criminal and civil charges against three former staffers of an audit watchdog for allegedly providing confidential information to help accounting firm KPMG pass regulatory inspections.

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Murdoch calls for 'fee' for trusted news publishers on Facebook

(Reuters) - News Corp's Rupert Murdoch on Monday called on Facebook Inc to pay "trusted" news publishers a carriage fee, similar to the model used by cable companies.

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Comcast Corp expected to post earnings of 47 cents  a share - summary

* Comcast Corp is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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Halliburton upbeat on 2018 as oil recovery spreads

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit on Monday and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production to near-record levels.

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TE Connectivity Ltd expected to post earnings of $1.25 a share - summary

* TE Connectivity Ltd is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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Pakistan's PM says confident GE will fix 'technical' issues with gas turbines

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said on Monday that some of General Electric's flagship new gas turbines in Pakistan were still suffering from technical issues such as "vibration" but he was confident the American company will fix the problems.

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Abbott Laboratories expected to post earnings of 73 cents  a share - summary

* Abbott Laboratories is expected to show a rise in quarterly revenue when it reports results on January 24.

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Wall St. at session highs on deal to end U.S. shutdown

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes were at session highs in afternoon trading on Monday after U.S. senators reached a deal to end the federal government shutdown.

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Rogers ends Canadian joint venture with Vice Media

(Reuters) - Canada's Rogers Communications Inc said on Monday it agreed to end a joint venture in Vice Studio Canada and Viceland just three years after announcing it.

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U.S. refiner PES pins bankruptcy plan hopes on biofuel costs

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions, owner of the largest U.S. East Coast refinery, said on Monday its plan to get out of bankruptcy hinges on whether it can shed existing biofuel costs under the country's renewable fuel laws.

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U.S. says KPMG employees misappropriated secrets from oversight board

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors have charged six people, including former employees of accounting firm KPMG LLP and of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, with misusing confidential information from the board to help KPMG.

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NAFTA's fate uncertain ahead of talks in Montreal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The NAFTA trade agreement's future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

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Ford tests Focus prototype in U.S. ahead of China production launch

DETROIT (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co is testing prototypes of the redesigned 2020 Focus compact car on U.S. roads 18 months ahead of the car's production launch in China.

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S&P, Nasdaq drift higher ahead of Senate vote on funding

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq hit fresh records on Monday as investors bet U.S. lawmakers would strike a deal to end a federal government shutdown and as a flurry of deals buoyed sentiment.

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NAFTA's fate uncertain ahead of final round of talks in Montreal

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The NAFTA trade agreement's future hangs in the balance this week as negotiators from the United States, Canada and Mexico try to settle major differences over revamping a pact that President Donald Trump has threatened to abandon.

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Biotech M&A takes off as Sanofi and Celgene spend $20 billion

LONDON (Reuters) - Biotech deal activity exploded on Monday with French drugmaker Sanofi and U.S.-based Celgene spending a combined total of more than $20 billion to add new products for hemophilia and cancer to their medicine cabinets.

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Icahn, Deason demand Xerox explore strategic options

(Reuters) - Hedge fund managers Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason demanded on Monday that Xerox Corp explore strategic alternatives and said they would join forces to elect four new members to the board, prodding the company's shares higher.

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Tesco UK to cut net 800 jobs in cost-cutting drive

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest retailer Tesco said on Monday it will cut a net 800 jobs from its UK business in its latest move to simplify operations and achieve targeted cost savings.

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Higher oil prices give Halliburton better-than-expected fourth quarter

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit after charges and gave an upbeat outlook for 2018, as higher oil prices continue to push U.S. production near record levels.

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Dow under pressure as industrial stocks weigh

(Reuters) - The S&P and the Nasdaq were marginally higher on Monday, while losses in industrial stocks such as General Electric and Boeing as well as Apple weighed on the Dow.

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Jaguar Land Rover to cut output due to Brexit, diesel uncertainty to hit sales

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's biggest carmaker Jaguar Land Rover will temporarily reduce production at its northern English car plant in Halewood later this year in response to weakening demand due to Brexit and tax hikes on diesel cars.

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S&P opens lower as U.S. shutdown extends

(Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index opened lower on Monday, weighed down by losses in Boeing, Apple and General Electric, and as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day.

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus for $5.56 billion

(Reuters) - American International Group on Monday said it would buy Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash to strengthen its reinsurance business, the company's first deal under Chief Executive Brian Duperreault.

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Halliburton fourth-quarter profit beats, firm takes charge for Venezuela

(Reuters) - U.S. oilfield services company Halliburton Co reported a bigger-than-expected fourth-quarter profit, as higher oil prices pushed U.S. production to record levels.

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Icahn, Deason push Xerox to explore strategic options

(Reuters) - Investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason said on Monday that photocopier pioneer Xerox Corp should immediately start a process to explore strategic alternatives.

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Nestle investor Third Point urges company to speed up disposals

LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. activist investor Third Point called on the board of Swiss company Nestle to clarify its corporate strategy and speed up the disposal of "ill-fitting businesses", in a letter to investors seen by Reuters.

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Turkey expects swift campaign against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria

HASSA, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on Monday and said it would swiftly crush the U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fighters who control the Afrin region in an air and ground offensive that President Tayyip Erdogan said Russia had agreed to.

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BRIEF-Spark Energy Expects Residential Customer Equivalents (RCEs) In Excess Of 1 Mln As Of December 31, 2017​

* SPARK ENERGY, INC. ANNOUNCES UPDATED GUIDANCE ON SELECT 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Howard Bancorp Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.19

* HOWARD BANCORP, INC. REPORTS 2017 RESULTS WITH STRONG ORGANIC GROWTH, INCREASING REVENUES, HIGHER CAPITAL LEVELS AND THE PENDING ACQUISITION OF FIRST MARINER BANK

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Stocks shrug off U.S. government shutdown, dollar dips

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks and U.S. bond markets on Monday shrugged off a government shutdown in Washington, although the dollar pulled back and wallowed near three-year lows as the euro resumed its strong start to the year.

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion

(Reuters) - American International Group on Monday said it would buy Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash to strengthen its reinsurance business, the company's first deal under Chief Executive Brian Duperreault.

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Stock futures slightly lower as U.S. shutdown enters third day

(Reuters) - Wall Street was set to start the week slightly lower as a U.S. government shutdown entered its third day, while investors mulled over a flurry of multi-billion corporate mergers.

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Halliburton beats on fourth quarter profit, makes tax provision

(Reuters) - Halliburton Co posted a much bigger than expected quarterly profit in the fourth quarter, benefiting from a shale-driven surge in U.S. oil production towards 10 million barrels per day.

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Euro schism reopens in central Europe as EU pushes reform

ESZTERGOM, Hungary/STUROVO, Slovakia (Reuters) - On the euro zone's eastern flank, some Slovaks in the border town of Sturovo wish their country had never opted for the common currency and now head over the Danube to Hungary for the cheaper shopping.

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AIG to buy reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash

(Reuters) - American International Group on Monday said it would buy property and casualty reinsurer Validus Holdings for $5.56 billion in cash to strengthen its general insurance business.

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Aston Martin hit by Daimler steering-column recall

PARIS (Reuters) - Aston Martin has become the latest carmaker to be caught up in a major recall of faulty Daimler steering-column components that can cause unintended airbag deployments.

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BRIEF-Nasdaq - Agency For Cooperation Of Energy Regulators Continues To Use Co's Smarts For Pan-European Market Monitoring Of EU Wholesale Energy Markets

* NASDAQ - AGENCY FOR COOPERATION OF ENERGY REGULATORS CONTINUES TO USE CO'S SMARTS FOR PAN-EUROPEAN MARKET MONITORING OF EU WHOLESALE ENERGY MARKETS

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Germany confirms Audi recall due to illicit emission-control device

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's transport ministry confirmed a media report on Monday that the KBA automotive watchdog detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and ordered a recall of the vehicles.

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Stocks shrug off U.S. shutdown, dollar dips

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks and U.S. bond markets on Monday shrugged off a government shutdown in Washington, although the dollar pulled back as the euro continued its strong start to the year.

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Sanofi digs deep to buy U.S. haemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. haemophilia specialist Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, its biggest deal for seven years, which it said would strengthen its presence in treatments for rare diseases.

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BRIEF-Cellcom Israel says Koor to transfer 5 pct of company's shares

* CELLCOM ISRAEL ANNOUNCES KOOR TO TRANSFER 5% OF THE COMPANY'S SHARE CAPITAL TO ISRAELI SHAREHOLDERS Further company coverage: (Reporting by Ari Rabinovitch)

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Sanofi to buy U.S. haemophilia group Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. haemophilia specialist Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which it said would boost earnings and strengthen its presence in treatments for rare diseases.

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Wall Street futures, dollar dip after U.S. government shutdown, Asia resilient

TOKYO (Reuters) - Wall Street stock futures and the dollar pulled back slightly on Monday after the U.S. government was forced to shut down amid a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats over immigration.

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Exclusive: U.S. sanctions curb Microsoft sales to hundreds of Russian firms

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two of Microsoft's official distributors in Russia have imposed restrictions on sales of Microsoft software to more than 200 Russian companies following new U.S. sanctions, according to notifications circulated by the distributors.

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Sanofi confirms deal to buy Bioverativ for $11.6 billion

PARIS (Reuters) - French healthcare group Sanofi has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bioverativ for $11.6 billion, in a deal which Sanofi said would boost its earnings and strengthen its presence in the field of treatment for rare diseases.

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Icahn, Deason to jointly push Xerox to explore selling itself, other options: WSJ

(Reuters) - Investor Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, the biggest- and third-largest shareholders of Xerox Corp, jointly plan to push the printer and photocopier maker to explore options, including a sale of the firm, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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Oil rises as Saudi Arabia says producers will cooperate beyond 2018

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed on Monday, pushed higher by comments from Saudi Arabia that cooperation between oil producers who are currently withholding supplies in an effort to prop up the market would continue beyond 2018.

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Sanofi set to buy Bioverativ for more than $11.5 billion: WSJ

(Reuters) - Sanofi SA is close to a deal to take over U.S. drug maker Bioverativ Inc for more than $11.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

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Toshiba considering IPO for memory chip unit: FT

TOKYO (Reuters) - Toshiba Corp is considering an IPO of its prized memory chip business if an agreed $18 billion sale of the unit to Bain Capital fails to gain antitrust approval by the end of March, the Financial Times reported on Monday.

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Oil prices rise on decline in U.S. drilling, Syria conflict

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed on Monday, pushed up by a drop in U.S. drilling activity and by fighting in Syria between Turkish forces and Kurdish fighters.

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Global stocks, dollar sag after U.S. government shutdown

TOKYO (Reuters) - Financial markets in the United States and Asian stocks took a knock early on Monday after the U.S. government was forced to shut down amid a dispute between President Donald Trump and Democrats over immigration.

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Icahn, Deason call on Xerox to explore options, including sale: WSJ

(Reuters) - Hedge fund investor Carl Icahn and another major owner of Xerox Corp stock, Darwin Deason, are pushing the digital print technology provider to explore strategic alternatives, including a sale, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

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Exclusive: Philadelphia Energy Solutions to file for bankruptcy - memo

(Reuters) - Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC, the owner of the largest U.S. East Coast oil refining complex, announced to its employees on Sunday that it plans to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, according to an internal memo reviewed by Reuters.

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U.S. stock index futures dip after government shutdown continues

(Reuters) - Stock investors gave a muted reaction to the second day of a U.S. government shutdown on Sunday, with U.S. stock index futures dipping only slightly on expectations that the political impasse will not hurt the U.S. economy.

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Wal-Mart shops Brazil unit stake to Advent, other funds: sources

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc is in talks with buyout firm Advent International Corp and other funds to sell a major stake in its Brazilian operations, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said on Sunday.

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U.S. stock index futures slip after government shutdown continues

(Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures slipped on Sunday after a government shutdown continued into a second day.

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Facebook to open digital training hubs in Europe

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook said on Monday it will open three new centers in Europe to train people in digital skills and committed to training one million people over the next two years, part of the social media giant's drive to show its contribution to the bloc.

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There Is Nothing Virtual About Bitcoin’s Energy Appetite

Creating a single token requires as much electricity as two years’ worth of consumption by an average American home. Some enthusiasts believe that’s a problem.

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Stock-focused hedge funds post biggest gains among top performers

BOSTON (Reuters) - Hedge funds managers who bet on stocks scored some of the industry's biggest gains in 2017, when equity markets galloped past a series of critical milestones, according to a new list of the top 20 all-time performers.

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Advent in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart's Brazilian unit: report

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Private equity firm Advent is in talks to buy 50 percent of Wal-Mart Stores Inc's operations in Brazil, according to a report in Brazil's O Globo newspaper on Sunday.

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Wall Street Week Ahead: Where Netflix goes, Big Tech may follow

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Netflix Inc's quarterly results on Monday may offer an advanced preview of whether Facebook Inc , Amazon.com Inc and other heavyweights behind much of the U.S. stock market's record-breaking rally can keep delivering.

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Contrite Facebook executives seek to ward off more European rules

MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook executives are fanning out across Europe this week to address the social media giant’s slow response to abuses on its platform, seeking to avoid further legislation along the lines of a new hate speech law in Germany it says goes too far.

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Amazon's automated grocery store of the future opens Monday

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc will open its checkout-free grocery store to the public on Monday after more than a year of testing, the company said, moving forward on an experiment that could dramatically alter brick-and-mortar retail.

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Oil producers will cooperate beyond 2018, says Saudi Arabia

MUSCAT (Reuters) - Global oil producers are in agreement that they should continue cooperating on production after their deal on supply cuts expires at the end of this year, Saudi Arabia's energy minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday.

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British PM May says will stop companies abusing pension schemes

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would clamp down on bosses who try to "line their own pockets" while not protecting workers' pensions, after the collapse of outsourcer Carillion with a 900-million-pound hole in its pension scheme.

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Audi ordered to recall 127,000 vehicles over emissions -paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's KBA automotive watchdog has detected illicit emission-control software in Audi's latest Euro-6 diesel models and has ordered a recall of 127,000 vehicles, Bild am Sonntag reported.

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Saudi energy minister urges oil producers to extend cooperation beyond 2018

MUSCAT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's energy minister urged global oil producing nations on Sunday to extend their cooperation beyond 2018, but said this might mean a new form of deal rather than continuing the same supply cuts that have boosted prices in recent months.

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While political prisoners released, Myanmar's judicial reforms stall

YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of political prisoners have been released from Myanmar's jails in amnesties in recent years, including dozens freed in January 2016, days before democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi’s party took power for the first time.

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SoFi in talks with top Twitter exec about CEO position: WSJ

(Reuters) - Social Finance Inc (SoFi) is in discussions with Anthony Noto, a top Twitter Inc executive, to become the online lender's chief executive, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday, citing sources.

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ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge: source

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Top U.S. grain merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd , according to a person familiar with the approach, which could set up a bidding war with Swiss-based rival Glencore Plc .

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British singer Ed Sheeran gets engaged to school friend Cherry Seaborn

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran said on Saturday he is engaged to long-time friend Cherry Seaborn, whom he first met at school at the age of 11.

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Deutsche Telekom expects steady dividend hikes: paper

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Telekom will keep to its promise of hiking dividends in 2018 and the years thereafter, its Chief Financial Officer Thomas Dannenfeldt told German daily Boersen-Zeitung.

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Schaeffler CEO says splitting company would be unwise -paper

FRANKFURT, Jan 20 (Reuters) - German car parts maker Schaeffler sees no merit in splitting the company, contrasting with peers such as Continental, Delphi or Autoliv, which have spun off units or are considering doing so.

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China's Dalian Wanda Group says 2017 revenue down 10.8 percent

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda Group said on Saturday its revenue dropped for a second consecutive year, by 10.8 percent in 2017, as the group sold off property assets and faced increasing scrutiny from regulators and lenders.

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Possible Buffett heir Abel has small Berkshire stake, likely to grow

(Reuters) - Greg Abel, considered by many investors the top contender to succeed Warren Buffett as Berkshire Hathaway Inc's chief executive officer, on Friday reported owning about $2.1 million of the conglomerate's stock.

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ADM pursues big ag merger with grain trader Bunge: WSJ

CHICAGO/CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Top U.S. grains merchant Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore Plc .

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UPDATE 1-Weaker dollar adds to optimism over U.S. earnings

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The dollar's drop to three-year lows this week after prolonged weakness in 2017 is expected to further boost profits at big U.S. companies when investor optimism is already high over corporate tax cuts.

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UPDATE 1-Parent company of 7-Eleven agrees to divest some U.S. stores in Sunoco deal

WASHINGTON, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd , the Tokyo-based parent company of the 7-Eleven network of stores, agreed to sell and divest some of its stores in its proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of 1,100 Sunoco LP outlets, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Friday.

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Venezuela's woes poised to hit U.S. oilfield service firms' earnings

HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. oilfield service companies exposed to Venezuela face new hits to earnings from the South American nation's ongoing economic turmoil and U.S. sanctions on the country and state-run oil company PDVSA.

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McDonald's 'joint employment' trial delayed amid settlement talks

(Reuters) - McDonald's Corp and a U.S. labor board are in talks to settle a case claiming the fast food company is liable for purported labor law violations by its franchisees, leading a judge on Friday to pause a trial that began in 2015.

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BRIEF-Wintrust Raises Minium Wage Due To Tax Reform Legislation​

* WINTRUST FINANCIAL - DUE TO TAX REFORM LEGISLATION, CO TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE PAID TO ELIGIBLE NON-COMMISSIONED HOURLY EMPLOYEES TO $15 PER HOUR​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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ADM has made takeover approach to Bunge: WSJ

(Reuters) - Agricultural processing and trading company Archer Daniels Midland Co has proposed a takeover of Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, a move that could set up a battle for Bunge with London-based rival Glencore Plc in an industry moving toward consolidation.

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FTC makes second request on Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has made a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc , Broadcom said in a statement on Friday, a move that could indicate heightened antitrust scrutiny.

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Parent company of 7-Eleven agrees to divest some U.S. stores in Sunoco deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Seven & i Holdings Co Ltd , the Tokyo-based parent company of the 7-Eleven network of stores, agreed to sell and divest some fuel outlets in its proposed $3.3 billion acquisition of 1,100 Sunoco LP outlets, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said Friday.

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Judge overseeing AT&T, Time Warner merger trial hears document dispute

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T , owner of DirecTV, is asking for documents from a long list of companies as part of preparation for a trial to determine if they will be allowed to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner , their lawyer Daniel Petrocelli said in a pre-trial hearing on Friday.

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Archer Daniels has made takeover approach to Bunge: WSJ

(Reuters) - Agricultural trader Archer Daniels Midland Co made a takeover approach to rival Bunge Ltd , the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. http://on.wsj.com/2mSY8L0

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GE shares stumble to worst week since financial crisis

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric shares tumbled for a fifth straight session on Friday, sending the stock to its biggest weekly percentage drop since the financial crisis, after the company flagged a possible breakup and more than $11 billion in charges earlier in the week.

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Wall Street ends higher despite government shutdown threat

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street rose on Friday, led by gains in consumer stocks, even as a possible government shutdown loomed.

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Fed's Quarles details steps to ease rules from Volcker to stress tests

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A top bank regulator at the U.S. Federal Reserve is planning several imminent changes that Wall Street has wanted involving capital rules, proprietary trading and a process known as "living wills" that aims to prevent taxpayer bailouts.

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Delaware sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over epidemic

(Reuters) - Delaware on Friday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing corporations of helping fuel the national opioid epidemic, suing a wide range of companies involved in making, distributing and selling prescription painkillers.

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This massive company had its worst stock week since the Great Recession

A deepening cash crisis caused GE's stock to careen 13% lower this week, its worst since March 2009.

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S&P, Nasdaq hit records, Dow muted as government shutdown looms

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rose on Friday, led by gains in consumer stocks and hitting intraday highs, even as a possible government shutdown loomed.

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FTC set to make second request on Broadcom's bid for Qualcomm: sources

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is set to make a second request for information on chipmaker Broadcom Ltd's $103 billion hostile bid for Qualcomm Inc , people familiar with the matter said on Friday, indicating heightened antitrust scrutiny.

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Weaker dollar adds to optimism over U.S. earnings

NEW YORK, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The dollar's drop to three-year lows this week after prolonged weakness in 2017 is expected to further boost profits at big U.S. companies when investor optimism is already high over corporate tax cuts.

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BRIEF-Exxonmobil To Change Presentation Of Some Line Items‍​ In Upcoming Earnings

* EXXONMOBIL - WISHES TO NOTIFY INVESTORS THAT UPCOMING EARNINGS REPORT WILL REFLECT A CHANGE IN THE FORM OF PRESENTATION OF CERTAIN LINE ITEMS‍​

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BRIEF-Southern Company Sets Regular Quarterly Dividend Of $0.58/Shr

* SOUTHERN CO ANNOUNCES ‍REGULAR QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF 58 CENTS PER SHARE ON COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Fed's Quarles says regulators have begun work to 'streamline' Volcker Rule

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. financial regulators have begun work on a proposal to "streamline" the Volcker Rule banning banks from making risky bets with their own money, the country's top banking regulator said on Friday, in a development that will be cheered by banks that have long complained the rule is too onerous.

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Nike at two-year high as analysts tout margin benefits of direct sales

(Reuters) - Nike Inc's shares surged to a two-year high on Friday after two Wall Street brokerages said the footwear maker's profitability would soon reap the benefits of its recent move to sell directly to consumers.

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U.S. regulators have begun work to 'streamline' Volcker Rule: Fed official

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. financial regulators have begun work to "streamline" the Volcker Rule banning banks from making risky bets with their own money, the country's top banking regulator said on Friday.

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General Electric shares drop for fifth straight session

NEW YORK (Reuters) - General Electric shares tumbled for a fifth straight session on Friday, flirting with their biggest weekly percentage drop since the financial crisis, after the company flagged a possible breakup and more than $11 billion in charges earlier in the week.

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S&P lifted by consumer stocks, IBM weighs on Dow

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq edged higher on Friday following positive brokerage recommendations on a bunch of consumer names, but the Dow was reined in by losses in IBM.

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Possible U.S. shutdown won't affect U.S.'s AAA-rating: Fitch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fitch Ratings said on Friday its top AAA debt rating for the United States would not be directly impacted by a possible federal shutdown, which will begin on Saturday if lawmakers fail to clinch a deal to fund the government.

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UPDATE 3-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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BRIEF-Airbus in talks with British Airways on new A380s sale - Bloomberg

* AIRBUS IS IN TALKS WITH BRITISH AIRWAYS ON NEW A380S SALE - BLOOMBERG CITING SOURCES Source: https://bloom.bg/2DrF9SX Further company coverage:

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Gains in consumer stocks prop up S&P, Nasdaq

(Reuters) - The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq were prodded higher by gains in consumer stocks, while investors played down fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown.

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Lowe's nominates directors after 'constructive' talks with D.E. Shaw

(Reuters) - Home improvement chain Lowe's Cos Inc said it has nominated two independent board members and plans to add a third following "constructive" talks with hedge fund D.E. Shaw Group, which has taken an activist stake, sending shares up 3 percent on Friday.

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UPDATE 2-NAFTA future clouds Kansas City Southern earnings beat

Jan 19 (Reuters) - Kansas City Southern, a U.S. railroad with extensive operations in Mexico, sought to ease investor fears on Friday over the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement, touting forecasts of solid freight volumes and a stronger economy in 2018.

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Amazon, Nike drive Wall Street higher

(Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes rose on Friday, powered by gains in Amazon and Nike, while investors shrugged off fears of a looming U.S. government shutdown.

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Exclusive: Trump's coal job push stumbles in most states - data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump's effort to put coal miners back to work stumbled in most coal producing states last year, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

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Wall Street opens higher as investors shrug off shutdown fears

(Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened higher on Friday, putting the major indexes on track for three straight weeks of gains as hopes of a strong earnings season overshadowed fears of a potential U.S. government shutdown.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises as broad-based gains offset losses for energy

TORONTO, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher on Friday as broad-based gains offset losses for the energy group after oil prices fell.

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Road to ruin? Carillion collapse puts spotlight on UK outsourcing model

LONDON/BALMEDIE, Scotland (Reuters) - In Balmedie, a village on the northeast coast of Scotland, an unfinished 12 km stretch of dual carriageway is a stark illustration of why British construction company Carillion went bust this week.

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NAFTA talks seen ending happily, despite growls from Trump

BENGALURU/SAO PAULO (Reuters) - The North American Free Trade Agreement will probably be renegotiated successfully with only marginal changes, said a large majority of economists in a Reuters poll, despite the Trump administration's saber-rattling.

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Delta Air to tighten onboard emotional support animal requirements

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Delta Air Lines is tightening the requirements for passengers traveling with onboard service and emotional support animals, the carrier said on Friday, following a sharp uptick in animal-related safety issues over the last several years.

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Futures climb as investors shrug off government shutdown fears

(Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a record open for the benchmark S&P 500 index on Friday as investors bet on strong corporate earnings, while playing down fears of a potential U.S. government shutdown.

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Lowe's names two directors after talks with activist investor

(Reuters) - Lowe's Cos Inc said on Friday it added two board members, a week after reports that hedge fund D.E. Shaw & Co had built an active stake in the home improvement chain, sending its shares up 2 percent.

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U.S. shutdown fears hurt dollar, Treasury yields at highest since 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar wallowed near three-year lows on Friday as heightened fears of a U.S. government shutdown unnerved investors, while U.S. Treasury yields continued an upward march to hit their highest levels since September 2014.

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Merkel and Macron look to turn warm ties into reform goals

PARIS (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron will spend more than five hours together in Paris on Friday, putting on a show of Franco-German unity as they try to agree on reforms to the euro zone.

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Exclusive: Most U.S. states lost coal mining jobs in 2017 – data

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly two-thirds of U.S. coal producing states lost coal mining jobs in 2017, even as overall employment in the downtrodden sector grew modestly, according to preliminary government data obtained by Reuters.

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BRIEF-Citizens Financial Group Q4 Earnings Per Share $1.35

* CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP, INC. REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER NET INCOME OF $666 MILLION AND DILUTED EPS OF $1.35

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BRIEF-Selz Capital Reports 7.1 Pct Passive Stake In WPX Energy As Of Dec 31, 2017

* SELZ CAPITAL REPORTS 7.1 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN WPX ENERGY AS OF DEC 31, 2017 - SEC FILING Source text (http://bit.ly/2FXnpfS) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-National Oilwell Varco Expects Q4 Results To Be In-Line With Guidance, Excluding Charges

* NATIONAL OILWELL VARCO ANNOUNCES CHANGES IN REPORTING SEGMENTS; EXPECTS FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS TO BE IN-LINE WITH GUIDANCE, EXCLUDING CHARGES

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BRIEF-Synchrony Financial Q4 Earnings Per Share $0.49

* REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER NET EARNINGS OF $385 MILLION OR $0.49 PER DILUTED SHARE INCLUDING IMPACT FROM TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT; $545 MILLION OR $0.70 EXCLUDING IMPACT

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Japan, U.S. to discuss trade 'framework', U.S. envoy says: NHK

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States next week will start to discuss a framework of negotiations with the aim of concluding a trade pact and fixing bilateral trade imbalances, Japanese public broadcaster NHK quoted the U.S. ambassador to Japan as saying.

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Dollar hurt by U.S. shutdown fears, Treasury yields at highest since 2014

LONDON (Reuters) - The dollar wallowed near three-year lows on Friday as heightened fears of a U.S. government shutdown unnerved investors, while U.S. Treasury yields continued an upward march to hit their highest levels since September 2014.

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Mexico's energy opening faces test in deepwater oil auction

MEXICO CITY, Jan 19 (Reuters) - An auction of deepwater oil and gas fields in Mexico this month may prove the last major opportunity for President Enrique Pena Nieto's government to capitalize on its opening of the energy sector, the central plank of its economic agenda.

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Emirates A380 orders allow Airbus to maintain minimum production - COO

PARIS (Reuters) - Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said on Friday that Emirates' latest order for up to 36 A380 aircraft worth $16 billion at list price would allow the European planemaker to maintain a minimum production level of the superjumbo.

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Wall Street traders brace for meager paychecks as bonus season approaches

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Some traders at the largest Wall Street banks are about to get big, fat zeroes for bonuses while they watch markets thrive.

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Asia stocks rise on China growth, U.S. govt. funding woes dent dollar

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asia stocks shook off losses on Wall Street and edged up to record highs on Friday following China's announcement of faster-than-expected fourth quarter growth, while worries over a possible U.S. government shutdown weighed on the dollar.

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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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SEC says bitcoin funds raise 'investor protection issues'

(Reuters) - The U.S. securities regulator on Thursday raised alarm about the safety of bitcoin-themed investments, telling the fund industry they want answers to their concerns before endorsing more than a dozen proposed products based on cryptocurrencies.

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South Korean group files complaint against Apple CEO over iPhone slowdown

SEOUL (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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Exclusive: U.S. puts HNA deals on ice until it gets ownership info - source

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. government will not approve any investment by HNA Group until the Chinese conglomerate, which has been scrutinized around the world over its ownership structure, provides adequate information on who its shareholders are, a source familiar with the situation said.

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SEC questions prospects of bitcoin ETFs

(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has questioned the prospects of bitcoin exchange-traded funds saying there are a significant number of investor protection issues about cryptocurrencies and related products that need to be examined.

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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-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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Possible Buffett successor Jain reports $109 million Berkshire stake

(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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MetLife, U.S. regulators agree to set aside legal fight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government and MetLife announced on Thursday they would jointly be seeking 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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IBM returns to growth after six years, but dour forecast hits shares

(Reuters) - International Business Machines Corp's revenue rose for the first time in 23 quarters, beating analysts' estimates, but the company warned that a higher tax rate this year would eat into its profit.

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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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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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SoftBank is now Uber's largest shareholder as deal closes

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp closed a deal with Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] 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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Home security company ADT Inc's IPO priced at $14 per share

(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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At AstraZeneca, fewer drug projects bring big productivity jump

LONDON (Reuters) - A focus on fewer diseases, together with cuts in laboratories and staff, has delivered a more than fourfold increase in research productivity at drugmaker AstraZeneca , based on one key measure of success. The analysis published on Friday comes at a time of soul-searching among large pharmaceutical companies as they compete with smaller biotech firms, which are getting new drugs to market more efficiently. The turnaround evident this decade at AstraZeneca fo

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Tax overhaul leads AmEx to first loss in 26 years, buyback suspension

(Reuters) - Credit card issuer American Express Co posted its first quarterly loss in 26 years and said it would not buy back shares for the next six months, both due to the impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax reform.

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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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Outback Australians grounded as pilot crisis worsens

(Reuters) - A recruitment drive by Australia's Qantas Airways Ltd after a seven-year hiatus is exacerbating shortages of pilots at regional air services that provide a lifeline to remote communities in the country's sparsely populated Outback.

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IBM returns to growth, but shares drop after recent rally

(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-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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Wall St. pauses rally as utilities, industrials fall

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street fell on Thursday as losses in industrials and interest-rate sensitive sectors offset marginal gains in tech stocks.

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Saying You Want to Reform the Tax Code? Easy. Doing It? Less So.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is mulling multiple options — none of which are easy to grasp — in an effort to thwart the new federal tax plan.

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HSBC to pay $100 million to settle U.S. probe into currency rigging

(Reuters) - HSBC Holdings Plc on Thursday agreed to pay $101.5 million to settle a U.S. criminal probe into the rigging of currency transactions, which has already led the conviction of one of its former bankers.

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U.S. senators question extent of Ford 'Do Not Drive' warning on airbags

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two senators asked the U.S. Transportation Department on Thursday to explain why a "do not drive" directive issued last week by Ford Motor Co is limited to about 2,900 older pickup trucks and if other vehicles are potentially at risk from defective airbag inflators.

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Apple says it will decide new campus site without an auction

(Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Thursday that it will not hold a bidding process when it chooses the site for a planned new U.S. campus, marking a stark difference from the public contest that Amazon.com Inc has held for its second headquarters.

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Tax overhaul leads AmEx to first loss in 26 years, suspend buybacks

(Reuters) - Credit card issuer American Express Co posted its first quarterly loss in 26 years and said it would not buy back shares for the next six months, both due to the impact of the recently enacted U.S. tax overhaul.

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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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Judge tosses GM settlement on ignition switch

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday said a settlement agreement that would require General Motors Co to pay $1 billion in stock to car owners suing the company over faulty ignition switches was not enforceable.

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IBM's first revenue rises in nearly six years tops estimates

(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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Exclusive: Boeing willing to preserve Brazil's 'golden share' in Embraer deal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Boeing Co is working to overcome the Brazilian military's objections to its proposed tie-up with Embraer SA with alternatives that would preserve the government's strategic veto rights and ensure safeguards for its defense programs, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Wall St. ends lower as industrial shares weigh

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street ended lower on Thursday as losses in industrial stocks and interest-rate sensitive sectors offset marginal gains in tech stocks.

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Wells Fargo says resolved payment duplication glitch

(Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co said on Thursday it resolved an internal processing error that resulted in customers' online bill payments being processed twice.

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Uber-SoftBank deal has closed, making SoftBank largest shareholder

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of investors led by SoftBank Group Corp closed a deal with Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] 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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Wall St. treads water as rising interest rates balance tech growth

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes seesawed in choppy trade on Thursday, as gains in tech stocks offset losses in interest-rate sensitive sectors.

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Exclusive: Boeing willing to keep Brazil's 'golden share' in Embraer deal

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Boeing Co is working to overcome the Brazilian military's objections to its proposed tie-up with Embraer SA with alternatives that would preserve the government's strategic veto rights and ensure safeguards for its defense programs, four people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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Brazilian prosecutors ask BNY Mellon unit to return $2.5 billion to local fund

SAO PAULO (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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CIBC eyes FirstCaribbean valuation around $1.4 billion: sources

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce is targeting a valuation of 10 times earnings for the potential listing of its FirstCaribbean business in New York, which would give it a market value of around $1.4 billion, five sources familiar with the matter told Reuters over the past week.

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British PM May says honored by French loan of Bayeux Tapestry

SANDHURST, England (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday she was honored that France will lend Britain the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th century treasure that tells the story of William the Conqueror's invasion of England in 1066.

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Nigeria sues JP Morgan for $875 million over Malabu oilfield deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Nigeria has filed a claim against JP Morgan Chase for more than $875 million, accusing it of negligence in transferring funds from a disputed 2011 oilfield deal to a company controlled by the country's former oil minister.

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Xerox-Fujifilm deal should have been changed long ago: Icahn

(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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Deutsche Bank CEO says overhaul will take time

BERLIN/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's CEO on Thursday said an overhaul of the bank would take time but plans to turn around its performance were on the right track.