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Nikkei falls as mining, oil stocks slip, bitcoin-related shares tumble

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday as mining, oil and shipping stocks lost ground, while bitcoin-related stocks tumbled after the cryptocurrency's value extended its sharp decline on worries over tighter regulation.

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Chip tool maker ASML Q4 beats expectations, sees strong 2018

AMSTERDAM, Jan 17 (Reuters) - ASML, the Dutch supplier of equipment to key chip makers, reported a better-than-expected net profit for the fourth quarter as several customers asked for early delivery of products amid a booming semiconductor industry.

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SandRidge to meet with investor Icahn to quell rising tensions

HOUSTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc is expected to meet with activist investor Carl Icahn on Wednesday over his demands for a board shake-up and other governance changes, part of a bid by the U.S. shale oil producer to quell tensions with its largest shareholder and most outspoken critic.

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BRIEF-‍Wattpad raises $51 mln in new funding

* ‍WATTPAD ANNOUNCES USD $51 MILLION (CAD $61.25 MILLION) IN NEW FUNDING​

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Jan 17

Jan 17 (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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Thai court drops royal insult case over ancient king

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's military court on Wednesday dropped the prosecution of an 85-year-old academic who had been accused of royal insult for questioning the truth of a 17th century elephant-back battle, he and his lawyer said.

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Wal-Mart launches program to safely dispose of unused opioids

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc on Wednesday said it will provide customers filling prescriptions for opioids with a packet of powder that will help them dispose of leftover medication in order to help curb misuse and abuse.

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Microsoft tops Thomson Reuters top 100 global tech leaders list

Jan 17 (Reuters - Thomson Reuters Corp on Wednesday published its debut "Top 100 Global Technology Leaders" list with Microsoft Corp in the no. 1 spot, followed by chipmaker Intel Corp and network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc.

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BRIEF-Harvest One appoints Nick Maltchev as interim COO

* HARVEST ONE ANNOUNCES FILING OF PRELIMINARY SHORT FORM PROSPECTUS IN CONNECTION WITH $35 MILLION BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING AND APPOINTMENT OF INTERIM COO

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BRIEF-AzurRx Biopharma receives $2 mln in proceeds from exercise of warrants

* AZURRX BIOPHARMA RECEIVES $2 MILLION IN PROCEEDS FROM EXERCISE OF WARRANTS

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares dip as commodities ease, bitcoin licks wounds

* Resource shares lead losses in Asia as oil dips on profit-taking

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METALS-Shanghai aluminium prices slip as ingot flows improve

BEIJING, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Shanghai aluminium prices extended declines into a second day on Wednesday as improving weather conditions smoothed the flow of ingots from China's remote northwestern Xinjiang region to the east of the country. FUNDAMENTALS * SHANGHAI ALUMINIUM: The most-traded March contract on the Shanghai Futures Exchange (ShFE) was down 1.6 pct at 14,655 yuan ($2,280.93) a tonne at 0224 GMT, having earlier touched its lowest since Dec. 20 at 14,560 yuan a tonne.

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MIDEAST - Factors to watch - January 17

DUBAI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Here are some factors that may affect Middle East stock markets on Wednesday. Reuters has not verified the press reports and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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BRIEF-ARHT Media increases size of private placement financing to $5 mln

* ARHT MEDIA ANNOUNCES UPSIZING OF PRIVATE PLACEMENT FINANCING

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Nikkei drops; mining, oil and shipping stocks lose ground, Bitcoin shares tumble

TOKYO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average dropped on Wednesday morning as mining, oil and shipping stocks lost ground, while Bitcoin-related stocks tumbled after the cryptocurrency's value slid on worries about tighter regulations.

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UPDATE 1-Top Walmart executive to be appointed International CEO - source

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc Chief Operating Officer Judith McKenna will take up the role of chief executive of its international unit, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

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MOVES-Former cybersecurity exec DeWalt joins M&A firm

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Dave DeWalt, the former CEO of FireEye Inc, is joining the relaunched cyber security M&A advisory firm Momentum Cyber as chairman, the company said on Wednesday.

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PRECIOUS-Gold edges up as dollar index slumps to 3-yr lows

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Gold prices edged up on Wednesday towards four-month highs hit early in the week, as the U.S. dollar slumped to three-year lows against a basket of currencies. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.3 percent at $1,341.96 an ounce by 0123 GMT. It touched its strongest since Sept. 8 at $1,344.44 on Monday. * Spot gold edged down for the first time in five sessions on Tuesday, easing 0.1 percent. * U.S. gold futures were up 0.4 percent at $

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GRAINS-Wheat edges higher, lingers near more than 1-month low

SYDNEY, Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.S. wheat futures edged higher for the first time in four sessions on Wednesday, though prices continued to linger near more than one-month lows as ample global supplies continued to weigh. FUNDAMENTALS * The most active wheat futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade were up 0.1 percent at $4.16-3/4 a bushel by 0124 GMT, having closed down 1 percent on Tuesday when prices hit a low of $4.13-3/4 a bushel - the lowest since December 13, 2017. *

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REFILE-U.S. faces oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken -Sanderson Farms

CHICAGO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Supplies of chicken raised without antibiotics are outstripping demand, a major U.S. poultry producer said on Tuesday, a sign of overproduction that could eat into processors' profits.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. lawmaker asks Intel, others for briefing on chip flaws

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel Corp and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information from most computers and devices.

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BRIEF-ADTRAN Q4 LOSS PER SHARE $0.23

* ADTRAN, INC. REPORTS EARNINGS FOR THE FOURTH QUARTER 2017 AND DECLARES QUARTERLY CASH DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-Westwater Resources Provides Business Update

* ‍CONFIRM RECEIPT OF $1.5 MILLION FROM LARAMIDE RESOURCES, LTD​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Sony Names ‍Jim Ryan Deputy President Of Sony Interactive Entertainment​

* SONY INTERACTIVE- ‍JIM RYAN NAMED NEW DEPUTY PRESIDENT OF SONY INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Hologic Announces Pricing Of Offering Of $1 Bln Of Senior Notes

* HOLOGIC ANNOUNCES PRICING OF OFFERING OF $1 BILLION OF SENIOR NOTES

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Oracle issues security patches for chip flaws

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Oracle Corp said on Tuesday it issued a critical patch that provides fixes for certain of its products for Intel Corp chip flaws.

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U.S. judge excludes 70,000 women from Sterling Jewelers sex bias lawsuit

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Tuesday overturned an arbitrator's ruling allowing about 70,000 women to take part in a nationwide sex discrimination case against Sterling Jewelers Inc even though they had not opted to join.

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BRIEF-Realty Income Announces Dividend Increase Of 4 Pct

* ‍BOARD DECLARED AN INCREASE IN COMPANY'S COMMON STOCK MONTHLY CASH DIVIDEND TO $0.219 PER SHARE FROM $0.2125 PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-New Gold Sees Consolidated Gold Production Of 525,000 - 595​,000 Ounces In 2018

* NEW GOLD DELIVERS ON 2017 PRODUCTION AND COST GUIDANCE AND PROVIDES 2018 OUTLOOK

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Senate advances bill to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as a final push by privacy advocates to derail the measure came up short.

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Rio Tinto says U.S. SEC fraud case should be dismissed

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Rio Tinto Plc on Tuesday said a U.S. regulator's lawsuit accusing the big Anglo-Australian mining company of fraud for overstating the value of Mozambique coal assets it had bought in 2011 should be dismissed.

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U.S. faces oversupply of antibiotic-free chicken -Sanderson Farms

CHICAGO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Supplies of chicken raised without antibiotics are outstripping demand, a major U.S. poultry producer said on Tuesday, a sign of overproduction that could eat into processors' profits.

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BRIEF-Cannimed Therapeutics Announces Director Resignation

* ‍DOUG BANZET HAS RESIGNED FROM COMPANY'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-Soccer-Man United overhaul Spanish pair as Europe's biggest earners

ZURICH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Manchester United enjoyed the biggest revenue of any European club in the last financial year after a 32 percent increase propelled them above Real Madrid and Barcelona, UEFA said in an annual report published on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Eros Reports Corporate Update And Management Change

* ‍WISHES TO ADVISE THAT RON STEWART HAS RESIGNED AS PRESIDENT AND CEO OF COMPANY TO PURSUE OTHER PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES.​

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Flurry of Lawsuits Filed to Fight Repeal of Net Neutrality

The filings kick off what is expected to be an extended legal and political debate about the future of internet policy.

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BRIEF-‍Aerojet Rocketdyne Rs-25 Test Advances Exploration Efforts​

* ‍AEROJET ROCKETDYNE RS-25 TEST ADVANCES EXPLORATION EFFORTS​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Saul Centers Prices Offering Of Depositary Shares

* SAUL CENTERS, INC. PRICES OFFERING OF DEPOSITARY SHARES AND 6.125% SERIES D CUMULATIVE REDEEMABLE PREFERRED STOCK

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BRIEF-Transocean Provides Update On General Meeting

* TRANSOCEAN LTD. PROVIDES UPDATE ON EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING

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Second U.S. winter storm forces hundreds of flight cancellations

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A second winter storm in as many weeks is causing hundreds of flight cancellations across the United States, airlines reported on Tuesday, potentially dealing a further blow to carriers' first quarter outlooks.

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UPDATE 2-CSX revenue misses estimates on disruptions from turnaround plan

Jan 16 (Reuters) - CSX Corp reported a bigger-than-expected drop in fourth-quarter revenue on Tuesday as the third-largest U.S. railroad lost some business due to service issues caused by former chief executive Hunter Harrison's turnaround plan.

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BRIEF-CSX Sees 2018 Revenue To Be Up Slightly - CEO On Conf Call‍​

* SEES MORE FAVORABLE RESULTS IN SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR - CEO ON CONF CALL‍​

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BRIEF-Delphi Revenue Growth Expected To Accelerate Long-Term

* REVENUE GROWTH EXPECTED TO ACCELERATE LONG-TERM - CEO AT DEUTSCHE BANK CONF‍​

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UPDATE 1-Nissan's Infiniti vehicles to go electric

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japanese carmaker Nissan Motor Co. plans to transform its upscale Infiniti brand of vehicles into a primarily electrified offering, Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Nabors Prices $800 mln In Senior Unsecured Debt Offering

* NABORS PRICES $800,000,000 IN SENIOR UNSECURED DEBT OFFERING

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UPDATE 7-GE reignites break-up talk after $11 bln insurance, tax hit

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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BRIEF-Transatlantic Petroleum Engages Financial Advisor To Market Co

* TRANSATLANTIC PETROLEUM ANNOUNCES ENGAGEMENT OF FINANCIAL ADVISOR TO MARKET THE COMPANY AND PROVIDES UPDATES ON DRILLING PROGRAM & PROSPECTS IN THE THRACE BASIN

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Soccer-Man United overhaul Spanish pair as Europe's biggest earners

ZURICH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Manchester United enjoyed the biggest revenue of any European club in the last financial year after a 32 percent increase propelled them above Real Madrid and Barcelona, UEFA said in an annual report published on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-W. R. Grace & Co Signs Investment Framework To Support FCC Refining Industry In Kazakhstan

* W. R. GRACE & CO - SIGNS INVESTMENT FRAMEWORK TO SUPPORT FCC REFINING INDUSTRY IN KAZAKHSTAN

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BRIEF-Newater Technology And NW Blockchain Announce Strategic Partnership Agreement

* NEWATER TECHNOLOGY AND NW BLOCKCHAIN LIMITED ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Argonaut Reports ‍Gold Equivalent Ounce Production Of 34,987 During Q4

* ARGONAUT GOLD ANNOUNCES 2017 PRODUCTION, PROVIDES 2018 GUIDANCE AND THREE-YEAR PRODUCTION OUTLOOK, STRENGTHENS MANAGEMENT TEAM AND PROVIDES RELEASE DATE FOR FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Omega Hikes Quarterly Common Stock Dividend

* OMEGA ANNOUNCES TWENTY SECOND CONSECUTIVE INCREASE IN ITS QUARTERLY COMMON STOCK DIVIDEND

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BRIEF-Lance Tucker To Join Jack In The Box As CFO

* LANCE F. TUCKER TO JOIN JACK IN THE BOX INC. AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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BRIEF-Iamgold Reports ‍Q4 Gold Production Of 228,000 Ounces​

* IAMGOLD DELIVERS EXCEPTIONAL OPERATING AND EXPLORATION PERFORMANCE IN 2017 WITH SIGNIFICANT GROWTH CATALYSTS AHEAD IN 2018

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BRIEF-Eldorado Reports Preliminary 2017 Gold Production Of 285,919 Ounces

* ELDORADO ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY 2017 OPERATIONAL RESULTS AND PARTIAL 2018 GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-Kaiser Aluminum Announces 10 Percent Increase In Quarterly Dividend Payment

* ORATION ANNOUNCES A 10 PERCENT INCREASE IN QUARTERLY DIVIDEND PAYMENT

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BRIEF-ONE Gas Issues 2018 Financial Guidance Increases 2017 Financial Guidance

* ONE GAS ISSUES 2018 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE; INCREASES 2017 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-Boeing, Adient Launch New Company To Design And Build Airplane Seats

* BOEING, ADIENT LAUNCH NEW COMPANY TO DESIGN AND BUILD AIRPLANE SEATS

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BRIEF-Sherritt Announces Dutch Auction To Purchase Up To $75 Mln Of Outstanding Debentures

* SHERRITT ANNOUNCES DUTCH AUCTION TO PURCHASE UP TO $75 MILLION OF OUTSTANDING DEBENTURES

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BRIEF-Papa John's Announces CFO Departure

* PAPA JOHN'S INTERNATIONAL INC - CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER LANCE TUCKER IS DEPARTING COMPANY

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BRIEF-Sherritt reports $100 Mln Unit Offering Comprised Of Common Shares And Cobalt-Linked Warrants

* SHERRITT ANNOUNCES $100 MILLION UNIT OFFERING COMPRISED OF COMMON SHARES AND COBALT-LINKED WARRANTS

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Cloud Peak to export U.S. coal to new power plants in Japan

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. miner Cloud Peak Energy said on Tuesday it will export coal from a Montana mine for 30 to 40 months to two new power plants in Japan with shipments that could start late next year.

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BRIEF-Interdigital Says Certain Units Of Co Entered Settlement Agreement With Pegatron Corp​

* INTERDIGITAL INC - ‍ON JAN. 16, 2018, CERTAIN UNITS OF CO ENTERED INTO AN AMENDED PATENT LICENSE AGREEMENT AND SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT WITH PEGATRON CORP​

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX retreats as lower commodity prices pressure resource stocks

TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Tuesday as lower commodity prices weighed on the shares of materials and energy companies.

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BRIEF-Tang Capital Partners Reports 8.1 Pct Passive Stake In Rocket Pharmaceuticals - SEC Filing

* TANG CAPITAL PARTNERS REPORTS 8.1 PCT PASSIVE STAKE IN ROCKET PHARMACEUTICALS INC AS OF JAN 4 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2ra05Is) Further company coverage:

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Justice Dept., Fighting to Kill DACA, Asks for Supreme Court Review

The request by the Trump administration for immediate review is an unusual step after a judge ordered the administration to restart the program.

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U.S. lawmaker asks Intel, others for briefing on chip flaws

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Democratic U.S. lawmaker asked Intel Corp and two other microchip makers on Tuesday to provide a briefing on the recently detected Spectre and Meltdown security flaws that could allow hackers to steal information from most computers and devices.

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BRIEF-U.S. Bancorp Names Andy Cecere Board Chairman

* U.S. BANCORP NAMES ANDY CECERE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, EFFECTIVE APRIL 2018

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UPDATE 2-Brazil's Caixa suspends VPs after presidential order

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economic Federal suspended four of its vice presidents on Tuesday after President Michel Temer called on them to step down and defend themselves from accusations of wrongdoing.

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UPDATE 3-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

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UPDATE 1-Britain's RBS pulled plug on Carillion days before collapse

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Carillion collapsed only days after Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), one of the British group's main lenders, tightened the terms of its funding, court documents show.

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Wells Fargo loses bid to end Philadelphia predatory lending lawsuit

(Reuters) - A federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday rejected Wells Fargo & Co's bid to dismiss that city's lawsuit accusing the largest U.S. mortgage lender of predatory lending targeting black and Hispanic borrowers.

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California-Trump administration fuel-efficiency talks intensify

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - California and the Trump administration will hold a series of new talks over fuel efficiency rules as the auto industry still hopes for a deal to retain nationwide requirements.

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UPDATE 2-California siblings being treated after 'horrific' ordeal

PERRIS, Calif., Jan 16 (Reuters) - The 13 California siblings kept in "horrific" conditions by their parents, including some who were shackled to furniture, others who were starved, were being treated after an ordeal that could leave them scarred for years, authorities said on Tuesday.

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US STOCKS-Wall St eases on lower oil prices

* GE slides after saying it would take $6.2 bln 4th-quarter charge

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Warning light: Mexican car sales slump ahead of election

MEXICO CITY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Car dealerships in Mexico City have kicked off the new year offering "clearance sales" and free insurance as 2017 models collect dust on their lots, a reminder that consumer nerves over high interest rates could slow the economy ahead of elections.

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Trump administration will appeal DACA ruling to Supreme Court

The Trump administration said Tuesday it will ask the Supreme Court to review a federal judge's ruling from last week that blocked President Donald Trump's effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks retreat from early gains as oil, copper fall

* Oil, copper drop after rally (Updates with European market close)

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UPDATE 1-Senate Democrats close to majority in drive to restore net neutrality

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s decision to reverse the Obama administration's net neutrality rules, leaving them just one vote short of a majority.

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UPDATE 6-GE renews break-up talk after $11 bln insurance, tax hit

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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BRIEF-The Bon-Ton Stores Inc Enters Into Forbearance Agreements

* THE BON-TON STORES, INC. ENTERS INTO FORBEARANCE AGREEMENTS

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UPDATE 2-Health-conscious Nestle sells U.S. candy to Ferrero for $2.8 bln

* Deal is Ferrero's third North American deal in a year (Adds background, bullets)

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UPDATE 1-Brazil central bank calls for Caixa VPs to step down -source

BRASILIA, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The Brazilian central bank has called for all vice presidents of state lender Caixa Econômica Federal to step down following the investigation of alleged corruption at Caixa, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-One Stop Systems Inc Sees IPO Of 2.9 Million Shares Priced Between $6-$8/Shr

* ONE STOP SYSTEMS INC SEES IPO OF ABOUT 2.9 MILLION SHARES OF ITS COMMON STOCK PRICED BETWEEN $6.00 AND $8.00 PER SHARE - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mKLbDx)

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BRIEF-OGE Energy Says Asked Commission To Review Request To Recover Investment In Mustang Energy Center

* OGE ENERGY CORP - UNIT ASKED OKLAHOMA CORPORATION COMMISSION TO REVIEW CO'S REQUEST TO RECOVER ABOUT $390 MILLION INVESTMENT IN MUSTANG ENERGY CENTER Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Financed $73.2 Billion In Loan Purchase & Guarantee Volume For 2017​

* FREDDIE MAC - ‍ FINANCED $73.2 BILLION IN LOAN PURCHASE & GUARANTEE VOLUME FOR 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Cal-Maine Issues Statement In Response To Video Involving Co's Employee

* CAL-MAINE FOODS INC - ISSUED STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO A VIDEO INVOLVING A CO'S EMPLOYEE AND TREATMENT OF LAYING HENS AT LAKE WALES LOCATION

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UPDATE 4-Citigroup reports $18 bln loss on one-time tax items

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc posted an $18-billion quarterly loss on Tuesday because of charges related to a new U.S. tax law, but its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street expectations and management signaled that the bank may soon lift financial performance targets.

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Kazakhstan to purchase Boeing planes, build new GE locomotives

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev said on Tuesday the country has reached agreements with several U.S. companies worth $7.5 billion, including contracts to supply passenger planes and locomotives to the Central Asian country.

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UPDATE 1-Hudson River Trading to buy rival HFT firm Sun Trading

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hudson River Trading LLC has agreed to buy Sun Trading parent Sun Holdings LLC, it said on Tuesday, the latest takeover in a shrinking high frequency trading industry beset by low market volatility and rising costs.

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MOVES-Aviva appoints Colm Holmes as CEO of Canada business

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Aviva Plc, Britain's biggest life insurer, said on Tuesday it appointed Colm Holmes as chief executive of Aviva Canada.

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UPDATE 2-Hess cutting hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp is cutting roughly 13 percent of its workforce and streamlining operations as it battles an activist hedge fund shareholder pushing for the U.S. oil and gas producer to post its first quarterly profit since 2014.

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US STOCKS-Dow hits 26,000 for first time on earnings optimism

* Indexes up: Dow 0.59 pct, S&P 0.23 pct, Nasdaq 0.25 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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U.S. holiday shoppers spend record $108 billion online - Adobe

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. shoppers spent a record $108 billion snapping up discounts on Amazon and other websites during the 2017 holiday season, with more people using smartphones and tablets, Adobe Analytics said on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-NSK Will Probably Generate Roughly 108 Bln Yen In Group Operating Profit In The Year Through March 2019 - Nikkei

* NSK LTD WILL PROBABLY GENERATE ROUGHLY 108 BILLION YEN IN GROUP OPERATING PROFIT IN THE YEAR THROUGH MARCH 2019 - NIKKEI Source text : [http://s.nikkei.com/2DjXq3M] Further company coverage:

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Hudson River Trading says to buy rival HFT firm Sun Trading

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hudson River Trading LLC said on Tuesday it agreed to buy Sun Trading parent Sun Holdings LLC in the latest example of consolidation in the high frequency trading industry, which has been in a years-long decline amid low market volatility and rising costs.

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UPDATE 1-Nestle sells U.S. candy business to Ferrero for $2.8 bln amid health push

LONDON/MILAN, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Swiss food group Nestle has agreed to sell its U.S. confectionery business to Italy's Ferrero for $2.8 billion, it said on Tuesday, marking CEO Mark Schneider's first big sale and a small step on its path towards healthier products.

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BRIEF-Broadcom Says Qualcomm Elected To Remain A Standalone Company

* BROADCOM LTD - "‍QUALCOMM HAS REFUSED TO ENGAGE WITH BROADCOM AND HAS INSTEAD ELECTED TO REMAIN A STANDALONE COMPANY"​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Fujifilm Recalls Power Adapter Wall Plugs Sold With Digital Cameras Due To Shock Hazard

* FUJIFILM RECALLS POWER ADAPTER WALL PLUGS SOLD WITH DIGITAL CAMERAS DUE TO SHOCK HAZARD

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Greenlight's Einhorn bets on Brighthouse, makes money on GM

BOSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Hedge fund manager David Einhorn told investors on Tuesday that he made several new bets, including a "large" one on Brighthouse Financial, late last year and that he made money on automaker General Motors but lost money on Amazon and Tesla .

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BRIEF-Visionstate Signs LOI To Invest In Cryptocurrency Company

* VISIONSTATE SIGNS LOI TO INVEST IN CRYPTOCURRENCY COMPANY, ANNOUNCES PRIVATE PLACEMENT

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U.S. Senate to vote to renew NSA's internet surveillance program

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Tuesday planned to vote to advance a bill to renew the National Security Agency's warrantless internet surveillance program, as privacy advocates made a final push to derail the measure.

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BRIEF-Goldcorp CEO says "done" with M&A

* IS "DONE" WITH MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS, CEO DAVID GAROFALO SAYS

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UPDATE 2-India's GAIL reworks Gazprom LNG deal, raises volume

NEW DELHI/LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd has renegotiated the terms of a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchase deal with Russia's Gazprom , the Indian company said on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-European stocks end steady as commodity stocks weigh

* PSA, Engie, JD Sports also gain after updates (Adds details, closing prices)

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UPDATE 1-Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe - sources

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. Justice Department investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, two people briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

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Hess to cut hundreds of workers as it battles activist investor-sources

HOUSTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. oil and gas producer Hess Corp is cutting hundreds of employees and streamlining operations as it battles an activist shareholder agitating for higher margins, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

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Former Fiat Chrysler exec expected to plead guilty in payments probe - source

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Former Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV vice president Alphons Iacobelli is expected to plead guilty in connection with a U.S. federal investigation into allegations he made at least $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, a person briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

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MOVES-Schroders names deputy head for public policy

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asset manager Schroders Plc on Monday appointed Elisabeth Ottawa as deputy head of public policy, effective March.

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BRIEF-Ituran's Bringg Completes Investment Round

* ITURAN LOCATION AND CONTROL - ‍FOLLOWING AN INVESTMENT ROUND IN BRINGG, CO WILL REALIZE ADDITIONAL NON-CASH CAPITAL GAIN IN 2017 OF ABOUT $2 MILLION​

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities advance as Dow tops 26,000, dollar steadies

* ECB signals pull euro from 3-year high (Updates with U.S. market open, changes dateline; previous LONDON)

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CEE MARKETS-Leu falls after PM quits, CEE stocks set multi-year highs

* Leu nears record low after PM resignation * Leu, Romanian stocks rebound as ruling party proposes new PM * German stocks rally helps Prague, Warsaw hit multi-year highs * Czech PM Babis loses confidence vote, but seen staying (Adds Romanian PM candidate, Czech confidence vote, central bankers) By Sandor Peto and Luiza Ilie BUDAPEST/BUCHAREST, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Romanian assets rebounded from a plunge on Tuesday as the ruling Social Democrat party (PSD) quickly picked

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BRIEF-Eurofins North America Food Division Announces Successful Purchase Of Craft Technologies

* EUROFINS NORTH AMERICA FOOD DIVISION ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL PURCHASE OF CRAFT TECHNOLOGIES, INC Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom:)

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US STOCKS-Dow briefly tops 26,000 mark

* Indexes up: Dow 0.57 pct, S&P 0.28 pct, Nasdaq 0.54 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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UPDATE 2-South Africa wants McKinsey and firm linked to Zuma's friends to repay $130 mln

* Opposition says Zuma should be charged over state corruption

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BRIEF-Sylogist Q4 2017 Earnings Per Share C$0.09

* SYLOGIST ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL 2017 RESULTS: EPS INCREASES 14%, REPORTED EARNINGS UP 9%, MARGINS INCREASE, AUDIT COMMITTEE APPOINTMENT

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Victim emotionally confronts Nassar in court

Kyle Stephens emotionally confronts former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar during his criminal sentencing, calling him a "repulsive liar."

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BRIEF-Medtronic Receives FDA Clearance For Riptide Aspiration System

* MEDTRONIC RECEIVES FDA CLEARANCE FOR RIPTIDE(TM) ASPIRATION SYSTEM

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BRIEF-Allergan, Ironwood Announce Settlement With Sun Pharma

* IRONWOOD AND ALLERGAN ANNOUNCE SETTLEMENT WITH SUN PHARMA RESOLVING LINZESS® (LINACLOTIDE) PATENT LITIGATION

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BRIEF-Freddie Mac Forgoes Issuing Reference Notes Security On Jan 16 Announcement Date

* FREDDIE MAC FORGOES ISSUING A REFERENCE NOTES SECURITY ON ITS JANUARY 16, 2018 ANNOUNCEMENT DATE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Goldman's commodities revenue fell 75 pct in 2017 - Bloomberg

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc is expected to report a 75 percent fall in 2017 commodities trading revenue to its lowest on record, hurt by losses in gas and power, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Qualcomm tries to win shareholder support, lays out lofty 2019 targets

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday gave a lofty revenue, profit outlook for 2019 as the U.S. chipmaker looks to win over shareholder support to reject the hostile bid from Broadcom Ltd.

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U.S. top court rejects former New York lawmaker Silver's appeal

(Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former New York state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's bid to avoid a retrial on corruption charges after his 2015 conviction was thrown out by a lower court.

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BRIEF-Goldman's Commodity Revenue Drops 75 pct In 2017 - Bloomberg

* GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC'S COMMODITIES UNIT NET REVENUES FELL ABOUT 75 PERCENT IN 2017 - BLOOMBERG CITING SOURCES Source text: https://bloom.bg/2FH5euH Further company coverage:

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Senate Democrats close to winning majority backing to reverse net neutrality rollback

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Democrats said on Tuesday they had the backing of 50 members of the 100-person chamber to overturn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s reversal of landmark Obama administration net neutrality rules, but still faced an uphill battle.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as resource stocks retreat, pot stocks gain

TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged lower in morning trading on Tuesday as gold miners weighed down heavyweight resource stocks amid a commodity price retreat, even as marijuana producers extended a recent rally.

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UPDATE 3-GE points to $11 bln hit in Q4, examining options

* GE Capital to make statutory reserve contributions of $15 bln

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Canadian Costco pharmacists fined for seeking illegal rebates

TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - A Canadian regulator has ordered two Costco Wholesale Corp executives to pay a total of C$100,000 ($80,502) after pleading guilty to seeking illegally seeking rebates for the pharmacies from Indian drugmaker Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals.

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UPDATE 1-India's GAIL reworks Gazprom LNG deal, raises volume

NEW DELHI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gas utility GAIL (India) Ltd has renegotiated the terms of a long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) purchase deal with Russia's Gazprom, the Indian company said on Tuesday.

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Cheniere signs 15-year LNG supply pact with trader Trafigura

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. natural gas producer Cheniere Energy Inc said on Tuesday Singapore-based commodity trader Trafigura Pte Ltd would buy about 1 million tonnes of natural gas per year from its unit for 15 years, starting 2019.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as materials stocks weigh, pot stocks rise

TORONTO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged lower in early trade on Tuesday, as gold miners and other materials stocks weighed while marijuana producers extended their latest rally.

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UPDATE 3-GM sees flat 2018 earnings, with pickups picking up in 2019

DETROIT, Jan 16 (Reuters) - General Motors Co shares rose on Tuesday after the company said 2018 earnings will be largely flat compared with 2017 and forecast higher profits in 2019 when its revamped line of high-margin pickup trucks hits the U.S. market.

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BRIEF-Long Blockchain Enters Letter-Of-Intent With Stater Blockchain

* LONG BLOCKCHAIN CORP. ENTERS INTO LETTER-OF-INTENT WITH STATER BLOCKCHAIN, UK-BASED BUSINESS THAT IS BUILDING BLOCKCHAIN SOLUTIONS FOR THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL MARKETS

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Dow hits 26,000 for first time

Jan 16 (Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average touched the 26,000-mark for the first time on Tuesday and other Wall Street indexes climbed as strong earnings from UnitedHealth and Citigroup helped lift the sentiment.

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BRIEF-Metatron (MRNJ) Releases BitMeet, A Bitcoin Crypto-Currency Trading Progressive App For All Mobile Platforms

* METATRON (MRNJ) RELEASES BITMEETâ„¢A BITCOIN CRYPTO-CURRENCY TRADING PROGRESSIVE APP FOR ALL MOBILE PLATFORMS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Petrobras says no injuries after fire contained on platform in Lula Field

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-controlled oil company Petróleo Brasileiro said on Tuesday a fire at a platform in the Santos Basin was contained and did not cause injuries or environmental damage.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares stay on record run as metals skid

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asia and Europe's big bourses kept world shares on their record-breaking run on Tuesday, although a steadier dollar halted the sizzling start to the year for the euro, yen and yuan and sent metals markets skidding.

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BRIEF-Recon Announces Cooperation With FGS To Develop Blockchain-Based Mobile Shopping System

* RECON ANNOUNCES COOPERATION WITH FGS TO DEVELOP BLOCKCHAIN-BASED MOBILE SHOPPING SYSTEM

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BRIEF-Diana Shipping Inc. Announces Time Charter Contract For M/V Phaidra With Uniper

* DIANA SHIPPING INC. ANNOUNCES TIME CHARTER CONTRACT FOR M/V PHAIDRA WITH UNIPER

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BRIEF-Compass Diversified Holdings Announces Retirement Of Alan B. Offenberg And Names Elias J. Sabo As CEO

* COMPASS DIVERSIFIED HOLDINGS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF ALAN B. OFFENBERG AND NAMES ELIAS J. SABO AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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BRIEF-Cheniere And Trafigura Sign 15-Year Lng Sale And Purchase Agreement

* CHENIERE AND TRAFIGURA SIGN 15-YEAR LNG SALE AND PURCHASE AGREEMENT

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BRIEF-Praxair Expands Hydrogen Supply To Motiva Port Arthur, Texas Refinery

* PRAXAIR EXPANDS HYDROGEN SUPPLY TO MOTIVA PORT ARTHUR, TEXAS REFINERY

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BRIEF-Absolute Names Steve Munford As Interim CEO And Announces Preliminary Q2 Results

* ABSOLUTE NAMES STEVE MUNFORD AS INTERIM CEO AND ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY SECOND QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-The9 Ltd Says Its Unit The9 Singapore Signed Partnership Agreement With Gingkoo Technology Company Limited

* THE9 LTD SAYS ITS UNIT THE9 SINGAPORE SIGNED A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH GINGKOO TECHNOLOGY COMPANY LIMITED

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BRIEF-Citigroup Q4 2017 Adj Shr $1.28

* CITIGROUP QTRLY REPORTED LOSS PER SHARE $7.15; QTRLY ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE $1.28; QTRLY REVENUE $17.26 BILLION VERSUS $17.01 BILLION

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BRIEF-Global Ship Lease Announces Extension Of Charter With CMA CGM

* GLOBAL SHIP LEASE ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF CHARTER WITH CMA CGM

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BRIEF-Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Announces Settlement Of Patent Litigation For Generic Linzess In U.S.

* SAYS CO'S UNITS HAVE REACHED AN AGREEMENT WITH IRONWOOD PHARMACEUTICALS, INC. AND ALLERGAN PLC

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BRIEF-Cray Sees Fy 2017 Revenue About $390 Million

* CRAY- ESTIMATES IMPACT OF TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT WILL RESULT IN REDUCTION TO CO'S GAAP EARNINGS FOR Q4, YEAR ENDED DEC 31, 2017 IN RANGE OF $30-35 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Ritchie Bros. Acquires Collector Car Auctioneer Leake Auction Company

* RITCHIE BROS. ACQUIRES COLLECTOR CAR AUCTIONEER LEAKE AUCTION COMPANY

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BRIEF-Cellect Announces Opening Of Second Clinical Trial Site And Approval From Safety Board (DSMB) For Dose Escalation

* CELLECT ANNOUNCES OPENING OF A SECOND CLINICAL TRIAL SITE AND APPROVAL FROM SAFETY BOARD (DSMB) FOR DOSE ESCALATION

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BRIEF-Meridian Mining Says Produced 16,786 Tonnes Of Manganese Product In Q4 vs 13,326 Tonnes A Year Ago

* MERIDIAN MINING ANNOUNCES 2017 MANGANESE PRODUCTION AND SALES UPDATE

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BRIEF-Main Street Says Preliminary Estimate Of Net Investment Income Is $0.63 To $0.64 Per Share For Q4

* MAIN STREET ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF FOURTH QUARTER 2017 RESULTS

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BRIEF-Antares Pharma Provides Xyosted Regulatory Update

* ANTARES PHARMA INC - TYPE A MEETING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED WITH U.S. FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION ON FEBRUARY 21, 2018 FOR XYOSTED

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Kazakhstan oil output to rise 1 pct in 2018 to 87 mln T - energy ministry

MOSCOW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Kazakhstan will increase its oil and gas concentrate production in 2018 by 1 percent to 87 million tonnes, compared to 86.2 million tonnes the previous year, its energy ministry told Reuters on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Cambrex & Astrazeneca Hold Ceremony To Mark Long-Term Supply Agreement At Karlskoga, Sweden Facility

* CAMBREX & ASTRAZENECA HOLD CEREMONY TO MARK LONG-TERM SUPPLY AGREEMENT AT KARLSKOGA, SWEDEN FACILITY Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-USA Compression Partners To Buy Compression Business From Energy Transfer Partners

* USA COMPRESSION PARTNERS TO ACQUIRE COMPRESSION BUSINESS FROM ENERGY TRANSFER PARTNERS

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BRIEF-Aecom Awarded $442 Mln Contract To Provide U.S. Army With Rotary Wing Training Services

* AECOM AWARDED NINE-YEAR, US$442 MILLION CONTRACT TO PROVIDE U.S. ARMY WITH ROTARY WING TRAINING SERVICES

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UK PM May warns against complacency over Carillion's collapse - spokesman

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May told her cabinet of top ministers on Tuesday that the government needed to avoid complacency over the fallout from construction firm Carillion's collapse, her spokesman said.

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Comerica's profit dips 31 pct in fourth quarter

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Comerica Inc's profit fell 31.3 percent in the fourth quarter as the Dallas-based bank took a $107-million charge to adjust deferred taxes due to new U.S. tax laws.

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BRIEF-Avino says Q4 Gold Production Decreased 43 Pct To 1,472 Oz

* AVINO ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2017 PRODUCTION RESULTS FROM ITS AVINO PROPERTY

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GE to take $6.2 bln charge in its finance arm in fourth quarter

Jan 16 (Reuters) - U.S. industrial conglomerate General Electric Co said on Tuesday it would record an after-tax charge of $6.2 billion for the fourth quarter related to its finance arm's run-off insurance portfolio.

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BRIEF-TMAC Resources Provides Q4 Operations Update And 2018 Milestones

* TMAC RESOURCES PROVIDES FOURTH QUARTER OPERATIONS UPDATE AND 2018 MILESTONES

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BRIEF-Comerica Inc Posts Q4 Earnings 63 Cents Per Share

* QTRLY NET INTEREST INCOME $545 MILLION VERSUS $455 MILLION LAST YEAR

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METALS-Copper hits 3-1/2-week low, nickel slides more than 5 pct

* LME/ShFE arb: http://bit.ly/2wZSAEz (Recasts, updates prices, adds details, changes dateline)

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Suppliers and staff count the cost of UK Carillion's collapse

LONDON/EDINBURGH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The collapse of British services group Carillion started to hurt thousands of small contractors on Tuesday, with some laying off workers after the rapid demise of a company that was winning state contracts as recently as November.

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UPDATE 1-Energizer to buy Spectrum Brands unit for $2 bln

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Battery maker Energizer Holdings Inc said on Tuesday it would buy the global battery and portable lighting business of Spectrum Brands in a $2 billion cash deal, adding brands such as Rayovac and Vatra to its lineup.

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BRIEF-Susan Nestegard Named To Allete Inc Board Of Directors

* ALLETE INC - SUSAN NESTEGARD'S APPOINTMENT BRINGS BOARD TO 12 MEMBERS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-SP Plus Corp Announces Sale Of JV Interest In Parkmobile

* SP PLUS CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SALE OF JOINT VENTURE INTEREST IN PARKMOBILE

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BRIEF-Daqo New Energy Appoints Longgen Zhang As CEO

* DAQO NEW ENERGY APPOINTS LONGGEN ZHANG AS CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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UPDATE 1-UAE will complain to U.N. body over Qatar war planes

DUBAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the United Nations' aviation agency on Tuesday after Qatari war planes allegedly intercepted UAE civilian aircraft, a UAE official said.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares stay on record run, metals suffer meltdown

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asia and Europe's big bourses kept world shares on their record-breaking run on Tuesday, though a steadier dollar halted the sizzling start to the year for the euro, yen and yuan and sent metals markets sprawling.

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Saudi businessman Mulhem released in anti-corruption probe -sources

RIYADH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Prominent Saudi Arabian businessman Khalid Bin Abdullah al-Mulhem has been released after being detained for more than two months, sources told Reuters on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Houlihan Lokey Acquires Quayle Munro

* HOULIHAN LOKEY ACQUIRES QUAYLE MUNRO LIMITED AND ESTABLISHES A NEW GLOBAL DATA & ANALYTICS GROUP

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UPDATE 1-European stocks rise as corporate updates lift sentiment

* UK inflation edged down (Adds quotes, more share price moves)

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PRESS DIGEST- Canada - Jan 16

Jan 16 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories from selected Canadian newspapers. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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UPDATE 1-New Zealand's a2 Milk expands U.S. business to north east

Jan 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country's north-east region.

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BRIEF-KBR JV Wins Two Feed Contracts From Azerbaijan International Oil Co

* KBR JOINT VENTURE WINS TWO FEED CONTRACTS FROM AZERBAIJAN INTERNATIONAL OIL COMPANY FOR AZERI CENTRAL EAST PROJECT

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New Zealand's a2 Milk expands U.S. business to the North East

Jan 16 (Reuters) - New Zealand's a2 Milk Company Ltd said on Tuesday that it was expanding its operations in the United States to include the country's north-east region.

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Norway's sovereign fund excludes 9 more firms on ethics grounds

OSLO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Norway's $1.07 trillion sovereign wealth fund has excluded nine more companies from its portfolio based on breaches of its ethical investment criteria, the Norwegian central bank, which manages the fund, said in a statement on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 2-China's CNPC forecasts 10 pct growth in gas consumption, bumper fuel exports

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits * 2018 oil demand growth at 4.6 pct, down from 5.9 pct in 2017 * Net diesel exports to rise 47 pct, gasoline exports by 23 pct (Adds details on fuel surplus, comment, table, byline) By Muyu Xu and Chen Aizhu BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - China's natural gas consumption will rise by 10 percent and imports by 13.4 percent in 2018, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) forecast on Tuesday, boosted by a steady push t

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European stocks rise as corporate updates improve sentiment

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Tuesday after corporate trading updates lifted sentiment, with shares in German fashion house Hugo Boss gaining on better-than-expected sales in the last quarter of 2017.

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UAE to lodge aviation complaint against Qatar at UN agency

DUBAI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will lodge a complaint against Qatar at the United Nations aviation agency on Tuesday after Qatari fighter jets twice intercepted UAE civilian aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, a UAE official said.

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McDonald's sets recycling goals for packaging, restaurants

Jan 16 (Reuters) - McDonald's Corp said on Tuesday it is responding to customers' No. 1 request by setting goals for switching to environmentally friendly packaging materials and offering recycling in all of its restaurants.

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UPDATE 2-Hugo Boss sales pick up at stores, online and in U.S.

* 2017 EBITDA seen in line with forecast (Adds details, shares)

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BRIEF-‍Cellcom Israel controlling shareholder announced examination of submitting creditors arrangement proposal in Eurocom​

* ‍CELLCOM ISRAEL REPORTS ITS CONTROLLING SHAREHOLDER ANNOUNCED EXAMINATION OF SUBMITTING A CREDITORS ARRANGEMENT PROPOSAL IN EUROCOM​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Boreal Metals to acquire cobalt project in Norway

* BOREAL METALS CORP. - ANNOUNCING EXECUTION OF DEFINITIVE AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE COBALT PROJECT IN NORWAY

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BRIEF-China Lodging Group reports 87 pct occupancy rate for leased and owned hotels in Q4

* CHINA LODGING GROUP, LIMITED ANNOUNCES ITS PRELIMINARY RESULTS FOR HOTEL OPERATION IN THE FOURTH QUARTER OF 2017

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BRIEF-Schoeller-Bleckmann to profit from new U.S. tax rules in 2018 -CEO

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Schoeller Bleckmann Oilfield Equipment Ag tells Reuters in phone interview:

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UPDATE 1-Hugo Boss sees recovery for stores, online and U.S.

* 2017 EBITDA set to be in line with 2016, in line with forecast

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BRIEF-Philip Morris International Says It Has Decided To Request Voluntary Delisting Of Its Shares From Euronext Paris.​

* SAYS IT HAS DECIDED TO REQUEST VOLUNTARY DELISTING OF ITS SHARES FROM EURONEXT PARIS.​

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BRIEF-Charter Court to sell interest Charter Mortgage Funding 2017-1

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Charter Court Financial Services Group Plc:

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METALS-Copper prices slide on resurgent U.S. dollar

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Copper markets in London and Shanghai eased on Tuesday, reversing an earlier uptrend, as the dollar pulled up from a three-year low.

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BRIEF-Halma Sees positive impact to adj profit from U.S Tax Reform

* EXPECTS US TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT TO POSITIVELY IMPACT FUTURE US AFTER TAX ADJUSTED EARNINGS

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BRIEF-National Express Sees Small Tax Credit In 2017 from U.S. Tax Reform

* ANTICIPATED REDUCTION IN GROUP'S EFFECTIVE TAX RATE (ETR) FROM 1ST JANUARY 2018 DUE TO IMPACT OF US TAX CUTS AND JOBS ACT​

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Premier Foods third-quarter sales up on non-branded products

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Premier Foods, owner of Mr Kipling cakes and Oxo stock cubes, reported higher third-quarter sales on Tuesday, helped by strength in its non-branded products.

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BP to take $1.7 bln Deepwater Horizon charge

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - BP said on Tuesday it expected to take a post-tax non-operating charge of around $1.7 billion in its fourth quarter results as part of the settlement of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the United States.

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BRIEF-Touchstone says Q4 2017 average production 1,448 BBLS/D

* ‍ACHIEVED NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER 2017 CRUDE OIL SALES OF 1,536 AND 1,337 BARRELS PER DAY ("BBLS/D"), RESPECTIVELY.​

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UPDATE 1-China's natural gas consumption to rise 10 pct on yr in 2018 - CNPC research

* Gas demand, import growth to drop, but remain in double digits

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Canadian suspect in Singapore bank robbery faces UK court on extradition

SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - A Canadian man suspected of a rare bank robbery in Singapore in 2016 faces a court appearance in Britain on Thursday after he was detained on a extradition request from Singapore.

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Nikkei hits highest level since 1991 as dollar weakening stops

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average rose to its highest level since late 1991 on Tuesday, as a firmer dollar supported exporter stocks and expectations for strong corporate earnings bolstered investor sentiment.