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RPT-Banks expected to share tiny proportion of mammoth Saudi Aramco IPO

* Bankers jostling for mandates for league table credit, prestige

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Kidnappers abduct two Americans, two Canadians in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted two Americans and two Canadians in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, a police spokesman said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine business goes on block

* Defence shipping moves to defence, civil nuclear to power systems

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Twitter may notify users exposed to Russian propaganda during 2016 election

WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Sherritt Announces Pricing Of $115 Million Unit Offering

* SHERRITT INTERNATIONAL CORP - ‍PRICING AND INCREASE IN SIZE OF ITS PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED UNIT OFFERING OF $100 MILLION TO $115 MILLION​

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Oil producers want new hearing on impact of Magellan proposal

NEW YORK, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Oil and gas producers WPX Energy and Chevron have asked a U.S. regulator for a new hearing on the broad industry impact of Magellan Midstream Partners' request to launch a marketing arm, signaling concerns about the effect it could have on shipping oil in the United States.

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UPDATE 1-Retailer Carrefour again lowers 2017 profit forecast ahead of strategy plan

* Q4 sales 23.328 bln euros, slightly above forecasts (Adds details and background)

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UPDATE 4-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that Britain is "worried" about firm

* Interserve says govt updated on progress with lenders (Adds detail, PM May, closing price)

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Canada creates watchdog to oversee companies' conduct abroad

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canada said on Wednesday it is creating an independent watchdog to monitor and investigate human rights abuses by its companies operating abroad, describing it as the first initiative of its kind in the world.

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UPDATE 3-France abandons plan for new airport, squatters ordered out

* Anti-airport protesters told to clear out (Adds detail on potential Vinci compensation)

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BRIEF-Cannabis Wheaton Announces International Supply Agreement With Aphria

* CANNABIS WHEATON ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL SUPPLY AGREEMENT WITH APHRIA

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BRIEF-CLAL Insurance Enterprises Holdings Ltd Reports 5.04 pct Passive Stake In Ormat Technologies As Of Jan. 7, 2018

* CLAL INSURANCE ENTERPRISES HOLDINGS LTD REPORTS 5.04 PERCENT PASSIVE STAKE IN ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES INC AS OF JANUARY 7, 2018 - SEC FILING‍​ Source text - (http://bit.ly/2mCQZye)

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UPDATE 1-Supply disruptions could boost copper prices -Chile's Cochilco

SANTIAGO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Chile's state copper commission, Cochilco, on Wednesday raised its estimated 2018 average price for the metal to $3.06 per pound from its previous forecast of $2.95 per pound, pointing to the potential for global supply disruptions in the coming year.

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UPDATE 3-Goldman investors rattled by latest plunge in bond trading

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc on Wednesday reported a sharp drop in trading revenue that renewed questions about its ability to revive a moribund profit driver or find business to replace it, sending shares down 3 percent.

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BRIEF-Verizon, NBA Expand Multi-Platform Content & Technology Partnership With New Innovation Component

* VERIZON AND NBA EXPAND MULTI-PLATFORM CONTENT AND TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW INNOVATION COMPONENT

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US STOCKS-Tech, industrials lead Wall Street higher, banks drop

* Indexes up: Dow 0.44 pct, S&P 0.31 pct, Nasdaq 0.34 pct (Changes comment, updates prices, adds details)

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Verizon renews NBA deal as it seeks to be go-to screen for sports

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Verizon Communications has renewed its deal with the National Basketball Association for two years, allowing users to live-stream games on its Yahoo platform and mobile devices and access out-of market live games.

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UPDATE 1-Ivory Coast awards Tullow two new oil and gas blocks

ABIDJAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Ivory Coast awarded Tullow Oil two new oil and gas blocks on Wednesday, including one along the maritime boundary with Ghana, government spokesman Bruno Kone said.

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Brazil's Caixa replaces suspended executives

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazilian state lender Caixa Economica Federal has announced replacements for four vice presidents that stepped down amid a corruption probe, the bank said in a statement on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-ArcelorMittal-Votorantim tie-up will need more asset sales -report

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade will press steelmakers ArcelorMittal SA and Votorantim Siderurgia SA for more asset sales before approving their merger, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

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UPDATE 1-Mazda vows to stay independent despite deeper ties with Toyota

DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp on Wednesday said that while it is deepening its development and production partnership with Toyota Motor Corp , the small automaker would remain a company independent from its much bigger rival.

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UPDATE 1-SandRidge to meet with investor Icahn to quell rising tensions

HOUSTON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - SandRidge Energy Inc plans 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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Kidnappers abduct American, Canadian in Nigeria, two police killed: police official

KADUNA, Nigeria (Reuters) - Kidnappers have abducted one American and one Canadian in the northern Nigerian state of Kaduna, killing two police officers, police said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says optimistic DACA "will get solved"‍​

* CEO MARK ZUCKERBERG SAYS OPTIMISTIC DACA "WILL GET SOLVED"‍​

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Mazda vows to stay independent despite deeper ties with Toyota

DETROIT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Japan's Mazda Motor Corp on Wednesday said that while it is deepening its development and production partnership with Toyota Motor Corp , the small automaker would remain a company independent from its much bigger rival.

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India will need at least $125 bln to fund renewables dream: govt official

NEW DELHI, Jan 17 (Reuters) - India will need at least $125 billion to fund its ambitious plan to increase the share of renewable power supply in the country’s grid by 2022, a top government official told Reuters, underlining the immense financing challenge ahead.

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UPDATE 3-BofA takes one-time tax hit, vows longer term boost

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp's quarterly profit nearly halved due to tax-related charges, though net income excluding that hit topped estimates and management promised the new U.S. tax system would eventually benefit shareholders.

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BRIEF-OSI Systems Receives $21 Million Order For Rtt Hold Baggage Screening Systems

* OSI SYSTEMS RECEIVES $21 MILLION ORDER FOR RTT® HOLD BAGGAGE SCREENING SYSTEMS

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BRIEF-Booz Allen Awarded a 5-Yr, $165 Mln Contract to Support USCYBERCOM

* THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION AWARDS BOOZ ALLEN A 5 YEAR, $165M CONTRACT TO SUPPORT USCYBERCOM

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EMERGING MARKETS-Brazil stocks rise on foreign inflows, one-time news events

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's benchmark Bovespa equities index registered strong gains on Wednesday, breaching the 80,000-point mark for the second time, amid strong inflows of foreign capital and industry-related news that lifted some major stocks. In the first nine sessions of 2018, the Bovespa registered 3.584 billion reais ($1.11 billion) in inflows, well above the 2.2 billion reais registered in the same period last year. Analysts and investors say this trend is continuing,

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UPDATE 3-Nigerian militants threaten oil sector attacks within days

* Group says government talks failed to yield results (Adds pix)

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UPDATE 2-Qatar Airways says offered 25 pct stake by U.S. startup airline

* CEO concerned about Airbus management changes (Adds details, comments, background)

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MOVES-Debt collector Arrow Global names Dave Sutherland as COO

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Debt purchaser and manager Arrow Global Group PLC said on Wednesday it hired Dave Sutherland for the newly created role of chief operating officer.

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UPDATE 2-France abandons plan for new airport in western France

* Anti-airport protesters told to clear out (Writes through, adds protests' comment, Mayor of Nantes)

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX flat as gold miners weigh, financials and pot stocks rise

TORONTO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened flat on Wednesday, with falls among gold miners offset by gains for financial stocks and marijuana producers.

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BRIEF-Scythian Biosciences Increases Size Of Its Previously Announced C$10 Mln "Bought Deal" Offering To C$12.5 Mln

* SCYTHIAN BIOSCIENCES CORP. ANNOUNCES INCREASE TO BOUGHT DEAL FINANCING WITH SERRUYA PRIVATE EQUITY AND THE DELAVACO GROUP AS OTHER STRATEGIC INVESTORS

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BRIEF-Citadel Securities Reports A 5.6 Pct Passive Stake In Roku As Of Jan 9

* CITADEL SECURITIES LLC REPORTS A 5.6 PCT PASSIVE STAKE IN ROKU INC AS OF JAN 9 - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2DiyTfZ) Further company coverage:

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens higher as tech stocks gain

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Wall Street's main indexes opened higher on Wednesday, led by gains in technology stocks including Microsoft and IBM.

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UPDATE 2-Rolls-Royce shares jump as commercial marine unit goes on block

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain's Rolls-Royce is considering the sale of its commercial marine business, which has been hit by weak demand in offshore oil and gas markets, as part of a restructuring of the company into three core units.

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UPDATE 2-Boeing to make aircraft seats with car supplier Adient to cut delays

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Boeing is moving into making aircraft seats to try to reduce costly delays to deliveries by plane manufacturers, forming a joint venture with car seating leader Adient.

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BRIEF-Intrexon Prices Public Offering Of Common Stock

* SAYS PUBLIC OFFERING OF 6 MILLION SHARES PRICED AT $12.50PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 2-Nigerian militants threaten oil sector attacks within days

* Group says government talks failed to yield results (Adds details, quotes, bullet points)

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Goldman posts first quarterly loss in 6 years on tax hit; trading slumps

(Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Inc on Wednesday posted its first quarterly loss in six years on a huge tax charge but adjusted profit trumped analysts' estimates, as strength in the investment banking business cushioned the blow from a slump in trading.

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BRIEF-Genocea Biosciences, Inc. Announces Pricing Of $55 Mln Concurrent Public Offerings

* GENOCEA BIOSCIENCES, INC. ANNOUNCES PRICING OF $55 MILLION CONCURRENT PUBLIC OFFERINGS

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BRIEF-Dentsply Sirona Says ‍CEO Appointment Donald Casey Jr. Will Be Paid An Annual Base Salary Of $925,000​

* DENTSPLY SIRONA SAYS ‍CEO APPOINTMENT DONALD M. CASEY JR. WILL BE PAID AN ANNUAL BASE SALARY OF $925,000​ - SEC FILING Source text: (http://bit.ly/2mHy2KG) Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Freshii Inc Says Has Released An Open Letter To Subway

* FRESHII INC SAYS HAS RELEASED AN OPEN LETTER TO SUBWAY (DOCTOR'S ASSOCIATES INC)

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BRIEF-Itron Announces Proposed Offering Of Additional $100 Mln Of 5.000% Senior Notes Due 2026

* ITRON, INC. ANNOUNCES PROPOSED OFFERING OF ADDITIONAL $100 MILLION OF 5.000% SENIOR NOTES DUE 2026

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UPDATE 1-Vale could be 'natural' owner for Samarco, in talks with BHP -director

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's Vale is in talks with Anglo American BHP Billiton Plc on options for their joint venture Samarco, and it may be easier for Vale to resolve that miner's problems as sole owner, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Points International 2017 Gross Profit And Adjusted EBITDA Expected To Be Near High End Of Prior Guidance

* POINTS INTERNATIONAL LTD. REPORTS STRONG PRELIMINARY FULL YEAR 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS

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BRIEF-Franklin Templeton Investments Announces Agreement To Acquire Edinburgh Partners

* FRANKLIN TEMPLETON INVESTMENTS ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE EDINBURGH PARTNERS

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UPDATE 2-S.African regulator pursues criminal complaints against SAP, KPMG, McKinsey

* State prosecutor says to serve McKinsey court order (Adds McKinsey comment, KPMG local chairman appointment)

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BRIEF-Astronova Announces Appointment Of David Smith As CFO

* ASTRONOVA ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF DAVID S. SMITH AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

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BRIEF-Hemispherx Enters Sale/Leaseback Agreement For NJ Development And Production Facility

* HEMISPHERX ENTERS INTO SALE/LEASEBACK AGREEMENT FOR NJ DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION FACILITY

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BRIEF-AdvanSix Reports Reduced Production Rates At Its Manufacturing Facilities

* ADVANSIX REPORTS REDUCED PRODUCTION RATES AT ITS MANUFACTURING FACILITIES

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BRIEF-U.S. Bancorp Reports Q4 Earnings Per Share Of $0.97

* Q4 EARNINGS PER SHARE VIEW $0.87 -- THOMSON REUTERS I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Corcept Therapeutics, Dohmen Entered Into Settlement Agreement And Mutual Release Of Any And All Claims That May Have Existed Between Parties

* CORCEPT THERAPEUTICS - CO, DOHMEN ENTERED INTO SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND MUTUAL RELEASE OF ANY AND ALL CLAIMS THAT MAY HAVE EXISTED BETWEEN PARTIES

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UPDATE 1-Tiffany's Americas holiday same-store sales up 6 pct, raises FY forecasts

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Tiffany & Co said on Wednesday its same-store sales in the Americas rose 6 percent in the holiday months of November and December, helping the upscale jeweler raise its 2017 full-year forecast for sales and earnings.

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US STOCKS-Futures higher as investors weigh bank earnings

Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher open for Wall Street on Wednesday as investors assessed earnings of Bank of America and U.S. Bancorp.

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UPDATE 1-Slovenian banks reduce bad loans to 4.4 pct of total loans

LJUBLJANA, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Slovenian banks reduced loans on which repayment was delayed by 90 days or more to 1.5 billion euros ($1.83 billion) in November, representing 4.4 percent of all loans, down from 4.6 percent the previous month, the central bank said on Wednesday.

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Vale could be a 'natural' owner for Samarco; in talks with BHP -director

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Miner Vale SA is in talks with BHP Billiton Plc on options for their Brazilian joint venture Samarco, and Vale could be a 'natural' owner of the project, a director of the Brazilian mining company said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that Britain is "worried" about firm

* Interserve says govt updated on progress with lenders (Adds analyst reaction, details on shares)

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Keep going to work, Britain's May tells public service employees at Carillion

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May urged workers employed by failed services and construction company Carillion for public service contracts to keep going to work confident that they will be paid.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares pull back from record highs, set for second fall of 2018

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - World shares pulled back from record highs on Wednesday, set for only their second day of losses in 2018 as lower commodity prices and a string of downbeat updates from companies dampened the mood in global markets.

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-Russia awarded rights to Stolichnaya vodka brand in Benelux

AMSTERDAM, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Russia's state-owned Sojuzplodoimport won a Dutch appeals court ruling on Tuesday giving it the rights to the Stolichnaya vodka brand in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg (Benelux) and stripping them from SPI Group's Spirits International.

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Greece gets interest for new offshore oil and gas tenders: licensing body

ATHENS, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Tenders for offshore oil and gas exploration and exploitation west and south of Greece have attracted "strong interest" from companies exploring in the Mediterranean, the head of Greece's oil and gas resources management company said on Wednesday.

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MOVES-Julius Baer names new head of U.K businesses

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Swiss private banking group Julius Baer on Wednesday said it appointed Calum Brewster as head of U.K. regional offices, based in Edinburgh.

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BRIEF-Kirkland Lake Gold Targets Higher Production, Improved Unit Costs In 2018 Guidance

* KIRKLAND LAKE GOLD TARGETS HIGHER PRODUCTION, IMPROVED UNIT COSTS IN 2018 GUIDANCE, ANNOUNCES NEW SHAFT PROJECT FOR MACASSA

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BRIEF-Fortuna Reports 2017 Production Of 11.9 Million Silver Equivalent Ounces And Issues Guidance For 2018

* FORTUNA REPORTS 2017 PRODUCTION OF 11.9 MILLION SILVER EQUIVALENT OUNCES AND ISSUES GUIDANCE FOR 2018

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BRIEF-Premier Gold Mines Sees 2018 Gold Production Of Between 85,000 To 95,000 Ounces

* PREMIER REPORTS PRODUCTION RESULTS FOR 2017 AND GUIDANCE FOR 2018

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BRIEF-Orbotech Says Sees Q4 Revenue About $256 Million

* ORBOTECH ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY FOURTH QUARTER AND FISCAL YEAR 2017 RESULTS; UPDATES 2018 GUIDANCE WITH SPECIFIC REVENUE OUTLOOK FOR THE FIRST HALF OF 2018

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BRIEF-Jaguar Mining In 2018 Expects Gold Production Of About 90,000-105,000 Ounces

* JAGUAR MINING REPORTS Q4 AND FULL YEAR 2017 PRODUCTION AND PROVIDES 2018 OUTLOOK

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BRIEF-Carlyle Group Says Wanlin Liu Has Joined The Carlyle Asia Private Equity Team As Managing Director

* THE CARLYLE GROUP SAYS WANLIN LIU HAS JOINED THE CARLYLE ASIA PRIVATE EQUITY TEAM AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

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Carlyle considering IPO to exit Turkey's Penti - sources

ISTANBUL, Jan 17 (Reuters) - U.S. private equity firm Carlyle Group is considering an initial public offering (IPO) of its minority holding in Turkish lingerie and swimsuit retailer Penti, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Dollar, commodities weigh on stocks, Turkey's lira jitters

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - A stronger dollar and weaker commodity prices knocked emerging stocks off their near-decade highs and weighed on currencies, with Turkey's lira on track for its worst week since early November on flaring geopolitical tensions.

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UPDATE 2-After Carillion, Interserve shares hit by report that UK is monitoring firm

* Ministers "very worried" about Interserve - FT cites official

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Brazil commission to negotiate transfer of rights with Petrobras

RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Brazilian government on Wednesday created a commission to negotiate the terms of a so-called "transfer of rights" program with state-controlled oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras).

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BRIEF-Varun Beverages Approves Buying Franchisee Rights For Pepsico India's Sub-Territory In Bihar

* SAYS APPROVED TO BUY FRANCHISEE RIGHTS FOR PEPSICO INDIA'S PREVIOUSLY FRANCHISED SUB-TERRITORY IN STATE OF BIHAR Source text -http://bit.ly/2FJ3Bwm Further company coverage:

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Britain needs to give companies more time to save Carillion-linked jobs- union

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The British government needs to allow more time for firms to take on workers whose jobs are threatened by the collapse of outsourcer Carillion, the head of one of Britain's biggest trade unions said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 1-S.African regulator pursuing criminal complaints against SAP, KPMG, McKinsey

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 17 (Reuters) - South Africa's companies registry office is pursuing criminal complaints against SAP , KPMG and McKinsey on suspicion that business they conducted with friends of President Jacob Zuma broke the companies act, it said on Wednesday.

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Stocks pull back from record highs, set for second day of losses in new year

LONDON (Reuters) - World shares pulled back from record highs on Wednesday, set for only their second day of losses in the new year as lower commodity prices and a string of downbeat updates from companies dampened the mood in global markets.

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Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims His Approval Among Black Americans Has Doubled

According to the polling company that President Trump cited, his approval among black Americans has actually declined.

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BRIEF-SA's Competition Tribunal says Bank Forex Hearing Delayed

* BANK FOREX HEARING DELAYED AFTER COMMISSION NOTIFIED ITS INTENTION TO JOIN NEW APPLICANTS‍​

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Stocks pull back from record highs, set for second day of losses in new year

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - World shares pulled back from record highs on Wednesday, set for only their second day of losses in the new year as lower commodity prices and a string of downbeat updates from companies dampened the mood in global markets.

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ArcelorMittal-Votorantim tie-up will require more asset sales -report

SAO PAULO, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Brazil's antitrust watchdog Cade will press steelmakers ArcelorMittal SA and Votorantim Siderurgia SA for more asset sales before approving their merger, newspaper Valor Economico reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources.

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Interserve says keeping UK government updated on progress of discussions with lenders

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - British construction and services firm Interserve said it was keeping government up-to-date on discussions with lenders on longer-term funding.

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UPDATE 1-Zalando says to spend to build market share this year

BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - German online fashion retailer Zalando said it would push ahead with a strategy of investing to gain market share in 2018 rather than seek to improve profitability even as it reported a recovery in fourth-quarter operating earnings.

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BRIEF-GE announces appointment of Peter Stracar as CEO of European region

* GE SAYS APPOINTMENT OF PETER STRACAR AS PRESIDENT & CEO OF GE’S EUROPEAN REGION

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EU ombudsman urges ECB's Draghi to leave G30 club of financiers

FRANKFURT, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The European Central Bank's President Mario Draghi should give up his membership of the Group of 30 talking shop of financiers, as it risked hurting public confidence in the ECB's independence, the European Union's ombudsman said on Wednesday.

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After FT's Interserve report, Britain says none of its suppliers are comparable to Carillion

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Britain said that it does not believe any of its suppliers are in a comparable position to failed outsourcer Carillion after the Financial Times reported that the government was monitoring peer Interserve due to concern over its finances.

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BRIEF-PESI To Cooperate With Italy's ENEA

* SAID ON TUESDAY THAT PERMA FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. (PESI) SIGNS A COOPERATION AGREEMENT WITH ITALIAN NATIONAL AGENCY FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES, ENERGY AND SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (ENEA)

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UPDATE 1-Interserve shares fall 14 percent after FT reports that UK is monitoring firm

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Shares in British construction and services firm Interserve dropped 14 percent after the Financial Times reported that ministers are "very worried" and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company.

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Russian assets give up gains as oil heads lower

MOSCOW, Jan 17 (Reuters) - The Russian rouble and stock indexes stepped further away from recent multi-month peaks on Wednesday as prices for oil, Russia's key exports, inched lower.

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Melrose offers to buy Britain's GKN for $10.2 bln

Jan 17 (Reuters) - Turnaround specialists Melrose on Wednesday made a firm offer to buy GKN for 430.1 pence per share or 7.4 billion pounds ($10.18 billion) after meeting its shareholders, adding pressure on the British engineering company to accept the deal.

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BRIEF-Orchard Therapeutics appoints Frank Thomas as CFO

* ORCHARD THERAPEUTICS APPOINTS FRANK THOMAS AS CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND CHIEF BUSINESS OFFICER​

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BRIEF-Cott says UK's CMA accepts phase 1 remedy in sale of beverage manufacturing business to Refresco

* ‍COTT- UK COMPETITION AND MARKETS AUTHORITY ACCEPTS PHASE 1 REMEDY IN PRINCIPLE IN SALE OF ITS TRADITIONAL BEVERAGE MANUFACTURING BUSINESS TO REFRESCO​

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France plans to accelerate wind power projects

* GRAPHIC-Europe's wind power capacity: http://tmsnrt.rs/2zPjhiw

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UPDATE 1-UK's Cineworld 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine

Jan 17 (Reuters) - British cinema operator Cineworld Group , which is buying U.S. peer Regal Entertainment for $3.6 billion, said total 2017 revenue grew 11.6 percent on strong box office takings for titles such as "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and "Dunkirk".

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British government monitoring Interserve after Carillion collapse - FT

LONDON, Jan 17 (Reuters) - British ministers are "very worried" about contractor Interserve and have set up a team of officials to monitor the company, following the collapse of competitor Carillion, the Financial Times reported on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Ant Financial To Take 20 Pct Stake In OpenRice

* SAY THEY FORM FORM STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP TO SUPPORT FURTHER GROWTH OF HONG KONG'S DINING INDUSTRY

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BRIEF-HP announces commercial availability of its Multi Jet Fusion 3D printing solution in India​

* HP INC ANNOUNCED COMMERCIAL AVAILABILITY OF ITS MULTI JET FUSION 3D PRINTING SOLUTION IN INDIA​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UK cinema chain Cineworld's 2017 revenue grows as Star Wars, Dunkirk shine

Jan 17 (Reuters) - British cinema operator Cineworld Group , which is buying U.S. peer Regal Entertainment for $3.6 billion, said total 2017 revenue grew 11.6 percent on strong box office takings for titles such as "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" and "Dunkirk".

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BRIEF-Cineworld ‍Fully Underwritten Rights Issue Raising Proceeds Of 1.7 Bln STG - bookrunner

* ‍FULLY UNDERWRITTEN RIGHTS ISSUE RAISING PROCEEDS OF £1.7 BILLION IN CONNECTION WITH PROPOSED ACQUISITION OF REGAL ENTERTAINMENT

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Zalando says to pursue ‍focus on growth in 2018​

BERLIN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - German online fashion retailer Zalando said it would push ahead with its strategy of investing to gain market share in 2018 as it reported preliminary fourth-quarter sales growth and operating profit in line with analyst expectations.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares retreat as commodities ease, bitcoin pummelled

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

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BRIEF-South African competition tribunal approves Maseve Mine sale transaction

* SOUTH AFRICAN COMPETITION TRIBUNAL APPROVES MASEVE MINE SALE TRANSACTION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Novartis's Kymriah wins speedy reviews in U.S., Europe

ZURICH, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Novartis has been granted fast-track reviews of its cell therapy Kymriah for blood cancers in the United States and Europe, the Swiss drugmaker said on Wednesday, as it seeks to expand the pool of patients eligible for the costly treatment.

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UPDATE 1-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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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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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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President, like most Americans, should lose some weight. 10-15 pounds this year, doctor says.

President Donald Trump's doctor, Dr. Ronny Jackson, characterized the president's health as "excellent," but like the majority of Americans, Trump is overweight and he doesn't get enough exercise.

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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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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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Critic’s Notebook: On Artists and Audiences at American Realness

Watching performances at the American Realness festival, our critic was nudged into thinking about artists’ attitude toward audiences.

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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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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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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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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.