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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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Canadian jury at impasse in Lac Megantic derailment trial: media

MONTREAL (Reuters) - A Canadian jury on Tuesday said it was at an impasse in the trial of three former rail employees in the 2013 Lac Megantic train derailment that killed 47 in Quebec and has asked the judge for guidance in the matter, local media reported.

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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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Dow hits 26,000 for first time on earnings optimism

(Reuters) - The Dow Jones Industrial Average raced past the 26,000 mark for the first time on Tuesday as fourth-quarter earnings season got off to a strong start following upbeat results from UnitedHealth and Citigroup.

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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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Manafort, Gates trial could come days before midterms

The midterm elections this year might be haunted by allegations of Russian meddling in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, after a federal judge said Tuesday that Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates may face their criminal trial just before November.

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U.S. judge delays setting trial date for Trump ex-aide Manafort

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday delayed setting a trial date for President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who faces charges stemming from the special counsel's probe of allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

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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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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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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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Dow hits 26,000 for first time

(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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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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Eiger to abandon blood pressure drug after trial failure

(Reuters) - Eiger BioPharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday it would stop development of its drug to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension, a type of high blood pressure, after it failed in a mid-stage study.

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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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Merck's Keytruda extends lung cancer survival in combination trial

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc's blockbuster drug Keytruda in combination with two chemotherapy drugs was successful as a first line treatment for lung cancer, results from a key late-stage study showed on Tuesday.

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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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Sandgren claims first grand slam win to land Wawrinka clash

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - American battler Tennys Sandgren won his first ever grand slam singles match on Tuesday to set up a dream Australian Open clash with former champion Stan Wawrinka.

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Merck's Keytruda succeeds in key lung cancer trial

(Reuters) - Merck & Co Inc said on Tuesday that a key late-stage study testing its blockbuster drug Keytruda as a treatment for a type of lung cancer was successful.

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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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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.

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BRIEF-Novartis says data reinforces ‍Cosentyx effectiveness

* NOVARTIS NEW DATA REINFORCES SUPERIORITY OF COSENTYX® VERSUS STELARA®* IN ACHIEVING SKIN CLEARANCE FOR PSORIASIS PATIENTS

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BRIEF-FDA accepts Novartis submission of biosimilar version of Humira

* SANDOZ REGULATORY SUBMISSION FOR PROPOSED BIOSIMILAR ADALIMUMAB ACCEPTED BY FDA

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Trump's first year finds friends and foes

President Donald Trump has welcomed dozens of his counterparts to the White House since he entered office a year ago and has visited 13 countries himself, each time deepening ties to the club of world leaders he's now joined.

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BRIEF-Afterpay Touch Group Enters Agreement With Matrix Partners

* HAS ENTERED INTO A STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIP AND NEW SHARE ISSUANCE TRANSACTION WITH MATRIX PARTNERS

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - Jan 16

Jan 16 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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UPDATE 1-Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY/TAIPEI, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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UPDATE 1-JD.com widens Southeast Asia presence by investing in Vietnam's Tiki.vn

* JD.com co-leads investment in Tiki.vn with Vietnam's VNG Corp

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UPDATE 1-Google says "no changes" to mapping platform in China after report

BEIJING, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google said on Tuesday it has made "no changes" to its mapping platform in China, denying an earlier media report that claimed it was re-launching the function in China, where many of its services are blocked.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares shrug off losses, euro near 3-year top

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asian shares pushed higher on Tuesday, erasing early modest losses while the euro stood near a 3-year peak on rising expectations that the European Central Bank could pare its monetary stimulus.

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BRIEF-Exco Resources files voluntary petitions for Chapter 11

* EXCO RESOURCES, INC. FILES VOLUNTARY PETITIONS FOR CHAPTER 11 REORGANIZATION TO FACILITATE FINANCIAL RESTRUCTURING

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METALS-Weaker dollar helps buoy Shanghai, London copper prices

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Copper prices edged up in London and Shanghai markets on Tuesday, helped by a weaker U.S. dollar.

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UPDATE 1-HNA's problems mount as airlines delay payments, bank sets up team to handle debt-sources

SHANGHAI/SINGAPORE, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Some airlines affiliated with China's HNA Group Co Ltd are delaying aircraft lease payments to lessors, and Export-Import Bank of China, which is a long-term financer of the group, has formed a team to handle the conglomerate's liquidity issues, several banking and leasing sources said.

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BRIEF-Obsidian Energy reports FY 2017 production of 31,700 BOE/D

* OBSIDIAN ENERGY ANNOUNCES FULL YEAR 2017 PRODUCTION ABOVE GUIDANCE & PROVIDES OPERATIONAL UPDATE

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Prodded by China, Qantas amends website references to Taiwan, other regions

SYDNEY, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Tuesday it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries, rather than Chinese territories, after China issued a warning to foreign airlines last week.

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Nikkei ekes out gains, strong earnings expectations provide support

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average eked out gains on Tuesday, with expectations for strong corporate earnings underpinning sentiment.

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BRIEF-Goldsource Mines Provides Private Placement Update

* PRIVATE PLACEMENT FOR $1.0 MILLION ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 18 AND INCREASED TO $1.8 MILLION AS ANNOUNCED ON JANUARY 5, 2018 HAS BEEN OVERSUBSCRIBED​

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BRIEF-‍Aurora Purchases 10,800 Shares Of Cannimed Therapeutics Inc.​

* ‍AURORA PURCHASES 10,800 SHARES OF CANNIMED THERAPEUTICS INC.​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Curo Announces Exercise Of Underwriter Option To Initial Public Offering

* CURO ANNOUNCES EXERCISE OF UNDERWRITER OPTION TO INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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PRECIOUS-Gold holds steady near 4-mth peak on weaker dollar

Jan 16 (Reuters) - Gold prices on Tuesday held firm near four-month highs hit in the previous session, buoyed after the U.S. dollar slumped to three-year lows against a basket of currencies on Monday. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,341.28 an ounce by 0054 GMT, after touching its strongest since Sept. 8 at $1,344.44 the session before. * U.S. gold futures were up 0.5 percent at $1,341.70 an ounce. * U.S. markets were closed for a holi

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares slip as iron ore softens, euro near 3-year top

TOKYO, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Asian shares slumped on Tuesday, as miners were pressured by weaker Chinese iron ore prices, while the euro stood near a 3-year peak on rising expectations that the European Central Bank could pare its monetary stimulus.

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UPDATE 2-Rio Tinto targets modest hike in 2018 iron ore shipments

* Mined copper output down 9 pct in 2017 (Adds expansion details, iron ore price, Oyu Tolgoi tax bill)

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Germany's Continental hires JP Morgan for potential break-up -sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Germany's Continental AG has hired JP Morgan to advise on a possible break-up, sources told Reuters, as the auto parts maker repositions for a market focused on electric and self-driving vehicles.

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BRIEF-Nokia Wins Five-Year Managed Services Agreement To Manage Optus' Network

* NOKIA WINS FIVE-YEAR MANAGED SERVICES AGREEMENT TO MANAGE OPTUS' NETWORK

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UPDATE 3-Airbus wins 2017 order race after last-gasp sales spree

* Airbus confirms A380 future hinges on Emirates talks (Adds comments by Boeing, Moody's and market source)

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BRIEF-D-Box Technologies Announces Appointment Of Jean-René Halde As Chairman

* D-BOX TECHNOLOGIES INC. ANNOUNCES THE APPOINTMENT OF JEAN-RENÉ HALDE AS CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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BRIEF-SSR Mining Reports Q4, Year-End 2017 Production Results, 2018 Guidance

* SSR MINING REPORTS FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR-END 2017 PRODUCTION RESULTS AND 2018 GUIDANCE

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BRIEF-Razor Energy Corp Announces Increased Term Loan Facility

* RAZOR ENERGY CORP. ANNOUNCES CONSOLIDATION ACQUISITION IN THE KAYBOB AREA OF WEST CENTRAL ALBERTA AND INCREASED TERM LOAN FACILITY

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BRIEF-Exxonmobil Encounters Hydrocarbons Onshore Papua New Guinea

* EXXONMOBIL ENCOUNTERS HYDROCARBONS ONSHORE PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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Books of The Times: Catching Up With Denis Johnson’s Star-Crossed Drifters

“The Largesse of the Sea Maiden,” a posthumous story collection, is a sequel of sorts to Johnson’s influential and beloved “Jesus’ Son.”

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BRIEF-MTY Food Group Increases Its Quarterly Dividend By 30%

* MTY FOOD GROUP INC - ‍ANNOUNCES AN INCREASE OF 30% OF ITS QUARTERLY DIVIDEND PAYMENT, WHICH INCREASES FROM 11.5¢ PER SHARE TO 15¢ PER SHARE​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Roxgold expects ‍gold Production Between 110,000 And 120,000 Ounces In 2018​

* ROXGOLD EXCEEDS INCREASED 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE AND PROVIDES 2018 OPERATIONAL OUTLOOK

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BRIEF-Kinder Morgan Canada Announces Commencement Of Operations At Base Line Terminal

* KINDER MORGAN ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT OF OPERATIONS AT THE 4.8 MILLION BARREL BASE LINE TERMINAL

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BRIEF-HIVE Blockchain Commences Ethereum Mining Operations In Sweden

* HIVE BLOCKCHAIN COMMENCES ETHEREUM MINING OPERATIONS IN SWEDEN

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UPDATE 1-Citi to raise pay for women and minorities in U.S., UK, Germany

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc will increase compensation for women and minorities to bridge pay gaps in the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany, as part of its annual pay process this year, the Wall Street bank said on Monday.

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BRIEF-Darling Ingredients Announces Appointment Of CFO

* DARLING INGREDIENTS INC. ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENT OF NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER AND NEW CHIEF ADMINSTRATIVE OFFICER

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BRIEF-Vermilion Energy Announces Acquisition Of Oil Assets In Southeast Saskatchewan And Southwest Manitoba

* VERMILION ENERGY INC. ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF OIL ASSETS IN SOUTHEAST SASKATCHEWAN AND SOUTHWEST MANITOBA

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BRIEF-Diplomat Pharmacy Says Dispensing Advanced Kidney Treatment, CABOMETYX

* DIPLOMAT PHARMACY INC - ‍IS DISPENSING EXELIXIS' LIMITED-DISTRIBUTION TREATMENT CABOMETYX NOW WITH AN EXPANDED INDICATION​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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BRIEF-Turquoise Hill Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Production

* TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LTD - ‍OYU TOLGOI MEETS 2017 PRODUCTION GUIDANCE​

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BRIEF-Oyu Tolgoi Receives Tax Act From Mongolian Tax Authority​

* TURQUOISE HILL RESOURCES LTD - ‍OYU TOLGOI LLC RECEIVED, IS EVALUATING, A TAX ACT FOR APPROXIMATELY US$155 MILLION FROM MONGOLIAN TAX AUTHORITY​

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CANADA STOCKS-Gold miners and pot stocks push TSX higher

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained on Monday, boosted by a bounce-back in shares of cannabis producers and sharp gains for gold miners as bullion prices hit a four-month high.

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BRIEF-KBR Says No Disruption To UK Defense Project Being Executed Through JV With Carillion

* EXPECTS NO DISRUPTION TO PROJECT BEING EXECUTED THROUGH JV WITH CARILLION AS RESULT OF CARILLION'S ANNOUNCED LIQUIDATION ​

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Global carmakers to invest at least $90 billion in electric vehicles

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co's plan to double its electrified vehicle spending is part of an investment tsunami in batteries and electric cars by global automakers that now totals $90 billion and is still growing, a Reuters analysis shows.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Mexico peso rises on NAFTA hopes

(Updates prices) By Bruno Federowski SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The Mexican peso rose to a more than five-week high on Monday on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump may soften his stance on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) after negotiations hit a bumpy patch last week. Renewed worries that Trump would scrap NAFTA had weighed on the peso last week. The talks between the United States, Mexico and Canada are edging closer to the start of campaigning for Mexico's J

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises with pot stocks and gold miners

TORONTO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index ended higher on Monday, boosted by sharp jumps for cannabis stocks after a sell-off last week and by gains for major gold miners as the price of the precious metal hit a four-month high.

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UPDATE 1-Fiat Chrysler CEO says no plans to sell brands to Chinese

DETROIT, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV's (FCA) has no intention of breaking up the company or selling individual brands to China or other parties, the company's chief executive said on Monday, adding that the group was counting on its coveted Jeep brand to drive future profits.

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BRIEF-Canadian National, Police Union In Canada Reach Tentative Agreement On New Labour Contract

* CN, POLICE UNION IN CANADA REACH TENTATIVE AGREEMENT ON NEW LABOUR CONTRACT

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Trump's first year on the international stage

Highs and lows from President Trump's first year of interactions with foreign leaders.

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UPDATE 2-HSH Nordbank suitors J.C. Flowers and Cerberus to begin exclusive talks

* Bid topped 700 mln euros -source (Adds detail on consortium)

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UPDATE 9-Oil hovers near three-year high despite rising U.S. output

* Asia remains awash with refined fuel products (Adds analyst comment, updates prices)

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BRIEF-Subaru Corp Expects U.S. Sales To Increase 5% In 2018 To 680,000- Nikkei

* SUBARU CORP EXPECTS U.S. SALES TO INCREASE 5% IN 2018 TO 680,000 COMPARED WITH 648,000 IN 2017; PREDICTS BUMP IN SALES FROM ITS NEW SUV ASCENT- NIKKEI Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 5-UAE says Qatari jet fighters intercepted civilian flights

* UAE is one of Arab states in feud with Qatar (Adds alleged details of incident, aircraft)

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BRIEF-Arthur J. Gallagher & Co Acquires The Daniels Group Inc

* ARTHUR J GALLAGHER & CO - ‍TERMS OF TRANSACTION WERE NOT DISCLOSED​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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REFILE-UPDATE 1-Tivo hits Comcast with new round of patent lawsuits

Jan 11 (Reuters) - Tivo Corp has again sued cable operator Comcast Corp of using its patented interactive programming technology without authorization, the latest salvo in the companies' long-running royalty dispute.

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UPDATE 1-UK government questioned over Carillion contracts after profit warnings

* Government defends handling of the company (Adds opposition party, government commments)

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The New Health Care: Still Not Convinced You Need a Flu Shot? First, It’s Not All About You

Adults also need to get vaccinated to provide herd immunity for others, especially babies and older people.

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Google to relaunch map service in China -Nikkei

Jan 15 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's Google will relaunch its map service in China after an eight-year absence, Nikkei reported on Monday.

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UPDATE 4-UAE says Qatari jet fighters intercepted civilian flights

DUBAI, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates said on Monday Qatari air force jets had twice intercepted its civilian aircraft during routine flights to Bahrain, but Qatar called the claim "completely untrue".

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Argentina to allow short-selling in capital markets

BUENOS AIRES, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Argentina will allow short-selling in its capital markets, according to a resolution published by the securities regulator in the country's official gazette on Monday, part of President Mauricio Macri's efforts to open the country to investment.

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BRIEF-Bombardier Specialized Aircraft Says Conair Group Purchased Six Q400 Aircraft

* BOMBARDIER AND CONAIR ANNOUNCE PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR SIX Q400 AIRCRAFT FOR CONVERSION INTO Q400 MULTIROLE AIRTANKERS‍​

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Brazilian digital bank Inter hires banks for IPO -source

SAO PAULO, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian digital bank Intermedium SA has hired banks for an initial public offering that should take place in the second quarter of the year, one source with knowledge of the matter said on Monday.

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UPDATE 6-Britain's Carillion collapses after banks pull the plug

* Carillion won state contracts since July profit warning (Adds industry reaction, detail)

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Britain will pay Carillion's private sector workers for 48 hours -minister

LONDON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Britain will pay Carillion workers on private sector contracts for 48 hours after the infrastructure firm's collapse but will not offer them the same protection as those in the public sector, the minister handling the liquidation said on Monday.