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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Merit Medical Entered Into Third Amendment To Second Amended & Restated Credit Agreement & Incremental Increase Agreement
* MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS - ON DEC 13, MERIT ENTERED INTO THIRD AMENDMENT TO SECOND AMENDED & RESTATED CREDIT AGREEMENT & INCREMENTAL INCREASE AGREEMENT

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Applied DNA Q4 Loss Per Share $0.10
* APPLIED DNA ANNOUNCES SELECTED PRELIMINARY UNAUDITED FISCAL FOURTH QUARTER AND YEAR END RESULTS

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Baker Hughes A Ge Co Files For Debt Shelf Of Up To $3 Bln
* BAKER HUGHES A GE CO FILES FOR DEBT SHELF OF UP TO $3.0 BILLION - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: (http://bit.ly/2kykFeR) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Turkish banker on trial denies helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - An executive at Turkey's majority state-owned Halkbank took the witness stand in a New York courtroom on Friday and denied charges that he participated in a scheme to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Discovery Air Announces Extension Of Operating Credit Facility With CIBC
* DISCOVERY AIR INC. ANNOUNCES EXTENSION OF OPERATING CREDIT FACILITY WITH CIBC

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-P&G Says About 972.8 Mln Shares Were Cast In Favor Of Nelson Peltz's Election To Board
* P&G SAYS ABOUT 972.8 MILLION SHARES WERE CAST IN FAVOR OF NELSON PELTZ'S ELECTION TO BOARD, WHILE ABOUT 16.4 MILLION SHARES WERE WITHHELD - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2zfyTtB) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-P&G Says Board Increased Size To Thirteen From Eleven
* P&G SAYS ON DEC 15, BOARD OF PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY INCREASED SIZE OF BOARD FROM ELEVEN TO THIRTEEN DIRECTORS - SEC FILING Source:(http://bit.ly/2AByDUc) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

Procter & Gamble appoints Nelson Peltz to board
Dec 15 (Reuters) - Procter & Gamble Co said it appointed activist investor Nelson Peltz to its board following a certified recount of shareholder votes cast at its annual meeting in October.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Facebook defends itself against critics of social media
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-TD Ameritrade says it will on Monday launch CBOE bitcoin futures contract on its platform
* TD AMERITRADE SAYS IT WILL ON MONDAY LAUNCH CBOE BITCOIN FUTURES CONTRACT ON ITS PLATFORM - STATEMENT Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Energy Transfer Announces FERC Approval To Place Rover Pipeline Phase 1B Into Service
* ENERGY TRANSFER ANNOUNCES FERC APPROVAL TO PLACE ROVER PIPELINE''S PHASE 1B INTO SERVICE

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Adomani Files Preliminary Prospectus For Offering Of 2.5 Mln Units
* ADOMANI INC FILES PRELIMINARY PROSPECTUS FOR AN OFFERING OF 2.5 MILLION UNITS - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2Bg2zGD) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Malvern Bancorp Files For Non-Timely 10-K
* MALVERN BANCORP INC FILES FOR NON-TIMELY 10-K - SEC FILING Source:(http://bit.ly/2kwTCkf) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Sunrun Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $328.7 Mln
* SUNRUN INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $328.7 MILLION - SEC FILING

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-TD Ameritrade To Allow Bitcoin Futures Trading On Its Platform Starting Monday - CNBC??
* TD AMERITRADE TO ALLOW BITCOIN FUTURES TRADING ON ITS PLATFORM STARTING MONDAY - CNBC?? Source text : http://cnb.cx/2j7iI8Z Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Sino-Global Shipping America Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $50 Mln
* SINO-GLOBAL SHIPPING AMERICA LTD FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $50 MILLION - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2Ck0nx8) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-MDC Partners Files For Mixed Shelf Of Up to $1 Bln
* MDC PARTNERS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $1.0 BILLION - SEC FILING Source: (http://bit.ly/2zfQ924) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-American Lorain Says Has Regained Compliance With Requirements For Continued Listing On NYSE American
* AMERICAN LORAIN CORPORATION HAS REGAINED COMPLIANCE WITH THE REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTINUED LISTING ON THE NYSE AMERICAN Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

US STOCKS-Wall St closes at records with tax overhaul in sight
* Indexes up: Dow 0.58 pct, S&P 0.9 pct, Nasdaq 1.17 pct (Updates to close, adds commentary, volume numbers)

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Dec 15, 2017

Facebook defends itself against critics of social media
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 2-Engie, Elecnor, Sterlite win licenses to build Brazil power lines
SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - French energy group Engie SA , Spain's Elecnor, India's Sterlite Power Grid and Brazilian company Neoenergia SA were among winners in a government auction of licenses to build power transmission lines in Brazil.

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Dec 15, 2017

Speculators raise net-short dollar bets to $7.81 bln -CFTC, Reuters
Dec 15 (Reuters) - Speculators raised their net-short bets on the U.S. dollar to $7.81 billion in the latest week, the 22nd straight week of bearish bets against the U.S. currency, according to data from the Commodity Futures Trading Commision calculated by Reuters.

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Dec 15, 2017

Chile stocks mark highest weekly gain in 8 years
SANTIAGO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Chile's IPSA stock index ended up 7 percent on the week on Friday, its highest weekly gain in eight years and coming ahead of Sunday's presidential election, as the price of copper, the country's main export, rose.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Eric Watson Reports 15.1 Pct Stake In Long Island Iced Tea
* ERIC J. WATSON REPORTS A 15.1 PERCENT STAKE IN LONG ISLAND ICED TEA CORP AS OF DECEMBER 6, 2017 - SEC FILING

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Dec 15, 2017

Chef Batali fired from 'The Chew' after sex harassment accusations
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - ABC Television Network said on Friday that it fired celebrity chef Mario Batali from its daytime cooking show, 'The Chew,' after he was accused of sexual misconduct.

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Dec 15, 2017

Pennsylvania man admits to trading on tips about drug company
Dec 15 (Reuters) - A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Friday to charges that he traded on confidential, inside information that a former Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc employee supplied him, including that the company now owned by Jazz Pharmaceuticals Plc was planning to be acquired.

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Dec 15, 2017

Italy's CDP, Intesa set for role in ArcelorMittal bid for Ilva -source
ROME, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Italy's state holding company CDP and Intesa Sanpaolo have signed a non-binding agreement to join ArcelorMittal's bid to buy Italian steelmaker Ilva, a source close to the matter said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Lockheed to partner with Aerion to develop supersonic business jet
WASHINGTON Dec 15 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the maker of the F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp to develop the world's first supersonic business jet.

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Dec 15, 2017

Blockchain consortium Hyperledger loses members, funding -documents
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - More than 15 members of blockchain consortium Hyperledger have either cut their financial support for the project or quit the group over the past few months, according to documents seen by Reuters.

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Dec 15, 2017

GLOBAL MARKETS-World shares gain; U.S. yield curve flattest in decade
* Dollar index firmer on tax bill optimism (Updates to Europe close, adds commentary)

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger
* Move comes as proposed merger approaches (Adds details, comment)

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Dec 15, 2017

US STOCKS-Wall St at record highs on rising hopes of tax overhaul
* Indexes up: Dow 0.68 pct, S&P 1 pct, Nasdaq 1.21 pct (Updates to late afternoon, adds commentary, changes byline, adds dateline)

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Dec 15, 2017

Onex-backed Canadian renewables firm Pinnacle set to list -sources
TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Wood pellets producer Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc, owned by Canadian private equity firm Onex Corp, wants to raise about C$175 million ($136 million) through a Toronto initial public offering (IPO), people familiar with the matter told Reuters this week.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Trillium Therapeutics Inc Files For Mixed Shelf Of Upto $150 Mln
* TRILLIUM THERAPEUTICS INC FILES FOR MIXED SHELF OF UPTO $150 MILLION - SEC FILING Source text : http://bit.ly/2jZxGi0 Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

Conn. Millstone nuclear plant seen profitable for years -report
Dec 15 (Reuters) - Dominion Energy Inc's Millstone nuclear power plant is expected to remain profitable through 2035, according to a study released by Connecticut energy regulators on Thursday, making it less likely the company will shut the reactors early.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Sonic Director Frank Richardson Reports Sale Of 50,000 Shares At $28-$28.39/Share
* SONIC CORP DIRECTOR FRANK RICHARDSON REPORTS OPEN MARKET SALE OF 50,000 SHARES PRICED BETWEEN $28.00 TO $28.39/SHARE- SEC FILING Source text : ( http://bit.ly/2CixX6F ) Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 4-CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave
Dec 15 (Reuters) - CSX Corp shares skidded as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad by revenue sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Freddie Mac Prices $1.3 Billion Multifamily K-Deal, K-071
* FREDDIE MAC - EXPECTS TO ISSUE APPROXIMATELY $1.3 BILLION IN K CERTIFICATES WHICH ARE EXPECTED TO SETTLE ON OR ABOUT DECEMBER 22, 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Enpar Technologies Plans For Private Placement Of Upto $5 Million
* ENPAR TECHNOLOGIES INC - FIRST TRANCHE OF A NON-BROKERED, PRIVATE PLACEMENT WILL BE FOR 33.3 MILLION UNITS AT $0.15/UNIT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Bel Fuse Amends To Credit And Security Agreement
* BEL FUSE SAYS EFFECTIVE ON DEC 11, CO ENTERED INTO AMENDMENT TO CREDIT AND SECURITY AGREEMENT - SEC FILING

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-AT&T Raises Qtrly Dividend By 2 Pct
* QUARTERLY DIVIDEND WILL INCREASE FROM $0.49 TO $0.50 PER SHARE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

EU mergers and takeovers (Dec 15)
BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The following are mergers under review by the European Commission and a brief guide to the EU merger process:

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Dec 15, 2017

Lockheed to partner with Aerion to develop supersonic business jet
Dec 15 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp, the maker of F-35 and F-22 fighter jets, is partnering with plane maker Aerion Corp to develop the world's first supersonic business jet.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-D.R. Horton says Chairman Donald Horton's 2017 Total Compensation Was $19.3 Mln
* D.R. HORTON INC - CHAIRMAN DONALD R. HORTON'S 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $19.3 MILLION VERSUS $17.8 MILLION - SEC FILING??

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Dec 15, 2017

Fed's Quarles to recuse himself from Wells Fargo matters
WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Governor Randal Quarles on Friday said he would recuse himself from any Fed matters concerning Wells Fargo & Co.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Verifone Systems Unit Enters Asset Purchase Agreement With Curb Technologies
* VERIFONE SYSTEMS SAYS ON DEC 11, UNIT ENTERED INTO ASSET PURCHASE AGREEMENT WITH CURB TECHNOLOGIES - SEC FILING

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Dec 15, 2017

US STOCKS-Wall St at record on rising hopes of tax overhaul
* Indexes up: Dow 0.6 pct, S&P 0.84 pct, Nasdaq 0.99 pct (Updates to early afternoon trading)

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Dec 15, 2017

Amazon becomes Mexico's top online retailer in 2017 -report
MEXICO CITY, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc likely doubled its sales to become the biggest internet retailer in Mexico this year, helping to grow the country's nascent e-commerce market by a third, according to a report by market research firm Euromonitor International.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 2-Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion
* Co to return cash to shareholders barring other M&A (Updates with Unilever confirmation)

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 7-Oil holds below 2-year highs as focus turns to U.S. output
* Coming Up: Baker Hughes U.S. oil rig count at 1 p.m./1800 GMT (Adds quote, updates prices)

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Dec 15, 2017

LPC: Petsmart's loan under pressure after weak 3Q earnings
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Pet supplies retailer Petsmart''s US$4.2bn leveraged loan has fallen in the US secondary market after the company reported sluggish third quarter results on Monday and investors anticipate a weak fourth quarter, two sources close to the matter said.

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Dec 15, 2017

Brazil telecoms regulator Anatel still against Oi restructuring plan
BRASILIA, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel still plans to vote against a plan put forth by carrier Oi SA to exit bankruptcy protection, the body's president, Juarez Quadros, said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-NGEx Announces Increase In Private Placement To C$12.5 Mln
* NGEX ANNOUNCES INCREASE IN PRIVATE PLACEMENT TO CDN $12.5 MILLION

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Tobacco industry trumps as India court cancels stringent health labelling rules
* Court said federal rule on bigger tobacco warnings arbitrary

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-American Express reports card member loans stats for November
* AMERICAN EXPRESS-USCS CARD MEMBER LOANS NET WRITE-OFF RATE - PRINCIPAL ONLY 1.9 PERCENT AT NOV END VERSUS 1.8 PERCENT AT OCT END

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 4-Russia hit by $3.4 bln Promsvyazbank bailout in latest bank blow
* Trio of failures biggest upset in 20 years (Adds details, quotes, background)

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Maxar Technologies Says Unit Signed 4 Contracts With Canadian Space Agency
* MAXAR TECHNOLOGIES LTD - UNIT SIGNED 4 CONTRACTS WITH CANADIAN SPACE AGENCY WITH A TOTAL VALUE AT ABOUT C$53.75 MILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

CORRECTED-Tesla largely responsible for slide in U.S. home solar sales
Dec 15 (Reuters) - After years of double-digit growth, home solar installations in the United States are poised to fall for the first time this year, according to a report released on Thursday by GTM Research.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-South Africa's rand rallies 2 percent as ANC set to pick new leader
* Steinhoff woes continue, stocks weaken (Adds latest figures, analyst quotes)

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Engie, Elecnor, Sterlite win licenses to build Brazil power lines
SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - French energy group Engie SA , Spain's Elecnor, India's Sterlite Power Grid and Brazilian company Neoenergia SA were among winners in a government auction of licenses to build power transmission lines in the country.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Emerson Electric Says CEO D.N. Farr's FY 2017 Total Compensation Was $12.5 Mln
* CFO F. J. DELLAQUILA'S FY 2017 TOTAL COMPENSATION WAS $6.1 MILLION VERSUS ABOUT $6 MILLION IN FY 2016 - SEC FILING

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Teamsters, Expressjet ERJ Reach Tentative Agreement
* REACHED TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH EXPRESSJET ERJ, COVERING ABOUT 500 EMPLOYEES

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 3-CSX shares derail after CEO takes unexpected medical leave
Dec 15 (Reuters) - CSX Corp shares slid as much as 10 percent on Friday, wiping out $4 billion in market value, as the No. 3 U.S. railroad sought to assure investors its turnaround would progress despite the unexpected medical leave of its chief executive officer.

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Dec 15, 2017

Wall St Week Ahead-Healthcare draws election-year worry, but 2016 repeat not seen
NEW YORK, Dec 15 (Reuters) - With another election year looming, investors in the healthcare sector are wary the coming months could reopen wounds suffered during the 2016 U.S. presidential race.

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Dec 15, 2017

Unilever to sell margarine and spreads unit to KKR for $8 bln
LONDON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to KKR for 6.8 billion euros ($8 billion), it said on Friday, confirming an earlier report by Reuters saying the U.S. private equity fund had made it into exclusive talks to buy the shrinking business. ($1 = 0.8498 euros) (Reporting by Martinne Geller; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Alliant Energy Corp Files For Potential Mixed Shelf Offering; Size Not Disclosed
* ALLIANT ENERGY CORP FILES FOR POTENTIAL MIXED SHELF OFFERING; SIZE NOT DISCLOSED - SEC FILING Source text for Eikon: [ID: http://bit.ly/2jYvF5S Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

US STOCKS-Wall St rises as bank, healthcare stocks gain
* Indexes up: Dow 0.51 pct, S&P 500 0.65 pct, Nasdaq 0.57 pct (Changes comment, adds details, updates prices)

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Dec 15, 2017

France moves to rein in corporate borrowing binge
PARIS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - France's financial stability council said on Friday that it planned to set a cap on large banks' exposure to highly indebted companies after big French firms binged on cheap debt in recent years amid record low interest rates.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Datametrex Announces Binding LOI To Acquire Ronin Blockchain Corp
* DATAMETREX ANNOUNCES BINDING LOI TO ACQUIRE RONIN BLOCKCHAIN CORP., A GLOBAL CRYPTOCURRENCY MINING COMPANY

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Air Products Signs Agreement With Subsidiary Of Shanxi Jincheng Anthracite Coal Mining Group
* AIR PRODUCTS - SIGNED AN AGREEMENT WITH A SUBSIDIARY OF SHANXI JINCHENG ANTHRACITE COAL MINING GROUP Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Kingold Jewelry Inc's Unit Enters Trust Loan Agreement
* SAYS ON DEC 1, CO'S UNIT ENTERED INTO A TRUST LOAN AGREEMENT OF RMB 1 BILLION WITH ZHESHANG JINHUI TRUST

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Highland Copper Provides Corporate Update
* HIGHLAND COPPER COMPANY INC - CO HAVE AGREED TO FURTHER EXTEND PERIOD TO COMPLETE ACQUISITION OF WHITE PINE PROJECT TO FEBRUARY 28, 2018 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

CORRECTED-BRIEF-METLIFE EXPECTS CORPORATE, OTHER OPERATING LOSS OF $450-650 MLN AFTER-TAX IN 2018
* EXPECTS GROUP BENEFIT UNIT PREMIUMS, FEES, OTHER REVENUE TO GROW 3 TO 5 PERCENT - OUTLOOK CALL

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Dec 15, 2017

Engie, Elecnor win licenses to build power lines in Brazil
SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - French energy group Engie SA and Celeo Redes, a firm controlled by Spain's Elecnor , won licenses on Friday to build and operate power transmission lines in Brazil for 30 years during a government-sponsored auction in Sao Paulo.

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Dec 15, 2017

Suspected N. Korean cyber group seeks to woo bitcoin job seekers
FRANKFURT, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The surging price of cryptocurrencies in global markets is catching the eye not just of ordinary retail investors but a cybercrime gang with links to the North Korean government, according to cyber researchers tracing the group's activities.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Hanesbrands Amends Senior Secured Credit Facility
* SENIOR SECURED CREDIT FACILITY INCREASED TO $2.25 BILLION FROM $1.925 BILLION Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-BofA Credit Card Charge-Off, Delinquency Rates for November
* BANK OF AMERICA CORP - CREDIT CARD CHARGE-OFF RATE WAS 2.74 PERCENT IN NOVEMBER VERSUS 2.39 PERCENT IN OCTOBER

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Dec 15, 2017

CANADA STOCKS-TSX broadly rallies, Linamar jumps on acquisition
TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index rose on Friday, helped by a sharp jump in auto parts maker Linamar Corp after it announced plans to buy an agricultural equipment maker, while natural resources stocks also boosted the move higher.

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 3-Russian ex-minister Ulyukayev jailed for 8 years over $2m bribe
* May help decide who succeeds Putin (Recasts, adds quotes, details, context)

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Moody's Says Stable U.S. Retail Outlook In 2018, Reflective Of Higher Operating Income, Sales
* MOODY'S SAYS STABLE U.S. RETAIL OUTLOOK IN 2018, REFLECTIVE OF HIGHER OPERATING INCOME AND SALES

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Dec 15, 2017

Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions
Dec 15 (Reuters) - The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported by 1430 GMT on Friday:

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Icahn steps up fight against SandRidge's plan to buy Bonanza Creek
Dec 15 (Reuters) - Activist investor Carl Icahn on Friday stepped up its fight against SandRidge Energy Inc's plan to buy a rival, urging fellow stockholders to vote against the oil and gas company's plan to issue shares for the $746 million deal.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Renren Reports Qtrly ?Net Loss Per Ads $0.33?
* RENREN ANNOUNCES UNAUDITED THIRD QUARTER 2017 FINANCIAL RESULTS AND UPDATES ON PROPOSED TRANSACTION

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Ardshinbank Signs $25 Mln Trade Finance Facility With Citi And ADB
* ARDSHINBANK SIGNS $25 MILLION TRADE FINANCE FACILITY WITH CITI AND ADB

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Eros International Says Eros Now Forms Strategic Partnership With Foxxum
* EROS INTERNATIONAL SAYS EROS NOW FORMS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH FOXXUM TO PROVIDE ITS LIBRARY OF PREMIUM CONTENT ON FOXXUM TV APP STORE WORLDWIDE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Nomad Foods Announces Successful Repricing And Increase Of Term Loan Facility
* NOMAD FOODS ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL REPRICING AND INCREASE OF TERM LOAN FACILITY

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Dec 15, 2017

CANADA STOCKS-TSX rises, boosted by Linamar on acquisition news
TORONTO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index gained in early trading on Friday, as auto parts maker Linamar Corp jumped on news of a C$1.2 billion deal to buy an agricultural equipment maker, and heavyweight energy and financial stocks also rose.

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Dec 15, 2017

GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares limp toward third week of gains, Bitcoin roars to new high
* Wall Street set to rebound after concerns about U.S. tax reforms

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Dec 15, 2017

Merkel wants joint Franco-German stance on euro reform by March
BERLIN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that she planned to develop a common stance with France on how to reform the euro zone by March.

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Dec 15, 2017

China's Tencent invests 4.2 bln yuan for stake in Yonghui Superstores
BEIJING, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings Ltd plans to invest 4.2 billion yuan ($636 million) in a 5 percent stake in Yonghui Superstores Co Ltd , the supermarket chain operator said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

Macron aiming for eurozone 'convergence' with Germany by March
BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday he hoped to make progress with Germany on ideas to reform the euro zone by March, once Germany has a new coalition government in place, and agree a 'roadmap' with all eurozone leaders by June next year.

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Dec 15, 2017

MOVES-Insurance broker Marsh names Paul Moody CEO of UK specialties division
Dec 15 (Reuters) - Marsh, the insurance broker arm of Marsh & McLennan Cos Inc, appointed Paul Moody chief executive officer of its UK specialties division, effective Jan. 1.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Wabash National Corporation Announces New Board Member
* WABASH NATIONAL CORP- APPOINTMENT OF JOHN BOSS BRINGS CO'S BOARD TO EIGHT MEMBERS Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Power Corporation Announces The Retirement Of Henri-Paul Rousseau
* POWER CORPORATION ANNOUNCES THE RETIREMENT OF HENRI-PAUL ROUSSEAU

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Dick Giromini, Wabash National CEO, To Step Down In June
* - RICHARD GIROMINI WILL REMAIN WITH COMPANY, SERVING IN ROLE OF EXECUTIVE ADVISOR THROUGH JUNE 1, 2019 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

UPDATE 1-Brazil's Petrobras to announce revised capex plan next week -CEO
SAO PAULO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company PetrĂ³leo Brasileiro SA will announce a revision to its investment plan next week, Chief Executive Officer Pedro Parente said on Friday.

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Ultragenyx And Kyowa Kirin Announce Burosumab Receives Positive CHMP Opinion For Treatment Of X-Linked Hypophosphatemia In Children
* ULTRAGENYX AND KYOWA KIRIN ANNOUNCE BUROSUMAB RECEIVES POSITIVE CHMP OPINION FOR THE TREATMENT OF X-LINKED HYPOPHOSPHATEMIA IN CHILDREN

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Dec 15, 2017

BRIEF-Valley National Bancorp Announces Receipt Of Regulatory And Shareholder Approvals
* VALLEY NATIONAL BANCORP ANNOUNCES THE RECEIPT OF REGULATORY AND SHAREHOLDER APPROVALS FOR THE ACQUISITION OF USAMERIBANCORP, INC. Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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Dec 15, 2017

Amazon to pay 100 mln euros to settle Italy tax dispute - statement
MILAN, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Italy's inland revenue service said on Friday it had reached an agreement with Amazon to settle outstanding tax claims covering the period 2011-2015.

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