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  • *Major global companies paid no tax in Australia in 2014. *Australia campaigned to close tax loopholes at G20. SYDNEY, Dec 17- Australian tax authorities on Thursday took the unprecedented step of publishing the records of hundreds of companies, including Google Inc and Apple Inc, which show they paid little or no tax on their in-country earnings.

  • *Major global companies paid no tax in Australia in 2014. *Australia campaigned to close tax loopholes at G20. SYDNEY, Dec 17- Australia on Thursday identified 600 companies which it said paid no tax last financial year, including Halliburton Co and Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, as part of a campaign to challenge "overly aggressive" tax arrangements.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- James Schnurr, just two months into his job as chief accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, stood before a packed ballroom in Washington last December and upbraided a little-known regulator. PCAOB Chairman James Doty was among those attending the annual accounting-industry gala where Schnurr spoke.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 8, 2015 in New York City.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • U.S. stock futures were sharply higher this morning, ahead of what's expected to be the first Fed interest rate hike since June 2006.

  • Halliburton

    Halliburton has been forced to delay for a second time its planned $26bn acquisition of rival Baker Hughes, the Financial Times reports.

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed higher Tuesday, supported by stabilization in oil prices and high expectations for the first rate hike in nine years.

  • Dec 15- Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc said U.S. antitrust officials were not satisfied with the concessions they offered to win approval for their proposed merger, but said officials would assess further proposals. Halliburton and Baker Hughes said they remained focused on completing the merger "as early as possible in 2016", but warned there was no...

  • Halliburton

    Shares in Baker Hughes and Halliburton were halted as the companies announced that they had extended the time period for closing a deal.

  • Dec 15- Halliburton Co and Baker Hughes Inc said U.S. antitrust officials were not satisfied with the concessions they offered to win approval for their proposed merger, and that officials said they would assess further proposals. The two oilfield service providers said it was unlikely they would be able to settle with the U.S. Department of Justice by Tuesday,...

  • Dec 15- U.S. antitrust officials are not satisfied with Halliburton Co's proposals to get clearance for its proposed acquisition of Baker Hughes Inc and are not expected to make a decision on the deal until next year, Bloomberg reported. Baker Hughes and Halliburton declined to comment on the Bloomberg report. Baker Hughes shares were up 4.3 percent, after being...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- President Barack Obama, who made few friends in corporate board rooms early in his first term as he pressed for tighter regulations on banks and remarked on the "fat cats" who helped precipitate the financial crisis, heads into his final year in the White House having built- or rebuilt- alliances with chief executives of the nation's biggest...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Stock futures turned negative this morning after being up strongly, as crude falls sharply to under $34 a barrel.

  • *Likely to up pressure on Halliburton for concessions. BRUSSELS, Dec 11- Oilfield services provider Halliburton will meet EU antitrust regulators next week and is likely to be told about competition worries over its $35 billion bid for Baker Hughes, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. The European Commission has been reviewing the proposed tie-up...

  • *Likely to up pressure on Halliburton for concessions. BRUSSELS, Dec 11- Oilfield services provider Halliburton will meet with EU antitrust regulators next week where it is expected to be told about competition worries over its $35 billion bid for Baker Hughes, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. The European Commission has been reviewing the...

  • Janet Yellen as Santa

    For the 12 days before the Federal Reserve meeting, CNBC Pro is highlighting a strategy that should work if policymakers hike interest rates Dec. 16.

  • Janet Yellen as Santa

    For the 12 days before the Federal Reserve meeting, CNBC Pro is highlighting a strategy that should work if policymakers hike interest rates Dec. 16.

  • Dec 9- French oilfield services company Technip is exploring a sale and has held talks with U.S. peer FMC Technologies Inc about a potential combination, according to people familiar with the matter on Wednesday. Technip and FMC Technologies, which have market capitalizations of 5.3 billion euros and $6.8 billion respectively, have not yet agreed on terms and...

  • *GE terminates agreement after regulatory objections. STOCKHOLM/ WASHINGTON, Dec 7- General Electric on Monday walked away from a $3.3 billion agreement to sell its appliances business to Sweden's Electrolux, terminating the deal after months of opposition from U.S. antitrust regulators. The U.S. Justice Department had filed a lawsuit in July asking a judge to...