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  • LONDON, Nov 27- The euro's slide against the dollar this year has been a competitive boon for corporate Europe, but it has also opened up an alternative financing window for corporate America. This will be a record year for U.S. companies raising funds in euros, a financing option that should be widely used again next year if the euro weakens further against the...

  • BELO HORIZONTE/ BRASILIA, Nov 27- With leaking windows, moldy walls and piles of paper where you might expect computers, the office of Brazil's National Department of Mineral Production speaks volumes about the regulation of the country's mining industry. Understaffed and underfunded because of long-delayed changes to Brazil's mining laws, the agency is now...

  • Nov 27- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Friday, a shortened trading day, as investors turn their focus to the crucial U.S. holiday shopping season.

  • The venture plans to build a medium-sized pilot plant and to have a full-blown 1- billion-euro chemical reactor running by 2030.. This will generate a carbon footprint that is 14 percent smaller than via the conventional method, according to a study by Aachen University. The 5,000 tonnes-per-year production line near Cologne, 5 to 10 percent the size of a...

  • *Steel group Thyssenkrupp looks to innovate to survive. As world leaders gear up for climate talks in Paris, firms like Thyssenkrupp and Bayer's plastics unit Covestro see both a threat and an opportunity. Steel and technology group Thyssenkrupp has formed a consortium to process CO2-containing waste gas from steel mills into products such as ammonia for...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Libya's National Oil Corp. said on Friday it has formed a special committee to accelerate talks with protesters and reopen the country's El Sharara and El Feel oilfields. The group will work directly with protesters across the country, including those who have kept El Sharara and El Feel closed for months. The NOC declined to put a timeline on any...

  • AMSTERDAM, Nov 27- The Dutch government intends to float ASR, a former insurance arm of the Belgian financial group Fortis, in an initial public offering next year, the Netherlands' ANP news agency reported. ANP cited Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem as saying the company would probably seek an initial public offering of shares on the Euronext stock...

  • COTONOU/ DAKAR, Nov 27- French conglomerate Bollore may have to halt work on the Niger to Benin section of its giant West Africa rail project after a rival company won a court order to stop it going ahead. It claimed the governments of Niger and Benin in 2010 had granted it the rights to build a railway linking Benin's coastal capital Cotonou with Niger's inland...

  • VIENNA, Nov 27- OPEC officials questioned an upbeat forecast from the group's researchers in a meeting ahead of next week's gathering of oil ministers, with some skeptical there will be a quick easing of the supply glut in 2016.. OPEC's national representatives- officials representing the 12 member-countries, plus officials from OPEC's Vienna secretariat-...

  • *U.S. markets to close by 1 p.m. ET. Nov 27- Wall Street looked set to open little changed on Friday, a shortened trading day, as investors turn their focus to the crucial U.S. holiday shopping season. The National Retail Federation is expecting holiday sales to rise 3.7 percent, slower than last year's 4.1 percent increase.

  • WOLFSBURG, Germany, Nov 27- Volkswagen is facing slowing orders for new cars, with consumers shunning purchases after the automaker admitted this month it understated fuel usage and carbon dioxide emissions, VW's top labour representative said on Friday. "There is caution in buying," the German company's works council chief Bernd Osterloh told reporters.

  • *Dec. 4 OPEC meeting in focus for possible output cut. LONDON, Nov 27- Crude oil futures fell on Friday, bringing losses this month to more than 8 percent, as disappointing Chinese data and worries over a supply glut overshadowed geopolitical concerns. Brent crude fell by 5 cents to $45.41 per barrel by 1311 GMT, after settling down 71 cents at $45.46 in the previous...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- The Swiss franc sank to a five-year low against the dollar on Friday, hurt by speculation the Swiss National Bank would be forced to follow suit if official euro deposit rates are cut deeper into negative territory next week. The euro, under pressure all week from expectations the ECB will loosen policy further to enliven the euro zone economy, fell...

  • Nov 27- In the race to compete with low-cost, online algorithm-based investing services, financial advisers are constantly bombarded by sales pitches about the latest and greatest in financial technology. In North America, adviser spending on digital tools for managing wealth will reach $2 billion this year and swell to $5 billion by 2017, according to...

  • FRANKFURT, Nov 27- The European Union's top watchdog has urged the European Central Bank to stop meeting market players such as hedge funds shortly before setting policy, adding to pressure for it to tighten its rules of engagement. Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly said she would write next week to ECB President Mario Draghi, arguing that ECB officials should not give...

  • Many shoppers headed out to stores on Thanksgiving evening, a month before Christmas, reflecting the new normal in U.S. holiday shopping, which was traditionally kicked off the next day, Black Friday. In an effort to attract the most eager holiday shoppers and fend off competition from Amazon.com Inc, U.S. retailers have increasingly extended their holiday...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 27- Lighter Capital, an alternative financing startup, announced on Friday it has raised a $100 million fund that will be invested in emerging tech companies. Seattle- based Lighter Capital, which is part of the growing fintech sector that uses mobile and Web technology to replace traditionally paper- and people-based financial services, uses...

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 27- Persio Arida, the acting chief executive officer of Grupo BTG Pactual SA, told a local newspaper the Brazilian investment bank is not for sale and that external funding remains available in the wake of the arrest of controlling shareholder André Esteves. Even as BTG Pactual, Latin America's largest independent investment bank, has always been...

  • Nov 27- U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Friday, with traders focusing to the crucial U.S. holiday shopping season, which starts around Thanksgiving. The market was shut on Thursday for Thanksgiving. The National Retail Federation is expecting holiday sales to rise 3.7 percent, slower than last year's 4.1 percent increase, due to stagnant wages and...

  • DUBAI, Nov 27- Saudi Arabian money supply and bank lending figures show the economy of the world's biggest oil exporter has started to slow as low global energy prices force the government to clamp down on spending. M3 money supply grew just 3.9 percent from a year earlier in October, the slowest expansion since November 2010, when Saudi Arabia was emerging from...