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  • LONDON, Nov 17- Sterling inched up on Friday, trimming early gains as investors took profits after the European Union repeated an early December deadline for Prime Minister Theresa May to move on Britain's Brexit divorce bill. European Council President Donald Tusk increased the pressure on May to make progress in time for the EU to respond at a summit on Dec....

  • U.S. holiday sales are expected to increase 3.6 percent to 4 percent, getting a boost from an extra selling day and rising consumer confidence, according to the National Retail Federation. *CEO Kevin Mansell says the retailer is well-positioned for the holiday quarter with lean inventories, and expects strong sales from its online business, as well as active...

  • *Says needs approval from U.S. authorities to restart Keystone pipeline shut after spill in Amherst, South Dakota Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 17- The head of Puerto Rico's indebted utility has resigned following the slow restoration of power after Hurricane Maria, according to a statement from the U.S. territory's governor. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in 2016, has resigned from the utility amid its difficulty in restoring power to the...

  • AUTHORITIES TO RESTART KEYSTONE PIPELINE SHUT AFTER SPILL IN AMHERST, SOUTH DAKOTA.

  • MEXICO CITY, Nov 17- A key round of talks to update the NAFTA trade pact formally opened on Friday with Canada and Mexico showing more flexibility about addressing hardline U.S. demands that they had previously dismissed as unworkable. Canada, the source added, was happy to discuss so-called rules of origin governing auto content but insisted the 85 percent...

  • SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico— The director of Puerto Rico's power company has resigned amid ongoing blackouts and scrutiny of a contract awarded to a small Montana- based company to help rebuild the electric grid destroyed by Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico's Electric Power Authority said Ricardo Ramos presented his letter of resignation to the company's board...

  • BARCELONA/ LONDON, Nov 17- Vivendi's Universal Music Group could be worth more than $40 billion, Chief Executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday, helping to buoy shares in the French media group after third-quarter results in which UMG was a highlight. Asked about UMG's valuation at the Morgan Stanley European Technology, Media and Telecoms conference in...

  • IG Metall, Germany's largest trade union, called for the protests in Berlin and the city of Offenbach near Frankfurt, urging Siemens to revise plans it said would harm the company. "We have concepts, alternatives, and we expect the company to have a serious talk with us, the works councils, about the future for Siemens," said Klaus Abel, a senior union representative in...

  • PREPA'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS TO MEET FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO DISCUSS SUCCESSOR TO RAMOS- SOURCE.

  • Hunt Transport Services Inc said on Friday they will order Tesla Inc's electric semi trucks, boosting the Silicon Valley automaker's effort to expand its reach beyond luxury cars and solar energy systems. Walmart plans to order a total of 15 Tesla trucks, five for the United States and ten for Canada. Separately, J.B. Hunt was the first major U.S. trucking company...

  • *Wall St off, weighed by tax uncertainty, Thanksgiving prep. NEW YORK, Nov 17- The U.S. dollar was lower on Friday along with Wall Street stocks as investors pulled back from technology stocks and were skeptical President Donald Trump's Republican party would succeed in its efforts at U.S. tax reform. But the celebration was short-lived as the focus turned to a...

  • *reuters:// realtime/verb= Open/url= cpurl:// apps.cp./ Apps/econ-polls? Republicans are not expected to push major tax cuts through Congress this year, according to a majority of economists in a Reuters poll, who in any case were skeptical that the legislation would provide a significant boost to the economy. While optimism about a tax overhaul has helped push the U.S....

  • Nov 17- The head of Puerto Rico's troubled utility has resigned following the slow restoration of power after Hurricane Maria, according to a government source. Ricardo Ramos, who was named head of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority in 2016, has resigned from the indebted utility amid the utility's difficulty in restoring power to the island and...

  • REUTERS POLL-INCREASED INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING TOP PICK AMONG ECONOMISTS FOR WHAT IS MOST NEEDED FOR U.S.

  • REUTERS POLL-OVER 60 PCT OF ECONOMISTS SAY THEY ARE NOT CONFIDENT U.S.

  • REUTERS POLL-MEDIAN RESPONSE SAYS 10 PCT CHANCE OF U.S.

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 17- Brazil's Braskem, the largest producer of thermoplastic resins in the Americas, will build a pilot plant in partnership with Denmark's Haldor Topsoe to test the use of sugar to produce a key ingredient in PET making. The pilot plant will be built in Denmark, with the aim of starting operations in 2019. Gustavo Sergi, Braskem's director for...

  • *China c.bank to fine-tune policy in a preemptive way. HONG KONG, Nov 17- China's central bank said on late Friday that it will maintain a prudent and neutral monetary policy and keep liquidity conditions stable, as it seeks to fend off systemic risks in the world's second-largest economy. The PBOC will work under the newly established State Council Financial...

  • PREPA DIRECTOR RICARDO RAMOS HAS RESIGNED - GOVERNMENT SOURCE.