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  • CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. stores offered deep discounts, entertainment and free gifts to draw bargain hunters on Black Friday, the traditional start of the holiday shopping season, but some shoppers said they were just eyeing goods, reserving their cash for online purchases. Black Friday sales were off to a strong start online, at $640 million of 10 a.m. ET,...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- The dollar fell to its lowest since late September against a basket of currencies on Friday as investors grew optimistic about the strength of the euro zone's recovery and lost appetite for the greenback. "You had good data from Europe, pretty good news from Germany and nobody guarding the dollar as we're all eating turkey," said John Doyle, director...

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 24- The European Union handed Prime Minister Theresa May a 10- day "absolute deadline" to improve her Brexit divorce offer or face failure in persuading EU leaders to open trade talks with Britain at a December summit. Without a deal next month, time will be very tight to agree arrangements before Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, adding to pressure...

  • *Canada to U.S. pipeline shut after Nov. 16 oil spill. *Expectations of OPEC extension to oil curbs support prices. NEW YORK, Nov 24- U.S. oil prices hit their highest levels in more than two years on Friday after the continued shutdown of a pipeline running from Canada to the United States was expected to reduce supply into a major storage facility.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 24- Shares of Amazon.com Inc, Macy's Inc, Kohl's Corp and other U.S. retailers rose on Friday on early signs that consumers are on track to spend more this holiday shopping season than in previous years. "The turnout this morning has been relatively slow but it is still the best we have seen in three years," said Burt Flickinger, managing director of...

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 24- Brazil's government has proposed giving up its voting rights in the privatization of power utility Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA while retaining a strategic veto, an official told Reuters on Friday. Electricity Secretary Fábio Lopes Alves said in a telephone interview that the federal government, which currently controls the...

  • SAO PAULO, Nov 24- Brazil's government has proposed giving up its voting rights in the privatization of power utility Centrais Elétricas Brasileiras SA while retaining a strategic veto, an official told Reuters on Friday. Electricity Secretary Fábio Lopes Alves said in a telephone interview that the federal government, which currently controls the...

  • U.S. CRUDE FUTURES EXTEND GAINS, RISE BY $1 PER BARREL.

  • The stock markets closed early on Black Friday, a day after Thanksgiving, the start of the holiday shopping season that accounts for as much as 40 percent of retailers' annual sales. On Thanksgiving, U.S. shoppers spent more than $2.87 billion online, according to Adobe Analytics. Adobe said Black Friday online sales were up 18.4 percent at $640 million as of 10 a.m....

  • PARIS, Nov 24- France's Chanel has no immediate plans for online sales of its coveted outfits or handbags, a senior executive said on Friday, making it one of the fashion world's last hold-outs as rivals experiment with websites to win over new clients. But it will draw the line there for the foreseeable future, said Bruno Pavlovsky, president of fashion at Chanel.

  • LONDON, Nov 24- Asian spot liquefied natural gas prices held steady near three-year highs this week as production problems in Indonesia, higher oil and European gas benchmarks and tender awards lent support. Spot prices for January delivery were unchanged at $9.85 per million British thermal units. Renewed Indian demand for spot cargoes in January and beyond...

  • CALGARY, Alberta _ Americas Petrogas Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $2.2 million in its third quarter. The Calgary, Alberta- based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 24- Wall Street closed higher in a half-day session on Friday, led by technology stocks, with Amazon and retail shares getting a boost on signs of a strong start to the U.S. holiday shopping season.

  • LONDON, Nov 24- Cadbury chocolates maker Mondelez, Lidl, Mars and other consumer goods marketers have pulled advertising from YouTube after The Times newspaper found the video sharing-site was showing clips of scantily clad children alongside the ads of major brands. The UK arm of German discount retailer Lidl, Diageo, the maker of Smirnoff vodka and Johnnie...

  • NASDAQ COMPOSITE UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES UP 21.799 POINTS, OR 0.32 PCT AT 6,889.16.

  • DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES UP 31.81 POINTS, OR 0.14 PCT AT 23,557.99.

  • S&P 500 INDEX UNOFFICIALLY CLOSES UP 5.36 POINTS, OR 0.21 PCT AT 2,602.44.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 24- The European Union handed Prime Minister Theresa May a 10- day deadline to improve her Brexit divorce offer or face failure in persuading EU leaders to open trade talks with Britain at a December summit. Without a deal next month, time will be very tight to agree arrangements before Britain leaves the EU in March 2019, adding to pressure on...

  • PARIS, Nov 24- Shipping company CMA CGM reported another quarterly rise in sales and profit on Friday, helped by improving freight rates after a prolonged sector downturn that sparked large-scale consolidation. French-based CMA CGM, the world's third-largest container shipping group, posted a third-quarter net profit of $323 million, up from $219 million in...

  • CARACAS, Nov 24- Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA said on Friday it was making last-minute payments on two bonds close to default, including one backed by shares in U.S.-based refiner Citgo, and called for "trust" as it seeks to maintain debt service amid a deepening economic crisis. But that appears unlikely in the short-term because investors have broadly...