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  • KYNIKOS ASSOCIATES LP'S JIM CHANOS SAYS HE'S LOOKING AT POSSIBLE SHORTS AMONG AMAZON, GOOGLE AND NETFLIX- CNBC.

  • *Disney to buy Fox assets for over $52 bln. Lawmakers such as Senators Marco Rubio and Mike Lee said on Thursday that they would not vote on the bill without changes to child tax credits. "The fear they can't get corporate tax cuts across the finish line might be causing the market to turn down, despite the strong retail sales and other good economic data," said Kim...

  • *IEA joins OPEC, EIA, raises forecast for U.S. 2018 output growth. NEW YORK, Dec 14- Oil prices rose almost 1 percent on Thursday after a pipeline outage in Britain continued to support prices despite data expecting a global crude surplus in the beginning of next year. "At present you cant ignore the impact of the Forties pipeline outage," said John Kilduff, partner at...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 14- U.S. soybean futures sagged to their lowest in more than two months on Thursday, weighed down by forecasts for much-needed rains in Argentina, traders said. "Argentina's dry soybean crops remain an important prop for the market," Commonwealth Bank of Australia analyst Tobin Gorey said in a market update. Rains expected this weekend in Argentina's...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 14- Republicans in the U.S. Congress reached a deal this week on a final version of their debt-financed legislation to cut taxes for businesses and wealthy Americans, with House and Senate votes expected early next week. Republicans control both chambers but have only a 52- to-48 Senate majority, meaning they can lose no more than two votes and...

  • TORONTO, Dec 14- The Bank of Canada is increasingly confident the economy will need less stimulus over time, Governor Stephen Poloz said on Thursday in an end-of-year speech that boosted the Canadian dollar and raised expectations of another rate hike early in 2018.. We are very encouraged by this, and we are growing increasingly confident that the economy will...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Dec 14- Gold dipped slightly on Thursday, easing off a one-week high as the dollar rebounded following strong U.S. retail sales data, while palladium rose to its highest since February 2001. "We have not seen this strong pace of strength for the U.S. retail sales data since 2012," said Naeem Aslam, chief market analyst at Think Markets UK.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The Latest on California toughening rules meant to prevent power lines from sparking wildfires:. California is ordering utility companies to do more to keep power lines from sparking devastating wildfires. California utility regulators are considering tougher safety rules for power lines, phone lines and utility poles in parts of the state...

  • YIELD GAP BETWEEN U.S. 5- YEAR, 30- YEAR TREASURIES NARROWS FURTHER IN CURVE-FLATTENING MOVE TO TIGHTEST LEVEL SINCE OCT 2007- REUTERS DATA.

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said. Bregier, who is in Asia visiting customers, could not be reached for comment. Bregier, 56, is credited with stabilising...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said. Bregier, who is in Asia visiting customers, could not be reached for comment. Bregier, 56, is credited with stabilising...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said. Bregier, who is in Asia visiting customers, could not be reached for comment. Bregier, 56, is credited with stabilizing...

  • PARIS, Dec 14- Airbus Chief Operating Officer and planemaking chief Fabrice Bregier is expected to step down following a board meeting on Thursday to tackle management tensions at the aerospace group, two sources familiar with the matter said. Bregier, who is in Asia visiting customers, could not be reached for comment. Bregier, 56, is credited with stabilizing...

  • IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— U.S. officials want to fine an Idaho company that sent radioactive materials across the country that leaked from lead containers and exposed FedEx workers. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday announced a proposed $22,400 fine for Idaho Falls- based Qal-Tek Associates. But it says none of the FedEx workers were in contact with the...

  • MEXICO CITY, Dec 14- Mexico's central bank hiked borrowing costs by 25 basis points on Thursday and said it was willing to act again whenever needed due to intensifying risks to inflation. With new governor Alejandro Diaz de Leon at the helm for the first time since the departure of Agustin Carstens last month, the Banco de Mexico board raised the benchmark...

  • DETROIT— An 800- foot-tall centerpiece is coming to Detroit's resurgent downtown as the city continues to build momentum about three years after exiting the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. The 58- story building dominating the local skyline will rise on the site of the iconic J.L. Hudson's department store, whose 1983 closing epitomized...

  • Markets want to see tax reform, said Steven Englander, head of research and strategy at Rafiki Capital Management in New York. Tuesday's victory by Democrat Doug Jones for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama further narrows the Republican Senate majority and may make it more difficult to pass tax legislation if negotiations are pushed into next year.

  • S&P 500 HITS SESSION LOW AS HEALTHCARE, BANK SHARES WEIGH; LAST DOWN 0.3 PCT.

  • BERLIN, Dec 14- South African retail group Steinhoff, which is fighting for survival following its disclosure of accounting irregularities, said tycoon and major shareholder Christo Wiese has stepped down as chairman. The Public Investment Corporation, which has about 10 percent in Steinhoff, had said there was the risk of a possible conflict of interest in...

  • BRASILIA, Dec 14- The lower house of Brazil's Congress will delay a vote on a bill trimming social security benefits until Feb. 19, Speaker Rodrigo Maia said on Thursday, pushing a decision on the cornerstone of President Michel Temer's fiscal reforms into an election year. Temer had said he hoped for a vote by next week, but he has struggled to rally lawmaker support...