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  • Dec 11- U.S. stock futures pointed to a higher opening for Wall Street on Monday, with the launch of bitcoin futures raising investor interest in cryptocurrency related companies. *At 7:21 a.m. ET, bitcoin futures were quoted at $17,800 on the Chicago- based CBOE Global Markets exchange, up 12.3 percent from its Sunday opening price, while bitcoin itself hovered...

  • Dec 11- U.S. auto parts retailer LKQ Corp said on Monday it would buy German peer Stahlgruber for about 1.5 billion euros to expand in Europe. Stahlgruber is estimated to have annual revenue of about 1.6 billion euros, LKQ said. Reuters reported in September that Stahlgruber's owners had put the company up for sale and selected bidders including LKQ.

  • PARIS, Dec 11- French state-controlled utility EDF said on Monday it plans to accelerate its roll-out of solar energy in France to help the government's fight against climate change. EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy said the utility will invest about 25 billion euros to develop 30 gigawatt of solar capacity in France between 2020 and 2035..

  • Xerox said Jonathan Christodoro, a former managing director of Icahn Capital LP, had resigned from its board, ending a standstill arrangement between the company and the Icahn Group and allowing Icahn to make his nominations.

  • * "Transatlantic spread" close to widest since April. *U.S. rate hike expected while ECB set to be cautious. LONDON, Dec 11- The gap between benchmark German and U.S. 10- year bond yields was close to its widest since April on Monday as the fiscal and policy paths of two of the world's most important economies diverge.

  • *Chicago bitcoin futures launch, trade at premium to Bitstamp. LONDON, Dec 11- The dollar edged lower against a basket of currencies on Monday, snapping a five-day rising streak as investors took profits before a U.S. central bank meeting this week, and the Swedish crown fell on pension-related outflows. "I think this is being driven by the softer earnings data we saw...

  • LONDON, Dec 11- Copper prices gained for a fourth straight session on Monday, supported by a weaker dollar and data from top consumer China that indicated higher demand. "The dollar is weaker and so that is supportive for copper at the moment," said Commerzbank head of commodities research Eugen Weinberg, adding that data from China including on higher copper...

  • NEW YORK/ SYDNEY/ LONDON, Dec 11- Bitcoin futures eased back from an initial surge of almost 22 percent to trade up 13 percent on Monday, in an eagerly awaited U.S. market debut that backers hope will confer greater legitimacy on the volatile cryptocurrency and lead to its wider use. As of 1112 GMT the one-month future was up 13 percent from the open at $17,450, around...

  • *Uber fighting to retain licence to operate in London. LONDON, Dec 11- Uber will defend its right to operate in London in court next year after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its licence in its most important European market. Regulator Transport for London shocked the Silicon Valley firm by rejecting its licence renewal bid in...

  • *Uber fighting to retain license to operate in London. LONDON, Dec 11- Uber will defend its right to operate in London in court next year after the app was deemed unfit to run a taxi service and stripped of its license in its most important European market. Regulator Transport for London shocked the Silicon Valley firm by rejecting its license renewal bid in...

  • BEIJING— China's auto sales were flat in November compared with a year earlier, leaving total purchases in the world's biggest market up an anemic 1.9 percent for the first 11 months of 2017, an industry group reported Monday. Chinese drivers bought 2.6 million sedans, SUVs and minivans, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba/ CHICAGO, Dec 11- Chicago's iconic sandwiches- Italian beef heroes dripping with gravy, and hot dogs loaded with pickles and hot peppers- wouldn't be such culinary institutions without the bread. Gonnella Baking Co- which supplies the buns to Major League Baseball's Wrigley Field- faced an unusual problem in October when flour from this year's...

  • PARIS, Dec 11- French state-controlled utility EDF said on Monday it plans to accelerate its roll-out of solar energy in France to help the fight against climate change. EDF chief executive Jean-Bernard Levy said the utility will invest about 25 billion euros to develop 30 gigawatt of solar capacity in France between 2020 and 2035.. "The acceleration of solar in...

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 11- Canadian developers of cobalt and lithium mines stand to benefit from a round of investments from the makers of electric vehicles and the batteries powering them, a potential game-changer for small miners short on money to develop deposits of these critical battery ingredients. It is a function of demand-supply imbalance, "said John...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Dec 11- The sharp rebound in China's imports of major commodities in November was more of a return to normal service than any sign of a resurgence in demand in the world's largest buyer of natural resources. Certainly, it's appealing to look at the November numbers and conclude that China's appetite for commodities is storming ahead, but...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Incoming Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell, chosen by U.S. Powell in statements throughout the year, culminating with his recent Senate confirmation hearing, has been clear he sees little risk of inflation that would prompt the Fed to raise rates faster than expected, and takes weak wage growth as a sign that sidelined workers remain to be...

  • The attorney, Gene Levoff, cited guidance issued by the SEC on Nov. 1 saying that company boards are generally best positioned to decide if a resolution raises significant policy issues worth putting to a vote. While companies routinely seek permission to skip shareholder proposals, Apple's application of the new SEC guidance shows how it could be used to...

  • Dec 11- Reuters photographers witnessed the biggest stories of 2017-- from Donald Trump's first year as U.S. president to the flight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, from Venezuela's crisis to the fall of Islamic State and a tower block inferno in London. They talk about trekking through the night in South Sudan and flying over the Pacific Ocean to photograph a...

  • Dec 11- Reuters photographers witnessed the biggest stories of 2017-- from Donald Trump's first year as U.S. president to the flight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, from Venezuela's crisis to the fall of Islamic State and a tower block inferno in London. They talk about trekking through the night in South Sudan and flying over the Pacific Ocean to photograph a...

  • Dec 11- Whiting Petroleum said on Monday it will record an impairment charge of $800 million to $900 million in the current quarter due to a partial write-down of some assets in the DJ Basin in Colorado. The company said in a regulatory filing that the write-down of its assets at the Redtail field is not expected to result in any cash expenditures.