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Glencore prepares to pay up to $1.5 bln to settle U.S., UK, Brazil probes

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Glencore agrees settlements in U.S., Brazil Glencore Energy (UK) charged with bribery over oil operations UK sentencing hearing called for June 21 LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – Glencore Plc (GLEN.L) said on Tuesday it anticipates paying up to $1.5 billion to settle accusations of bribery and market manipulation by U.S.,......

Shareholders back Shell’s climate strategy after raucous meeting

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LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) – Shareholders backed Shell’s (SHEL.L) climate strategy in a meeting on Tuesday that was disrupted by dozens of climate protesters, while a climate activist proposal from the Follow This group received fewer votes than last year. It followed a Dutch court ruling in May 2021, telling......

Swiss Re, UBS among founding buyers in carbon removal scheme

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LONDON, May 23 (Reuters) – Insurance firm Swiss Re (SRENH.S) and banking giant UBS (UBSG.S) are among five founding buyers of credits from a scheme set up by a Swiss company to drive down the cost of taking carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere. Even with pledges of huge reductions......

Computer chip giant ASML places big bets on a tiny future

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VELDHOVEN, Netherlands, May 20 (Reuters) – ASML (ASML.AS), a semiconductor industry and stock market giant, has to think smaller. Or maybe bigger. It is building machines the size of double-decker buses, weighing over 200 tonnes, in its quest to produce beams of focused light that create the microscopic circuitry on......

Musk says ‘Tesla is on my mind 24/7’ amid concerns about Twitter distraction

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 19 (Reuters) – Tesla (TSLA.O) CEO Elon Musk said on Thursday that “Tesla is on my mind 24/7,” trying to soothe investor worries about him being distracted by a Twitter (TWTR.N) deal that has depressed stocks at the electric car company. Posting a picture showing a woman......

Euronav shareholders signal support for Frontline merger

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May 19 (Reuters) – Belgian oil tanker and storage operator Euronav (EUAV.BR) said on Thursday it had received “a clear signal” from shareholders in support of its proposed $4.2-billion merger with smaller Oslo-listed rival Frontline (FRO.OL). Since the announcement on April 7 of the planned merger, Euronav has clashed with......

Tesla cut from S&P 500 ESG Index, and Elon Musk tweets his fury

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May 18 (Reuters) – An S&P Dow Jones Indices executive told Reuters on Wednesday it has removed electric carmaker Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) from the widely followed S&P 500 ESG Index (.SPXESUP)because of issues including claims of racial discrimination and crashes linked to its autopilot vehicles, and Tesla CEO Elon Musk......

Why Tesla was kicked out of the S&P 500’s ESG index

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here An aerial view of the Tesla Fremont Factory on May 13, 2020 in Fremont, California. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images The S&P 500 booted electric vehicle maker Tesla from its ESG Index in an annual rebalancing. Meanwhile, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon......

Four countries pledge tenfold rise in EU offshore wind power capacity

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A fishing boat sails in front of wind turbines through the Thyboron Canal in Jutland, Denmark, March 14, 2019. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register ESBJERG PORT, Denmark, May 18 (Reuters) – Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark on Wednesday pledged to build at least......

Climate change is hurting insurers, report says

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LONDON, May 17 (Reuters) – Climate change is hurting the insurance industry and only 8% of insurers are preparing adequately for its impact, consultants Capgemini and financial industry body Efma said in a report on Tuesday. Insured losses from natural catastrophes have increased 250% in the last 30 years, with......

Allianz to pay $6 billion in U.S. fraud case, fund manager charged

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NEW YORK/MUNICH, May 17 (Reuters) – Germany’s Allianz SE (ALVG.DE) agreed to pay more than $6 billion and its U.S. asset management unit will plead guilty to criminal securities fraud over the collapse of its Structured Alpha funds early in the COVID-19 pandemic. Allianz’s settlements with the U.S. Department of......

Britain to shake up audit market after Carillion crash

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A combination of file pictures shows logos of accounting firms PwC, Deloitte, KPMG and EY. REUTERS/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register LONDON, May 10 (Reuters) – Britain set out long-awaited plans on Tuesday for a new accounting watchdog to shake up the audit market four......

Suncor CEO Little faces scrutiny after activist Elliott takes aim

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May 8 (Reuters) – Three months ago Mark Little, the chief executive of Canadian oil and gas major Suncor Energy (SU.TO), issued a mea culpa. In January two trucks had crashed at an oil sands mine in northern Alberta, killing one person. This raised the number of on-the-job fatalities at......

Global scramble for metals thrusts Africa into mining spotlight

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A truck exits the mine after collecting ore from 516 metres below the surface at the Chibuluma copper mine in the Zambian copperbelt region, January 17, 2015. REUTERS/Rogan Ward/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register JOHANNESBURG, May 8 (Reuters) – The need to secure new sources......

U.S., Chinese regulators in talks for audit deal -sources

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Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register HONG KONG, May 6 (Reuters) – U.S. and Chinese regulatory officials are in talks to settle a long-running dispute over the......

Yelp, other companies take stance on abortion rights with travel benefit

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May 6 (Reuters) – Yelp Inc, Amazon.com, and Citigroup are among a small but growing number of companies rolling out policies to cover costs for American employees who need to travel out of state for an abortion. Yelp Inc (YELP.N) was one of the first to offer support for its......

Musk’s $44 bln Twitter buyout challenged in shareholder lawsuit

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May 6 (Reuters) – Elon Musk and Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) were sued on Friday by a Florida pension fund seeking to stop Musk from completing his $44 billion takeover of the social media company before 2025. In a proposed class action filed in Delaware Chancery Court, the Orlando Police Pension......

Etsy says impact on sales from sellers strike not material

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A sign advertising the online seller Etsy Inc. is seen outside the Nasdaq market site in Times Square following Etsy’s initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq in New York April 16, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register May 4 (Reuters) – Arts-and-crafts......

Activist firm Elliott pushes Western Digital to split its businesses

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May 3 (Reuters) – Elliott Management on Tuesday disclosed it held a stake of nearly $1 billion in Western Digital and pushed the company to conduct a strategic review and split off its flash-memory business. New York-based Elliott, one of the world’s most prominent activist investors, argued in a letter......

HSBC shares edge up after top shareholder urges bank’s break-up

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SINGAPORE, May 3 (Reuters) – Shares in HSBC Holdings rose in Hong Kong trade on Tuesday after its largest shareholder, Chinese insurance giant Ping An (601318.SS), called for a break-up of the London-headquartered bank. Sources familiar with the situation said on Friday Ping An had urged HSBC to look at......

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