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Wall Street’s trillion-dollar club dwarfs Europe Inc

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LONDON (Reuters) – With Google parent Alphabet (GOOGL.O) becoming the latest entrant to Wall Street’s trillion-dollar club, Europe’s blue-chip companies are dwarfed by comparison — the most valuable firm from the “old continent”, Nestle, is worth just a third of that. FILE PHOTO: Traders work on the floor at the......
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U.S. energy exports to climb as China pledges ramp-up in purchases

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NEW YORK/SINGAPORE (Reuters) – U.S. energy exports to China, mostly crude oil and natural gas, will climb as the world’s two largest economies struck a trade agreement after a more than year-long tariff war, executives and traders said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A liquified natural gas (LNG) tanker leaves the......
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Dow closes above 29,000 after China and U.S. sign trade truce

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(Reuters) – The Dow ended above 29,000 for the first time on Wednesday and the S&P 500 also closed at a record high after the United States and China signed a Phase 1 trade agreement and pledged to resolve a tariff dispute that has roiled Wall Street for over a......
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China’s ‘market condition’ caveat on U.S. ag purchases adds to trade deal doubts

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CHICAGO (Reuters) – China’s pledge to buy U.S. farm goods based on “market conditions” during the Phase 1 trade deal signing ceremony on Wednesday added to doubts among farmers and commodity traders over Beijing’s lingering tariffs on U.S. exports. FILE PHOTO: A bushel of soybeans are shown on display in......
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U.S. coal-fired power plants closing fast despite Trump’s pledge of support for industry

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(Reuters) – U.S. coal-fired power plants shut down at the second-fastest pace on record in 2019, despite President Donald Trump’s efforts to prop up the industry, according to data from the federal government and Thomson Reuters. Power companies retired or converted roughly 15,100 megawatts (MW) of coal-fired electricity generation, enough......
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Boeing’s worst year in decades

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(Reuters) – Boeing’s new Chief Executive Officer David Calhoun started work on Monday, inheriting a company that is reeling from the effects of two fatal crashes which led to the grounding of the 737 MAX last March. FILE PHOTO: A Boeing 737 MAX aircraft is parked at a Boeing production......
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The real price of Occidental’s ‘costless’ oil hedge

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(Reuters) – In just 12 days, Occidental Petroleum Corp pulled off one of the biggest hedges against falling oil prices ever placed by a U.S. energy company. It characterized the transaction as “costless” but a Reuters review of regulatory filings, market data and interviews shows that’s not the whole story.......
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U.S. employment growth slows; labor market tightening

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth slowed in December after surging in the prior month, but the pace of hiring is enough to keep the longest economic expansion in history on track despite a deepening downturn in a manufacturing sector stung by trade disputes. The Labor Department’s closely watched monthly......
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U.S. job growth cools in December, but labor market tight

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth slowed more than expected in December, but the pace of hiring likely remains sufficient to keep the longest economic expansion in history on track despite a deepening downturn in a manufacturing sector stung by trade disputes. FILE PHOTO: Job seekers speak with potential employers......
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Take Five: The burning bush

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A swathe of Australia the size of South Korea is being razed by fire. The toll so far: 27 lives, more than 1,800 homes, a billion animals. But that’s probably a fraction of the eventual costs. Analysts who have done the sums expect a drag as much as 0.4% this......
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Mediaset approves changes to keep pan-European TV plan afloat

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MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s Mediaset on Friday won shareholder approval for governance tweaks needed to smooth a pan-European expansion plan despite opposition from its second-biggest investor Vivendi, which is fighting the project in court. FILE PHOTO: The Mediaset tower is seen in Cologno Monzese neighbourhood Milan, Italy, in this April......
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U.S. job growth seen slowing in December after robust gains

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. job growth likely slowed in December, but the pace of hiring probably remains more than enough to keep the longest economic expansion in history on track despite a deepening downturn in a manufacturing sector stung by trade disputes. FILE PHOTO: A “Now Hiring” sign advertising jobs......
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Oil slips as focus shifts from Iran tensions to U.S. crude build

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Oil prices retreated further on Thursday after sharp losses in the previous session, as the market shifted its focused toward rising U.S. crude stocks and away from fears of an imminent escalation of conflict between the United States and Iran. FILE PHOTO: A maze of crude......
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Lebanon imposes travel ban on Ghosn after questioning over warrant: judicial source

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FILE PHOTO: Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn arrives to deliver a news conference at the Lebanese Press Syndicate in Beirut, Lebanon January 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT (Reuters) – A Lebanese prosecutor imposed a travel ban on former Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn on Thursday, a judicial source said, after he......
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Divergent paths: Oil, natural gas going different directions

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(Reuters) – The diverging fundamentals of U.S. oil and natural gas can be seen dramatically in the markets, where the oil-to-gas price ratio has surged to its highest in six years. FILE PHOTO: Drilling rigs operate at sunset in Midland, Texas, U.S., February 13, 2019. REUTERS/Nick Oxford/File Photo The oil-to-gas......
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Tesla’s market value zooms past that of GM and Ford – combined

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the first time, Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) stock market value has eclipsed the combined values of General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (F.N). FILE PHOTO: Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk speaks at an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, China......
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Tesla’s market value eclipses GM and Ford – combined!

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – For the first time, Tesla Inc’s (TSLA.O) stock market value has eclipsed the combined values of General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (F.N). FILE PHOTO: Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk speaks at an opening ceremony for Tesla China-made Model Y program in Shanghai, China......
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Seeking justice: the legal risks facing fugitive Carlos Ghosn

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PARIS (Reuters) – Carlos Ghosn said on Wednesday he was the victim of a conspiracy to oust him from the helm of automaker Nissan and escaped from Japan because he could not defend himself against baseless charges of financial misconduct. Former Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn attends a news conference at......

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