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Asia shares advance as investors look to data for proof of ‘goldilocks’

August 1, 2017 By Hideyuki Sano TOKYO (Reuters) – Asian shares rose on Tuesday as investors looked to a barrage of economic data around the world to confirm recent signs the global economy is in fine fettle with inflation staying well contained. Spreadbetters expected a mostly stronger start for European shares, forecasting Britain’s FTSE to open 0.5 percent higher, Germany’s DAX to start up 0.1 percent and France’s CAC to open little changed. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.7 percent, led by gains in financials…

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Cautious Fed lifts stocks to record high, investors eye earnings boost

July 14, 2017 By Nichola Saminather SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Global stocks scaled record highs on Friday, with Asian equities rising for the fifth straight session, as signs the Federal Reserve will pursue a gradual rate tightening path and hopes of a strong earnings season lifted appetite for risk assets. The MSCI World Index was almost 0.1 percent higher on Friday, just a whisker below an all-time intraday high hit earlier. It is on track to end the week 1.6 percent higher. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan advanced…

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BlackRock supports effort to boost number of women board members

July 14, 2017 By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK (Reuters) – BlackRock Inc voted for eight proposals pushing U.S. and Canadian companies to adopt policies boosting their boards’ diversity during the most recent quarter, the world’s largest asset manager said on Thursday. BlackRock said it supported the shareholder motions to press companies to develop or disclose policies geared to promote gender diversity. It did not name the companies it pushed but said the “majority” had boards of directors lacking women. “We’ve been particularly focused on increasing the number of women on…

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FCC approves new spectrum for vehicle radar systems

July 13, 2017 By David Shepardson WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission on Thursday approved allocating a larger consolidated block of spectrum for use by motor vehicle and aircraft radar systems to help avoid crashes. The FCC first approved 1 GHz of spectrum in 1995 for motor vehicles to use radar that allowed for the introduction of collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control systems that are credited with preventing tens of thousands of crashes annually. Thursday’s decision expands the band that vehicle radars can operate to 5 GHz…

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Illinois risks rating cut to junk even with budget: Moody’s

July 6, 2017 By Dave McKinney and Karen Pierog CHICAGO (Reuters) – Even if Illinois’ House of Representatives takes action to enact a new budget on Thursday, the state still risks a downgrade in its credit rating to junk, Moody’s Investors Service warned on Wednesday. The Democratic-controlled House on Thursday will attempt to overturn Republican Governor Bruce Rauner’s vetoes of spending and tax increase measures aimed at ending the state’s unprecedented two-year budget impasse. Moody’s said it placed Illinois’ Baa3 rating, which is one step above the junk level, on…

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Euro gets lift from Draghi, Senate vote delay dents dollar

June 28, 2017 By Masayuki Kitano SINGAPORE (Reuters) – The euro stood tall near a 10-month high on Wednesday after the European Central Bank chief hinted the days of the ECB’s aggressive stimulus are numbered, and as the dollar was pressured after a vote on U.S. healthcare legislation was delayed. The euro was fetching $1.1338 , after surging 1.4 percent on Tuesday and scaling a high of around $1.1349, its strongest level since late August 2016. That rally came after ECB President Mario Draghi said at a conference in Portugal…

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Weak inflation erodes conviction at Fed on rate hikes

June 16, 2017 By Ann Saphir and Lindsay Dunsmuir DALLAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the Federal Reserve raised rates earlier this week, Fed Chair Janet Yellen expressed confidence that recent weak inflation readings were transitory. Fed officials on Friday signaled that doubts are simmering. In an interview with Reuters on Friday, Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said he was not alone at the U.S. central bank in his view the Fed should have waited to raise interest rates until it was sure the recent drop in price pressures really is…

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Exclusive: SeaWorld shareholders vote to remove chairman – sources

June 14, 2017 By Michael Flaherty NEW YORK (Reuters) – SeaWorld Entertainment Inc shareholders voted against the re-election of Chairman David D’Alessandro, according to people familiar with the matter, amid concerns about a special bonus payout to company officials. At SeaWorld’s annual meeting on Wednesday, D’Alessandro received more “withhold” votes than “for” votes, a proxy voting result that means shareholders effectively voted him off the board, according to these people. The sources did not want to speak on the record because the vote totals were not yet final. The result…

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Republicans take knife to post-crisis Wall Street reforms

June 8, 2017 By Lisa Lambert WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted on Thursday to replace the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform law, a move that is expected to die in the Senate but open the door to revamping or eliminating regulations that came out of the 2007-09 financial crisis. House passage of the CHOICE Act is the farthest Republicans have gotten so far in undoing regulations they say hurt small banks and make the government responsible for bailing out big financial institutions should they…

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A minute with: Rachel Weisz recounts riding accident

June 8, 2017 LONDON (Reuters) – British actress Rachel Weisz spoke with Reuters this week, discussing the politics of her new film, and recounting a dangerous, on-set incident involving a horse. The 47-year-old, who found fame with her role in action, comedy “The Mummy” in 1999, stars in “My Cousin Rachel”, in which she plays a mysterious woman who is suspected of murdering her cousin’s guardian. Here are excerpts of the interview: Q: How would you describe “My Cousin Rachel”? A: It’s a romantic, Gothic, dark, suspenseful, mysterious thriller. That’s…

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