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Euro on shaky ground as ECB easing talk mounts, stocks up
LONDON The euro slipped back towards seven-month lows, bond yields fell and European shares gained on Thursday as talk of aggressive stimulus from the European Central Bank next week grows.
Daily Market Update: Euro remains under pressure as leaked details of ECB ...  Irish Independent
Asia stocks end quiet session on a mixed note; ECB in focus  CNBC
Barclays Is Fined for Lax Oversight on Financial Crime
LONDON - British financial regulators said on Thursday that they had fined Barclays 72 million pounds, or $108 million, for failing to safeguard against the risk that the bank would be used to facilitate financial crime.
Barclays hit with record �72m fine over financial crime risks  Financial Times
Barclays Fined for Failing to Minimize Financial Crime Risk  Wall Street Journal
large inversions may be hard to find
Washington: Pfizer's $160 billion (Dh587 billion) megadeal with Allergan, which comes with the benefit of an overseas tax address, is likely to be envied by competitors who won't be able to do much to mimic it.
Pfizer deal to purchase Allergan could close by end of 2016  Rapid News Network
Pfizer and Allergan Merges: A Deal Worth $150 Billion (blog)
Consumer spending inches up 0.1%
Shoppers pass a Christmas display in a store window in San Francisco on Sunday. Consumers spent a little bit more in October than in September and incomes rose 0.4 percent, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.
Consumer spending increases slightly in October for second straight month  New York Daily News
Consumer spending up weak 0.1 per cent in October (blog)
Wall Street indexes flat in pre-holiday lull; health, consumer up
The major U.S. indexes were virtually unchanged at the close of a quiet trading day on Wednesday with gains in healthcare and consumer stocks after data showed U.S.
US Stocks Little Changed Ahead of Holiday  Wall Street Journal
Nasdaq up pre-holiday; Dow, S&P 500 flat  USA TODAY
Black Friday: where are the best deals in the UK?
Many retailers have already launched pre-Christmas online and in-store offers. Here are some of the discounts available. Oxford Street shops offering Black Friday discounts.
Opinion: Good news, holiday shoppers: Retailers are desperate  MarketWatch
Black Friday is an artificial marketing stunt with zero relevance for UK ...  PR Week
UPDATE 1-Alibaba in talks with Hong Kong's SCMP Group for media assets - source
(Recasts, changes sourcing, adds comments from SCMP). By John Ruwitch and Anne Marie Roantree. SHANGHAI/HONG KONG Nov 26 Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd has approached the publisher of Hong Kong's South China ...
HK's South China Morning Post receives takeover approach  Financial Times
Source: Alibaba in Talks to Buy Hong Kong's SCMP Newspaper  New York Times
The high cost of the low-interest rate war on savers
There's a lot of "Oh, snap" and high-fiving on the internet about Janet Yellen's comeback to Ralph Nader this week.
Strong case for interest rate rise  The Voice Herald (blog)
Yellen says low rates help Americans  Rapid News Network
CompaniesTesco shares in the green after lawsuit settlement
Tesco is among the top risers on the FTSE 100 this morning as the retailer's announcement earlier, that it has reached an agreement to settle one of two class action lawsuits in the US, is viewed as a positive removal of another distraction for senior ...
Tesco to pay up $12m to settle accounting scandal US lawsuit
Tesco settles US lawsuit over profit overstatement  BBC News
US accuses Syria of purchasing oil from Islamic State
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration on Wednesday accused Syria's government of purchasing oil from the Islamic State and sanctioned a Syrian businessman for allegedly facilitating these transactions.
Why Islamic State changed its strategy  Jerusalem Post Israel News