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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.
Europe higher on hopes of ECB stimulus; Abengoa slumps  CNBC
Euro weakens as investors bet on fresh ECB stimulus - business live  The Guardian
Reuters UK  
Pfizer, Allergan poised for $150 billion merger deal
Pfizer Inc. and Allergan PLC could announce as soon as Monday a merger deal worth more than $150 billion that would create the world's biggest drug maker by sales.
Pfizer's raid: Another tax inversion will hurt the US Treasury  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Report: Pfizer, Allergan close to $150 billion merger deal  Waterbury Republican American
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
United States economic growth revised up to 2.1% in the third quarter (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
Barclays Fined for Failing to Minimize Financial Crime Risk
LONDON—The Financial Conduct Authority said Thursday it has fined U.K. bank Barclays BCS 0.45 % PLC �72.07 million ($108.89 million) for failing to minimize the risk against financial crime, its largest ever fine for such failings, but stopped short ...
UK watchdog fines Barclays for failing to minimise financial crime risks  Reuters
Barclays fined �72m for lack of checks  BBC News
Cybersecurity experts warn about ModPOS malware aimed at retailers
The retail industry is reeling from a wave of cybersecurity breaches uncovered since Target was hit during the 2013 holiday season.
Cyber-thieves 'target bargain hunters'  Citifmonline
Cyber-thieves 'target Christmas shoppers'  PC Tech Magazine
Black Friday deals start a day early across the East
GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Black Friday starts a day early once again this year, with many stores in our area set to open Thanksgiving afternoon and evening.
Black Friday is an artificial marketing stunt with zero relevance for UK ...  PR Week
Cantillon: Big retail edgy about Black Friday  Irish Times
Albertsons buys back stores feds forced it to sell
Less than a year after federal regulators forced Albertsons Co. to sell off more than a 146 grocery stores as part of a $9.2 billion merger with Safeway, the grocery chain has started buying them back for pennies on the dollar.
Albertsons Buys Back Grocery Stores After Antitrust Misfire  Wall Street Journal (blog)
BHP Billiton shares hit as it rejects UN claim Brazil dam spill was toxic
BHP Billiton has denied claims by the UN that mud and waste water released by a burst dam in Brazil was toxic, as it faces renewed pressure over the mining disaster that killed at least 11 people and left eight missing.
Brazil Dam Burst: Toxic Chemicals in Mud, Says UN  Wall Street Journal
BHP Shares Slide as UN Probe Says Samarco Spill `Toxic'  Bloomberg
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
Alibaba eyes South China Morning Post  Seeking Alpha