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European stocks set for biggest weekly gain of 2014
LONDON (Reuters) - World markets are ending their last full week of 2014 on a high, as Wall Street made its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 and European shares headed for their strongest week of the year.
European Stocks Climb Higher - Update  Nasdaq
European stocks open stronger  The Daily Telegraph
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BASF Gas Production Hopes Evaporate as Gazprom Deal Ends
BASF SE (BAS)'s plan to exit a low-margin gas-trading business, giving up 12 billion euros ($14.7 billion) of sales, and take a leap forward in gas production evaporated with the collapse of a deal to swap assets with Russian partner OAO Gazprom.
German BASF calls off contract with Gazprom  APA
BASF And Gazprom Call Off Asset Swap  RTT News
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Fact Check: Is Duke telling "The Truth About Toxicity?"
On of those short missives read, "#CoalAsh: The truth about toxicity" and linked to a fact sheet posted online. "It's a tool that we've used a community meetings and events," said Paige Sheehan, a spokeswoman for the company.
EPA to issue first-ever guidelines on handling and storage of coal ash  WCBD
First federal standards on power plant coal ash expected to avoid ' ...  Fox Business
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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open
Stocks are poised for more gains Friday after a huge recovery this week that could put the main U.S. indexes on course for a positive month.
US stocks: Futures higher after blockbuster Wall Street day  MarketWatch
Wall Street: charging bull charges some more  USA TODAY
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Uber Suspends Portland Service While Seeking Clearance
Uber Technologies Inc. is limiting service in Portland, Oregon, for three months as it works with local officials on regulations that will let the mobile car-booking application operate legally in the city.
Uber Continues To Run Into Roadblocks; Portland Operation Suspended  Yibada (English Edition)
Uber to leave Portland for 3 months in agreement with city  KING5.com
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Jobless claims lowest in 6 weeks
WASHINGTON - The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell last week as the economy's continued improvement tempered dismissals.
Drop in Jobless Claims Points to Economic Rally  New York Times
Jobless Claims Fall to 289000 in Latest Week  Wall Street Journal
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Red Hat's Profit Improves on Cloud Computing Trends
Red Hat Inc. said Thursday its results for the November quarter improved thanks to cloud computing and big data trends that have increased demand for its open-source technology.
Trade-Ideas: Red Hat (RHT) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock  TheStreet.com
UPDATE 2-Linux distributor Red Hat raises full-year profit forecast  Reuters
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Why Germany's having a merrier Christmas
Christmas in Germany will be that little bit merrier this year as positive business and consumer confidence points to a much-needed turnaround for the euro zone's largest economy -- one that veered dangerously close to recession just months ago.
German Consumer Sentiment to Reach Eight-Year High in January  Wall Street Journal
German consumer confidence on the rise  Chron.com
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Apple 'failing to protect Chinese factory workers'
Poor treatment of workers in Chinese factories which make Apple products has been discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.
Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by BBC allegations over Apple working ...  Telegraph.co.uk
BBC: Apple Still Failing to Protect Factory Workers  Gizmodo
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Unilever Withdraws Lawsuit Against Just Mayo Maker Hampton Creek
Unilever (UNA), the maker of Hellmann's mayonnaise, withdrew a lawsuit against startup Hampton Creek Foods Inc. over the labeling of its Just Mayo product.
Unilever drops Just Mayo lawsuit after labelling dispute  The Independent
Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo'  Madison.com
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