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Boost for China as it joins IMF elite
The IMF on Monday gave a major vote of confidence to China and its reform efforts, giving the renminbi greater weighting than the yen or pound as it included the currency in its elite basket of reserve currencies.
Why IMF giving the yuan reserve-currency status is a major victory for China  Los Angeles Times
IMF designates China's yuan as major world currency  Fox News Latino
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Cyber Monday on pace for record sales
In some ways, it seems like Cyber Monday should have been no big deal for e-commerce this year. Smartphones have put the Internet in our pockets, meaning there's less need to wait until Monday morning when people return to their office computers to ...
Target and PayPal Sites Report Problems on Cyber Monday  New York Times
Cyber Monday sales on track to top $3bn for the first time ever  The Guardian
Morgan Stanley Plans Deep Cuts to Bond-, Currency-Trading Group
Morgan Stanley MS 1.54 % plans to slash hundreds of jobs from its debt and currencies division after a months-long slump in trading revenue forced the Wall Street firm to revisit its staffing needs, people familiar with the matter said.
Morgan Stanley to cut up to 25% of fixed-income jobs: report  USA TODAY
Morgan Stanley to cut fixed income staff by 25%, reports say  Seeking Alpha
Dollar near multi-year peak as euro hangs in the balance
SYDNEY The dollar was on the cusp of reaching its highest in nearly 13 years against a basket of currencies on Tuesday, with the euro pinned down by expectations of aggressive policy easing from the European Central Bank.
Dollar rises slightly, ECB meeting in sight | Reuters  Firstpost
Cyber Monday unlikely to surpass Black Friday, the UK's first �1bn online ...
Black Friday was the strongest day ever for internet shopping in the UK, with British bargain hunters spending a record �1.1bn on online purchases during the 24-hour sales period.
Cyber Monday tops off super shopping period  USA TODAY
Retailers ride strong online traffic into Cyber Monday  Detroit Free Press
UC joins Bill Gates' clean energy coalition with $1-billion investment
The University of California is looking to play a prominent role as Bill Gates and other billionaires from around the world form a new private fund that will invest in the development of large-scale carbon-free energy solutions.
Bill Gates plots a surprise attack on the energy sector  Reuters
Gates Leads Billionaires in $2 Billion Climate Investment  Bloomberg
UPDATE 2-US EPA finalizes 2016 renewables target at 18.1 bln gallons
(Adds reaction of biofuel company stocks, RINs). By Chris Prentice. NEW YORK Nov 30The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants energy companies to blend 18.1 billion gallons of biofuels into the nation's fuel supply next year, more than in a ...
EPA Announces Biofuel Levels for 2016  New York Times
US Scales Back Ethanol Quotas for Gasoline  Wall Street Journal
UPDATE 2-ITC Holdings exploring strategic alternatives, including sale
... * Shares up 9.3 pct in extended trading. * Co working with two investment banks on the sale - source. * National Grid, Iberdrola SA may consider bidding - Bbg (Changes sourcing, adds details from company statement).
Deals of the day-Mergers and acquisitions  Reuters Africa
ITC Holdings (ITC) to Review of Strategic Alternatives Including Sale
#GivingTuesday: When the shopping ends, the giving begins
NEW YORK -- At the "Giving Tuesday" command center in New York City, dozens of volunteers are gearing up for December 1st.
GivingTuesday an antidote to overspending on Black Friday  Calgary Herald
#GivingTuesday: Four ways to do a world of good (that won't cost you a cent)  Fox News
US pending home sales edge up in October
Slightly more Americans signed contracts to buy homes in October, in a modest rebound that suggests the real estate market has crested.
Pending Home Sales In The South Go South On Oil  Investor's Business Daily