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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 opens slightly higher, ECB stimulus eyed  CNBC
Euro weakens as investors bet on fresh ECB stimulus - business live  The Guardian
Pfizer Didn't Need an Inversion to Avoid Paying US Taxes
Pfizer's declaration that it intends to merge with Allergan and cut taxes by moving its tax home to Dublin from New York City has set off something of a furor.
Report: Pfizer, Allergan close to $150 billion merger deal  Waterbury Republican American
Pfizer's raid: Another tax inversion will hurt the US Treasury  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Consumer spending increases slightly in October for second straight month
WASHINGTON - We're the 0.1 percenters. Consumer spending posted a modest increase for a second straight month in October, while personal income rebounded after a sluggish September.
United States economic growth revised up to 2.1% in the third quarter (blog)
US Consumer Spending Rose Slightly in October  New York Times
US Stocks Little Changed Ahead of Holiday
U.S. stocks ended mostly unchanged as consumer discretionary and health-care shares battled losses in other sectors on the last full trading day of the week.
Nasdaq up pre-holiday; Dow, S&P 500 flat  USA TODAY
There is No Guarantee of a Breakout
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
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
Black Friday is an artificial marketing stunt with zero relevance for UK shoppers
Perhaps with the exception of The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), not many brands would go out of their way to be associated with violent rioting.
Cantillon: Big retail edgy about Black Friday  Irish Times
Shopping tips for Cyber Monday -- and Cyber Everyday  Detroit Free Press
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)
Brazil Dam Burst: Toxic Chemicals in Mud, Says UN
High levels of toxic chemicals have been found in the mud unleashed by a collapsed dam in Brazil earlier this month, according to a United Nations report.
BHP Shares Slide as UN Probe Says Samarco Spill `Toxic'  Bloomberg
BHP Billiton at odds with United Nations over Samarco toxicity claim  Sydney Morning Herald
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