Asian stocks catch Wall Street tailwind

Asian markets looked set for another upbeat session on Friday after Wall Street boasted its biggest two-day advance since late 2011 amid relief the Federal Reserve was in no rush to start hiking interest rates.

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Brazilian lawmakers urge indictments in Petrobras scandal

A congressional committee investigating a mushrooming corruption scandal at Brazil's state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA) recommended on Thursday that prosecutors bring charges against 52 people for alleged money laundering and racketeering.

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American Apparel approached for possible buyout: WSJ

Clothing manufacturer American Apparel Inc (APP.A) has been approached by private equity firm Irving Place Capital for a possible takeover, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

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Apache to sell stakes in LNG projects to Woodside for $2.75 billion

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Apache Corp (APA.N) has agreed to sell stakes in two liquefied natural gas developments, Wheatstone in Australia and Kitimat in Canada, for $2.75 billion to Woodside Petroleum (WPL.AX), which "stress-tested" the projects against low crude prices before signing up to buy them.

Vodafone to get C$850 million Canada finance, mainly for BlackBerry

Vodafone

British mobile phone operator Vodafone Group PLC (VOD.L) will get C$850 million ($726 million) in Canadian trade financing to help it buy enterprise services from BlackBerry Ltd (BB.TO), Ottawa said on Tuesday.

Sony Pictures warns staff on fraudsters misusing stolen data

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Sony Pictures Entertainment advised its current and former employees to be on the alert for fraudsters looking to use their stolen data, which included detailed personal information.

Philips to buy medical device maker Volcano for $1.2 billion including debt

Philips

Philips (PHG.AS) will acquire Volcano Corp (VOLC.O), a U.S.-based medical device maker, for $1.2 billion including debt, to expand in the image-guided therapy market.

GE sees 2015 profit pressured by 'sluggish' oil business

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General Electric Co gave a 2015 profit forecast range on Tuesday that barely included Wall Street's target as the U.S. conglomerate braced for a "sluggish" oil and gas sector due to plunging crude prices.

Accenture

Accenture raises full-year revenue forecast after strong first quarter

Consulting and outsourcing company Accenture Plc (ACN.N) raised its revenue forecast for fiscal 2015 after contract wins helped the company post better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and revenue.

Unilever

Unilever drops mayonnaise suit against Just Mayo maker

Unilever Plc's (ULVR.L) (UNc.AS) U.S. division said it has withdrawn its lawsuit against food startup Hampton Creek over false advertising and unfair competition related to its Just Mayo product.

Herbalife

Top Herbalife salesman acknowledges high failure rate in video

A top Herbalife salesman said that most people who sell the company's weight loss and nutrition products are doomed to fail, adding fresh grist to accusations by a hedge fund manager that the company is a fraud

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Boeing to make 754 commercial jet deliveries in 2015: trade group

Boeing Co (BA.N) will deliver a record 754 commercial aircraft in 2015, an increase of up to 5.5 percent, the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association forecast on Wednesday, reflecting expectations of steadily rising production at the world's biggest plane maker.

IKEA To Raise Minimum Wage At US Stores By An Average Of 17 Percent

In South Korea, IKEA opens biggest store to lure tiny households

Iconic Swedish furniture retailer IKEA built its biggest store in the world to serve South Korea's shrinking households, targeting millions of people living alone with Korea-only items like super-sized single beds and in-store kimchi rice.

Nissan

Nissan recalls autos in Mexico to check Takata air bags

Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) said on Wednesday it has ordered the recall of more than 80,000 vehicles sold in Mexico to check for potential defects stemming from air bags made by Japanese company Takata Corp (7312.T).

House Energy Committee Holds Hearing On Massive Takata Airbag Recall

Takata says has sufficient funds to deal with recalls: Nikkei

Air bag maker Takata Corp (7312.T) has sufficient funds to deal with a global recall that has climbed to about 21 million vehicles after five deaths linked to its products, the company executive told the Nikkei newspaper.

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Japan export growth slows, maintains policy pressure on Abe

Japan's exports grew for a third straight month in November from a year earlier, but much more slowly than expected and despite a sharp fall in the yen, maintaining economic policy pressure on Prime Minister Shinzo Abe days after his ruling coalition's big election win.

Honda

Honda ran tests on fatal air bag flaw, frustrated by Takata reticence: sources

Honda Motor Co (7267.T) was so concerned by mounting recalls for Takata (7312.T) air bags, and frustrated by its supplier's failure to explain why some have exploded, killing five people with shrapnel, that it bought used and scrapped cars in Japan to conduct its own tests.

Fannie Mae

Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac to lose market share to private capital: CBO

America's government-controlled mortgage finance giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, will likely guarantee a shrinking share of new loans over the next decade, congressional analysts said on Tuesday.

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