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Dollar juiced up for jobs data, Nikkei hits a high

SYDNEY - The dollar held pole position in Asia on Friday as bulls wagered a looming U.S. jobs report would add to the chance of rate hikes there, even as the European Central Bank embarks on a trillion euro campaign of bond-buying.

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AbbVie boosts cancer drug pipeline with $21 billion Pharmacyclics deal

- AbbVie Inc is to buy Pharmacyclics Inc for about $21 billion, giving it access to what is expected to be one of the world's top-selling cancer drugs and expanding its reach in the profitable oncology field. | Video

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Volkswagen to announce $1 billion investment in Mexico: source

MEXICO CITY - German carmaker Volkswagen will next week announce an investment worth around $1 billion in Mexico to expand its Puebla plant, a person familiar with the matter said on Thursday.

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For the 'unbanked', mobile money still has some way to go

- Globally, an estimated 2.5 billion people don't have a bank account, but many own a cellphone, fuelling a race to turn these phones into bank books for the 'unbanked' to store cash, manage their accounts, make purchases and send and receive money - part of so-called 'financial inclusion'.

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Exclusive: Commerzbank nears $1.4 billion-plus settlement with U.S. - sources

NEW YORK - Commerzbank AG is nearing an agreement to pay U.S. authorities more than $1.4 billion to settle allegations it violated U.S. sanctions and a separate investigation that stemmed from the Olympus Corp accounting scandal, according to two people close to the case.

BofA's $8.5 billion mortgage bond settlement wins approval

NEW YORK - A New York state appeals court on Thursday approved Bank of America Corp's $8.5 billion settlement with mortgage securities investors in its entirety.

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