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Leading U.S. antitrust senator urges hearing on Disney, Fox deal

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WASHINGTON Senator Amy Klobuchar, the top Democrat on the Senate antitrust panel, urged the subcommittee on Friday to hold a hearing on Walt Disney Co's plan to buy a number of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc businesses.

U.S. Justice Department, AT&T settlement talks failed: court filing 5:41am EST

WASHINGTON The U.S. Department of Justice and AT&T Inc have held unsuccessful settlement talks over the wireless and pay-TV company's bid to buy movie and TV show maker Time Warner Inc , the two sides said in a court filing on Friday.

Exclusive: Aston Martin owners rev up for 2018 exit with Lazard hire Dec 15 2017

LONDON Aston Martin's owners have hired Lazard to prepare for a stock market listing or sale of the British sportscar maker made famous by fictional spy James Bond, sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Unilever to sell spreads business to KKR for $8 billion Dec 15 2017

Unilever has agreed to sell its margarine and spreads business to U.S. private equity firm KKR for 6.83 billion euros ($8.04 billion) to concentrate on faster growing products.

Wall Street rally sets the stage for big IPO year in 2018 Dec 15 2017

A relentless bull-run in U.S. stock indexes this year has set the stage for a strong IPO market in 2018, with several multi-billion dollar firms including Airbnb and Spotify widely expected to grab headlines with their offerings.

German logistics firm Zeitfracht says looking at Niki's books 8:11am EST

FRANKFURT Family-owned German logistics firm Zeitfracht is studying the books of Austrian airline Niki with view to buying some of its assets, a spokesman for Zeitfracht said on Saturday.

Continental has at least 3 billion euros for acquisitions: CFO 12:12pm EST

FRANKFURT Germany's Continental has at least 3 billion euros ($3.53 billion) ready for acquisitions to expand into growing automotive markets led by Asia, Chief Finance Officer Wolfgang Schaefer said in an interview published on Saturday.

Exclusive: Qatari dairy company battling Arab boycott to go public next year - sources 5:59am EST

DOHA Qatari company Baladna, which is creating a dairy industry in the desert to help the country to cope with a boycott by other Arab states, is planning an initial public offer of its shares (IPO) to raise funds and bring in strategic investors, sources familiar with the matter said.

Busiest year for Brazilian IPOs since 2013 ends on flat note 11:45am EST

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA Brazil's strongest year for initial public offerings since 2013 finished on a flat note this week as one company canceled its plans and what promised to be 2017's biggest listing priced at the bottom of the range.

Luxottica CEO exits eyewear giant ahead of Essilor merger 11:06am EST

MILAN Italy's Luxottica has parted ways with its fourth chief executive in three years as Chairman Leonardo Del Vecchio prepares the eyewear group he founded for a planned merger with France's Essilor .

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