Small-cap rally could shrink on earnings, tax reform hurdles

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Optimism is souring around small-cap stocks for some investors, with a host of factors conspiring to up-end gains that have taken them to record highs.

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U.S. fines American, Delta, Frontier for consumer rule violations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Frontier Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have been fined for violating U.S. Transportation Department airline consumer protection rules, the department said on Friday.

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Ford to petition to avoid U.S. recall of 2.5 million vehicles

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co (F.N) will petition to avoid a U.S. recall of about 2.5 million vehicles with Takata (7312.T) air-bag inflators that the Japanese auto supplier declared defective last week, U.S. regulators and the automaker said on Friday.

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Dollar weakness, China cheer lift Asia stocks, commodities

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The dollar huddled near multi-month lows on Wednesday as investors wagered any further tightening in the United States would be slow at best, while optimism on China's economy underpinned Asian shares and commodities.

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U.S. banks pay up for big deposits as consumers get pennies

(Reuters) - Big U.S. banks are starting to pay corporations, financial firms and rich people more to hold on to their deposits, but ordinary consumers will have to wait longer to see more than a few pennies for every $100 they stash in their accounts.

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Americans want U.S. goods, but not willing to pay more: Reuters/Ipsos poll

​HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - Americans say they love U.S.-made goods. They are less enthusiastic, however, about paying a premium for them.

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Carlyle to buy airfield lighting group ADB Safegate: sources

LONDON/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Buyout group Carlyle has agreed to buy airfield lighting group ADB Safegate at a valuation of about 900 million euros ($1 billion) including debt, sources familiar with the matter said.

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U.S. lawmaker calls for hearing on Amazon's Whole Foods deal

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives' antitrust subcommittee has voiced concerns about Inc's (AMZN.O) $13.7 billion plan to buy Whole Foods Market Inc (WFM.O) and is pushing for a hearing to look into the deal's impact on consumers.

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Unilever vies with Hormel to buy Reckitt food unit: Sunday Times

LONDON (Reuters) - Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever (ULVR.L)(UNc.AS) is vying with U.S. canned meat producer Hormel Foods Corp (HRL.N) to buy the foods division of British consumer goods maker Reckitt Benckiser, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing sources.

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Asian shares gain ahead of Yellen, shrug off Trump controversy

TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian shares gained on Wednesday after Wall Street managed to weather a fresh twist in the controversy over U.S. President Donald Trump's alleged connection with Russia, while investors looked ahead to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's comments.

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