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  1. Sky shares soar by more than 30% in after hours trading
  2. Italy's Monte dei Paschi bailout plan under threat
  3. Japan's Nikkei and Germany's Dax hit 2016 highs
  4. Food industry issues post-Brexit warning
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By Tom Espiner

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  1. Good night!

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  2. White House probe

    US President Barack Obama casts an electronic ballot

    President Obama has ordered US intelligence agencies to examine all cyber attacks and alleged foreign intervention in presidential elections.

    He wants a report ready before he leaves office on 20 January.

    White House spokesman Eric Schultz said the review would look beyond the vote in last November and go as far back as 2008:

     "We'll dig into this pattern of malicious cyber activity timed to our elections, take stock of our defensive capabilities and capture lessons learned to make sure that we brief members of Congress and stakeholders as appropriate," he said.

    "What the President asked for is a review to look at malicious cyber activity to our presidential election cycle and so it will be broader than just looking at this past election."

  3. New highs for Wall Street

    US stock markets hit new record highs on Friday, with the S&P 500 ending the week up about 3%, as investors bid up shares in sectors that have lagged in the month-long rally since Donald Trump's election to the presidency.

    The Dow Jones industrial average rose 141.8 points, or 0.7%, to 19,756.6, the S&P 500 gained 13.3 points, or 0.6%, to 2,259.5, and the Nasdaq Composite added 27.1 points, or 0.5%, to 5,444.5. 

  4. Monte dei Paschi 'becomes part of the political agenda'

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    More from Italian media on Monte dei Paschi:

    The ECB's refusal to extend the deadline has brought the prospect of a government bailout closer, Corriere della Sera writes. It notes that the ECB's refusal "opens the way for public recapitalisation of the bank". It adds that a bill on state intervention to bail out the bank could be submitted at the weekend.

    Chiara Di Cristofaro and Andrea Fontana write in Il Sole 24 Ore: "To the dense and complex political agenda [of the talks brokered by President Mattarella on resolving the government crisis triggered by last weekend's referendum] is now added the need to address the Monte dei Paschi issue as soon as possible."

  5. Brazilian inflation down


    Brazil's inflation rate fell sharply in November, official data shows, offering a sliver of hope for its ailing economy.

    The annual rate fell to 6.99% from 7.87% in October, and almost 11% at the beginning of the year. 

    Latin America's largest economy is struggling with a toxic cocktail of high inflation and deep recession.

    Analysts believe that lower inflation will give it more freedom to cut interest rates, which - at a whopping 13.75% - are thought to be holding back growth. 

  6. The Italian view on Monte dei Paschi

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    The headquarters of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena bank

    Here's some Italian media comment on Monte dei Paschi:

    The ECB's refusal to grant an extension of the deadline to raise capital means that "the oldest bank in the world is sliding towards the need for public intervention to ensure its security", writes Raffaele Ricciardi in LaRepubblica.

     "The spotlight is now focused on the political scene and in particular on the Quirinale [the official residence of Italian President Sergio Mattarella], where consultations are taking place with a view to forming a new government," Antonio Atte writes on the financial news website

  7. Walt Disney's will up for auction

    Walt Disney

    Fancy some Disney memorabilia? An eclectic mix is going under the hammer today at an auctioneers in Los Angeles.

    Walt Disney's will, animation frames from Cinderella, and a prop pistol from the original "Pirates of the Caribbean" theme park attraction at Walt Disney World are among the items up for sale.

    The will is expected to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000.

  8. Samsung limits Galaxy Note 7 battery to 30% charge

    Samsung phone

    Samsung is updating Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in Europe that are still in use despite a fire risk, to prevent them being charged past 30%.

    The update aims to encourage the few owners who have not yet returned the faulty devices to hand them in.

    Samsung issued a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7 in September following complaints about exploding batteries.

    It estimates that in Europe about 10% of Note 7 owners have yet to return their devices.

    Read more here.

  9. After and before...

    The first Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train

    The first Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train is unveiled at an event at Hitachi's manufacturing plant in Newyton Aycliffe, in the north-east of England.

    Hitachi train in production

    A Hitachi high-speed train on the production line in Newyton Aycliffe.

  10. More from the production line...

    Employees work on the Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train.

    The first UK-built Intercity Express train has been unveiled by Hitachi in County Durham.

  11. Sky approach price 'really meaty'

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Media analyst Alex de Groote has been on Drive on Radio 5 Live.

    On the approach by Twenty-First Century Fox for Sky, he says Sky's shares haven't found favour with investors over the past few months, so the approach price of £10.75 per share, is "really meaty".

    “That’s a really meaty and very healthy premium for Sky shareholders. It looks like Christmas has come early for those guys.”

    He adds: “I think you’ll see more deals for consumers… i.e. mobile plus internet plus some form of TV package. I think the consumer overall is a net winner here at a time when most household incomes are facing a bit of a squeeze.”

    “I suspect there are still a couple of minor hurdles to get over and it’s not really a done deal, although the way that the share price has reacted would suggest that investors don’t think it’s going to fall apart.”

  12. You're not fired...

    Donald Trump

    In a twist of fate befitting of Donald Trump, the president-elect is to remain an executive producer on the new series of reality TV show Celebrity Apprentice after becoming US president.

    Mr Trump helped create the show and starred on it until 2015, when his political career took over.

    But he will keep an executive producer credit when the new series, which is owned by MGM and aired by NBC, begins in January with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He'll also be paid a sum "in the low five-figures" per episode.

    However, his involvement has raised questions about conflicts of interest.

    Read more.

  13. On the production line...

    Employees work on the Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train production line at Hitachi's manufacturing plant in Newyton Aycliffe.
    Employees work on the Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train production line at Hitachi's manufacturing plant in Newyton Aycliffe

    Employees work on the Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train production line at Hitachi's manufacturing plant in Newyton Aycliffe.  

  14. Ahead by a nose

    Employees work on the Hitachi Intercity Express Programme train

    A total of 110 Intercity Express Programme trains will be built in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.

    They are capable of running at 140mph, although will be limited to 125mph unless tracks are upgraded.