MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament passed a draft law that would give the banking sector a capital boost of up to 1 trillion rubles ($16.5 billion) on Friday, part of measures to shield banks from Western economic sanctions.
LONDON (Reuters) - Brent crude oil rose to around $60 a barrel on Friday, rallying from near a 5-1/2-year low as investors squared books ahead of the year-end festive break after six months of falling prices.
TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again.
PARIS (Reuters) - Alstom shareholders on Friday backed with 99.2 percent of votes the French engineering group's plan to sell most of its power equipment business to General Electric and refocus on its smaller rail arm.
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Union Frozen Products PCL , the world's biggest producer of canned tuna, has agreed to buy U.S. peer Bumble Bee Seafoods for $1.5 billion as part of a plan to double revenue through overseas acquisitions.
PARIS (Reuters) - Hawaiian Airlines has confirmed an order for six Airbus A330-800neo aircraft worth $1.5 billion at list prices, swapping them for a previous A350 order, the planemaker said on Friday.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's rouble strengthened on Friday after Finance Minister Anton Siluanov confirmed his ministry had sold foreign currency, and on expectations that exporters will increase dollar sales.
SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) - This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored.