U.S. blocks health insurer Aetna’s $34 billion Humana acquisition

A trader points up at a display on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeA U.S. judge blocked on Monday health insurer Aetna Inc's proposed $ 34 billion acquisition of smaller peer Humana Inc, raising the stakes for rival Anthem Inc as it battles to clear a $ 54 billion deal to buy Cigna Corp. The ruling is the latest sign of antitrust authorities having grown more assertive under U.S. President Barack Obama, whose term ended last week.



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Trump to company executives: We think we can cut regulations by 75 percent

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during the Inaugural Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders Reception in the Blue Room of the White House in Washington.WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump told leaders of companies ranging from defense manufacturer Lockheed Martin Corp to sportswear apparel maker Under Armour Inc on Monday that he believed his administration could cut U.S. regulations governing companies by 75 percent or more.



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Futures fall on Trump’s protectionist address

Traders gather for Keane Group, Inc.'s IPO on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in Manhattan, New York City(Reuters) – U.S. stock index futures slipped on Monday as investors around the world sought safe-haven assets such as gold and U.S. Treasuries in response to the protectionist sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump in his inauguration speech.



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Japan’s PM says will keep seeking Trump’s understanding on TPP

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe makes a policy speech at the start of the ordinary session of parliament in TokyoJapanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he believed U.S. President Donald Trump understood the value of free trade and that he would keep pitching a multinational trade pact that Trump's administration has vowed to exit. "I believe President Trump understands the importance of free and fair trade, so I'd like to pursue his understanding on the strategic and economic importance of the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade pact," Abe told a session of parliament's lower house.



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SEC probing Yahoo over previously disclosed cyber breach: filing

A photo illustration shows a Yahoo logo on smartphone in front of a displayed cyber code and keyboardThe U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a previously disclosed data breach at Yahoo Inc, the company said in a filing. Yahoo said in a November 2016 quarterly filing that it was “cooperating with federal, state and foreign” agencies, including the SEC, that were seeking information and documents about a "security incident and related matters." The SEC is investigating whether two massive data breaches at Yahoo should have been reported sooner to investors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing people familiar with the matter.



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