The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that both Shell and Total were to sign initial agreements on Wednesday.
The Tokyo-listed firm jumped more than five percent after the opening bell, hours after the tycoon announced the deal, while wrapping an arm around SoftBank's flamboyant billionaire founder Masayoshi Son.
The Competition and Markets Authority also fined Flynn Pharma 5.2 million pounds for its role in hiking prices of phenytoin sodium capsules in 2012.
LinkedIn generates the bulk of its $3 billion annual revenue from job hunters and recruiters who pay a monthly fee to post resumes and connect with people.
The acquired portfolio includes about 900 customers, bringing Equinix's total number of data centers to 175 in 43 markets.
Tata Steel is exploring a joint venture with Germany's ThyssenKrupp and one of the options would have meant job losses at the plant employing around 4,000 as a result of shutting down of one of two blast furnaces on the site.
US-based website domain name provider GoDaddy Inc said it would buy peer Host Europe Group (HEG) for 1.69 billion euros ($1.82 billion), including debt, as it looks to expand beyond the initial set-up of websites.
Teva on Monday reaffirmed its full-year 2016 outlook of revenues of $21.6-$21.9 billion and adjusted earnings per share of $5.10-$5.20.
The store marks Amazon's latest push into groceries, one of the biggest retail categories it has yet to master. The company currently delivers produce and groceries to homes through its AmazonFresh service.
Amazon on Monday revealed that it will open a brick-and-mortar grocery store called Amazon Go.
The deal could allow RBS to avoid a trial scheduled for March next year that could force its former executives to relive the darkest period in the bank's almost three-century history.
The US unemployment rate fell to a nine-year low of 4.6 per cent in November, as employers added another 178,000 jobs, making it almost certain that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month.
"I was richer than Bill Gates for 3 days. So in that year, my net worth was growing at $10 million a day and I started asking myself what is money," Said Mr Son
McDonald's Corp said on Friday it had sold the franchise rights for its restaurants in Singapore and Malaysia to Saudi Arabia's Lionhorn Pte Ltd as part of a plan to move away from direct ownership in Asia.
Starbucks had signalled the change in July, but its shares fell 3.6 percent to $56.41 in extended trading on Thursday, as investors recalled the company's decline after Schultz handed over the reins in 2000. He returned in 2008.
Manufacturing is slowly regaining its footing as some of the drag from the dollar's past rally eases and oil prices continue to stabilize after last year's collapse.
The jobs market strength was underscored by other data on Thursday showing planned layoffs by U.S.-based employers fell 12 percent in November to their lowest level this year.
China has eradicated 70 per cent of poverty and the country's per-capita GDP has grown to $8,000 due to three decades of economic development, according to a white paper issued here on Thursday.
OPEC member Algeria was proposing to set a new production ceiling at 32.5 million barrels per day, down from current levels of 33.6 million.
Philip Morris, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes everywhere except the United States, gets the vast majority of its sales and profits from traditional cigarettes.