BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone finance ministers will discuss Italy’s 2019 draft budget at their next meeting, on Nov. 5, despite Italian requests to postpone the talks, a European Union official told Reuters on Friday.

BRUSSELS/ROME (Reuters) - The head of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, defended his independence on Friday as members of the Italian ruling coalition attacked him over “improper” remarks about the country’s political situation.

FILE PHOTO: Sony Corp's logo is seen at its news conference in Tokyo, Japan November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Friday that it had approved Sony Corp’s (6758.T) plan to take full control of EMI Music Publishing, saying the deal would not raise competition concerns.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Danish cannabis firm StenoCare STENO.TE sparked a stock market stampede on Friday as investors rushed to buy into its shares on their debut, driven by enthusiasm for the therapeutic benefits of its products.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The pressure is on for Amazon, Alphabet and Microsoft as they prepare to report quarterly results at a time when confidence in those market leaders looks increasingly fragile and in danger of derailing Wall Street’s rally.

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