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Here are the top reads on deals and financial services over the last 24 hours,

Aurora says there isn’t a deal with Coca-Cola on marijuana-based drinks: Aurora Cannabis Inc. said Tuesday that it “engages in exploratory discussions” with industry players but that it has not signed a deal with a beverage company for marijuana-infused drinks. Shares of Aurora shot up 17 per cent Monday after a report by BNN Bloomberg claimed that “serious talks” had taken place between the Alberta cannabis grower and Coca-Cola Co., the Atlanta-based beverage giant. Story

Coke, Aurora and CBD: The reality of mixing beverages with pot: Many soda and beer makers are seeing their sales decline amid changing consumer habits, making cannabis both a threat and an opportunity for their businesses. Investors have been speculating which cannabis grower will be next to earn an investment from a bigger, global player. That speculation has driven cannabis stocks higher. For big U.S.-based beverage companies, however, there are hurdles to entering the sector. Story (Christina Pellegrini, for subscribers)

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Settlement: Visa Inc., Mastercard Inc., and a number of banks on Tuesday agreed to pay US$6.2-billion to settle a long-running lawsuit brought by merchants over the fees they pay when they accept card payments. The card issuers named in the class-action lawsuit include JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and Bank of America. Story

Cryptocurrencies: Several cryptocurrency exchanges are plagued by poor market surveillance, pervasive conflicts of interest and lack sufficient customer protections, the New York Attorney General’s office said in a report published on Tuesday. Story

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Probe: Tesla Inc. said on Tuesday the U.S. Department of Justice was investigating chief executive Elon Musk’s public statements in August that he was considering taking the electric car maker private, the latest and biggest threat to Mr. Musk and his leadership of the electric car maker. Story

Beverage industry: Coca-Cola Co. said on Tuesday it bought Australia-based Organic & Raw Trading Co, known for its Mojo brand of kombucha tea, extending its push into healthier drinks. Story

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