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  • *Visa exploring options for 5.5 pct stake in Monitise. *Visa fourth-biggest stakeholder in Monitise. Sept 18- Monitise Plc lost more than a third of its market value after Visa Inc, its biggest customer, revealed plans to divest its stake in the company and pursue development of its own mobile payment systems.

  • The drug, developed by Vivus Inc, is marketed in the United States and Canada by Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. Vivus' stock was up about 13 percent at $4.40 in afternoon trading.

  • Alibaba IPO expected to be priced within range - CNBC Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    Sept 18- Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's initial public offering is expected to be priced within the existing range of $66 to $68 per share, CNBC reported, citing sources familiar with the situation. Advisers have recommended a price of $68 per share, but Alibaba will choose the final price after a board meeting on Thursday, the report said.

  • Don't excise the Ex-Im Bank: Former US trade rep Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 PM ET
    Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks during a reception in Washington in this Jan. 20, 2010 the photo.

    The Export-Import Bank is a key lifeline for the embattled U.S. nuclear sector, a former trade official told CNBC.

  • FACTBOX-Underwriters in charge of Alibaba's mega IPO Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Sept 18- Thirty-five underwriters are working to ensure that Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's initial public offering lives up to its blockbuster expectations when the stock starts trading on Friday. Morgan Stanley& Co International Plc. China International Capital Corp Hong Kong Securities Ltd.

  • Sept 18- Rite Aid Corp cut its full-year profit forecast for the second time in about three months due to lower margins in its pharmacy business, sending its shares down more than 16 percent.

  • UPDATE 1-Penn West says revamping accounting practices Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    Sept 18- Canadian oil producer Penn West Petroleum Ltd said it was strengthening its accounting practices after a review uncovered irregularities that forced to company to restate some of its prior results.

  • Sept 18- Rite Aid Corp, the third-largest U.S. drugstore chain, cut its full-year profit forecast for the second time, citing lower margins in its pharmacy business, sending its shares down 11 percent in premarket trading.

  • IHS, whose businesses include Cambridge Energy Research Associates and technology market research firm iSuppli, raised its revenue forecast to $2.23 billion- $2.24 billion for the full year ending Nov. 30, from its previous range of $2.17 billion- $2.23 billion.

  • Sept 18- Stock market indexes provider MSCI Inc declared its first-ever quarterly dividend and more than doubled its stock repurchase program to $850 million from $300 million. MSCI will pay Goldman Sachs $300 million in cash and expects to receive about 4.5 million shares of its common stock.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

  • Penn West may have to review results since 2007 Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    Sept 18- Canadian oil producer Penn West Petroleum Ltd, under fire after it uncovered accounting irregularities in July, said its audit committee determined that the company needs to review results going back to 2007..

  • Sept 18- Stock market indexes provider MSCI Inc declared its first-ever quarterly dividend and more than doubled its stock repurchase program to $850 million from $300 million.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- China became the latest nation to line up for a stake in India's civil nuclear energy drive on Thursday, agreeing to open talks on cooperation in a sector that New Delhi sees as the solution to its chronic power problems.

  • Sept 18- An erectile dysfunction drug that reduces by half the time patients need to take the pill before sexual activity has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  • Rite Aid cuts full-year profit forecast for second time Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    Sept 18- Rite Aid Corp, the third largest U.S. drugstore chain, cut its full-year profit forecast for the second time this year as lower margins from its pharmacy business continue to eat into earnings. Rite Aid shares fell nearly 9 percent in premarket trading on Thursday after the company also shaved the top end of its sales forecast.

  • Sept 18- Vivint Solar Inc, a residential solar panel installer backed by Blackstone Group LP, is expected to raise up to $371 million in its initial public offering. Provo, Utah based-Vivint Solar was launched in 2011 and has become the second-largest installer of residential solar panels in the United States after SolarCity Corp..

  • Sept 18- Vivint Solar Inc, a solar energy provider backed by Blackstone Group LP, said it expected its initial public offering to be priced between $16 and $18 per share, raising up to $371 million.

  • NEW DELHI, Sept 18- A standoff between Indian and Chinese soldiers overshadowed a visit to New Delhi by China's President Xi Jinping on Thursday, with a $20 billion investment pledge eclipsed by robust comments from India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the dispute.

  • Sept 18- Business research and information firm IHS Inc reported a better-than-expected adjusted quarterly profit helped by revenue growth in its subscription business in America and Europe. IHS forecast an adjusted profit of $5.70 to $5.80 per share and revenue of $2.23 billion to $2.24 billion for the full year ending Nov. 30.