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  • *Semiconductors rally; Skyworks lifts outlook. *CBOE VIX ends up but well below historical average. NEW YORK, June 3- U.S. stocks dipped in thin volume on Tuesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 retreating from Monday's record closing levels as traders found few reasons to buy following a string of gains.

  • *Dow, S&P 500 ended at records on Monday. NEW YORK, June 3- U.S. stocks were little changed on Tuesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 near Monday's record closing levels as traders found few reasons to buy following a string of gains, though a rise in semiconductor companies' shares limited losses. Google Inc shares fell 1.6 percent to $545.04 and weighed on the Nasdaq.

  • NEW YORK, June 3- U.S. stocks edged lower on Tuesday, with the Dow and the S&P 500 receding from Monday's record closing levels as traders found few reasons to buy following a string of gains, though a rise in semiconductor companies' shares limited losses. Slightly more than 60 percent of stocks traded on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq fell on the day.

  • June 3- Pilgrim's Pride Corp, the second largest U.S. chicken processor, raised its offer for Hillshire Brands Co, escalating a bidding war with Tyson Foods Inc for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages. Hillshire's shares rose 9 percent at $58.50 in premarket trading, after Pilgrim's Pride said it raised its offer to $55 per share in cash from $45.

  • CHICKASAW, Ohio, June 3- Swine veterinarian Bill Minton thought the baby pigs dying at a farm in western Ohio had a bad case of gastro-enteritis and was stumped when lab results came back with no indication of what had killed them. The U.S. Department of Agriculture still has no clear idea about how PEDv entered the United States.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 3- Business startup Zenefits has raised another $66.5 million from investors, months after its first capital-raising, following a pattern set previously by a handful of hot, young consumer companies that proved their worth to investors over a short span.

  • June 2- Pilgrim's Pride Corp is planning to raise its offer for Hillshire Brands Co a week after it first offered to buy the maker of Jimmy Dean Sausages in a $6.4 billion deal, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • JPMorgan Chase& Co, PepsiCo Inc, Cardinal Health Inc, Deere& Co and The United Services Automobile Association are among the Fortune 500 companies seeking chief information security officers and other security personnel to shore up their cyber defenses, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

  • May 29- Tyson Foods Inc has offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co for $6.3 billion, upstaging Pilgrim's Pride Corp' s offer for the sausage company earlier in the week, in a deal that would broaden Tyson's supermarket food offerings.

  • What the Hillshire fight is about     Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    CNBC's Dominic Chu is outside CNBC's headquarters to explain the food fight happening for Hillshire Brands.

  • May 29- Tyson Foods Inc has offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co for $6.8 billion, upstaging Pilgrim's Pride Corp's $6.4- billion bid and signaling a high-stakes food fight for the seller of Hillshire sausages and Jimmy Dean sausages.

  • UPDATE 2-Tyson tops Pilgrim's offer to buy Hillshire Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    May 29- Meat processor Tyson Foods Inc offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co for $6.13 billion, trumping a bid from Pilgrim's Pride Corp, as it looks to expand into the fast-growing market for branded breakfast foods. Tyson offered $50 per share for the maker of Ball Park hotdogs and Jimmy Dean Sausages, $5 more than Pilgrim's bid.

  • CNBC's Jim Cramer and David Faber discuss the surge in Hillshire Brands since the offer from Pilgrim's Pride.

  • UPDATE 1-Tyson offers to buy Hillshire for $6.13 bln Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    May 29- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co for $6.13 billion to expand into the fast-growing market for breakfast foods. The offer comes two days after Pilgrim's Pride Corp offered to buy Hillshire in an all-cash deal valued at $6.4 billion to expand its protein footprint with Hillshire's sausages and lunch meats.

  • Tyson offers to buy Hillshire in $6.8 bln deal Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 8:45 AM ET

    May 29- Tyson Foods Inc, the largest U.S. meat processor, offered to buy Hillshire Brands Co in a deal valued at $6.8 billion to expand into the breakfast food category. Tyson said it would offer $50 per share, representing a premium of about 11 percent to Hillshire's closing on Wednesday.

  • Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari told Trans-Pacific Partnership trading partners at talks in Singapore last week that Japan will not agree to abolish all tariffs on wheat, rice, dairy, sugar, beef and pork.

  • Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari told Trans-Pacific Partnership trading partners at talks in Singapore last week that Japan will not agree to abolish all tariffs on wheat, rice, dairy, sugar, beef and pork.

  • CHICAGO, May 28- An Indiana farm has become the first to confirm publicly it suffered a second outbreak of a deadly pig virus, fueling concerns that a disease that has wiped out 10 percent of the U.S. hog population will be harder to contain than producers and veterinarians expected.

  • NEW YORK, May 27- Hillshire Brands Co saw a spike in bullish options bets in the days prior to a Tuesday takeover offer from Pilgrim's Pride Corp, even as the company was in the midst of a big acquisition of its own that had hurt its share price.

  • *Hillshire Brands shares soar after Pilgrim's Pride bid. NEW YORK, May 27- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday as the S&P 500 scored a second straight record close, buoyed by the latest round of merger activity and as expectations for rate cuts by the European Central Bank stoked investors' appetite for equities.