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  • *Heinz says to tighten supplier controls after China food scare. Heinz Co said on Tuesday it will tighten controls over ingredients suppliers in China after it was forced to recall some infant food products from Chinese store shelves due to excess levels of lead.

  • *China watchdog find excessive lead levels in some Heinz products. Heinz Co has recalled some infant food products in China after a local watchdog said they contained excessive levels of lead, threatening to dent the company's reputation in a country highly sensitive to food safety.

  • Correction: Berkshire Hathaway Investments Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 3:45 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— In a story Aug. 14 about changes to Berkshire Hathaway's stock portfolio, The Associated Press reported erroneously the company had reduced its stake in engineering and construction firm Chicago Bridge& Iron Co. by 1.1 million shares. Berkshire Hathaway has increased its position in Chicago Bridge& Iron by 1.2 million shares.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 15- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday, with major indexes on track for a second week of gains, as traders bet there would be no immediate escalation in the tense situations in Ukraine or Iraq.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 1:29 a.m. EDT Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 1:29 AM ET

    China e-commerce giant Alibaba's film unit investigating suspected accounting problems Stores work hard to get a promising start to back-to-school season Companies race to begin first human tests of vaccines developed by US, Canadian governments Coca-Cola to pay $2.15 billion for stake in energy drinks maker Monster Beverage JC Penney 2 Q loss narrows, sales rise; Encouraging signs for troubled department store chain Asian stocks mostly higher after Putin seems to tone down Ukraine rhetoric, Wall Street rises Online retail growing fast in India while big box rivals lose way in maze of restrictions As France and Germany falter, 18- country eurozone shows zero growth in second quarter Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook as sales stay sluggish, costs mount Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire top $200,000 for 1st time

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 12:44 a.m. EDT Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 12:44 AM ET

    China e-commerce giant Alibaba's film unit investigating suspected accounting problems Stores work hard to get a promising start to back-to-school season Companies race to begin first human tests of vaccines developed by US, Canadian governments Coca-Cola to pay $2.15 billion for stake in energy drinks maker Monster Beverage JC Penney 2 Q loss narrows, sales rise; Encouraging signs for troubled department store chain Asian stocks mostly higher after Putin seems to tone down Ukraine rhetoric, Wall Street rises Online retail growing fast in India while big box rivals lose way in maze of restrictions As France and Germany falter, 18- country eurozone shows zero growth in second quarter Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook as sales stay sluggish, costs mount Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire top $200,000 for 1st time

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 11:49 p.m. EDT Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:49 PM ET

    Stores work hard to get a promising start to back-to-school season Companies race to begin first human tests of vaccines developed by US, Canadian governments Coca-Cola to pay $2.15 billion for stake in energy drinks maker Monster Beverage JC Penney 2 Q loss narrows, sales rise; Encouraging signs for troubled department store chain Asian stocks mostly higher after Putin seems to tone down Ukraine rhetoric, Wall Street rises Online retail growing fast in India while big box rivals lose way in maze of restrictions As France and Germany falter, 18- country eurozone shows zero growth in second quarter Wal-Mart cuts profit outlook as sales stay sluggish, costs mount Shares of Warren Buffett's Berkshire top $200,000 for 1st time GE confirms talks with Electrolux, others for sale of appliance division

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc disclosed a new $366 million stake in cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc and pared its holdings in two other pay-TV companies, part of a flurry of changes in its stock investments during the second quarter. DirecTV is awaiting regulatory approval to sell itself to AT&T for $48.5 billion.

  • *Putin strikes conciliatory tone on Ukraine. NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks advanced on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russia helped ease concerns about escalation of the conflict in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings.

  • Buffett's firm invests in Charter Communications Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 5:06 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Billionaire Warren Buffett's company has revealed a new stake in Charter Communications Inc. and made several other tweaks to its $108 billion U.S. stock portfolio. Berkshire Hathaway Inc. filed an update on its portfolio with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc reported a $366 million stake in cable TV operator Charter Communications Inc in the second quarter, according to a regulatory filing made public on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- U.S. stocks rose modestly on Thursday after conciliatory comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin helped ease concerns about escalation in Ukraine and offset some uninspiring earnings reports.

  • Berkshire Hathaway stock tops $200,000 Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Naysayers have been calling shares of Warren Buffett's company overpriced for decades. "Everybody has now been proven wrong on it," said Andy Kilpatrick, who wrote "Of Permanent Value: The Story of Warren Buffett."

  • Aug 14- Berkshire Hathaway Inc's share price on Thursday crossed $200,000 for the first time, the latest milestone for the company that Warren Buffett built over nearly five decades into what some analysts view as a microcosm of the U.S. economy.

  • Asia stocks mostly higher after US gains Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 1:33 AM ET

    Berkshire Hathaway crossed another milestone, trading above $200,000 a share for the first time. GOING UP: A jump in profits for Perrigo, a drugmaker, drove its stock up 6 percent, the biggest gain in the S&P 500. Perrigo's earnings and sales came in ahead of analysts' estimates.

  • Spreadbetters saw Europe faring better, with Capital Spreads expecting Britain's FTSE to open 0.1 percent higher, Germany's DAX 0.5 percent, and France's CAC 0.4 percent.

  • MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.5 percent, turning negative after the China services purchasing managers' index compiled by HSBC/ Markit fell to 50.0 in July from a 15- month high of 53.1 in June.

  • *Toyota, Sapporo, Daikin scheduled to report results after close.

  • *Asia steady as Wall St gains on Portugal bank rescue, earnings. TOKYO, Aug 5- Asian stocks were mostly steady on Tuesday, halting the previous day's slide after Wall Street rallied on upbeat earnings and relief over Portugal's rescue of its largest listed bank, while lower bond yields kept the dollar away from recent peaks.

  • US STOCKS-Late surge lifts Wall St; utilities sag Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 5:07 PM ET

    *Berkshire Hathaway shares rise day after results. NEW YORK, Aug 4- U.S. stocks closed higher on Monday, lifted in a late rally driven by earnings from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway and broad gains across most sectors that helped the S&P 500 rebound from its largest weekly drop since 2012..