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  • LONDON, March 31- Elliott Advisors, the rebel shareholder seeking a boardroom shake-up at Alliance Trust, rejected the trust's defence of its performance, costs and dividend policy on Tuesday, and reiterated calls for the election of three new directors. Using data from third parties including AIC, Bloomberg and MSCI, Elliott said that over all relevant return...

  • WASHINGTON— Hillary Rodham Clinton emailed her staff on an iPad as well as a BlackBerry while secretary of state, despite her explanation she exclusively used a personal email address on a homebrew server so that she could carry a single device, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. The State Department released a total of four emails...

  • SINGAPORE, March 31- The dollar rose against a basket of currencies on Tuesday and was on track for its best quarter since 2008, bolstered by the diverging outlook for monetary policy in the United States compared to other major economies. That poses a stark contrast to policies in the euro zone and Japan, where central banks are engaged in quantitative easing to...

  • NYC blast probe highlights problem of stealing gas Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It was a run-of-the-mill complaint— a smell of gas— with a troubling explanation: Someone had improperly tapped into a Manhattan building's gas line, and it was leaking. While officials caution that they aren't certain of the cause of last week's blast in New York's East Village, it is highlighting a long-known problem with potentially deadly...

  • IBM to invest $3 billion in 'Internet of Things' unit Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— IBM is investing $3 billion to build an "Internet of Things" division aimed at harnessing the massive trove of data collected by smartphones, tablets, connected vehicles and appliances and using it to help companies better manage their businesses. IBM estimates that 90 percent of all data generated by mobile and "smart" devices is never analyzed.

  • March 30- U.S. cable T.V. operator Cablevision Systems Corp is planning to make an offer for the New York Daily News as early as this week, valuing the troubled tabloid at just $1, according to a person familiar with the matter. Cablevision's $1 bid takes into account the New York Daily News' reported $30 million annual loss and $150 million investment in a printing...

  • Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said on Monday that "significant gaps" in the trade negotiations remain between the United States and Japan regarding access for U.S. automobiles in the Japanese market. There is an array of non-tariff barriers in Japan that have effectively closed the Japanese auto market to U.S. producers, "Cutler said in prepared remarks on...

  • March 30- Some of the world's biggest names in music including Beyonce, Cold Play's Chris Martin and Rihanna are backing Jay Z's new global streaming music service Tidal, which launched on Monday, and is billing itself as the first of its kind owned by artists. Co-owners Kanye West, Daft Punk, Alicia Keys, Madonna and other musicians were in New York on Monday to sign a...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, March 30- Mergers and acquisitions this year reached their highest first-quarter level since 2007, as companies defied headwinds such as currency and oil price volatility and sought growth-boosting deals amid favorable financing conditions. "The deal activity in the first quarter was driven by continuing cash accumulation at companies,...

  • March 30- Canadian financial technology firm D+ H said on Monday it agreed to acquire global payment services provider Fundtech for $1.25 billion in cash, in a bid to expand its service offerings aimed at global financial institutions and large U.S. banks. The deal comes nearly two years after it acquired U.S. rival Harland Financial Solutions for about $1.2...

  • FOREX-Yen, Aussie hit hard as dollar gains traction Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:31 PM ET

    *Dollar posts biggest one-day gain in over a month vs yen. SYDNEY, March 31- The dollar was firmer against most of its peers early on Tuesday, having posted its biggest one-day rally in over a month against the yen and notching up solid gains on its Australian counterpart. The dollar fetched 120.15 yen, well off Monday's trough of 119.105.

  • NEW YORK, March 30- GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to settle a lawsuit by Johnson& Johnson accusing it of using false advertising at the start of the U.S. allergy season to grab market share. The settlement was disclosed during a hearing in Manhattan federal court on Monday in which two Johnson& Johnson units were expected to ask a judge to block Glaxo from making...

  • J&J, Glaxo settle U.S. lawsuit over allergy ads Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    NEW YORK, March 30- GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to settle a lawsuit by Johnson& Johnson accusing it of using false advertising at the start of the U.S. allergy season to grab market share. The settlement was disclosed during a hearing in Manhattan federal court on Monday in which two Johnson& Johnson units were expected to ask a judge to block Glaxo from making...

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    American Express Co. rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $78.05. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 55 or. 7 percent, to $79.20. Discover Financial Services rose$. 22 or. 4 percent, to $56.79.

  • Final Glance: Staffing companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    Kelly Services Inc. class A rose$. 47 or 2.7 percent, to $17.79. Korn/Ferry International Inc. rose$. 14 or. 4 percent, to $32.64. ManpowerGroup rose $2.12 or 2.5 percent, to $86.92.

  • Final Glance: Big-box Retail companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    Costco Wholesale Corp. rose $1.90 or 1.3 percent, to $152.37. Target rose$. 58 or. 7 percent, to $82.14. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. rose $1.18 or 1.5 percent, to $82.53.

  • Final Glance: Education companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    Apollo Group fell$. 16 or. 8 percent, to $19.04. DeVry Education Group Inc. rose$. 35 or 1.1 percent, to $33.53. Strayer Education Inc. fell $4.82 or 8.0 percent, to $55.11.

  • Final Glance: Department Store Retail companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    Kohl's Corp. rose $1.31 or 1.7 percent, to $76.62. Macy's Inc. rose$. 79 or 1.2 percent, to $64.44. Nordstrom rose$. 29 or. 4 percent, to $80.02.

  • Final Glance: Pharmaceuticals companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    Baxter International Inc. rose$. 21 or. 3 percent, to $68.76. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. rose$. 50 or. 8 percent, to $65.76. Eli Lilly& Co. rose$. 29 or. 4 percent, to $73.87.

  • Final Glance: Computer companies Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    Apple Inc s rose $3.12 or 2.5 percent, to $126.37. Hewlett Packard Co. rose$. 08 or. 3 percent, to $31.57. International Business Machines Corp. rose $2.27 or 1.4 percent, to $162.67.