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  • BUENOS AIRES, Aug 1- Argentina's Cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich said on Friday the government held no positive expectations for a court hearing in New York later in the day that will discuss the South American country's debt default.

  • Scientific Games strikes $3.3B deal to buy Bally Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Scientific Games says it will pay about $3.3 billion to buy slot machine maker Bally Technologies in a cash deal that expands its casino management system portfolio. Bally Technologies Inc. makes reel-spinning and video slots and casino management and accounting systems.

  • For sale: A nearly nonexistent insurance agency Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 4:27 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— One of the country's largest overseers of troubled home loans, Nationstar Mortgage Holdings Inc., is quietly trying to sell a $100 million insurance agency that doesn't appear to exist. Harwood Service Co. has no website, no independent offices and only a single registered agent.

  • BEIJING, Aug 1- U.S. public relations firm Edelman said on Friday it did not know the whereabouts of its China chief, who has been helping Chinese authorities with an unspecified investigation.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 1- Russia's largest lenders, Sberbank and VTB, are likely to lead a decline in Moscow shares on Friday after being hit by sanctions, with a slump in U.S. markets on global economy concerns and tensions with Russia also weighing.

  • Private prison companies Geo Group and competitor Corrections Corporation of America, for example, stand to gain if Congress approves any emergency funding for family detention facilities.

  • *Nonfarm payrolls forecast rising 233,000 in July. WASHINGTON, Aug 1- U.S. job growth likely cooled a bit in July, but retained enough momentum to suggest the economy remained on solid ground. "As long as we have job growth going in the right direction and the labor market tightening up, we are still in a good place," said Robert Dye, chief economist at Comerica in Dallas.

  • World stocks extend slump on Wall Street sell-off Friday, 1 Aug 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    HONG KONG— World stock markets sank on Friday, with European benchmarks opening sharply lower after Wall Street's sharp sell-off. London's FTSE 100 dropped 1.1 percent to 6,656.19. ASIA'S DAY: Japan's benchmark Nikkei 225 index dropped 0.6 percent to close at 15,523.11 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng fell 0.9 percent to 24,532.43.

  • The SEC's Office of Inspector General started the investigation after Reuters published information about the regulator's decision, taken in a closed-door meeting on Sept. 12, 2013, to settle its probe into JPMorgan Chase& Co's massive London Whale trading loss. The SEC made its decision public on Sept. 19, 2013.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- A long-predicted dollar rally appears at last to be taking hold, with the greenback ending July with its best monthly performance in 17 months and investors positioning for the first post-crisis U.S. interest rate increase.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 31- Argentina's bond and stock markets and peso currency dropped on Thursday after Latin America's No. 3 economy defaulted for the second time in 12 years after the failure of last-ditch talks with holdout creditors.

  • Final Glance: Staffing companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Kelly Services Inc. class A fell$. 44 or 2.7 percent, to $15.94. Korn/Ferry International Inc. fell$. 84 or 2.8 percent, to $29.42. ManpowerGroup fell $2.14 or 2.7 percent, to $77.89.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume decreases Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    ASB Bancorp Inc.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 100.0 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 08 or. 8 percent to $9.76. Coastway Bancorp: Approximately 200 shares changed hands, a 98.0 decrease from its 65- day average volume.

  • Final Glance: Restaurant companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Brinker International Inc. fell$. 74 or 1.6 percent, to $44.84. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. fell $9.33 or 1.4 percent, to $672.50. Darden Restaurants Inc. rose$. 44 or 1.0 percent, to $46.75.

  • Final Glance: Consumer companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Colgate-Palmolive Co. fell $2.71 or 4.1 percent, to $63.40. Kimberly-Clark Corp. fell $2.23 or 2.1 percent, to $103.87. Procter& Gamble Co. fell$. 84 or 1.1 percent, to $77.32.

  • Final Glance: Supermarkets companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Kroger fell$. 75 or 1.5 percent, to $48.98. Safeway fell$. 35 or 1.0 percent, to $34.46. Supervalu fell$. 28 or 3.0 percent, to $9.17.

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Fluor fell $2.17 or 2.9 percent, to $72.87. Foster Wheeler fell$. 44 or 1.3 percent, to $32.96. Quanta Services Inc. fell $1.48 or 4.2 percent, to $33.49.

  • Final Glance: Banks companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Bank of America Corp. fell$. 33 or 2.1 percent, to $15.25. Citigroup Inc. fell $1.08 or 2.2 percent, to $48.91. Goldman Sachs fell $2.89 or 1.6 percent, to $172.87.

  • Final Glance: Insurance companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Aflac Inc. fell $1.64 or 2.7 percent, to $59.74. American International Group fell $1.07 or 2.0 percent, to $51.98. MBIA fell$. 19 or 1.9 percent, to $9.58.

  • Final Glance: Telecom companies Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top telecom companies were down at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. fell$. 77 or 2.1 percent, to $35.59. Verizon Communications Inc. fell $1.34 or 2.6 percent, to $50.42.