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  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Hedge funds negotiating with Puerto Rico's public power authority PREPA over a possible restructuring of more than $8 billion in bonds include two involved in Argentina's protracted bond negotiations, Knighthead Capital Management and Redwood Capital Management, according to the full bondholder agreement published on Thursday.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    US stocks open higher, sending S&P 500 above its record high close; Hormel gains on earnings Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion US existing home sales rise for 4th straight month as supply grows, price gains moderate Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:51 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:51 AM ET

    US stocks open higher, sending S&P 500 above its record high close; Hormel gains on earnings Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:48 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:49 AM ET

    US stocks open higher, sending S&P 500 above its record high close; Hormel gains on earnings Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:40 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:40 AM ET

    US stocks open higher, sending S&P 500 above its record high close; Hormel gains on earnings Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:38 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:31 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:29 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:29 AM ET

    Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Justice Dept. announces nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of America Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales Applications for US jobless aid fall by 14 K to 298 K, another sign the job market is healing China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:23 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:23 AM ET

    Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Bank of America settlement expected to be a record $17 billion, but true cost likely lower Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US US home sales pace likely slowed in July from previous month China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support As Yellen prepares to detail her economic outlook, 6- month Fed honeymoon is likely to end soon Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:22 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    Family Dollar spurns Dollar General takeover bid on antitrust issues, backs Dollar Tree deal Bank of America settlement expected to be a record $17 billion, but true cost likely lower Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support As Yellen prepares to detail her economic outlook, 6- month Fed honeymoon is likely to end soon Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:19 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    Bank of America settlement expected to be a record $17 billion, but true cost likely lower Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support As Yellen prepares to detail her economic outlook, 6- month Fed honeymoon is likely to end soon Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products South Dakota man sentenced over railroad workers' lead poisoning at Idaho job site

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    Bank of America settlement expected to be a record $17 billion, but true cost likely lower Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion Sears 2nd- quarter loss widens as retailer continues to deal with sluggish sales China manufacturing drags on most Asian stock markets but sentiment holds up in Europe, US China manufacturing growth weakens in August in sign economic recovery is losing momentum Some Fed officials argue that economy is improving fast enough to signal lower support As Yellen prepares to detail her economic outlook, 6- month Fed honeymoon is likely to end soon Reports: Russia conducts checks at McDonald's restaurants after 4 are shuttered in Moscow Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products South Dakota man sentenced over railroad workers' lead poisoning at Idaho job site

  • HP's 3Q earnings mirror Street view as sales rise Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:59 PM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.— Hewlett-Packard Co.' s fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 29 percent as the personal computer and printer maker absorbed the costs of employee layoffs and past acquisitions. HP earned $985 million, or 52 cents per share, for the three months ended in July.

  • Reward offered for former billionaire's assets Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 11:44 AM ET

    HELENA, Mont.— The trustee representing Yellowstone Club creditors offered a reward Wednesday to anyone who can help uncover property or bank accounts the luxury resort's co-founder might have hidden from bankruptcy proceedings.

  • Lamson said it plans to sell its main factory, enabling it to repay a $1.07 million loan to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which holds a first mortgage on the property. The privately held company was founded in 1837, the same year President Andrew Jackson left the White House and Queen Victoria began her 63- year reign in the UK.

  • Fortune Brands to sell window business for $130M Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:54 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Fortune Brands Home& Security Inc. said Wednesday that it has agreed to sell its Simonton Windows business to building products maker Ply Gem Holdings Inc. for about $130 million. Ply Gem, which is based in Cary, North Carolina, said it is buying Simonton to help it grow its windows division and plans to operate the company as a stand-alone business.

  • Massachusetts cutlery maker files for bankruptcy Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 8:25 AM ET

    BUCKLAND, Mass.— The nation's oldest cutlery manufacturer has filed for bankruptcy after 177 years of making knives and other kitchen tools.

  • LONDON, Aug 20- British construction company Balfour Beatty rejected a third merger proposal from Carillion on Wednesday, saying a turnaround strategy centred on the sale of its U.S. engineering business was a better prospect for investors.

  • Xerox to lay off 121 at New York plant Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    WEBSTER, N.Y.— Xerox Corp. plans to lay off 121 people at its Webster plant in western New York. A statement from Norwalk, Connecticut- based Xerox says the affected employees work for the site and facilities services operations providing maintenance and cleaning for the Webster plant.

  • Argentina slid into default last month after a New York court blocked an interest payment of $539 million owed to holders of debt that was restructured after the country's record 2002 default.