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  • Car parts distributor Transtar up for sale -sources Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:36 PM ET

    Transtar's owner, private equity firm Friedman Fleischer& Lowe LLC, has hired investment banks Bank of America Corp and Harris Williams& Co to run an auction for the company, the people said this week. Friedman Fleischer& Lowe, Transtar and Bank of America declined to comment.

  • Vivendi, Telefonica in talks over Brazil business Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    MADRID— French media conglomerate Vivendi said Thursday it would begin exclusive talks with Spanish telecoms company Telefonica for the sale of its Brazilian operator Global Village Telecom, or GVT, after the Spanish company raised its offer to 7.45 billion euros from 6.7 billion euros.

  • Koch 101: Some basics on the billionaire brothers Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A primer on the Koch brothers and their role in politics. A: Charles and David Koch, ages 78 and 74, are billionaire brothers who helped create a broad network of nonprofit groups that control hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into politics.

  • Koch 101: Some basics on the billionaire brothers Saturday, 23 Aug 2014 | 9:25 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A primer on the Koch brothers and their role in politics. A: Charles and David Koch, ages 78 and 74, are billionaire brothers who helped create a broad network of nonprofit groups that control hundreds of millions of dollars flowing into politics.

  • NEW DELHI, Aug 21- Some of India's biggest companies are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks for the country's military, buoyed by the new government's commitment to upgrade its armed forces using domestic factories.

  • Warren Buffett's firm to pay $896,000 penalty Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 12:47 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Warren Buffett's company has agreed to an $896,000 penalty for failing to tell regulators about a December 2013 investment in wallboard maker USG Corp. beforehand.

  • COPENHAGEN, Aug 19- Denmark's A.P. Moller-Maersk announced the first share buy-back in its 110- year history on Tuesday as an overhaul of the sprawling shipping and oil empire leaves it with more cash than it can usefully invest.

  • SAO PAULO, Aug 14- Brazilian juice maker Cutrale and the Safra Group, a banking and real estate conglomerate, said late on Thursday they were "extremely disappointed" that the board of Chiquita Brands International Inc rejected their takeover offer, adding that they are "considering all alternatives."

  • 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.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 14- General Electric Co is in talks with Sweden's Electrolux AB and other parties to sell its household appliances unit, people familiar with the matter said on Thursday. Bloomberg News earlier reported that GE's appliances unit had drawn interest from Electrolux and consumer development startup Quirky.

  • PARIS, Aug 14- French private equity firm Ardian and Chinese conglomerate Fosun International said they would withdraw their offer for resort operator Club Mediterranee, leaving the way clear for a bid by Italian businessman Andrea Bonomi.

  • SINGAPORE/ NEW DELHI, Aug 14- A decade after low-cost carriers led India's air travel boom, full-service airlines are gearing up for a battle for premium passengers that only the deep-pocketed are likely to win. The carriers are also bracing for Vistara, a venture between Singapore Airlines Ltd and conglomerate Tata Sons Ltd which will start flying in October.

  • Aug 11- Juice maker Cutrale and investment firm Safra Group said on Monday they had offered to acquire U.S.-based Chiquita Brands International Inc in a $610.5 million cash deal that rivaled an all-stock agreement with Irish tropical fruit company Fyffes Plc. The combined market value of Chiquita and Fyffes is currently close to $1 billion.

  • NEW DELHI/ MUMBAI, Aug 10- It's hardly the $30,000 a night royal suite, but after five months in India's biggest jail, the owner of the New York Plaza and London's Grosvenor House is thrilled to be able to use a modest office as he tries to sell the iconic hotels.

  • Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 9:31 AM ET

    **Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world's largest media conglomerates.

  • Aug 5- Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its $80 billion offer to buy Time Warner Inc on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world's largest media conglomerates.

  • Aug 5- Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox decided to pull its offer to buy Time Warner Inc on Tuesday, abandoning plans to create one of the world's largest media conglomerates. Murdoch, who is Fox's chairman and CEO, cited Time Warner's management and its board's refusal to engage with Fox as one reason for the stunning turn-about.

  • *Berkshire Hathaway shares up after results. NEW YORK, Aug 4- U.S. stocks were little changed in volatile trading Monday as earnings, including those of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, were partly offset by drops in high-yielding dividend stocks in the utilities sector.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St up on earnings, Portugal bank deal Monday, 4 Aug 2014 | 10:32 AM ET

    *Berkshire Hathaway shares up after results. *Michael Kors shares reverse premarket move, fall 5.5 pct. NEW YORK, Aug 4- U.S. stocks rose in morning trading on Monday, lifted by earnings including those of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, with gains partly offset by drops in high-yielding dividend stocks in the utilities sector.

  • *Berkshire Hathaway shares up after results. *Diamond Offshore weighs on Loews earnings. *Portugal will spend 4.9 billion euros to rescue Banco Espirito Santo, its largest listed lender, testing the euro zone's resilience to another banking crisis just months after Lisbon exited an international bailout.