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  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- Global equity markets edged higher on Thursday, with the S&P 500 hitting an all-time high, as U.S. and German data drove confidence on economic growth and helped extend a stock rally.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks inched higher on Thursday and the S&P notched a record high as a flurry of data pointed to steady improvement in the economy and investors awaited the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • Stocks open higher; S&P 500 heading for a record Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:38 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening higher, pushing the Standard& Poor's 500 index closer toward another record high. Hormel Foods rose 4 percent. The maker of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and other products reported higher profits in its latest quarter.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks opened little changed on Thursday as many investors held off on making bets ahead of the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, though jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market.

  • *Family Dollar rejects Dollar General buyout offer. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly higher open on Thursday, after jobless claims data pointed to continued improvement in the labor market and before the start of a meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • *Jackson Hole conference to begin. *Bank of America gains before expected settlement deal. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. stock index futures edged higher on Thursday, ahead of a flurry of economic data and the start of the meeting of top central bankers and economists in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

  • German data helps Europe shares extend 2-week rally Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 7:37 AM ET

    *Raiffeisen Bank jumps on reassuring comments on Russia. PARIS, Aug 21- European stocks rose on Thursday, extending their sharp two-week rebound, boosted by better-than-expected German private sector growth figures which reassured investors about the outlook for Europe's biggest economy following a soft patch.

  • Germany's DAX climbs to 3-week high, European shares up Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 5:08 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 21- European shares rose on Thursday, with Germany's DAX index climbing to a three-week high after a survey showed the country's private sector grew for the 16th month running in August.

  • Stocks move higher; S&P 500 at record high Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    Hewlett-Packard rose after delivering better results, while Sears plunged after reporting that its loss doubled from a year ago.

  • TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday, posting gains for the ninth consecutive day, as a weaker yen shored up exporters after minutes of the U.S. Federal Reserve's July meeting raised the risk of an earlier rate hike. The Nikkei share average climbed 0.9 percent to 15,586.20 points, its highest closing level since July 31.

  • *Eyes on Jackson Hole- fund manager. TOKYO, Aug 21- Japanese stocks rose to a three-week high on Thursday morning, clocking gains for the ninth consecutive day, as the weaker yen shored up exporters after minutes of the U.S.

  • *Home Depot lifts the Dow; rival Lowe's rebounds. *Target bounces back; American Eagle rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 just missing a record close, after minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting gave investors reason to believe that the central bank is in no rush to raise interest rates.

  • L Brands beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 PM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio— L Brands Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $188.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. L Brands shares have climbed nearly 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 7.5 percent.

  • *Wall Street rebounds on Fed minutes, dollar rallies. NEW YORK, Aug 20- Global equity markets rose on Wednesday after minutes from the Federal Reserve indicated there is no rush to bring forward plans to raise interest rates in the future, reversing earlier declines that were driven by hints from the Bank of England of an early rate hike.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:31 PM ET

    The stock market rose for a third straight day Wednesday despite a report from the Federal Reserve that showed a growing chorus of central bank officials willing to raise interest rates sooner rather than later. In the bond market, prices fell and yields rose as investors prepared themselves for higher interest rates.

  • Despite Fed, a late push sends US stocks higher Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A late round of buying is leaving stock indexes mostly higher. The S&P 500 is just one point below its record high close from July 24. J.M. Smucker fell 1 percent after the food company cut its full-year sales outlook.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- The Dow and the S&P 500 rose for a third straight session on Wednesday, with the S&P ending a hair under a record reached in late July as minutes from the Federal Reserve's July meeting showed the central bank remains accommodative. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 59.54 points or 0.35 percent, to end unofficially at 16,979.13.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:41 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:41 PM ET

    APNewsBreak: Bank of America reaches $17 B settlement with US over sale of securities Accounting obscurities mean US settlement with Bank of America might not cost bank $17 billion 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 Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products Target cuts annual profit outlook as retailer continues to reel from breach US indexes rise ahead of Fed minutes; Hertz plunges after backing away from profit forecast Rejected and dejected— women small business owners still struggle to get loans from banks Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market Social media struggles with images of journalists' slaying; Twitter suspends some accounts

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:40 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:40 PM ET

    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 Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products Target cuts annual profit outlook as retailer continues to reel from breach US indexes rise ahead of Fed minutes; Hertz plunges after backing away from profit forecast Rejected and dejected— women small business owners still struggle to get loans from banks Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market Social media struggles with images of journalists' slaying; Twitter suspends some accounts Berkshire Hathaway to pay $896,000 penalty for not notifying regulators about 2013 USG deal Argentina plans to pay bondholders locally to end default triggered by US debt dispute

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 2:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 | 2:10 PM ET

    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 Apple's stock soars to new high amid rising hopes for bigger-screen iPhone, other new products Target cuts annual profit outlook as retailer continues to reel from breach US indexes rise ahead of Fed minutes; Hertz plunges after backing away from profit forecast Global cruise lines set sail for China in pursuit of booming leisure market German chip maker Infineon to buy California firm International Rectifier for $3 billion Rejected and dejected— women small business owners still struggle to get loans from banks Social media struggles with images of journalists' slaying; Twitter suspends some accounts Berkshire Hathaway to pay $896,000 penalty for not notifying regulators about 2013 USG deal