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  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 10:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 10:15 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 United Airlines is improving first class meal offerings in push to win over business travelers 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

  • 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

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 21- Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities. Bank of America said the accord is expected to reduce third-quarter earnings by about $5.3 billion before taxes, or about 43 cents per share after taxes.

  • 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 9:20 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:20 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:17 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:17 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • Bank of America settles mortgage probes for $16.65 bln Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    Aug 21- Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:15 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:15 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:14 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:14 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:05 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:05 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 9:02 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • Aug 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc rejected Dollar General Corp's $8.95 billion acquisition offer, citing antitrust concerns, and reaffirmed its support for a buyout offer from Dollar Tree Inc..

  • *Letter sent to BCBS, IOSCO. HONG KONG, Aug 21- The international banking industry has asked regulators for more time to implement derivatives rules that could add $800 billion to the global financial industry's cost of doing business, people familiar with the matter said.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:50 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:50 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:33 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:34 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 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 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman