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  • 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

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:29 a.m. EDT Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:29 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 Actor Matthew McConaughey is Lincoln's new pitchman As Yellen prepares to detail her economic outlook, 6- month Fed honeymoon is likely to end soon

  • 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

  • Family Dollar rejects Dollar General offer Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 | 8:22 AM ET

    Family Dollar has rejected a takeover bid from dollar-store competitor Dollar General, saying it would be too hard for the deal to pass antitrust regulators.

  • 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

  • Aug 21- Dollar General Corp questioned whether Family Dollar Stores Inc Chief Executive Howard Levine was being driven by self-interest in his support of a proposed takeover of his company by Dollar Tree Inc..

  • *KKR& Co and TPG Capital in rival $3.1 bln takeover bids. SYDNEY, Aug 21- Australia's Treasury Wine Estates Ltd, the world's No. 2 winemaker, swung to its first annual net loss and missed analysts' forecasts as the takeover target grappled with massive oversupply in its U.S. arm and sales fell globally.

  • 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.

  • OCBC now needs to deliver after pricey acquisition Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:24 PM ET

    OCBC's planned rights issue to finance its pricey Wing Hang Bank acquisition has reassured the market, but now it must overcome skepticism.

  • Al Jazeera rejects allegations over Current TV deal Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 6:04 PM ET
    Former Vice President Al Gore addresses Climate Reality Leadership trainees, March 13, 2014, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

    Al Jazeera on Tuesday rejected allegations from Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, saying they were false and potentially misleading.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 19- Bumble Bee Foods has received takeover overtures from canned tuna giant Thai Union Frozen Products PCL and U.S. packaged foods company Post Holdings Inc in recent months, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • Aug 19- Botox maker Allergan Inc has approached Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd and at least one other company about a potential takeover in a bid to avert the $53 billion hostile takeover from Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc, the Wall Street Journal said. Allergan and Salix declined to comment on the matter.

  • Icahn has pushed Family Dollar to sell itself to Dollar General and has been openly critical of Family Dollar Chief Executive Howard Levine, who would have retained his position after an acquisition by Dollar Tree.

  • Aug 19- Citigroup Inc is considering the sale of its retail-banking business in Japan, the Wall Street Journal said on Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter. Citigroup is considering a possible auction for the sale, the Journal reported.

  • Aug 19- Medtronic Inc reported the strongest quarterly U.S. sales growth for its medical devices in five years and said it was committed to completing the acquisition of Irish-domiciled Covidien Plc by the end of the year or early 2015.. Minneapolis- based Medtronic also confirmed its full-year profit and revenue outlook on Tuesday.

  • Aug 18- Ingersoll-Rand Plc, a maker of heating and air conditioning systems, said it would buy Cameron International Corp's centrifugal compression unit for $850 million. Ingersoll-Rand said it planned to fund the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and debt.

  • Allergan names Hindman chief financial officer Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    IRVINE, Calif.— Botox maker Allergan, which is fighting a hostile takeover bid from Valeant Pharmaceuticals, has named longtime executive Jim Hindman its new chief financial officer. Allergan Chairman and CEO David E.I. Pyott said in a statement from the company that Edwards told him back in February that he was thinking about stepping down later in the year.

  • Aug 18- Ingersoll-Rand Plc, a maker of heating and air conditioning systems, said it would buy Cameron International Corp's centrifugal compression unit for $850 million. Ingersoll-Rand said it planned to fund the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and debt.

  • Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:22 AM ET

    Dollar General, the nation's largest dollar-store chain, started a bidding war on Monday when it offered approximately $8.95 billion for rival Family Dollar. It was an attempt to trump Dollar Tree, which agreed to acquire Family Dollar for $8.5 billion made last month.