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  • Friday's $133 to $136 price paid by beef packers surpassed the previous record of mostly $132 in late October, according to analysts and economists. Monthly retail price data showed beef last month at a record $5.41 per lb, surpassing the October record of $5.36, according to the USDA's Economic Research Service.

  • UPDATE 2-Accenture expects consulting business to pick up Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 12:13 PM ET

    Dec 19- Accenture Plc said it expected its consulting business to turn the corner this financial year as orders rise, building on strength in its outsourcing unit that helped the company report better-than-expected quarterly results. Accenture shares rose as much as 5 percent on Thursday.

  • Dec 19- Accenture Plc reported first-quarter results that beat analysts' estimates as increased demand for outsourcing services helped to offset a drop in income from its consulting business. Accenture's shares rose 3 percent to $78.01 before the bell on Thursday.

  • Accenture revenue rises as outsourcing demand grows Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 | 7:10 AM ET

    Dec 19- Accenture Plc reported a 2 percent rise in quarterly revenue as demand for outsourcing services helped to offset a drop in income from its bigger consulting business. Net income rose to $811.6 million, or $1.15 per share, in the first quarter ended Nov. 30 from $766 million, or $1.06 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $7.36 billion from $7.22 billion.

  • BOSTON/ WASHINGTON Dec 3- Are proxy advisory firms giving mutual funds too much help with their homework? That question is due for airing at a event in Washington on Thursday focused on the role of proxy advisers like Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass, Lewis& Co. that help funds decide how to vote at corporate annual meetings.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Clients often ask financial adviser Grant Rawdin to teach their children about money before they send them off to college or to their first jobs. Rawdin now hands out a formal engagement letter to the younger generation to officially link them to his firm, Philadelphia- based Wescott Financial Advisory Group.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Clients often ask financial adviser Grant Rawdin to teach their children about money before they send them off to college or to their first jobs. Rawdin now hands out a formal engagement letter to the younger generation to officially link them to his firm, Philadelphia- based Wescott Financial Advisory Group.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 19- President Barack Obama was briefed on recommendations made by consulting firm McKinsey& Co in March on the rollout of the healthcare law, and on steps that officials in charge of the law were taking to address problems with the website, the White House said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON, Nov 18- Capita's veteran boss Paul Pindar, who built a small IT consultancy into Britain's largest outsourcing group, is to step down after 26 years with the company, walking away from a sector facing greater scrutiny for being too reliant on a few major firms.

  • NEW YORK/ HONG KONG, Nov 14- JPMorgan Chase& Co paid $1.8 million over two years to a small consulting firm run by the daughter of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, The New York Times reported on Thursday, a relationship that is part of a wider U.S. probe into the Wall Street bank's hiring practices in the region.

  • *JPMorgan had 2006-08 contract with consultancy run by Lily Chang- NYTimes. HONG KONG, Nov 14- JPMorgan paid $1.8 million over two years to a small consulting firm run by the daughter of former Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, The New York Times reported on Thursday, a relationship that is part of a wider U.S. probe into the Wall Street bank's hiring practices in the region.

  • HONG KONG, Nov 14- An investigation by U.S. authorities into JPMorgan's hiring practices in China involves a business relationship between the Wall Street bank and a consultancy firm run by the daughter of China's former premier, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 12- A regulator of the top U.S. banks on Tuesday published new ground rules over when it would tell banks to hire outside consultants, after critics accused it of botching a review of past home foreclosures.

  • Nov 5- IT services firm Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp reported a better-than-expected 22 percent rise in quarterly revenue as businesses, especially financial firms and companies in Europe, outsourced more work and increased spending on consulting.

  • Nov 5- Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp reported a 15 percent rise in quarterly profit as businesses, especially financial firms, spent more on IT and consulting services. The company's net income rose to $319.6 million, or $1.05 per share in the third quarter, from $276.9 million, or 91 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 22 percent to $2.31 billion.

  • UPDATE 2-MSCI exploring options for proxy adviser ISS Thursday, 31 Oct 2013 | 11:27 AM ET

    *ISS accounts for about 11 percent of MSCI's revenue. Oct 31- Stock market index provider MSCI Inc said on Thursday that it was exploring strategic options for its influential and controversial proxy advisory unit, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc..

  • Oct 30- PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday it agreed to buy Booz& Co., ratcheting up an aggressive move by large audit firms back into the lucrative consulting business more than 10 years after U.S. regulators tried to tease apart the two sectors.

  • Oct 30- Parexel International Corp's shares fell as much as 18 percent after the drug research services provider said it struggled to win new contracts when rivals reported strong results and raised their forecasts.

  • Stern Advice-How to make smart benefits choices for 2014 Wednesday, 30 Oct 2013 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 30- If you have been waiting years for a decent raise, you will probably have to keep waiting- the average salary increase in the United States planned for 2014 will be only 2.9 percent, according to a Towers Watson survey. And rather than being shared equally, that raise will be aimed disproportionately at workplace stars.

  • Oct 30- Accounting and consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers said on Wednesday it struck a deal to buy corporate consulting firm Booz& Co, the latest in a string of mergers by global audit firms aimed at bulking up their fast-growing advisory businesses.

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