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  • Strong gains in its top holdings, including Canadian Pacific, Air Products& Chemicals and Burger King Worldwide helped fuel the rise. Ackman has spent much of June trying to convince pharmaceutical company Allergan, in which he is the biggest investor, to sell itself to rival Valeant Pharmaceuticals, with which he is working to negotiate a deal.

  • JAKARTA, July 2- Freeport-McMoRan Copper& Gold Inc is still in talks with Indonesia over a six-month dispute that has halted copper exports, and has no plan yet to follow Newmont Mining Corp in seeking international arbitration. Global copper prices, currently not far off four-month highs, have been underpinned by the disruption to supplies from Indonesia.

  • NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. stocks were set to kick off the third quarter with early gains on Tuesday, after a report showed China's factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months, and ahead of U.S. data expected to show manufacturing continued to grow.

  • July 1- Private-equity firms KKR& Co LP and TPG Capital are among the groups looking to buy a majority stake in food retailer Kuwait Food Co SAK, better known as Americana, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The other potential bidders include CVC Capital Partners Ltd and Advent International Corp, Bloomberg said.

  • Markit, ISM factory data due. NEW YORK, July 1- U.S. stock index futures kicked off the third quarter with early gains Tuesday, buoyed by a report showing China's factory sector expanded in June for the first time in six months, and ahead of U.S. data expected to show manufacturing continued to grow.

  • *Billionaire says says not ready to invest in Egypt. CAIRO, June 30- Egyptian billionaire construction tycoon Samih Sawiris said he has no plans for new investments in his country while political oppression and legal failings continue to obstruct economic revival.

  • *Billionaire says says not ready to invest in Egypt. CAIRO, June 30- Egyptian billionaire construction tycoon Samih Sawiris said he has no plans for new investments in his country while political oppression and legal failings continue to obstruct economic revival.

  • NEW YORK, June 27- Mathew Martoma, a former SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager convicted of insider trading, should be sentenced to a "substantial" term of prison beyond the eight years recommended by probation officers, U.S. prosecutors argued Friday. In court papers filed in New York federal court, prosecutors urged U.S.

  • June 27- Dollar General Corp said Chief Executive Rick Dreiling would retire next year after about seven years at the helm, sending the discount retailer's shares down 7 percent.

  • Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling plans to retire Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 9:20 AM ET

    June 27- Dollar General Corp said Chief Executive Rick Dreiling would retire effective May 30, 2015 or upon the appointment of a successor. Dreiling, 60, has served as the discount retailer's CEO since January 2008.

  • NEW YORK, June 26- A former McKinsey& Co partner whose testimony helped convict Raj Rajaratnam for insider trading returned to court on Thursday to testify against the Galleon Group founder's younger brother, Rengan Rajaratnam.

  • NEW YORK, June 26- Graeme Hart, whose packaging conglomerate made him New Zealand's richest man, is in the early stage of exploring options for his U.S. auto parts businesses, which he acquired for nearly $2 billion in 2011, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • MEXICO CITY, June 25- Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim and former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney have invested in Texas- based oil and gas software developer WellAware, the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK, June 25- A former driver for Raj Rajaratnam has sued the one-time billionaire, claiming he was fired for complaining about secret wire transfers the founder of the Galleon Group hedge fund made to fellow prisoners following his conviction for insider trading.

  • Chinese tycoon invites homeless to lunch     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:44 AM ET

    Mogul Chen Guangbiao is hoping to improve U.S.-China relations by hosting a charity lunch for several hundred poor Americans in New York City's Central Park, reports CNBC's Eunice Yoon.

  • *Samwer brothers have raised 3- 4 bln euros for Rocket. BERLIN, June 24- Rocket Internet, the German venture capital group behind dozens of online start-ups, will aim to raise new capital to help it grow rather than see current owners cash out if it decides to proceed with a listing, sources close to the matter said.

  • SYDNEY, June 24- Australian billionaire Solomon Lew effectively ended a 17- year standoff with South Africa's Woolworths Holdings Ltd on Tuesday with a deal that will have the department store firm buy him out of two investments at a massive profit.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, June 23- A group of influential Internet moguls aim to fix what they refer to as the "big money problem" in Washington politics by, well, raising cash.

  • SYDNEY, June 24- South Africa's Woolworths Holdings Ltd offered on Tuesday to buy the 12 percent of Australian clothes retailer Country Road Ltd it does not already own from billionaire Solomon Lew for A $213 million.

  • SYDNEY, June 24- South Africa's Woolworths Holdings Ltd offered on Tuesday to buy the 12 percent of Australian clothes retailer Country Road Ltd it does not already own from billionaire Solomon Lew for A $213 million.