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  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Jan 6 (Reuters)- Monsanto Co said a souring farm economy and currency woes will push its 2016 earnings to the lower end of expectations, while a cost-cutting drive will lead the world's largest seed company to slash more jobs. However, Monsanto's recent attempts to re-engage Syngenta AG about a potential takeover have been difficult since the Swiss agrochemical...

  • Jan 6- Monsanto Co, the world's largest seed company, said it expects 2016 earnings to be in the lower half of its previous forecast but reported a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss as soybean sales rose in Brazil. Monsanto has come under renewed pressure to pursue a merger with Swiss agrochemical maker Syngenta after the ongoing merger between DuPont and...

  • Handshake M&A mergers

    2015 was a record year for mergers. Here's what the research reveals about how 2016 will compare, says Matt Porzio.

  • Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • U.S. stock index futures declined on Wednesday, tracking European shares lower as oil prices continued to slide.

  • Dec 29- Chemical maker DuPont Co said it would cut 1,700 jobs in Delaware, as part of a previously announced plan to reduce its workforce before combining with Dow Chemical Co in a $130 billion megamerger. Delaware Governor Jack Markell said in a statement that the news of the job cuts was "deeply disappointing." DuPont and Dow Chemical agreed to merge in an...

  • Dec 29- Chemical maker DuPont Co said it will cut 1,700 jobs in Delaware, as part of a plan to reduce its workforce by 10 percent before its proposed merger with Dow Chemical Co.. The job cuts will be in the beginning of 2016, DuPont Chief Executive Ed Breen said in a letter to the company's employees on Tuesday. The company said on Dec. 11 it planned to slash about 10...

  • China investor stock prices

    Here are the top 10 business stories of the year, in descending order. NBCNews reports.

  • With close to 40,000 deals announced thus far in 2015, the M&A volume rose 40.8 percent over last year to the record level, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as some of the world's biggest companies pursued their matches. As a result, investment banking fees from completed M&A deals globally increased 5 percent year-to-date to $24.5 billion,...

  • With close to 40,000 deals announced thus far in 2015, the M&A volume rose 40.8 percent over last year to the record level, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as some of the world's biggest companies pursued their matches. As a result, investment banking fees from completed M&A deals globally increased 5 percent year-to-date to $24.5 billion,...

  • Heinz and Kraft Foods to merge.

    2015 has been a record year for mergers and acquisitions (M&A). CNBC looks back at the 10 biggest deals of the year and who advised on them.

  • *Q3 GDP growth at 2 percent. Dec 22- Wall Street rallied on Tuesday as crude oil prices recovered slightly and data showed that the U.S. economy grew at a fairly healthy clip in the third quarter. The Dow Jones industrial average rose nearly 1 percent, with Caterpillar up 5.3 percent and on the way to its biggest one-day gain since October.

  • While the number of announced deals globally declined from 2014 by 2.1 percent to 39,687, deal volume rose 40.8 percent to a record $4.6 trillion, according to preliminary Thomson Reuters data, as big companies pursued their dream matches. This year's mega deals included many with long-expected operational efficiencies, such as brewer Anheuser-Busch...

  • Jim Cramer

    “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer is pressing the "like" button on this company’s future prospects.

  • Farmer on a tractor

    Jim Cramer is not feeling hungry for agriculture stocks lately. He gets to the bottom of why this stock group has become so toxic.

  • *Zoetis, Pfizer assets could attract Bayer in future. Possible targets for the German company could include veterinary drug firm Zoetis and Pfizer's consumer health business, the two sources said. Bayer, Zoetis and Pfizer declined to comment.

  • Halliburton

    Halliburton has been forced to delay for a second time its planned $26bn acquisition of rival Baker Hughes, the Financial Times reports.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 14- The tax-free treatment of the spin-offs Dow Chemical Co and DuPont plan to carry out after they merge their businesses is a prime driver of the deal, potentially saving tens of billions of dollars, industry experts said. The $120 billion merger, announced last week, comes less than a month after drug maker Pfizer Inc said it would use its $160 billion...

  • Man on a broken arrow falling.

    Jim Cramer gets to the bottom of why the averages aren't doing that badly but the market feels bad anyway.