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  • NEW YORK-- Safeway Inc. may give investors a glimpse of how the supermarket chain's new loyalty program for shoppers is impacting sales when it reports its third-quarter results Friday.

  • *Associates working at fry's food stores and smith's food in Arizona ratified. new labor agreement with ufcw local 99. Phoenix, Tucson, and throughout Arizona.

  • *Says court has issued a claim construction order in Excentus' lawsuit against the Kroger Company. *Claim accuses Kroger of patent infringement, trademark infringement,. other acts of unfair competition.

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    The tentative multibillion-dollar settlement made with Visa and MasterCard last week allows merchants to offer discounts to customers paying with cash or checks, and to impose fees when they pay with credit cards, The New York Times reports.

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    Visa, MasterCard and major banks have agreed to pay at least $6 billion to millions of merchants to end a dispute over card fees.

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    In the hunt for yields, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer points out that not all dividends are created equal.

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    Take a look at some of Thursday's midday movers:

  • Stocks eased off their worst levels in the final hour of trading, but still finished firmly in the red Friday on the heels of a disappointing June government jobs report.

  • Bausch & Lomb eye care products on a store shelf.

    Pfizer sued over generic Lipitor delay; Seagate sees shares slip on weak revenue; speculation mounts over Yahoo CEO short list.

  • Coffee

    Is the single-serve coffee industry ripe for disruption? One company thinks so.

  • Stocks closed sharply higher after a wild final hour of trading Thursday following a report that central banks are preparing coordinated action to provide liquidity after the Greek election.

  • U.S. stock index futures rebounded Thursday amid growing hopes for stimulus from the Federal Reserve on the heels of several weak economic reports, but ongoing uncertainties in the euro zone kept a lid on gains.

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    Take a look at some of Thursday’s morning movers:

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    Investors are seeking the safest investments and want to protect their portfolios from European exposure and unpredictability. These companies generate revenue entirely in the United States, and many of them pay a dividend that is substantially greater than the 10-year note.

  • Spain

    Whether or not policymakers assist Spain’s struggling economy will make a big difference on how stocks perform next week.

  • Apple

    Nothing short of $40 billion dollars is on the line when Apple reports earnings tonight. That’s how much options prices are implying Apple stock will move following the release of its results.

  • The unemployed look for job opportunities at the South Florida Workforce center in Miami, Florida.

    This was an unusual day for this year: stocks started selling off right at the open and never recovered. Is that unusual? Yes, for this year. The usual pattern has been to bottom within an hour after the open, or at most by the European close, then rally. That didn't happen today.

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    Consumer-staples retailers are undergoing abrupt changes to their industry. The latest example is the battle over Americans' grocery purchases being waged by traditional supermarkets, dollar-discount stores, big-box department stores and wholesale clubs.

  • BERLIN - JULY 31: Cuts of beef and pork lie in a display counter at a supermarket July 30, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. According to media reports July 31, 2007 Gerd Sonnleitner, head of the German Farmers' Association, has called for a nationwide rise in prices of meat, especially beef and pork, and is predicting an overall rise in the price of groceries in Germany. Milk and dairy products prices in Germany have already risen in recent days by as much as 50 percent. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Imag

    “Pink slime” — officially called “lean finely textured beef” — is getting a bum rap, Gov. Sam Brownback said Friday. And he wants consumers and purveyors to know that it’s a “safe, wholesome product.”

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    Two supermarket chains said Thursday they will join the growing list of stores that will no longer sell beef that includes an additive with the unappetizing moniker "pink slime."