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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 17- The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is looking for office supply store Staples to improve its offer to divest assets to further its bid to buy rival Office Depot, the agency said in court on Thursday. The FTC filed a complaint on December 7 aimed at stopping Staples from buying Office Depot, saying that the deal would hurt big customers who want...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on June 8, 2015 in New York City.

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

  • U.S. stock futures were sharply higher this morning, ahead of what's expected to be the first Fed interest rate hike since June 2006.

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

  • Dec 9- A potential marriage of chemicals titans Dow Chemical and DuPont would draw intense scrutiny from regulators in the United States and other countries, but Wall Street welcomed the reported merger talks, lifting shares of both companies by 12 percent. "I look at it like Pepsi and Coca-Cola merging, then splitting into syrup, bottling, and snacks& sundry...

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

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

  • U.S. stock futures were sharply lower this morning, after Monday's nearly 6 percent drop in crude sparked broad selling in oil shares and sent the Dow negative for the year.

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

    Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Monday: Outerwall, Staples, Nike & more.

  • Some 5,913 U.S. corporations and individuals have been awarded $1.9 billion worth of claims for factories, farms, homes and other assets that were nationalized in Cuba after Fidel Castro's rebels came to power on Jan. 1, 1959. Those claims, registered with the U.S. Justice Department's Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, are now worth roughly $8 billion when...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint aimed at stopping Staples Inc, the nation's largest office supply store, from buying its top rival, Office Depot Inc, the agency said on Monday. "The commission has reason to believe that the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot is likely to eliminate beneficial competition that...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 7- The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint aimed at stopping Staples Inc, the nation's largest office supply store, from buying its top rival, Office Depot Inc, the agency said on Monday. "The Commission has reason to believe that the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot is likely to eliminate beneficial competition that...

  • *Brent crude nears 7- year low after OPEC meeting. Dec 7- Wall Street fell on Monday as energy and raw material stocks took a hit, with oil prices falling to their lowest in nearly seven years. Brent crude and U.S. crude extended their decline and fell as much as 5 percent, after OPEC's meeting last week failed to address a growing supply glut.

  • *GE terminates agreement after regulatory objections. STOCKHOLM/ WASHINGTON, Dec 7- General Electric on Monday walked away from a $3.3 billion agreement to sell its appliances business to Sweden's Electrolux, terminating the deal after months of opposition from U.S. antitrust regulators. The U.S. Justice Department had filed a lawsuit in July asking a judge to...

  • Dec 3- Office supplies retailer Staples Inc is willing to sell more assets to win antitrust approval for its $6.3 billion takeover of Office Depot Inc, Bloomberg reported on Thursday, citing two people familiar with the matter. Under the deal announced in February, Staples had offered to divest about half of Office Depot's assets with revenues of up to $1.25...

  • The S&P retail index was down 1 percent, while Target shares fell 1.3 percent to $72.50 after its website faced an outage due to heavy traffic. Shares of brick-and-mortar stores were down following Black Friday, including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, down 1.8 percent at $58.84, and Macy's Inc, down 2.3 percent at $39.08. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is due to address...

  • Nov 30- U.S. stocks were modestly lower in late afternoon trading Monday amid declines in health and consumer discretionary shares, though energy shares rose. Target shares were down 1.2 percent at $72.56 after its Web site faced an outage due to heavy traffic. Data showed that other retailers' website were also affected, including that of Foot Locker, which was...

  • Nov 30- U.S. stocks were lower in early afternoon trading on Monday as health and consumer discretionary stocks declined and investors awaited key economic data including the November jobs report. While the U.S. central bank is likely to raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006, the European Central Bank is expected to unveil fresh monetary...

  • *November jobs data expected this week. Nov 30- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday as investors awaited key economic data including the November jobs report this week and kept an eye on policy decisions by U.S. and European central banks. While the U.S. central bank is likely to raise interest rates for the first time since June 2006, the European Central Bank...

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

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

  • Walmart customers push carts past reusable shopping bags in Los Angeles.

    Wal-Mart's tech investment has improved operations, but now it must drive sales growth, Geoff Lewis said.