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  • *Disney shines as Star Wars will make its way to theme parks. *Zulily soars on Liberty Interactive's buyout offer. "The housing data was pretty good," said Michael James, managing director of equity trading at Wedbush Securities in Los Angeles.

  • *Zulily soars on Liberty Interactive's $2.4 bln buyout offer. *Tesla jumps after Morgan Stanley upgrade. Aug 17- Wall Street erased earlier losses to notch modest gains in late morning trading on Monday after data showed that U.S. homebuilder sentiment rose in August to its highest level in nearly a decade.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St lower after poor manufacturing data Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 10:28 AM ET

    *Zulily soars on Liberty Interactive's $2.4 bln buyout offer. *Tesla jumps after Morgan Stanley upgrade. Aug 17- Wall Street began the week lower on Monday after data showed a surprise fall in manufacturing activity in the state of New York in August.

  • *Zulily soars on Liberty Interactive's $2.4 bln buyout offer. *Tesla jumps after Morgan Stanley upgrade. Aug 17- Wall Street was set to begin the week lower on Monday as oil prices fell towards six-year lows and data indicated that manufacturing activity in New York state contracted in August.

  • US STOCKS-Futures little changed after choppy week Monday, 17 Aug 2015 | 7:28 AM ET

    *Energy stocks could come under pressure as oil prices fell towards six-year lows after data showed Japan's economy contracted and U.S. producers added drilling rigs for a fourth straight week despite a recent rout in prices. *The New York Federal Reserve releases its Empire State general business conditions index for August at 8:30 a.m. ET.

  • TORONTO, Aug 14- Canadian telecom and media company BCE Inc said on Friday it has sold its 15 percent stake in the Globe and Mail to the Woodbridge Company, giving the investment vehicle of Canada's Thomson family full control of the country's biggest national newspaper. That deal brought into the Postmedia fold some 175 newspapers and publications including...

  • Aug 14- Woodbridge Company Ltd, the investment vehicle of Canada's Thomson family, gained full control of Canadian media company Globe and Mail Inc by acquiring the 15 percent stake owned by telecommunications company BCE Inc. BCE did not mention the financial details of the deal. Woodbridge also owns a majority stake in Thomson Reuters Corp..

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1500 GMT/11:00 a.m. ET Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 11:35 AM ET

    Editor: Phil Berlowitz +1 646 223 6200. ATHENS- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras faces the widest rebellion yet from his leftist lawmakers as parliament approves a new bailout program, forcing him to consider a confidence vote that could pave the way for early elections. Electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc says it is looking to raise about $642.5 million...

  • BOSTON, Aug 14- Ford Motor Co said it was dropping Contrafund as an investment option in its employee retirement accounts, pulling an estimated $900 million from Fidelity Investments' flagship mutual fund. Contrafund, managed by Will Danoff, is a behemoth in the mutual fund industry, with $113 billion in assets. Mainstay Capital Management LLC Chief Executive...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St higher after positive economic data Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 10:18 AM ET

    *King Digital, El Pollo Loco slump as results disappoint. *J.C. Penney, Nordstrom rise after strong results. Aug 14- Wall Street was slightly higher on Friday as a raft of positive data pointed to a bullish signal for third-quarter economic growth.

  • *King Digital, El Pollo Loco slumps after results. The Dow and the S&P 500 were on track to post slight gains for the week, but the Nasdaq was poised to close lower in a choppy week that saw China devalue its currency, hitting markets and derailing predictions of a rate hike. "If China calms down, we're going to have the potential for a rate hike in the U.S. on the table again,...

  • Global M&A activity surges towards record high Friday, 14 Aug 2015 | 7:53 AM ET

    LONDON, Aug 14- Global mergers and acquisitions have climbed close to a record high this year, accelerated by a trio of multibillion-dollar deals in the U.S., Thomson Reuters data showed. The largest of these was Warren Buffet's $30 billion- plus purchase of Precision Castparts, announced on Monday. In the Asia Pacific region, dealmaking is off to its best start for...

  • A torrent of $44 billion in high-yield debt and share sales in the first half of this year has slowed to a trickle with oil now at just above $42 a barrel, 30 percent below its June levels and 60 percent down from June 2014, and a more pessimistic view taking hold that global oversupply could keep oil cheap for years. "The capital markets showed up in force in the first...

  • U.S. hedge funds FrontFour Capital, Orange Capital and Livermore Partners, as well as Toronto- based West Face Capital, have been the most active. The second quarter was the worst in nearly a decade for Canadian energy M&A, according to Thomson Reuters data. U.S. hedge fund Livermore Partners has pushed for change at Zargon Oil and Gas Ltd, whose shares have lost 74...

  • BEIJING, Aug 13- Analysts have cut their price targets for Alibaba Group Holding Ltd shares after the stock fell to a post-flotation low on Wednesday on weak earnings and concerns over China's economy. Alibaba's shares are now at $73.38, hovering just above their initial public offering price of $68. The challenge facing Alibaba is how to encourage shoppers to...

  • JOHANNESBURG, Aug 13- Miner and commodity trader Glencore on Thursday cut back its spending plans for this year and said it would take a $790 million charge on oil assets in Chad after a fall in oil prices. Glencore's action on spending follows sharp falls across commodity prices this year, partly on the back of a slowdown in China, which is one of the world's biggest...

  • Chief Executive Steve Ingham told Reuters he had seen good growth overall in the majority of its markets, particularly in the UK and United States, helping to offset changes in foreign exchange rates which had a negative impact of 11 million pounds. Recruiters like Michael Page, Hays and Robert Walters are often seen as a bellwether for a country's economic...

  • LONDON, Aug 13- British recruitment firm Michael Page said it would return around 50 million pounds in a special dividend, paying out more than expected sooner, after reporting a higher half-year profit with strong demand in all regions. The company, which mainly finds candidates to fill permanent positions, said on Thursday it would pay a special dividend of 16...

  • *Philip Morris had aimed to raise at least $1 bln by cutting stake. JAKARTA, Aug 13- Philip Morris- owned Indonesia cigarette maker Sampoerna is planning a rights issue that will raise nearly $2 billion to meet stock exchange free-float rules, in what will be the Southeast Asian nation's biggest share sale in seven years. Sources previously said that Philip Morris...

  • *Chinese yuan hits four-year low, falling for second day. *Alibaba falls to record low as revenue growth slows. Aug 12- Wall Street was down more than 1 percent for the second day in a row, with the S&P 500 briefly turning negative for the year, as the continued decline in the yuan exacerbated fears about a global economic slowdown.