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  • *Britain eight months from election. LONDON, Sept 2- Britain's politicians and central bankers are watching one another even more closely than usual as the timing of a national election and a headline-making interest rate rise look set to converge.

  • Pembina buying Vantage, stake in plant for $650M Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Pembina Pipeline Corp. is buying the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc.' s interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant for $650 million. The Vantage pipeline starts in Tioga, North Dakota and ends near Empress, Alberta, Canada.

  • 1-800-FLOWERS buying Harry & David for $142.5M Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    CARLE PLACE, N.Y.— 1-800- FLOWERS.COM Inc. is buying Harry& David for $142.5 million to help broaden the assortment of foods that its customers can choose as gifts. The deal includes Harry& David Holdings Inc.' s brands, websites, 47 retail stores, some plants, orchards and its headquarters in Medford, Oregon.

  • Sept 2- Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd said it would buy Prestige Cruises International Inc in a $3.03 billion deal, including debt. Prestige owns upper-premium cruise operator Oceania Cruises and luxury cruise operator Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

  • AP Top Financial News At 8:17 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1 B 1-800- FLOWERS buying Harry& David for $142.5 M Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' Ahead of the Bell: US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Shares mostly rise while dollar gains on euro, yen Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7 B deal Moelis& Co. names Cantor as vice chairman Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8:17 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:17 AM ET

    Dollar General lifts offer for Family Dollar to about $9.1 B, willing to divest more stores 1-800- FLOWERS buying Harry& David for $142.5 million $2.4 billion Revel casino shuts its doors, just over 2 years after hopeful opening Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' by regulators US manufacturing likely expanded at slightly faster pace in August, economists forecast US construction spending expected to rebound in July after big June decline Stock markets mostly higher while dollar rises against euro, yen on interest rate expectations Select Income REIT to expand portfolio with $2.7 B acquisition of Cole Corporate Income Trust Moelis& Co. names ex-congressman Cantor as vice chairman, managing director; will join board South America's elusive LulzSecPeru hackers embarrass politicians with dumped emails

  • Sept 2- Canada's Pembina Pipeline Corp said it would buy the Vantage pipeline system and Mistral Midstream Inc's interest in the Saskatchewan ethane extraction plant from Riverstone Holdings LLC for $650 million.

  • US home prices rose at slower pace in July Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose in July but at a slower rate compared with earlier this year. Real estate data provider CoreLogic said Tuesday that prices rose 7.4 percent in July from July 2013. But CoreLogic's monthly figures aren't adjusted for seasonality, such as increased buying that occurs in warm weather.

  • *Weak factory data in China, Europe stoke oil demand fears. LONDON, Sept 2- Brent crude fell below $102 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by worries about slowing oil demand growth in China and Europe, a strong U.S. dollar and ample supplies.

  • AP Top Financial News At 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1 B Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' Ahead of the Bell: US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Shares mostly rise while dollar gains on euro, yen Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7 B deal Moelis& Co. names Cantor as vice chairman Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 8 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    Dollar General lifts offer for Family Dollar to about $9.1 B, willing to divest more stores $2.4 billion Revel casino shuts its doors, just over 2 years after hopeful opening Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' by regulators US manufacturing likely expanded at slightly faster pace in August, economists forecast US construction spending expected to rebound in July after big June decline Stock markets mostly higher while dollar rises against euro, yen on interest rate expectations Select Income REIT to expand portfolio with $2.7 B acquisition of Cole Corporate Income Trust Moelis& Co. names ex-congressman Cantor as vice chairman, managing director; will join board South America's elusive LulzSecPeru hackers embarrass politicians with dumped emails Too much austerity?

  • AP Top Financial News At 7:54 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1 B Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' Ahead of the Bell: US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Shares mostly rise while dollar gains on euro, yen Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7 B deal Moelis& Co. names Cantor as vice chairman Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:54 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:54 AM ET

    Dollar General lifts offer for Family Dollar to about $9.1 B, willing to divest more stores $2.4 billion Revel casino shuts its doors, just over 2 years after hopeful opening Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' by regulators US manufacturing likely expanded at slightly faster pace in August, economists forecast US construction spending expected to rebound in July after big June decline Stock markets mostly higher while dollar rises against euro, yen on interest rate expectations Select Income REIT to expand portfolio with $2.7 B acquisition of Cole Corporate Income Trust Moelis& Co. names ex-congressman Cantor as vice chairman, managing director; will join board South America's elusive LulzSecPeru hackers embarrass politicians with dumped emails Too much austerity?

  • Sept 2- Dollar General Corp raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc to $80 per share, or $9.1 billion, and warned it may turn hostile and appeal directly to shareholders if the new offer was rejected.

  • *Europe's impatience not shared in Asia, United States. LONDON, Sept 2- Reviving Europe's repackaged debt market to fund economic recovery will take years and hinge on a re-invention of the sector rather than quick regulatory tweaks, bankers and regulators say.

  • AP Top Financial News At 7:48 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1 B Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' Ahead of the Bell: US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7 B deal Moelis& Co. names Cantor as vice chairman Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet Shares mostly higher, strong dollar buoys Japan Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 7:48 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    Dollar General lifts offer for Family Dollar to about $9.1 B, willing to divest more stores $2.4 billion Revel casino shuts its doors, just over 2 years after hopeful opening Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' by regulators US manufacturing likely expanded at slightly faster pace in August, economists forecast US construction spending expected to rebound in July after big June decline Select Income REIT to expand portfolio with $2.7 B acquisition of Cole Corporate Income Trust Moelis& Co. names ex-congressman Cantor as vice chairman, managing director; will join board South America's elusive LulzSecPeru hackers embarrass politicians with dumped emails Stocks mostly higher as dollar gains against yen, euro; Japan wages data also buoys Nikkei Too much austerity?

  • *Compuware climbs in premarket; near deal to sell itself. *Exelixis tumbles after cancer drug fails study; to cut jobs. *Dollar General ups Family Dollar bid.

  • *Dollar touches 105 yen for first time since January. LONDON, Sept 2- The euro slumped to a fresh one-year low against a broadly strong dollar on Tuesday on persistent speculation that the European Central Bank will introduce more aggressive monetary easing.

  • AP Top Financial News At 7:25 a.m. EDT Tuesday, 2 Sep 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $9.1 B Ahead of the Bell: US Manufacturing Ahead of the Bell: US construction spending Revel casino goes dark after just 2 years Survey: Foreign companies in China feel' targeted' Select Income REIT adds to portfolio in $2.7 B deal Moelis& Co. names Cantor as vice chairman Top South America hackers rattle Peru's Cabinet Shares mostly higher, strong dollar buoys Japan Austerity debate flares as Europe recovery fades