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  • May 21- China's JD.com priced its IPO at $19 per share, exceeding the expected range and suggesting strong demand for Chinese e-commerce companies as larger rival Alibaba Group Holding Inc prepares its own highly anticipated U.S. debut.

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- A group of lawmakers wants the United States to press Brunei to revoke Islamic criminal laws that they say jeopardize human rights under threat of being kicked out of Pacific free trade talks.

  • May 21- Police on Wednesday arrested more than 100 demonstrators seeking better pay for McDonald's workers as protesters swarmed the fast-food chain's corporate campus near Chicago to demand a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the right to unionize.

  • JD.com IPO priced above range at $19 - underwriters Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 6:03 PM ET

    May 21- China's second-largest e-commerce company JD.com' s initial public offering was priced above the expected range at $19, underwriters said. The IPO raised $1.78 billion from the sale of 93.7 million American Depositary Shares. The ADSs were expected to be priced between $16 and $18 per ADS.

  • BRASILIA, May 21- Brazil's second-highest court dealt a blow to the banking industry on Wednesday by deciding in favor of depositors in a landmark case involving disputed compensation for savings dating back two decades.

  • NEW YORK, May 21- Reynolds American Inc is in active discussions to buy Lorillard Inc in a complicated, three-way transaction that could see British American Tobacco PLC take a major role to back a potential merger, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • May 21- Exxon Mobil Corp said it acquired additional properties in the Permian Basin of Texas in an asset swap deal with LINN Energy LLC. Exxon will transfer its portion of the Hugoton gas field in Kansas and Oklahoma to LINN as part of the deal. Exxon said its unit XTO Energy Inc will manage the newly acquired 26,000 acres.

  • May 21- NetApp Inc forecast a current-quarter profit below market estimates after reporting a 4 percent fall in quarterly revenue, hurt by lower sales of data storage products. NetApp said it expects an adjusted profit of 53- 58 cents per share on revenue of $1.42- $1.52 billion for the first quarter.

  • BRASILIA, May 21- Brazil's second-highest court dealt a blow to the banking industry on Wednesday by ruling in favor of depositors in a landmark case involving disputed compensation for savings dating back two decades.

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Chief Executive Sergio Marchionne said on Wednesday the fallout from General Motors' delay in recalling millions of cars for faulty ignition switches has made automakers more sensitive about safety issues.

  • May 21- Sanchez Energy Corp said it would buy oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford region of south Texas from Royal Dutch Shell Plc for about $639 million cash as the Dutch oil company looks to pare its exposure to U.S. shale. Shell and other big peers including BP Plc have had less success than smaller companies tapping North America's vast shale formations.

  • WASHINGTON, May 21- Two former members of the U.S. auto task force that helped restructure General Motors Co in 2009 during its bankruptcy said they were not aware at the time of the defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

  • May 21- TransCanada Corp is in talks with customers about shipping Canadian crude to the United States by rail as an alternative to its Keystone XL pipeline project that has been mired in political delays, Chief Executive Russ Girling said on Wednesday.

  • May 21- An Iowa-based egg producer and two of its executives are facing federal criminal charges in connection with a 2010 salmonella outbreak that led to the recall of more than a half-billion eggs in the United States, according to federal court documents filed Wednesday.

  • May 21- Sanchez Energy Corp said it would buy oil and gas properties in the Eagle Ford region of south Texas from Royal Dutch Shell Plc for about $639 million.

  • TV picture looks fuzzy for consumers in AT&T-DirecTV deal Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 4:49 PM ET

    May 21- AT&T Inc's planned takeover of DirecTV has been touted as a deal that will redefine video and broadband, but translating that to reality for a potential 70 million subscribers could take a while. One exciting benefit to consumers, AT&T has said, involves new service packages with DirecTV, Internet and home phone on one bill.

  • NEW YORK, May 21- U.S. regulators are investigating Charles Schwab Corp and Bank of America Corp's Merrill Lynch brokerage over whether they are doing enough to police their clients' identities, two sources said.

  • Vivendi to sell 41.5 mln Activision shares Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 4:43 PM ET

    May 21- Activision Blizzard Inc said Vivendi S.A. will sell 41.5 million of the videogames publisher's shares, as part of a planned stake sale announced last July. Vivendi owned an 11.6 percent stake, or 83 million shares, in Activision as of October, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • SEATTLE, May 21- Boeing Co Chief Executive Jim McNerney said the company wanted to be more like Apple Inc in the way it innovates, rather than doing a "moon shot" development every 25 years. Speaking in Seattle at an annual conference with analysts on Wednesday, McNerney also said Boeing's job was to improve execution and productivity to cut costs and boost margins.

  • NEW YORK, May 21- U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday, rebounding from the previous day's broad selloff, after minutes of the Federal Reserve's last meeting showed central bankers have discussed the eventual tightening of monetary policy but made no decisions on which tools to use. Goldman Sachs was the top gainer on the blue chip index, up 1.9 percent at $159.35.