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  • NEW YORK, Nov 20- One of the first things you usually do when meeting a new financial adviser is to answer a series of questions to determine how much risk you can stomach. The same thing happens when you sign up for one of the new online investing advice platforms such as SigFig, Personal Capital and FutureAdvisor, which have risen up in the last two years.

  • WASHINGTON, Nov 21- The U.S. Treasury Department said it expected to sell its remaining shares of General Motors Co by the end of the year, a plan that may leave taxpayers with a shortfall of about $10 billion on the automaker's 2009 bailout.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Wall Street rose at the open on Thursday after data suggested stronger labor market conditions and subdued inflation pressures, while traders digested the Federal Reserve's latest assessment of the economy.

  • Nov 21- Activist investor group Barington Capital Group stepped up its push for change at restaurant chain and Olive Garden parent Darden Restaurants Inc on Thursday.

  • NEW YORK, Nov 21- Bank of America Corp urged a U.S. federal judge to impose no penalty even after a jury found it liable for fraud over the sale of defective mortgages by its Countrywide Financial unit.

  • *Hologic up on Icahn stake, pares gain on shareholders rights plan. NEW YORK, Nov 21- Wall Street was set to rise at the open on Thursday after data suggested stronger labor market conditions and subdued inflation pressures, while traders digested the Federal Reserve's latest assessment of the economy.

  • Nov 21- Discount chain Target Corp on Thursday blamed what it called "constrained" U.S. consumer spending for a tepid rise in quarterly comparable sales, and lowered its full-year profit forecast as a Canadian expansion proved costlier than expected.

  • Barington, which leads a group of shareholders that own a combined 2 percent stake in the Olive Garden and Red Lobster parent, also said it is working with proxy solicitation firm MacKenzie Partners.

  • Nov 21- Dollar Tree Inc reported a smaller-than-expected rise in quarterly comparable store sales and forecast current-quarter results below estimates. Dollar Tree reported a 3.1 percent increase in same-store sales in the third quarter ended Nov. 2.

  • *Weekly jobless claims fall 21,000. WASHINGTON, Nov 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said.

  • US manufacturing rebounds in Nov to 8-mth high -Markit Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. manufacturing rebounded this month after hitting a one-year low in October and output grew at its fastest pace in nine months, an industry report showed on Thursday. The overall pace of improvement in the goods-producing sector remained modest, though, and hiring in November slowed.

  • Ban also told Reuters that rich nations' promises at U.N. climate talks in Warsaw for new funds to help the poor tackle more heatwaves, floods and rising sea levels caused by global warming were "insufficient". Ban will host a one-day summit in New York on Sept. 23, 2014.

  • Shareholder Crescendo calls for Aeropostale sale Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 8:50 AM ET

    Nov 22- Private equity firm Crescendo Partners, which holds shares of Aeropostale Inc's, urged the teen clothing retailer to sell itself. Aeropostale shares were up 2.6 percent in premarket trading.

  • *Gold holds close to 4- mth lows, oil steadies near $108. LONDON, Nov 21- Speculation over the U.S. policy outlook and weaker-than-expected data from major economies sent world equities lower on Thursday and pushed the dollar past 100 yen though it fell against the euro.

  • Nov 21- Activist investor Carl Icahn reported a 12.63 percent stake in medical device maker Hologic Inc, prompting the company to adopt a shareholder rights plan to protect itself from hostile takeovers.

  • BRUSSELS, Nov 21- The European Union will impose punitive duties on imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia for the next five years after ruling that producers there were selling into the bloc at unfairly low prices.

  • US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Futures hold gains after data Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 8:33 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 21- U.S. stock index futures held gain on Thursday after data showed jobless claims fell in the latest week and producer prices fell for a second consecutive month. S&P 500 futures rose 4.7 points and were above fair value, a formula that evaluates pricing by taking into account interest rates, dividends and time to expiration of the contract.

  • U.S. jobless claims fall, hint at firming labor market Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 8:31 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 21- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting some strengthening of labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 21,000 to a seasonally adjusted 323,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday.

  • Nov 21- Discount chain Target Corp on Thursday blamed "constrained" consumer spending for a tepid rise in third-quarter comparable sales, and lowered its full-year profit forecast as a Canadian expansion proved costlier than expected.

  • U.S. producer prices fall for second month Thursday, 21 Nov 2013 | 8:30 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Nov 21- U.S. producer prices fell for a second straight month in October, indicating inflation pressures remain benign. The Labor Department said on Thursday its seasonally adjusted producer price index slipped 0.2 percent last month as gasoline prices tumbled, after dipping 0.1 percent in September.

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