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  • BOSTON, Sept 8- Hedge funds had their best month since February when they reported a 1.56 percent rise in August, according to data released on Monday, on a mix of corporate deals and strong company earnings that helped push the stock market higher.

  • Sept 8- Clinical research company PRA Health Sciences Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Monday to raise up to $375 million in an initial public offering of its common stock. Jefferies LLC, Citigroup Inc, KKR& Co and UBS Investment Bank are among the underwriters of the offering, the company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Sept 8- Home improvement retailer Home Depot Inc confirmed on Monday that its payment security systems have been breached, which could impact customers using payment cards at its stores in the United States and Canada. Home Depot, however, said it has found no evidence that personal identification numbers have been compromised, it said in a statement.

  • Alibaba IPO expected to price Sept. 18th - Fidelity Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 5:30 PM ET

    BOSTON, Sept 8- The blockbuster initial public offering of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd is expected to price on Sept. 18th, Fidelity Investments has told brokerage clients.

  • Sept 8- A federal lawsuit filed on Monday accuses Walt Disney Co, Sony Pictures and other leaders in special effects and animation of conspiring to suppress wages in the industry through "no-raid" agreements.

  • FRANKFURT, Sept 8- The European Central Bank has not run out of ammunition and can use further tools, but to revive euro zone growth governments should do their share, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio told CNN on Monday.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- Benchmark U.S. "This is a Fed district that is very dovish, so it did catch the market's attention," said Wilmer Stith, fixed income portfolio manager for Wilmington Trust in Baltimore, Maryland, in reference to the San Francisco Fed.

  • Sept 8- General Mills Inc, the maker of Cheerios cereal and Betty Crocker baking products, said it would acquire organic food producer Annie's Inc for about $820 million. General Mills's offer of $46 per Annie's share in cash represents a premium of about 37.3 percent to the stock's Monday closing.

  • Constancio says ECB has further tools it can use Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 5:11 PM ET

    FRANKFURT, Sept 8- The European Central Bank has not run out of ammunition and can use further tools, but governments should do their share to revive euro zone growth, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio told CNN on Monday.

  • The supplemental report adds $3 million in fees and nearly $83,000 in expenses billed in March by Jones Day, the former law firm of Detroit's state-appointed emergency manager, Kevyn Orr. The addition of the March numbers brings Jones Day's total billing from July 2013 to March 2014 to $25.1 million in fees and $1 million in expenses.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors LP hedge fund, was sentenced on Monday to nine years in prison for engaging in what authorities called the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history. District Judge Paul Gardephe in New York also ordered Martoma, 40, to forfeit $9.3 million.

  • HONG KONG, Sept 9- Asia is proving new and fertile ground for Western lobbyists and public affairs consultancies who are helping shape post-crisis financial reforms in a region where regulators traditionally operate behind closed doors.

  • Sept 8- Restaurant and arcade chain Dave& Buster's Entertainment Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Monday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of its common stock. Jefferies LLC and Piper Jaffray are the lead underwriters of the IPO, the Dallas, Texas- based company said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Sept 8- Home improvement retailer Home Depot on Monday confirmed its payment systems were breached, potentially impacting customers using payment cards at its U.S. and Canadian stores. While the full scope of the breach was yet to be determined, there was no evidence that debit PIN numbers were compromised, Home Depot said in a statement.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 8- U.S. consumer credit soared in July, posting its biggest jump since November 2001, driven in part by demand for auto loans and student borrowings. Total consumer credit increased $26.01 billion to $3.24 trillion in July, the Federal Reserve said on Monday.

  • SANTIAGO, Sept 8- Chilean power generator Colbun appointed on Monday as its new chief executive heavy-hitter Thomas Keller, the former CEO of state-run miner Codelco. Keller will take the reins of Colbun on Oct. 1, after current CEO Ignacio Cruz leaves the post on Sept. 30, as the company looks to keep Chile's largest and most-controversial power project alive.

  • LONDON, Sept 8- A Chinese trading firm has booked the world's largest super-tanker to store crude at sea, adding to a growing flotilla of vessels used for floating storage as benchmark oil prices slip below $100 a barrel.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- Mathew Martoma, a former portfolio manager at billionaire Steven A. Cohen's SAC Capital Advisors LP hedge fund, was sentenced on Monday to nine years in prison for engaging in what authorities called the most lucrative insider trading scheme in U.S. history. District Judge Paul Gardephe in New York also ordered Martoma, 40, to forfeit $9.3 million.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- The Dow and S&P 500 ended lower on Monday after a drop in energy shares, while the Nasdaq edged higher with Yahoo. Shares of Exxon Mobil fell 1.5 percent and Schlumberger's were down 2.1 percent, among the biggest drags on the S&P 500..

  • NEW YORK, Sept 8- Arab Bank Plc's chairman told reporters on Monday his bank was "clean" and had not provided funding to Hamas, speaking after his first day as a defense witness in the long-awaited civil terrorism-financing trial.