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  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Communications equipment maker Comtech Telecommunications Corp said on Monday it is exploring strategic alternatives, including a possible merger or sale of the company, confirming a Reuters report earlier in the day.

  • TORONTO, Aug 25- Investors in Burger King Worldwide Inc and Tim Hortons Inc applauded news of a potential merger between the two fast food chains, seeing both tax savings and strategic rationale for a combination.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25- A U.S. judge cast doubt on Monday over a proposed agreement struck between Hewlett-Packard Co and plaintiff shareholders to settle a lawsuit over the computing giant's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25- Amazon.com Inc snapped up live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, marking the largest deal in the U.S. e-commerce company's 20- year history. It reflects Chief Executive Jeff Bezos' resolve to transform Amazon into an Internet destination beyond its core retail operations.

  • Aug 25- Drug developer Kite Pharma Inc said its experimental cancer therapy showed potential in treating patients in an early-stage study. The company's lead drug, KTE-C19, is being developed to fight an aggressive form of blood cancer. Kite's shares were up 35.2 percent at $33.33 in extended trading.

  • TOKYO, Aug 26- Japan's government lobbied hard for a global pact that limits mercury use and to name the resulting treaty after Minamata, the site of a homegrown industrial disaster from the 1950 s when the toxic metal poured into a river, poisoning thousands.

  • The company counts funds affiliated with Sequoia Capital, Charles River Ventures and General Catalyst Partners among its stockholders. Marketing software company Yodle Inc, backed by investors such as Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Bessemer Venture Partners and Jafco Technology Partners, also filed for an IPO in July.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25- Amazon.com Inc on Monday said it will buy live-streaming gaming network Twitch Interactive for about $970 million in cash, marking one of the U.S. e-commerce company's largest deals to date.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The S&P 500 was unable to hold the 2,000 mark after moving above the milestone level for the first time on Monday, but still managed to close at a record high, buoyed by financials and biotechnology stocks.

  • Marketing software provider HubSpot files for IPO Monday, 25 Aug 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    Aug 25- Marketing software provider HubSpot Inc filed with U.S. regulators on Monday to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering of common stock. The Cambridge, Massachusetts- based company listed Morgan Stanley, UBS and JP Morgan among the underwriters to the IPO.

  • Aug 25- Time Warner Inc's Turner cable division is preparing to offer buyouts targeting 500 to 600 staffers, or roughly 4 percent or its workforce, according to a person familiar with the company. During a quarterly earnings call on Aug. 6, Time Warner executives said the reorganization would likely be material in the second half of the year.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- A New York broker went on trial on Monday over a U.S. securities regulator's claims he participated in a scheme designed by a Morgan Stanley employee to profit from the death of terminally ill patients through variable annuity sales.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The S&P 500 was unable to hold the 2,000 mark after moving above the milestone level for the first time on Monday but still managed to close at a record high, buoyed by financials and biotechnology stocks.

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Aug 25- Four monkeys survived the Ebola virus after being injected with a vaccine that included Immunovaccine Inc's technology, the tiny Canadian company said on Monday, and the announcement sent its stock soaring.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25- Amazon.com Inc has agreed to buy live-streaming gaming network Twitch for more than $1 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing two people familiar with the matter. Twitch and Amazon were not immediately available for comment.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- Brent crude oil edged higher on Monday while U.S. crude fell in light trading, as support from geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Libya offset ample supplies and anticipated weak demand after a slew of disappointing economic data from the United States and Europe.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The U.S. S&P 500 stock index broke through the landmark 2,000 level on Monday, marking a six-year rally which has benefited many Americans from Wall Street to Main Street. "I continue to think this bull market has several years to go," said Steven Einhorn, vice chairman of hedge fund Omega, which manages $10.5 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The dollar rose to its highest level against the euro in nearly a year on Monday as weak German economic data and comments by European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi encouraged bets on looser euro zone monetary policies.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 25- A U.S. judge cast doubt on Monday over a proposed agreement struck between Hewlett-Packard Co and plaintiff shareholders to settle a lawsuit over the computing giant's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 25- The S&P 500 briefly hurdled above 2,000 for the first time on Monday, with financials and biotechnology stocks lifting the benchmark index to a record as investors make equities their asset of choice.