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  • NEW YORK— Video game maker Activision Blizzard and airline United Continental Holdings Inc. are going to become a part of the S&P 500.. Activision Blizzard, which makes games including "World of Warcraft" and "Call of Duty," will replace Pall Corp. after the market close on Friday. United Continental will replace Hospira Inc. after the Sept. 2 market close.

  • Charles Schumer says Binghamton University has been chosen to receive $20 million in federal funding to participate in a $100 million initiative to develop high-tech electronic and computer devices. The New York Democrat announces Friday that the Department of Defense has designated the university as one of the institutions nationwide that will...

  • LONDON, Aug 28- A London- based day-trader accused by the United States of market manipulation that contributed to the Wall Street "flash crash" in 2010, failed to persuade a court on Friday to postpone his extradition hearing. Navinder Sarao, who lives with his parents in a small house near London's Heathrow Airport, was arrested by British police on a U.S....

  • LONDON, Aug 28-- Copper prices dipped on Friday after a sharp rebound the day before as worries about oversupply resurfaced, but losses were modest after the stock market in top metals consumer China recovered for a second day. Copper shot up 4.2 percent on the London Metal Exchange on Thursday, lifted by a bounce in global stock markets, buoyant U.S. economic data...

  • ATHENS, Greece— Greece's statistics agency says the country's economy grew slightly faster than earlier forecast in the second quarter of the year. The statistics agency said Friday the economy grew 0.9 percent compared to the first three months of the year, faster than 0.8 percent the previously estimated. The growth figures are good news for financially...

  • *Rises in France, Spain; declines in Germany and Italy. BRUSSELS, Aug 28- Confidence in the euro zone's economy edged up to a new four-year high in August as rising domestic demand marginally outweighed a worsening view of export prospects and the mood brightened particularly in France and Spain. Among the larger euro area economies, overall economic sentiment...

  • Regis reports 4Q loss 57 Mins Ago

    EDINA, Minn. _ Regis Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $2.6 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. The Edina, Minnesota- based company said it had a loss of 5 cents per share. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $33.8 million, or 62 cents per share.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Big Lots Inc. on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $17.6 million. Big Lots expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.90 to $3 per share. Big Lots shares have climbed nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department releases its July report on consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. SPENDING UP: The expectation is that spending rose 0.4 percent in July, according to a survey of economists by data firm FactSet. These analysts forecast that incomes also grew 0.4 percent in July.

  • *Gold down nearly 3 pct this week. LONDON, Aug 28- Gold edged up on Friday but was still on track to post its biggest weekly drop in five as strong U.S. economic data supported the case for a near-term increase in interest rates. "The big question for next week is whether the anxiety that crept into the market on August 10 when China devalued its currency is going to...

  • NEWPORT BEACH, Calif.— Defense Secretary Ash Carter will announce Friday that the Pentagon is funding a new venture to develop cutting-edge electronics and sensors that can flex and stretch and could be built into clothing or the skins of ships and aircraft. Under the plan, the Pentagon will provide $75 million and industry, academia and local government will...

  • MOSCOW— Emboldened by a deal with international creditors to write down part of its debt, Ukraine on Friday asked Russia for lower gas prices for the winter season. Gas disputes between Russia and Ukraine have led to cut-offs of supply in the past, and one standoff in 2009 caused serious disruptions in gas flowing from Russia via Ukraine to the European Union.

  • *Bull market "ageing" but very much alive- Citi. China's central bank injected 60 billion yuan into money markets on Friday, the second such move this week, while inflation data out of Germany later on Friday is likely to set the tone for the European Central Bank's meeting next Thursday as deflationary pressures rise around the world. Although global equities are...

  • LONDON, Aug 28- A battle to buy online gambling firm Bwin.party is set to intensify this weekend with 888 likely to have to raise its 900 million pound offer to see off smaller rival GVC. Bwin has promised an update to the market on Tuesday after a long holiday weekend in Britain. The bid battle fits into wider consolidation in the gambling sector as firms try to bulk...

  • LONDON, Aug 28- Investors pulled a record amount of money out of global equity funds in the week to Aug. 26, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, a measure of the alarm that China's markets and economy have aroused around the world. The $29.5 billion outflow, including $19 billion in just one day, was the largest since the series began in 2002, surpassing any...

  • Aug 28- China's central bank is highly likely to ease monetary policy again by the end of this year, according to economists surveyed by Reuters, as it seeks to support a rapidly cooling economy and calm financial markets. While prospects of further easing will calm investors who are jittery over the effects a China slowdown could have on global growth, some...

  • REUTERS POLL-MEDIAN SHOWS 70 PCT CHANCE OF CHINA CENTRAL BANK CUTTING LENDING AND DEPOSIT RATES AGAIN BY END-DEC.

  • REUTERS POLL-PBOC SEEN CUTTING DEPOSIT RATE TO 1.50 PCT BY YEAR-END.

  • REUTERS POLL-PBOC SEEN CUTTING LENDING RATE TO 4.35 PCT BY END-DEC.

  • REUTERS POLL-PBOC SEEN REDUCING RRR TO 17 PCT BY YEAR-END, 16 PCT BY END-2016.