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  • The Morning Risk Report: Responding to the Activist Investor @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 minutes 17 seconds ago

    As the number of instances where activist investors take ownership stakes in companies to affect changes in strategy, governance or leadership continue to rise, what can companies do to get ahead of the ...

  • RenaissanceRe to Buy Platinum Underwriters @ The Wall Street Journal - 46 minutes ago

    RenaissanceRe Holdings agreed to buy Platinum Underwriters Holdings in a stock-and-cash deal worth more than $1.9 billion.

  • BT in Talks to Buy Telefónica's U.K. Unit @ The Wall Street Journal - 55 minutes ago

    BT said it is in talks to buy Telefónica’s U.K. mobile business, 02, as the British telecom incumbent lays out its ambitions to be a fully-fledged wireless operator in the U.K.’s converging telecom market....

  • The Morning Ledger: A Healthy Sign for Stocks? Weak 2015 Forecasts @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 9 minutes ago

    Forecasts for stock market investment in 2015 are beginning to emerge – and they are decidedly lackluster. Reports that many investment strategists are predicting stock market gains of as low as 5% next ...

  • Logistics Outsourcing Amplifies Supply Chain Risk: Self-Defense Tips @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 29 minutes ago

    Logistics outsourcing, global supply chains, and cost-cutting measures are exposing companies to higher levels of supply chain and business interruption risk, say insurers and risk managers.

  • Why It's Going to Be Tough for Vessel and Facebook to Pry YouTube Stars Away @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    The YouTube multichannel network Fullscreen hosted a press gathering in New York on Thursday showcasing some of its top talent. And what some of the popular YouTubers in attendance said about how central ...

  • BioMarin to Pay Up to $840 Million for Prosensa @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    BioMarin Pharmaceutical said it agreed to acquire Prosensa Holding NV, a bet that regulators will approve Prosensa’s lead product candidate for a rare form of muscular dystrophy.

  • Onex Buys Packaging Firm @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Canadian private-equity firm Onex Corporation said it would pay $4.64 billion to buy carton-packaging maker SIG Combibloc from Reynolds Group.

  • Slim Enters, Soros Exits in Spain @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Fomento de Construcciones y Contratas said that a firm controlled by Mexico’s Carlos Slim may take over a large stake in the debt-laden Spanish builder after earlier talks with billionaire George Soros ...

  • BHP Outlines Plan to Cut Costs @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    BHP Billiton outlined plans to cut costs further and curb investment spending, as the world’s biggest miner by market value looks to simplify and strengthen its business amid falling commodity prices.

  • Does ‘Clean Coal’ Technology Have a Future? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Supporters say innovations in technology will rise to the challenge. Skeptics say the economics simply don’t—and won’t—work.

  • Should You Buy an Electric Car? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Three owners of the vehicles talk about the benefits—and frustrations—of being early adopters.

  • Backers of the idea say lifting the ban would be smart for both economic and geopolitical reasons. Opponents of the change say it would leave the U.S. more vulnerable to supply disruptions.

  • Should Endowments Divest Their Holdings in Fossil Fuels? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Supporters of divestment say endowments should sell, for moral and financial reasons. Opponents counter that divestment is a symbolic act that would achieve little and cost much.

  • Can the U.S. Government Revive Nuclear Power? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Three experts debate why nuclear energy has stalled in the U.S. and what the government can do about it.

  • Should the U.S. Take Unilateral Action on Climate Policy? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Critics of unilateral action say the U.S. would pay too high an economic price without significantly moving the needle on climate change. Supporters say the goal is too important to wait.

  • Where Is U.S. Energy Policy Heading Over the Next Two Years? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Two policy advocates debate the China accord, the likelihood of gridlock and the ban on oil exports.

  • Corporate Bonds: Not So Brave in the New World @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    The performance of corporate bonds, and a divergence between markets in the U.S. and Europe, should give stock investors pause.

  • New York Fed Heat Could Singe Banks @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    The harsh spotlight being cast on the New York Fed could mean it takes a tougher, costlier, line with Wall Street banks.

  • Overheard: BB&T and the Free Markets @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    BB&T has long been known for libertarian leanings. But even it can find the brutal realities of free markets tough to stomach. Speaking on a panel at last week’s annual meeting of bank-industry organization ...

  • Weatherford Must First Weather Oil-Services Storm @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Weatherford International should ultimately benefit from the Halliburton-Baker Hughes deal. But Schlumberger looks safer for now.

  • Swiss to Vote on Central Bank’s Gold @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Swiss voters will decide Nov. 30 on an initiative that would force the country’s central bank to double its gold holdings, a prospect that has rattled markets and drawn opposition from the government, ...

  • Wheat Prices Get Lift From Corn, Soybeans @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    U.S. wheat prices have rebounded from four-year lows, buoyed by gains in other agricultural markets and by concerns that adverse weather could trim global output of the grain.

  • Oil Price Slide May Curb Gulf States’ Spending Plans @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Lower oil prices are threatening to curtail the spending energy-rich Persian Gulf governments have used to shore up support since the Arab Spring.

  • Medibank Private Raises $4.92 Billion in IPO @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Australia raised $4.92 billion from the sale of the country’s top public health insurer, beating expectations for the largest IPO of a government-owned asset here in nearly two decades.

  • Asian Stocks Surge After Chinese Rate Cut @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Stocks across Asia surged higher Monday after Beijing surprised with an interest-rate cut late last week, with Hong Kong leading the region on renewed hopes of faster growth in the region’s biggest economy....

  • Foreign-Exchange Scandal Raises Hopes for Restructuring @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    If we can draw any hope from the recent revelations of price rigging by banks’ foreign-exchange trading desks, it is that they open the door to a long overdue restructuring of the world’s biggest, most ...

  • A faith-based shareholder group is asking Bank of America Corp. to separate the jobs of chairman and CEO, laying the groundwork for a potential showdown between the bank and some investors this spring....

  • Post Shares Are Looking Soggy @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Ahead of the Tape: Disappointing performance at the food company’s legacy breakfast-cereal unit is expected to weigh down its results due Monday.

  • AIG Case May Turn on Nonstar Witnesses @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    As testimony wraps up in the long-running trial on AIG’s bailout, testimony from two low-profile witnesses from early in the proceedings may turn out to be the key.

  • Hedge Funds Bet on Coal-Mining Failures @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Hedge funds are betting that some of the largest U.S. coal companies are heading for the financial slag heap.

  • Sign of Health for Stocks: Weak 2015 Forecasts @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Investment strategists are beginning to issue forecasts for 2015, and the numbers are puny. Many people are predicting U.S. stock-index gains of 5% or less. But paradoxically, their skepticism could be ...

  • Lewis Hamilton flew to the lead at the start of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and never looked back on his way to claiming the 2014 Formula One championship.

  • For Drew Brees: 31 Teams Down, 1 to Go @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Drew Brees is seeking to join Peyton Manning and Brett Favre as the only quarterbacks to have beaten all 32 current NFL teams.

  • Sports Lunacy vs. Sports Calm @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    There’s no audience for a radio show like “Don’t Fly Off the Handle Like a Lunatic,” because flying off the handle like a lunatic seems to be the oxygen of sports.

  • Corporate Watch: News Digest @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Foot Locker Inc. posted higher profit and sales but reported challenges in athletic apparel as competition to meet shoppers’ growing desire for workout clothes and training gear heats up.

  • Appeals Court Grants TV Programmers Stay in FCC Dispute @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    An appeals court granted TV channel owners a preliminary victory in their standoff with the FCC over disclosure of programming contracts, raising the prospect of delays to the agency’s review of pay-TV ...

  • CMO Today: News Digest @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Unboxing is a growing phenomenon, and Google Inc. is selling advertisers on being a part of it—particularly for Black Friday.

  • Latest ‘Hunger Games’ Film Opens to $123 Million @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” sold $123 million of tickets in its debut weekend, easily making it the biggest opening of 2014, but the box-office take was 22% lower than the prior movie in the ...

  • In Social-Media Era, When Is Free Speech Illegal? @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    A case before the Supreme Court over threats made on Facebook is highlighting long-standing tension between law enforcement and free-speech advocates over when threatening speech breaks the law.

  • Buyers snapped up works by Japanese and Southeast Asian artists at Christie’s evening sale in Hong Kong totaling $82 million.

  • American Airlines Group Inc. and the union that represents its 15,000 pilots said they would continue to negotiate terms of a combined labor agreement, putting off for now a plan to reach a deal through ...

  • Year-Old Yik Yak Draws Big Valuation @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Yik Yak, the anonymous-messaging app that has spread rapidly across college campuses, is proof that it can take as little as a year these days to go from zero to a valuation of hundreds of millions of ...

  • Utilities Press Railroad to Speed Coal Deliveries @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Saying they are running short on coal, electric utilities are trying to pressure Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway Co. to speed up deliveries on its congested tracks before the worst of the winter weather ...

  • Hong Kong’s Turmoil Sidelines Jeweler @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Chow Tai Fook Jewellery, one of the world’s largest jewelers, is the latest high-profile corporate victim of the pro-democracy protests that have gripped Hong Kong for nearly two months.

  • New Postmaster’s Goal: Act Like Private Sector @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Megan J. Brennan, who will become postmaster general in February, says the Postal Service has to develop products and services consumers want, and is convinced it can run more like a private-sector business....

  • The Hassle of ‘Hands Free’ Car Tech @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Voice-activated car systems, once seen as aids to driver safety, are under scrutiny for software that often is unreliable, leading to a tide of complaints and research questioning how safe they really ...

  • Bud Crowded Out by Craft Beer Craze @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    AB InBev plans to concentrate future Budweiser promotions exclusively on the 21- to 27-year-old age bracket, after years of developing advertising and marketing that appeals to all ages.

  • Accident at DuPont Puts Plant in Spotlight @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    DuPont’s chemical plant in La Porte, Texas, for many years has gained a strong reputation among industrial-safety experts for migrating to safer chemicals. But a deadly gas leak at the plant is now raising ...

  • Samsung Considering Shake-Up in Management @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 hours ago

    Samsung is considering a major leadership shake-up after a year that saw its profitability, market share and stock prices slide.

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