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  • [$$] Investor Presses For PetSmart Sale @ The Wall Street Journal - 6 minutes ago

    Jana Partners repeats its call for PetSmart to consider a sale, citing the company's 'chronic underperformance.'

  • [$$] EU Shifts From Go-Slow Approach With Russia @ The Wall Street Journal - 17 minutes ago

    Now that Europe—driven by public outrage and Kremlin recalcitrance in the aftermath of the Flight 17 crash—is taking steps to penalize broad sectors of Russia's economy, some top diplomats are asking why ...

  • Activist investor Casablanca Capital LP proclaimed victory in its fight with iron-ore miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. on Tuesday, saying it had won a majority of the board in a shareholder vote.

  • Consumers are OK with caps on how much data they can download on their wireless devices every month, but much more concerned about limits on their home Internet usage.

  • [$$] Pfizer Still Looking to Buy @ The Wall Street Journal - 24 minutes ago

    Pfizer said it was still looking at potential deals, including big ones, after earlier dropping its pursuit of British rival AstraZeneca.

  • [$$] Nobel Biocare Confirms It Is in Sale Talks @ The Wall Street Journal - 27 minutes ago

    Nobel Biocare Holding AG is in discussions to sell itself, the Swiss dental-implant maker said, a development that comes amid recent deals in the medical-device industry.

  • A international consortium of consumer privacy groups is urging regulators in the U.S. and the European Union to prevent Facebook from tapping its users' Internet browsing histories to target ads.

  • Microsoft, the 'Guardian Warriors' and China's Cybersecurity Fears @ The Wall Street Journal - 33 minutes ago

    Last year, a Chinese magazine with ties to the Communist party identified "eight guardian warriors" – U.S. companies that, it said, "have seamlessly infiltrated China." Here's a rundown ...

  • [$$] Cheap Tablets Crack Corning's Stock @ The Wall Street Journal - 37 minutes ago

    Gorilla Glass has become central to views on Corning's valuation, leaving it vulnerable to swings in tablet and smartphone demand.

  • [$$] Ukraine Refuses MH17 Site Access Until Fighting Ends @ The Wall Street Journal - 39 minutes ago

    International forensic experts will be able to start investigating the area where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down only after government forces wrest control of the site from pro-Russian insurgents, ...

  • A Gym's Search for the Next Zumba @ The Wall Street Journal - 46 minutes ago

    In its hunt for a hit fitness class, Crunch turns to an invention by Dutch speedskaters known as the Disq.

  • [$$] Sprint Is Running Out of Breath @ The Wall Street Journal - 46 minutes ago

    Ahead of the Tape: Without a deal, and perhaps even with one, minority shareholders in Sprint could be in for more pain.

  • With Twitter Inc. set to report earnings for the third time as a public company Tuesday, options traders are bracing for a 12% move in the stock by the end of the week.

  • [$$] Paccar CEO: No Merger Talks With Volkswagen @ The Wall Street Journal - 56 minutes ago

    Paccar Inc. Chief Executive Ron Armstrong dismissed rumors that the maker of Peterbilt and Kenworth-brand commercial trucks in the U.S. is engaged in merger talks with Germany's Volkswagen AG.

  • [$$] Italy's Mediaset Swings to Loss in First Half @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 13 minutes ago

    Mediaset on Tuesday reported a net loss of €20.5 million in the first half of the year, pressured by the long-lasting recession in Italy and a slow advertising market.

  • [$$] Regulator Wants Monitors at Deutsche Bank, Barclays @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    New York's Department of Financial Services is pushing to install monitors inside the U.S. offices of Deutsche Bank and Barclays as part of an investigation into possible manipulation in the foreign-exchange ...

  • [$$] Hedge Fund Elliott Meets Match in Singapore's OCBC @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 22 minutes ago

    OCBC prevailed in its bid to take Wing Hang Bank Ltd. private, despite a bid by Paul Singer's Elliott to force the Singaporean lender to raise the deal's price.

  • [$$] Buying Revs Up in Chinese Stocks @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 24 minutes ago

    China's stocks are soaring as investors scoop up investments in one of the world's cheapest markets, encouraged by signs Asia's biggest economy has turned the corner and is starting to motor again.

  • [$$] Iain Conn Named Centrica CEO @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 25 minutes ago

    U.K. utility Centrica PLC confirmed one of the City of London's worst-kept secrets: its new chief executive will be former top BP PLC executive Iain Conn.

  • Blackstone's Byron Wien: Why S&P 500 Could Hit 2300 This Year @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 34 minutes ago

    Enough with the pessimism already. Byron Wien, a senior adviser at Blackstone Group LP, says the S&P 500 could rise another 17% this year.

  • [$$] UPS Profit Misses Expectations @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    United Parcel Service posted disappointing second-quarter earnings on higher spending and costs and lowered full-year earnings projections as it invests more heavily than expected to avoid problems this ...

  • [$$] Klepierre to Buy Corio for $9.68 Billion @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 42 minutes ago

    French real-estate company Klepierre, which owns shopping malls across Europe, is to buy Dutch rival Corio for €7.2 billion ($9.68 billion) in a deal that will create an industry leader with €21 billion ...

  • RadioShack May Not Have Time or Cash For a Turnaround, Moody's Says @ The Wall Street Journal - 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    Time is running out for RadioShack, the credit rating firm Moody's said in a research note released Tuesday. Moody's says that RadioShack could run through its liquidity by the end of October 2015.

  • [$$] Corning Hurt by Weak Tablet Sales @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 19 minutes ago

    Corning, maker of glass screens, became the latest company to feel the pain of slowing tablet sales, saying it had overestimated the market.

  • From the 1939 World's Fair to a 2014 Commute @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 32 minutes ago

    A Connecticut attorney shows off her Mercury 8 touring sedan from the first year Mercurys were made.

  • [$$] McGraw Hill Financial Results Top Views @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 34 minutes ago

    McGraw Hill Financial said growing demand for bond grades issued from its Standard & Poor's Ratings Services unit drove a 15% growth in second-quarter profit.

  • 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Director James Gunn is Tired, but Ready for More @ The Wall Street Journal - 2 hours 44 minutes ago

    "Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn talked to Speakeasy about needing a vacation, preparing the "Guardians" sequel and his love for Howard the Duck.

  • U.S. Judge Approves One-Time Argentina Payment on Some Bonds @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    BUENOS AIRES—The U.S. judge presiding over a high-stakes lawsuit involving defaulted Argentine debt has allowed Argentina to make a one-time payment this week on bonds issued under the South American country's law. Argentina still risks defaulting Wednesday after District Court Judge Thomas Griesa said it can't pay bonds …

  • [$$] Rewards, Risks for BP in Russia @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    BP reported a rise in second-quarter profit, boosted by its investment in Russian energy group Rosneft, but warned that further economic sanctions on Russia could adversely impact its business.

  • [$$] Nomura Posts 70% Drop in Net Profit @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Net profit at Japan's top brokerage firms tumbled in the fiscal first quarter from a year earlier, when the financial sector rode a boom in the Tokyo stock market.

  • [$$] Deutsche Bank, UBS in Dark-Pools Probe @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    UBS and Deutsche Bank have been sucked into a widening investigation into alternative trading platforms.

  • Big Innovation From A Small Telecom: How to Pay Less Tax @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Innovation just sprang from an unlikely corner of the telecom industry, and it may just reshape the business.

  • When Twitter reports after the bell, earnings won't be the thing that makes or breaks the quarter. WSJ's Yoree Koh joined the MoneyBeat show this morning with a preview.

  • Michelin Shares Jump on CEO Optimism @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    The Michelin man is trying to accelerate. Shares of French tire maker Cie Generale des Etablissements Michelin jumped Tuesday after Chief Executive Jean-Dominique Senard said sales will speed up in the ...

  • [$$] J.P. Morgan Cutting Hundreds @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    J.P. Morgan Chase is cutting hundreds of technology support employees in its corporate and investment bank as part of an overall push to trim expenses, a person familiar with the matter said.

  • Merck: No Tax Inversions, Just Bolt-on M&A @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. is fine with its tax rate just where it is.

  • [$$] India Telecom Bharti's Profit Rises @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Revenue and profit climb for Bharti Airtel, India's biggest telecommunications company by number of users.

  • [$$] Aetna's Profit, Medical Costs Rise @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Aetna said its second-quarter profit rose as the insurer posted record medical membership and revenue, but shares fell over concerns about the company's rising medical costs.

  • [$$] Ally Financial Swings to Profit @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Ally Financial Inc., the lender partially owned by the U.S. government, swung to a profit in the second quarter as the firm bounced back from a year-ago quarter weighed down by a massive charge, while ...

  • [$$] Italy Denies Helping Libya Fight Blaze @ The Wall Street Journal - 3 hours ago

    Italy's foreign ministry denied having sent aircraft to fight a huge blaze near Tripoli, although Rome is still considering how to help the local population affected by the fire.

  • Canadian Solar Inc. and Trina Solar Ltd. on Tuesday became the latest foreign solar companies to voice displeasure over potentially hefty antidumping tariffs on certain photovoltaic cells imported by the ...

  • [$$] CFTC Fines J.P. Morgan Securities @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission fined J.P. Morgan Securities $650,000, alleging that it filed inaccurate reports on certain large traders.

  • [$$] Windstream's REIT Move Represents Another Tax Play @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    Windstream's move to spin off some of its telecommunications assets into a real estate investment trust comes as more U.S. companies look to lower their tax burdens.

  • [$$] Merck's Sales Fall, but Confidence Rises @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    Merck's sales fell slightly amid competition from generics, but executives expressed confidence in the company's drug pipeline.

  • A roundup of private equity-related news.

  • Google's Effort to Trademark 'Glass' Clears Hurdle @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    Google's effort to register the word "Glass" as a trademark for its computer-powered glasses appears to have cleared a major roadblock.

  • Deutsche Bank Addresses Concerns Over Reporting Systems @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    Deutsche Bank posts a rise in pretax profit as Chief Financial Officer Stefan Krause addresses concerns of its financial reporting systems from U.S. regulators.

  • [$$] Dividends Divide UBS and Deutsche @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    UBS and Deutsche Bank reported second-quarter results with some similar features. But investors have reason to have greater faith in payouts to come from UBS than from its German rival.

  • [$$] China Probes Microsoft Over Antimonopoly Issues @ The Wall Street Journal - 4 hours ago

    Chinese officials said they are investigating whether Microsoft violated Chinese antimonopoly laws, citing compatibility issues with the tech firm's Windows and Office software.

  • Forget Twitter's surging revenue growth. Once again, the spotlight will be on its users when Twitter reports second-quarter earnings Tuesday.

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