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FTC Tells Dollar Tree, Family Dollar to Divest Stores

The proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc. (NYSE: FDO) by Dollar Tree Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR) was first made public in late July, and now for the first time we ...
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How Badly Will $60 Oil Hurt Texas?

When it comes to oil production, no other state is in the same ballpark as Texas. The state produced more than 3 million barrels a day in September, nearly three ...
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China Moves to Cut Smoking, Cigarette Advertising

There are more than 300 million smokers in China and another 740 million Chinese who are exposed to second-hand smoke each year. The government is looking to reduce those numbers ...
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U.S. Senate Report Documents Banks’ Commodity Shenanigans

Beginning Thursday, the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations will hold two days of hearings related to its own report on the activities of big Wall Street banks in the ...
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Strong White House Net Neutrality Rules Hard on Cable Companies

One topic has been front and center for years when it comes to regulating and policing priorities on Internet traffic: Net Neutrality. Now the White House has released the start ...
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Facebook Reports 50,000 Government Requests for User Data

In the first six months of 2014, global governments requested data for 49,479 user accounts from Facebook Inc. (NYSE: FB). Nearly half the requests -- 23,667 -- came from the ...
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New Regulatory Communications Slap Citi Earnings and Ratios Lower

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE: C) has just used the children's game excuse of "Do Over!" for the third-quarter earnings. Citi announced after the close that it is lowering its previously reported ...
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Did Ocwen Set Enough Cash Aside for Potential NY Settlement?

Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE: OCN) has run into trouble, and all the most recent news about backdated letter allegations by New York regulators came up after the end of its ...
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Could Backdating Foreclosure Letters Kill Ocwen? (Updated)

Ocwen Financial Corp. (NYSE: OCN) could be facing a massive legal and PR nightmare. If you do not believe there are now serious risks to the company, ask yourself what ...
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Michigan to Join States That Ban Tesla Sales?

Legislation banning Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) from selling its cars to consumers in Michigan has been approved by Michigan legislators and now awaits only a signature from Governor Rick ...
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EPA Reports Negligible Benefits from Bee-Killing Pesticides (Updated & Corrected)

Correction: The original article was based on outdated information and incorrectly stated that GrubEx from The Scotts-Miracle Gro Company still contained a neonicotinoid. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ...
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Dow Chemical Gets Approval for Herbicide to Challenge Roundup

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday granted approval to the AgroSciences division of Dow Chemical Co. (NYSE: DOW) for the use of its Enlist Duo-brand herbicide. The substance ...
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Herbalife Throws Distributors’ Websites Under the Bus

While nutrition and weight loss company Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE: HLF) says it is confident that the multi-level marketing firm won’t be shut down, it is not taking a lot of ...
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Morgan Stanley’s Asset Sale to Russian Oil Company in Jeopardy

Last December, Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) said that it had reached an agreement with Russia’s state-controlled oil company OAO Rosneft to sell the Russian company parts of the bank’s global ...
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High Frequency Trading Firms Talk Relevance and Need

Many investors have grown to hate the world of high frequency trading firms. Other investors accept them, and some even praise them. A group called the Modern Markets Initiative, or ...
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