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China Factory Activity at Three-Month Low

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:52
China factory activity weakened in August to a three-month low according to a closely watched manufacturing index, undercutting momentum as the world's second-largest economy struggles to find its feet

Investors Pour Into Vanguard, Eschewing Stock Pickers

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:01
Investors are pouring money into Vanguard Group, the epitome of the hands-off approach to investing, flocking to funds that track market indexes and aren't run by stock pickers or star managers.

DealBook: $16.65 Billion Mortgage Settlement Nears for Bank of America

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:54
Even as the accord nears completion, prosecutors are preparing a separate civil case against Angelo Mozilo, the man who came to embody the risk-taking for which Bank of America is now paying dearly.






Nestlé Moves Toward Humane Treatment of Animals at Its Suppliers

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:30
The Swiss food giant will no longer buy from farms that keep animals in packed cages or that dehorn cattle or dock their tails without anesthesia, among other things.

China August HSBC Flash PMI Slips to Three-Month Low

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:26
Growth in China's vast factory sector slowed to a three-month low in August as output and new orders moderated, a preliminary private survey showed on Thursday, reinforcing concerns about increasing softness in the economy.






China Data Weighs on Shares

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 22:21
Asian stocks were mixed Thursday, with China lower after a weak report on Chinese manufacturing activity.

Hewlett-Packard Earnings: 1 Segment Just Took the Clear Lead in HP's Turnaround

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:30
Thanks to the outperformance of its largest segment, HP's turnaround is gaining steam.






Copper Prices Surge After Glencore Outlook

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 21:11
Copper prices notched their biggest daily gain of the year on Wednesday, as optimistic comments from a major commodities trading house spurred investors to buy the metal ahead of key manufacturing data from China.

DealBook: First Investors Financial Services Pays Penalty in Credit Report Case

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:46
The auto lender agreed to pay a $2.75 million penalty over accusations that it consistently gave giant credit reporting agencies flawed reports about thousands of car buyers.






Antivirus Works Too Well, Gripe Cybercops

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:40
For years, police have been in a cat-and-mouse game with a shifting foe that can frustrate investigations—antivirus software.

Apple, Inc. Takes a Different Approach to User Data in China

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:30
While most U.S. tech companies try to avoid storing data in China, Apple is bucking the trend. It also has the most to gain.






New Era in Safety When Cars Talk to One Another

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:28
A government-sponsored pilot program in Ann Arbor, Mich., is exploring the benefits that occur when vehicles can talk with one another, and their surroundings.






Corn, Soybean Yields Shoot Higher

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:25
Estimates of corn yields from the Pro Farmer crop tour mostly have exceeded U.S. Agriculture Department estimates, adding pressure to corn prices. Also, much of the nation's soybean crop is in good health.

CBS Plays Hardball as Affiliate Fees Pile Up

WSJ.com What's News US - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:09
CBS is focusing on increasing its share of the pay-TV fees its affiliates collect.

Business Briefing: Smucker Retail Coffee Profits Fall 4% on Pricing and Ads

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:00
The company reported net sales of $1.32 billion, down 2 percent.






Microsoft's Xbox Smartglass App Is a Step Behind the Playstation 4

Today's top headlines from The Motley Fool - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:00
Streaming features and mobile connectivity may be essential as console makers map out future success in the gaming industry.






Business Briefing: Lederhosen Maker Opens First U.S. Store in Cincinnati

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:58
Wiesnkoenig, the official supplier of lederhosen for the Munich Oktoberfest, opened its first store in a brewery.

Business Briefing: U.S. Government Sells 400,000 Acres in Gulf

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:56
The federal government has sold more than 400,000 acres in the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas coast for oil and gas exploration and development.

Hewlett-Packard Revenue and Cash Flow Improve, but Earnings Fall

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:50
Restructuring and cost management initiated by Meg Whitman were reflected in third-quarter earnings.






Advertising: Creating Ads During the MTV Video Music Awards

NYT > Business - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 19:48
Company executives say 35 to 40 people will work during the show in marketing on the fly with tasks like live commercials.






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