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Fed debates merits of earlier rate hike given US jobs gains
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve hinted on Wednesday that a surprisingly strong jobs market recovery could lead it to raise interest rates earlier than it had been anticipating.
Fed Debates Early Rate Hikes--Update  NASDAQ
Fed surprises with hawkish tone, but will Yellen?  CNBC
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HP's 3Q earnings mirror Street view as sales rise
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co.'s (HPQ) fiscal third-quarter earnings fell 29 percent as the personal computer and printer maker absorbed the costs of employee layoffs and past acquisitions.
UPDATE 2-Hewlett-Packard posts surprise revenue gain after PC sales spike  Reuters
HP Posts Surprise Revenue Increase  Wall Street Journal
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Carl Icahn pressures Hertz board after taking stake in struggling car rental giant
Activist investor Carl Icahn has revealed he holds an 8.5pc stake in Hertz and could push for change at the car rental giant, just a day after the company admitted profits will be "well below" previous estimates.
UPDATE 3-Car rental firm Hertz is latest victim of auto recalls  Reuters
Icahn Discloses 8.5% Hertz Stake, Plans Talks with Car Rental Company  Fox Business
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Buffett's Berkshire slammed with maximum penalty
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is paying almost $1 million to the U.S. government for allegedly violating the filing requirements of an antitrust law for a second time.
Warren Buffett's Company Fined by Justice Dept. Over Stock Purchase  New York Times
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to pay $896000 penalty  Christian Science Monitor
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UPS Store warns of data breach at 51 locations nationwide
A UPS Store in the Chicago Loop. The company said customer information may have been compromised at about 50 locations nationwide.
UPS Warns of Malware Intrusion; No Fraud Detected  Wall Street Journal
UPS Store Computer Breach Put Customer Data at Risk  Businessweek
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How Target strayed deep into the red in Canada
Instead of opening 124 stores in this country last year, the second-largest discounter in the United States should have launched just five to 10 outlets and �refined� the operations before rolling out more, chief financial officer John Mulligan said on Wednesday.
Target sees profit fall months after credit card hack, struggles to win back ...  New York Daily News
Target CEO Charts Comeback With Benefit of Low Expectations  Bloomberg
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APNewsBreak: B ofA reaches $17B settlement with US
WASHINGTON (AP) - How much will Bank of America's expected $17 billion mortgage settlement cost the company? The answer is, almost certainly not that much.
Bank of America and DOJ near $17 billion settlement over mortgage securities  Washington Post
BofA MBS Accord With U.S. Said Coming as Soon as Today  Bloomberg
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Infineon cash flow covering International Rectifier integration
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German chipmaker Infineon said its cash flow would cover the costs to integrate International Rectifier, the U.S.
INVESTOR ALERT: Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation of ...  Wall Street Journal
Infineon to buy International Rectifier for $3bn  Financial Times
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Citizens Holding Company Announces 200000 Share Repurchase Program
PHILADELPHIA, Miss., Aug 20, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Citizens Holding Company (NASDAQ: CIZN) (the �Company�) announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to 200,000 shares of its outstanding common stock over ...
The Board of Directors of Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Authorizes New $1.0 ...  Wall Street Journal
Micrel Board Increases Amount Authorized Under Share Repurchase Plan  CNNMoney
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Penn State's season opener in Ireland is in jeopardy thanks to a volcano in Iceland
The Penn State Nittany Lions are scheduled to open the season against Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland on August 30th, but a swarm of more than 3,000 earthquakes around Iceland could potentially trigger a stratovolcano to erupt, which in turn could halt all ...
UCF, Penn St. Ireland opener threatened by volcano
Iceland volcano: Travel agency has 'Volcano hotline' for dare-devil ...  The Independent
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