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S&P 500 Caps Fifth Monthly Gain as Rally Shows Signs of Fatigue
Bulls keep squeezing gains out of the U.S. equity market, sending the S&P 500 Index to its longest streak of monthly gains since 2014 just two weeks after reaching a record.
US stocks end mostly higher; post solid monthly gains  MarketWatch
Data in focus as market struggles for direction  Business Insider
Reuters  
Business news in brief
Wayne Garrison, the former chairman of J.B. Hunt's board of directors, sold $4.2 million worth of common stock Wednesday, according to a Thursday filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Bud-Miller $105 billion deal is back on track  CNNMoney
SABMiller Halts AB InBev Integration to Review Higher Offer  swissinfo.ch
AIG Offers Brexit Coverage in UK for Anxious Executives
American International Group is coming out with new Brexit coverage in the UK for anxious executives, barely weeks after the fateful British vote to pull out of the European Union.
Early Post-Brexit Considerations for International Business  The National Law Review
Potential Legal Implications Arising from "Brexit"  JD Supra (press release)
Amazon, Facebook race past Buffett's Berkshire
For the first time ever, Facebook (FB, Tech30) and Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) are now each worth more than Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRKB).
Amazon, Facebook now bigger than Berkshire Hathaway  USA TODAY
Amazon becomes fifth-largest company by market value  The Seattle Times
Deutsche Bank scrapes through European banks stress test
FRANKFURT Deutsche Bank (DBKGn.DE) showed a weaker reading in the European Union's banking stress test than most of its peers, indicating that the lender still has far to go in a revamp it launched last year.
Stress Tests Find Some Big European Banks Wanting  New York Times
Bank of England Says EBA Tests Show UK Banks Have Resilience  Bloomberg
Pound Set to Extend Decline as Investors Anticipate BOE Rate Cut
The pound looks set to extend its decline next week, when traders and economists predict the Bank of England will cut interest rates for the first time in more than seven years.
REFILE-INVESTMENT FOCUS-Pound calms before first UK/US rate flip in 10 years  Reuters
No Biggie? Bank of England Weighs Stimulus Tackling Brexit Effects  Sputnik International
NextEra Loses One Outsider Fight, Picks an $18 Billion One
Just two weeks ago, Florida-based NextEra Energy Inc. lost its fight to buy Hawaii's biggest power supplier for $2.6 billion. The state rejected the deal over fears that an outsider wouldn't have its best interests in mind.
NextEra Clinches $18.4 Billion Deal -- WSJ  Nasdaq
Former HEI suitor NextEra buying large Texas utility for $18 billion  Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Oil Giants Find There's Nowhere to Hide From Doomsday Market
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell Plc this week reported their lowest quarterly profits since 1999 and 2005, respectively. Chevron Corp.
Cheaper oil sends Exxon, Chevron to worst quarter in years  Business Insider
Low Crude Prices Hammer Big Oil Companies  Wall Street Journal
Does tax-free weekend stimulate the economy?
Throngs of bargain hunters descended Friday upon malls and retail shops around Greater Nashville, celebrating the state's 11th annual sales tax holiday at the height of back-to-school shopping season.
Tax Free Holidays Are Coming! What You Need to Know  NBCNews.com
Lack of Arizona sales-tax holiday might be a good thing, study says  Arizona Daily Star
For Democrats, The Weak GDP Report May Have Silver Linings. Maybe.
At their party's convention this week, Democrats highlighted positive economic news from the Obama era, including the dramatic plunge in unemployment and persistent growth in output.
Economy grew 1.2% in second quarter, far below expectations  American Thinker (blog)
U.S. Economy Grew Less-Than-Forecast 1.2% in Second Quarter  Bloomberg