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Yellen cites 'potential dangers' in US stock valuations
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday said high equity valuations could pose potential dangers but that stability risks across the U.S.
Stocks off lows amid higher yields, Yellen remarks on valuation  CNBC
Share prices 'quite high', says Yellen  Financial Times
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Survey: Hiring by US businesses slows sharply in April
WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. companies hired in April at the slowest pace in nearly a year and a half, a private survey found, as the strong dollar dragged down overseas sales and energy companies cut back on spending in the face of lower oil prices.
ADP Finds Private Sector Added 169000 Jobs in April  Accounting Today
US private payrolls growth eases; productivity falls  Channel News Asia
Productivity Fell in First Quarter as U.S. Labor Costs Climbed
Productivity over the past six months fell by the most in more than two decades, leading to increases in U.S. labor costs that threaten corporate profits.
US productivity drops by 1.9 percent during first quarter  Uncover California
U.S. Productivity Slumps 1.9% In First Quarter  Fox Business
Allianz's El-Erian Says Stock Valuations "High"
�If we get disrupted, it's going to be because of something that happened outside, in particular in Europe,� El-Erian told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo during a Q&A at SALT conference in Las Vegas.
LIVE From SALT: El-Erian is Fretting About Bond-Market Liquidity  Barron's (blog)
Mohamed El-Erian: Worry Over Greece Is Diminishing  ValueWalk
Salesforce's Hefty Price Tag Means Profit Penalty for Buyers
Acquiring Salesforce.com Inc. wouldn't just cost a fortune - it also would dent the profits of any buyer. A takeover of the $49 billion software provider would damage earnings for companies from Microsoft Corp.
Microsoft for Salesforce? Merrill Sees Upside to $92; Hard to See, Says ...  Barron's (blog)
Microsoft Corporation Reaching New Heights Under Satya Nadella  Bidness ETC
UPDATE 1-FAA partners with BNSF Railway, PrecisionHawk on drones
(Adds quotes and details). WASHINGTON May 6 (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration announced industry partnerships on Wednesday to test commercial drones that can fly beyond an operator's line of sight, seen as a necessary precursor to ...
FAA to Test Drones That Fly Beyond Pilot's Line of Sight  PC Magazine
FAA Joins With CNN, BNSF to Study Drone Flights  Wall Street Journal
Western Union Denies It's In Talks to Acquire MoneyGram
Western Union Co. said it's not in talks to acquire smaller rival MoneyGram International Inc. �In view of the high level of market activity in our stock today, Western Union states that current news reports indicating that our company is in discussions to acquire ...
Western Union Statement  MarketWatch
Western Union says it is not in talks to buy rival MoneyGram  Reuters
UPDATE 4-Alexion bolsters rare disease drugs business with $8.4 bln deal
... * Alexion offers $225.92 per Synageva share in cash and stock. * Offer represents premium of 135.7 pct to Synageva's close.
Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) Stock Falls After Agreeing to Acquire ...  TheStreet.com
Alexion Pharma to pay $8.4B for Synageva BioPharma  The Seattle Times
UPDATE 2-EU unveils digital strategy, aims to break US web firms' market grip
... * EU to review web market, considering new regulation. * Part of broad "digital single market" strategy. * Competition officials also looking into e-commerce (Adds industry reactions, recasts throughout).
Europe piles pressure on Google and Facebook with new competition probe  Telegraph.co.uk
EU Announces Plans to Create a Single Digital Market  Wall Street Journal
Zenefits latest enterprise technology business to net big funding
Investor enthusiasm for consumer-facing start-ups showed further signs of spilling over into the enterprise technology world on Wednesday, as human resources group Zenefits announced it had raised $500m valuing the company at $4bn.
Zenefits valued at $4.5bn following $500m investment  Red Herring
Zenefits is now a $4.5 billion company but its founder still can't ...  Business Insider