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Asian shares mixed, China manufacturing improves
image HONG KONG: Asian markets were mixed on Wednesday following another Wall Street rally, while a provisional report showed a slight improvement in Chinese manufacturing activity this month.
China manufacturing slows slide, but new orders and employment cause concern  Deutsche Welle
China factory activity shrinks for 4th month, but pace of decline slows  Financial Express
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Allergan fights back in pharma deals frenzy
Battle lines were being drawn in the dealmaking frenzy gripping the global pharmaceuticals industry as the maker of Botox moved to block a near-$50bn takeover offer, after Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline announced plans for a multibillion-dollar asset swap.
Valeant, Ackman Bid for Allergan Should Pay Off  Barron's
Allergan Adopts Poison Pill  Wall Street Journal
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Delinquent IRS employees paid bonuses by the agency
No one likes the tax man, but paying some badly behaved IRS employees a bonus isn't helping. NEW YORK (CNNMoney). The IRS was in damage control mode Tuesday after an audit revealed that it paid bonuses to employees who were in trouble over tax ...
IRS employees with tax and conduct issues still got awards, watchdog report ...  Fox News
IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes, and that's not all  Washington Post
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Stocks rise on earnings and deals
New York. Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market on Tuesday to its sixth straight gain. Allergan surged after Valeant Pharmaceuticals said it had teamed up with activist investor Bill Ackman to bid for the Botox maker.
Gold prices down today.  Elko Daily Free Press
Big Pharma Buy Incites US Stocks to Rise
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McDonald's Profit Declines as US Sales Weaken
McDonald's said Tuesday that its profit slipped in the first quarter as global sales remained weak for the world's biggest hamburger chain.
McDonald's misses target as quarterly earnings dip 5%  Financial Times
High beef costs blamed as McDonald's profits take a hit  Irish Independent
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Existing home sales hit slowest pace since 2012. Why analysts aren't worried. (+ ...
The US housing market has cooled over the past several months, hampered by high mortgage rates and (like everything else), an unusually bad winter.
Today's Mortgage Interest Rates 30 and 15 year fixed home loan Data ...  Learning and Finance
Existing home sales slip to 20-month low  Longview News-Journal
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AT&T Profit Gains as Users Opt for Smartphone Installment Plans
AT&T Inc. (T) is getting a profit boost thanks to customers who opted to pay full price for smartphones, rejecting discounts that require two-year contracts.
Strong revenue growth more proof of AT&T transformation  Dallas Morning News
UPDATE 3-AT&T ups revenue growth forecast on new pricing model  Reuters
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Report: Gun silencer sales are booming
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Sales are booming for silencers, the cylindrical devices used to muffle gunfire. The civilian market for silencers soared 37% in 2013, when the total number shot up to nearly a half a million, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, ...
Warning: Obama Might Have Just Figured Out How To Take Your Guns Away  Western Journalism
Gun Silencers Are Suddenly Selling Like Hot Cakes  TIME
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Weak U.S. Note Sale Leaves Fed's Dealers Biggest Share
The U.S. sold $32 billion of two-year notes at a higher-than-forecast yield, leaving the Federal Reserve's primary dealers, which are obliged to bid in Treasury sales, with their biggest share of the auction in almost a year.
2-Year Auction Yield Nears Highest Level Since 2011  Investor's Business Daily
Treasurys swing higher after tepid 2-year auction  MarketWatch
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Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM and keeping top spot
Toyota finished first last year with a record 9.98m vehicles in sales, remaining the top-selling automaker for a second year in a row.
Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM
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