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Alibaba IPO prices at top of range, raising $21.8 billion
(Reuters) - Alibaba Group Holding (BABA.N) priced its initial public offering at $68 a share, the top end of the expected range, raising $21.8 billion on Thursday, in the latest sign of strong investor appetite for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut.
Alibaba's Jack Ma: From 'crazy' to China's richest man  USA TODAY
Alibaba poised to surge on the NYSE
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Larry Ellison steps down as chief of Oracle
Share via e-mail. To. Add a message. Your e-mail. Print. Comments. Lawrence Ellison, CEO at Oracle, will become executive chairman, working on the company's.
Larry Ellison Says He Is Done as Chief at Oracle  New York Times
Larry Ellison Steps Down: Bloomberg West (09/18)  Bloomberg
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Pound up as Scotland appears set to stay in UK
Financial markets' apparent, early bet that Scotland would stay in the United Kingdom is panning out, according to projections a referendum on independence has failed.
Pound rises as early Scottish results favor union  The Seattle Times
The UK economy and the markets will heave a huge sigh of relief at No vote
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Japan Cuts September Economic Assessment
TOKYO�Japan downgraded its overall assessment of the economy in September for the first time in five months, as poor summer weather weighed on consumption, raising further questions over the viability of pushing ahead with a second sales-tax increase ...
Three quarters of Japanese firms prefer a stronger yen - Reuters poll  Reuters
Abenomics Spurs Record Wealth in Solace for Price Rises  Bloomberg
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Home Depot says malware affected 56 million payment cards
Hackers got their hands on payment info from 56 million cards used at Home Depot, the retailer said Thursday, in the second-largest commercial breach on record.
Why Home Depot Is No Target When It Comes to Data Breach  Bloomberg
Home Depot says malware affected 56m payment cards  Boston Globe
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Housing starts drop more than forecast
Subcontractors work on a house under construction at a Norton Commons residential subdivision in Louisville, Kentucky. Housing starts slumped in August after reaching the highest level in almost seven years, pointing to an uneven pickup in the U.S.
US Housing Starts Fall, but Broader Trends Look Solid  Wall Street Journal
Upbeat Signs for Housing Market, Even as Construction Slows  DailyFinance
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Dow, S&P 500 at records as Fed-driven rally continues
US stocks rose on Thursday, a day after the US Federal Reserve kept intact its pledge to keep interest rates low, providing a backstop for investors that helped lift both the Dow and S&P to record highs.
Fed signals plan to keep key rate at record low  Waterbury Republican American
U.S. stocks extend gains on Fed language; Dow rises 0.64%  NASDAQ
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New York City's Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Level Since 2009
New York City's unemployment rate fell faster in August than in any month on record, to 7.3 percent from 7.8 percent in July, the State Labor Department reported on Thursday.
Jobless rates continue rise in Tennessee, Georgia  Chattanooga Times Free Press
R.I. unemployment rate stays steady at 7.7% in August  The Providence Journal
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SAP, Serious About the Cloud, Buys Concur for $8.3 Billion
Concur, founded in 1993, currently serves more than 23,000 enterprise customers and 25 million active users in 150 countries. SAP's U.S.
UPDATE 2-SAP agrees to buy expense software maker Concur for $7.3 bln  Reuters
SAP to Buy Concur for $7.4 Billion to Boost Cloud Sales  Businessweek
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Stocks lift US household wealth
WASHINGTON - Strong stock market gains and higher home prices boosted Americans' net worth in the April-June quarter to a record high, a trend that could encourage more spending.
The Labor Market + Education  OZY
Financial markets awaiting any Fed signal on rates  Bryan-College Station Eagle
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