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Wall Street ends higher after Fed leaves investors unruffled
U.S. stocks finished stronger on Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said the economy and job market continued to strengthen and left its key interest rate unchanged.
Fed Says Labor Market Improves as It Moves Toward Rate Rise  Bloomberg
Stocks End Higher After Fed Keeps Interest Rates Unchanged  New York Times
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Facebook shares fall on rising expenses
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook shares fell 2% in after-hours trading on concerns over rising expenses, overshadowing a Street-beating quarter that showed continued sales and user growth .
Facebook profit falls 9 percent as costs soar, shares slip  Reuters
Facebook Revenue Rises 39%  Wall Street Journal
US pending home sales take a breather in June
WASHINGTON Contracts to buy previously owned U.S. homes unexpectedly fell in June after five straight months of increase, suggesting some cooling in sales activity after recent hefty gains.
Pending Sales of U.S. Existing Homes Unexpectedly Declines  Bloomberg
Pending Home Sales Slip in June  Wall Street Journal
Whole Foods Results Add to Growth Concerns
Whole Foods Market Inc. WFM -0.31 % reported disappointing results for the third quarter, increasing concerns about slowing growth at the natural-foods grocer.
Whole Foods disappoints Street, shares plunge  USA TODAY
Whole Foods Market store sales cool in 3-qtr, shares tumble  Reuters
Greek prosecutor to investigate reports on Varoufakis' 'Plan B'
ATHENS A Greek prosecutor has launched an investigation into whether any laws were violated after former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis revealed plans to hack into tax codes and create a parallel payment system, court officials said on Wednesday.
Yanis Varoufakis may face criminal charges over Greek currency plan  The Guardian
Varoufakis could be charged for drachma plan  Politico
Tesla Launches Referral Program to Juice Sales
Tesla Motors Inc. is launching a $2,000 referral program for buyers and owners, attaching a rare direct financial incentive to a Model S sedan lineup that typically carries a waiting list.
Tesla looks to boost Model S sales this Summer through loyal customers  Fortune
Tesla to offer $1K referral discount on Model S  CNBC
UPDATE 2-US Coast Guard investigates oil slick off California coast
(Adds details from Coast Guard representative). By Dan Whitcomb and Alex Dobuzinskis. LOS ANGELES, July 29 (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard was investigating a large oil sheen off the California coast west of Santa Barbara on Wednesday, ...
Coast Guard investigates oil sheen off California coast  USA TODAY
New oil slick sighted near site of massive Calif. spill  CBS News
Facebook now has 1.49B monthly active users, up 13% from last year
Facebook released its Q2 FY2015 earnings report today and the social networking company announced that it now has 1.49 billion monthly active users (MAUs), an increase of 3.47 percent from last quarter and 13 percent increase from a year ago.
Facebook (FB) Stock Falls in After-Hours Trading Despite Earnings Beat  TheStreet.com
Facebook down 2.4% after Q2 beat; MAUs rise to 1.49B (FB)  Seeking Alpha
Oil scores July's 2nd biggest percentage gain
Oil futures settled higher on Wednesday, with U.S. prices scoring their second-biggest one-day percentage gain of July after U.S. government data showed sizable weekly declines in crude supplies and production.
UPDATE 1-US crude stockpiles fall 4.2 mln barrels in latest week - EIA  Reuters
Report: United hacked by the same group behind OPM breach
United Airlines detected a breach in its computer systems in May or early June, potentially putting the movements of millions of Americans in the hands of a China-backed hacker group, Bloomberg reports.
United Airlines data breached by China-backed hackers: Bloomberg  Reuters
Why would Chinese hackers would want to go after an airline?  Washington Post