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U.S. Economy Grew Less-Than-Forecast 1.2% in Second Quarter
The U.S. economy expanded less than forecast in the second quarter after a weaker start to the year than previously estimated as companies slimmed down inventories and remained wary of investing amid shaky global demand.
Inventory reduction curbs US economic growth; rebound expected  Reuters
GDP Report's Silver Lining Muddied by Weak Business Spending  Wall Street Journal (blog)
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SABMiller backs AB InBev offer for biggest-ever consumer takeover
LONDON/BRUSSELS The board of brewer SABMiller (SAB.L) will recommend its shareholders approve a sweetened takeover offer by Anheuser-Busch InBev (ABI.
SABMiller board likes AB InBev's sweetened offer  USA TODAY
It's Happening: AB InBev Clears All Major Hurdles To SABMiller Takeover  Forbes
US stocks end mostly higher; post solid monthly gains
U.S. stocks ended the month on a high note, with the S&P 500 closing just a few points off a record level. All three main indexes posted solid monthly gains.
US Stocks Post Monthly Gains  Wall Street Journal
Tech shares and flaccid GDP growth push S&P 500 to record  Reuters
What Facebook And Apple Can Teach You About Transfer Pricing
Two interesting stories today about the intricacies of the international corporate taxation system. One concerns Facebook FB -0.83% and the manner in which the IRS is questioning the basis upon which they did a transaction.
Facebook May Owe $5 Billion in Federal Taxes  Fortune
Facebook could owe $5 billion in taxes  CNNMoney
UPDATE 1-US oil drillers add the most rigs in a month in over 2 years -Baker ...
(Recasts to add monthly data to headline, paragraphs 1, 4). July 29 U.S. drillers this week added oil rigs for a fifth consecutive week as part of the biggest monthly rig count increase in over two years, Baker Hughes Inc said on Friday.
US Oil-Rig Count Gains by Three in Latest Week  Wall Street Journal
U.S Rig Count Steady as Analyst Notes Production Declines  Natural Gas Intelligence
Exxon Has Worst Profit Since '99 as Chevron Posts Loss
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. missed profit and production estimates as wildfires, writedowns and weak refining margins battered oil explorers already reeling under a glut-driven price collapse.
Oil rout erodes second-quarter profits for US majors Exxon, Chevron  Reuters
Exxon's Tank Still Fuller Than Peers  Wall Street Journal
Five Hershey Trust Directors to Retire in Settlement With Pennsylvania ...
Five directors at a charitable trust that controls Hershey Co. HSY -0.52 % will leave the board as part of a settlement agreement with Pennsylvania's top law-enforcement officer.
Critics assail Kathleen Kane's latest attempt to reform the Hershey School  Philly.com
State pact with Hershey Trust would limit member pay, terms  The Seattle Times
These Private Equity Firms Could Be Looking to Buy Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Going private continues to be the new “going public” for legacy tech giants. Maybe Hewlett Packard Enterprise isn't totally done restructuring after all.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Rises on Report of Buyout Interest  Bloomberg
Hewlett-Packard Enterprises Seen in Sights of Hungry PE Firms  TheStreet.com
NextEra Energy Is New Buyer of Energy Future Holdings
Perseverance pays off for the clean energy company, which expressed repeated interest last year in acquiring Oncor, the debtor's electricity transmission and distribution arm.
A massive, failed deal that keeps paying out money to Wall Street  CNBC
Next Step in TXU Bankruptcy Is Up to the Courts and Regulators  New York Times
Monte Paschi Capital Wiped Out in European Bank Stress Test
Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA was the worst performer in European regulators' stress tests, the only lender to have its capital wiped out in the exam, as the region struggles to contain an Italian banking crisis.
RPT-Monte dei Paschi fares worst in EU banks stress test  Reuters
Monte dei Paschi Board Approves Plan to Shed Bad Loans  Wall Street Journal