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Gold gains in Asia as low-interest rate outlook offers support - Gold prices gained in Asia on Monday after data from around the region since the weekend that investors noted mostly favored a low-interest rate environment, but also showed upbeat trends.
Asia stocks mostly rise as China rate cut offsets US data  U-T San Diego
Dollar extends gains after US growth data, China rate cut  Economic Times
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NXP to buy Freescale Semiconductor, merge operations in $40 billion deal
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chip maker NXP Semiconductors NV (NXPI.O) has agreed to buy smaller peer Freescale Semiconductor Ltd (FSL.N) and merge operations in a deal valuing the combined company at over $40 billion.
NXP And Freescale, Two Semiconductor Companies, Merging In $40 Billion Deal  Immortal News
Chip Makers Will Merge in Deal Worth $11.8 Billion  New York Times
Walmart wage hike too little, too late
Walmart recently announced it will raise the minimum wage of its lowest-level employees twice - first this spring to at least $9 an hour and then to $10 in 2016.
Wal-Mart Pay Increase Decision Having Ripple Effect In Various Markets  Online News Heard Now
Pay hike decision by Wal-Mart will have massive ripple effects in America  Times Gazette
China February HSBC PMI at seven-month high
Employees assemble electronic components along a production line at a factory in Hefei, Anhui province, January 18, 2015. Credit: Reuters/Stringer.
China's official manufacturing gauge edges up  MarketWatch
China's Manufacturing Gauge Strengthens in February  Wall Street Journal
Berkshire 'superstar' to fill Buffett's footwear?
Warren Buffett, at a news conference in Bengaluru in 2011, lavishly praised Berkshire Hathaway executive Ajit Jain for smoothly running much of the conglomerate's insurance businesses.
Annotating the Oracle: Experts Weigh In on Berkshire's Annual Letter  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Eight pearls of investor wisdom from Warren Buffett  The Age
Lumber Liquidators flooring does not meet safety standards: "60 minutes"
(Reuters) - Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc, a retailer of hardwood flooring in North America, sold flooring containing levels of formaldehyde that were higher than those permitted under California's health and safety standards, according to television news ...
Lumber Liquidators Sold Illegal Flooring, '60 Minutes' Reports  Bloomberg
Lumber Liquidators linked to health and safety violations  CBS News
`Significantly Overweight' China Insurers: Le Cornu
March 2 -- Sam Le Cornu, a senior portfolio manager at Macquarie Investment Management in Hong Kong, talks about China's central bank policy and stocks.
US lawmakers say China's �corrupt, gangster� regime is bad for Hong Kong  Quartz
Shopping protests: Fresh violence on Hong Kong streets  BBC News
NYMEX-US oil falls toward $49 after 1st monthly gain since June
SINGAPORE, March 2 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures fell towards $49 a barrel on Monday after rising more than $1 in the previous session to close February with the first monthly gain since June last year.
Supertankers Speed Up As Crude Oil Prices Fall  Live Trading News
Oil falls approximately 1% on weak China outlook, higher Libyan crude output ...
Trial to push for better flight tracking a year after MH370
SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia are launching a trial to allow air traffic controllers to more closely track aircraft traversing remote oceans such as the one believed to be the final resting place of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370: From mundane to mystery  CNN
Silver linings in yearlong search for Flight 370: No sign of plane but many ...  Fox Business
AAA forecast still calls for sub-$3 gas in Manatee County all during 2015
A gas pump with the price of a gallon of premium gas posted for $4.75 dollars in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Friday Feb. 25,2011. With Libya still in chaos and little information available about the status of its oil fields and ports, oil prices rose on Friday and finished ...
Gas Prices on the Rise  FOX 40 News WICZ TV
Jared Hunt column: Gas prices on the way back up  Charleston Daily Mail