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Drugmaker Shire bids $30 billion for Baxter spin-off Baxalta
LONDON Drugmaker Shire (SHP.L) said on Tuesday it was seeking to buy Baxalta (BXLT.N), a company spun-off by Baxter International (BAX.
Dealpolitik: Baxalta Well-Armed to Fend Off Shire's Unsolicited Bid  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Shire/Baxalta: merry-go-round  Financial Times
Los Angeles Times  
US factory orders rebound on strong demand for aircraft
WASHINGTON New orders for U.S. factory goods rebounded strongly in June on robust demand for transportation equipment and other goods, a hopeful sign for the struggling manufacturing sector.
Factory orders rose 1.8% in June on strong aircraft demand  USA TODAY
Factory orders up 1.8% in June, matching estimates  CNBC
Freddie Mac to hand $3.9 bln to US Treasury
WASHINGTON Aug 4 Government-controlled mortgage finance firm Freddie Mac on Tuesday said big gains in its loan guarantee business and its investment portfolio will allow it to cut a check to the U.S.
Freddie Mac posts $4.2 billion second quarter profits, paying $3.9 billion ...  Christian Science Monitor
Freddie Mac posts $US4.4bn Q2 profit  The Australian
Top US Air Carriers Ban Hunting 'Trophies' From Planes
All three of the major U.S. airlines have now banned the transport of hunting trophies from Africa in the wake of the outrage over the shooting death of a lion in Zimbabwe by a Minnesota dentist.
Major US airlines ban big-game trophies on their flights  Christian Science Monitor
U.S. airlines ban shipment of hunting 'trophies'  Salt Lake Tribune
Alibaba Group Names Michael Evans as President
BEIJING—Alibaba has a new global salesman. Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. BABA 0.97 % said Tuesday it appointed Michael Evans, a former top Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive, as president effective immediately.
An ex-Goldman Sachs executive will lead Alibaba's efforts to sell more ...  Quartz
Alibaba names Goldman Sachs exec as president  USA TODAY
GM to invest $877 million to overhaul Flint, Michigan, truck plant
DETROIT Aug 4 General Motors Co said on Tuesday it will spend $877 million to overhaul its pickup truck factory in Flint, Michigan, capping a series of investments to keep production of profitable large pickups and sport utility vehicles rolling ...
New $877M body plant 'biggest investment' in Flint since at least ...
GM to Invest $877 Million to Upgrade Flint, Mich., Truck Factory  Wall Street Journal
Kellogg's US breakfast business shrinks again
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) - Kellogg says its U.S. breakfast foods division saw another decline in quarterly sales but that trends in the cereal category were improving.
Kellogg's sales decline again in US cereal division; company says trends ...  Fox Business
Kellogg Profit Falls 24% as Currency Dents Sales  Wall Street Journal
Aetna's On A Roll Ahead Of Humana Deal
Buoyed by new government business, Aetna Aetna (AET) once again raised its profit forecasts as the health insurer works through a proposed $37 billion acquisition of Humana Humana (HUM) that will make the company an even larger player in expanding ...
Aetna to Hold Off on Commercial Paper Borrowing  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Aetna profit beats as moderate medical costs help government plans  Reuters
Toyota warns China market tougher as profit beats estimates
TOKYO - Toyota warned of tougher competition in China and raised its forecast for Japan sales as it reported quarterly profit that beat analyst estimates.
Toyota Posts Record Profit, Fueled by Weak Yen  Wall Street Journal
Toyota sells fewer cars, but makes 10% more profit
Puerto Rico Faces Greek-Style Austerity Nightmare After Default
Puerto Rico could be facing a similar fate as Greece, with massive spending cuts and tax rises, after the debt-laden commonwealth went into default Monday.
Puerto Rico debt-crisis grows as payments halt, bond prices fall  Livemint
Puerto Rico Needs to Restructure Debt: Rhodes  Bloomberg