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US private payrolls growth eases; productivity falls
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. private employers in April hired the fewest number of workers in more than a year, further diminishing hopes of a strong rebound in economic growth after the first-quarter slump.
US productivity drops by 1.9 percent during first quarter  Uncover California
U.S. Productivity Slumps 1.9% In First Quarter  Fox Business
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Fed Chair Yellen Says Stock Market Prices 'Quite High'
Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen on Wednesday described stock market valuations as high and said the central bank was carefully monitoring their impact on financial stability.
Share prices 'quite high', says Yellen  Financial Times
Yellen says risks from low interest rates are 'moderate'  USA TODAY
Europe piles pressure on Google and Facebook with new competition probe
Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google will face more unwelcome scrutiny from Brussels after the European Commission announced a wide-ranging investigation of the role they play online and whether competition rules should be tightened in response.
EU Announces Plans to Create a Single Digital Market  Wall Street Journal
EU moves to help tech companies compete with Google, Amazon  Los Angeles Times
US private sector adds 169000 jobs in April, fewest since January 2014
US private sector employment rose by approximately 169,000 jobs in April when compared to March, according to the ADP national employment report produced by Automatic Data Processing Inc. (NASD: ADP) in collaboration with Moody's Analytics.
ADP Jobs Report Came In Below Estimates - Economic Highlights  Nasdaq
ADP Report: 169000 Jobs Added in April  KMBZ
Would Salesforce Make Sense for Microsoft?
Would Microsoft really want to own Salesforce.com? Buying the cloud-based, customer-service software maker could make businesses less likely to ditch Office.
Microsoft for Salesforce? Merrill Sees Upside to $92; Hard to See, Says ...  Barron's (blog)
Microsoft Corporation Reaching New Heights Under Satya Nadella  Bidness ETC
Alexion to Buy Synageva for $8.4 Billion
Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. ALXN -9.56 % agreed to buy Synageva BioPharma Corp. GEVA 114.02 % in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $8.4 billion, paying more than double the market cap for the maker of rare-disease treatments.
Alexion to Buy Synageva BioPharma in $8.4 Billion Deal  New York Times
Alexion Pharma to pay $8.4 billion for Synageva BioPharma  STLtoday.com
FAA partners with BNSF Railway, PrecisionHawk on drones
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Federal Aviation Administration announced industry partnerships on Wednesday to test commercial drones that can fly beyond an operator's line of sight, seen as a necessary precursor to autonomous drone operations such as ...
FAA Joins With CNN, BNSF to Study Drone Flights  Wall Street Journal
Amazon's drones could follow you to work  CNBC
Drug developer Adaptimmune skids after IPO raises $191M
NEW YORK - Shares of cancer drug developer Adaptimmune are falling after the British company's initial public offering raised $191.3 million.
Adaptimmune Therapeutics plc (Nasdaq: ADAP) to Ring The Nasdaq Stock ...  CNNMoney
Wendy's Shares Jump on Earnings Beat, Plan to Sell to Franchisees
Shares of burger chain Wendy's (WEN) rose on Wednesday after the company posted better-than-expected quarterly earnings. Wendy's said first-quarter net income fell to $27.5 million, or $0.07 a share, from $46.3 million, or $0.12 a share last year.
Wendy''s to Sell Bakery Business, Over 600 Restaurants -- 2nd Update  Nasdaq
Wendy's To Sell 640 Restaurants, Bakery Ops; 1Q Mixed  The Courier
Western Union Pops on Deal Talk; Stocks Slip on Yellen Warning
Stocks slipped in midday trading Wednesday after Fed Chair Janet Yellen warned of potentially stretched valuations. Western Union (WU) jumped on reports the payment services company is in talks to buy smaller rival MoneyGram (MGI).
Western Union Said in Early Talks to Buy Rival MoneyGram  Bloomberg
Sizing up a Western Union-MoneyGram merger  Seeking Alpha