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Wall Street indexes flat in pre-holiday lull; healthcare, consumer stocks up
The major US indexes were virtually unchanged at the close of a quiet trading day on Wednesday with gains in healthcare and consumer stocks after data showed US modest economic growth.
US stocks end on a flat note  Business Standard
How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday  Helena Independent Record  
Pfizer-Allergan deal panned by Clinton, Sanders
Pfizer's ownership share would fall below the 60% threshold to qualify as a tax inversion under the USA tax code, said Robert Willens, an worldwide tax law expert based in NY City.
Report: Pfizer, Allergan close to $150 billion merger deal  Waterbury Republican American
Pfizer's raid: Another tax inversion will hurt the US Treasury  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Consumer spending increases slightly in October for second straight month
WASHINGTON - We're the 0.1 percenters. Consumer spending posted a modest increase for a second straight month in October, while personal income rebounded after a sluggish September.
Consumer spending up a weak 0.1 percent in October  Savannah Morning News
United States economic growth revised up to 2.1% in the third quarter (blog)
Cybersecurity experts warn about ModPOS malware aimed at retailers
The retail industry is reeling from a wave of cybersecurity breaches uncovered since Target was hit during the 2013 holiday season.
Cybersecurity threat for Christmas shoppers  New Zealand Herald
Cybersecurity researchers warn of new, stealthy malware to steal card data
Shopping tips for Cyber Monday -- and Cyber Everyday
Holiday shoppers don't need to push away from the pumpkin pie to snag Black Friday deals. And we don't need to wait until Cyber Monday to get many online specials either.
Eat, shop, click: Another kind of Black Friday  Los Angeles Times
'Black Friday' shopping starts today at many stores  Community journal
Alibaba in talks with Hong Kong's SCMP Group for media assets: source
SHANGHAI/HONG KONG Chinese e-commerce titan Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (BABA.N) has approached the publisher of Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper to discuss buying its media assets, a source familiar with the matter said on ...
Source: Alibaba in Talks to Buy Hong Kong's SCMP Newspaper  New York Times
Jack Ma paper chase is test of newsprint's appeal  Reuters Blogs (blog)
Albertsons buys back stores feds forced it to sell
Less than a year after federal regulators forced Albertsons Co. to sell off more than a 146 grocery stores as part of a $9.2 billion merger with Safeway, the grocery chain has started buying them back for pennies on the dollar.
Albertsons Buys Back Grocery Stores After Antitrust Misfire  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Hewlett-Packard Companies Earnings: Decline In Revenue Continues Post Split
Hewlett-Packard Inc. announced results for Hewlett-Packard HPQ -16.67% companies, i.e., HP Inc and HP Enterprise, on November 24th. (Fiscal year end with October.) The company reported that the full-year combined revenues for HPE and HPQ declined ...
HP profit forecast below market expectations  Times of India
Hewlett Packard tumbles 7% after disappointing fourth quarter revenues
'Third fastest' in Asia: PH's Q3 GDP grows 6%
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) - Good news: the country's economy picked up pace during the third quarter this year. Bad news: it has a lot of catching up to do to reach the government's full-year target.
Philippine economy grew 6 per cent in 3Q as services expanded, full year ...
Philippines GDP Growth Accelerates In Q3  RTT News
American and Russian militaries don't agree about much in Syria
During a two-day period early this week, the United States reported that coalition aircraft had conducted 23 strikes in Syria, destroying about three dozen Islamic State vehicles, buildings and tactical units.
UPDATE 2-US sanctions businessman helping Syrian gov't buy oil from ...  Reuters
US slaps sanctions on IS oil middleman  Herald Sun