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Dollar General raises Family Dollar bid to $80 a share
The battle for Family Dollar Stores Inc. escalated on Tuesday, as Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for the second-biggest U.S. dollar-retail chain to $80 a share and took steps to help allay antitrust concerns.
Dollar General raises bid for Family Dollar to $9.1 billion  News & Observer
Family Dollar Stores Reaches New 52-Week High at $80.97 (FDO)  sleekmoney
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US Manufacturing PMI Unexpectedly Rises in August
The U.S. manufacturing expansion revved up in August, according to a survey released Tuesday by the Institute for Supply Management.
US Manufacturing Grows at Fastest Pace in 3� Years  ABC News
PMI Index hits three-year high  Plant Engineering
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Home Depot Shares Drop After Retailer Investigates Data Breach
Home Depot Inc. (HD:US), the largest home-improvement chain, fell as much as 3.4 percent in New York trading after saying it was working with banks and law enforcement to investigate a possible data breach.
Home Depot investigating 'massive' hack  CNNMoney
Home Depot investigating possible payment card data breach  MarketWatch
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How Dunkin' Donuts Convinced Californians to Stand in a Massive Line
People lining up on Labor Day for the grand opening of a Dunkin' Donuts store in Santa Monica, Calif. It was not the newest iPhone or a rare, coveted pastry such as a Cronut that drew a crowd to line up and wait.
Dunkin' Donuts opens first Southern California shop in Santa Monica  Los Angeles Times
Santa Monica is Really Excited About Their Dunkin' Donuts
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Tesla Jumps as Stifel Projects Share Price to Reach $400
Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA:US) rose to a record high after a Stifel Nicolaus & Co. report cited the electric-car maker's increasing production and said it may be worth $400 a share even before it starts making a lower-priced model.
Tesla Motors Inc (TSLA) One of the Best Run Stocks Ever: Cramer  Insider Monkey (blog)
Tesla shares jump as Stifel turns decidedly bullish  MarketWatch
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PG&E fined $1.4B for deadly 2010 gas line blast
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California regulatory judges have issued a $1.4 billion penalty against the state's largest utility for a 2010 gas pipeline explosion that engulfed a suburban San Francisco neighborhood in fire, killing eight people and prompting ...
California regulatory judges issue $1.4B fine against PG&E for deadly ...  Town Hall
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Why a September swoon may not be in the cards
Wall Street debates whether another September stock swoon is really in the cards this year. (AP). September is the worst month of all for stocks.
US Stocks Fall From Record as Energy Producers Tumble  Businessweek
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July Construction Spending Up 8.2% Y/Y to $981.3B
The U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced construction spending during July 2014 was estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $981.3 billion, 1.8% above the revised June estimate of $963.7 billion.
U.S. Construction Spending Rose 1.8% in July 2014
US construction spending hits highest level in 5-1/2 years  Reuters
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Where things stand with Detroit's bankruptcy plan
DETROIT (AP) - More than a year after Detroit filed for the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history, a federal judge is hearing evidence on whether he should approve the city's plan to emerge from billions of dollars in debt.
Who is Judge Steven Rhodes?  Wall Street Journal (blog)
Bankruptcy judge will weigh in on Detroit water  Washington Times
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What Halliburton's $1.1 Billion Spill Settlement Means for BP
Halliburton (HAL) has wrapped up most of its lingering liability for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill with a $1.1 billion settlement announced on Tuesday.
Halliburton Spill Deal Turns Focus on Future BP Decision  Bloomberg
Halliburton pays $1.1bn to settle Gulf of Mexico suits
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