File - In this March 8, 2012, file photo, Robert Maegerle, left, walks out of a federal courthouse with attorney Jerome Froelich Jr.
Reynolds American and Lorillard are in the final stages of agreeing a complex merger that will reshape Big Tobacco by bringing together two of the three largest US operators with a combined market capitalisation of $56bn.
Investors' radar screens have long been clear of the one blip guaranteed to sound the alarm in financial markets: interest rate rises by central banks.
The discount retailer Family Dollar, under pressure from the activist investor Carl C. Icahn to sell itself, said its profit fell by a third as competition intensified and the company cleared inventory ahead of planned store closings.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren't meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways.