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Wall Street opens lower as chip stocks, Apple drag
11 minutes ago
(Reuters) - The benchmark S&P 500 index and the Nasdaq opened lower after three days of gains on Thursday as technology stocks took a beating from Apple's decline and weakness in chipmakers.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Cell phones, biometrics fuel jump in bank account ownership
12 minutes ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Roughly seven out of every 10 adults worldwide now has some form of a bank account, the World Bank said Thursday, largely due to by the proliferation of cell phone-based bank accounts and other simple bank account programs in places like India and Sub-Saharan Africa....
[From AP Top Business News at 9:47 a.m. EDT]
P&G reports flat 3Q profit, buys Merck unit
25 minutes ago
NEW YORK (AP) -- Procter & Gamble Co. reported flat fiscal third-quarter profit as it faces increased competition for consumer products such as shaving cream and household goods....
[From AP Top Business News at 9:47 a.m. EDT]
P&G earnings beat as struggling retailers, costs eat into margins
29 minutes ago
(Reuters) - The world's largest consumer goods maker Procter & Gamble Co narrowly beat quarterly earnings expectations on Thursday, saying shrinking retailer inventories and higher commodities and transportation costs squeezed margins.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Takeda in talks with Shire after $61 billion bid rejected
31 minutes ago
LONDON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Japan's Takeda Pharmaceutical is in negotiations with Shire after making a third takeover bid worth around $61 billion that was rejected by the London-listed rare diseases drugmaker.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Oil climbs on Saudi price ambitions and U.S. stocks draw
33 minutes ago
LONDON (Reuters) - Oil prices kept rising to their highest since late 2014 as U.S. crude inventories declined, moving closer to five-year averages, and after sources told Reuters that top exporter Saudi Arabia aims to push prices even higher.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Lyft to offset emissions from rides with projects combating climate change
53 minutes ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Lyft Inc is launching a program on Thursday to offset emissions from the 1.4 million cars that drive for the U.S. ride-hailing service by investing in projects to reduce other sources of greenhouse gas, the company said.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Russia joins bid to win compensation over US metals tariffs
55 minutes ago
GENEVA (AP) -- Russia has joined the European Union, India and China in demanding compensation from the United States for its tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum....
[From AP Top Business News at 9:47 a.m. EDT]
Venture capital firm Fort Ross aims to bring more U.S. startups to Russia
1 hour ago
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A venture capital firm aiming to bring more U.S. startups to Russia has raised a $200 million fund, hoping to use the fresh pool of money to help Silicon Valley companies deliver their services to Russia's biggest corporations and its millions of internet-connected consumers.
[From Reuters: Business News]
U.S. ban on sales to ZTE triggers patriotic rhetoric in China
1 hour ago
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A U.S. ban on sales of American components to ZTE Corp has unleashed a patriotic backlash in China's cyberspace, highlighting the growing tension between the world's two largest economies.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Exclusive: China looks to speed up chip plans as U.S. trade tensions boil - s...
1 hour ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - China is looking to accelerate plans to develop its domestic semiconductor market amid a fierce trade stand-off with the United States and a U.S. ban on sales to Chinese phone maker ZTE that has underscored the country's reliance on imported chips.
[From Reuters: Business News]
New data: Americans filling far fewer opioid prescriptions
1 hour ago
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- New data show that the number of prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the U.S. fell dramatically last year. They showed their biggest drop in 25 years....
[From AP Top Business News at 9:47 a.m. EDT]
Trade issues expose the limits of Trump-Abe 'bromance'
1 hour ago
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe courted the new American president with a golden driver not long after Donald Trump won the White House. He's met with the billionaire businessman more than any other world leader, and he is Trump's second-most frequent caller....
[From AP Top Business News at 9:47 a.m. EDT]
Qualcomm concessions insufficient to clinch NXP deal: commerce ministry
2 hours ago
BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. chipmaker Qualcomm will have to do more to complete its proposed takeover of NXP Semiconductors , a commerce ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
[From Reuters: Business News]
Men arrested at Starbucks say they feared for their lives
2 hours ago
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Rashon Nelson initially brushed it off when the Starbucks manager told him he couldn't use the restroom because he wasn't a paying customer....
[From AP Top Business News at 9:47 a.m. EDT]
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