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Foreign Investors Flock to Iran as U.S. Firms Stay on Sidelines

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 23:04:21 EDT

Many foreign investors are rushing into Iran’s promising market after its nuclear accord, setting off skirmishes among European and Asian companies eager to gain a step on more cautious American rivals.



Brazil's Vale Names Fabio Schvartsman as CEO

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 21:09:00 EDT

Brazilian mining giant Vale SA said its board approved the selection of Fabio Schvartsman to replace outgoing Chief Executive Murilo Ferreira.



Olive Garden Owner Pays $780M for Cheddar's Chain

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:12:25 EDT

Casual-restaurant chain Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen will soon share ownership with the likes of Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse and the Capital Grille.



Avianca Holdings Sues Large Minority Shareholder in Colombian Flag Airline

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:34:49 EDT

Avianca Holdings, one of the largest airlines in Latin America, on Monday sued a large minority shareholder that is seeking to block the Colombian flag carrier from completing a strategic partnership with United Continental.



Jim Gianopulos Named Head of Paramount Pictures

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:51:26 EDT

Jim Gianopulos, the longtime head of Twentieth Century Fox, has been tapped to turn around Viacom Inc.’s troubled movie studio.



Alexion Names New CEO Following Internal Sales-Practice Probe

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 17:29:15 EDT

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. named new a chief executive Monday, months after the company’s top leadership abruptly stepped down amid an internal investigation into sales practices.



Hospital Stocks Rise Amid Broader Slump

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 15:14:43 EDT

U.S. hospital stocks rose Monday amid a broader market downturn as investors welcomed the stalling of White House efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act.



American, China Southern Air In Cooperation Talks

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:11:45 EDT

American Airlines and China Southern Airlines are discussing a “major strategic cooperation,” the Chinese airline said Monday in a regulatory filing.



Seller of Hijacked DVR in Colorado Laundromat Pledges to Tighten Security

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:47:23 EDT

A surveillance-camera company featured in a previous article about hacked devices said it is taking steps to harden its products against attacks.



EU Clears Dow-DuPont Deal With Conditions

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:07:36 EDT

Dow Chemical and DuPont clinched regulatory approval for their merger from the European Union’s competition watchdog on condition they divest several businesses to address antitrust concerns.



Sinopec to Lift 2017 Capex Up to 44%

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:23:05 EDT

China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. said Sunday it planned to raise capital expenditures this year by as much as 44% after reporting higher annual profit due to strong refining and petrochemicals performances.



Sealed Air to Sell Cleaning Unit to Bain for $3.2 Billion

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:14:40 EDT

Sealed Air Corp. said Monday that it would sell its cleaning business to private-equity firm Bain Capital for $3.2 billion.



Dominion Diamond to Explore Strategic Alternatives

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:56:25 EDT

Canadian mining firm Dominion Diamond Corp. said Monday its board will explore strategic alternatives, including a possible sale of the company, just over a week since a privately held conglomerate in Montana went public with a takeover bid.



More Chinese Consumers Say No to Fake Goods

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 22:20:19 EDT

In China, counterfeit merchandise hasn’t gone away by any means. But a growing number of Chinese consumers are now willing to pay more for authentic goods such as Mickey Mouse sweatshirts and Bart Simpson baseball caps.



South32 Rewards Investors With US$500 Million Bonus

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:11:37 EDT

South32 plans to hand US$500 million to shareholders, most likely via a share buyback, in another sign the global mining industry is regaining its footing.



A Steel Pioneer Is Getting Out of Steel

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:51:57 EDT

Germany’s Thyssenkrupp, which CEO Heinrich Hiesinger aims to refocus on capital goods, took a big step away from its once-core steel business with the sale of its last steel plant in the Americas. Shedding its European steel unit is the next test.



Hollywood Studios Seek to Offer Films Sooner Online

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 06:19:53 EDT

Hollywood studios are planning to move ahead with “premium” video on demand, making major movies available to home viewers within weeks after they hit theaters.



One CEO Got Paid $46 Million in a Month, but the Rest of the Year Is a Mystery

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:53:24 EDT

Johnson Controls won’t say how much Alex Molinaroli made after September because companies don’t have to disclose how much top executives were paid by a firm that disappears or becomes a subsidiary in a merger.



Premium Video on Demand: The Fallout

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:41:15 EDT

Studios hope a shorter window from theater to home video will boost overall sales; theater executives worry box-office receipts will plummet.



In China, Syngenta Deal Feeds Local GMO Fears

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:53:40 EDT

In China, the opposition to genetically altered food and grains has been brought to the forefront by ChemChina’s $43 billion deal to buy Syngenta, a leading producer of genetically engineered seeds.



Charter Communications to Hire 20,000 U.S. Workers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 14:13:16 EDT

Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge pledged to hire 20,000 U.S. workers and invest $25 billion over the next four years at an event with President Trump, allowing the administration to trumpet a jobs announcement that had been in the works for some time.



Trump Administration Grants Permit for Keystone Pipeline

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:50:18 EDT

The Trump administration has signed a presidential permit for TransCanada to build Keystone XL, bringing the oil pipeline closer to fruition more than a year after former President Barack Obama blocked its construction.



U.S. Laptop Ban Increases Headwinds for Gulf Carriers

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:12:20 EDT

The U.S. ban on many carry-on electronics aboard Middle East flights is another powerful headwind for the once-highflying club of Persian Gulf airlines—a group that relies more than many on the laptop-toting business traveler.



Health-Data Watchdog Company Has a Powerful Adviser

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:52:29 EDT

A new board member at 4C Health Solutions, which roots out questionable health-insurance claims, is President Donald J. Trump’s personal attorney, Michael D. Cohen.



Wal-Mart Acquires Niche Sites, to the Dismay of Hipsters

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 10:36:49 EDT

Wal-Mart is rapidly buying up hip, small online retailers that appeal to wealthier shoppers in hopes of finally taking on Amazon. The deals give Wal-Mart access to new groups of shoppers, but some have balked at the change.



Air Products & Chemicals Walks Away From Bid for Yingde Gases

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:45:50 EDT

Industrial gas maker Air Products & Chemicals Inc. backed away from its bid to buy China’s Yingde Gases Group Co.



Credit Suisse Chief Gets Pay Bump Despite Loss in 2016

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:10:15 EDT

Credit Suisse increased its bonus pool by 6% in 2016 to over $3 billion, despite posting a sizable loss.



Brazil Meat Scandal Creates Opening for Competitors

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:51:03 EDT

Brazil’s tainted meat scandal is driving up cattle prices and creating an opening for competitors in the U.S. and elsewhere that struggled to match the South American nation’s low production costs.



Daimler Faces Diesel-Engine Fraud Investigation

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 04:14:15 EDT

German prosecutors launched an investigation into allegations that an undisclosed number of Daimler staff may have committed fraud linked to sales of the company’s diesel-powered cars.



Justice Department Settles Antitrust Claim Against DirecTV

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:59:51 EDT

The Justice Department settled its antitrust lawsuit against AT&T’s DirecTV, that alleged the satellite broadcaster had illegally shared information with rival pay-TV operators at a time when all were resisting carriage of a sports channel owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers.



Valeant CEO Paid $62.7 Million in 2016

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:15:24 EDT

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Chief Executive Joseph Papa took in $62.7 million in pay last year as it navigated the fallout from accounting problems, a near debt default and investigations by Congress.



Disney Extends CEO Iger's Tenure

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 16:27:26 EDT

With no successor to take the helm at the world’s largest media company, Robert Iger will stay on at least one additional year as head of Walt Disney.



Can This Man Save Macy's?

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 10:12:58 EDT

The new CEO of Macy’s discusses his plans for the iconic department store to stay atop a shrinking market.



Jessica Alba's Startup Pulls Bottles of Dish Soap That Were Underfilled

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:11:22 EDT

Target Corp. and other retailers in recent months stopped selling a popular household cleaner from Jessica Alba’s Honest Co. after learning the product contained less liquid than its label claimed.



Ford Says Higher Rates, Lower Resale Values to Hurt Results

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 19:12:55 EDT

Ford Motor raised a caution flag for the auto industry, saying higher interest rates and a steady decline in used-car values will hurt the most important factor in the recent U.S. sales boom: affordability.



Shell Oil Spills Led to 'Astonishingly High' Pollution in Nigeria

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 17:07:48 EDT

Shell oil spills that haven’t been cleaned up for over eight years have contributed to “astonishingly high” levels of pollution in a Nigerian community, according to a consultant who helped produce a confidential damage assessment.



Akzo Nobel Urged to Engage With PPG

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:33:20 EDT

Akzo Nobel’s largest shareholder became the latest investor to urge the Dutch paint and chemicals maker to start negotiations with U.S. rival PPG Industries over its $24 billion takeover offer.



Union at BHP's Escondida Copper Mine in Chile to End Strike

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:15:56 EDT

Workers at BHP Billiton Ltd.’s majority-owned Minera Escondida mine in Chile will end a strike at the world’s biggest copper operation this weekend, a union leader said Thursday.



Sinopec 2016 Earnings Expected to Rise

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:07:52 EDT

China’s biggest refiner China Petroleum & Chemical Corp., also known as Sinopec, is expected to report year-end results Friday. Here’s what to look out for.



Cnooc Manages to Book Annual Profit Amid Cost Cutting

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 12:01:37 EDT

Chinese offshore oil explorer Cnooc said it eked out a $92.5 million net profit last year, staving off its first annual loss through aggressive cost cutting.



AT&T Reaches Agreement With Striking Workers on West Coast

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 11:52:32 EDT

AT&T Inc. reached an agreement with thousands of striking technicians and call-center workers in California and Nevada that will allow them to report to work on Thursday.



Oak Hill to Buy Checkers Drive-In Restaurants in $525 Million Deal

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 07:04:12 EDT

Checkers Drive-In Restaurants has agreed to be sold to private-equity firm Oak Hill Capital Partners in a $525 million deal.