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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Business Today: Futures little changed ahead of data, Fed minutes

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Futures little changed ahead of data, Fed minutes
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were little changed on Wednesday following record closing highs for both the Dow and S&P 500 and ahead of housing data and minutes from the most recent Federal Reserve policy meeting.
U.S. housing starts slip, but permits near six-and-a-half-year high
WASHINGTON, Nov 19 (Reuters) - U.S. housing starts unexpectedly fell in October, but a jump in permits to near a 6-1/2-year high suggested the housing market was steadily regaining strength.
U.S. auto regulator seeks nationwide recall of Takata air bags
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. auto safety regulator has told Japanese supplier Takata Corp and five automakers to expand nationwide a regional recall of potentially lethal air bags, increasing pressure on the industry to move faster in a growing scandal.
Citi cuts around 35 jobs on London trading floor: sources
LONDON (Reuters) - U.S. bank Citi has cut around 35 jobs across its capital markets trading operation in London, sources with knowledge of the changes said on Wednesday.
Morgan Stanley sees Petrobras scandal write-offs of as much as $8.1 billion
SAO PAULO (Reuters) - PetrĂ³leo Brasileiro SA could slash the value of its assets by as much as 21 billion reais ($8.1 billion) and cut dividends as a result of an ongoing investigation into alleged graft and money-laundering at Brazil's state-controlled oil producer, analysts at Morgan Stanley & Co said in a client note.
Dollar General may have to shut more than 4,000 stores: NY Post
(Reuters) - Dollar General Corp may need to divest more than 4,000 stores to win approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for its acquisition of Family Dollar Stores Inc , the New York Post reported, citing two sources close to the situation.
J&J seeks over $5 billion in damages from Boston Scientific at trial
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nearly a decade after losing a bidding war for device maker Guidant to Boston Scientific Corp, Johnson & Johnson finally has a chance for payback at a multibillion-dollar trial set to begin on Thursday.
Target Corp quarterly sales beat estimates
(Reuters) - Target Corp , the fourth-largest U.S. retailer, reported better-than-expected quarterly sales, helped by a 1.2 percent rise in same-store sales in the United States.
BMW reviewing whether to replace driver-side Takata air bags
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - BMW is reviewing whether to expand its recall to check whether possibly fatal air bags were installed on both the driver and passenger side of older generation 3-series models, the carmaker said on Wednesday.
Exclusive: Blackstone chases Buffett with 'core' private equity
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Blackstone Group LP has reached out to its biggest fund investors about investing in a new investment vehicle with a longer investment horizon than the typical 10-year private equity fund, according to people familiar with the matter.
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