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Wall St. little changed, up for third week running
NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks ended little changed on Friday, pressured by renewed uncertainty in healthcare stocks and by Disney shares, even as October U.S. payrolls data pointed to a resilient economy in the face of sluggish global growth.
U.S. labor market tightens, but wages still anemic
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. job growth increased at a steady clip in October and the unemployment rate fell to a fresh six-year low, underscoring the economy's resilience in the face of slowing global demand.
Most Wall Street firms still see Fed rate hike by June 2015: Reuters poll
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street's biggest banks remain convinced the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates by June 2015, a Reuters poll found, and economists also said the market was underestimating how aggressively the U.S. central bank will tighten policy.
AT&T to acquire Mexico's Iusacell for $2.5 billion
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T will acquire Mexico's third largest wireless operator Iusacell in a $2.5 billion deal, the carrier announced on Friday.
Exclusive: Wall St. firms seek bigger say in market issues - sources
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A major Wall Street trade group is lobbying to get legislation passed that would give trading firms, banks and institutional investors a greater say in how the U.S. stock market is governed, according to three people familiar with the plans.
IMF, U.S. encourage ECB, Japan monetary stimulus
PARIS (Reuters) - The International Monetary Fund and the United States encouraged the European Central Bank and the Bank of Japan toward greater monetary stimulus on Friday and urged governments around the world to do their share to cultivate growth in their countries.
BofA, U.S. Bancorp settle first bond trustee class action
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp and U.S. Bancorp have reached a $69 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over their roles as trustees for securities backed by risky mortgages from Washington Mutual Inc, which failed in 2008.
Ackman to Allergan board: Valeant can pay more for company
BOSTON (Reuters) - Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc can pay "substantially" more for Allergan Inc and should get a fair shot at buying it, William Ackman, the Botox maker's biggest shareholder, said on Friday.
U.S. lawmakers want criminal probe of Takata as air bag concerns grow
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Democratic lawmakers on Friday called for the U.S. Justice Department to examine whether air bag-maker Takata broke the law, as authorities study the dangers of the safety device that is now part of a sweeping recall.
Sears says may sell stores to REIT in latest move to raise cash
(Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp said Friday it may sell up to 300 stores to a real estate investment trust in a move that would spin off prized assets to shareholders and could accelerate a breakup of the retailer by billionaire Chief Executive Eddie Lampert.
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