U.S. Growth Falters Amid Business Caution

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The U.S. economy stumbled out of the gate in 2016 as consumers and businesses showed renewed signs of caution, underscoring the uneven growth that has been a hallmark of the nearly seven-year expansion, the worst performance in two years.

Why the Bank of Japan Held Fire for Another Day

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The Bank of Japan’s lack of action caught markets by surprise. But that doesn’t mean it is done easing.

ConocoPhillips Posts Loss, Cuts Spending

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ConocoPhillips further reduced its capital spending plans for 2016 and reported a $1.47 billion first-quarter loss as low commodities prices continue to take a toll on the energy sector.

Comcast to Buy DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 Billion

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Comcast Corp. on Thursday said it agreed to buy DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. for about $3.8 billion, a deal that could make the cable giant a rival to Walt Disney Co. in the lucrative family-entertainment business.

Hunt-Led Investors Scramble to Save Oncor Buyout

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The deal that was supposed to bail Energy Future Holdings out of bankruptcy proceedings—the sale of its Oncor transmissions business—could be dead within weeks unless Texas regulators give it a second look.

Ford Posts Record Results as Truck Revamp Pays Off

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Ford reaped the benefits of its costly F-150 truck revamp, doubling net income in the first quarter and posting a North American operating margin rivaling those returned by high-end luxury brands.

U.S. Steel Accuses China of Hacking

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U.S. Steel is alleging that Chinese government hackers stole proprietary methods for making lightweight steel on behalf of Chinese steel producers seeking to supply a bigger share of the U.S. auto-making market.

Valeant: Swapping Scandal for Growing Pains

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Investors will need patience as Valeant cleans house.

Abbott Agrees to Buy St. Jude in $25 Billion Deal

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Abbott Laboratories agreed to acquire St. Jude Medical in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $25 billion that merges two of the leading makers of heart-related devices.

Volkswagen Bullish Despite Huge Emissions Costs

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Volkswagen said it expects costs of nearly $9 billion to buy back tainted diesel-powered cars but believes the worst of the emissions crisis is now over.

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