Conflict-Mineral Audits Barely Scratch Surface

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Only four out of 1,300 U.S.-listed companies sought external audits of their efforts to root out so-called conflict minerals in their supply chains, according to a new study.

Shippers Urge Alliance Approval

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Senior executives from container-shipping giants Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping flew to Washington last week to allay any doubts the Federal Maritime Commission may have over their proposed alliance.

The Musk Family Plan for Global Energy

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Tesla's Elon Musk and SolarCity's Lyndon Rive are cousins—and business partners. If they can achieve their shared vision, the result will be a transformation of energy infrastructure, Christopher Mims writes.

Bayer to Seek Plastics IPO

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Bayer plans to seek an initial public offering of stock for its plastics business and focus on the company's more profitable life-sciences operations.

Bass Pro Shops Hunts for Funds

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Bass Pro Shops, a retailer of fishing, hunting and other outdoor gear, has hired an investment bank and is considering various alternatives for raising funds, according to people familiar with the matter.

British Pound Rises on Scotland Survey

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The British pound rose against the dollar after a postelection survey of Scottish voters showed them leaning toward staying in the U.K.

Lenders Turning to High-Interest Personal Loans

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In a bid to boost revenue squeezed by new regulations, lenders are turning to high-interest personal loans, a market in which they face stiff competition from upstart rivals.

Exxon, Linn Energy to Swap More Assets

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Exxon Mobil Corp. and Linn Energy LLC agreed to a non-monetary asset swap that will expand the presence of Exxon subsidiary XTO Energy Inc. in the Permian Basin and increase Linn's interests in California.

Home Depot Breach Bigger Than Target's

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Home Depot said 56 million cards may have been compromised in a five-month attack on its payment terminals, making the breach much bigger than the holiday attack at Target.

Nike Shareholders Concerned About Sponsorships

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Nike executives fielded concerns about risks in athletic endorsements at their annual shareholder meeting in the wake of several high-profile suspensions of sponsored athletes for violent behavior.

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