Wells Fargo Eyes GE Commercial Lender

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Wells Fargo is in talks to buy all or part of General Electric’s biggest lending operation, a move that could help the San Francisco bank extend its lead in helping to finance midsize businesses.

New Data Plans Challenge Wireless Carriers

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U.S. wireless carriers in the middle of a price war have been able to take refuge in one fact: Subscribers are often paying for more data than they use. Now that bulwark is under attack as well.

France's Move to Gain Clout at Renault Roils Key Alliance

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The French government’s bid to expand its voting control at Renault is roiling the delicate balance of power in the car maker’s partnership with Nissan Motor, one of the auto-industry’s most successful cross-border alliances.

EU Targets Russian Gas Giant

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The European Union plans to file formal antitrust charges against Russia’s Gazprom.

Halliburton Hurt by Lower Oil Prices

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Halliburton, planning more layoffs, reported a loss for the first quarter as the oil-field service provider continues to feel the impact from lower oil prices.

Hedge Funds Hawk Single-Bet Deals

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Hedge-fund managers are slashing their stiff fees for those willing to take a leap of faith on a single, concentrated investment idea. Nelson Peltz’s Trian Fund Management used the approach recently to build its stake in DuPont.

Bristol-Myers Drug Combination Shows Promise

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A combination of Bristol-Myers’s Opdivo and Yervoy was significantly more effective in stifling tumors in melanoma patients in a study than using just one of the treatments alone.

Alternate Routes in China

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Some companies are cutting prices and ramping up incentives in China as intense competition takes some shine off the world’s largest car market.

KPN Sells Belgian Unit

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KPN is selling BASE to Telenet for $1.42 billion, allowing the Dutch telecom firm to focus on its integrated access strategy in the Netherlands.

Opportunities in Commodities Open Up

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Investors are tiptoeing back into commodities ranging from crude oil to copper to sugar, fueled by signs the global economy is healing and a pause in the U.S. dollar’s rally.

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