Cheung Kong, Hutchison Whampoa Seek $7.1 Billion Loan

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Bankers have been asked to commit to the huge loan to finance Li Ka-shing’s spinoff of his real-estate assets from the two companies, people with knowledge of the deal said.

Russia Rating Slips to Junk, Hurting Ruble

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Russia’s fractured economy suffered another potential blow Monday after credit-rating firm Standard & Poor’s cut the country’s credit rating to junk.

EasyJet Sales Rise

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EasyJet said first-quarter sales grew 3.8% and that revenue-per-seat sold will be stronger in the first six months than expected as the budget airline also benefits from lower than projected fuel costs.

The Business Side of Animal Rights

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Animal-welfare advocates are courting proxy advisory firms as a new Wall Street ally as they take on big U.S. meatpackers. The pitch: Mistreatment of animals can pose a risk to business.

Microsoft's Windows Shows Its Age

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Microsoft said the stronger dollar and a shift to Web-based software cut into its sales of Windows, Office and computer-server products to corporations.

Pork Prices Drop as Hog Herds Recover

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U.S. hogs are trading at the lowest prices in four years as herds have bounced back from a deadly virus. The price slide is benefiting consumers, who are paying less for ham, bacon and other pork products.

Proxy Battle Puts Focus on DuPont Earnings

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DuPont will detail fourth-quarter earnings and project profits for the year ahead—but how much weight investors should put on the forecast depends these days on whom you ask.

Asia's Insurers Sing for Sales

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When insurance agents in Indonesia try to “evoke a new spirit,” it isn’t a religious matter. They are revving up to do battle for customers—in song.

Yuan Falls Sharply

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China’s yuan fell to its weakest level in seven months, pushed lower by the central bank as Beijing adds to measures aimed at spurring growth.

Post to Buy MOM Brands for $1.15B

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Post Holdings Inc. has agreed to buy privately held MOM Brands Co. for $1.15 billion in a deal that will add Malt-O-Meal and Frosted Mini Spooners to Post’s cache of cereal brands.

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