NBCU Plans to Launch Comedy Video Service

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Comcast’s NBCUniversal is aiming to launch a comedy-focused subscription Web video service later this year, as interest grows in reaching young online viewers who don’t watch traditional TV.

Investors Balk at Deals for Specialty Retailers

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The recent collapse of private-equity buyouts of Chico’s and Express Inc. signal that investors and lenders are growing increasingly wary of specialty retailers.

Tech Firms Buy Up Property

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Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are on a real-estate buying binge, paying premium prices to make sure they have enough space for future expansion.

SUV Sales Plow Through February

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Poor weather modestly dented the pace of U.S. auto sales in February, but did little to stem America’s increasing thirst for pricey trucks and SUVs.

Bristow Takes a Tilt on New Choppers

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Bristow Group said it had secured purchase rights on the new AW609 aircraft being developed by AgustaWestland, vehicles that can fly like a plane and hover like a helicopter.

NBC News Bringing in New Leadership

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NBC News is bringing in new leadership after several high-profile stumbles, according to a senior executive familiar with the situation, with Andrew Lack, a former president of NBC News, in talks to take a senior role in the division

Yellen Scolds Wall Street on Culture, Ethics

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen raised concerns about the state of Wall Street’s culture and ethics, echoing similar comments from other regulatory officials and increasing pressure on the biggest U.S. banks to improve.

Smells Like Teen Dispirit

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Ahead of the Tape: Investors are bracing for more teen angst when Abercrombie & Fitch Co. and American Eagle Outfitters Inc. report fiscal full-year results on Wednesday.

BlackRock Toughens Stance on Boards

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BlackRock for the first time signaled it may oppose U.S. board members’ re-election over such issues as excessive tenure, poor short-term attendance and corporate bylaw changes that ignore investor rights.

Is There a Case for Actively Managed Fund Investing?

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Many investors have switched to low-cost index funds, but some stick with actively managed funds, hoping to beat the market. Two experts debate both approaches.

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