Oil Prices Fall After OPEC Stays Put

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OPEC members agreed to stick to the oil-producer group’s existing output target—a move that would require modest cuts in production but which stops well short of the stronger action some members had called for to bolster prices.

Rio Tinto Committed to Higher Investor Returns

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Rio Tinto PLC said it was committed to giving significantly more money back to shareholders in 2015 despite a sharp slide in iron-ore prices.

In Thailand, Firms Add Apprentices

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An increasing number of companies in Thailand, including many in the auto industry, are rolling out apprenticeship programs aimed at beefing up the country’s workforce.

For Retail, a Mix of Hope and Fear

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The U.S. economy has grown strongly since stumbling at the beginning of the year. The holiday shopping season will help determine if 2014 ends with a bang.

Firm Makes Water-Jet Bet

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American Industrial Partners bets it can transform ’water-jet technology,’ which slices through glass, metal and granite, into a bigger and faster-growing business.

Wal-Mart Makes Cuts in China

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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is cutting nearly 30 directors and midlevel managers in China, where the retailer is pushing to contain costs and improve slumping sales.

E.On to Sell Spanish Assets

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German power utility E.ON has agreed to sell its Spanish assets to Australia’s Macquarie Group and Kuwait’s sovereign-wealth fund in a deal worth $3.1 billion.

Outbrain Files for Possible Nasdaq Listing

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Outbrain, a pioneer in native advertising—ads that are meant to be more integrated into a website—filed confidentially earlier this month for preliminary approval to list on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Rémy Cointreau Takes a Bet on China

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The French drinks maker is convinced that ultra-rich Chinese will again sip from the world’s most expensive bottles of cognac following a slump in demand that stems from an anticorruption campaign.

Berkley California has approved a tax on sugared soft drinks. Is this a good idea?
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