Fed Leaves Door Open to Move as Soon as September

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The Federal Reserve upgraded its assessment of the economy’s performance and said near-term risks to the outlook have diminished, effectively leaving the door open to raise rates later this year, possibly as early as September.

SABMiller Pauses Integration Work With Anheuser-Busch InBev

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SABMiller has paused its integration work with Anheuser-Busch InBev according to a person familiar with the matter, as the London-brewer’s board consults with shareholders over whether AB InBev’s revised offer is acceptable.

What to Watch at the Fed Meeting

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Federal Reserve officials are virtually certain to leave interest rates unchanged at their meeting that wraps up Wednesday, but their policy statement will be scrutinized for any clues to whether a September rate increase is in play.

Bayer Reports Higher Second-Quarter Profit, Raises Guidance

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German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer reported a 19% rise in net profit for the second quarter of 2016, while revising its forecast for the full year.

The Economy Is Again Under the Sway of Asset Prices

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The rise in wealth and asset prices underscores their increasing importance since the 1990s, and how vulnerable the economy remains to any shock that forces a sudden reassessment of their value, Greg Ip writes.

Weibo Navigates 'Brave New World'

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Columnist Li Yuan writes that the transformation of Chinese social-media company Weibo illustrates how discussion today is stifled by a surplus of trivial information and a dearth of critical commentary.

Forrest Mars Jr., Former Co-President of Food Giant, Dies at 84

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Forrest E. Mars Jr., a grandson of the founder of Mars Inc. who pushed to make M&M’s and other treats into global snacks, has died at age 84.

Anthem: Getting Past Cigna Merger Blues

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Cost pressures and merger uncertainty shouldn’t derail Anthem shares for long.

Comcast Revenue Tops Estimates

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Despite fears of cord-cutting and cheaper streaming options, Comcast Corp. said it lost fewer video customers in the second quarter and reported higher revenue from its NBCUniversal cable and broadcast channels.

Aviation Experts Urge Caution on Releasing Self-Driving Cars

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Reducing risk when introducing autonomous-driving vehicles means taking time to allow the technology to mature and providing rigorous training for operators, say aviation safety experts.

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