Wall Street Journal - US Business News
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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 4:09pm
FDA staff said a proposed sleep drug from Merck was effective, but questioned the safety of the product's higher doses. Merck is seeking FDA approval of a drug called suvorexant to treat insomnia. The product will be reviewed Wednesday by an FDA advisory committee.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 4:07pm
Plains Exploration & Production's shareholders Monday approved a $6.5 billion merger with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold, overcoming earlier pressure to reject the deal.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:59pm
Campbell Soup posted higher earnings as its U.S. soup sales rose 14%, the largest quarterly gain in nearly five years.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:51pm
Next month, iShares, the largest ETF provider by assets, will do something it hasn't done in more than a decade: close one of its 290 ETFs. Experts say that highlights the complications that arise when funds drop out.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:39pm
John Malone's international cable business, Liberty Global, has put its Chellomedia TV-channel business up for sale. The business could fetch between $800 million and $1 billion.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:24pm
Russia's slowing economy is leading to a flood of Russian diesel flowing to Europe, which could force a new round of European refinery closures.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:17pm
Pharmaceutical investor Royalty Pharma raised its multibillion-dollar takeover bid for Elan, increasing pressure on the drug maker to rebuild its business and secure its independence.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:10pm
Dell sent another letter to Carl Icahn and Southeastern Asset Management seeking more information about their takeover proposal, reiterating that it can't engage in talks before determining whether the proposal is credible.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 3:06pm
Analysts say it is too close to call the outcome of Tuesday's crucial J.P. Morgan shareholder vote that could result in the separation of the bank's chairman and chief executive positions.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 2:25pm
Deborah Turness was named president of NBC News, as expected. The 46-year-old is the first woman to lead a U.S. broadcast news division.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 1:51pm
General Electric said GE Capital's board approved a $6.5 billion dividend payment to the conglomerate, which reflects 30% of the financial arm's planned 2013 earnings.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 1:41pm
What's underneath the hood of the latest Xbox videogame console represents a multiyear odyssey of trying to figure out how to keep the machine "cool."
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 12:28pm
Chesapeake Energy tapped Robert Douglas Lawler, a 46-year-old executive at Anadarko Petroleum, to succeed Chesapeake co-founder Aubrey McClendon as CEO of the nation's second-largest natural-gas producer.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:57am
U.K.-listed miner Kazakhmys, the largest shareholder in Eurasian Natural Resources Corp., said it would be willing to consider an offer for ENRC, marking its first response since ENRC rejected an initial $2.2 billion offer.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:57am
Stephen King has no plans for a digital edition of his new book, "Joyland," hoping to get more people to shop for it in a physical bookstore.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:48am
France's Danone and China Mengniu Dairy struck a deal to expand yogurt production in China. Danone will have a 20% stake in the venture and buy an an indirect 4% stake in Mengniu.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 11:35am
While rising labor costs have become almost routine for global mining firms, locals in Brazil have been willing to take lower-level jobs such as operating a conveyor belt for less than $10,000 a year.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 10:06am
An independent Scotland would have banking assets worth more than 1,250% of Scottish gross domestic product, putting taxpayers at significant risk in the event of another banking crisis, the U.K. Treasury said Sunday.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 9:50am
In a deal that highlights shifting power in technology, Yahoo has agreed to pay $1.1 billion for Tumblr, a blogging site with little revenue but more than 100 million users.
Mon, 05/20/2013 - 8:48am
Boeing and its customers are refocusing on fixing more technical issues that affect the reliability of the 787 jet, as the aircraft resumes commercial flights after battery woes that led to a global grounding.