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 Campbell Soup winds down Labels for Education program
The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 11, 2016 Thursday

 Campbell Soup Co. is winding down its 42-year-old Labels for Education program because of declining participation, the company said on the program's website.  The Labels for Education site said the program had paid for than $110 million in school supplies at tens of thousands of schools across the United States.
 Burger King to start serving hot dogs
Newsday (New York), February 11, 2016 Thursday

 What does a hot dog taste like when it comes from the Home of the Whopper? Find out on Feb. 23, when Burger King starts serving flame-grilled hot dogs in all U.S. locations, starting with an all-beef classic for $1.99 and a chili cheese dog for $2.29.
 Asahi Offers to Buy Two Brands of Beer SABMiller Wants to Unload
The New York Times, February 11, 2016 Thursday

 Asahi Group Holdings of Japan said on Wednesday that it had made a binding offer to buy the beer brands Peroni and Grolsch, as well as certain European operations of SABMiller, for 2.55 billion euros, or about $2.9 billion. Anheuser-Busch InBev is hoping the sale will help to ease regulators' concerns about its nearly $103 billion merger with SABMiller, which owns the Peroni and Grolsch brands.
 Mylan in $7.2 Billion Deal for Meda, a Swedish Drug Maker
The New York Times, February 11, 2016 Thursday

 After several attempts a few years ago to acquire Meda, a Swedish drug maker, Mylan finally found the price to solidify a deal: $7.2 billion. Mylan said on Wednesday that it would acquire Meda for cash and stock worth 165 Swedish krona a share, or a 92 percent premium to where the stock closed on the Nasdaq Stockholm on Feb. 10, according to a statement issued by the companies on Wednesday. Including Meda's debt, the deal is valued at $9.9 billion.
 Carlyle Group Reports Drop in Profit and Announces Stock Buyback
The New York Times, February 11, 2016 Thursday

 The Carlyle Group on Wednesday announced its first stock buyback as it tries to counter the perception, heightened by turbulent markets, that the boom in private equity is over. The private equity giant, based in Washington, reported that profit in the fourth quarter -- a measure that includes gains that have not been realized -- fell by 59 percent, to $73 million, compared with the same period a year earlier.   The gain amounted to 24 cents a share, lower than the 31 cents a share expected in...
 Struggle at Sears goes on
The Seattle Times, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 Sears Holdings shares slid to 13-year lows Tuesday as the retailer disclosed disappointing holiday sales and announced plans to speed up store closures.
 COMPANY TOWN; Time Warner seeks a lift from its films; Flops by Warner Bros. weigh on the firm's earnings; a turnaround is expected this year.
Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2016 Thursday

 Warner Bros. -- and all of Time Warner Inc. -- is hoping its caped crusaders can banish the studio's box-office blues. "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" arrives in theaters in late March, potentially giving Warner Bros. a much-needed lift. The Hollywood studio's theatrical woes put a drag on the financial results of its parent company, Time Warner, during the fourth quarter of 2015.
 Sears to accelerate its store closing plan; Retailer had bleak holiday, seeking $300M from asset sale
Chicago Tribune, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 Sears says it will accelerate plans to close unprofitable stores and will consider additional staff cuts as it tries to stem the red ink after what it called a "challenging" holiday selling season. Sears Holdings on Tuesday said fourth-quarter sales in stores open at least a year fell 7.2 percent in Kmart stores and 6.9 percent at Sears stores, despite the company entering the holiday period "with key product offerings and promotions intended to build engagement with our members and provide...
 E-commerce companies turning to physical sites; Such moves help customers discover online brands
Chicago Tribune, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 In recent years, a rash of e-commerce companies from Warby Parker to Bonobos have opened stores. Three key forces are driving this trend. Malls, keen to find new tenants as struggling traditional retailers close stores, see online merchants as potential traffic drivers. E-commerce companies have discovered that a physical location helps consumers discover their brand.
 Coke's profit up despite diet decline
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 Despite a continued slump by Diet Coke in North America, Coca-Cola's biggest business --- sodas --- ended the year in positive territory.
 US Foods files for IPO
Chicago Sun-Times, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 US Foods intends to raise at least $100 million in an initial public offering of stock.  The Rosemont foodservice distributor wants to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "USFD," according to its Securities and Exchange Commission filing.
 15 big companies face a dismal year; Profit forecasts for these firms -- almost all of them in the energy sector -- have been slashed by 100% or more
USA TODAY, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 Here's a dismal and dark reality to 2016: It's not looking so hot. There are 15 stocks in the Standard & Poor's 500, almost entirely energy companies -- such as Devon Energy, Cabot Oil & Gas and ConocoPhillips -- that analysts have downgraded by 100% or more what they expect the companies to earn on an adjusted basis for calendar 2016, according to a USA TODAY analysis of data from S&P Global Market Intelligence.
 Wall St. Slips as Markets Abroad Fall
The New York Times, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 Stocks extended their three-day losing streak Tuesday, closing slightly lower after spending most of the day wavering between gains and losses. Energy companies led the decline as the price of United States crude oil sank nearly 6 percent to about $28 a barrel.   The market's bumpy ride followed a slide in European stock indexes and steep losses in Japan, reflecting rising anxiety among investors that the global economy is slowing.
 Monsanto Will Pay $80 Million to S.E.C.
The New York Times, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 Monsanto will pay $80 million in penalties to the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims that it misstated earnings after failing to properly account for the costs of a sales rebate program for its flagship herbicide product, Roundup.
 Barclays Hires JPMorgan Chase Veteran as Chief Operating Officer
The New York Times, February 10, 2016 Wednesday

 LONDON -- James E. Staley, the new Barclays chief executive, has turned to another veteran of JPMorgan Chase, his former employer, to fill out the bank's executive ranks.
 Natural gas;Chesapeake's shares recover some ground ;Stock plunges more than 50 percent until energy company says that it 'has no plans to pursue bankruptcy';
The Houston Chronicle, February 9, 2016 Tuesday Correction Appended

 Chesapeake Energy Corp., the nation's second-largest natural gas producer after Exxon Mobil Corp., saw its shares fall 51 percent early Monday after reports that it hired bankruptcy attorneys at Kirkland & Ellis.
 Starboard plans to sell more of its Darden stock
Orlando Sentinel (Florida), February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 Starboard Value plans to sell another $153 million worth of Darden stock, the second time this year that the hedge fund has cut its stake in the Orlando-based restaurant company.
 Pemex Chief Steps Down as Oil Prices Keep Falling
The New York Times, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 MEXICO CITY -- The chief executive of Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex, Emilio Lozoya Austin, stepped down on Monday, a casualty of the energy giant's struggle with collapsing oil prices and declining production.
 JPMorgan Backs Geithner's Investments With Warburg Pincus
The New York Times, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 Timothy F. Geithner has joined fellow Warburg Pincus partners in securing financing to make personal investments in the private equity firm's funds. Mr. Geithner, the former Treasury secretary who joined Warburg two years ago as its president, has a line of credit with JPMorgan Chase, according to a December filing with New York State.
 Allianz Global Investors to Buy Rogge Global Partners
The New York Times, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 LONDON -- The investment manager Allianz Global Investors said on Monday that it had agreed to acquire Rogge Global Partners, a fixed-income firm in London, for an undisclosed amount.
 Chipotle Outlines Food Safety to Workers and Message for Public
The New York Times, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 Chipotle Mexican Grill closed its more than 2,000 restaurants for four hours on Monday to hold a ''virtual'' town hall meeting with its employees about steps it said it was taking to improve food safety and regain consumers' trust. ''People will come back,'' Steve Ells, the company's founder and co-chief executive, told more than 50,000 employees, who were connected to Chipotle's Denver headquarters via video.
 Verizon considering bid for Yahoo's assets
USA TODAY, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 Verizon is considering a bid for Yahoo and reportedly has AOL CEO Tim Armstrong exploring the deal. The telecommunications giant has given Armstrong, who heads the AOL unit acquired by Verizon in May for $4.4 billion, a chief role in preliminary discussions on a bid for Yahoo's assets, according to Bloomberg, citing a person close to the situation.
 For these 29 companies, time is running out; U.S.-based firms on list of 218 companies with lowest credit ratings, negative outlooks
USA TODAY, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 Tick, tock. Time is running down fast for a number of companies. There are now 218 companies globally that are considered to be "weakest links," or those with the lowest credit ratings (B- or lower) that also have negative outlooks, Standard & Poor's Ratings Services says. These are the companies that are rapidly careening toward the point of financial pressure where default becomes more likely.
 Apple or Alphabet: Which one's for you?; Investors favoring Alphabet, but Apple may be the better bet
USA TODAY, February 9, 2016 Tuesday

 Apple and Google parent Alphabet are battling with each other to be the world's most valuable company. Investors just want to know which one will be the most valuable in their portfolios.
 Chrysler recalls 500,000 Dodge Chargers because they may fall when tire is changed;
The Houston Chronicle, February 7, 2016 Sunday Correction Appended

 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling almost 505,000 2011-16 Dodge Chargers, including about 442,000 in the United States, because the vehicle might fall off the jack when a tire is being changed, according to a report by the automaker posted Saturday on the website of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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