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Analysis: Legal woes may spoil Chesapeake's Michigan sale

By Anna Driver and Joshua Schneyer HOUSTON/NEW YORK | Fri Aug 10, 2012 4:31pm EDT HOUSTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Chesapeake Energy's (CHK.N) planned sale of its oil and gas properties in Michigan likely will bring in less cash for operations or even be stymied completely because of probes into how it got the properties in the first place, some analysts say. And any fi...

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Peregrine president set to testify before grand jury next week

CHICAGO | Fri Aug 10, 2012 7:09pm EDT CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Iowa grand jury is expected to hear testimony from Peregrine Financial Group's president next week as it begins considering alleged wrongdoing at the failed futures brokerage. Russell Wasendorf Jr., Peregrine's president and the son of the brokerage's accused chief executive, has been subpoenaed by the grand jury ...

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Chinese data reins in Wall Street, S&P still up for week

By Anna Louie Sussman NEW YORK | Fri Aug 10, 2012 2:31pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks fell on Friday on a raft of weak data from China that signaled a slowing global economy, but the S&P 500 remained on track for a fifth straight week of gains. Data on Chinese trade and bank lending suggested pro-growth policies have been insufficient in the face of weak dema...

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Wall Street to fall on China data, S&P still up for week

NEW YORK | Fri Aug 10, 2012 9:38am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks opened lower on Friday after a far weaker-than-expected rate of growth in Chinese exports, but the S&P 500 remained on track to post its fifth straight week of gains. The Dow Jones industrial average .DJI dropped 38.56 points, or 0.29 percent, to 13,126.63. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index .SPX shed 4...

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Weak China data leads shares, euro lower

LONDON | Fri Aug 10, 2012 3:36am EDT LONDON (Reuters) - Poor Chinese trade data clipped a strong recent run by European shares and the euro on Friday, unwinding some of the gains built since the European Central Bank began to ready fresh action to combat the region's debt woes and limp growth. The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares .FTEU3 was down 0.35 percent at...

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Exclusive: U.S. banks told to make plans for preventing collapse

By Rick Rothacker Fri Aug 10, 2012 12:04am EDT (Reuters) - U.S. regulators directed five of the country's biggest banks, including Bank of America Corp and Goldman Sachs Group Inc, to develop plans for staving off collapse if they faced serious problems, emphasizing that the banks could not count on government help. The two-year-old program, which has been largely secret unt...

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Justice Department drops Goldman financial crisis probe

By David Ingram and Aruna Viswanatha WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 9, 2012 9:45pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department said it will not pursue criminal charges against Goldman Sachs Group Inc or its employees related to accusations that the firm bet against the same subprime mortgage securities it was selling to clients. The decision not to prosecute Goldma...

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S&P 500 extends rally to day five with slim gain

By Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK | Thu Aug 9, 2012 4:24pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Standard & Poor's 500 extended its rally to a fifth day on Thursday, again eking out a tiny gain as lingering expectations for economic stimulus from central banks lent support to a market lacking new catalysts. While the S&P 500 has chalked up three-month highs every day this ...

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S&P 500 up for fifth session; Wall Street near four-year highs

By Angela Moon NEW YORK | Thu Aug 9, 2012 11:47am EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) - Stocks edged slightly higher on Thursday, up for a fifth session, on better-than-expected jobless claims and trade data in the United States and hopes of further stimulus action from China's central bank. The Nasdaq outperformed the broader market, led higher by Cisco Systems Inc after Goldma...

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Jobs, trade data supports modest economic growth

By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON | Thu Aug 9, 2012 10:40am EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for jobless benefits fell last week while the trade deficit in June was the smallest in 1-1/2 years, hopeful signs for the struggling economy. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 361,000, the La...

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