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Warren Buffett

Buffett says 'sprawl' is good, but may not be good enough

Warren Buffett wants to buy more businesses to add to Berkshire Hathaway Inc's "sprawl," but cautioned it may not keep the company he has run for 50 years from evolving into something rarely used to describe it up until now: average.

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Herbalife Ltd

Herbalife cuts pay of CEO Johnson 36 percent after missed targets

Herbalife Ltd (HLF.N) cut the pay of Chief Executive Michael Johnson 36 percent for 2014 after the nutrition and weight loss company failed to meet performance goals set for him and other top executives, according to a securities filing on Friday.

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Meat Products

China imposes trade restrictions on Canadian beef

China has imposed temporary trade restrictions on Canadian beef and beef products in the wake of Canada's discovery of mad cow disease earlier this month, Canada said on Friday.

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New York Stock Exchange

Jobs report may test market's complacency

The U.S. stock market has been quiet this week - too quiet. Wall Street has traded in a tight range of late, with both volatility and trading volumes drying up as the earnings season winds down and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's recent Congressional testimony delivered no surprises.

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Asian stock market

Global stocks fall on mixed data; oil rebounds

U.S. stocks closed lower on the last trading day of February after mixed U.S. economic data on a day when European stocks hit records and oil prices rebounded for their first monthly gain since June.

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MH-60S Sea Hawk

Lockheed, Sikorsky venture awarded $2.0 billion helicopter support deal

The U.S. Navy has awarded a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) and Sikorsky Helicopter a contract worth $2 billion to service the Navy's H-60 helicopters through Jan. 31, 2020, the Pentagon announced on Friday.

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Iron worker Tyler Brown leans on a safety fence to look at the New York skyline

U.S. economy slowed in fourth quarter, but growth outlook still favorable

U.S. economic growth braked more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter amid a moderate increase in business inventories and a wider trade deficit, but strong domestic demand brightened the outlook.

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U.S. President Barack Obama

Obama struggles with Wall Street to woo Democrats over broker rules

The Obama administration is battling Wall Street to win the support of dozens of Democrat lawmakers over rules that could rein in brokers who handle trillions of dollars in retirement accounts.

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Traders

Wall Street ends down after data; posts strong gains for month

The S&P 500 posted its best monthly gain since October 2011 on Friday, but U.S. stocks ended lower for the day as U.S. economic growth slowed more sharply than initially thought in the fourth quarter.

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Shipping containers

White House sees China as trump card in trade debate

The Obama administration is confident lawmakers will warm up to a proposed Pacific free trade deal on the grounds it is a chance for the United States, rather than China, to dictate the rules of Asian trade, a top official said on Thursday.

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US Dollar Notes

Dollar on track for eighth month of gains on U.S. data, Fed outlook

The dollar index slipped on Friday, pegged back by month-end selling, but was still on track for its eighth straight month of gains on better data and comments from Federal Reserve officials that bolstered bets for a rate rise this year.

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Warren Buffett

Buffett, a cheerleader for America, takes his checkbook abroad

Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders last year, called America "the mother lode of opportunity."

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Barnes & Noble Inc

Barnes & Noble to keep Nook business, spin off college books unit

Barnes & Noble Inc (BKS.N) said it would spin off its college books unit and keep its Nook tablets and e-book business, instead of spinning off a combination of the two.

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IBM

IBM targets $40 billion in cloud, other growth areas by 2018

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N), which ruled computing in the age of the mainframe, is targeting $40 billion in annual revenue from the cloud, big data, security and other growth areas by 2018.

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J.C. Penney

J.C. Penney holiday-quarter adjusted profit misses estimates

Department store chain J.C. Penney Co Inc (JCP.N) reported a lower-than-expected quarterly adjusted profit as it discounted more during the holiday season and invested in store expansions.

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