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Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
Hershey to buy Amplify Snack in $1.6 billion bet on healthy snacks - Reuters


(Reuters) - U.S. candy maker Hershey Co (HSY.N) said on Monday it would buy SkinnyPop popcorn maker Amplify Snack Brands (BETR.N) in a deal valued at $1.6 billion, including debt, to gain a firmer footing in the fast-growing market for healthy snacks
Hershey to buy healthy snack maker Amplify for $1.2 billionCBS News
Hershey is getting close to a $1.6 billion deal for SkinnyPop maker AmplifyBusiness Insider
Hershey, Campbell Soup to Buy Fellow Snack BrandsWall Street Journal
KVUE -Benzinga -

Total System Services to pay $1.05 billion for payment-technology company Cayan (MarketWatch MarketPulse)

MarketWatch MarketPulseDec 18, 2017
Boston Properties stock rallies toward 8-month high after dividend hike
Boston Properties Inc. said Monday it will raise its quarterly cash dividend by 6.7% top 80 cents a share from 75 cents a share. The stock rose 0.6% in morning trade, putting it on track to close at an 8-month high. The real estate investment trust said the new dividend is payable Jan. 30 to shareholders of record on Dec. 29. Based on current stock prices, the new annual dividend rate implies a dividend yield of 2.46%, compared with the SPDR Real Estate Select Sector ETF's implied yield of 3.21%. Boston Properties' stock has edged up 3.5% year to date, while the REIT ETF has gained 8.3% and the S&P 500 has climbed 20%.

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U.S. stock indexes open at records on tax cut expectations (MarketWatch MarketPulse)
Twitter stock jumps as J.P. Morgan praises product improvements, profit trajectory (MarketWatch MarketPulse)

MarketWatch MarketPulseDec 18, 2017
Liberty Global's stock rallies after new $2 billion stock buyback program
Liberty Global PLC said it has set a new $2.0 billion stock repurchase program, which it plans to completed by the end of 2018. The program is with respect to the Class A and Class C shares. The TV and broadband company's Class A shares rose 1.4% in morning trade to $33.02, while the C shares gained 1.5% to $32.13. The A shares have gained 7.9% year to date, while the C shares of tacked on 7.9% and the S&P 500 has rallied 20%.

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Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
Coal's Two-Year Rally to End in Europe as China Addiction Fades - Bloomberg


A two-year rally in coal is set to unravel in northwest Europe as China reasserts an anti-pollution drive it eased to keep citizens warm in a frigid winter. Benchmark coal prices will probably fall about 16 percent by the end of next year, capping the
Growth in global coal demand subdued over next five years: IEAReuters
Global coal consumption forecast to slowThe Guardian
'Coal demand to be flat till '22; India coal-fired power output to rise 4%'Business Standard
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MarketWatch Breaking NewsDec 18, 2017
Snyder's-Lance stock surges after Campbell Soup's $4.9 billion buyout deal
Snyder's-Lance stock surges after Campbell Soup's $4.9 billion buyout deal

Why Hershey Just Made a Blockbuster $1.6 Billion Snacks Deal - (Google Business News)

MarketWatchDec 18, 2017
Market Snapshot: Bank rally leads stocks to records on tax-plan optimism
U.S. stocks rise, with major indexes hitting records on growing confidence congressional Republicans will succeed in getting a major tax bill passed this week.

These five moves in the stock market will result from tax reform (MarketWatch)

Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
Bitcoin futures trading just got a lot bigger - CNNMoney


The red hot digital currency hit new highs over the weekend -- and it's now got the weight of the world's biggest exchange operator behind it. Financial market giant CME Group (CME) launched bitcoin futures trading on Sunday evening in the U.S., a week
New Bitcoin-Based Security Bounces in Trading Debut on CMEU.S. News & World Report
Bitcoin hits bigger stage as exchange giant CME launches futuresReuters
Bitcoin trading starts on the huge CME exchangeBBC News
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Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
Toyota to make over 10 battery EV models in early 2020s - CNBC


Toyota Motor on Monday said it will market more than 10 all-electric vehicle models globally in the early 2020s. The investment to develop their batteries is likely to exceed $13 billion through 2030. The world's second-biggest automaker by sales said
Toyota planning 10 purely electric vehicles by 2020sChicago Tribune
Toyota will electrify entire vehicle lineup by 2025TechCrunch
Toyota to Market Over 10 Battery EV Models in Early 2020sU.S. News & World Report
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Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
Campbell Soup to buy snacks company Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 billion - CNBC


Campbell Soup is acquiring snacks company Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 billion in cash, in the 148-year-old soup company's largest deal to date. CNBC had reported Friday that a deal, valued at $50 a share, was in the works. The deal underscores the drive
Campbell Soup (CPB) to Acquire Snyder's-Lance (LNCE) for $50/
Campbell Soup to buy Charlotte-based Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 billionCharlotte Observer
Campbell Soup is buying snacks maker Snyder's-Lance for $4.87 billionMarkets Insider -Zacks Investment Research -

MarketWatch MarketPulseDec 18, 2017
Skinny Pop parent Amplify's Snack stock rockets after $921 million Hershey buyout deal
Shares of Amplify Snack Brands Inc. , the parent of Skinny Pop popcorn, rocketed 71% in premarket trade Monday, after the company agreed to be acquired by Hershey Co. in a deal that gives Amplify a market value of $921 million. Under terms of the deal, Hershey will pay $12.00 in cash for each Amplify share outstanding, which is 71.4% above Friday's closing price of $7.00. Including debt, the deal is valued at $1.6 billion. Hershey said it would fund the deal with cash on hand and new debt, and is not expected to affect Hershey's current credit ratings. Hershey expects the deal to add to adjusted earnings per share in the first year after closing, which is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2018. 'Hershey is a great cultural partner for Amplify and I'm excited for our team who will have access to Hershey's marketing and go-to-market resources to take our brands to the next level,' said Amplify Chief Executive Tom Ennis. Amplify's stock had tumbled 20.5% year to date through Friday, while Hershey shares had gained 10.4% and the S&P 500 had climbed 19.5%.

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Google Market NewsDec 18, 2017
Hershey to acquire Skinny Pop maker for $920M - USA TODAY


Hershey is getting skinny. Candy giant Hershey Co. said Monday that it had reached a deal to acquire the maker of Skinny Pop popcorn, Tyrrells chips and other snack brands. Hershey will pay more than $920 million for Amplify Snack Brands in a move that
Why Hershey Just Made a Blockbuster $1.6 Billion Snacks
Hershey nears $1.6 billion deal to buy Amplify Snacks:
Hershey creates "snacking powerhouse" with $1.6bn acquisition of Tyrrells crisps owner AmplifyCity A.M.
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Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
US futures rise sharply as tax plan optimism boosts sentiment - CNBC


Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, (NYSE) as a screen displays the Dow Jones Industrial Average as it crosses 24,000, in New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. U.S. stock index futures are set for a strong positive open on Monday, on
Tax Reform Propels Global Stocks HigherWall Street Journal

MarketWatchDec 18, 2017
One sure-fire prediction for 2018: Americans will take on even more debt
Consumers have an increasingly complex relationship with credit.

MarketWatchDec 18, 2017
CryptoWatch: CME bitcoin futures are here : What you need to know
After a week of slow but steady trading on Cboe Global Markets, a new player is set to enter the bitcoin futures market on Monday. Here's what you need to know.

Google Business NewsDec 18, 2017
China's Nio takes on Tesla with a car half the price of Model X - CNBC


China's electric vehicle start-up Nio launched its first mass-produced model over the weekend, in a home market marked by competition with companies such as Tesla. The ES8, which starts at 448,000 Chinese yuan ($67,765) is half the starting price of
Chinese Electric-Car Startup NIO Prices Debut Model at $67783Bloomberg
The Fast and the Financed: China's Well-Funded Auto Startups Race to Overtake TeslaWall Street Journal
This is China's answer to the Tesla Model X - at about half the priceSouth China Morning Post
ecns -The National

MarketWatchDec 17, 2017
Capitol Report: Trump lawyer claims Mueller unlawfully obtained tens of thousands of emails
A lawyer representing President Trump's transition team has accused special counsel Robert Mueller of illegally obtaining tens of thousands of emails during his investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian officials.

Google Business NewsDec 17, 2017
Bitcoin debuts on the world's largest futures exchange, and prices fall - CNBC


The launch of the CME bitcoin futures contract comes a week after the first bitcoin futures launched on an established exchange, the Cboe Futures Exchange. Bitcoin CME futures went negative in early trading, a stark contrast from the 19 percent surge
What to Expect From Bitcoin Futures: Expert BlogCointelegraph (Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain News)
Bitcoin Is Now Trading on the World's Largest Futures ExchangeFortune
Bitcoin trading starts on the huge CME exchangeBBC News
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