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Wall Street edges up with Merck, IBM; Nasdaq slips with Apple

- The Dow and S&P 500 inched higher on Tuesday afternoon, helped by strong earnings from Merck and gains in IBM after it boosted its dividend.

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U.S. auto safety regulator poised for action on Takata, Jeep recalls

WASHINGTON - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration expects to be ready to take action within two weeks to accelerate product recalls to reduce the safety risks associated with gas tank fires in older Jeep sport utility vehicles and exploding Takata Corp airbags, the agency's top official said on Tuesday.

Goldman sees $1 trillion lift in 2015 via U.S. stock buybacks, dividends

NEW YORK - Investors will rake in more than $1 trillion in 2015 as U.S. companies increase stock buybacks and boost dividends, Goldman Sachs Group Inc said, with benefits coming soon as many S&P 500 companies exit a blackout period for repurchases next week.

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Citigroup leaders win shareholder support as stock lags

NEW YORK - Citigroup Inc shareholders re-elected directors and overwhelmingly sided with the board on proposals at their annual meeting on Tuesday even as their stock traded for less than the company thinks it is worth.

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MasterCard seen stealing a march on Visa as China opens doors

- MasterCard Inc's strong association with Chinese bank card behemoth UnionPay is expected to help it reap more benefits than larger rival Visa Inc as the country opens up its $7 trillion bank card payments market to foreign players.

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Talks on EU-U.S. trade deal to stretch into 2016: EU says

BERLIN - Talks between the European Union and United States on a transatlantic trade accord will stretch into 2016, the EU's chief negotiator said on Tuesday, adding that the discussions were about to enter a "more difficult" and "intense" stage.

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