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Wall Street yawns as deal news offsets data; Herbalife sinks

NEW YORK - Stocks ended nearly flat on Monday as the latest deal news offset losses following discouraging data on the housing market and some signs of weakness in the services sector.

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Darden CEO steps down amid food fight with investors

- Darden Restaurants Inc's food fight with activist investors Barington Capital Group LP and Starboard Value LP entered a new phase on Monday, when the company said Clarence Otis would step down as chairman and chief executive officer.

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Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar to stave off competition

- Dollar Tree Inc agreed to buy rival discount chain Family Dollar Stores Inc for $8.5 billion to fend off growing competition from Wal-Mart Stores Inc and fellow discounter Dollar General Corp . | Video

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Exclusive: Goldman moves executive to new role building ETFs

NEW YORK - Goldman Sachs Group Inc has moved an executive from its trading division to its investment-management division to launch a business that will sponsor exchange-traded funds and sell them to retail clients through third parties, according to a memo and people familiar with the matter.

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Argentina to hold last-gasp debt talks with mediator Tuesday

BUENOS AIRES/NEW YORK - Argentina will on Tuesday meet the U.S. mediator in its battle with 'holdout' debt investors suing the country for last-minute talks to avert a second default this century, but hopes for a deal are fading fast.

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Court orders Russia to pay $50 billion for seizing Yukos assets

MOSCOW/LONDON/AMSTERDAM - An international arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos, the former oil giant whose ex-owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell foul of the Kremlin. | Video

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