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    Ashford Hospitality Prime Inc. (AHP) shares rose 2% in premarket trade, after the company said it is exploring its strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. The real estate investment trust said it has hired Deutsche Bank to act as financial adviser. "We do not believe Ashford Prime's current share price accurately reflects the company's intrinsic value," Chief Executive Monty Bennett said in a statement.

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    Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS), which reported a quarterly profit that beat market expectations on Friday, said bad loans in the energy sector climbed as the oil price selloff took a toll. Shares of Scotiabank, Canada's third-largest bank, were down nearly 1 percent in mid-afternoon trading.

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    U.S. private equity firm Carlyle is in advanced talks about buying Innovation Group (INVGF) for 40 pence a share in cash, valuing its equity at almost 500 million pounds, the British software company said on Friday. Innovation, which provides software and services to help insurers process claims, said the talks may or may not lead to a deal.

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    Growing demand for more information about the products we buy could mean the end of the simple barcode - the blocks of black and white stripes that adorn most objects for sale and are scanned five billion times a day.

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    World oil prices roared back to $50 a barrel in the second day of a frenetic short-covering rally on Friday, with violence in Yemen, a storm in the Gulf and refinery outages helping extend the biggest two-day rally in six years. Oil had tumbled in tandem with stocks over much of the past week, hitting 6-1/2-year lows below $40 a barrel as Chinese financial tumult stoked fears of slowing growth.

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    Hedge fund mogul William Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings portfolio fell 13.1 percent this month, leaving the fund down 4.3 percent for the year, the firm said on Thursday. The performance numbers cover returns through Tuesday, Aug. 25. On Wednesday, Ackman told investors that his firm's roughly 10 percent gain through July had turned into a loss amid the market rout.

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    Amgen Inc. (AMGN) shares ticked up slightly in the extended session Thursday after the biotech company said the Food and Drug Administration approved its new cholesterol treatment. Amgen (AMGN) shares rose 0.5% to $156.56. The company said the treatment, Repatha, lowers "bad" cholesterol by blocking a protein that reduces the liver's ability to remove it from the blood.

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    * Cuts FY adj. profit forecast for second time. * Q2 rev $609.5 mln vs est. * To buy SeeControl, an enterprise Internet of Things platform. Autodesk Inc (ADSK), the maker of computer-aided design software, cut its full-year profit and revenue forecast for the second time this year, sending its shares down 7 percent.

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    Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX) said late Thursday it "welcomes constructive input" from shareholders, in response to news earlier Thursday that activist investor Carl Icahn had taken a stake in the mining company. Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) shares jumped another 19% to $12.16 after hours as Icahn disclosed he'd taken a and felt shares were undervalued. Earlier in the day, Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) said it was, sending shares up nearly 29% to close at $10.19.

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    Hedge fund mogul William Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings portfolio fell 13.1 percent this month, leaving the fund down 4.3 percent for the year, the firm said on Thursday. The performance numbers cover returns through Tuesday, Aug. 25. On Wednesday, Ackman told investors that his firm's roughly 10 percent gain through July had turned into a loss amid the market rout.

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     Ulta Salon shares are up by 4.84% to $168 in after-hours trading on Thursday, following the release of the beauty retailer's second quarter earnings results today. The Bolingbrook, IL-based company reported second quarter net income of $74.2 million, or $1.15 per share on revenue that increased 19.4% to $877 million for the most recent quarter.

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    Legendary investor Carl Icahn has set his sights on miner Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX), saying the company shares are undervalued and that he plans on having discussions about executive pay and capital expenditures, according to a filing. Icahn also said his fund may seek representation on the company's board. Shares of Freeport McMoRan (FCX) surged 18% in late- trading Thursday, after ending the day up 29%.

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    Shares of GameStop Corp. (GME) gained in Thursday's extended trade after the videogame retailer posted stronger-than- expected quarterly results. GameStop (GME) reported second-quarter earnings rose to $25.3 million, or 24 cents a share, from$ 24.6 million, or 22 cents a share, a year earlier. On an adjusted basis, the company earned 31 cents a share, ahead of 24 cents a share forecast by analysts in a FactSet survey.

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    The Michaels Co. shares closed trading up by 6.65% to $25.51 on Thursday afternoon, following the release of the company's 2015 second quarter earnings results. The Irving, TX-based arts and crafts specialty retailer reported second quarter earnings of $35.7 million, or 17 cents per share on revenue that rose 4% year over year to $984.3 million.

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     New Gold (NGD) shares are up by 7.18% to $2.09 in afternoon trading on Thursday, after the company announced the sale of its 30% stake in the El Morro mining project to Goldcorp (GG) for $90 million. New Gold will also receive a 4% stream on gold production from the El Morro property in Chile and had its $93 million carried funding loan canceled as part of the sale.