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    China's state planning agency on Monday released a list of more than 1,000 proposed projects totalling 1.97 trillion yuan that it is inviting private investors to help fund, build and operate. The National Development and Reform Commission said the 1,043 projects, in sectors such as transport, water conservancy and public services, will be done as public-private partnerships.

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    Crude oil futures rose on Monday as firm global demand offset a strong dollar, although a holiday in the United States and much of Europe kept trading muted. Front-month Brent crude gained 53 cents to $65.90 a barrel by 1750 GMT, after touching an intraday low of $64.72. U.S. crude was up 8 cents at $59.80 a barrel.

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    U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is calling for U.S. Department of Labor hearings on whether banks accused of rigging foreign exchange markets should be allowed to manage retirement accounts, the Financial Times reported on Sunday. "When banks plead guilty to a crime, federal agencies must do more than look the other way," Warren told the Financial Times.

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    The U.S. auto safety watchdog, long criticized as toothless and slow, is showing both bark and bite under its new boss - a testimony to his credentials as a safety expert and a hardening of the administration's policy after a wave of deadly defects.

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    OPEC is unlikely to change its production ceiling when the group meets in June, Iran's Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said on Sunday, according to the semi-official Mehr news agency. "Lowering OPEC's production ceiling requires consensus between all members ... under current conditions it seems unlikely that the OPEC production ceiling will change," Zanganeh was quoted as saying.

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    Turns out China's richest man upped his bet that shares of his solar company would take a tumble -- just five days before a massive crash. Li Hejun increased his short position by 796 million shares in Hanergy Thin Film Solar on May 18, according to a stock exchange filing on May 18.

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    U.S. Justice Department investigators have identified criminal wrongdoing in General Motors Co's (GM) failure to disclose a defective ignition switch, and they are negotiating what is expected to be a record penalty, the New York Times reported on Friday. Citing people briefed on the inquiry, the Times said a settlement could be reached as soon as this summer.

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    eLong shares are up 9.4% to $22.59 in trading on Friday after Expedia (EXPE) sold its entire 62.4% stake in the Chinese hotel reservation company to several different companies for $671 million.Expedia (EXPE) first purchased a stake in the company in 2004 and boosted that stake to majority ownership in January 2005.Shanghai-based Ctrip  announced that it had purchased the largest portion of the stake, 37.6%,...

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    Shares of Salesforce.com Inc  are up 2.3% to $74.59 on heavy volume in afternoon trading Friday, following reports that Microsoft Corp (MSFT) offered the company $55 billion to acquire it, according to CNBC's David Faber. The two companies were in "significant" takeover talks earlier this month that ended over price. The cloud computing provider is no longer in takeover talks with Microsoft (MSFT), CNBC added.

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    - Microsoft Corp (MSFT) and Salesforce.com Inc (CRM) held "significant talks" this spring but could not reach a deal over pricing, CNBC reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Microsoft (MSFT) was willing to offer about $55 billion for the world's biggest maker of online sales software. Salesforce shares rose as much as 4 percent to $75.88 in afternoon trading.

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    Expedia (EXPE) has taken a pause in its consolidation of the online travel industry by divesting its 62.4% stake in Chinese booking company eLong for $671 million. Expedia announced the sale Friday. Travel and accommodations companies Ctrip.com International (CTRP), Keystone Lodging, Plateno Group and Luxuriant are the purchasers. Shares of eLong surged $4.66, or 22.5%, to $25.31 on Friday morning.

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    Quest Diagnostics Inc. (DGX) shares have run up to an all-time high in intraday trading on heavy volume, and are on an early track to post the second-biggest price gain in the diagnostic testing company's history. The stock, which was halted for volatility from between 10:33: 47 a.m. Eastern to 10:39: 11 a.m., jumped as much as 20% earlier to a high of$ 89, before paring gains.

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    Shares of Nokia (NOK) are falling 1.36% to $7.24 in Friday's morning trading after the company's CEO Rajeev Suri said while the mapping unit HERE had attracted "significant interest," the Finnish telecoms giant is waiting for higher bids, The Wall Street Journal reported. Suri said the company is giving it more time, according to European Communications.