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Mid-Day Minute - August 21.

<h1>Bernanke says prospects for return to global growth good</h1>

U.S. Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke on Friday offered his clearest signal yet that he thinks a global recovery is at hand, but warned growth would be sluggish and unemployment stubbornly high. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>Pace of U.S. existing home sales fastest in 2 years</h1>

Sales of previously owned U.S. homes jumped 7.2 percent in July to mark the fastest pace in nearly two years, a survey showed on Friday, in a strong sign that housing is pulling out of a three-year slump. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>Ex-UBS banker turned informant jailed over tax case</h1>

Bradley Birkenfeld, a key informant in the U.S. tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS&nbsp;, was sentenced to three years and four months in prison on Friday by a federal court judge in Florida. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>GM leans toward Magna for Opel deal: sources</h1>

General Motors is leaning toward picking Canada's Magna International&nbsp;and its Russian partners -- Germany's favored suitors -- as preferred buyers for the Opel business in Europe, sources close to the matter said on Friday. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>Chrysler deputy CEO Press to leave post: report</h1>

Chrysler Group LLC Deputy Chief Executive Jim Press will leave the automaker by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>Yahoo wins court ruling over webcasting fees</h1>

A federal appeals court in New York ruled that a Yahoo Inc Internet radio service is not required to pay fees to copyright holders of songs it plays, a defeat for Sony Corp's BMG Music. Read Full Article here. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h2>Oil hits 2009 high above $74 on economic optimism</h2>

Oil rose more than $1 to trade above $74 a barrel on Friday as data in the United States promised economic recovery and a potential revival in energy demand. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>JM Smucker profit tops market, shares up</h1>

J.M. Smucker Co&nbsp;, known for its peanut-butter and jelly, posted a quarterly profit that easily topped market expectations, helped by strong results at its Folgers business, and expected its full-year profit at the higher end of its outlook, sending its shares up 3 percent. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>AnnTaylor profit tops views, but outlook tempered</h1>

Women's clothing retailer AnnTaylor Stores Corp&nbsp;reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Friday, helped by improved merchandise at its LOFT stores and cost cuts. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.

<h1>China Mobile keen on deals with Taiwan firms</h1>

China Mobile, the world's largest mobile carrier, aims to sign a series of deals with key Taiwanese firms this week, helping them gain access into China's rapidly growing telecoms market. <a href="">Read Full Article here</a>.
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Date:Aug 21, 2009
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