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Demand for a piece of LinkedIn Corp., an online networking service, is so intense that the 8-year-old company is expected to make its stock market debut Thursday with a value of at least $4 billion. That would make LinkedIn's initial public offering of stock the biggest by a U.S. Internet company since Google Inc., went public in 2004, according to the research firm Renaissance Capital.

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Sprint Nextel Corp., once last in customer satisfaction among the Big 4 national wireless carriers, now has the happiest subscribers, along with long-time leader Verizon Wireless, according to a survey released Tuesday. The American Customer Satisfaction Index also shows tentative declines in customer satisfaction at the other two big carriers, AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA.

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Wal-Mart offereda cautious second-quarter earnings outlook because of a new headache: It's worried its low-income customers will spend less at its stores as gasoline hovers around $4 a gallon. Wal-Mart is a bellwether of consumer spending and accounts for nearly 10 percent of all nonautomotive retail dollars spent in the U.S.

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Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told Nissan executives and workers Tuesday that the Obama administration wants consumers to be able to get a tax rebate at dealerships when they buy electric cars.

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Closing all its A.J. Wright stores and reopening many as TJMaxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods stores pulled TJX Cos.' net income down 20 percent in the first quarter.

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JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s shareholders meeting Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio were greeted by heavy security and hundreds of people outside and in protesting mortgage foreclosure policies. "Do you believe in the same God I believe in?" Dawn Dannenbring asked CEO Jamie Dimon. "That's a hard one to answer," he replied.

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"I'm actually a little surprised at how fast they're coming down."

Mike Dean, a managing director with Fitch Ratings, reacting to reports that banks reported late payments and defaults on card balances hit new multi-year lows for April.

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The increase over a year agoin first-quarter net income for Saks Inc., a signal that luxury spending is rebounding.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Ford Motor Co. says it will spend $72 million to expand an engine plant in India, creating more than 300 jobs. Much of central China is enduring its worst energy shortages in years, a problem worsening as drought dries up rivers, reducing hydroelectric capacity.

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