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A BIG DEAL: The parent of the New York Stock Exchange announced that it plans to sell itself to IntercontinentalExchange, a lesser-known exchange operator based in Atlanta.
DYSTOPIA: Shares for book publisher Scholastic slipped after it reported lower quarterly profit and revenue. The company was hurt by fading demand for the best-selling "Hunger Games" trilogy and weaker sales of its profitable education technology.
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