Wisconsin Energy Corp. became the latest utility to seek growth through consolidation with a $5.7 billion offer for Integrys Energy Group Inc., a deal that will almost double its customer base.
Record reliance on temporary employees in the U.S. will be a help for the companies that provide them, according to Mark S. Marcon, a Robert W. Baird & Co. analyst.
U.S. stocks rose, with benchmark indexes at record levels, amid better-than-forecast data on service industries before a European Central Bank decision on stimulus and a monthly employment report.
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