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In the news: Dollar General extends offer for Family Dollar, Musk drops hints about 'the D'

Thursday headlines include: Dollar General extending its offer for Family Dollar, Coca-Cola changing its executive compensation plan, Sears selling rights to its stake in Sears Canada, Tesla founder Elon Musk hinting about “unveiling” the “D”, and a judge ruling that Citigroup and Wells Fargo will have to face a trial in connection with credit bureau reporting.

Dollar General

Discount retailer Dollar General (DG) extended its tender offer for shares of Family Dollar (FDO) by more than three weeks. Dollar General is offering to buy shares for $80 per share. Family Dollar's board is sticking with its choice to merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR) for $74.50 per share, but the board has yet to call a meeting that would allow shareholders to accept or reject that deal.

Coca-Cola

Beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) is changing its executive compensation plan after it was widely criticized by a number of investors and analysts, including Warren Buffett. The company will contract the number of executives eligible to receive shares under the company's long-term compensation program, opting to pay other executives with cash bonuses. Coke is also changing the plan to make more the equity awards payable as performance shares as opposed to stock options.

Sears Holdings

Struggling retailer Sears Holdings (SHLD) is selling its business in Canada in order to raise money it needs to keep funding its other operations. After apparently being unable to find another buyer, the company's board approved a rights offering to shareholders of most of the company's 51 percent stake in Sears Canada. The offer covers up to 40 million shares. After the sale, Sears will hold about 12 million shares of Sears Canada, worth about $113 million.

Tesla Motors

Elon Musk, the CEO and founder of electric car firm Tesla Motors (TSLA) said in a tweet Wednesday that it is “about time to unveil the D and something else.” An accompanying photo suggests Musk is alluding to the launch of a new vehicle. The image mentions the date Oct. 9, but other details are unavailable.

Citigroup

A federal judge ruled Monday that the mortgage units of Citigroup (C) and Wells Fargo (WFC) will have to face claims they violated federal laws when they falsely reported that bankruptcies or foreclosures to credit reporting agencies. The judge said consumers had offered enough evidence to support their claims to justify a trial.

Bobby Raines

Bobby Raines is the Managing Editor of the Market Intelligence Center. He has degrees in Mass Communications and History from Emory & Henry College. Bobby worked at a mid-sized daily newspaper before making a switch to covering the financial industry full time in the years leading up to the financial crisis. He has been a member of the Fresh Brewed Media team since 2011 and has served as a writer and analyst. You can write to him at braines@marketintelligencecenter.com or follow him on Twitter: @BRatMICenter.