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  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- As the long rout on world energy markets intensified in volatile trade in recent months, exchange operators have reaped benefits. On Thursday, the Atlanta- based exchange reported forecast-busting earnings for the fourth quarter due to its data business. "More people are paying attention to those prices and trying to figure out when to lock in low...

  • Grain higher, livestock higher Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:39 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was. 50 cent higher at $4.8040 a bushel; March corn was 1.25 cents higher at $3.7220 a bushel; March oats were. 50 cent higher at $1.97 a bushel; while March soybeans was 5.50 cent higher at $8.8240 a bushel. April live cattle was. 78 cent higher at $1.3653 a...

  • GrubHub tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 9:16 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ GrubHub Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $11.3 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, GrubHub said it expects revenue in the range of $109 million to $112 million.

  • Tribune Publishing gets $44.4M from Chicago investor Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 9:15 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Tribune Publishing, the troubled owner of the Chicago Tribune and other newspapers around the country, said it received a $44.4 million cash infusion from a Chicago investor who has a stake in its rival newspaper the Chicago Sun-Times. The company has expressed interest in bidding for some assets of Freedom Communications, the bankrupt publisher of...

  • PARIS/ SYDNEY, Feb 4- U.S. corn and soybeans edged higher on Thursday with support from a falling dollar, but favourable weather for South American crops helped keep prices shy of six-week highs hit this week. Trading was also subdued as investors awaited direction from weekly U.S. export sales and estimates of grain stocks in Canada, another leading grain...

  • NEW YORK— Dunkin' Donuts, feeling squeezed by a discounting fight in the fast-food industry, is planning to jump into the game with its own deals. Wendy's, for instance, launched a "4 for $4" deal in October, which Burger King later one-upped with a "5 for $4" offer. He compared the situation to politics, noting that presidential candidates such as Donald Trump and Bernie...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- As a deepening panic has swept across world energy markets in recent months, exchange operators have reaped benefits as trading volumes soared. The bumper volumes will likely be a hot topic of discussion when Atlanta- based ICE reports quarterly earnings on Thursday and its Chicago rival releases its numbers on Friday. The exit and entry has...

  • GRAINS-Soybeans firm, rebound from losses of 1 pct Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 9:02 PM ET

    SYDNEY, Feb 4- U.S. soybeans rose on Thursday, rebounding from losses of 1 percent in the previous session, but face presure from forecast rains in Argentina that will relieve stress on crops. *Corn and soybeans under pressure from forecast beneficial rains in Argentina. *Informa Economics, a private analytics firm, on Wednesday raised its estimates of 2015/ 16 corn...

  • Chicago Public Schools sells bonds to keep doors open Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:22 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Chicago Public Schools has sold $725 million in tax-exempt bonds it says will help get the district through the rest of the school year. Bruce Rauner criticized the sale, saying the district and Chicago's mayor have again "kicked the can" down the road. Ron DeNard, the district's vice president for finance, says borrowing money is never done lightly.

  • Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive of Chicago- based General Growth Properties Inc, which owns and leases retail mall properties, said on his company's earnings call with analysts on Tuesday that Amazon had plans to open "300 to 400 bookstores." Kevin Berry, the vice president of investor relations at General Growth, declined to elaborate further.

  • Sandeep Mathrani, the chief executive of Chicago- based General Growth Properties Inc, which owns and leases retail mall properties, said on his company's earnings call with analysts on Tuesday that Amazon had plans to open "300 to 400 bookstores." Amazon opened a bookstore in its home city of Seattle in November. Amazon's bookstore in Seattle carries books...

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, Feb 3- The bankrupt operating unit of Caesars Entertainment Corp on Wednesday proposed mediation in its Chapter 11 case, potentially changing the course of the litigious, drawn-out bankruptcy proceedings. Angry creditors have accused Caesars of looting the operating unit before its bankruptcy to benefit private equity owners Apollo...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 3- U.S corn and soybeans futures fell on Wednesday, pressured by profit-taking after recent six-week highs and outlooks for needed rains in South America. CBOT March soybeans fell 11-1/ 4 cents, or 1.2 percent, to $8.75 per bushel as of 12:18 p.m. CST, after reaching $8.89-1/ 2 on Tuesday, its highest since Dec. 22. The traders also were waiting to see...

  • In Colorado, fears about InBev's entry into craft beer Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 11:58 AM ET

    DENVER— In a former bakery south of downtown Denver, Matthew Fuerst makes beer flavored with ingredients like Hatch green chiles that he chops by hand. Fuerst worries InBev could use its distribution leverage and buying power to squeeze other craft beers out of liquor store shelves, discount its own craft beer line and buy up raw materials after its purchase...

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for March delivery was 2.50 cents higher at $4.78 a bushel; March corn was. 50 cent lower at $3.7160 a bushel; March oats were. 25 cent higher at $2.0040 a bushel; while March soybeans was 6.50 cent lower 8.7940 a bushel. April live cattle was. 58 cent higher at $1.3533 a pound;...

  • Exelon misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:17 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Exelon Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $291 million. Exelon expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.40 to $2.70 per share. Exelon shares have risen 8.5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has declined roughly 7 percent.

  • *China soy demand seen slowing in Lunar New Year break. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Feb 3- Chicago corn and soybeans traded little changed on Wednesday as favourable crop weather in South America capped prices after a rally to six-week highs fuelled by short-covering by investment funds. The most active Chicago Board of Trade corn contract edged 0.1 percent lower to...

  • Jones Lang LaSalle misses 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 8:07 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $196.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $4.85 per share. Jones Lang LaSalle shares have fallen 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CBOE tops 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 7:49 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ CBOE Holdings Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $50.2 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. CBOE shares have risen 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Rubio could see campaign fortunes rise from Iowa finish Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 3:15 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Marco Rubio's strong third-place finish in Iowa could sound like a starting gun to the Republican Party's top donors. Rubio, a 44- year-old Florida senator, came within striking distance of Trump's second place in Iowa, a surprising result given the celebrity businessman's dominance in polls. Rubio moves on to New Hampshire, which weighs in Tuesday,...