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  • Money managers, including hedge funds and other big speculators, raised their combined futures and options position in New York and London by 15,717 contracts to 68,053 in the week to Jan. 26, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said. "It looked as if up to last Tuesday, you had a big influx of money-manager longs- that would explain why up until Tuesday last...

  • Salisbury Bancorp posts 4Q profit Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 1:59 PM ET

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. _ Salisbury Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported net income of $2.2 million in its fourth quarter. Salisbury Bancorp shares have fallen 12 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Salisbury Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Rhode Island is offering $2,500 rebates to encourage residents to buy or lease plug-in cars, joining a growing number of states inviting drivers to go electric. Only about 450 electric-powered vehicles are on the roads of the nation's smallest state, far fewer than in neighboring Massachusetts— where nearly 5,500 are registered— or...

  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut have dozens of proposals to consider as they look for enough additional electricity for tens of thousands of homes to meet their clean energy goals. All told, 51 proposals need to be vetted in coming months as the three states look to sign long-term contracts for electricity from wind turbines, dams and solar...

  • Virtus misses 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 7:49 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn. _ Virtus Investment Partners Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $6.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Hartford, Connecticut- based company said it had net income of 76 cents. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.53 per share.

  • NEW YORK— Xerox is separating into two independent publicly traded companies. Xerox announced in October that it planned to conduct a review of its operations in the hopes of boosting shareholder value. Xerox and Icahn reached a deal on the governance of the business process outsourcing company.

  • Xerox reported its 15th consecutive quarter of declining sales on Friday and announced plans to split the company into two businesses. Xerox said Friday that it will spin off the services operation it acquired when it bought Affiliated Computer Services Inc. for nearly $6 billion in 2010.. Xerox reported better-than-expected earnings for the quarter that...

  • Praxair meets 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 6:17 AM ET

    DANBURY, Conn. _ Praxair Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $422 million. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.65 billion. For the current quarter ending in April, Praxair expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.20 to $1.28.

  • Dorian LPG posts 3Q profit Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 6:11 AM ET

    STAMFORD, Conn. _ Dorian LPG Ltd. on Friday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $54.7 million. Dorian LPG shares have declined 13 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Dorian LPG, Earnings Report.

  • Jan 28- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said three more people have been reported ill due to a multi-state listeria outbreak linked to packaged salads produced by Dole Food Company Inc.. The people who were reported ill were from Connecticut, Missouri, and New York, the CDC said. Dole Food on Wednesday voluntarily recalled all salad mixes...

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— It would cost up to $20 for big-rig trucks to cross through Rhode Island along the East Coast's most-traveled highway under a new plan proposed Thursday by the state's Democratic leaders. The bill also includes a provision lawmakers added to reassure Rhode Island residents the bill would not collect tolls on cars. Each truck toll would be about...

  • *Treasury sells $29 bln 7- year notes to strong demand. NEW YORK, Jan 28- U.S. You're trading weakening domestic growth heading into year-end, and you're battling headlines on oil, "said Gennaidy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • Crude had jumped as much as 8 percent after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries cut production by up to 5 percent, which for non- OPEC member Russia- the world's top producer- would represent around 500,000 barrels per day. Prices, however, pared most gains amid growing doubts over the deal to cut...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 28- Oil prices were about 3 percent higher on Thursday after the Russian energy minister said Saudi Arabia had proposed that oil-producing countries trim output, which would be the first global deal in over a decade to help clear a glut that has depressed prices for over a year and a half. Crude had jumped as much as 8 percent after Russian Energy...

  • Treasury to sell $29 bln in seven-year notes. NEW YORK, Jan 28- Treasuries yields rose on Thursday as oil prices rebounded, raising expectations that inflation may increase, which is negative for bonds. "It's still very much an oil story," said Gennaidy Goldberg, an interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.

  • Harman beats 2Q profit forecasts Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 8:09 AM ET

    STAMFORD, Conn. _ Harman International Industries Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $112.9 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.71 per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.79 billion.

  • Stanley Black & Decker tops 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 6:31 AM ET

    NEW BRITAIN, Conn. _ Stanley Black& Decker Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $265.5 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.76 per share. Stanley Black& Decker shares have dropped nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has...

  • Nevada governor seeks change in sage grouse mining rule Thursday, 28 Jan 2016 | 4:00 AM ET

    RENO, Nev.— The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds. Brian Sandoval maintains his alternative...

  • First Connecticut posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 6:49 PM ET

    FARMINGTON, Conn. _ First Connecticut Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2.4 million. The bank, based in Farmington, Connecticut, said it had earnings of 16 cents per share. The holding company for Farmington Bank posted revenue of $20.8 million in the period.

  • United Rentals misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 27 Jan 2016 | 5:11 PM ET

    STAMFORD, Conn. _ United Rentals Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $169 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.35 per share. United Rentals expects full-year revenue in the range of $5.65 billion to $5.95 billion.