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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- Barack Obama might seem an unlikely investor in the firearms industry. Since Obama was elected in 2009, mutual funds have raised their stakes to about $510 million from $30 million in the nation's two largest gun manufacturers with publicly traded shares, Smith& Wesson Corp and Sturm, Ruger& Co. The White House declined to comment on Obama's...

  • JOHNS CREEK, Ga. _ Saia Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $11.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Johns Creek, Georgia- based company said it had profit of 45 cents. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share.

  • Piedmont Office reports 4Q results Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:37 PM ET

    The Johns Creek, Georgia- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $42.4 million, or 41 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 41 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $148.4 million.

  • Post Properties reports 4Q results Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:21 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Post Properties Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 77 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $96.8 million.

  • FleetCor Technologies beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 5:31 PM ET

    NORCROSS, Ga. _ FleetCor Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $52.8 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.60 per share. FleetCor Technologies expects full-year earnings in the range of $6.40 to $6.60 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.73 billion to...

  • Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 2:40 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago- based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 4- Rollins Inc, parent of extermination company Orkin, has seen its shares jump 5 percent during this year's stock market selloff because investors expect fears of the mosquito-borne Zika virus will lead to increased revenues. The virus, rapidly spreading in the Americas, has been linked to thousands of babies in Brazil being born with microcephaly,...

  • 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...

  • Asbury Automotive misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 8:37 AM ET

    DULUTH, Ga. _ Asbury Automotive Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $41.1 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.37 per share. Asbury Automotive shares have declined 33 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ICE 4Q profit rises 28 percent, tops forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 7:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— IntercontinentalExchange Group Inc., which owns the New York Stock Exchange, on Thursday reported a 28 percent boost in fourth-quarter profit on higher data services and listing fees. The company earned $370 million, or $3.29 per share. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.01 per share.

  • Beazer posts 1Q profit Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:51 AM ET

    ATLANTA— Beazer Homes USA Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $999,000, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Atlanta- based company said it had net income of 3 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • 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...

  • Feb 3- Delta Air Lines Inc on Wednesday said President Ed Bastian would replace Richard Anderson as chief executive in May, a long expected move that will see one of the most successful and outspoken leaders in the airline industry retire. The Atlanta- based carrier said in a news release that Anderson will retire as CEO effective May 2 and become Delta's...

  • Feb 3- U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines Inc said President Ed Bastian would replace Richard Anderson as chief executive. Anderson has led the Atlanta, Georgia- based company since 2007 and his retirement has been long expected. "Ed definitely has what it takes to keep Delta at the top of the industry," Sterne Agee CRT analyst Adam Hackel said.

  • ATLANTA— Kik Messenger, a smartphone app popular among younger teens, is on the defensive following the stabbing death of a 13- year-old girl in Virginia who told friends she was using Kik to connect with an 18- year-old man. Kik made an updated guide for parents available on its website following the arrests of two Virginia Tech students in the slaying of Nicole...

  • NEW YORK— Richard Anderson, who oversaw Delta Air Lines' transformation into one of the world's most profitable airlines, will retire this May. His right-hand man, airline president Ed Bastian, will take over as CEO, the Atlanta- based airline said Wednesday. Delta also purchased a 49 percent ownership stake in Virgin Atlantic to gain much-needed access to London...

  • BELLE GLADE, Fla.— Dozens of farmworkers looked up at the little yellow plane buzzing over the Florida radish field, a mist of pesticide falling from its wings. "I smelled a strong odor and started feeling bad," worker Maria Garcia later told a state investigator. An Associated Press review of federal and state enforcement data and other records revealed that the...

  • NEW YORK— Home Depot is on a hiring spree. Home Depot Inc. is expected to report its fiscal fourth-quarter and annual results on Feb. 23. Its shares fell 47 cents to $124.80 in morning trading Wednesday and are up more than 16 percent over the past 12 months.

  • Southern Co. beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 3 Feb 2016 | 7:07 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Southern Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $283 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 42 cents per share. Southern Co. shares have climbed 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has declined nearly 7 percent.

  • SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand, the company said. Valets were told during an afternoon employees' meeting that SP Plus will hire MGM Resorts' approximately 400 non-union parking service...