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  • *Oil may have hit bottom, could rise soon, says OPEC's Badri. SINGAPORE, Jan 27- Brent crude oil prices held above $48 on Tuesday following comments from OPEC that prices may have found a floor. "OPEC's Secretary General commented yesterday that prices may have bottomed, but there was no imminent prospect of OPEC producers sitting down to discuss cutbacks until...

  • *Wall Street action curtailed by blizzard. SYDNEY, Jan 27- Asian share markets were mostly firmer on Tuesday and the euro clung to rare gains, relieved that European equities had weathered Greece's election outcome without much disruption. Bad weather in the United States curbed activity on Wall Street in a busy week for earnings, while investors had reason for...

  • The storm has led to the postponement of at least two conferences and quarterly results of several companies, including EMC Corp. The New York Stock Exchange, Intercontinental Exchange Inc, Nasdaq OMX Group Inc and BATS Global Markets were open on Monday and expect to be open on Tuesday. JPMorgan Chase& Co Closed New York. New York and as Ocean City, New Jersey and...

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 26- The U.S. budget deficit will decline slightly to $468 billion this fiscal year, the lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, congressional forecasters said on Monday in a report heralding the end of a brief period of dramatically shrinking red ink. Republicans now in control of Congress seek to eliminate deficits within 10...

  • *Wall Street action curtailed by blizzard. SYDNEY, Jan 27- Asian shares moved higher on Tuesday and the euro clung to rare gains, relieved that European markets had weathered Greece's election outcome without much disruption. Bad weather in the United States curbed activity on Wall Street in a busy week for earnings, while investors had reason for caution as the...

  • Great Southern Bancorp beats 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:21 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ Great Southern Bancorp Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $12.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 77 cents per share. Great Southern Bancorp shares have declined slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A proposed performance-based funding model for Iowa's three public universities could have a negative financial impact among schools in the state and hurt funding for some graduate programs, state lawmakers said Monday during a committee meeting. Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter told the House appropriations committee that...

  • Stonegate Bank posts 4Q profit Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:15 PM ET

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. _ Stonegate Bank on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.2 million. Stonegate Bank shares have fallen slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Stonegate Bank, Earnings Report.

  • LOS ANGELES— A measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland has grown to 87 cases. The California Department of Public Health said Monday most of the infections— 73— are in California. The rest are in Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Nebraska and Mexico.

  • The common currency last traded at $1.1245, off Monday's low of $1.1098- a level not seen since September 2003. However, buyers emerged in London and New York. "Perhaps the market rightly or wrongly is pinning some hopes on Mr Tsipras being more conciliatory," David de Garis, senior economist at National Australia Bank, wrote in a note to clients.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The federal Department of the Interior will make additional areas of Arctic Ocean waters off-limits to drilling when it announces a new five-year offshore drilling plan, a member of the Alaska congressional delegation said Monday. Lisa Murkowski, R- Alaska, said she was briefed last week by federal officials who told her the Obama...

  • The SEC approved it in a split vote, with the agency's two Republican commissioners dissenting over concerns it might create a windfall for class action attorneys. One researcher at Emory University found that of all the fair funds ever created by the SEC to compensate insider-trading victims, this will be the largest in history. The creation of the fund comes...

  • Northeast on Monday, creating havoc for more than 60 million people and forcing New York City to shut down on a scale not seen since Superstorm Sandy devastated the region in 2012.. New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts declared states of emergencies as people were urged to stay home with transit systems, including the New York City...

  • HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Jan 26- Winklevoss Capital, the firm run by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, expects to get regulatory approval to launch a U.S. exchange for investors to buy and sell the virtual currency bitcoin in the first quarter, the twins told Reuters on Monday. And we will be ready by then, " Cameron Winklevoss, a principal at New York-based Winklevoss Capital, said...

  • Brown & Brown tops Street 4Q forecasts Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:21 PM ET

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Brown& Brown Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter profit of $24.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 14 cents per share. Brown& Brown shares have dropped slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Robert Califf, a top cardiologist and researcher, to oversee its drug, medical device and tobacco policy in what experts said is a coup for the FDA. "This is a great catch for the FDA," said Dr. Califf has run countless clinical studies, published more than 1,000 papers, served as an FDA adviser and has twice been interviewed as a potential FDA commissioner.

  • But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. "I don't think there's this rush that everybody's trying to create here," said Fred Malek, a longtime GOP donor and finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "It seems like there needs to be a little more clarity of who's running before people make commitments,"...

  • WASHINGTON— Senate Democrats temporarily stalled progress Monday on a bill to approve the Keystone XL oil pipeline, the top priority of the Republican-controlled Congress. In a 53-39 vote, the Senate blocked an attempt by Republican leaders to wind down debate. The vote caps a partisan dispute— which had the Senate working into the early hours last Friday— over...

  • Final Glance: Health Care Equipment companies Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    Becton, Dickinson& Co. rose$. 09 or. 1 percent, to $143.49. Covidien plc fell $1.36 or 1.3 percent, to $106.71. PerkinElmer rose$. 15 or. 3 percent, to $44.44.

  • Final Glance: Education companies Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 6:04 PM ET

    Apollo Group rose$. 50 or 1.9 percent, to $26.49. DeVry Education Group Inc. rose$. 64 or 1.5 percent, to $44.57. Strayer Education Inc. fell$. 09 or. 1 percent, to $67.89.