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  • Hurco posts 1Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS _ Hurco Cos. on Friday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $3.8 million. The Indianapolis- based company said it had profit of 57 cents per share. Hurco shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Furmanite posts 4Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:54 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ Furmanite Corp. on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.8 million. The Houston- based company said it had net income of 13 cents per share. Furmanite shares have decreased 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Verso reports 4Q loss Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. _ Verso Paper Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $183.9 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the Memphis, Tennessee- based company said it had a loss of $3.45. For the year, the company reported that its loss widened to $353 million, or $6.62 per share.

  • LONDON, March 6- It's over two years since Charles Li, chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, threatened to use a "bazooka" on the long load-out queues at his new purchase, the London Metal Exchange. And that's about the time it still takes to get aluminium out of Detroit or Vlissingen, the two LME locations with embedded queues. The waiting time at Detroit...

  • Monroe Capital beats 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Monroe Capital Corporation on Friday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Monroe Capital shares have increased almost 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Beasley posts 4Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:18 AM ET

    NAPLES, Fla. _ Beasley Broadcast Group Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $33.8 million. The Naples, Florida- based company said it had profit of $1.47 per share. For the year, the company reported profit of $40 million, or $1.74 per share.

  • Chimerix reports 4Q loss Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    DURHAM, N.C. _ Chimerix Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $20.2 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 51 cents per share. Chimerix shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Foot Locker beats Street 4Q forecasts Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK _ Foot Locker Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $146 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. Foot Locker shares have increased 1.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • European shares at 7-year highs ahead of U.S. jobs Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 7:03 AM ET

    *Thomas Cook up 19 pct after China's Fosun buys stake. PARIS, March 6- European shares rose on Friday, extending a rally which has propelled regional indexes to seven-year highs, with Thomas Cook jumping after a Chinese investor bought a stake in the travel group. China's Fosun International, which recently took over France's Club Mediterranee, acquired a 5...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- LightSquared gained momentum this week in its effort to end its three-year bankruptcy after a judge dealt a blow to its main creditor and adversary, Charles Ergen, ahead of a week-long trial on its latest debt restructuring plan. LightSquared, the would-be wireless provider owned by Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital Partners hedge fund, on...

  • NYC museum gift shop to feature Etsy-created items Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The popular online craft seller Etsy will create a line of original products for the American Museum of Natural History. The items, inspired by the museum's collection, will be sold at the museum's gift shop and online. The museum announced the collaboration on Thursday.

  • New Home posts 4Q profit Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    ALISO VIEJO, Calif. _ The New Home Co. on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $5.3 million. The Aliso Viejo, California- based company said it had profit of 32 cents per share. Keywords: New Home Co., Earnings Report.

  • Ahead of the Bell: US trade gap Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:28 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Commerce Department reports on the U.S. trade deficit for January. GAP NARROWS: The expectation is that the trade deficit fell to $42 billion in January, according to the consensus tracked by the Bank of America. The politically sensitive deficit with China set another record last year, surging 23.9 percent to $342.6 billion.

  • Big Lots beats 4Q profit forecasts Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 6:24 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Big Lots Inc. on Friday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $94.4 million. Big Lots expects full-year earnings to be $2.75 to $2.90 per share. Big Lots shares have increased 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Staples, the nation's largest big box office supply chain, announced last month that it would spend about $6 billion to buy rival Office Depot Inc. It closed 169 stores in North America last year and plans to close a total of 225 locations by the end of 2015 as it ties up with Office Depot. Staples said Friday that the current quarter included $410 million in...

  • WASHINGTON— The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be open Friday amid the region's latest winter storm, but they are on a two-hour delayed arrival and employees can telework or take unscheduled leave. The Office of Personnel Management says nonemergency employees in and around Washington can come to work up to two hours past...

  • "Monumental and long overdue," was how the Animal Welfare Institute put it. "Many of the elephants are painfully arthritic, and many have tuberculosis, so their retirement day needs to come now," wrote Ingrid E. Newkirk, president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, in a statement. " Executives at Feld Entertainment, Ringling's parent company, say it will take...

  • 'Homebrew' email servers: Genius as well as sneaky? Friday, 6 Mar 2015 | 3:08 AM ET

    It also appeals to those who fear the government is sniffing around and could compel companies like Google or Yahoo to release customer data. "It's not trivial to do it, but if you understand how all this works, you can certainly do it yourself," said Carole Fennelly, a New York City- area information security consultant who once operated her own mail server and has set...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— No one can argue that many Apple devices have changed the way people live their lives. The company's iTunes, iPhone and iPad have shaken up music, phone and computer markets worldwide. The stakes are big for Apple CEO Tim Cook: the watch is the first brand-new Apple product to be launched without legendary co-founder Steve Jobs.

  • NEW YORK— The rough landing of a Delta jetliner at New York City's LaGuardia Airport in a driving snowstorm just minutes after the runway had been plowed has raised questions about when airports should close runways due to snow or ice. Instead, the Federal Aviation Administration requires airports to measure runways during winter storms to assure planes can...