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  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York comptroller reports that the pension fund for state and local government workers has risen to a record $183.5 billion following an investment return of 7.16 percent last year. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, the sole trustee, says Friday the third largest public pension fund in the country has achieved "a solid return in the midst of global...

  • *Q3 adjusted profit $0.62/ share vs estimate of $0.52. May 22- Packaged foods maker Campbell Soup Co on Friday reported an unexpectedly better quarterly profit, helped by lower spending on promotions, higher prices for its products and cost cuts. Shares of the company, known for its soups, Pepperidge Farm cookies and Goldfish crackers, rose about 1.5 percent.

  • CHICAGO, May 22- Deere& Co on Friday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year outlook after cost cuts helped compensate for weakening demand for its farm equipment. "We are pleased to see Deere management proactively attacking costs... amid the agriculture downturn," Edward Jones equity analyst Matt Arnold wrote in a note for...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 22 May 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.22 a bushel; July corn was 2.75 cents lower at $3.6225 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4425 a bushel; while July soybeans fell 3.5 cents to 9.35 a bushel. August live cattle was. 05 cent lower at $1.5085 a pound; August feeder...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Actavis Plc cannot pull its top-selling Alzheimer's drug from the market in favor of a pricier extended-release version, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. A three-judge panel at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York upheld an order by U.S. District Robert Sweet in December requiring Actavis to keep the older drug, Namenda IR, on the...

  • DENVER— Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project. Congress and the Veterans Affairs Department still must find up to $830 million to finish the vastly over-budget hospital without taking services away from...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- The U.S. Fed Chair Janet Yellen, who on Friday will talk about the economy's prospects, is expected to acknowledge the recent sluggishness, including near stagnant performance in the first few months of the year. Though the Fed uses another measure for its 2 percent target, the CPI report on Friday showed prices increasing across a broad set of items,...

  • Expedia sells stake in Chinese travel service Friday, 22 May 2015 | 10:44 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Expedia is selling its majority stake in eLong, a Chinese travel service, to a group of businesses based in China for roughly $671 million. Bellevue, Washington- based Expedia said before the U.S. markets opened that it had sold its 62.4 percent share in eLong to a group that includes Ctrip.com International Ltd., Keystone Lodgings Holdings Ltd., Plateno...

  • CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS SAYS NEW YORK STATE SHOWED' SUBSTANTIAL LIKELIHOOD OF SUCCESS' ON ANTITRUST CLAIM.

  • NEW YORK, May 22- Global equity markets dipped modestly Friday but remained near record highs, while the yield on U.S. government debt rose as a gain in core consumer prices in April should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. Fed Chair Janet Yellen is expected to acknowledge recent sluggishness in the U.S. economy, including a...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks slipped in early trading Friday as energy companies fell along with the price of oil. OIL DROP: The price of oil fell 81 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $59.91 a barrel, helping push down the stocks of drillers and other energy-related companies. Hess Corp. and Marathon Oil each fell more than 1 percent.

  • *Core inflation at highest since January 2013. May 22- Wall Street was mixed in early trading on Friday as investors digested data that showed rising inflation pressure, casting fresh doubt on when the Federal Reserve would ultimately raise interest rates this year. "September is still the most likely lift-off date, but July is not out of the question,...

  • NEW YORK, May 22- The U.S. dollar turned higher on Friday, spurred off its early losses by a U.S. inflation report that indicated underlying pressures are building and thereby bolstering the case for the U.S. "Stronger inflation, along with stronger growth data, is something that the Fed certainly wants to see," said Brian Daingerfield, currency strategist at the...

  • The talks underscored Altice's intentions to pursue a deal with Time Warner Cable, which is also being courted by Charter Communications Inc after Comcast Corp abandoned its $45.2 billion offer for Time Warner Cable last month over U.S. antitrust concerns.

  • US stocks open mostly lower; oil price slides Friday, 22 May 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    Campbell Soup rose 2 percent after reporting earnings that came in ahead of what analysts were looking for. Occidental Petroleum and Noble Corporation each fell 2 percent. The price of oil fell $1.22, or 2 percent, to $59.48 a barrel.

  • *April core price rise revives bets on Fed rate hike. *Fed's Yellen to speak on economy at 1 p.m.. NEW YORK, May 22- U.S.

  • NEW YORK— Authorities are investigating a suspicious package found on the lower level of New York City's Grand Central Terminal and have closed the area to the public. Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Adam Lisberg says the package was discovered Friday morning shortly before 9 a.m. at the historic transit hub on the east side of Manhattan.

  • HOUSTON— Vanguard Natural Resources LLC will acquire Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP in a $474 million deal. Vanguard Natural Resources will also assume $140 million of debt from Eagle Rock Energy Partners, which will become a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary. The company has operations in Texas, Wyoming, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Montana, Colorado,...

  • WASHINGTON, May 22- U.S. consumer prices moderated in April on weak gasoline prices, but rising shelter and medical care costs boosted underlying inflation pressures, which should keep the Federal Reserve on course to raise interest rates later this year. The Labor Department said on Friday its Consumer Price Index gained 0.1 percent last month after...

  • *Core inflation at highest since January 2013. The Labor Department said its Consumer Price Index rose 0.1 percent last month, while the so-called core CPI, which strips out food and energy costs, increased 0.3 percent, the largest gain since January 2013. "There is some conflicting information that is going on inside the marketplace that sort of belies what's...