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  • *Dropped brands include Cisco, Apple, McAfee, Citrix. BEIJING, Feb 27- China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc has also been...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Feb 26- Canadian farmers are plowing profits from bumper crops into fertilizer storage facilities to mitigate the pricing power held by major retailers and producers. Over time, the practice might erode the steep premiums farmers pay in the spring to retail businesses owned by Agrium Inc, Richardson International and Cargill Ltd, while...

  • The Voya Corporate Leaders Trust Fund, now run by a unit of Voya Financial Inc bought equal amounts of stock in 30 major U.S. corporations in 1935 and hasn't picked a new stock since. Some of its holdings are unchanged, including DuPont, General Electric, Procter& Gamble and Union Pacific. Others were spun off from or acquired from original components, including...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 27- Warren Buffett, in his annual letter to Berkshire Hathaway Inc shareholders last year, called America "the mother lode of opportunity." When Buffett releases this year's letter on Saturday, he may point to opportunities outside of the United States, after he recently decided to buy a German motorcycle accessories retailer and said he may shop more...

  • Now he's delighted by the idea of customers lighting them up in New York, Los Angeles and elsewhere in the United States, where Cuban cigars have been outlawed since the U.S. embargo took effect in 1962.. "It's a very beautiful thought," said a smiling Alfonso, a 78- year-old worker in the tobacco shop of the Palco Hotel in western Havana. "This is an important jump in just...

  • *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • Andrew Hyland, scientific principal investigator on the study and chair of the department of health behavior at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, said they may be transitioning away from cigarettes, or they may be becoming more entrenched. "We were struck by the proportion of users that engaged in polyuse," Mitch Zeller, head of the Food and Drug Administration's...

  • *Dropped brands include Cisco, Apple, McAfee, Citrix. BEIJING, Feb 27- China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Others put the shift down to a protectionist...

  • *Nissan working on plan to utilise Japan capacity- exec. "The key word is flexibility," Jose Munoz, executive vice president at Nissan and chairman of its North American arm, told reporters at Nissan's headquarters in Yokohama. With recent and upcoming model launches in the United States such as the Murano sport-utility vehicle, Maxima sedan and Titan pickup truck,...

  • Brent approaches $61, set to end 7-month losing streak Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 PM ET

    *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • Investigators find 32,000 emails in IRS probe Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:41 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Investigators said Thursday they have recovered 32,000 emails related to a former IRS official at the heart of the agency's tea party scandal. Last June, the IRS told Congress it had lost an unknown number of Lerner's emails when her computer hard drive crashed in 2011.. "We recovered quite a number of emails but until we compare those to what's...

  • Feb 26- Shares of department store chain J.C. Penney Co Inc tumbled 12 percent in after-hours trade on Thursday after it posted a surprise quarterly loss and forecast small margin improvements this year. J.C. Penney said sales at stores open more than a year rose 4.4 percent in the holiday quarter, the high end of its guidance for 3.5 to 4.5 percent growth, driven by...

  • Autobytel posts 4Q profit Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:06 PM ET

    IRVINE, Calif. _ Autobytel Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.1 million. Autobytel expects full-year earnings in the range of 97 cents to $1.16 per share, with revenue in the range of $114 million to $120 million. Autobytel shares have decreased almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • House gives initial OK to new loans from payday lenders Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:04 PM ET

    PHOENIX— The Arizona House gave initial approval Thursday to a bill allowing payday lenders to offer a new product after they were barred from operating in the state under a 2008 voter initiative. Debbie McCune Davis, D- Phoenix, said House Bill 2611 gives "predatory lenders" the green light to return to Arizona. "The community has been pretty clear in raising...

  • Alphatec posts 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 8:03 PM ET

    CARLSBAD, Calif. _ Alphatec Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $273,000 in its fourth quarter. The Carlsbad, California- based company said it had a loss of less than 1 cent on a per-share basis. Alphatec expects full-year revenue in the range of $215 million to $222 million.

  • American Homes 4 Rent reports 4Q results Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:54 PM ET

    AGOURA HILLS, Calif. _ American Homes 4 Rent on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 17 cents per share. Analysts expected $121.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • Amerisafe posts 4Q profit Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:54 PM ET

    DERIDDER, La. _ Amerisafe Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $16.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Deridder, Louisiana- based company said it had profit of 89 cents. Amerisafe shares have climbed roughly 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Hyperion tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:51 PM ET

    BRISBANE, Calif. _ Hyperion Therapeutics Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $7.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 13 cents per share. Analysts expected $24.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • Aegerion reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:48 PM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $8.1 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share. Analysts expected $49.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Kindred Healthcare reports 4Q loss Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:48 PM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. _ Kindred Healthcare Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $47.7 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share. Kindred Healthcare expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.20 to $1.40 per share, with revenue in the range of $7.2 billion to $7.3...