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*Washington has concerns about Kurdish sales, Iraq split. A sale of Kurdish crude oil to a U.S. refinery would infuriate Baghdad, which sees such deals as smuggling, and raises questions about Washington's commitment to preventing oil sales from the autonomous region.
Midwest but feared as a factor in the decline of U.S. honey bee colonies and other crop pollinators, has been found to be widespread through rivers and streams in Iowa, according to a government study released on Thursday.
WASHINGTON, July 24- Gas-rich states such as Texas should have the easiest time complying with planned Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon pollution from power plants, despite opposition from their lawmakers, a new study says.
AUSTIN, Texas— Charles Schwab Corp. is getting nearly $6 million in incentives from Texas to open an El Paso operations center and increase its presence in Austin, creating more than 1,200 jobs.
WASHINGTON, July 24- The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell to the lowest level in nearly 8-1/ 2 years last week, suggesting the labor market recovery was gaining traction. "The economy is doing better," said Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania.
July 24- Delta Air Lines said on Thursday it plans to resume service to Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv two days after halting flights amid hostilities in the region. United Airlines earlier said that it was resuming flights to and from Tel Aviv.
*D.R. Horton shares down 10 pct, PulteGroup down 3 pct. July 24- D.R. Horton Inc, the No.1 U.S. homebuilder, said it had to offer discounts in the third quarter to boost sales in Chicago, a particularly bleak spot in a weak U.S. housing market.
NEW YORK, July 24- Oil futures prices fell on Thursday, as unseasonably weak demand and plentiful supplies of crude and refined products offset strong Chinese factory data that could boost energy demand in the world's No. 2 oil consumer.
The PHLX housing sector index fell 2.36 percent, with shares of D.R. Horton Inc, the No. 1 U.S. homebuilder, dropping more than 3 percent. D.R. Horton spooked investors on Thursday when it reported a 23- percent drop in third-quarter profit.
July 24- The steel-making coal market needs to cut another 10 million tonnes of production to get into balance, the chief of Teck Resources Ltd said on Thursday after the Canadian miner reported a sharp fall in profit, mainly due to weak coal prices.
American Express Co. rose$. 01 or percent, to $93.29. Capital One Financial Corp. rose$. 48 or. 6 percent, to $82.47. Discover Financial Services rose$. 34 or. 5 percent, to $63.23.
BP PLC rose$. 22 or. 4 percent, to $51.41. ConocoPhillips rose$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $86.81. Exxon Mobil Corp. rose$. 23 or. 2 percent, to $104.48.
Kelly Services Inc. class A fell$. 01 or. 1 percent, to $16.82. Korn/Ferry International Inc. fell$. 09 or. 3 percent, to $30.22. ManpowerGroup rose$. 12 or. 1 percent, to $82.33.
Brinker International Inc. rose$. 36 or. 8 percent, to $45.11. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. fell $1.45 or. 2 percent, to $659.82. McDonald's Corp. rose$. 05 or. 1 percent, to $95.40.
Allergan fell$. 78 or. 5 percent, to $171.65. Baxter International Inc. rose$. 20 or. 3 percent, to $77.04. Boston Scientific Corp. rose$. 09 or. 7 percent, to $13.11.
NEW YORK— Shares of some top gold companies are down at 1 p.m.:. Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 48 or 2.6 percent, to $18.26. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 45 or 1.8 percent, to $24.74.
Boeing fell $2.24 or 1.8 percent, to $124.47. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose$. 77 or. 5 percent, to $168.87. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose$. 86 or. 7 percent, to $127.47.
NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on New York Stock Exchange at 1 p.m.:. Invacare Corp. fell 15.5 percent to $14.86. Demand Media Inc wi fell 14.0 percent to $11.20.
Comcast Corp. rose$. 39 or. 7 percent, to $55.10. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 73 or. 8 percent, to $86.77. Gannett rose$. 24 or. 7 percent, to $33.40.
NEW YORK— Shares of some top drug benefits companies are up at 1 p.m.:. CVSCaremark rose$. 59 or. 8 percent, to $78.72. Express Scripts Holding Co. rose$. 53 or. 8 percent, to $66.55.