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  • Dec 19- U.S. health regulators on Friday approved AbbVie's all-oral treatment for hepatitis C, and the company said the drug would cost $83,319 for a typical 12- week plan, a bit below its huge selling competitor Solvadi from Gilead Sciences. AbbVie's newly approved regimen is also less costly than Gilead's newest one-pill regimen that combines Sovaldi with...

  • MEXICO CITY/ NEW YORK, Dec 19- Mexico and the United States finalized a pact on Friday to end a months-long sugar dispute that threatened to escalate into a broader trade battle. The two countries have settled on agreements that will avoid hefty duties on imports of sugar from Mexico, the U.S. Department of Commerce said in a statement. In a deal hammered out after...

  • US regulators close small Minnesota bank Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:38 PM ET

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Friday that it has taken over Northern Star Bank, based in Mankato, Minnesota. BankVista, based in Sartell, Minnesota, agreed to assume all of Northern Star Bank's deposits and to purchase essentially all of the failed bank's assets. Northern Star Bank's failure is expected to cost the federal deposit insurance fund $5.9...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 19- Sony Pictures said on Friday it is looking for alternatives to release "The Interview" after it scrapped the Christmas Day theatrical opening of the screwball comedy at the center of a cyberattack on the studio blamed on North Korea. On Wednesday, Sony canceled the theatrical release of the film depicting the assassination of North Korean...

  • Jailed ex-billionaire's lawyers seek his release Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 PM ET

    That would give his client time to obtain documents related to the 2011 sale of a Mexico resort in defiance of an earlier court order, Ferrigno wrote in his request. A second attorney, Philip Stillman, said he received a collect telephone call from Blixseth on Friday from the Missoula County jail. Blixseth, 64, founded Montana's Yellowstone Club and was blamed for...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 19- A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from...

  • Judge: Family Dollar can vote on Dollar Tree buyout Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:49 PM ET

    DOVER, Del.— A Delaware judge says stockholders of Family Dollar Stores Inc. can vote on proposed $8.5 billion acquisition by Chesapeake, Virginia- based Dollar Tree Inc.. But some Family Dollar shareholders want the vote postponed until the board reviews a deal with Dollar General Corp., which has also bid for Matthews, North Carolina- based Family Dollar.

  • Grand Canyon awards temporary services contract Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:48 PM ET

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.— The National Park Service has averted a shutdown of some of the Grand Canyon's iconic hotels and mule rides by awarding a temporary contract for services at the canyon's South Rim. The one-year contract goes to Xanterra Parks& Resorts Inc., which has been providing those services for decades. Xanterra President and CEO Andrew Todd said the...

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume increases Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest volume gainers on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. Alamos Gold Inc.: Approximately 9,562,100 shares changed hands, a 1,452.4 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares rose$. 12 or 1.6 percent to $7.45.

  • Final Glance: Homebuilders companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    DR Horton rose$. 36 or 1.5 percent, to $24.83. Hovnanian Enterprises Inc. rose$. 07 or 1.7 percent, to $4.11. Lennar Corp. fell$. 01 or percent, to $43.67.

  • Final Glance: Utilities companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    American Electric Power Co. fell$. 09 or. 2 percent, to $59.89. Consolidated Edison Inc. Holding Co. rose$. 13 or. 2 percent, to $65.69. Dominion Resources Inc. rose$. 07 or. 1 percent, to $75.40.

  • Final Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies were up at the close of trading:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 36 or. 8 percent, to $45.84. DuPont Co. rose $1.06 or 1.5 percent, to $73.29.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. fell$. 26 or 2.3 percent, to $10.83. Gold Fields Ltd ADS fell$. 10 or 2.2 percent, to $4.36. Newmont Mining Corp. fell$. 27 or 1.4 percent, to $19.12.

  • Final Glance: Pharmaceuticals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Baxter International Inc. rose$. 41 or. 6 percent, to $74.48. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. rose$. 51 or. 8 percent, to $61.30. Hospira rose$. 22 or. 4 percent, to $62.66.

  • Final Glance: Specialty Retail companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Autozone Inc. rose $3.12 or. 5 percent, to $618.60. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. fell$. 03 or percent, to $73.55. Best Buy rose$. 53 or 1.4 percent, to $39.01.

  • Final Glance: Media companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 88 or 1.6 percent, to $57.17. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 28 or. 3 percent, to $92.89. Gannett rose$. 88 or 2.8 percent, to $31.99.

  • Final Glance: Department Store Retail companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Kohl's Corp. rose$. 14 or. 2 percent, to $59.59. Macy's Inc. fell $1.48 or 2.3 percent, to $62.59. Nordstrom fell$. 42 or. 5 percent, to $77.10.

  • Final Glance: Leisure companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Las Vegas Sands Corp. rose $2.05 or 3.8 percent, to $56.44. MGM Resorts International rose$. 93 or 4.8 percent, to $20.33. Marriott International Inc. rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $77.43.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    CIFC Corp.: Approximately 200,200 shares changed hands, a 1,514.1 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 07 or. 9 percent to $7.97. Consolidated Water Co.: Approximately 913,100 shares changed hands, a 1,386.4 percent increase over its 65- day average volume.

  • Final Glance: Aerospace companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Boeing rose$. 56 or. 4 percent, to $126.23. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose $1.21 or. 6 percent, to $192.85. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose $1.35 or. 9 percent, to $149.90.