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  • Final Glance: Autos companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Ford Motor Co. rose$. 36 or 2.5 percent, to $14.81. General Motors Co. rose$. 60 or 1.9 percent, to $31.75. Honda Motor Co. rose$. 33 or 1.1 percent, to $30.14.

  • Final Glance: Drug Benefits companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top drug benefits companies were up at the close of trading:. CVSCaremark rose $1.35 or 1.4 percent, to $95.52. Express Scripts Holding Co. rose$. 54 or. 7 percent, to $80.48.

  • Final Glance: Aerospace companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Boeing rose$. 61 or. 5 percent, to $125.67. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose $6.49 or 3.5 percent, to $191.64. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose $4.93 or 3.4 percent, to $148.55.

  • Final Glance: Credit Card companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    American Express Co. rose $2.73 or 3.0 percent, to $93.17. Capital One Financial Corp. rose $2.55 or 3.2 percent, to $82.16. Discover Financial Services rose $2.59 or 4.1 percent, to $65.01.

  • Final Glance: Biotechnology companies Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:08 PM ET

    Amgen Inc. rose $5.00 or 3.1 percent, to $168.48. Biogen Idec rose $20.81 or 6.3 percent, to $353.70. Celgene Corp. rose $3.66 or 3.2 percent, to $116.48.

  • *White House not in position to confirm North Korea responsible. WASHINGTON/ LOS ANGELES, Dec 18- Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be met by a forceful government response.

  • China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO— China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. An assistant minister of commerce, Zhang Xiangchen, told reporters China would work to streamline the review and approval process for U.S. products in the...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- China agreed to allow U.S. medicines and medical devices into local markets more quickly and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. U.S. and Chinese officials said they made progress on a range of issues at three-day Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings, which aims to smooth out snags in a trade relationship worth more than $600 billion...

  • 'The Interview' jeopardizes overseas movie villains Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:21 PM ET

    Evil forces from Russia, China and North Korea have tirelessly menaced our big-screen heroes in recent years. "Pyongyang," an adaption of a graphic novel set in North Korea, was given the ax Wednesday after distributor Fox abandoned the project and producer New Regency was forced to shutter any plans. Director Gore Verbinski had imagined the project about an...

  • Government selling last stake in Ally Financial Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:20 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The government is selling the last of its shares in Ally Financial Inc., the former financing arm of General Motors that was bailed out during the financial crisis. Detroit- based Ally said Thursday that the Treasury Department is selling its remaining 54.9 million shares. Ally, formerly called GMAC Inc., received a $17.2 billion bailout that began...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 18- Uber argued Thursday that it should not have to turn over ride data in a California regulatory standoff that shows how the transportation service is falling afoul of officials who could threaten its expansion. The issue, which is being heard in a California administrative court and whose outcome will not be known until next year, pits Uber...

  • Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city. General manager Brooke Steger wrote in a blog post Thursday that Portland is working to update its regulations for private for-hire...

  • Dec 18- Unifor, Canada's largest private sector workers' union, said it was unable to reach agreement with Canadian National Railway Co after months of negotiations. Unifor, which has five collective agreements with CN Rail, had opened talks in September on contracts for about 5,000 workers across the country. "CN remains optimistic that it can reach an agreement...

  • -Lipper@ NEW YORK, Dec 18- Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled $831 million out of emerging market stock funds through the week ended Dec. 17, the third straight week of ouflows, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. In addition, the same collapse in oil prices that has pressured Russia has also affected other emerging markets.

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- China agreed to cut red tape for imports of U.S. medicines and medical devices and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Thursday after three days of bilateral talks. China agreed to publish the results of administrative proceedings conducted under its anti-monopoly law, which has been criticized for...

  • Hellman's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo' Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:57 PM ET
    Just Mayo by Hampton Creek

    Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever says that it has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of "Just Mayo."

  • Hellman's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo' Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    Hellman's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of " Just Mayo." Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label...

  • Correction: Alaska Pipeline story Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:45 PM ET

    JUNEAU, Alaska— In a story Dec. 17 about the office of the federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects, The Associated Press, relying on information from a spokesman for U.S. Gas pipeline coordinator office in Alaska to close. JUNEAU, Alaska— The office of the federal coordinator for Alaska gas pipeline projects is shutting down after not being included in...

  • Fed gives banks more time to sell risky holdings Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:21 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve is delaying by two years a requirement that U.S. banks sell off their riskiest investments such as stakes in private equity and hedge funds. Banks say they need more time to complete the sales. The Fed said Thursday that it plans to extend from July 2015 to July 2017 the deadline by which banks will have to sell their stakes.

  • Will artists skip studio support after Sony scandal? Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:02 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Sony's decision to cancel "The Interview" in the face of terrorist threats is already affecting the way Hollywood does business. Actors, filmmakers, politicians and pundits roundly denounced Sony's decision on Wednesday to nix "The Interview" in response to theater owners' refusal to show the Christmas release in light of threats invoking 9/ 11. But...