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  • HOUSTON, April 24- Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for potential antitrust violations related to leasing oil and gas properties, according to a regulatory filing by a new business venture he helps run. "In connection with the formal investigation of Chesapeake in 2012 by the U.S....

  • What could McDonald's do to fix its business? Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— When it comes to McDonald's, everyone seems to have an opinion about what the company needs to do differently. After turning in another quarter of sliding sales and profit, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the chain will unveil initial details on a plan to turn around its fortunes on May 4. McDonald's recently began testing an all-day breakfast...

  • Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The Food and Drug Administration says aspartame, known by the brand names Equal and NutraSweet, is "one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with...

  • Aaron's beats Street 1Q forecasts Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Aaron's Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $49.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $792.8 million.

  • Premiere Global posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Premiere Global Services Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.2 million. The Atlanta- based company said it had net income of 3 cents per share. Premiere Global expects full-year earnings in the range of 90 cents to 92 cents per share.

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all its products from retailers and closing ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination. Columbus, Ohio- based Jeni's says contamination was found in a random sample by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Others are listed in Atlanta; Chicago; Charleston, South...

  • CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.— A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta has returned to Buffalo, New York, after the crew received an indication of a possible issue with one of its two engines. The airline says Flight 1672 landed safely at Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Thursday morning and maintenance technicians are evaluating the aircraft.

  • Graphic Packaging beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Graphic Packaging Holding Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $55.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 16 cents per share. Graphic Packaging shares have climbed roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • State Bank Financial posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ State Bank Financial Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $9.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 27 cents per share. State Bank Financial shares have climbed 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PulteGroup misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    ATLANTA— PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $55 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 20 cents per share. PulteGroup shares have increased 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 2 percent.

  • *Visa, MasterCard rise as China opportunity seen. April 22- U.S. stocks ended stronger on Wednesday as Visa's potential expansion into China and talk of a turnaround at McDonald's helped investors look beyond a mixed bag of quarterly earnings. Visa ended 4.07 percent higher at $68.01 after hitting a record high of $69.98, while MasterCard closed up 3.91 percent...

  • *Brent advances on Yemen, WTI crude choppy. NEW YORK, April 22- Stocks in major markets drifted higher on Wednesday as investors took an optimistic view of the latest batch of U.S. corporate earnings, while U.S. "People are seeing the negative effects of foreign exchange and that's not been drastically worse than expected," said Michael Sansoterra, portfolio manager...

  • Equifax beats Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Equifax Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $88.3 million. For the current quarter ending in June, Equifax expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.09 to $1.11. Equifax expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.28 to $4.35 per share, with revenue ranging from $2.59 billion to $2.64 billion.

  • *Oil advances on Yemen lingering concern. NEW YORK, April 22- Stocks in major markets were little changed on Wednesday as the latest round of U.S. corporate earnings kept equities in check, while U.S. "We are moving along within a pretty tight range and that will likely continue until you start to see some shift," said Ed Hyland, global investment specialist at JP Morgan...

  • Coke profit tops expectations, helped by price hikes Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    In its flagship North America market, overall volume was flat. "We're doing a lot of work in North America to understand what's going on," Waller said of the decline of diet sodas. The overall soda decline in North America was offset by a 2 percent increase in noncarbonated drinks, such as bottled teas.

  • Manhattan Associates posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 4:27 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Manhattan Associates Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $23.2 million. Manhattan Associates expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.34 to $1.36 per share, with revenue in the range of $541 million to $550 million. Manhattan Associates shares have risen 38 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ATLANTA— Federal regulators proposed an $11,200 fine Tuesday against Chicago Bridge& Iron Co. because its workers dropped a prefabricated section for a new nuclear power plant in South Carolina and then tried to cover it up, officials said. The accident happened March 1, 2013, at the CB&I manufacturing plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The facility makes...

  • The good news is that they're releasing the cast album of the show with a powerhouse cast including Broadway stars Christian Borle, Brian d'Arcy James and Megan Hilty. Songwriters Justin Paul and Benj Pasek and story writer Timothy Allen McDonald hope the giveaway will encourage theaters across the country to do the show or, at the very least, make your long car...

  • Genuine Parts meets 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Genuine Parts Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $161 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.05 per share. Genuine Parts shares have fallen 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2 percent.

  • WASHINGTON— The Transportation Security Administration is tightening security rules for airline and airport workers in the wake of a criminal case in which an Atlanta baggage handler was accused of smuggling guns on commercial jets, Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Monday. In the immediate aftermath of the December arrest, Johnson ordered a 90- day...