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  • Bofi beats Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    SAN DIEGO _ BofI Holding Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $19.4 million. Bofi shares have risen 6 percent since the beginning of the year. Access a Zacks stock report on BOFI at http://www.zacks.com/ap/BOFI.

  • Game Review: A new life for old video games Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:35 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— For some video games, what's old is new again. — "Grim Fandango Remastered": The treasured 1998 adventure game has been lovingly restored for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and PC with better graphics, a new point-and-click interface and a freshly recorded orchestral soundtrack performed by the Melbourne Symphony. It's only worth a purchase for...

  • Ryland tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:33 AM ET

    WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. _ Ryland Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $71.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 96 cents per share. Ryland shares have dropped almost 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • LONDON, Jan 29- U.S. commercial crude oil stocks last week hit their highest level since 1931- when the opening of giant oil fields in the United States coincided with the Great Depression to create an enormous glut and sent prices tumbling to just 13 cents per barrel. In October 1929, U.S. commercial crude stocks peaked at a staggering 545 million barrels, following...

  • The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that Margaritaville will open Monday at the Destiny USA shopping mall in Syracuse. The business is operated by Laguna Niguel, California- based Margaritaville Enterprises. The 12,000- square-foot restaurant in Syracuse, located on Destiny USA's third floor, will employ 200..

  • William Shatner knows the ups, downs of traveling Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:56 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES— William Shatner is back as a shrewd, unflappable travel expert in his latest TV commercial for an online company. It was one of the most embarrassing moments of my life, "Shatner said, recalling the incident at Los Angeles International Airport. Shatner returns as the priceline.com Negotiator in a new ad campaign that launches Sunday, with Kaley...

  • Jan 29- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese e-commerce company's scorching growth. Alibaba's shares fell 7 percent in premarket trading on Thursday. Alibaba's second quarterly report card since its record-breaking $25 billion IPO still underscored how it has...

  • Alibaba holiday-quarter revenue disappoints Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:10 AM ET

    Jan 29- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's quarterly revenue fell short of analysts' expectations, showing signs of a slowdown in the Chinese e-commerce company's growth during the hard-fought holiday shopping season. Revenue rose 40 percent to $4.22 billion in the December quarter, missing the average analyst estimate of $4.45 billion, according to Thomson...

  • Hershey dips into meat market with Krave Jerky Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Hershey has a sudden hankering for protein, with plans to add jerky to its lineup. Krave, based in Sonoma, California, positions itself as a premium jerky with no artificial ingredients and comes in flavors like black cherry barbecue, basil citrus and lemon garlic. Michele Buck, president of Hershey North America, said in a phone interview with The...

  • Intel says corporations buying more high-end PCs Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29- Companies replacing older PCs are increasingly choosing ones with high-end features aimed at improved security and employee efficiency, according to a senior Intel Corp executive. Intel's "vPro" processors account for a fifth of the chipmaker's corporate PC business and that proportion is growing, Tom Garrison, Intel's vice president...

  • Jacobs Engineering misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:09 AM ET

    PASADENA, Calif. _ Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $100.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 78 cents per share. Jacobs Engineering shares have fallen 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has fallen...

  • *AstraZeneca working with academic groups and Thermo Fisher. LONDON, Jan 29- AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had struck four research agreements in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new "genetic scissors" technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases. The collaborations with Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the...

  • BERKELEY, Calif.— Charles H. Townes' inspiration for the predecessor of the laser came to him while sitting on a park bench, waiting for a restaurant to open for breakfast. "I realized there would be many applications for the laser," Townes told Esquire magazine in 2001, "but it never occurred to me we'd get such power from it." "Charlie Townes had an enormous impact on...

  • UPDATE 2-Dollar strength brightens outlook for Infineon Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 3:06 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- German chipmaker Infineon reported better than expected first-quarter results on Thursday and raised its forecast for the year, boosted by the dollar's strength and improved demand for its power management and security chips. Infineon, which also makes chips that activate car airbags, control air conditioners and washing machines and...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 29- When Marty Weinstein decided to quit smoking, he took a friend's advice and tried electronic cigarettes rather than government-approved nicotine replacement products. E-cigarette makers in the United States are barred from explicitly marketing the products as smoking cessation devices, but have found ways to appeal legally to smokers who...

  • Tetra tops 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:10 PM ET

    PASADENA, Calif. _ Tetra Tech Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $25.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Analysts expected $454.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung lost the battle of the big phones last quarter as Apple's copycat large iPhone lured buyers in the crucial Chinese market. Samsung accounted for nearly one third of global smartphone sales in 2013, twice as much as Apple. Apple Inc. was behind Samsung's latest reversal in fortune, launching iPhones with bigger screens that robbed...

  • BERKELEY, Calif.— Charles H. Townes, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who helped create the laser that would revolutionize everything from medicine to manufacturing, has died. Townes had been in poor health before his death on the way to an Oakland hospital Tuesday, officials at the University of California, Berkeley, said. "I realized there would be many...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28- Qualcomm Inc reduced its outlook for fiscal 2015, saying it expects its newest Snapdragon mobile chip will not be used in a major customer's flagship smartphone, sending its shares lower. The San Diego, California, company also warned that "challenges" with another of its chips had hurt its competitiveness in China, where Qualcomm has been...

  • Kilroy Realty reports 4Q results Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES _ Kilroy Realty Corp. on Wednesday 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 72 cents per share. Analysts expected $132.3 million, according to Zacks.