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  • May 21- Financial Engines is close to a deal to add its online investment advice to Wells Fargo& Co's retirement platform, according to a Wells presentation obtained by Reuters, news that boosted Financial Engine's stock more than 6 percent. The move would make Financial Engines' service available to the 3.8 million 401 participants on Wells' 401 record-keeping...

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq add further support to prices. NEW YORK, May 21- Oil prices jumped almost 3 percent Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East...

  • *Shake Shack hits record on trademark filing. May 21- Wall Street was higher in late morning trading on Thursday, with the S&P 500 a whisker away from a record high, as a fresh batch of disappointing economic data bolstered expectations that the Federal Reserve would not raise interest rates any time soon. "I doubt we'll see a rate hike this year," said Paul Nolte,...

  • CHICAGO, May 21- Banks that entered into credit and other deals related to Chicago's general obligation variable-rate debt have agreed not to demand payments triggered when the city's rating was cut to junk by Moody's Investors Service, according to city documents. The forbearance agreements between Chicago and the banks will allow the city to convert the...

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:54 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 4.50 cents higher at $5.1750 a bushel; July corn was 4.25 cents higher at $3.6425 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.41 a bushel; while July soybeans gained 3.75 cents to 9.45 a bushel. August live cattle was. 53 cent higher at $1.5025 a pound;...

  • State Department employee is accused of sending threatening emails to college-aged women in the U.S. from his computer at the U.S. Embassy in London, authorities said. Authorities apprehended him last week at Atlanta's airport as he prepared to board a flight back to London after visiting relatives in Georgia. Investigators say he began working at the London...

  • PITTSBURGH— The cookies may be smiling, but the restaurants are not. A Pennsylvania chain says in a lawsuit that the smiley face cookies made by a Chicago- based baker are "confusingly similar" to its own trademarked treats. Homestead-based Eat'n Park seeks to block additional cookie sales by Chicago American Sweet& Snacks Inc..

  • May 21- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, helped by strong demand for smartphones and large-screen TVs. Best Buy said its revenue growth in the United States was driven by sales of mobile phones bundled with billing plans by telecom carriers. Best Buy's revenue from the United...

  • May 21- Best Buy Co Inc, the largest U.S. consumer electronics chain, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales, helped by strong demand for large-screen TVs, smartphones and appliances. The net income attributable to Best Buy's shareholders fell to $129 million, or 36 cents per share, in the first quarter ended May 2 from $461 million, or $1.31 per...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to June 3 Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    SINTRA, Portugal- European Central Bank forum on central banking. Speakers:- ECB President Mario Draghi and board member Peter Praet, IMF Economic Counsellor Olivier Blanchard, BoE Governor Mark Carney, Central Bank of Mexico Governor Agustin Carstens, Central Bank of Ireland Governor Patrick Honohan, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development...

  • CHICAGO, May 20- Thousands of McDonald's workers seeking a minimum wage of $15 per hour swarmed the fast-food giant's headquarters for the first of two days of protests to coincide with the fast-food chain's annual meeting on Thursday. Companies such as McDonald's Corp and Wal-Mart Stores Inc are raising starting pay and cities like Seattle and Chicago are...

  • BOSTON/ LOS ANGELES, May 20- Four U.S. public pension fund officials on Wednesday warned that McDonald's Corp and other companies may be jeopardizing their own futures by returning excessive amounts of cash to investors via share buybacks. The statement by the fund officials marks the first time in which some of the nation's biggest institutional investors...

  • Equifax, Experian and TransUnion, which have credit data for more than 200 million Americans, will also pay $6 million to the states for consumer education and other costs. The accord expands upon their March 9 agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to improve how they interact with consumers. Stuart Pratt, president of the Consumer Data...

  • CHICAGO, May 20- Hormel Foods' chief executive cast doubt on federal forecasts for as much as 4 percent increase in turkey meat production on Wednesday, due to a devastating outbreak of avian flu that has "significantly challenged" its Jennie-O Turkey Store business. To date, the outbreak has led to the deaths or scheduled euthanizations of more than 38 million...

  • May 20- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No.2 U.S. home improvement chain by sales, reported lower-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as a long, harsh winter hurt sales growth, sending its shares down more than 5 percent. Lowe's performance during the first quarter is in sharp contrast to bigger rival Home Depot Inc whose earnings handily beat analyst estimates on...

  • TREASURIES-U.S. 30-year bonds fall ahead of Fed minutes Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 11:07 AM ET

    *Greece debt concerns spur earlier safety bids for bonds. "The April FOMC minutes might have a hawkish tone," said Todd Colvin, senior vice president at Ambrosino Brothers in Chicago. Companies raised $38 billion in the bond market on Monday and Tuesday, according to IFR, a Thomson Reuters unit.

  • Grain lower, livestock mostly lower Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 4.25 cents lower at $5.06 a bushel; July corn was 1 cent lower at $3.61 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.48 a bushel; while July soybeans lost 5.25 cents to 9.41 a bushel. August live cattle was. 90 cent lower at $1.4970 a pound; August feeder...

  • May 20- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No.2 U.S. home improvement chain by sales, reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and sales as growth in its kitchen, flooring and lumber and building material businesses was not as strong as the company expected. In contrast, bigger rival Home Depot Inc's quarterly same-store sales handily beat analysts' estimates on Tuesday...

  • Home improvement chain Lowe's profit rises 8 pct Wednesday, 20 May 2015 | 6:08 AM ET

    May 20- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No.2 U.S. home improvement chain by sales, reported a 7.9 percent rise in quarterly profit as an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend on renovations. The company's net income rose to $673 million, or 70 cents per share, in the first quarter ended May 1 from $624 million, or 61 cents per share, a year earlier. Net sales rose 5.4...