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  • CHICAGO— Millions of Americans have a big personal stake in next Wednesday's Supreme Court challenge to the nation's health care law: Can they legally continue to get subsidies to help pay for their insurance? Young and healthy, Ariana Jimenez is just the kind of person the health insurance system needs in order to keep costs down for everyone.

  • Grain higher, livestock mixed Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $4.9725 a bushel; May corn was 2.25 cents higher at $3.86 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.6725 a bushel; while May soybeans gained 6.25 cents to $10.17 a bushel. April live cattle was 1.50 cents higher at $1.4835 a pound; March feeder...

  • Feb 25- It didn't take long for a big retailer to follow the lead of Wal-Mart Stores in raising minimum pay for workers. The announcement comes less than a week after Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, announced that it was giving half a million U.S. workers a raise, bringing its minimum hourly pay to $9 in 2015 and $10 next year. Analysts had predicted that other...

  • Inteliquent tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Inteliquent Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $10.1 million. Inteliquent expects full-year revenue in the range of $215 million to $230 million. Inteliquent shares have fallen 19 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Report: Surge in Chinese investment raises fraud risks Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:02 AM ET

    The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission raises questions about America's EB-5 visa program, which grants green cards to foreigners in return for investments of $1 million— or just $500,000 in high-unemployment or rural areas. The commission cites the case of a real estate developer indicted last year on charges of duping 290 Chinese...

  • LKQ 4Q results miss Street; 2015 outlook disappoints Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    CHICAGO— LKQ's fourth-quarter performance missed Wall Street expectations, hindered in part by declining scrap prices and currency devaluations. LKQ Corp. earned $80.5 million, or 26 cents per share, for the period ended Dec. 31. The Chicago company's revenue increased to $1.68 billion from $1.32 billion in the prior-year period, but missed Wall Street...

  • Merge Healthcare posts 4Q profit Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Merge Healthcare Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Chicago- based company said it had profit of 2 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • WASHINGTON— The foundation developing Barack Obama's future presidential library has commissioned polling in Chicago to determine whether residents support building it on the South Side, people close to the foundation said, in the clearest sign to date that the library likely will go to the University of Chicago. But recently, the focus has shifted...

  • United Airlines warns pilots after four safety incidents Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:55 PM ET

    Feb 25- United Continental Holdings Inc warned its pilots last month to double down on safety procedures after one flight was in danger of crashing and another landed with fewer fuel reserves than regulations require, the airline confirmed Wednesday. The Chicago- based carrier cited four recent "safety events and near-misses" in a Jan. 9 bulletin to pilots,...

  • Feb 25- Soybean export premiums at the U.S. Gulf Coast were flat to weaker on Wednesday, easing in tandem with a lower CIF barge basis and pressured by seasonally slowing demand for U.S. supplies, traders said. *Soybeans were loading on at Brazil's large Santos and Paranagua ports on Wednesday after truckers had blocked access earlier this week, but access to Parana...

  • Integrys posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:15 PM ET

    CHICAGO _ Integrys Energy Group Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $34.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Chicago- based company said it had net income of 42 cents. For the year, the company reported profit of $279.9 million, or $3.43 per share.

  • UPDATE 2-TJ Maxx raises wages, following Wal-Mart's lead Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:39 PM ET

    Feb 25- It didn't take long for a big retailer to follow the lead of Wal-Mart Stores in raising minimum pay for workers. The announcement comes less than a week after Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, announced that it was giving half a million U.S. workers a raise, bringing its minimum hourly pay to $9 in 2015 and $10 next year. Analysts had predicted that other...

  • ADM cuts biodiesel output as industry hit by weak margins Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 1:23 PM ET

    WINNIPEG/ NEW YORK, Feb 25- Archer Daniels Midland, one of the world's top biofuels producers, has slowed North American biodiesel output, the latest sign the industry is battling uncertainty over U.S. renewable fuel policy while the oil rout curbs demand. The Chicago- based agri business has "temporarily" shifted production at its Velva, North Dakota, oilseeds...

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $5.0375 a bushel; May corn was 1.50 cents lower at $3.84 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.7275 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 1 cent to $10.1775 a bushel. April live cattle was 1.08 cent higher at $1.4665 a pound; March feeder cattle was...

  • Feb 25- Dollar Tree Inc posted better-than-expected quarterly sales on Wednesday and said it expected to reach an agreement with the U.S. antitrust regulator by early March on store divestitures to get approval for its acquisition of larger rival Family Dollar Stores Inc.. Dollar Tree said it remained confident it would not have to divest more than 300 stores...

  • U.S. Cellular reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ United States Cellular Corp. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $21.3 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 64 cents per share. Analysts expected $1.04 billion, according to Zacks.

  • SYDNEY, Feb 25- Australia and the United States, two of the world's biggest wheat exporters, are racing to become mass producers of the South American "super food" quinoa and tap a gluten-free market expected to be worth more than $6 billion by 2018.. "We have been growing quinoa for about five years now, and as the market has grown, there is little shortage of other...

  • Motorola aims new phone at first-time smartphone buyers Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Motorola is updating its low-cost smartphone, the Moto E, as it targets first-time smartphone buyers worldwide. The 4 G model will cost $150 in the U.S., while the 3 G will go for $120, both without contract requirements. Motorola, which Lenovo Group bought from Google Inc. in October, has been trying to set itself apart from other phone makers by selling...

  • TDS reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:09 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Telephone& Data Systems Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $16.5 million in its fourth quarter. Cellular and TDS Telecom posted revenue of $1.3 billion in the period. Keywords: Telephone& Data Systems, Earnings Report.

  • Feb 25- Dollar Tree Inc's quarterly sales rose about 11 percent, helped by higher demand for party supplies, household products and food during the holiday season. Shares of Dollar Tree, which sells items for $1 or less at its namesake chain, rose 1.2 percent to $78.40 in light premarket trading. Dollar Tree, which will replace Dollar General Corp as the No.1 U.S....