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  • UPDATE 2-Virgin America soars in market debut Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:26 AM ET

    Nov 14- Shares of Virgin America Inc, a low-cost airline partly owned by Richard Branson, soared almost 30 percent in their market debut, underscoring the buoyant mood in an industry that is emerging from a long spell of turbulence. At the high, the stock was trading 8.08 times 2013 earnings per share, compared with Southwest Airlines Co's multiple of 37.43 and...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- A group of Walmart employees pushing for higher wages said on Friday they were planning protests at 1,600 Walmart stores nationwide on Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year in the United States. The arrests on Thursday followed several hours of protest by a number of Walmart workers in California, according to Our Walmart and The...

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Friday on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery advanced 6.75 cents to $5.6050 a bushel; Dec corn was 4.50 cents lower at 3.8175 a bushel; Dec oats rose. 75 cent to $3.3950 a bushel; while Jan soybeans declined 31 cents to $10.2250 a bushel. Dec live cattle rose. 55 cents to $1.7020 a pound; Jan feeder cattle was 1.90 cent...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- Farmland values in the southern U.S. Midwest and Delta region rose almost 15 percent during the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite lower farm income, as grain prices fell, the Federal Bank of St. Louis said on Friday. The St. Louis district covers Arkansas, eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, and parts of Kentucky,...

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said on Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...

  • The principles were developed after a pair of meetings organized by the American Farm Bureau Federation with industry groups including the American Soybean Association and National Corn Growers Association as well as tech providers like John Deere, DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto's Climate Corporation. "It's an important step in making farmers more...

  • Hospital quality increases, accrediting group says Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    CHICAGO— More U.S. hospitals are giving patients the recommended treatments for common conditions, according to an annual report released Thursday by an independent accrediting group. The number of hospitals deemed top performers totaled 1,224 last year, with at least one in every state, according to the Joint Commission's report. Mark Chassin, the...

  • At a Chicago hearing on Thursday, a three-judge panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned whether the allegations had enough connection to the United States to be heard in U.S. courts. Motorola Mobility, a unit of China's Lenovo Group Ltd, sued the suppliers in Chicago federal court in 2009, saying some of its subsidiaries had overpaid for liquid...

  • UPDATE 1-CBOE bond volatility futures make silent debut Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Nov 13- A CBOE futures contract tied to a gauge on the expected volatility of the U.S. bond market, comparable to the exchange's futures for its VIX index for stocks, made nary a ripple in its debut on Thursday. The Chicago Board Options Exchange launched its futures contract tied to the CBOE/ CBOT 10- year U.S. We are in it in for the long haul, "said John Angelos,...

  • *Treasury concludes this week's $66 bln in auctions. NEW YORK, Nov 13- U.S. "Once the 30- year auction was done, the market breathed a sigh of relief and you got some buying," said Lou Brien, strategist at DRW Trading in Chicago.

  • S&P assigns Twitter a junk-grade rating Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 3:47 PM ET

    CHICAGO— Standard& Poor's Ratings Services on Thursday assigned Twitter Inc. a junk-grade rating. The ratings agency gave the San Francisco- based social networking company a "BB-" corporate credit rating, which places the company firmly in the middle of junk-grade territory. Jim Prosser, a spokesman for Twitter, pointed to S&P's own words as comment: "Twitter will...

  • "The principles released today provide a measure of needed certainty to farmers regarding the protection of their data," said Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, which spearheaded the effort to craft industry wide standards on farm data. The principles were developed after a pair of meetings organized by the Farm Bureau since April...

  • Nov 13- Dow AgroSciences' decision to severely restrict U.S. introduction of its Enlist genetically modified crops and herbicide- billed as the company's most important product launch ever- came after extensive talks with U.S. grain leaders who fear roiling trade with China, a company executive said Thursday. The deep involvement of the grain industry in...

  • Nov 13- Wal-Mart Stores Inc same-store sales, helped by lower gas prices, rose for the first time in seven quarters, but the world's largest retailer warned it was preparing for a bruising holiday season as it moves to match prices with online outlets. Wal-Mart said on Thursday comparable sales at stores open at least 12 months rose 0.5 percent in the third quarter...

  • Nov 13- Wal-Mart Stores Inc same-store sales, helped by lower gas prices, rose for the first time in seven quarters, but the world's largest retailer warned it was preparing for a bruising holiday season as it moves to match prices with online outlets. Wal-Mart said on Thursday comparable sales at stores open at least 12 months rose 0.5 percent in the third quarter...

  • Residents' lawsuit targets Illinois fracking rules Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:04 PM ET

    CHICAGO— A group of Illinois landowners has sued the Department of Natural Resources in a bid to stop the state's new rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling from taking effect, saying the agency violated several rulemaking procedures as it worked to implement a state law to regulate the practice. The lawsuit filed Monday in Madison County Circuit Court...

  • Grain higher, livestock higher Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 10:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Thursday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Dec delivery was unchanged at $5.4275 a bushel; Dec corn was 7.25 cents higher at $3.85 a bushel; Dec oats were unchanged at $3.38 a bushel; while Jan soybeans gained 15.25 cents to $10.63 a bushel. Dec live cattle was 2.05 cents higher at $1.6980 pound; Jan feeder...

  • Nov 13- Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported a higher-than-expected profit as comparable sales at its U.S. stores rose for the first time in seven quarters, helped by its small-format' Neighborhood Market' stores and higher prices. Wal-Mart has been facing sluggish sales in the United States as its core low-income customers struggle with stagnant wage growth and...

  • Wal-Mart third-quarter sales rise 2.9 pct Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    Nov 13- Wal-Mart Stores Inc reported a 2.9 percent increase in third-quarter revenue, helped by strong sales at its small format' Neighborhood Market' stores. Net profit attributable to Wal-Mart fell 0.4 percent to $3.71 billion, or $1.15 per share, for its quarter ended Oct. 31, from $3.74 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

  • Uber gets OK for much of Pennsylvania, not Philly Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 2:09 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA— Uber X has received a rude welcome in Philadelphia, where a no-nonsense parking enforcement agency once featured in a reality TV series has taken the same hard line with the ride-sharing service, impounding at least 15 vehicles and slapping drivers with $1,000 fines. It has muscled its way into the market long-dominated by taxicabs, sparking...