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WASHINGTON, March 11 (Reuters)- The Obama administration said on Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for private health insurance under Obamacare, and indicated that total enrollment could surpass a 6 million-enrollee forecast by the end of March.
*France says sanctions on Russia could come this week. Brent oil futures rose slightly on Tuesday, supported by tensions over Ukraine as the European Union and United States prepared sanctions against Russia that could come soon.
NEW YORK-- Shares of alternative energy companies Plug Power and FuelCell continued to rise Tuesday after a Cowen and Co. analyst offered optimistic commentary on both companies. Analyst Robert Stone rates shares of Plug Power Inc. and FuelCell Energy Inc. at "Outperform."
NEW YORK, March 11- U.S. "The auctions are the main event in Treasury space," said Ian Lyngen, a senior government bond strategist at CRT Capital in Stamford, Connecticut, in a research note.
BOSTON, March 11- Steven A. Cohen, whose hedge fund SAC Capital Advisors pleaded guilty to insider trading, is changing the name of his firm to Point72 Asset Management as it shifts focus to managing his own assets from serving as a hedge fund for wealthy investors following an agreement with the U.S. government.
NEW YORK-- Alexion Pharmaceuticals raised its 2014 guidance on Monday, saying the national health agency of France will reimburse it for past sales of its drug Soliris. The Cheshire, Conn., company is now forecasting adjusted income of $4.37 to $4.47 per share and $2.15 billion to $2.17 billion in revenue.
Soliris, the company's sole product on the market, is approved in the United States, the European Union and Japan for the two conditions. The drugmaker raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $4.37- $4.47 per share from its previous estimate of $3.70- $3.80.
March 10- Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc revised its profit and sales outlook for the year after the French government agreed to raise reimbursement payments for the company's lead drug, Soliris. The drugmaker raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $4.37- $4.47 per share from its previous estimate of $3.70- $3.80 per share.
March 9- United Rentals Inc, the world's largest equipment rental company, said on Sunday it had agreed to acquire privately held National Pump, the second-largest specialty pump rental company in North America, for $780 million.
NEW YORK, March 9- Five years ago, the United States was in the midst of its worst recession in seven decades, and stocks were feeling it. On this day in 2009, the S&P 500 hit its nadir, closing at 676.53.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7- A federal jury on Friday found former Jefferies Group Inc trader Jesse Litvak guilty of defrauding clients on mortgage bond trades made after the financial crisis. "Today's verdict shows plainly and powerfully that Wall Street professionals are not above the law," U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly in Connecticut said in a statement.
NEW YORK, March 7- Famed oil bull Andy Hall's hedge fund rose nearly 8 percent in February in its biggest monthly gain in 2-1/ 2 years, boosted by a rally in crude oil that could help Occidental Petroleum's chances of selling its stake in the fund.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks finished mostly higher on Friday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record after more jobs than expected were created in February and January's figure was revised higher.
NEW HAVEN, Conn., March 7- A federal jury found former Jefferies Group Inc trader Jesse Litvak guilty of defrauding clients on mortgage bond trades, a victory for the government as it probes whether banks cheated their customers in the years after the financial crisis.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks pulled back on Friday, with the Nasdaq extending losses in late afternoon trading as investors adjusted their positions ahead of the weekend and caution prevailed because of the simmering crisis in Ukraine.
March 7- A federal jury found former Jefferies Group Inc trader Jesse Litvak guilty of defrauding clients on mortgage bond trades, a victory for the government as it probes whether banks cheated their customers in the years after the financial crisis.
*Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. stocks trimmed earlier gains on Friday's jobs data to trade little changed by midday as investors turned cautious before the weekend, with the S&P 500 near record highs and a simmering crisis in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON, March 7- The price for power plants to emit 1 ton of carbon dioxide in nine northeastern U.S. states cleared at a record $4 per short ton at the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative's 23rd permit auction, the market's administrator said Friday.
Treasury debt prices fell on Thursday as fears over a war in Ukraine abated, helping drive benchmark yields to their highest levels in a week, and as traders prepared for Friday's key non-farm payrolls report. Markets await the results from a referendum vote due in 10 days that will decide whether Crimea will become a part of Russia.
*Crimean parliament votes to join Russia. Crimea's Moscow- backed parliament voted to allow the southern Ukrainian region to become part of Russia on Thursday, as the U.S. ordered asset freezes and travel bans on a list of individuals it said were involved in Russia's military intervention.