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  • Brown & Brown misses Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Brown& Brown Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter profit of $68.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 47 cents per share. Analysts expected $424.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • DETROIT, Oct 20- Toyota Motor Corp recalled 247,000 cars, SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States on Monday because of potentially defective front passenger air bag inflators from Japan's Takata Corp that can rupture and spray metal shrapnel, according to U.S. safety regulators. That raised the number of vehicles affected by regional recalls launched in...

  • Vehicles with air bag problem that should be fixed Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million car owners whose air bag inflators have been recalled to get them repaired. The air bags, especially in areas along the coast with high absolute humidity, have inflators that can rupture. —Models: 2002 to 2004 Lexus SC, 2003 to 2004 Toyota Corolla and Matrix, 2002 to...

  • Zalkind and Williams, who have a combined experience of more than 20 years in the securities industry, joined Morgan Stanley on Oct. 14 from JPMorgan Chase& Co.. Morgan Stanley also said Robert Phelps had joined its Downtown Louisville, Kentucky office on Oct. 17 from UBS, while Thomas Forma and Kevin Nichols joined its West Hartford, Connecticut office from...

  • Scotts Miracle-Gro to buy pest control company Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:28 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The Scotts Miracle-Gro Co. said Monday that it plans to buy Action Pest Control Inc., a Midwest company that helps rid homes and businesses of bedbugs, termites and other pests. Scotts Miracle-Gro, based in Marysville, Ohio, already has a pest control service in Florida. Shares of Scotts Miracle-Gro added 39 cents to $56.52 in afternoon trading Monday.

  • US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 11:46 AM ET

    Multiple automakers have recalled vehicles in the U.S. over the past two years to repair air bag inflators made by Takata Corp., a Tokyo- based supplier of seat belts, air bags, steering wheels and other auto parts. In a statement Monday, the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration warned owners of those cars to act right away. The warning covers cars made...

  • Toyota adds 247K vehicles to air bag recall tally Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    DETROIT— Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. Inflators can rupture in air bags manufactured by parts supplier Takata, causing metal fragments to fly out when bags are inflated in crashes. The recall covers vehicles in South Florida, along the Gulf Coast,...

  • Platform Specialty to buy Arysta for $3.51 billion Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Platform Specialty Products Corp. said Monday that it will spend about $3.51 billion to buy rival chemical maker Arysta LifeScience Ltd. to diversify its product offerings. Miami- based Platform makes specialty chemicals used in computers, cars and oil rigs. Shares of Platform rose 76 cents, or 3.1 percent, to $25.05 in morning trading Monday.

  • PetMed misses Street 2Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 8:06 AM ET

    POMPANO BEACH, Fla. _ PetMed Express Inc. on Monday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $2.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 21 cents per share. Analysts expected $60.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • Canadian Pacific ends CSX deal talks Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    Canadian Pacific Railway has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions. Several reports had surfaced recently that CSX Corp. had rejected a merger offer from Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Both railroads declined to comment on the deal talk, but CSX CEO Michael Ward did say last week that the Surface...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 18- Bermuda suffered extensive power outages on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds, but the tourist destination dodged catastrophic damage and death despite the direct hit. Only minor injuries were reported, Bermuda officials said. By mid Saturday, weather on the island had...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 18- Power was out for nearly 30,000 customers in Bermuda, and many roads were impassable on Saturday after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with rain and howling winds through the night, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths. The strongest storm to sweep the subtropical British territory in a decade whipped Bermuda...

  • HAMILTON, Bermuda, Oct 18- Power was out for tens of thousands in Bermuda on Saturday morning after Hurricane Gonzalo pummeled the island with torrential rain and howling winds through the night, but there have been no reports of serious injuries. Damage from the storm was believed to be widespread in Bermuda, a tourist destination and affluent insurance...

  • MEXICO CITY/ DETROIT/ TOKYO, Oct 18- Manufacturing problems with Takata Corp air bags go beyond what the Tokyo- based company has disclosed to U.S. safety regulators about why the devices are at risk of exploding with dangerous force, according to internal company documents reviewed by Reuters. Takata has cooperated with an investigation begun in June by...

  • Ebola causing some people to change travel plans Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 6:23 PM ET

    The virus has killed more than 4,500 in West Africa since the current outbreak began several months ago. Several people who contracted the disease there have been treated in the United States, but only three cases have been diagnosed in the U.S., all in Dallas. Still, Ebola fear increased when officials disclosed that a nurse tested positive for the virus just over...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- U.S. That yield peak came after news the Thomson Reuters/ University of Michigan index of consumer sentiment unexpectedly rose in early October to more than a seven-year high. "The strong consumer confidence number, combined with yesterday's healthy drop in jobless claims, and the' don't end quantitative easing now' talk by Fed Governor Bullard, is...

  • DETROIT/ ORLANDO, Oct 17- A fourth traffic death in a Honda Motor Co car has been linked to a defective air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp, according to a county medical examiner in Florida. Hien Tran died on Oct. 2, four days after her red 2001 Honda Accord sedan struck another car in Orlando and the air bags exploded, sending shrapnel at the 51- year-old woman,...

  • Oct 17- Energy Future Holdings squared off against creditors in court on Friday as the bankrupt Texas power company sought approval to begin a multibillion dollar auction of its interest in Oncor, a power transmission business. The company anticipates an auction in February, and sources told Reuters potential bidders include NextEra Energy Inc of Juno Beach,...

  • Publix recalls snack mix that had peanuts Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Supermarket chain Publix is recalling a snack mix because the label doesn't warn shoppers that it contains peanuts. Publix Asian Mix was sold at all its stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina. Customers who bought the product can return it to a Publix store for a full refund.

  • TREASURIES-Prices off as global markets recover Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    *Wall Street, European stocks up. Treasuries prices posted their second straight day of declines on Friday as Wall Street and European stock markets bounced back from a sharp sell-off. But on Friday, Wall Street's main indices were up nearly 1 percent, and the MSCI index of world stocks was ahead 0.85 percent.