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  • HOUSTON, April 24- Aubrey McClendon, the former CEO of Chesapeake Energy Corp, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for potential antitrust violations related to leasing oil and gas properties, according to a regulatory filing by a new business venture he helps run. "In connection with the formal investigation of Chesapeake in 2012 by the U.S....

  • Recalls this week: vacuum cleaners, bicycles Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:55 PM ET

    Vacuum cleaners that pose an electric shock risk to users are among this week's recalled consumer products. Others include Trek bicycles with a defect that has caused several injuries. They were sold at Bed Bath& Beyond, Best Buy, Kohl's, Lowes, Target and other stores nationwide, online at www.sharkclean.com and through television infomercials from August...

  • What could McDonald's do to fix its business? Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    NEW YORK— When it comes to McDonald's, everyone seems to have an opinion about what the company needs to do differently. After turning in another quarter of sliding sales and profit, McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook said the chain will unveil initial details on a plan to turn around its fortunes on May 4. McDonald's recently began testing an all-day breakfast...

  • Diet Pepsi dropping aspartame on customer concerns Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— PepsiCo says it's dropping aspartame from Diet Pepsi in response to customer worries and replacing it with sucralose, another artificial sweetener commonly known as Splenda. The Food and Drug Administration says aspartame, known by the brand names Equal and NutraSweet, is "one of the most exhaustively studied substances in the human food supply, with...

  • Aaron's beats Street 1Q forecasts Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Aaron's Inc. on Friday reported first-quarter net income of $49.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 54 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $792.8 million.

  • Premiere Global posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Premiere Global Services Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.2 million. The Atlanta- based company said it had net income of 3 cents per share. Premiere Global expects full-year earnings in the range of 90 cents to 92 cents per share.

  • FTC says company that tracks shoppers also misled them Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A company that helps retailers track shopper's movements deceived consumers by saying that it would inform them when they were being tracked and give them the chance to opt-out, but never did, the Federal Trade Commission said Thursday. Nomi Corp. has agreed not to make any future misleading claims that consumers can control whether information is...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is recalling all its products from retailers and closing ice cream shops in six states over concerns about possible listeria contamination. Columbus, Ohio- based Jeni's says contamination was found in a random sample by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Others are listed in Atlanta; Chicago; Charleston, South...

  • CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y.— A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Atlanta has returned to Buffalo, New York, after the crew received an indication of a possible issue with one of its two engines. The airline says Flight 1672 landed safely at Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Thursday morning and maintenance technicians are evaluating the aircraft.

  • Graphic Packaging beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:21 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Graphic Packaging Holding Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $55.1 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 16 cents per share. Graphic Packaging shares have climbed roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Ameris Bancorp misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    MOULTRIE, Ga. _ Ameris Bancorp on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $9.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Ameris Bancorp shares have increased slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • State Bank Financial posts 1Q profit Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:39 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ State Bank Financial Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $9.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 27 cents per share. State Bank Financial shares have climbed 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PulteGroup misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    ATLANTA— PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $55 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 20 cents per share. PulteGroup shares have increased 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 2 percent.

  • NEW YORK— Arris Group said Wednesday it will buy British set-top box maker Pace for $2.1 billion in cash and stock and reincorporate in the U.K. to cut its taxes. Arris Group Inc. makes high-speed Internet equipment, and in 2013 it paid Google Inc. more than $2 billion to acquire for set-top operations that once belonged to Motorola Mobility.

  • *Visa, MasterCard rise as China opportunity seen. April 22- U.S. stocks ended stronger on Wednesday as Visa's potential expansion into China and talk of a turnaround at McDonald's helped investors look beyond a mixed bag of quarterly earnings. Visa ended 4.07 percent higher at $68.01 after hitting a record high of $69.98, while MasterCard closed up 3.91 percent...

  • *Brent advances on Yemen, WTI crude choppy. NEW YORK, April 22- Stocks in major markets drifted higher on Wednesday as investors took an optimistic view of the latest batch of U.S. corporate earnings, while U.S. "People are seeing the negative effects of foreign exchange and that's not been drastically worse than expected," said Michael Sansoterra, portfolio manager...

  • Equifax beats Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:16 PM ET

    ATLANTA _ Equifax Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $88.3 million. For the current quarter ending in June, Equifax expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.09 to $1.11. Equifax expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.28 to $4.35 per share, with revenue ranging from $2.59 billion to $2.64 billion.

  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful...

  • *Oil advances on Yemen lingering concern. NEW YORK, April 22- Stocks in major markets were little changed on Wednesday as the latest round of U.S. corporate earnings kept equities in check, while U.S. "We are moving along within a pretty tight range and that will likely continue until you start to see some shift," said Ed Hyland, global investment specialist at JP Morgan...

  • Coke profit tops expectations, helped by price hikes Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    In its flagship North America market, overall volume was flat. "We're doing a lot of work in North America to understand what's going on," Waller said of the decline of diet sodas. The overall soda decline in North America was offset by a 2 percent increase in noncarbonated drinks, such as bottled teas.