• Oct 1- An experimental cholesterol-fighting drug being developed by Esperion Therapeutics Inc lowered LDL levels significantly more than Merck& Co Inc's Zetia in a midstage clinical trial, Esperion said on Wednesday. The LDL reductions seen with the once-daily ETC-1002 pill were somewhat less than can be achieved by more powerful statins, such as Pfizer...

  • Oct 1- A new type of experimental cholesterol fighter being developed by Esperion Therapeutics Inc lowered LDL levels significantly more than Merck& Co Inc's Zetia in a midstage clinical trial, the company said on Wednesday.

  • Small businesses scramble to keep top staffers Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 1:27 PM ET

    Love inspires students to keep coming back for more lessons and brings in more than a quarter of the studio's revenue, says Bisconti, owner of a Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Willoughby, Ohio.

  • Marathon Petroleum's Speedway closes on Hess deal Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 8:41 AM ET

    FINDLAY, Ohio— Marathon Petroleum's Speedway has completed its $2.82 billion purchase of Hess' retail operations and other assets. The transaction was orchestrated under Speedway LLC and will expand Marathon Petroleum's retail operations from nine states to 23 states along the coast and in the Southeast.

  • UPDATE 1-PennTex Midstream Partners LP files for IPO Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:59 AM ET

    Sept 30- PennTex Midstream Partners LP, a master limited partnership formed by PennTex Midstream Partners LLC, filed with U.S. regulators for an initial public offering of common units.

  • 3rd company looks to expand gas pipeline in Maine Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 6:39 AM ET

    AUGUSTA, Maine— Another major energy company has made a proposal to the Maine Public Utilities Commission to expand natural gas pipeline capacity in the state. Houston- based Spectra Energy Corp. filed a plan Monday in which the state could contract to secure specific supplies of lower-cost natural gas on two proposed projects.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 5:36 PM ET

    Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows. SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.

  • Civeo plans move to Canada, gives shaky forecast Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 1:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Work force accommodations company Civeo said Monday that it will reincorporate in Canada to lower its tax payments and improve its financial flexibility. Civeo was spun off from Oil States International Inc. earlier this year, and was conducting a review of its options.

  • Airlines look for an edge in weather-radar systems Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 12:27 PM ET

    DALLAS— As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them. The system on Will's plane was made by Rockwell Collins Inc. and just hit the market in February.

  • Sept 29- Civeo Corp, the provider of oilfield accommodation services recently spun off by Oil States International Inc, surprised Wall Street on Monday by saying it would not convert to a real estate investment trust and would instead relocate to Canada for tax purposes.

  • Macy's joins others in a big holiday hiring spree Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:46 AM ET

    The department store chain, which also operates Bloomingdale's, said Monday that the growth is being fueled by its expanding online business.

  • Boston City Council members weigh $25K pay raise Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 3:31 AM ET

    BOSTON— Boston City Council members kicked off a discussion Monday on possibly giving themselves each a $25,000 raise to bring their salaries more in line with their counterparts in New York and other major U.S. cities, even as questions arise over whether the proposal violates Massachusetts law.

  • Gaza war deals blow to Israel's tourism industry Sunday, 28 Sep 2014 | 11:54 AM ET

    JERUSALEM— It was supposed to be a record-breaking year for tourist visits to Israel. But all that changed when the 50- day war between Israel and Hamas prompted jittery travelers to cancel trips en masse, leaving empty hotel rooms and barren tourist sites in their wake. Israel and Hamas signed a cease-fire on Aug. 26.

  • HOUSTON, Sept 26- Brent crude futures ended flat on Friday as improving supply and concerns about tepid demand for oil in Europe and China offset concerns about the Middle East conflicts, while U.S. crude rose on supportive economic data from the United States.

  • US rig count unchanged at 1,931 Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:42 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. was unchanged this week, holding at 1,931.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Wyoming gained three rigs, New Mexico increased by two and Alaska, Colorado and West Virginia each gained one.

  • Hawaii gas stations, stores sold to Texas company Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Hawaii's largest independent gasoline operator is being sold to a Texas company for $240 million. Houston- based Susser Petroleum MLP said Thursday it will buy Aloha Petroleum Ltd. Aloha has nearly 100 gas stations and is one of the largest convenience store operators in Hawaii with 44 stores.

  • Magnum Hunter shares jump on positive results Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 12:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. jumped more than 10 percent Thursday after the oil and gas producer released positive results at its oil wells and pipelines. The Houston company said late Wednesday that a well in West Virginia was put into production over the weekend, producing as much as 46.5 million cubic feet of natural gas per day.

  • Sept 25- For nearly a quarter-century, traders around the world have looked to a spot in Louisiana for the best price of U.S. natural gas.

  • Lawmakers in U.S. oil heartland soften over export ban Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 25- In the oil drilling and refining heartland of Texas, the debate over U.S. crude exports is no longer a fight over whether a 40- year ban should be lifted.

  • Q+A-Tax Inversions 101: A pocket guide Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 11:04 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 23- The Treasury department this week announced a new set of regulations to crack down on the wave of "corporate inversions," in which American companies lower their tax bill by, simply put, relocating their legal corporate addresses overseas.