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  • WASHINGTON, Dec 21- Last month's move by the U.S. commodities regulator to let Southwest Airlines Co keep its multibillion-dollar oil trades secret for 15 days offered the world's biggest low-cost carrier a break it has been seeking for three years. All other swap trades except Southwest's must be reported "as soon as technologically practicable."

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, the two companies said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network,...

  • Last U.S. holiday shopping weekend off to solid start Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 3:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO/ NEW YORK, Dec 20- Shoppers filled up malls and department stores on the last weekend before Christmas, as the weather cooperated to help raise the prospect of a solid finish to a holiday season that has so far produced mixed results. Crowds were building at stores in and around New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles by midday on Saturday.

  • DISH, Comcast SportsNet reach deal in regional dispute Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, DISH said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network, threatening access...

  • Illinois farm groups foresee market growth in Cuba Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 12:42 PM ET

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois farm groups are looking to Cuba as a growing market for corn, soybeans, pork and other products the state produces, and they see the state's access to rail and river transportation as an advantage to trade with the Caribbean island nation of 11 million consumers. The thaw in relations between the United States and Cuba could mean up to $7...

  • Stolen laptop held Northwestern patient data Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 11:12 AM ET

    CHICAGO— A major Chicago health care system has apologized to nearly 3,000 patients whose personal information was on an unencrypted laptop that was stolen in October. Northwestern Memorial Healthcare started mailing letters Friday to affected patients and promised to take steps to enhance security. The system operates the flagship academic medical...

  • WATRERLOO, Ontario, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd is working with Boeing Co on Boeing's high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company's chief executive said on Friday. "We're pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform,"...

  • FDA approves AbbVie combo hepatitis C treatment Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:35 PM ET

    TRENTON, N.J.— Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the sale of a packaged treatment called Viekira Pak made by AbbVie Inc. of North Chicago, Illinois. It includes a combination pill, which...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 18- Investors have wrung their hands over the last several weeks over the effect of lower oil prices on the broader S&P 500, but the relationship between the two is actually starting to break down. "The proof is that oil turned down and the market said,' Oh, that was yesterday's news, today we're moving ahead,"' said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at...

  • Sugarland, promoter settle with state fair victims Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    MERRILLVILLE, Ind.— Country duo Sugarland, concert promoter Live Nation and 16 other defendants have agreed to pay $39 million to settle claims stemming from the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair stage collapse, lawyers for the victims and their families announced Friday. Friday's settlement resulted from mediation that began in the spring and is in addition to...

  • *Rouble bounces over 3 percent, oil above $60 a barrel. Wall Street's momentum, hopes that Russia was stabilizing and a recommitment from Japan to its massive stimulus campaign pushed Asian stocks to their best day in 15 months. "We have digested the drop in oil, we have gotten past the Fed, and now we will see what we will do for the rest of the year," said Peter Jankovskis,...

  • West Texas Intermediate crude futures traded above $55 a barrel while benchmark Brent hovered above the psychologically key $60 level, gaining over 2 percent in New York's morning trade. "At least I'm not convinced that with Brent at $60 or WTI above $55, we've seen the bottom yet," said Tariq Zahir, managing member at Tyche Capital Advisors in Laurel Hollow, New...

  • US STOCKS-Wall Street edges up to extend weekly gains Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:27 AM ET

    *Brent holds above $60 a barrel. Brent crude oil advanced above $60 a barrel on Friday, recovering from near a 5-1/ 2- year low, while WTI crude climbed 3.3 percent to $55.90. It's kind of coming back to where we were about two weeks ago, "said Peter Jankovskis, co-chief investment officer at OakBrook Investments LLC in Lisle, Illinois.

  • GLOBAL MARKETS-Equities extend rally, oil rebounds Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 11:03 AM ET

    LONDON/ NEW YORK, Dec 19- Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday, and oil prices rebounded from recent lows as traders said investors were starting to reduce exposure as the end of year approaches. Wall Street's momentum, hopes that Russia was stabilizing and a recommitment from Japan to its massive stimulus campaign pushed Asian stocks to...

  • Grain lower and livestock higher Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 10:51 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for Mar delivery was unchanged at $6.5525 a bushel; Mar corn was 2.75 cents lower at $4.0825 a bushel; Mar oats were unchanged at $3.1625 a bushel; while Mar soybeans were unchanged at $10.4325 a bushel. Feb live cattle was 1.78 cent higher at $1.6030 a pound; Jan feeder...

  • Lawsuit shows resistance to legalization of pot Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:14 AM ET

    The lawsuit seeks to overturn Colorado's experiment in legalized recreational pot, alleging that the two conservative states are being overrun with Colorado marijuana that is making it harder for them to enforce their own drug laws. Nebraska Attorney General Jim Bruning framed it as a public-safety issue, though the complaint provides little data to...

  • China pledges to speed entry of US pharmaceuticals Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:57 PM ET

    CHICAGO— China promised Thursday to speed up imports of pharmaceuticals and medical devices from the United States and enforce its anti-monopoly laws equally among Chinese and foreign companies. An assistant minister of commerce, Zhang Xiangchen, told reporters China would work to streamline the review and approval process for U.S. products in the...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- China agreed to allow U.S. medicines and medical devices into local markets more quickly and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. U.S. and Chinese officials said they made progress on a range of issues at three-day Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meetings, which aims to smooth out snags in a trade relationship worth more than $600 billion...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 18- China agreed to cut red tape for imports of U.S. medicines and medical devices and open up its anti-trust procedures, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said on Thursday after three days of bilateral talks. China agreed to publish the results of administrative proceedings conducted under its anti-monopoly law, which has been criticized for...

  • AAR posts 2Q profit Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    WOOD DALE, Ill. _ AAR Corp. on Thursday reported net income of $15.2 million, or 38 cents per share, in its fiscal second quarter. The company, based in Wood Dale, Illinois, posted revenue of $490 million in the period. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.