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  • Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 3:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different. Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed to flop in 2014 as investors started to pour money into higher-risk, higher-growth stocks that would benefit from a pickup in the economy.

  • LONDON, April 24- AstraZeneca highlighted progress with new cancer drugs that may revive its fortunes as it posted a 17 percent fall in core earnings per share on Thursday, reflecting patent losses on profitable older medicines.

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- Herbalife, a weight loss and nutrition company being investigated for allegations of running a pyramid scheme, disciplined hundreds of distributors last year for making unsubstantiated medical claims about its products, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

  • WASHINGTON, April 23- Herbalife, a weight loss and nutrition company being investigated for allegations of running a pyramid scheme, disciplined hundreds of distributors last year for making unsubstantiated medical claims about its products, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

  • That is because the Dow weighs its 30 components by price, so a $500 stock would overwhelm the index. "I would think it would likely make it a Dow contender," said Eric Kuby, chief investment officer at North Star Investment Management Corp in Chicago, who owns the stock.

  • That is because the Dow weighs its 30 components by price, so a $500 stock would overwhelm the index. "I would think it would likely make it a Dow contender," said Eric Kuby, chief investment officer at North Star Investment Management Corp in Chicago, who owns the stock.

  • CHICAGO, April 23- Detroit's future once it exits the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history will depend on oversight, the city's chief financial officer said on Wednesday.

  • Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Ronald McDonald has a new look, and he's ready for a selfie. McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using the hashtag# ronaldmcdonald. The company says Ronald McDonald won't have his own Twitter handle, but that it will post photos and videos of him on its existing social media accounts.

  • Gold prices edge up for the first time in a week Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 3:53 PM ET

    Gold prices settled higher for the first time in a week as tensions between Russia and Ukraine give the precious metal some support. Russia warned Wednesday that it would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. The next day, Ukraine and Russia agreed on tentative steps to calm unrest along their shared border.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- My family's contribution to the $15 billion annual allergy business tallies up to well over $100 a month, but our costs- like many people's- are adding up differently this year.

  • Correction: Earns-Discover Financial story Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— LOS ANGELES— In a story April 22 about Discover Financial earnings, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the company plans to launch a direct checking service next year. The service is planned for this year.

  • AOL to add Miramax films to video platform Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 1:35 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Web portal AOL Inc. says it will license full-length movies from Miramax for free viewing with advertisements by its U.S. visitors. AOL didn't say which movies it would offer but said they would be refreshed monthly and span a range of genres.

  • Soybeans were mixed, with nearby prices pressured by spread trading activity and expectations of more U.S. imports of South American beans amid weak near-term demand from China. Chicago Board of Trade May corn rose 6- cents, or 1.2 percent, to $5.02-1/ 4 a bushel by 11:07 a.m. CDT in a second straight day of gains after sinking to a three-week low on Monday.

  • Gay business owners still face challenges Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— It happens a few times a year: A customer refuses to work with Dave Greenbaum because he's gay. Greenbaum, who owns a computer repair business in Lawrence, Kan., often needs to go into customers' homes. Some people realized he is gay after he was quoted in a newspaper story about gay rights.

  • Grain mixed, livestock higher Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 10:52 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were mixed Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was 3.50 cents lower at 6.76 a bushel; july corn was 2.50 cents higher at 5.0450 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at 3.6375 a bushel; while July soybeans was 4.25 cents higher at 14.75 a bushel.

  • Faster production brings Boeing $965M 1Q profit Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 7:49 AM ET

    Boeing's increased rate of commercial jet manufacturing is starting to pay off for shareholders. That increased rate contributed to a $965 million profit for Chicago- based Boeing Co. post in the first quarter.

  • *Soybeans down on U.S. imports, wheat dips. HAMBURG/ SYDNEY, April 23- U.S. corn edged lower on Wednesday on expectations U.S. plantings could speed up following a sharp rise in corn futures a day earlier as the sowing pace fell below market expectations.

  • Chinese man released on bond in seed piracy case Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:02 AM ET

    Mo had been jailed since he was arrested in Miami, where he lived at the time, in December following a 2 ½ year FBI investigation into the alleged theft of patented bio-engineered corn seed developed by Pioneer Hi-Bred Corp. and Monsanto.

  • April 22- Intuitive Surgical Inc on Tuesday lowered its forecast for procedure growth for its da Vinci surgical robots, citing a slowdown in U.S. gynecology procedures. The medical device maker said it now expects da Vinci procedure growth in a range of 2 percent to 8 percent, down from the prior forecast of 9 percent to 12 percent.

  • CHICAGO, April 22- Two Brazilian soybean cargoes initially sold to China have been switched to the United States, according to port and shipping data updated on Tuesday, the first clear evidence that the U.S. is absorbing some of China's excess Brazilian purchases that were at risk of default.

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