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  • *Euronext to imminently relaunch wheat futures contract. *Euronext raises EBITDA margin target. Feb 25- Euronext's 20 years of experience in wheat futures and a planned relaunch of its contracts will help the exchange operator cope if U.S. rival CME Group enters the European wheat market, a senior executive said on Wednesday.

  • Lowe's fourth-quarter sales up 7.5 pct Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 6:10 AM ET

    Feb 25- Lowe's Cos Inc, the No. 2 U.S. home improvement products retailer, reported a 7.5 percent rise in quarterly sales as lower gas prices and an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on home renovations. Net income rose to $450 million, or 46 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 30, from $306 million, or 29 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Huron Consulting tops 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:25 PM ET

    CHICAGO _ Huron Consulting Group Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $12.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share. Huron Consulting expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.70 to $4 per share, with revenue in the range of $880 million to $920 million.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 24- Results from Home Depot Inc and Toll Brothers Inc bode well for a continued recovery in the housing market this year, thanks largely to an improving jobs market and low gasoline prices, industry officials and analysts said. Luxury home builder Toll Brothers also lifted its full-year home delivery forecast. Private residential fixed investment...

  • FOB Gulf Grain-Soybean offers ease on slowing demand Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:07 PM ET

    Feb 24- Soybean export premiums at the U.S. Gulf Coast eased on Tuesday on slowing demand for U.S. supplies as newly harvested South American beans began to flood the global market, traders said. *FOB hard red winter wheat basis offers were firm after a large sale to Egypt's government buyer, while Gulf corn and soft red winter wheat export premiums were mostly...

  • Century misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    CHICAGO _ Century Aluminum Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $61.8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 66 cents per share. Analysts expected $510.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Textura reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 4:54 PM ET

    DEERFIELD, Ill. _ Textura Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $3.9 million in its fourth quarter. Analysts expected $17.6 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, Textura expects its results to range from a loss of 1 cent per share to earnings of 1 cent per share.

  • CHICAGO, Feb 24- Some of the cost-saving measures Illinois' Republican governor put into his fiscal 2016 proposed budget will face a tough time getting passed by a Democratic-controlled legislature, Moody's Investors Service said on Tuesday. Governor Bruce Rauner last week proposed a $6.6 billion reduction in spending, mostly by moving workers to...

  • The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 needed to qualify the referendum after a random sample of the signatures was tallied, said Bill Mabie, chief deputy for Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "California voters will now have the chance to vote down a terrible law that, if...

  • NEW YORK— When "Modern Family" producers revealed that they recorded this week's episode entirely with the iPhone and other Apple products, I was skeptical. Claire uses Apple's FaceTime video-calling software to communicate with the rest of her family as they try to track down Haley. The episode airs on ABC at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday.

  • DENVER— In a case that sheds light on the difficulty of caring for sufferers of an unpredictable disease, an 87- year-old Alzheimer's patient faces a homicide charge after the deadly beating of a fellow resident at an assisted living facility in suburban Denver. Homer Castor also was arrested for crimes against an at-risk adult after the Saturday assault on...

  • State-by-state breakdown of used cars with open recalls Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:18 PM ET

    Carfax, a company that sells vehicle history reports to dealers and car buyers, searched recalls and state registration databases and found that more than 46 million cars are on U.S. roads with recalled parts that have yet to be repaired. Here is a state-by-state breakdown of cars with unfixed recalls in 2014:. Source: Study of 2014 state registration data by...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. In prepared remarks to the Senate Banking Committee released at 10 a.m. ET, Yellen described how the Fed's rate-setting policy committee will likely proceed in coming months in an effort to increase the Fed's flexibility and mute potential market reaction as the central bank approaches its "liftoff" date. "They're trying to give themselves...

  • CHICAGO— A case being heard at the U.S. Supreme Court next week challenges health insurance subsidies for more than 270,000 Illinois residents and many more people in states that did not set up their own insurance exchanges under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. Any decision against the subsidies, according to an amicus brief signed by Illinois...

  • Great Lakes Dredge & Dock posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    OAK BROOK, Ill. _ Great Lakes Dredge& Dock Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $19 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 12 cents per share. Great Lakes Dredge& Dock shares have dropped 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Heidrick & Struggles misses 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Heidrick& Struggles International Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $762,000. For the current quarter ending in March, Heidrick& Struggles said it expects revenue in the range of $108 million to $118 million. Heidrick& Struggles shares have climbed 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Grain higher livestock mostly lower Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:55 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery unchanged at $5.04 a bushel; May corn was 7.75 cents higher at $3.9450 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.72 a bushel; while May soybeans surged 21.5 cents to $10.23 a bushel. April live cattle was. 60 cent lower at $1.4650 a pound; March feeder cattle...

  • Feb 24- Home Depot Inc, the world's No. 1 home improvement chain, posted a better-than-expected rise in quarterly same-store sales on Tuesday but the company warned that a strong dollar will likely hurt 2015 earnings. Chairman and Chief Executive Craig Menear said if the U.S. dollar stays at current levels the company expects a negative impact of $1 billion to...

  • *Greece relief hurts safe-haven debt. Treasuries prices edged lower on Tuesday, giving back some of Monday's gains on uncertainty ahead of Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's testimony before the Senate and reduced appetite for safe-haven assets on greater relief over Greece. Yellen will give the central bank's semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose in December at a faster pace than the previous month, likely because of a much smaller number of homes for sale. The Standard& Poor's/Case-Shiller 20- city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.5 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and...