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  • Jan 29- Scientific instruments maker PerkinElmer Inc on Thursday reported better-than-expected fourth quarter revenue and profit, helped by strong demand for its newborn screening tests in developing markets. PerkinElmer, which also sells environmental and food safety testing equipment, gets more than half of its revenue from sales outside the United...

  • Judge nixes Partners HealthCare hospital merger deal Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:55 PM ET

    BOSTON— A high-profile deal that would have allowed Partners HealthCare to merge with South Shore Hospital has collapsed. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Janet Sanders on Thursday rejected the agreement that Partners worked out with former Attorney General Martha Coakley to allow the merger, which would have also let Partners acquire Hallmark Health...

  • Senate roll call vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:49 PM ET

    The 62-36 roll call Thursday by which the Senate passed a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Act. Baldwin, Wis.; Blumenthal, Conn.; Booker, N.J.; Boxer, Calif.; Brown, Ohio; Cantwell, Wash.; Cardin, Md.; Coons, Del.; Durbin, Ill.; Feinstein, Calif.; Franken, Minn.; Gillibrand, N.Y.; Heinrich, N.M.; Hirono, Hawaii; Kaine, Va.; Klobuchar, Minn.; Leahy, Vt.; Markey, Mass.; Menendez, N.J.;...

  • Boston Properties reports 4Q results Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    BOSTON _ Boston Properties Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Boston- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $193.2 million, or $1.26 per share, in the period. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.26 per share.

  • Biogen tops 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:21 PM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ Biogen Idec Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $883.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $3.76 per share. Analysts expected $2.65 billion, according to Zacks.

  • BOSTON— U.S. officials on Thursday auctioned off leases to more than 550 square miles of federal waters off the Massachusetts coast to two companies hoping to develop wind energy projects. The winning bids by Offshore MW LLC and RES America Inc. totaled $448,171. The area leased could support approximately two gigawatts of commercial wind generation, enough...

  • PerkinElmer tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ PerkinElmer Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $30.8 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 78 cents per share. PerkinElmer expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.58 to $2.64 per share.

  • Constant Contact tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 4:52 PM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ Constant Contact Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $6.2 million. Analysts expected $87.6 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in March, Constant Contact expects its per-share earnings to range from 18 cents to 19 cents.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 29- U.S. homeownership fell to a 20- year low in the fourth quarter, but a sharp rebound in the rate at which Americans are setting up home is expected to help drive a pick-up in housing. The seasonally adjusted home ownership rate slipped to 63.9 percent, the lowest level since the third quarter of 1994, the Commerce Department said on Thursday.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Closing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they liked about Romney in 2012, namely what they believe it takes to serve...

  • Haemonetics beats 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:09 AM ET

    BRAINTREE, Mass. _ Haemonetics Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $16 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Haemonetics shares have risen slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Mohegan Sun casinos report 1Q rise in revenue, profit Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 9:01 AM ET

    HARTFORD, Conn.— The Mohegan Sun casinos, threatened by increasing competition and battered by the worst recession in decades and consumers reluctant to spend money in a weak recovery, delivered some good news Thursday as it reported increases in first-quarter revenue and profit. Revenue rose at the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority, the parent company of the...

  • Jan 29- U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co on Thursday forecast 2015 revenue largely below average analyst expectations as orders fell for the first time in four quarters, but said it expected a return to modest revenue growth in 2016.. Raytheon Chief Financial Officer Dave Wajsgras told Reuters he expected low single-digit revenue growth in 2016, with...

  • EMC tops 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:13 AM ET

    HOPKINTON, Mass. _ EMC Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.15 billion. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. EMC shares have declined 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has decreased roughly 3 percent.

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Raytheon Co. fell Thursday after the defense contractor's 2015 profit forecast came in short of Wall Street estimates. Raytheon shares fell $5.25, or 5 percent, to $99.32 in midday trading. For the full year Raytheon said it earned $2.24 billion, or $6.97 per share, from continuing operations and revenue declined about 4 percent to $22.83...

  • Jan 29- U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co forecast 2015 revenue largely below average analyst expectation as orders fell for the first time in four quarters. Raytheon said its dividend payments increased 6 percent to $735 million last year. Net income attributable to Raytheon rose to $582 million, or $1.88 per share, in the fourth quarter, from $531 million, or $1.66...

  • Thermo Fisher tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:31 AM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $601.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.94 per share. Analysts expected $4.38 billion, according to Zacks.

  • NEW DELHI, Jan 29- New Delhi's transport department has written to U.S. taxi hailing company Uber Technologies Inc detailing problems with its application for a license in the city, further complicating the firm's ability to operate in India's capital. Uber's services have been banned since December in New Delhi, when one of its drivers was accused of raping a...

  • *AstraZeneca working with academic groups and Thermo Fisher. LONDON, Jan 29- AstraZeneca said on Thursday it had struck four research agreements in the hot area of genome editing as it bets on a new "genetic scissors" technology to deliver better and more precise drugs for a range of diseases. The collaborations with Britain's Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, the...

  • PTC Inc. beats Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 7:36 PM ET

    NEEDHAM, Mass. _ PTC Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $30.3 million. For the current quarter ending in March, PTC Inc. expects its per-share earnings to range from 42 cents to 50 cents. PTC Inc. expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.20 to $2.35 per share, with revenue ranging from $1.32 billion to $1.35 billion.