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  • U.S. investors appear less concerned with whether Republicans take control of the Senate, as expected, or Democrats hang on to their majority by a slim margin. "If we have a really uncertain situation, where the Senate is divided and candidates are threatening recounts, that's really not good," said Robbert van Batenburg, director of market strategy at Newedge USA...

  • Circor posts 3Q profit Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 8:21 AM ET

    BURLINGTON, Mass. _ Circor International Inc. on Friday reported profit of $14.7 million in its third quarter. For the current quarter ending in December, Circor expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.02 to $1.12. Circor shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Monotype meets 3Q profit forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    WOBURN, Mass. _ Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. on Friday reported third-quarter profit of $7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 27 cents per share. Analysts expected $46.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • Synageva BioPharma beats 3Q profit forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    LEXINGTON, Mass. _ Synageva BioPharma Corp. on Friday reported a loss of $48.3 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $1.61 per share. Analysts expected $1.4 million, according to Zacks.

  • Virtusa meets 2Q profit forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    WESTBOROUGH, Mass. _ Virtusa Corp. on Friday reported earnings of $10.1 million in its fiscal second quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 34 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in December, Virtusa said it expects revenue in the range of $121.8 million to $123.8 million.

  • Aegerion tops 3Q profit forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Friday reported a third-quarter loss of $5.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 18 cents per share. Analysts expected $49.1 million, according to Zacks.

  • Brightcove beats Street 3Q forecasts Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    BOSTON _ Brightcove Inc. on Friday reported a third-quarter loss of $3.8 million. For the current quarter ending in December, Brightcove expects its per-share earnings to range from 8 cents to 9 cents. Brightcove expects full-year earnings in the range of 17 cents to 18 cents per share, with revenue ranging from $123.9 million to $124.4 million.

  • Hello Kitty's 40 years of cuteness and cool Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 4:34 AM ET

    Only a handful of characters last so long, especially in Japan, where thousands come and go in a highly competitive market. Hello Kitty's company, Sanrio Co., which specializes in designing and making a wide range of products in the booming "cute" business, created her as a character 40 years ago. According to Sanrio, her real name is Kitty White, born Nov. 1— no year is...

  • TV space for campaign ads hard to find this late Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:36 AM ET

    MANCHESTER, N.H.— A Democratic super PAC wanted to run a 30- second ad during a Friday evening newscast on New Hampshire's one network station— and was even willing to shell out the $10,000 that the station demanded. Many of these groups want to keep spending in a final push before Tuesday's elections, as Democrats defend their Senate majority and Republicans...

  • Medicare paid for meds after patients were dead Friday, 31 Oct 2014 | 3:11 AM ET

    A report released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general said the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death— at odds with the program's basic principles, not to mention common sense. Medicare said it's working on a fix. Investigators examined claims from 2012 for a tiny sliver of...

  • Massachusetts-based publisher wins national award Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 10:01 PM ET

    NORTH ANDOVER, Mass.— Editor& Publisher, a journal that has chronicled the newspaper business for about 130 years, has named a Massachusetts- based media executive as the nation's publisher of the year. Karen Andreas is publisher of eight daily and weekly newspapers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that are part of the North of Boston Media Group based in North...

  • Stag reports 3Q results Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 PM ET

    BOSTON _ Stag Industrial Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 37 cents per share. Analysts expected $42.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • Boston Beer posts 3Q profit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 5:24 PM ET

    BOSTON _ Boston Beer Co. on Thursday reported earnings of $37.9 million, or $2.79 per share, in its third quarter. Boston Beer expects full-year earnings to be $6 to $6.40 per share. Boston Beer shares have dropped slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Oct 30- PerkinElmer Inc on Thursday reported lower-than-expected third-quarter sales and the scientific instruments maker decreased its full-year earnings forecast, citing the impact of the stronger dollar on foreign exchange rates. PerkinElmer gets more than half of its revenue from sales outside the United States. Excluding items, PerkinElmer said it...

  • PerkinElmer meets 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ PerkinElmer Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $42.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 57 cents per share. PerkinElmer expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.39 to $2.41 per share.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 30- Media General Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy LIN Media LLC after agreeing to divest television stations in five markets, the Justice Department said on Thursday. To win government approval for the deal, the companies agreed to sell one station in Birmingham, Alabama, two in Savannah, Georgia, one near Alabama's border with Florida, one...

  • Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon has a place in many Americans' lives because of its low prices and seemingly endless array of goods. But Amazon— which commands about 20 percent of all U.S. e-commerce— has its own problems, too. Here are ways to have an Amazon- like shopping experience while avoiding the behemoth itself.

  • Carbonite tops 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    BOSTON _ Carbonite Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $699,000 in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 1 cent per share. Carbonite expects full-year results to range from a loss of 1 cent per share to earnings of 1 cent per share, with revenue ranging from $122.4 million to $122.8 million.

  • Harvard Bioscience posts 3Q profit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    HOLLISTON, Mass. _ Harvard Bioscience Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $633,000 in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Holliston, Massachusetts- based company said it had profit of 2 cents. Harvard Bioscience expects full-year earnings in the range of 26 cents to 27 cents per share.

  • Verastem misses 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ Verastem Inc. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $13.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 51 cents per share. Verastem shares have decreased 18 percent since the beginning of the year.