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  • UnitedHealth tightens rules covering hysterectomies Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:10 PM ET

    NEW YORK— UnitedHealth, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday it is tightening its coverage rules on hysterectomies. UnitedHealth said in a notice to providers it won't approve the procedure if it concludes that the operation isn't medically necessary. UnitedHealth Group Inc. says the changes are based on recommendations from the American Congress...

  • YOUR MONEY-The silent struggle of seniors with debt Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 11:06 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 26- When Wanda Simpson reached retirement a couple of years ago, the Cleveland mom had an unwelcome companion: Around $25,000 in debt. New data reveal that Wanda Simpson has company- and plenty of it. Among families headed by those 55 or older, 65.4 percent are still carrying debt loads, according to the Washington, D.C.- based Employee Benefit Research...

  • Life Time beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:18 AM ET

    CHANHASSEN, Minn. _ Life Time Fitness Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $22.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 69 cents per share. Analysts expected $315.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Mongolia pardons American, 2 Filipinos in tax case Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:09 AM ET

    ULAN BATOR, Mongolia— Mongolia's president on Thursday pardoned an American mining executive and two Filipinos sentenced to prison for tax evasion, in a case that raised questions about the Asian nation's reputation as an investment destination. A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia's capital Ulan Batar said it appreciated the president's action...

  • Silver Bay Realty reports 4Q results Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:43 PM ET

    PLYMOUTH, Minn. _ Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The real estate investment trust, based in Plymouth, Minnesota, said it had funds from operations of $4.3 million, or 12 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • Viking boats to cruise Mississippi River Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    NEW ORLEANS, Feb 25- Viking Cruises Ltd will establish its first North American beachhead, a homeport in New Orleans, and will offer cruises up the Mississippi River starting in 2017, the company and Louisiana officials announced. The company- whose boats ply the rivers of Europe, Russia, China, Southeast Asia and Egypt- will begin cruising the Mississippi with two...

  • Correction: Target-Free Shipping story Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— In a story Feb. 23 about Target Corp.' s free shipping policy, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Overstock.com offers free shipping only to loyalty club members. The story also changes the spelling and capitalization in several instances of Wal-Mart to conform with Associated Press style:. The minimum takes aim at competitors Wal-Mart...

  • Target reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Target Corp. on Wednesday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $2.64 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Analysts expected $21.65 billion, according to Zacks. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.05.

  • NEW YORK— Target Corp. delivered a cautious profit outlook for the first quarter and reported a loss in its fourth quarter, dragged down by costs to end its money-losing foray in Canada. The results, which included the second consecutive increase in a key sales measure in a year, come a little more than a month after the discounter announced it was giving up on...

  • NEW ORLEANS— European river cruise giant Viking, already gaining a high profile in the United States with its sponsorship of popular PBS television shows, announced Tuesday that it will make New Orleans its first North American home port for Mississippi River cruises expected to begin by late 2017.. Viking's move will produce 416 new jobs in New Orleans,...

  • *Toll Brothers rises after results. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks advanced in choppy trading on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 touching intraday records, as investors attempted to interpret testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. Equity investors did not react dramatically because they are likely waiting instead for jobs data due out in a week and its...

  • 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...

  • Donaldson meets 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Donaldson Co. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $49.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 37 cents per share. Analysts expected $598.7 million, according to Zacks.

  • Valspar beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Valspar Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $104 million. Valspar expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.45 to $4.65 per share. Valspar shares have climbed roughly 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Tennant posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS _ Tennant Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $17.5 million. For the year, the company reported profit of $50.7 million, or $2.70 per share. Tennant expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.40 to $2.70 per share, with revenue in the range of $825 million to $855 million.

  • Ecolab meets 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    ST PAUL, Minn. _ Ecolab Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $335.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.20 per share. For the current quarter ending in March, Ecolab expects its per-share earnings to range from 78 cents to 83 cents.

  • *Toll Brothers rises after results. NEW YORK, Feb 24- U.S. stocks advanced modestly on Tuesday, with the Dow and S&P 500 at intraday records, as investors attempted to interpret testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "You see so much conflicting data coming about, between the minutes and public statements that have been made," said Dan Farley, regional...

  • BLOOMINGTON, Minn.— The Mall of America has provided a rare glimpse into security at the nation's busiest shopping center after an online video purportedly produced by a terrorist group urged extremists to attack shopping malls in Western countries. The Bloomington megamall has some 40 million visitors each year and the behind-the-scenes steps taken to...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 23- Chicago Mercantile Exchange lean hogs finished higher on Monday on strong cash prices and the resumption of cargo loading following Friday's West Coast port labor agreement, traders said. Monday morning's average market-ready or cash hog price in Iowa/ Minnesota surged $3.29 per hundredweight from Friday to $63.01, the U.S. Department of...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court next week hears a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul that hinges on just four words in the massive law that seeks to dramatically reduce the ranks of the uninsured. The argument threatens subsidies that help make insurance affordable to consumers in about three dozen states. Q. Would Congress have...