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  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 8- Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal that would create an industry behemoth with combined sales of more than $31 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said. Swiss crop chemicals maker Syngenta is working with Goldman Sachs to assess the merits of a sale to the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Boeing Co will struggle to boost international sales of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets despite a $3- billion- plus deal expected soon with Kuwait, analysts and industry executives said. The Kuwait order will help extend production at Boeing's St. Louis facility into 2019, and preserve its ability to compete for fighter orders from...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 7- Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal that would create an industry behemoth with combined sales of more than $31 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said. Swiss crop chemicals maker Syngenta is working with Goldman Sachs to assess the merits of a sale to the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion- plus deal that will keep the jets' St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal. The expected deal would make Kuwait the second foreign country after Australia to order the new Boeing jets.

  • IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 5- Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients. Faced with such a data deluge, "the solution is going to be...

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. The egg farm's owner, Rembrandt Foods, one of the top U.S. egg producers, confirmed the outbreak but disputed the number of birds affected.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- The highly pathogenic H5 avian flu turned up in initial tests at five more farms in Iowa, including a commercial egg operation housing up to 5.5 million birds, Iowa's agriculture department said on Thursday. Avian flu was "probable" at four other commercial farms in Buena Vista, Sioux and Clay counties, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land...

  • April 30- Exxon Mobil Corp's first-quarter profit dropped less than expected in results posted on Thursday as margins at the refining unit of the world's largest publicly traded oil company surged on tumbling crude prices. "It was a strong quarter," said Brian Youngberg, analyst at Edward Jones in Saint Louis. The Irving, Texas- based company earned a...

  • Comedy at work: From menial, low-paid jobs comes laughter Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:15 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 30- First jobs are not usually very funny. In fact they're often menial, and low-paid, and pretty degrading. First job: Dairy Queen counter.

  • CHICAGO, April 30- An Iowa-based chicken broiler breeding farm has initially tested positive for the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship confirmed on Thursday. The facility in Kossuth County, Iowa, houses an estimated 19,000 birds, state officials said. The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa,...

  • April 30- Exxon Mobil Corp reported a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profit on Thursday as oil and gas output and refining results grew even as lower crude prices ate into earnings at the world's largest publicly traded oil company. "It was a strong quarter," said Brian Youngberg, analyst at Edward Jones in Saint Louis. The Irving, Texas company earned a...

  • WINNIPEG, Manitoba, April 29- Saudi Arabia, the world's second-largest importer of chicken broiler meat, has banned imports of poultry meat and egg products from the Canadian province of Ontario due to the presence of avian influenza on three Ontario farms. This strain has also been reported this year in the United States in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota,...

  • *U.S. sells $29 bln 7- year notes to solid demand. NEW YORK, April 29- The U.S. "A lot of the action was driven by the sell-off in European bonds," said Kathy Jones, fixed-income strategist at Charles Schwab in New York.

  • McDonald's U.S. restaurant sales have declined for six straight quarters, hobbled by tough competition from more nimble chains such as Wendy's Co, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. But McDonald's own missteps in its top profit market also have led to large and complicated menus that have slowed down service. McDonald's is trying TasteCrafted in a...

  • April 29- Backers of mandatory labeling for genetically modified foods on Wednesday launched a campaign aimed at turning back food company lobbying against labeling, and the first target is PepsiCo. PepsiCo is one of many food and agricultural companies that signed on to a letter delivered Tuesday to members of Congress supporting passage of the "Safe and...

  • The H5N2 strain has been reported in Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin. The H5N8 strain has been identified in California and also in Idaho, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dec. 19, 2014- Highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain confirmed in a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of $1.5 billion in maintenance services, spare parts and logistics for Australia's fleet of Boeing Co F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which executes foreign military sales, notified Congress on Tuesday about the...

  • UPDATE 1-Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase speed and sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down more than 3 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. McDonald's Corp is cutting its bloated menus and...

  • Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down nearly 4 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. St. Louis- based Panera reiterated its forecast for 2015 diluted...

  • CHICAGO, April 27- Initial tests have found probable avian influenza outbreaks at five new commercial poultry sites in Iowa, affecting more than 6 million birds, the state's agriculture department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday. "This is a big deal," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said during a conference call on Monday.