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  • NEW YORK, March 6- Asked last week about his agenda if elected, presumptive Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker began: "Should I choose to be a candidate..." Like the other would-be Republican candidates who took the stage over three days in Washington at the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Wisconsin governor studiously avoided...

  • Middlesex Water posts 4Q profit Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 6:18 PM ET

    ISELIN, N.J. _ Middlesex Water Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $3.8 million. Middlesex Water shares have dropped 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Middlesex Water, Earnings Report.

  • Checkpoint posts 4Q profit Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    THOROFARE, N.J. _ Checkpoint Systems Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. For the year, the company reported net income of $11 million, or 26 cents per share, swinging to a profit in the period. Checkpoint expects full-year earnings in the range of 40 cents to 50 cents per share,...

  • I.D. Systems reports 4Q loss Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. _ I.D. Systems Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $4.6 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 10 cents per share. I.D. Systems shares have decreased roughly 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • March 5- New Jersey officials said on Thursday that ExxonMobil had agreed to pay $225 million to the state to settle a long-standing lawsuit over environmental damage from its refinery operations and service stations through the state. The New York Times last week reported a pending agreement in the long-running lawsuit, which was potentially worth nearly...

  • *Analysts view deal as strategic fit for Mallinckrodt. March 5- Dublin- based drugmaker Mallinckrodt Plc strengthened its presence in U.S. hospitals as it agreed to buy privately held Ikaria Inc, a maker of a respiratory drug and its delivery system, for $2.3 billion. Shares of Mallinckrodt, a seller of generics, specialty drugs and medical imaging agents, jumped as...

  • NEWARK, N.J.— New Jersey announced a $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil on Thursday that state officials said is the largest environmental settlement against a corporate defendant in state history— though it has been criticized by Democratic lawmakers who say it is for a mere fraction of the nearly $9 billion initially sought. Acting Attorney General...

  • Bio-Reference Laboratories posts 1Q profit Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. _ Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $6.6 million. Bio-Reference Laboratories shares have climbed 14 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Bio-Reference Laboratories, Earnings Report.

  • March 5- Mallinckrodt Plc said it would buy privately held Ikaria Inc, a maker of a respiratory drug and its delivery system, for $2.3 billion to expand its reach in hospitals. Shares of Mallinckrodt, a seller of generics, specialty drugs and medical imaging agents, were up 5 percent at $122 in premarket trading. Mallinckrodt expects the acquisition to add at least...

  • March 5- Mallinckrodt Plc said it would buy privately held Ikaria Inc, a maker of a respiratory drug and its delivery system, for $2.3 billion to expand its current offering of specialty products and critical care treatments. The deal is expected to add at least $150 million to Mallinckrodt's sales and 25 cents per share to its profit for the year ending September,...

  • Late winter snowstorm blankets South, Northeast Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 4:31 AM ET

    Meanwhile, areas farther north, such as Maryland and New Jersey, were already seeing snow early Thursday and federal workers in the Washington area were told to stay home. The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be closed Thursday because of a new round of winter weather expected in the region. The Office of Personnel Management says...

  • March 4- U.S. solar project developer SunEdison Inc is expanding into the fast-growing market for grid energy storage with the acquisition of a startup that pairs big batteries with solar installations. SunEdison said its purchase of Solar Grid Storage LLC, to be announced on Thursday, will allow it to begin building a storage plan across the country, Tom Leyden,...

  • Airlines canceling large number of flights for Thursday Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    The patience of thousands of airline travelers will be tested again Thursday by a winter storm stretching from Texas to southern New England. Airlines canceled more than 1,800 U.S. flights scheduled for Thursday after scrubbing nearly 1,700 through early evening on Wednesday, according to tracking service FlightAware.com. The airports likely to be hit...

  • Report: J&J close to deal to buy partner Pharmacyclics Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    Health care giant Johnson& Johnson reportedly is close to buying biopharmaceutical company Pharmacyclics, its longtime partner in developing blood cancer treatment Imbruvica. London's Financial Times reports "people familiar with the matter" say Johnson& Johnson's anticipated offer would value Pharmacyclics of Sunnyvale, California, above its current...

  • ELIZABETH, N.J.— Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists have assailed a proposed court settlement of about $250 million between Republican Gov. Chris Christie's administration and Exxon Mobil in an oil and chemical contamination case in which the state originally sought nearly $9 billion. The contamination case stretches back to 2004, when the state...

  • RCM posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    PENNSAUKEN, N.J. _ RCM Technologies Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $1.7 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Pennsauken, New Jersey- based company said it had net income of 14 cents per share. Keywords: RCM Technologies, Earnings Report.

  • *Markit, ISM services show modest growth. *Healthcare stocks rise after Supreme Court oral argument. The market had a terrific February, "said David Katz, chief investment officer at Matrix Asset Advisors, in New York.

  • TRENTON, N.J.— A New Jersey appellate court says a man cannot seek damages for burns he suffered while bowing his head in prayer over a sizzling steak fajita skillet at a restaurant. The ruling made public Wednesday upheld a lower court ruling that dismissed the suit. The incident occurred in March 2010 at an Applebee's restaurant in Burlington County.

  • NEWARK, N.J.— A New York man used a fake Facebook account to coerce a teenage girl into sending him nude photos and videos of herself and traveled to New Jersey to have sex in a park with another teen girl he met online, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Wares, who was in jail Wednesday and couldn't be reached for comment, communicated with a 13- year-old New Jersey...

  • *Markit, ISM services show modest growth. *Healthcare stocks rise after Supreme Court hearing. The sector's top gainers were HCA Holdings, Tenet Healthcare and Universal Health Services.