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  • Final Glance: Pharmaceuticals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Baxter International Inc. rose$. 41 or. 6 percent, to $74.48. Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. rose$. 51 or. 8 percent, to $61.30. Hospira rose$. 22 or. 4 percent, to $62.66.

  • Final Glance: Specialty Retail companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Autozone Inc. rose $3.12 or. 5 percent, to $618.60. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. fell$. 03 or percent, to $73.55. Best Buy rose$. 53 or 1.4 percent, to $39.01.

  • Final Glance: Media companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Comcast Corp. rose$. 88 or 1.6 percent, to $57.17. Walt Disney Co. rose$. 28 or. 3 percent, to $92.89. Gannett rose$. 88 or 2.8 percent, to $31.99.

  • Final Glance: Department Store Retail companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Kohl's Corp. rose$. 14 or. 2 percent, to $59.59. Macy's Inc. fell $1.48 or 2.3 percent, to $62.59. Nordstrom fell$. 42 or. 5 percent, to $77.10.

  • Final Glance: Leisure companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Las Vegas Sands Corp. rose $2.05 or 3.8 percent, to $56.44. MGM Resorts International rose$. 93 or 4.8 percent, to $20.33. Marriott International Inc. rose$. 08 or. 1 percent, to $77.43.

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    CIFC Corp.: Approximately 200,200 shares changed hands, a 1,514.1 percent increase over its 65- day average volume. The shares fell$. 07 or. 9 percent to $7.97. Consolidated Water Co.: Approximately 913,100 shares changed hands, a 1,386.4 percent increase over its 65- day average volume.

  • Final Glance: Aerospace companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Boeing rose$. 56 or. 4 percent, to $126.23. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose $1.21 or. 6 percent, to $192.85. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose $1.35 or. 9 percent, to $149.90.

  • Final Glance: Airlines companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    Delta Air rose$. 61 or 1.3 percent, to $47.38. Southwest Airlines Co. fell$. 36 or. 9 percent, to $40.26. United Continental Holdings Inc. fell$. 11 or. 2 percent, to $64.14.

  • Final Glance: Construction companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top construction companies were up at the close of trading:. Fluor rose$. 32 or. 5 percent, to $59.90. Quanta Services Inc. rose$. 48 or 1.8 percent, to $27.61.

  • Final Glance: Internet companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 6:41 PM ET

    eBay fell$. 39 or. 7 percent, to $57.14. Groupon Inc. rose$. 13 or 1.7 percent, to $7.92. LinkedIn Corp. rose $2.77 or 1.2 percent, to $234.61.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- Charlie Shrem, an outspoken supporter of bitcoins, was sentenced to two years in prison on Friday for indirectly helping to send $1 million in the digital currency to the Internet black-market bazaar Silk Road. Shrem, a former vice chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, was also ordered by U.S. Shrem was charged in January following an investigation...

  • Recalls this week: Bean bag chairs, toy monkeys Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    DETAILS: Bean bag chairs sold at Burlington Coat Factory, Kroger, Meijer and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon, Bean Bag Company, Groupon, Kohls, Target, Toys R Us, Walmart, Wayfair and other online retailers. They were sold between January 2010 and October 2013 for up to $40. FOR MORE: Contact Comfort Research at 844-578-8933 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET...

  • *Brent closes above $61, U.S. crude settles above $56. NEW YORK, Dec 19- Oil closed up as much as 5 percent on Friday, its biggest gain in over two years, as some traders took profits on short positions after prices this week hit their lowest since 2009.. Brent's front-month settled up $2.11, or 3.4 percent, at $61.38 a barrel, after closing twice this week below the...

  • Hasbro and Xerox are big market movers Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Teekay Tankers Ltd., down 70 cents to $4.70. The business services provider is selling its information technology outsourcing division to France's Atos for $1.05 billion.

  • Staples: Customer data exposed in security breach Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Staples Inc. says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year. The Framingham, Massachusetts- based company is offering free identity protection services— including credit monitoring, identity theft insurance a free credit report— to customers who might be at risk.

  • NEW YORK— Despite an early start, sales data provided to The Associated Press shows that stores may once again have to rely on procrastinators to save the holiday shopping season. Sales were up 1.8 percent from Nov. 1 through Monday compared with the same period a year ago, according to payment technology company First Data Corp., which declined to provide sales...

  • Sony on shelving 'The Interview': 'We had no choice' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 PM ET

    Obama said during a press conference Friday that Sony "made a mistake" in dropping "The Interview." This was their decision, " Sony said in a statement. Sony insists it has only cancelled the Christmas Day release and that it has been "actively surveying alternatives" to release the film on a different platform.

  • US stocks edge higher after a big two-day rally Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    CarMax jumped 11 percent after the used car dealership chain reported a surge in earnings. Nike fell 2 percent after reporting a drop in orders from Japan and developing markets in Asia. Crude oil surged $2.36 to $56.52 a barrel in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- The U.S. dollar hit its highest level against major currencies in over 8-1/ 2 years on Friday on diverging monetary policy between the Federal Reserve and other major central banks, and bullish dollar positions heading into the end of the year. The euro hit a 28- month low against the greenback, while the dollar hovered near a 28- month high against...

  • Dec 19- Canadian performance company Cirque du Soleil has hired investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc to help in its previously disclosed effort to find a strategic partner, a spokeswoman for the company said on Friday. Cirque du Soleil will appeal to both private equity firms and large media companies that are looking to increase their exposure to live...