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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • *Bids emerge after yield rise on Fed' patience' on rate hike. *Fed's Kocherlakota sees risks from possible 2015 lift-off. NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- U.S. homeowners suing mortgage companies once owned by a bank Wells Fargo& Co later acquired won a $54.8 million verdict on Friday in a class action over excessive fees. The verdict, by a federal jury in Manhattan, came in a long-running lawsuit by borrowers whose mortgages were owned or serviced by HomEq Serving or the lender whose loans it was...

  • Cuba debt, often inert, moves on political winds Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 19- The historic breakthrough in U.S.- Cuba relations closes a Cold War chapter but leaves unresolved issues that investors need to pick through carefully, with Cuba's opaque economics and financial health poorly understood in world markets. Cuba has effectively been shut out of global financial markets for decades. said Thomas Herzfeld, a Miami...

  • National Labor Relations Board on Friday filed complaints against McDonald's Corp and its franchises for alleged labor violations, including the illegal firing and intimidation of staff who protested working conditions. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin filed complaints in 78 cases against the company and its franchisees from New York to Los...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 19- A man U.S. prosecutors say bilked investors out of $5 million by telling them he would invest it in commodities and currencies allegedly used some of the money to have his wife cryogenically frozen after she died, according to a court filing on Friday. A federal grand jury in Manhattan indicted Whileon Chay, 38, with three counts of fraud for...

  • WASHINGTON— The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions. The board's general counsel's office ruled that the company violated the rights of employees openly seeking better pay and working conditions. It disclosed in July it...

  • Oil's slide shakes up the junk-bond market Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Oil's slump didn't just hit the stock market, it's shaken up the junk-bond market, too. If the index were to end December at that level, it would mark the biggest two-month slump since June 2013. By comparison, a broader Barclays index tracking the entire bond market, which includes corporate bonds with better credit ratings and Treasurys, is largely...

  • 1st drone in Nevada test program crashes in demo Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    BOULDER CITY, Nev.— An aerial drone testing program got off to a bumpy start Friday in Nevada, when the first unmanned aircraft authorized to fly without direct Federal Aviation Administration supervision crashed during a ceremony at a remote site. Company and FAA officials said the drone wasn't damaged. "Protocol is to troubleshoot the problem," said Bruce...

  • Dec 19- A lawyer from the U.S. National Labor Relations Board on Friday filed complaints against McDonald's Corp and its franchisees for alleged labor violations. NLRB General Counsel Richard Griffin filed 13 complaints against the company and its franchisees from New York to Los Angeles, the board said.

  • *Rouble bounces over 3 percent, oil above $60 a barrel. Wall Street's momentum, hopes that Russia was stabilizing and a recommitment from Japan to its massive stimulus campaign pushed Asian stocks to their best day in 15 months. "We have digested the drop in oil, we have gotten past the Fed, and now we will see what we will do for the rest of the year," said Peter Jankovskis,...

  • Midday Glance: Chemicals companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top chemicals companies are up at 1 p.m.:. Dow Chemical Co. rose$. 19 or. 4 percent, to $45.67. DuPont Co. rose$. 86 or 1.2 percent, to $73.09.

  • Midday Glance: Machinery companies Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 1:25 PM ET

    Caterpillar fell$. 21 or. 2 percent, to $91.48. Deere& Co. rose$. 75 or. 8 percent, to $90.29. Terex rose$. 69 or 2.6 percent, to $27.71.