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

    Cigna Corp. fell$. 05 or percent, to $104.53. Humana Inc. fell $2.60 or 1.7 percent, to $146.47. UnitedHealth Group rose$. 25 or. 2 percent, to $102.49.

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

    Coca-Cola Co. fell$. 44 or 1.0 percent, to $41.95. Dr Pepper Snapple fell$. 65 or. 9 percent, to $71.66. Molson Coors Brewing Co. fell$. 74 or 1.0 percent, to $75.91.

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

    Ford Motor Co. rose$. 22 or 1.5 percent, to $15.03. General Motors Co. rose $1.06 or 3.3 percent, to $32.81. Honda Motor Co. rose$. 19 or. 6 percent, to $30.33.

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

    Kelly Services Inc. class A rose$. 10 or. 6 percent, to $16.56. Korn/Ferry International Inc. rose$. 14 or. 5 percent, to $29.30. ManpowerGroup rose$. 59 or. 9 percent, to $68.39.

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

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. BRT Realty Trust: Approximately 4,100 shares changed hands, a 84.7 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares rose$. 01 or. 1 percent to $7.03.

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

    Birner Dental Management Services Inc.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.7 decrease from its 65- day average volume. First Clover Leaf Financial Corp.: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.0 decrease from its 65- day average volume. Glen Burnie Bancorp: Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.8 decrease from its 65- day average volume.

  • 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...

  • Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

    Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama' s remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":. We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not...

  • *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...