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  • *China official PMI falls below 50 for first time in over 2 years. SYDNEY, Feb 2- The yen firmed broadly early on Monday, while commodity currencies softened as worries about the health of the Chinese economy dealt a fresh blow to sentiment already unsettled by a selloff on Wall Street. "The weaker China PMI is likely to reinforce the market's current negative bias...

  • NEW YORK— "American Sniper" has shot down another box-office record: Its $31.9 million is the biggest Super Bowl weekend gross ever. The concert film " Hanna Montana/ Miley Cyrus: The Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour" earned $31.1 million earned in 2008.. The animated adaptation "Paddington" came in a distant second with $8.5 million, in a virtual tie with Paramount's...

  • The share of people in each state who reported taking out a payday loan in the past five years, which ranged from 1 percent to 13 percent, according to a 2012 survey by Pew Charitable Trusts. Because the Pew survey was only conducted in the continental U.S., the figures do not include Alaska or Hawaii. In cases where states had too few survey respondents, the percentage...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 1- Some charities that have received money from U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein said they are reviewing their relationships with him or will decline to accept any future gifts from him in the wake of recent allegations he forced an underage girl to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and other powerful men. Epstein, 62, who pleaded guilty in 2008 to...

  • And the next likely regional Fed presidents are... Sunday, 1 Feb 2015 | 3:36 AM ET
    Matthew Rutherford, assistant secretary for financial markets at the U.S. Treasury

    A U.S. Treasury official and a director at the New York Federal Reserve are among those who have been considered to replace two hawkish Fed policymakers, according to people familiar with the searches.

  • The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film. Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich countered by accusing U.S. authorities of manufacturing a spy scandal as part of its "anti-Russian campaign." Annemarie McAvoy, a Fordham Law professor and former federal prosecutor, said the latest...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 31- JPMorgan Chase& Co, the largest U.S. bank, agreed to pay $99.5 million to settle its portion of an antitrust lawsuit in which investors accuse 12 major banks of rigging prices in the $5.3 trillion- a-day foreign exchange market. Made public on Friday night, the settlement is the first in the nationwide litigation and resolved claims over JPMorgan's...

  • The government says more than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles need a second fix for air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. Carmakers originally tried to fix the defects by partially replacing the electronic control unit, made by TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. of Livonia, Mich., but that fix didn't always work.

  • Final decisions are not imminent in the efforts to find successors to Philadelphia Fed President Charles Plosser, who steps down March 1, and Richard Fisher of the Dallas Fed, who retires on March 19. James McAndrews, who heads up research at the neighboring New York Fed, was considered for the job in Philadelphia, where he once worked. Regular golfing partners,...

  • LAGUNA BEACH, California— An exceedingly opulent seaside resort in Southern California has sold for an eye-popping $360 million. That price tag for the Montage Laguna Beach— which comes to $1.4 million per room— "shattered the price barrier for California hotels by a wide margin," hotel consultant Alan Reay of Atlas Hospitality tells the Los Angeles Times on...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Feb 12 Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    SARASOTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Executive Vice President David Altig and Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Senior Vice President Mine Yucel participate in "The Economic Outlook, Monetary Policy and Energy: Thoughts from Federal Reserve Research Directors" event hosted by the New College of Florida and the Global Interdependence...

  • WASHINGTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 30- AT&T Inc spent close to half the total in the record-setting U.S. sale of airwaves for mobile data, with Dish Network Corp spending heavily to manage a surprise win at No.2 ahead of Verizon, results showed on Friday. Verizon and T-Mobile bids were $10.4 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively, according to the results of the Federal...

  • Final Glance: Food companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    ConAgra Foods Inc. fell $1.04 or 2.9 percent, to $35.43. General Mills Inc. fell $1.15 or 2.1 percent, to $52.48. Hormel Foods Corp. fell $1.32 or 2.5 percent, to $51.22.

  • Final Glance: Medical Devices companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Allergan fell $3.13 or 1.4 percent, to $219.26. Baxter International Inc. fell $1.07 or 1.5 percent, to $70.31. Boston Scientific Corp. fell$. 04 or. 3 percent, to $14.81.

  • Final Glance: Drug Benefits companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Shares of some top drug benefits companies were down at the close of trading:. CVS Health Corp. fell $1.95 or 1.9 percent, to $98.16. Express Scripts Holding Co. fell $1.57 or 1.9 percent, to $80.71.

  • Final Glance: Gold companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Barrick Gold Corp. rose$. 49 or 4.0 percent, to $12.78. Gold Fields Ltd ADS rose$. 23 or 4.1 percent, to $5.90. Newmont Mining Corp. rose$. 98 or 4.1 percent, to $25.15.

  • Final Glance: Airlines companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Delta Air fell $2.90 or 5.8 percent, to $47.31. JetBlue Airways Corp. fell$. 37 or 2.1 percent, to $16.79. Southwest Airlines Co. fell $1.81 or 3.9 percent, to $45.18.

  • Final Glance: Specialty Retail companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Autozone Inc. fell $14.17 or 2.3 percent, to $596.96. Bed Bath& Beyond Inc. fell $2.08 or 2.7 percent, to $74.77. Best Buy fell$. 89 or 2.5 percent, to $35.20.

  • Final Glance: Insurance companies Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    Aflac Inc. fell$. 57 or 1.0 percent, to $57.08. American International Group fell$. 39 or. 8 percent, to $48.87. MBIA fell$. 09 or 1.1 percent, to $8.02.

  • NYSE stocks posting largest volume decreases Friday, 30 Jan 2015 | 6:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at the 10 biggest volume decliners on New York Stock Exchange at the close of trading:. American Realty Investors Inc.: Approximately 100 shares changed hands, a 97.4 decrease from its 65- day average volume. The shares rose$. 09 or 1.6 percent to $5.70.