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  • Europe firms may draw fire by joining buyback boom Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 11:56 AM ET

    *Europe unlikely to match huge U.S. buyback levels. In the United States, years of Federal Reserve stimulus aimed at reviving the real economy led to the wave of share buybacks while firms neglected capital expenditure. Few people expect European firms to match the staggering sums in the United States, where over $2 trillion of stock was bought back between 2009...

  • Kroger tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    CINCINNATI _ Kroger Co. on Thursday reported fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $518 million. Kroger expects full-year earnings to be $3.80 to $3.90 per share. Kroger shares have climbed 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2 percent.

  • CECO misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 9:06 AM ET

    CINCINNATI _ CECO Environmental Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $1.9 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $75.9 million.

  • Navidea reports 4Q loss Thursday, 5 Mar 2015 | 7:51 AM ET

    DUBLIN, Ohio _ Navidea Biopharmaceuticals Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $6.9 million in its fourth quarter. The Dublin, Ohio- based company said it had a loss of 5 cents per share. For the year, the company reported that its loss narrowed to $35.7 million, or 24 cents per share.

  • Greif misses Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    DELAWARE, Ohio _ Greif Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $30.1 million. Greif expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.25 to $2.35 per share. Greif shares have decreased nearly 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • March 4- Akorn Inc announced a policy to prevent the use of its drugs in state executions in response to a call by shareholder New York State Common Retirement Fund, the third-largest public pension fund in the United States. Akorn said it adopted a policy earlier this year to not accept direct orders from prison systems. New York State Common Retirement Fund,...

  • Clarification: Health Overhaul-Republicans story Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 3:01 PM ET

    Kasich was responding to a question about the expansion of Medicaid. When he said he thought "it" would not be repealed, the AP initially understood him to be referring to the entire health care law, known formally as the Affordable Care Act, since Medicaid expansion is part of that law and not a separate piece of legislation. Kasich later told the AP he had been...

  • Fed survey finds US economy growing at moderate pace Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 2:01 PM ET

    The Boston district said businesses in its area remained upbeat despite a series of huge snowstorms. Fed Chair Janet Yellen delivered the central bank's semiannual economic report to Congress last week and indicated that the Fed is still willing to be "patient" in terms of raising interest rates because of weak wage growth and inflation well below the Fed's 2...

  • E.W. Scripps posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 8:01 AM ET

    CINCINNATI _ E.W. Scripps Co. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $15.7 million. E.W. Scripps shares have increased roughly 4 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: E.W. Scripps, Earnings Report.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Bob Evans Farms Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:40 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Bob Evans Farms' stock is sliding in premarket trading Wednesday as the restaurant operator announced it won't sell or spin off its food products business. Bob Evans Farms Inc. said Tuesday that the finance committee of its board, with the assistance of independent advisers, determined that a sale or spinoff of the BEF Foods business at this time would...

  • Abercrombie & Fitch 4th-quarter performance mixed Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    NEW ALBANY, Ohio— Abercrombie& Fitch's fiscal fourth-quarter profit beat analysts' expectations, helped by expense control efforts. Abercrombie& Fitch earned $44.4 million, or 63 cents per share, for the period ended Jan. 31. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.13 per share.

  • Installed Building Products posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Installed Building Products Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $5.1 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 20 cents per share. Installed Building Products shares have risen slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Regulators plan to use both codes for the same geographic area, meaning even local phone calls eventually will require dialing the full 10- digit number, The Columbus Dispatch reported. Many customers aren't yet aware of the change, said Wayne Milby of the North American Numbering Plan Administration, which doesn't anticipate using the 380 code until late...

  • WASHINGTON, March 3- The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday launched its effort to pursue reforms at the Federal Reserve, with the central bank's regional structure among the topics that came into the panel's cross-hairs. This month, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the Fed should revamp its rules to address perceptions of conflicts of...

  • Bob Evans misses 3Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    NEW ALBANY, Ohio _ Bob Evans Farms Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $5.9 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 69 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb.— The Scottsbluff airport has joined airports in Kearney and North Platte in recommending new, one-year agreements with Great Lakes Airlines for government-subsidized flights. All three airports had initially selected Beachwood, Ohio- based Aerodynamics Inc., but in January the Transportation Department said Aerodynamics did not...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— Prospective Ohio drivers would see added training requirements and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles would be allowed to accept credit and debit cards under a state transportation budget that easily cleared the Ohio House on Tuesday. The $7 billion, two-year spending blueprint lays out priorities for Ohio highway, road, bridge and public safety...

  • COLUMBUS, Ohio— The state of Ohio is suing oil and gas company BP for more than $33 million, alleging it double dipped by taking state funds and money from insurers to clean up accidental leaks from underground storage tanks at hundreds of its gas stations around the state. The lawsuit alleges London- based BP wrongfully obtained $33.3 million in reimbursements...

  • NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.— Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson& Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion. Johnson& Johnson's Cordis business, which is based in Fremont, California, had 2014 revenue of about $780 million. Cordis has operations in more than 50 countries, including China, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the U.K. and Brazil.

  • GrafTech International reports 4Q loss Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    PARMA, Ohio _ GrafTech International Ltd. on Monday reported a loss of $83.5 million in its fourth quarter. The Parma, Ohio- based company said it had a loss of 61 cents per share. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 4 cents per share.