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  • Werner beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:54 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Werner Enterprises Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $32.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 38 cents per share. Analysts expected $558.8 million, according to Zacks.

  • West beats 4Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:37 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ West Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $48.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 76 cents per share. Analysts expected $725 million, according to Zacks.

  • Berkshire's NetJets avoids $500M IRS tax claim Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    A Netjets Inc. sign stands hear a new Embraer Phenom 300 jet at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, Nebraska.

    The private jet-sharing company has defeated an IRS lawsuit attempting to recoup more than $500 million of unpaid taxes and penalties.

  • Berkshire's NetJets defeats $500 million IRS tax claim Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:08 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 27- NetJets Inc, the private jet-sharing company owned by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, has defeated a U.S. Internal Revenue Service lawsuit attempting to recoup more than $500 million of unpaid taxes, penalties and interest. District Judge Edmund Sargus in Columbus, Ohio, said on Monday that the IRS was bound by guidance it gave a NetJets...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern Corp. reported its profit was little changed in the fourth quarter from a year ago because the railroad's coal revenue fell 15 percent on weak demand from utilities and export markets. Coal shipments are likely to remain weak throughout 2015, and the current low crude oil prices will limit Norfolk Southern's revenue because many...

  • Fremont woman makes plea deal in Gavilon embezzlement Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:39 AM ET

    FREMONT, Neb.— A Fremont woman tied to an embezzlement scheme that netted nearly $2.5 million has been convicted on three misdemeanor counts. Kathy Springer-Hesman, 51, pleaded no contest Thursday to receiving stolen property and two counts of attempted filing of false tax returns, the Fremont Tribune said. The 66- year-old Hesman, who died in August, had pleaded...

  • Union Pacific railroad hauls in 22 percent more 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:20 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Union Pacific finished last year with a strong 22 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit, but volatile energy prices are making it difficult to predict how 2015 will unfold. The railroad is confident the economy should continue growing at a moderate pace and Union Pacific expects to again haul more freight this year. Investors sent Union Pacific's...

  • Union Pacific tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Union Pacific Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $1.41 billion. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.51 per share. Union Pacific shares have dropped 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has decreased slightly more than 1 percent.

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • TD Ameritrade 1Q profit up 10 percent on stronger trading Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 7:36 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— Online brokerage TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. said Wednesday that its fiscal first-quarter profit rose 10 percent as trading revenue and asset-based fees both grew. The Omaha, Nebraska- based company said it earned $211 million, or 39 cents per share, in the quarter that ended Dec. 31. That's up from $192 million net income, or 35 cents per share, a year ago.

  • *Brent crude hovers near $51 a barrel. NEW YORK, Jan 8- U.S. stocks climbed on Thursday, a day after equities snapped a five-day losing skid, on expectations for continued acceleration in the U.S. economy and more aggressive action by the European Central Bank. There is a Fed that is going to be patient and pretty transparent on when they are going to raise rates and an...

  • CHICAGO, Dec 23- U.S. farmland rents for 2015 are on track to be down 5 to 10 percent from the top fees of a year ago due to lower grain prices, but landowners remain stubborn about deeper cuts and some are adding clauses to boost revenue if grain prices bounce back. We are still seeing 5-10 percent down from the extreme tops in the really strong markets where cash rents...

  • Pilots sue Buffett's NetJets over labor, privacy Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Dec 3- A group representing more than 2,700 pilots in contentious contract talks with NetJets Inc has sued the luxury aviation unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc over alleged violations of federal labor and privacy laws. The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots accused NetJets of impersonating a pilot on Twitter, baiting pilots to...

  • Two of the world's biggest seed makers, Syngenta AG and Dow AgroSciences, are responding with tightly controlled U.S. launches of new GMO seeds, telling farmers where they can plant new corn and soybean varieties and how can the use them. Beijing is taking longer than in the past to approve new GMO crops, and Chinese ports in November 2013 began rejecting U.S....

  • *Buffett to return $4.7 billion worth of shares to P&G. Nov 13- Berkshire Hathaway Inc has agreed to acquire Procter& Gamble Co's Duracell battery unit in a complex transaction that lets Berkshire Chairman Warren Buffett buy a business he has supported for two decades and shave his company's tax bill. The transaction announced on Thursday helps P&G Chief...

  • UPDATE 3-Buffett's Berkshire buys P&G's Duracell Thursday, 13 Nov 2014 | 12:09 PM ET

    *Buffett to return $4.7 billion worth of shares to P&G. Nov 13- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Thursday it would buy Procter& Gamble Co's Duracell battery unit in a stock swap, taking over a business the billionaire has supported for nearly two decades. The addition of Duracell, whose batteries are known for their copper-colored tops, gives...

  • The market is taking a breather, "said Jim Farrell, head of Omaha, Nebraska- based Farmers National, the largest U.S. farm management company. There hasn't been a high number of transactions, "said Randal Fransen, incoming president of the Illinois Society of Professional Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. "There still isn't much land on the market," said Randy Hertz,...

  • Sharp drops in many of the stocks owned by Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway in recent weeks hit the sprawling conglomerate's equity portfolio hard. The loss on seven of those holdings alone totals more than $5 billion provided Berkshire's stakes have remained the same since June 30, the last date for which they were disclosed. Berkshire Hathaway did not respond...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States issued stringent new protocols on Monday for health workers treating Ebola victims, directing medical teams to wear protective gear that leaves no skin or hair exposed to prevent medical workers from becoming infected. The new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta come as 43 people who...

  • DALLAS, Oct 20- The United States is issuing new protocols for health workers treating Ebola patients and a rapid-response military medical team will start training even as Americans' anxiety about the spread of the virus abates with 43 people declared risk free. The government's new guidelines, which were set to come out at 7 p.m. EDT on Monday, were expected to...