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  • US rig count up 9 to 1,927 Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:18 PM ET

    HOUSTON— Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. rose by nine this week to 1,927.. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas gained eight rigs, New Mexico increased five, West Virginia was up three, while Arkansas, California and Ohio gained two apiece. Kansas declined by four,...

  • PennDOT picks partnership to replace 558 bridges Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 2:24 PM ET

    HARRISBURG, Pa.— The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation on Friday announced it will privatize 558 bridges, selecting a partnership's $899 million proposal to replace and maintain the spans. The highway department announced its choice of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners for the project, which calls for construction to be finished in three years,...

  • Oct 23- Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 13 percent in extended trading. "Given that certain Samsung designs that have come out recently are not using Synaptics touch IC products, we think that would probably be a real driver...

  • NBCUniversal settles with unpaid interns for $6.4M Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Nearly 9,000 unpaid interns stand to benefit from a $6.4 million settlement with NBCUniversal over back wages. Unpaid interns who worked on "Saturday Night Live" and other shows brought a class action suit last July in Manhattan federal court claiming NBCUniversal violated the law by classifying them as non-employee interns and paid them nothing or...

  • Pittsburgh's Primanti Bros. to mail sandwiches Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 9:16 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— The Pittsburgh restaurant that stuffs its iconic sandwiches with French fries and coal slaw will be stuffing those fixins in the mail. Primanti Bros. is teaming up with Goldbely.com, an online firm that delivers food to homes, to make the $109 sandwich packs available anywhere in the United States. Primanti's, which now has several Pittsburgh- area...

  • Donegal posts 3Q profit Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:24 AM ET

    MARIETTA, Pa. _ Donegal Group Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $8.7 million in its third quarter. The Marietta, Pennsylvania- based company said it had net income of 33 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Sears refutes store-closing report Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:34 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Sears Holdings Corp. discredited a report Thursday that says it will be shuttering 116 Sears and Kmart stores, resulting in the layoffs of more than 6,000 workers. Broken down, closures include 55 Kmart stores, 30 Sears stores and 31 Sears Auto Center locations, according Seeking Alpha, citing liquidation sale notices. In an email sent to The Associated...

  • Oct 23- Touchscreen chip maker Synaptics Inc reported lower-than-expected first-quarter revenue and profit, hurt by weak demand from smartphone makers, sending its shares down 13 percent in extended trading. "Given that certain Samsung designs that have come out recently are not using Synaptics touch ID products, we think that would probably be a real driver...

  • Federated Investors tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH _ Federated Investors Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter profit of $37.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share. Analysts expected $213.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • Qlik reports 3Q loss Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:57 PM ET

    RADNOR, Pa. _ Qlik Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $14.4 million in its third quarter. Analysts expected $125 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in December, Qlik expects its per-share earnings to range from 26 cents to 30 cents.

  • At least 46 Kmart stores, 30 Sears department stores and 31 Sears Auto Centers are scheduled to close before the end of January, said the report. The company, which is struggling to reduce costs as its sales dwindle, closed 75 Kmart stores and 21 Sears stores in the first half of 2014.. Sears had 1,077 Kmart stores and 793 Sears stores in the United States as of Aug. 2.

  • Penn National Gaming tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:12 AM ET

    WYOMISSING, Pa. _ Penn National Gaming Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $8.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 6 cents per share. Analysts expected $634.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Airgas tops Street 2Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    RADNOR, Pa. _ Airgas Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $98.3 million in its fiscal second quarter. For the current quarter ending in December, Airgas expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.20 to $1.25. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.29.

  • EQT misses 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH _ EQT Corp. on Thursday reported earnings of $98.6 million in its third quarter. On a per-share basis, the Pittsburgh- based company said it had net income of 65 cents. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 65 cents per share.

  • Carpenter beats Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    WYOMISSING, Pa. _ Carpenter Technology Corp. on Thursday reported profit of $13.5 million in its fiscal first quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 23 cents per share. Analysts expected $409.5 million, according to Zacks.

  • Comcast tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:21 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Comcast Corp. on Thursday reported net income of $2.59 billion in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 71 cents per share. Analysts expected $16.78 billion, according to Zacks.

  • Comcast wins more Internet customers, ad sales up Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 7:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Comcast Corp.' s third-quarter net income jumped 50 percent in the third quarter, helped by a one-time tax settlement, growth in Internet subscribers and fewer defectors from its cable service. Comcast is in the midst of a $45 billion takeover of Time Warner Cable, a deal that is under regulatory review. AT&T Inc. is planning to buy satellite service...

  • Wesco International tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH _ Wesco International Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $80.8 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. Wesco International expects full-year earnings to be $5.25 to $5.35 per share.

  • MSA Safety tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. _ MSA Safety Inc. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $19.3 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 55 cents per share. Analysts expected $274.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • Oct 22- Drugmakers Abbott Laboratories and Mylan Inc on Wednesday declined to explain in detail why they changed the terms of a $5.3 billion deal in which Mylan will buy part of Abbott's overseas generics business and reincorporate for tax purposes in the Netherlands. Windau said many investors had feared the new Treasury rules might derail the deal, and they...