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  • Ahead of the Bell: US home sales Monday, 23 Mar 2015 | 6:23 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The National Association of Realtors reports on February sales of existing homes Monday at 10 a.m. Eastern. Housing starts plunged 17 percent in February, the Commerce Department reported last week. Buyer traffic also slipped last month, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo index.

  • NEW YORK, March 20- A Philadelphia jury on Friday found that Johnson& Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceuticals failed to warn that antipsychotic drug Risperdal could cause male breast growth, in a case filed by a young man who had taken the drug, but it awarded no damages after finding no direct link to the man's condition. The verdict came after a month-long trial in the...

  • NEW YORK, March 20 (Reuters)- The dollar stumbled on Friday, capping its worst weekly performance against the euro in more than two years, pulled lower by expectations U.S. interest rates will rise more slowly than previously expected. Jens Nordvig, Nomura's head of global foreign exchange, said one major reason for the sharp reduction in the Fed's rate forecasts...

  • *Wall St stocks rally; S&P set for weekly gain. *European stocks helped after Athens' assurances. NEW YORK, March 20- The U.S. dollar fell sharply on Friday and was on track for its biggest weekly decline against the euro in more than three years, helping to drive a rally in Wall Street stocks and crude oil.

  • FOREX-Dollar struggles anew on U.S. rate view Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:51 AM ET

    *Euro on track for best week vs dollar since Oct 2011. NEW YORK, March 20- The dollar fell on Friday, on track for its worst weekly performance in more than two years against the euro, undermined by expectations U.S. interest rates will rise much slower than expected. "This is just some counter-trend correction in the dollar and is transitory," said Mark Luschini, chief...

  • WASHINGTON— Manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia region expanded more slowly in March than the previous month as new orders slipped. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said Thursday that its index of regional factory activity ticked down to 5 this month from 5.2 in February. The survey covers manufacturing in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New...

  • The Harvard- trained lawyer, who departed last week as NSA general counsel, arrived at the spy agency three years ago following stints at the White House, the Justice Department and the 9/ 11 Commission. De's outsider status, his White House ties and his willingness to engage with skeptics helped guide the digital spy agency through the biggest crisis in its...

  • Streaming TV services: What you get, what it costs Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 12:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Sony jumped into the pay-television business Wednesday with an online package of more than 50 channels starting at $50 a month. In the works for more than a year, the PlayStation Vue service could drive more people to drop their traditional cable or satellite TV offerings, especially as Sony touts such benefits as unlimited online storage for...

  • SONY'S PLAYSTATION VUE ONLINE TV SERVICE LAUNCHES AT $50 A. NEW YORK, March 18- Sony Corp on Wednesday launched its PlayStation Vue Web video service in three cities, targeting customers looking for cheaper alternatives to cable with packages starting at $50. Sony's service will have more than 85 channels, including programming from three major networks, CBS,...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— Penn State intends to hold accountable the fraternity members who used a private, invitation-only Facebook page to post "appalling, offensive" photos of nude and partly nude women, some apparently asleep or passed out, a university official said. A Penn State administrator called the allegations a violation of the standards and values required...

  • March 16- McDonald's Corp restaurant workers from 19 U.S. cities complained to regulators on Monday that their working conditions are hazardous and have led to severe burns from hot grills and fryer oil. McDonald's workers, who already have claimed that they have been subjected to wage theft, racial discrimination and retaliation for attempting to unionize,...

  • NEW YORK, March 16- The U.S. dollar weakened broadly on Monday ahead of the Federal Reserve's policy meeting on worries that the central bank could become more cautious about raising interest rates, while Wall Street stocks rose as the greenback's fall eased worries about its effect on corporate profits. The euro rose 0.7 percent $1.0569, after marking its...

  • PHILADELPHIA, March 16- A U.S. senator from Pennsylvania on Monday called for measures to provide resources and training to first responders who handle crude oil train derailments. Under the legislative proposal, a task force on derailments would be created under the Federal Emergency Management Agency to make recommendations to the U.S. Congress for...

  • March 16- McDonald's restaurant workers from 19 U.S. cities said on Monday they have filed 28 health and safety complaints with federal and state regulators, alleging hazardous working conditions that led to severe burns from hot grills and fryer oil. McDonald's workers, who have also claimed they have been subjected to wage theft, racial discrimination and...

  • NEW YORK, March 13- Corporate America's profit engine may be running out of steam. This year's U.S. profit estimates have fallen sharply in recent months to a mere 1.7 percent growth, Thomson Reuters data shows, as analysts cut already gloomy forecasts for energy company earnings and the dollar keeps climbing, hurting U.S. exporters, including multinationals.

  • March 9- Apparel retailer Urban Outfitters Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as comparable sales rose for the first time in a year, helped by a recovery at the company's namesake brand and strong demand for its Free People line of clothes. Total comparable sales rose 6 percent in the fourth quarter ended Jan. 31, with same-store sales...

  • NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, with the S&P 500 index poised for its second straight weekly drop, after a strong monthly jobs report fueled expectations for an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year. "There's speculation we're going to see an increase in rates earlier than anticipated," Jim Herrick, director of equity trading at R.W.

  • *Feb U.S. payrolls growth tops expectations. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks retreated on Friday, with the S&P 500 index poised for its second straight weekly drop, as a strong monthly jobs report fueled expectations for an interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve this year, possibly sooner than anticipated. But relatively light volume on Friday suggested a...

  • *Apple to replace AT&T in Dow Industrials. NEW YORK, March 6- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for a second week of declines, as a strong monthly jobs report heightened expectations the U.S. So this much stronger-than-expected number could push that date up, "said Tracie McMillion, head of asset allocation at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in...

  • *Actavis launches $21 bln bond deal. *Exxon Mobil to sell $7 bln in debt. Pharmaceutical company Actavis Plc launched a $21 billion corporate bond deal, the second-largest on record according to Thomson Reuters unit IFR.