• Oct 30- Starbucks Corp on Thursday reported sales at established cafes in its U.S.-dominated Americas region that missed Wall Street expectations in the latest quarter, despite the early return of the popular Pumpkin Spice latte. The Americas region contributes the majority of Starbucks revenue. "We grew traffic, but it was at a bit of slower clip," said Troy...

  • Starbucks plans delivery after sales fall short Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    NEW YORK— After reporting disappointing quarterly sales Thursday, Starbucks said it will offer a delivery option on its mobile app in select areas of the U.S starting next year. For the period ended Sept. 28, Starbucks reported sales that rose but fell short of Wall Street expectations. Starbucks Corp. is pushing aggressively into different areas as it faces...

  • Online stores fight Amazon for piece of retail pie Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 12:55 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon has a place in many Americans' lives because of its low prices and seemingly endless array of goods. But Amazon— which commands about 20 percent of all U.S. e-commerce— has its own problems, too. Here are ways to have an Amazon- like shopping experience while avoiding the behemoth itself.

  • Blue Nile meets 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 14 cents per share. Analysts expected $106.2 million, according to Zacks. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $163.4 million.

  • CTI BioPharma posts 3Q profit Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ CTI BioPharma Corp. on Thursday reported earnings of $4.6 million, or 3 cents per share, in its third quarter. The company, based in Seattle, posted revenue of $39.5 million in the period. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Oregon, Alaska are ground zero in pot fight Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:43 AM ET

    GRANTS PASS, Ore.— From slick video ads online to scrawled chalk messages on college campus sidewalks, intense get-out-the-vote drives are mobilizing in Oregon and Alaska to legalize retail sales of marijuana to anyone old enough to drink. Mark Kleiman, a drug policy consultant who helped Washington set up its legal marijuana industry, said the outcomes in...

  • Roster of largest TIGER grants Thursday, 30 Oct 2014 | 3:22 AM ET

    The Transportation Department doled out $584 million in September for 72 so-called TIGER grants for transportation projects. —$25 million to help fund a replacement bridge spanning Democratic-held districts in Maine and New Hampshire. —$24 million for the Mountain Parkway in an eastern Kentucky district represented by House Appropriations Committee...

  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Oct 29- Billionaire investors in a small, Seattle- area company that aims to one day mine resources on asteroids have not been deterred by an unmanned rocket explosion that destroyed their test satellite, the company said on Wednesday. Privately held Planetary Resources counts Google Inc Chief Executive and co-founder Larry Page and Chairman...

  • F5 beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 4:27 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ F5 Networks Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter net income of $94 million. Analysts expected $459.8 million, according to Zacks. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had forecast adjusted earnings per share of $1.47.

  • Small business divided over minimum wage votes Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 11:47 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Workers in five states could get a raise after Election Day. Minimum wage referendums are on Tuesday's ballots in Alaska, Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota, where minimums range from $6.25 to $8.25 an hour. Ken Jarosch thinks he'll have to raise prices and hire fewer part-timers for his Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Jarosch Bakery if the state's...

  • DC (and these states) may go to pot next week Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 7:12 AM ET

    Voters in D.C. and in two states will decide on measures to legalize marijuana.

  • Cray beats Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Oct 2014 | 5:03 AM ET

    SEATTLE _ Cray Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $7.4 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 1 cent per share. Analysts expected $125.4 million, according to Zacks.

  • FBI says it faked AP story to catch bomb suspect Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 | 3:49 PM ET

    SEATTLE— The FBI confirmed Tuesday it faked an Associated Press story to catch a bomb threat suspect in 2007, but now says it did not spoof a Seattle Times Web page as part of the investigation. The "communication," which contained a software tool that could verify Internet addresses, turned out to be a link to a phony AP story about the bomb threats posted on a Web page...

  • Oct 27- Dunkin' Donuts will begin selling a combination croissant-donut early next month, an official said on Monday, as the coffee shop chain follows a popular pastry hybrid that has drawn hordes to a New York bakery. The ring-shaped croissant-donut will feature a "delicate and flaky croissant ring that is glazed like a donut" and debut Nov. 3 at specific U.S....

  • Plum Creek Timber tops 3Q profit forecasts Monday, 27 Oct 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. on Monday reported earnings of $61 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. Plum Creek Timber expects full-year earnings to be $1.10 to $1.20 per share.

  • Paul Allen giving at least $100M to Ebola fight Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 7:05 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Billionaire Paul Allen says he'll contribute at least $100 million to the fight against Ebola. The Microsoft Corp. co-founder said Thursday that among the initiatives he's supporting is the development of two medevac containment units that the U.S. State Department can use to safely evacuate health workers who become infected.

  • Out-of-patience investors sell off Amazon Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud— even though its vast range...

  • Amazon misses Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:12 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday reported a third-quarter loss of $437 million. Analysts expected $20.82 billion, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in December, Amazon said it expects revenue in the range of $27.3 billion to $30.3 billion.

  • Alaska Air beats 3Q earnings expectations Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:15 AM ET

    SEATTLE— Alaska Air Group Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $198 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.41 per share. Alaska Air shares have risen 27 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • UPDATE 4-Boeing profit jumps 18 pct, but cash is scarce Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 3:01 PM ET

    Last year, Boeing blew past its cash forecast, booking $9.7 billion in operating cash flow before pension contributions, compared with a forecast of more than $8.5 billion. But this year Boeing has a lower forecast of more than $7 billion, and in the first nine months has booked only $4.6 billion. He didn't provide details, and Boeing's official forecast rose to "...