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  • WASHINGTON, May 7- Boeing Co will struggle to boost international sales of its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighter jets despite a $3- billion- plus deal expected soon with Kuwait, analysts and industry executives said. The Kuwait order will help extend production at Boeing's St. Louis facility into 2019, and preserve its ability to compete for fighter orders from...

  • LONDON/ FRANKFURT, May 7- Agricultural companies Monsanto and Syngenta are working with investment banks on a takeover deal that would create an industry behemoth with combined sales of more than $31 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said. Swiss crop chemicals maker Syngenta is working with Goldman Sachs to assess the merits of a sale to the...

  • WASHINGTON, May 6- Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion- plus deal that will keep the jets' St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal. The expected deal would make Kuwait the second foreign country after Australia to order the new Boeing jets.

  • IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 5- Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients. Faced with such a data deluge, "the solution is going to be...

  • April 30- Exxon Mobil Corp's first-quarter profit dropped less than expected in results posted on Thursday as margins at the refining unit of the world's largest publicly traded oil company surged on tumbling crude prices. "It was a strong quarter," said Brian Youngberg, analyst at Edward Jones in Saint Louis. The Irving, Texas- based company earned a...

  • April 30- Exxon Mobil Corp reported a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly profit on Thursday as oil and gas output and refining results grew even as lower crude prices ate into earnings at the world's largest publicly traded oil company. "It was a strong quarter," said Brian Youngberg, analyst at Edward Jones in Saint Louis. The Irving, Texas company earned a...

  • WASHINGTON, April 28- The U.S. State Department has approved the sale of $1.5 billion in maintenance services, spare parts and logistics for Australia's fleet of Boeing Co F/A-18E/F and EA-18G fighter jets, the Pentagon said on Tuesday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, which executes foreign military sales, notified Congress on Tuesday about the...

  • UPDATE 1-Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase speed and sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down more than 3 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. McDonald's Corp is cutting its bloated menus and...

  • Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down nearly 4 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. St. Louis- based Panera reiterated its forecast for 2015 diluted...

  • Both funding requests were included in the "unfunded priorities" lists submitted to Congress by the Navy and Marine Corps this year. Roman Schweizer, an analyst with Guggenheim Partners, said the committee's decision to fund 12 more F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, along with reports that a Navy assessment had found a requirement for 30 more EA-18G electronic attack...

  • *Euro gains on Greece optimism. NEW YORK, April 27- Wall Street fell modestly on Monday following healthcare stocks, but European shares and the euro advanced on optimism over talks between Greece and its lenders after Greece reshuffled its negotiating team. Concerns over Greece have mounted since the country looks set to run out of cash in coming weeks.

  • NEW YORK, April 27- A measure of equity markets worldwide hit record highs on Monday as optimism over Greece supported European stocks while U.S. shares added to last week's gains ahead of Apple results and a Federal Reserve policy meeting. MSCI's all-country world stock index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, extended a multi-year rally to a fresh record...

  • NEW YORK, April 27- U.S. Treasuries prices fell on Monday as investors made room for the upcoming $26 billion of two-year notes, part of this week's $90 billion in fixed-rate government debt supply. I don't think the data are there for them to be tweaking things, "said Brian Rehling, chief fixed-income strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis, Missouri.

  • UPDATE 1-American Airlines CEO opts for shares, no salary Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 7:04 PM ET

    April 22- The chief of American Airlines Group Inc has opted to receive his primary pay in stock starting on Wednesday, drawing union criticism because he has opposed linking the pay of pilots to the company's performance. Parker was paid about $12.3 million in 2014, including a $7 million stock grant. Allied Pilots Association spokesman Gregg Overman said...

  • *Greece default worries keep investors on edge, hit euro. Investors held off making big U.S. equities bets as they waited for more earnings reports and news on Greece, said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Investment Institute in St. Louis. Europe's pan-regional FTSEurofirst 300 index closed up 0.93 percent, with Publicis, Sky and ARM...

  • April 17- Pfizer Inc was cleared of liability on Friday in the first lawsuit to go to trial of more than 1,000 filed across the United States alleging that its antidepressant Zoloft can cause birth defects, a company spokeswoman said. Plaintiff Kristyn Pesante claimed that Pfizer failed to warn that using Zoloft during pregnancy could cause birth defects, and...

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Global equity markets fell on Friday on reports about a crackdown on margin lending in China, while the dollar retreated on views that stronger U.S. consumer prices were not enough to offset recent weak data that could slow a Federal Reserve interest rate hike. China on Friday also allowed fund managers to lend stocks for short-selling and...

  • NEW YORK, April 17- The U.S. dollar posted its worst week in four against a currency basket on Friday after data showing a rise in consumer prices failed to alleviate concerns that recent soft U.S. economic data could delay the Federal Reserve's first rate hike. "The markets feel that the small price increase is not enough to force a June rate increase," said Chris...

  • Panera Bread to sell cafes, increase buyback Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:40 PM ET

    April 15- Bakery cafe operator Panera Bread Co said it would sell and refranchise 73 company-owned cafes and increase its share buyback program to $750 million. The St. Louis- based company recently launched a program called Panera 2.0 in an effort aimed at delivering faster, more accurate service, particularly at peak hours when long lines can drive away...

  • April 9- U.S. consumer groups, scientists and food companies are testing substances ranging from breakfast cereal to breast milk for residues of the world's most widely used herbicide on rising concerns over its possible links to disease. Testing has increased in the last two years, but scientists say requests spiked after a World Health Organization...