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  • *Bed, Bath& Beyond stumbles after results, outlook. NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. stocks edged lower on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year as investors assessed a stronger-than-expected monthly payrolls report. "What we are seeing is a tug of war between the worries about slowing global growth and whether...

  • *AbbVie forecast 2015 earnings above expectations. NEW YORK, Jan 9- U.S. stocks were poised to open little changed on Friday, after a two-day rally in equities put the S&P 500 back in positive territory for the new year and following a stronger-than-expected monthly payrolls report. "What we are seeing is a tug of war between the worries about slowing global growth...

  • CHICAGO, Jan 7- Armed with lessons learned from last year's polar vortex, the U.S. transportation and shipping network faces its first big test of the winter this week as harsh cold and dangerous wind chills buffet the Plains to the East Coast. Snow blanketed much of the eastern United States, with lake-enhanced accumulations of more than a foot in northwest...

  • Energy sector earnings are seen down 19.6 percent in the fourth quarter, according to Thomson Reuters data; on Oct. 1, the consensus estimate was for growth of 6.4 percent. "It won't surprise anyone to see profits fall, so if you have no exposure this is a good time to step in," said Scott Wren, senior equity strategist at St. Louis- based Wells Fargo Advisors, which has an "...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- The U.S. dollar ended 2014 with a gain of nearly 13 percent against a basket of major currencies on Wednesday, its strongest year since 1997 and, according to most major banks, just a prelude to a further rise next year. Traders favored the dollar as this year's winning bet heading into the New Year and pushed the euro to a fresh 29- month low against the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- The U.S. dollar looked set on Wednesday to end 2014 with a gain of more than 12 percent against a basket of major currencies, its strongest year in almost a decade and, according to most major banks, just a prelude to a further rise next year. Traders favored the dollar as this year's winning bet heading into the New Year, pushing the euro to a fresh 29-...

  • Dec 18- U.S. banks will be able to do more business in Cuba after the United States and the island nation agreed to restore diplomatic ties, but trade groups said their members will be slow to ramp up operations, fearing big penalties for mistakes. The U.S. Treasury Department said it expects to ease its sanction rules for banking in Cuba in the coming weeks.

  • NEW YORK/ ST. LOUIS, Dec 18- U.S. authorities sued MoneyGram International Inc's former chief compliance officer on Thursday, seeking a $1 million civil penalty and to hold him personally responsible for failing to stop fraudulent telemarketers from using the money-transfer firm's services. The lawsuit against Thomas Haider was filed in U.S. District Court in...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 16- The U.S. dollar slipped against major currencies on Tuesday on expectations that the Federal Reserve would take a cautious tone on monetary policy, while a slide in oil prices pushed the Russian rouble to new lows and boosted the safe-haven yen. "That the FOMC sounds dovish either in the statement or the press conference is certainly a risk to the...

  • DENVER, Dec 12- Fox News correspondent Dominic Di-Natale, whose international reporting took him from Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan to covering protests in Ferguson, Missouri, has been found dead in Colorado, officials said on Friday. In an obituary posted on the Fox News website, the network reported that Di-Natale's death was a suicide, citing the...

  • Dec 12- Raymond James& Associates, a branch of Raymond James Financial Inc, said it hired two advisers from the advisory unit of Wells Fargo& Co.. Father-and-son team Erwin and Terry Bry, and sales associate Lori Fugate previously worked at AG Edwards Inc, which was later bought by Wells Fargo. Wells Fargo was not immediately available for comment.

  • Dec 12- Health insurer Centene Corp forecast better-than-expected sales and profit for 2015 as it signs on more Medicaid members. The company, which provides services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, said it expects to earn $5.05 to $5.35 per share next year. It also forecast premium and service revenue of $20.3 billion to $20.8 billion.

  • Belden to buy cybersecurity firm Tripwire for $710 mln Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    Dec 9- Belden Inc, a maker of networking and cable products, said it will buy Tripwire, a Portland-based cybersecurity firm, for $710 million. Belden and Tripwire, a Thoma Bravo LLC company, worked together previously in September to improve infrastructure cybersecurity in manufacturing organizations. Shares of St. Louis- based Belden shares closed at $74.92 on...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 9- A spending bill agreed by lawmakers from the U.S. House and Senate provides $554.2 billion in funding for the U.S. military in fiscal 2015, including $1.46 billion for 15 EA-18G electronic attack jets built by Boeing Co. Boeing lobbied hard for funding to extend its St. Louis production line for EA-18G Growlers, which had been due to end at the end...

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 8- My daughter learned this little ditty in preschool: "You get what you get, and you don't get upset." "Families can't really lose anything by asking... but they need to go into this with their eyes wide open," said Martha Savery, spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Education Financing Authority and a former financial aid director for Harvard Graduate...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 8- About 30 seconds into an appearance before the U.S. Supreme Court this fall, lawyer Paul Clement was interrupted by a question. It came from Justice Elena Kagan, and it cut to the heart of his case. The exchange illustrates the familiarity that distinguishes a handful of lawyers from more than a thousand other attorneys who have appeared before...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 2- Footwear retailer Brown Shoe Company Inc is trying to acquire women's luxury shoe retailer Stuart Weitzman Holdings LLC, which could fetch close to $1 billion, three people familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. Brown Shoe is competing against other potential suitors, that include private equity firms and financial investors, the sources...

  • CHICAGO, Nov 14- Farmland values in the southern U.S. Midwest and Delta region rose almost 15 percent during the third quarter from the same period a year earlier, despite lower farm income, as grain prices fell, the Federal Bank of St. Louis said on Friday. The St. Louis district covers Arkansas, eastern Missouri, southern Illinois and Indiana, and parts of Kentucky,...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 26 Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gives welcome remarks before the European Central Bank, Federal Reserve Board, and Federal Reserve Bank of New York Conference: Global Research Forum on International Macroeconomics and Finance- 1745 GMT. STANFORD- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota speaks on the oil boom in...

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Nov 24 Monday, 10 Nov 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    STOCKHOLM- Sveriges Riksbank will release the minutes of October monetary policy meeting- 0830 GMT. WELLINGTON- Reserve Bank of New Zealand releases Financial Stability Report, which assesses the soundness and efficiency of the New Zealand financial system- 2000 GMT. STOCKHOLM- Sweden Financial Stability Council meeting.