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  • DETROIT, Oct 22- The United Auto Workers hopes to be recognized as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers at a Volkswagen AG assembly plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee within a year, the union's President Dennis Williams said on Wednesday. He said "I hope so," however, when asked if the UAW would gain recognition to bargain for VW workers by the time contract talks...

  • Tractor Supply beats Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    BRENTWOOD, Tenn. _ Tractor Supply Co. on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $76.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Tractor Supply expects full-year earnings to be $2.54 to $2.62 per share, with revenue in the range of $5.62 billion to $5.7 billion.

  • Wall Street fell as Boeing Co and Biogen Idec tumbled after their results disappointed investors, the two biggest drags on the S&P 500.. The retreat on Wall Street pulled MSCI's gauge of global equity performance lower, but European stocks closed higher, largely driven by earnings. GlaxoSmithKline rose 2.6 percent in London after saying it expects an Ebola...

  • A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— If Republicans win the Senate, the Pentagon should brace for constant grilling from Sen. The size of a Republican majority would determine committee ratios and budgets; more seats in the Senate translate into a greater advantage on the panels. "If we lose the Senate, for one thing, the way this Senate's been operating, they could end up blocking all my...

  • 'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— So long Silicon Valley. In the past few years Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube have opened offices on the west side of Los Angeles from Santa Monica south to Venice and Playa del Rey. "Historically, Silicon Valley has been the center of gravity for tech and startups but I think more and more, these types of companies can be built anywhere," says Erik...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St turns lower as Boeing, Biogen weigh Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:06 PM ET

    *Broadcom and Yahoo rally after results. NEW YORK, Oct 22- U.S. stocks turned lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, with major indexes erasing earlier gains as both Boeing and Biogen sold off following their results. Biogen Idec was the biggest drag on the S&P 500, falling 7 percent to $303.88 after the company reported sales of its big-selling new multiple...

  • US STOCKS-S&P 500 on track for best 5-day rally since 2011 Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 12:21 PM ET

    *Results from Broadcom and Yahoo lift tech shares. Tech names were among the biggest advancers a day after both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations. Broadcom shares climbed 6.9 percent to $39.90 while Yahoo was up 5.3 percent at $42.34; the two made up the S&P 500' s top percentage gainers.

  • Both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations late Tuesday, putting the benchmark S&P 500 on track for its biggest five-day rally since December 2011. Yahoo rose 5.9 percent, Broadcom jumped 6.8 percent and GlaxoSmithKline rose 3.6 percent in London after saying it expects a vaccine against Ebola to be ready later this year. Both Yahoo and Broadcom...

  • US STOCKS-Earnings lift Wall St for 5th straight day Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Results from Broadcom and Yahoo lift tech shares. Tech names were among the market's biggest advancers a day after both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations. Broadcom shares climbed 7.2 percent to $40.01 while Yahoo was up 5.7 percent at $42.47; the two made up the S&P 500' s top percentage gainers.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St on track for 5th straight daily gain Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 10:19 AM ET

    Late Tuesday, both Yahoo Inc and Broadcom beat revenue expectations, and the stocks were the S&P 500' s two biggest advancers. Broadcom climbed 7 percent to $39.95 while Yahoo was up 6.4 percent at $42.77. Dow Chemical rose 1.6 percent to $48.98 after its results, helping to lift material stocks 0.6 percent.

  • FedEx predicts increase in holiday deliveries Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 9:26 AM ET

    MEMPHIS, Tenn.— FedEx expects another record for holiday-season deliveries. That's a more subdued forecast than a year ago, when FedEx predicted 13 percent growth for the season. FedEx and rival United Parcel Service Inc. struggled last year with severe winter weather in early December, a shorter holiday season, and a surge in late orders that was partly due to...

  • CHICAGO, Oct 22- Package delivery company FedEx Corp on Wednesday forecast a record holiday season this year, with 22.6 million shipments expected for its anticipated peak day on Dec. 15. With the rise of e-commerce, FedEx's annual peak has nearly doubled since 2007, when it moved 11.5 million packages on Dec. 17. Last year a later-than-usual surge before the...

  • Pinnacle Financial tops 3Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 5:57 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. on Tuesday reported third-quarter profit of $18.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Analysts expected $62.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • New efforts to ban tobacco farm child labor Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    "I think that many members of Congress have been shocked that children are suffering nicotine poisoning from working in U.S. tobacco fields," said Jo Becker, Human Rights Watch's children's rights advocacy director. Philip Morris International, which limits the type of work children can do on tobacco farms, says it would like to see stronger U.S. regulations in...

  • Pilot errors, fatigue led to deadly Ga. jet crash Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    ATLANTA— Federal investigators say a pilot failed to follow procedures during landing, and that fatigue from lack of sleep contributed to a fiery jet crash that killed a Georgia vascular surgeon and four colleagues from a vein care practice. In a report released Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Feb. 20,...

  • Pilot errors, fatigue led to deadly Ga. jet crash Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 11:59 AM ET

    SAVANNAH, Ga.— The pilot of a private jet failed to follow correct landing procedures and likely was fatigued from a lack of sleep when the plane went down in a fiery crash in eastern Georgia last year, killing a vascular surgeon and four co-workers on board, federal investigators concluded in a report Tuesday. Richard Trammell was at the controls of the jet on the...

  • Kentucky bourbon makes its mark on state's economy Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 AM ET

    LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Kentucky's bourbon industry is making a bigger splash in the state's economy, nearly doubling its workforce in two years and leading a $3 billion distilling sector, a study said Tuesday. By 2014, the number of licensed distilling companies tripled in two years from 10 to 31— the most distilleries in Kentucky since Prohibition ended, according to...

  • Astec Industries misses Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. _ Astec Industries Inc. on Tuesday reported profit of $1.9 million in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Analysts expected $233.9 million, according to Zacks.

  • HealthStream beats Street 3Q forecasts Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ HealthStream Inc. on Monday reported third-quarter net income of $3.4 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 8 cents per share. Analysts expected $43.3 million, according to Zacks.

  • Hedge fund seeks board seats at Family Dollar Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    Family Dollar Stores Inc. accepted an $8.5 billion cash and stock buyout offer from fellow discounter Dollar Tree in July. Family Dollar said previously that regulators are less likely to raise antitrust concerns in a deal with Dollar Tree. Elliott Management said that Family Dollar missed a chance to get Dollar General and Dollar Tree into a bidding war.