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  • CHICAGO, April 21- The spread of a deadly strain of bird flu into an Iowa egg farm accelerated market concerns over how big of a bite the current outbreak could take from the United States' egg and poultry businesses, sending shares of several leading meat companies' down on Tuesday. Minnesota, the largest turkey-producing state in the country, has been the hardest...

  • CHICAGO, April 21- A strong U.S. dollar allowed Harley-Davidson Inc's foreign competitors to aggressively undercut its prices in the first quarter, the iconic motorcycle maker said on Tuesday, hurting sales and prompting it to lower 2015 shipment forecasts. Milwaukee, Wisconsin- based Harley-Davidson said the discounting had primarily affected sales in the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that energy companies can be sued under state antitrust laws for illegally manipulating natural gas prices more than a decade ago during California's energy crisis. The Supreme Court agreed in an opinion by Justice Stephen Breyer, who wrote that the state claims at issue are directed at retail pricing within the...

  • Midwestern firm Wealth Enhancement Group as Lightyear seeks another windfall good investment in the wealth management market. Marron said Wealth Enhancement Group has strong leaders and a team-based approach that will enable it to grow quickly to the scale of a firm like Cetera. The terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Lightyear will purchase the stake...

  • Manpower beats Street 1Q forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:42 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ ManpowerGroup Inc. on Tuesday reported first-quarter profit of $65.7 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 79 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $4.47 billion.

  • MGIC beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ MGIC Investment Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $133.1 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 25 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • MILWAUKEE— Harley-Davidson's first-quarter profit edged up, benefiting from a reduced tax rate. Harley-Davidson earned $269.9 million, or $1.27 per share, for the three months ended March 29. Harley-Davidson's tax rate was 34.4 percent.

  • Biggest US outbreak of bird flu in poultry hits Iowa Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 7:05 AM ET
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    Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in a flock of millions of hens at an egg-laying facility.

  • MINNEAPOLIS— Poultry producers and scientists have been hoping warmer weather would knock down a virulent strain of bird flu that has hammered the Midwest, but the virus recently took its biggest toll yet, hitting a farm in Iowa that held nearly 10 percent of the state's egg-laying chickens. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that the deadly H5N2...

  • Sensient posts 1Q profit Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 7:24 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Sensient Technologies Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $30.5 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Sensient expects full-year earnings in the range of $3 to $3.09 per share. Sensient shares have climbed 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The groups first sued after the EPA in October approved the herbicide's use in six states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The latest motions were filed after the EPA decided last month to allow its use in nine more states: Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Up to 5.3 million hens at an Iowa farm must be destroyed after the highly infectious and deadly bird flu virus was confirmed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. The virus was first detected in Minnesota, the country's top...

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency over a bird flu outbreak that is infecting U.S. poultry and Governor Scott Walker said on Monday he has authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the disease. Since the beginning of the year, the H5N2 flu has been found in poultry in 12 states, including Wisconsin. Other states with infected...

  • Badger Meter misses Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 4:15 PM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Badger Meter Inc. on Monday reported first-quarter net income of $4.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 40 cents per share. Badger Meter shares have increased 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • CHICAGO, April 20- Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday declared a state of emergency over an outbreak of a strain of bird flu deadly to poultry and authorized the state's National Guard to help contain the virus.

  • WASHINGTON, April 20- If the U.S. Supreme Court blows up the tax subsidies at the heart of Obamacare in June, Republicans hope to deliver on their promise to offer an alternative healthcare plan. Two front-running Republican options at an early stage in Congress include a refundable tax credit that experts say is virtually the same thing as the Obamacare tax...

  • Correction: Bird Flu story Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 6:24 PM ET

    ST. PAUL, Minn.— In a story April 16 about bird flu, The Associated Press reported erroneously that recent outbreaks had led to the death of more than 2.5 million turkeys and chickens. USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak could be' devastating'. Top USDA veterinarian: Bird flu outbreak may last for years and be' devastating' to poultry.

  • No. 1 egg-producing state aims to keep bird flu out Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:22 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa— The discovery of bird flu on an Iowa turkey farm has raised serious concerns that the poultry-killing virus could find its way into chicken barns in the nation's top egg-producing state and rapidly decimate flocks that provide the U.S. with its breakfast staple. Iowa is home to roughly 50 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs...

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama on Friday defended his pursuit of a sweeping trade pact as good for American workers in a global economy, dismissing fierce opposition from his own party as a "ratification of the status quo." Sander Levin, the senior Democrat of House Ways and Means Committee, declared he was "out to defeat" the legislation because, he said, it would...

  • Clifford spoke on a visit to Minnesota, the state hit hardest by outbreaks that have cost Midwest producers over 2 million turkeys and chickens since early March. He said the fact that the highly pathogenic H5N2 virus has already appeared as far east as southern Ontario means there's an uncomfortable risk of it spreading to the East Coast where much of the U.S....