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  • Plexus meets 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    NEENAH, Wis. _ Plexus Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $23.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 69 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $645.1 million.

  • CDC eyeing bird flu vaccine for humans, though risk is low Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:38 PM ET

    MINNEAPOLIS— Federal officials said Wednesday they're taking steps to create a human vaccine for the bird flu virus that's slammed the Midwest poultry industry, though they still consider the danger to be low and the food supply not at risk. Alicia Fry, an influenza expert with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said officials are hopeful...

  • LOS ANGELES— An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets. Steve Gilberg, a digital marketer in Chicago, says his 6- year-old pug-Chihuahua mix, Joey, had most of the symptoms: high fever, runny nose, watery...

  • County Bancorp posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 9:36 AM ET

    MANITOWOC, Wis. _ County Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $2.5 million in its first quarter. The bank, based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, said it had earnings of 43 cents per share. Keywords: County Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— Emotional disagreements over trade erupted in Congress on Wednesday, when a liberal senator delayed a committee's likely endorsement of a top trade priority for President Barack Obama. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a fierce opponent of the trade legislation, invoked a Senate scheduling rule to delay the committee's actions for hours.

  • April 21- Discovery of a strain of deadly avian influenza in a large egg-laying facility in Iowa this week was the latest outbreak of the disease in the United States. The H5N2 strain has been discovered in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Arkansas, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Missouri. Following are facts about the U.S. poultry...

  • MEXICO CITY, April 21- Mexico, the biggest buyer of U.S. chicken, has halted imports of live birds and eggs from the U.S. state of Iowa due to an outbreak of deadly bird flu there, the Mexican government said on Tuesday. Mexico and other major countries last month imposed new export restrictions on poultry products from various U.S. states, but a new outbreak has hit top...

  • 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.

  • The number of hens that'll have to be killed at a northwest Iowa farm was revised downward Tuesday, from 5.3 million to 3.8 million. The smaller— yet still large— figure is the actual number of chickens at Sunrise Farms instead of the capacity of the farm, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Iowa agriculture officials gave Monday. A total of eight Midwestern...

  • 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...