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  • *Long bond yield hits record low 2.328 pct. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. The Commerce Department said non-defense capital goods orders excluding aircraft, a closely watched proxy for business spending plans, fell 0.6 percent last month after a downwardly revised 0.6 percent drop in November.

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stocks fell sharply on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares tumbling after quarterly results, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell 10 percent to $42.27 the day after the Dow component reported results.

  • Now it's heating up, as the administration tries to craft a new trade agreement with Japan and 10 other Pacific-rim countries. It lets Congress ratify or reject-- but not amend-- proposed trade pacts. Trade Representative Michael Froman-- got warmer receptions Tuesday from Republicans as he testified before key Senate and House committees.

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stocks were set to open sharply lower on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares down more than 8 percent each after posting earnings, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell 8.4 percent in premarket trading the day after the Dow...

  • A.O. Smith beats Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ A.O. Smith Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $53.2 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share. A.O. Smith expects full-year earnings to be $2.65 to $2.80 per share.

  • Oshkosh tops 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:30 AM ET

    OSHKOSH, Wis. _ Oshkosh Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $34.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Oshkosh expects full-year earnings in the range of $4 to $4.25 per share.

  • But for all the flurry of activity in the GOP race, set off last month by former Florida Gov. "I don't think there's this rush that everybody's trying to create here," said Fred Malek, a longtime GOP donor and finance chairman of the Republican Governors Association. "It seems like there needs to be a little more clarity of who's running before people make commitments,"...

  • Stocks surged Monday for several companies that could gain business from the storm system that is sweeping down the East Coast and expected to dump as much as two feet of snow on New York and Boston. Generator maker Generac Holdings Inc., snowplow maker Douglas Dynamics Inc. and PowerSecure International Inc. all climbed 4 percent or more Monday afternoon...

  • Airport spokesman Perry Cooper says a JetBlue flight from Long Beach, California, and a regional SkyWest jet from Phoenix were the planes involved. Additionally, a Delta Air Lines spokesman says a flight from Los Angeles to Orlando was diverted to Dallas Sunday afternoon due to "a security concern. Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Los Angeles, said...

  • WASHINGTON— Rand Paul is demonstrating how he could disrupt the Republican presidential field if he seeks the nomination, sparring with potential rivals over Iran, Cuba and the Pentagon's budget in a face-to-face forum that offered an early preview of the feisty policy debate to come. The Kentucky Republican joined fellow first-term senators Ted Cruz of...

  • The threats against Delta Air Lines flight 1156, coming from Portland, Oregon, and Southwest Airlines flight 2492, from Milwaukee, were deemed credible, said airport spokesman Reese McCranie. No bomb was found aboard the Delta flight while the Southwest flight was still being searched by explosives units, Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Special...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— When the Alaska Cooperative Extension Service published its book on growing and using fresh herbs in the Far North, dedicating it was as easy as sprinkling chives on a baked potato. "An Alaska Herb Garden" honors Barbara Fay, a self-taught gardener whose experiments with herb varieties in the harsh interior Alaska climate over 40 years was an...

  • Scott Walker will have to plug a roughly $280 million budget shortfall by the end of June, and the state faces a two-year deficit that could be as large as $2 billion, based on new estimates released Friday by the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Wisconsin's two-year shortfall hits about $2 billion when state agency requests— which will certainly not be...

  • Walker rejects Menominee request for Kenosha casino Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 11:49 AM ET

    Scott Walker on Friday denied the Menominee Nation's request for permission to build an off-reservation casino in Kenosha, saying approving the project could leave the state owing a rival tribe hundreds of millions of dollars. The decision is devastating for the Menominee, who have been pushing to build a casino at Kenosha's Dairyland Greyhound Park dog...

  • OTTAWA, Jan 23- Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz's shock rate cut on Wednesday sent a clear message to financial markets: Don't expect me to hold your hand. Trading floors reacted by selling the Canadian dollar and uttering more than the usual number of expletives, but the move drove home that the central bank has changed its views about a monetary policy tool...

  • Baylake posts 4Q profit Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:42 PM ET

    STURGEON BAY, Wis. _ Baylake Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.2 million. The bank, based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, said it had earnings of 24 cents per share. Baylake shares have decreased 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Associated Banc-Corp beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 4:31 PM ET

    GREEN BAY, Wis. _ Associated Banc-Corp on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $48.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. Associated Banc-Corp shares have decreased roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Potawatomi sue over Kenosha casino reimbursement language Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    MADISON, Wis.— The Forest County Potawatomi filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the federal government's rejection of compact language that would have left the state on the hook for reimbursing the tribe if the rival Menominee Nation gets a casino in Kenosha. In the lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Washington, D.C., the Potawatomi contend that the...

  • DETROIT, Jan 22- Johnson Controls Inc on Thursday posted a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and said it expected higher order rates for the rest of its fiscal year. In October, Johnson Controls said it would earn 74 cents to 77 cents a share. Milwaukee- based Johnson Controls said it still expected a full-year profit of $3.55 to $3.70 a share, excluding...

  • Johnson Controls beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    MILWAUKEE _ Johnson Controls Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $507 million. For the current quarter ending in March, Johnson Controls expects its per-share earnings to range from 74 cents to 76 cents. Johnson Controls shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has fallen...