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  • TOKYO, April 17- Sompo Japan Insurance and Nipponkoa Insurance, already run as one entity ahead of their merger in September, plan to invest "tens of billions of yen" in new areas such as energy, environment and infrastructure, mainly through private equity funds, company officials said.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Sompo Japan Insurance and Nipponkoa Insurance, already run as one entity ahead of their merger in September, plan to invest "tens of billions of yen" in new areas, such as energy, environment and infrastructure, mainly through private equity funds, company officials said.

  • AP Top Extended Financial Headlines At 9:19 a.m. EDT Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:28 PM ET

    US stock indexes rise in pre-market trading on positive earnings from Pepsi, others Americans seeking weekly unemployment benefits rose to 304,000; still at pre-recession levels GE earnings lower because of NBC sale last year, outlook for economy positive PepsiCo quarterly profit beats expectations on stronger snack sales, cost cuts Goldman Sachs says first-quarter earnings fall 11 percent as fixed income trading slumps Mattel reports 1st quarter loss on weak sales of Barbie, weakness internationally Chipotle sales surge as more customers take a taste, but higher costs limit profit gains Target expands subscription service as it fends off Amazon.com in fight for online shoppers EU warns Russia of using gas supplies to Ukraine for political ends, urges stable supplies UnitedHealth's 1st- quarter profit tumbles 8 percent, insurer cites overhaul costs

  • CNBC reporter Kelli Grant offers strategies to cut health food bills, which include visiting manufacturers' web sites and shopping sales, not coupons.

  • April 16- Bond insurer Financial Guarantee Insurance Co said it had reached an agreement with Bank of America Corp to settle litigation related to nine second-lien residential mortgage-backed securitizations FGIC had insured.

  • Kansas to mandate some health coverage on autism Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 5:01 AM ET

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan.— Kansas will require health insurance companies to cover services for hundreds of children with autism starting next year under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Brownback signed the bill in an auditorium on the satellite University of Kansas campus in Overland Park, the home of a center for autism research.

  • TOKYO, April 16- Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, Japan's eighth-largest insurer in terms of assets, plans to raise its holdings in Japanese equities for the first time since the global financial crisis in 2008, a senior official said on Wednesday.

  • *Fiscal year 2014 deficit estimated to fall to $492 billion. WASHINGTON, April 14- Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.

  • Report projects health care costs to dip slightly Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    The Congressional Budget Office predicts that health insurance subsidies under the so-called "Obamacare" plan will total a little more than $1 trillion over the next 10 years, instead of almost $1.2 trillion initially estimated.

  • April 14- Insurer Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd said it offered to acquire Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd for about $3.2 billion in cash and stock. Endurance's offer of $47.50 per share represents a premium of about 21 percent to Aspen's Friday close on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • April 14- Insurer Endurance Specialty Holdings Ltd said it offered to acquire Aspen Insurance Holdings Ltd for about $3.2 billion in cash and stock.

  • SEOUL, April 14- South Korea's state health insurer is seeking an initial 53.7 billion won from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking.

  • SEOUL, April 14- South Korea's state health insurer said on Monday it was seeking an initial 53.7 billion won from three tobacco companies, including the local units of Philip Morris and British American Tobacco, to offset treatment costs for diseases linked to smoking. Philip Morris was not immediately available for comment.

  • Obamacare launch 'terribly flawed': Sebelius Sunday, 13 Apr 2014 | 1:39 PM ET
    President Barack Obama and Kathleen Sebelius.

    The Obama administration's timeline for having ready the new health care law's online sign-up system "was just flat out wrong"

  • Sebelius to resign as Health Secretary Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 6:27 PM ET
    Kathleen Sebelius, Health and Human Services Secretary.

    Her resignation comes just days after the initial enrollment period for Obamacare ended.

  • Insurers $9 bln short for asbestos claims: Fitch Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 11:14 AM ET

    The U.S. insurance industry is as much as $9 billion short of the reserves it will need to ultimately pay asbestos claims, Fitch Ratings said.

  • HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS PRIVATE OBAMACARE HEALTH INSURANCE ENROLLMENT EXPECTED TO SURPASS 7.5 MILLION PEOPLE.

  • NY lawmakers question auto insurance rate factors Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 | 3:05 AM ET

    "The more accurate we can make our premiums the more savings we can provide," said Kristina Baldwin, an assistant vice president at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, a trade group.

  • April 9- Detroit's emergency manager Kevyn Orr showed little enthusiasm on Wednesday for a new proposal from a bond insurer to sell or securitize the insolvent city's world-class art collection.

  • WASHINGTON, April 9- Detroit on Wednesday struck a deal with a core group of creditors that could ease concerns about the treatment of certain bonds in its landmark bankruptcy case and pave the way for compromises with other creditors.

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