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  • AP Top Financial News At 9:45 p.m. EDT Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    5 features an Amazon phone might offer Venture investments highest since 2001 Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem Advice to Democrats: Don't say' recovery' Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57 B Chobani to expand offerings amid competition Earnings season starts rough for health insurers Providence, RI, sues firms over stock trades Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading

  • New 'must-have' for businesses? Cyber insurance Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:51 PM ET

    No business is safe from a cyberattack, which is why more companies, large and small, are taking out cybersecurity insurance policies.

  • April 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday it has spent more than $100 million to cover a pricey new hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc, a higher cost than it expected by "multiples," sending shares in the sector lower.

  • US stock market ends higher as earnings pour in Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    The market appeared set Thursday morning for its fourth-consecutive positive open this week, but immediately turned negative as investors sold shares in Google and IBM. Earnings from toy maker Mattel and insurer UnitedHealth also dragged down the market. While big drops in IBM and UnitedHealth helped keep the Dow Jones industrial average in the red.

  • President defending health law good for some Dems Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:03 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's full-throated defense of his health care overhaul seems perfectly timed for Democrats who want their party to embrace the law more enthusiastically. At a White House news conference Thursday, Obama noted that health insurance enrollments under the new law are higher than expected, and costs are lower.

  • TOKYO, April 17- Mitsui Life Insurance, Japan's fifth largest life insurer, plans to increase its yen bond holdings by about 100 billion yen in the financial year to March, its investment planning manager said on Thursday.

  • 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"

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