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  • ECB cautions banks to be conservative on dividends Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Supervisors at the European Central Bank urged banks under its watch to be conservative in making dividend payments, warning in a statement on Thursday that they would also examine their bonus payments in the coming months. "Banks should base their dividend policies on conservative and prudent assumptions, so that after any pay-out they can...

  • General Dynamics profit jumps 42%, jet orders rise Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:21 AM ET
    A Gulfstream G280 jet, by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a unit of General Dynamics.

    General Dynamics reported a 42 percent jump in profit and said quarterly aircraft orders were at their highest in more than three years.

  • Jan 28- Apple Inc's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to boost share buybacks and dividends this year, with some analysts expecting the iPhone maker to return more than $200 billion to investors. "We had to increase our cell widths and chart heights after Apple's blow-out December-quarter print," RBC Capital Markets analysts...

  • Underwear seller HanesBrands to boost dividend 33 percent Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 10:08 AM ET

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— HanesBrands said it plans to boost its dividend 33 percent and split its stock as it seeks to increase value for shareholders. The clothing company said Wednesday that it will increase its dividend to 40 cents per share from 30 cents per share. HanesBrands Inc., based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, sells underwear, T-shirts, socks and other...

  • ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— Home shopping network HSN has declared a special dividend of $10 per share and more than doubled its credit line to pay for it. The special dividend of approximately $525 million will be paid on Feb. 19 to shareholders of record on Feb. 9, the home shopping network operator said. In addition, HSN Inc. announced on Wednesday that it entered a new $1.25...

  • Jan 28- Apple Inc's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to boost share buybacks and dividends this year, with some analysts expecting the iPhone maker to return more than $200 billion to investors. Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in the quarter and reported a 70 percent surge in China sales. "We had to increase our cell...

  • Jan 28- General Dynamics Corp, maker of Gulfstream jets, tanks and U.S. Navy ships, reported a 42 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and said quarterly aircraft orders were at their highest in more than three years. General Dynamics said on Wednesday it returned about $4.2 billion to shareholders through stock repurchases and dividends in 2014, more than...

  • Anthem raises dividend almost 43 pct, tops 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    INDIANAPOLIS— Anthem has hiked its quarterly cash payout to shareholders by nearly 43 percent to keep up with its rising stock price after edging past Wall Street forecasts for the recently completed fourth quarter. The nation's second-largest health insurer said Wednesday that it will start offering in March a quarterly dividend of 62.5 cents per share, up...

  • *CEO says Roche committed to Switzerland despite franc rise. While cross-town rival Novartis has said it will review its Swiss cost base, Roche Chief Executive Severin Schwan said his company had no plans to move operations. "I continue to believe that Switzerland and Basel offer a very good framework for our business," Schwan told reporters.

  • Jan 27- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp slashed its quarterly dividend as it strives to rein in costs amid tepid demand, due to expectations that prices of natural gas, a cheaper alternative to steam coal, would remain weak in 2015.. The miner cut its quarterly dividend by 97 percent to 0.25 cents per share from 8.5 cents, sending its stock plunging as much as 9 percent...

  • Jan 27- American Airlines Group Inc on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter profit that topped estimates and announced a new share buyback program and quarterly dividend, as the carrier saved hundreds of millions of dollars from tumbling oil prices. American, the world's largest airline by passenger traffic since its 2013 merger with US Airways, said it earned...

  • NEW YORK— Shares of Peabody Energy Corp. traded lower Tuesday after the coal miner took a large loss in the fourth quarter and slashed its dividend payments to preserve cash. The U.S. government issued a weak durable goods report, suggesting businesses cut spending on some manufactured goods because of concerns about soft economies in Europe and Asia, sinking...

  • Jan 27- American Airlines Group Inc said on Tuesday that its profit was $597 million last quarter, topping analysts' estimates, and announced a new share buyback program and dividend. The Fort Worth- based carrier earned $1.1 billion, or $1.52 per diluted share, excluding $507 million in special costs largely from merger and bankruptcy-related expenses.

  • UPDATE 1-DuPont plans $4 bln share buyback Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 7:11 AM ET

    Jan 27- DuPont, under pressure from activist investor Nelson Peltz to improve shareholder returns, said it plans to buy back up to $4 billion of its stock using a dividend expected from a spinoff of its performance chemicals business. The company, which has a $5 billion repurchase program, also raised its cost reduction target by $300 million to at least $1.3...

  • Jan 26- Iron ore and coal miner Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it reduced net debt by $400 million and scrapped its quarterly dividend to cut more debt. Cliffs wrote down the value of its coal and iron ore assets by about $6 billion in October due to weak prices, and warned a month later that it might have to close its Bloom Lake iron ore mine in Quebec.

  • Cliffs Natural scraps quarterly dividend Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 7:13 AM ET

    Jan 26- Cliffs Natural Resources Inc said it would scrap its quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share from the first quarter.

  • NORILSK'S CEO POTANIN SAYS NO PLAN TO CHANGE DIVIDEND POLICY DUE TO ROUBLE SLUMP.

  • Safety plays amid volatility  Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:53 PM ET

    Discussing the best investment strategy right now amid volatility, with Doug Sandler, Riverfront Investment Group.

  • UPDATE 1-Agrium shares rise on dividend, buy-back news Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    Jan 22- Canadian fertilizer and farm retail dealer Agrium Inc said it would pay out a larger percentage of its free cash flow as dividends and buy back up to 5 percent of its shares, driving its stock up as much as 5.6 percent. Agrium said it would pay out 40-50 percent of its free cash flow as dividends, up from its earlier target of 25-35 percent. Agrium, which mines...

  • Agrium to pay more in dividend Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 9:02 AM ET

    Jan 22- Canadian fertilizer and farm retail dealer Agrium Inc said it would pay out 40-50 percent of its free cash flow as dividend, up from its earlier target of 25-35 percent. Agrium also said the Toronto Stock Exchange has accepted its plan to make a normal course issuer bid for up to 5 percent, or nearly 7.2 million, of the company's common shares over the next 12...