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*Deal to expand Mattel's construction, arts and crafts toys. Feb 28- Mattel Inc, the world's No. 1 toymaker, offered to buy Canada's Mega Brands Inc for about $460 million to better compete with Denmark's Lego, the leader in the fast-growing market for building blocks.
*Offers C $17.75 per Mega Brands share, premium of 36 pct. Feb 28- Mattel Inc, the world's No. 1 toymaker, said it agreed to buy Canada's Mega Brands Inc for about $460 million, including debt, to expand its construction and arts and crafts offerings.
*Hasbro rallies after results, upbeat comments. NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. stocks ended with modest gains on Monday as investors digested recent market gains and looked ahead to new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first testimony before lawmakers.
U.S. bonds continued to creep higher on Monday, as Friday's disappointing jobs number did little to abate investors' move into "safe-haven" assets.
*S&P 500 coming off best two-day gain in four months. *Hasbro rallies after results, upbeat comments. NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday as investors digested recent market gains and looked ahead to new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first testimony before lawmakers.
Feb 10- Hasbro Inc touted a series of toys based on the fourth "Transformers" sequel and other upcoming films, overshadowing concern about its weak North American holiday season and sending its shares up nearly 6 percent.
*Yelp climbs on deal with Yahoo. *Carl Icahn drops Apple buyback demand. NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. stocks were little changed on Monday, on the heels of the S&P 500' s best two-day performance in four months and ahead of new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first testimony before lawmakers on Tuesday.
Hasbro reported lower-than-expected quarterly results on weak sales in North America during the holiday season.
U.S. stock index futures signaled a lower Wall Street open on Monday, despite gains in global shares.
Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.
*Yelp climbs on deal with Yahoo. NEW YORK, Feb 10- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Monday, indicating the S&P 500 would retreat after its best two-day performance in four months, ahead of new Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's first testimony before lawmakers on Tuesday.
Hasbro, the second-largest U.S. toy company, said its net earnings in the fourth quarter fell to $129.8 million, or 98 cents a share, from $130.3 million, or 99 cents a share, a year earlier. Excluding restructuring charges and other items, Hasbro earned $1.12 a share, missing the analysts' average estimate of $1.22, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Feb 10- Toymaker Hasbro Inc, known for brands such as Monopoly, Nerf and My Little Pony, reported a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on weak sales in North America during the holiday season.
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Feb 5- 3 D Systems Corp, the largest listed 3 D printer maker, cut its fourth-quarter profit estimate, hurt by falling demand for consumer printers and printed parts. 3 D Systems said it now expected adjusted profit of 83 to 87 cents per share in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013..
Jan 31- No. 1 toy company Mattel Inc missed Wall Street's profit and sales estimates for the fourth quarter on weak demand in the United States during the all-important holiday selling season. For Mattel, gross sales fell 10 percent in North America.
NEW YORK, Jan 17- A few days before New Year's, my daughter came upon the free iPad app for the Furby Boom and fell in love with the toy. It trades online at a premium high above its manufacturer's suggested retail price of $59. Since November, retail prices have fluctuated from a low of $29 to more than $100.
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There's no one hot holiday toy this year, but parents have plenty of wow-worthy gifts to pick from.