March 11- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday that U.S. sales have improved since mid-February after cold and snowy weather dented business in the first half of that month.» Read More
The Senate vote was 97-2. Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Jeff Sessions of Alabama dissented. The White House on Thursday said it supported the Senate vote to keep the reserve operational. The Senate action, it said, would provide for an orderly transition of the federal government out of the helium market.
BRUSSELS, Sept 19- Belgian financial group Dexia has entered into exclusive talks with New York Life Investments to sell its asset management unit, it said late on Thursday. Dexia had initially agreed to sell the asset management arm to Hong Kong- based GCS Capital for 380 million euros, but that deal fell through in July.
*Quebec, Alberta not in plan; Quebec eyes going to court. OTTAWA, Sept 19- Canada's federal government and two of its provinces will set up a common securities regulator as a first step toward their ultimate goal of replacing the current patchwork of provincial agencies with a more efficient national markets watchdog.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- Wall Street often faces a wall of worry, the issues that can halt a market rally, yet the fears that haunt investors now seem to persist far longer than they did in the past, said Ken Fisher, the billionaire investor and author, in an interview. A fight in Congress over increasing the ceiling on U.S. government debt now looms.
Harrisburg, which is mired in more than $362 million in debt from past upgrades to its incinerator, can now move ahead with creditor settlements, the lease of city-owned parking lots and a sale of its waste-to-energy incinerator that is expected to raise up to $132 million.
LOS ANGELES, Sept 19- Shares of Walt Disney Co fell nearly 2 percent on Thursday, one day after the company delayed the release of two movies from its acclaimed Pixar animation studio, "The Good Dinosaur" and a sequel to 2003 hit "Finding Nemo."
NEW YORK, Sept 19- Twitter is in talks to add additional banks to its underwriting syndicate for its upcoming initial public offering and in the process of finalizing the fee structure, according to three people familiar with the matter.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The International Monetary Fund on Thursday urged U.S. policymakers to support major reforms at the global lender and bury political differences over the budget to ease one source of risk to the economy and markets. But the reform of voting rights, known as quotas, cannot proceed without approval from the U.S. Congress.
The Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health said on Thursday they have awarded an initial $53 million to 14 institutions to conduct research that could help the FDA shape tobacco product regulations. The law allows the FDA to expand its authority to all tobacco products but it must first issue new regulations.
*Treasury sells $13 bln in 10- year TIPS reopening. *Fed to purchase $1.25 bln- $1.75 bln bonds due 2036-2043 Friday. NEW YORK, Sept 19- U.S.
Sept 19- Sometimes it is better not to over-think things. The Fed's non-taper is one of those times. That is an intention to support demand via, among other channels, an increased perception of higher risk and greater inflation risk, "interest rate strategists at Societe Generale led by Vincent Chaigneau wrote in a note to clients.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- U.S. bank regulators on Thursday ordered JPMorgan Chase& Co to correct its debt collection and other credit card procedures and to refund more than $300 million to customers harmed by the bank's practices.
WASHINGTON, Sept 19- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed by a 97-2 margin a measure that would prevent a possible shutdown of the U.S. helium reserve program in early October. Helium is a critical product in the aerospace and defense industries and also used in the manufacture of smart phones and medical equipment, among other things.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- The dollar recovered on Thursday, a day after incurring sharp losses as the Federal Reserve shocked investors and unexpectedly kept its stimulus program intact, but its prospects remained bleak with low U.S. interest rates seen staying for some time.
Sept 19- Rite Aid Corp, the No. 3 drugstore chain in the United States, reported a surprise quarterly profit after generic drug sales boosted margins, sending its shares up by a fifth to their highest in more than five years.
NEW YORK, Sept 19- Floods in Colorado have caused 10 leaks and spills so far in the state's oil and natural gas patch that are being tracked, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commision said. Two of the spills came from Anadarko Petroleum Corp's well sites, where the oil was carried off in floodwater, according to the regulator.
LONDON, Sept 19- Big drugmakers are seeking a boost from new four-in-one influenza vaccines that will be available for the first time this flu season. Sanofi, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca all have products ready to tap the new opportunity, while Novartis is lagging behind its rivals.
In Canada's federal registry of lobbyists, BlackBerry recorded several communications last month with officials from Moore's department, as well as from Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office.
**L&L ENERGY, $1.20, down 42 pct. Research firm GeoInvesting said in a blogpost in SeekingAlpha that it was preparing to file a "whistleblower report" to the Nasdaq and the SEC accusing L& L Energy of defrauding investors by booking substantial revenue from operations that have been idled.
Sept 20- An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.8 struck Fukushima Prefecture in Japan early Friday morning, Kyodo reported, quoting the Japan Meteorological Agency. The focus of the quake was around 20 km underground in the prefecture, which hosts Tokyo Electric Power Co Inc's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Kyodo said.