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  • MEDIA-IRANIAN HACKERS HIT SANDS CASINO IN LAS VEGAS-.

  • Irish plane leasing firm Avolon's IPO priced at $20/shr Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:19 PM ET

    Dec 11- The initial public offering of Ireland's Avolon Holdings $20 per share, an underwriter said, valuing at $1.6 billion the world's ninth-largest aircraft leasing firm by assets. Selling stockholders, including private equity firms Cinven Ltd, CVC Capital Partners Ltd and Oak Hill Capital Partners and the Singapore government, are selling all the shares,...

  • SeaWorld CEO to step down, company to cut jobs Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 6:15 PM ET

    SeaWorld did not say how many jobs it would cut, as part of its restructuring plan aimed at saving about $50 million by the end of 2015.. Negative publicity has hurt SeaWorld' s 11 park enterprises, with attendance rising only twice in the last seven quarters. SeaWorld shares closed at $16.09 on the New York Stock Exchange on Thursday.

  • Dec 11- United Technologies Corp forecast profit and revenue for 2015 to be below market estimates, as it expects profit to fall at its Pratt& Whitney military and commercial original equipment business. United Technologies, which also makes Pratt& Whitney jet engines, said it expected 2015 earnings of $7- $7.20 per share on revenue of $66 billion- $67 billion.

  • *China retail sales data next in focus. SYDNEY, Dec 12- The dollar was firmer against most of its major peers early on Friday thanks in part to upbeat U.S. retail sales data, while nervousness over falling oil prices kept the Canadian dollar pinned near a five-year low. "Firm November data continues to point to a hawkish adjustment in forward guidance at next week's...

  • *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. Retailers were among the day's biggest percentage gainers on the S&P 500, including Urban Outfitters, up 7.6 percent at $32.29. "It suggests overall spending is going to do well," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

  • *Market tumbles in late New York trade after choppy day earlier. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. crude fell below $60 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in five years, breaking through a key psychological support level that triggered fresh selling as some traders said they saw no reason for a rebound any time soon. "For this market to come back quickly, you need a major event...

  • BOSTON, Dec 11- Fewer hedge funds opened in the third quarter of 2014 than in any other quarter in a year, according to data released on Thursday by industry research firm Hedge Fund Research. Assets managed by the industry reached a record $2.82 trillion at the end of third quarter, HFR said. Earlier this year, Herb Wagner launched Finepoint Capital after leaving...

  • Dec 11- United Technologies Corp forecast profit and revenue for 2015 to be below market estimates, as it expects sales at its Pratt& Whitney military and commercial original equipment business to be down by a low single digit percentage. United Technologies, which also makes Pratt& Whitney jet engines, said it expected 2015 earnings of $7- $7.20 per share on...

  • The case, closely watched by both labor groups and businesses, pitted a sign language interpreting service called Purple Communications against the AFL-CIO, the largest federation of trade unions in the United States. The union challenged the California- based company's policy prohibiting employees from using business email to "engage in activities on...

  • There are very good reasons for this, though much has changed since the height of Greece's crisis. Even beyond Greece's own grave difficulties, should Syriza win an election, most likely to be held, if needed, in January or early February, it will shortly enter into negotiations, if not conflict, with the Troika of the European Commission, the International Monetary...

  • *Market tumbles in late New York trade after choppy day earlier. NEW YORK, Dec 11- U.S. crude fell below $60 a barrel on Thursday, the first time in five years that it breached the psychologically-important support, as oil markets extended this week's crash on continuing oversupply concerns. "For this market to come back quickly, you need a major event that would...

  • Dec 11- Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc said it would buy stock photography company Fotolia for $800 million and reported quarterly revenue above market estimates, helped by higher subscription sales of its Creative Cloud suite. The company also said it expected an adjusted profit of 34- 40 cents per share on revenue of $1.05 billion- $1.10 billion for the...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 11- Southwest Airlines expects its fuel cost to be $2.30 to $2.40 per gallon in 2015, based on current oil prices and the airline's fuel hedging position, Chief Executive Officer Gary Kelly said on Thursday. Southwest has returned consecutive profit for 41 years in part through a successful hedging program. Kelly said Southwest still actively...

  • *Starboard Value takes stakes in Office Depot, Staples. Retailers were among the day's biggest percentage gainers on the S&P 500, including Urban Outfitters, up 7.6 percent at $32.29. "It suggests overall spending is going to do well," said Peter Cardillo, chief market economist at Rockwell Global Capital in New York.

  • BRENT CRUDE OIL FUTURES FALL $1 A BARREL IN POST SETTLEMENT TRADE.

  • Dec 11- Freeport McMoRan Inc operations at its sole U.S. copper smelter have returned to normal production levels after it completed repairs on an electric furnace damaged in a fire at the Arizona facility, a spokesman said on Thursday. Freeport, the largest U.S. miner by market value and revenue, resumed processing copper concentrate at the site on Dec 7, said Eric...

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, Dec 11- U.S. prosecutors, already smarting from a appeals court ruling that weakens their ability to crack down on future insider trading, on Thursday faced widening fallout from the decision as some existing cases threatened to unravel. Lawyers for some defendants hinted they might seek to withdraw guilty pleas, and a Manhattan federal...

  • Dec 11- Photoshop maker Adobe Systems Inc said it would buy stock photography company Fotolia for $800 million and reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher subscription sales of its Creative Cloud suite. Adobe's net income rose to $73.3 million, or 14 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Nov. 28, from $65.3 million, or 13 cents per share,...

  • RPT-BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT /2:30 PM ET Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky+ 1 646 223 6200. WASHINGTON- U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. WASHINGTON- Jack Reed, a Mississippi clothing retailer, says the economic recovery is taking hold for his family business as...