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  • *Euro zone, Ukraine talks hurt sentiment. NEW YORK, Feb 11- An advance in U.S. stocks halted and European shares slipped on Wednesday on investor worries over the outcome of euro zone ministerial meetings about Greece's debt crisis, while oil prices dropped for a second day on more signs of oversupply. Adding to the markets' uncertainty, the leaders of France, Germany,...

  • Anthem offers free identity-theft protection after breach Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:35 PM ET

    Feb 11- Anthem Inc said on Wednesday its millions of customers can sign up for free credit monitoring and identity-theft protection services this week following a massive cyber attack involving stolen U.S. Social Security numbers, birth dates and sensitive health information. Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen said he was pleased with Anthem's...

  • Feb 11- The parent of Trump Taj Mahal, one of Atlantic City, New Jersey's struggling casinos, has settled U.S. government charges that it violated federal laws designed to thwart money laundering, court filings show. Trump Taj Mahal Associates LLC agreed to the assessment of a $10 million civil penalty by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement...

  • Feb 11- Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc reported stronger-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand for switching equipment and routers helped to make up for weak spending by the company's traditional telecom customers. Cisco, whose shares were up 1.5 percent in extended trading on Wednesday, has been trying to make a transition...

  • TripAdvisor's quarterly profit jumps 80 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:30 PM ET

    Feb 11- Travel review website operator TripAdvisor Inc reported an 80 percent jump in quarterly profit, driven by higher advertising and subscription revenue. Excluding items, TripAdvisor earned 35 cents per share. TripAdvisor's shares rose about 7 percent to $72.26 in extended trading.

  • *PepsiCo climbs after results, Wal-Mart off on Canada plans. NEW YORK, Feb 11- The S&P 500 index finished unchanged on Wednesday as investors were reluctant to make big bets while they waited for the outcomes of major talks involving Greece and Ukraine, but Apple helped boost the Nasdaq after an activist investor's bullish comments. Adding to the market's...

  • UPDATE 1-Icahn values Apple at more than $1 trillion Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:18 PM ET

    Feb 11- Activist investor and major Apple Inc shareholder Carl Icahn said the iPhone maker's stock should be trading at $216, far above its record high of $124.92 hit on Wednesday. At $216 per share, Apple- already the world's most valuable company- would be worth about $1.3 trillion, or about the size of South Korea's gross domestic product. Icahn said Apple should...

  • MetLife's quarterly profit rises 70 percent Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:12 PM ET

    Feb 11- Largest U.S. life insurer MetLife Inc's quarterly profit jumped about 70 percent, helped by gains from investments and derivatives. The company's net profit rose to $1.49 billion, or $1.30 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $877 million, or 77 cents per share, a year earlier. Total operating revenue fell slightly to $18.25 billion.

  • Feb 11- Network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc CSCO.O reported a 7 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher demand for switching equipment and routers. The company's net profit rose to $2.4 billion, or 46 cents per share, in the second quarter ended Jan. 24, from $1.43 billion, or 27 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose to $11.94 billion from...

  • Applied Materials revenue rises 7.7 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:08 PM ET

    Feb 11- Chip-equipment maker Applied Materials Inc reported a 7.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue as contract chip manufacturers spent more on technology used to make smartphone and memory chips. Applied Materials said net profit rose to $348 million, or 28 cents per share, for the first quarter ended Jan. 25, from $253 million, or 21 cents per share, a year...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- U.S. stocks closed flat on Wednesday as concern about Greece and Ukraine was offset by gains in shares of Apple.

  • FireEye revenue jumps 150 pct Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:04 PM ET

    Feb 11- Cybersecurity services provider FireEye Inc reported a 150 percent jump in quarterly revenue as governments and businesses ramped up spending to protect their networks from highly sophisticated database breaches and hacks. Net loss attributable to shareholders widened to $105.7 million, or 72 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from...

  • Feb 11- Shipping lines are expected to curtail cargo operations at U.S. West Coast ports again this weekend amid stalled labor talks between the companies and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers, the chief executive of the port of Long Beach said on Wednesday. "This weekend is going to be yet another limited operating weekend, just like last weekend was,"...

  • Australian exception reverts to the mean as yields sink Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 4:00 PM ET

    *Australia rates cut to all-time low last week. SYDNEY, Feb 12- After a good financial crisis, with sound finances, robust banks and buoyant Chinese demand for its commodities, the returns that made Australia a magnet for investors are buckling under the weight of negative yields elsewhere. Foreign funds have poured money into Australia, the only advanced economy...

  • NEW DELHI, Feb 12- Two state-of-the-art public hospitals in New Delhi are barely operational years after they officially opened- not for lack of funding but because officials did not spend the millions of dollars allocated to treat heart and kidney patients. At the 300- bed Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital, gleaming marble-floored corridors disappear...

  • Feb 12- Honda Motor CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, according to four people with direct knowledge of the matter. Ito took over in 2009, and for the past three years has shaken up Honda's...

  • Feb 11- The millions of people using dating apps on company smartphones could be exposing themselves and their employers to hacking, spying and theft, according to a study by International Business Machines Corp.. IBM did not name the vulnerable apps but said it had alerted the app publishers to problems. IBM found employees used vulnerable dating apps in...

  • CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR PORT OF LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA, SAYS EXPECTS SHIPPERS TO CURTAIL WEST COAST PORT OPERATIONS AGAIN THIS COMING WEEKEND.

  • BOGOTA, Feb 11- Colombia's financial regulator has approved a deal under which local soft drinks maker Postobon will produce and sell Heineken beer in the Andean country through a partnership with Heineken's affiliate in Chile, the Compania Cervecerias Unidas. Postobon, Colombia's biggest non-alcoholic distributor and Chilean brewer and bottler...

  • YOUR MONEY-Is organic chocolate worth the price? Wednesday, 11 Feb 2015 | 3:40 PM ET

    Feb 11- If you plunk down some big bucks for organic chocolate this Valentine's Day, your sweetie may or may not be impressed. Andy Ciordia, owner of The Secret Chocolatier in Charlotte, North Carolina, says consumers are most likely to notice that mass-produced chocolates using a cacao solution taste flatter than those made on a smaller scale and with natural...