NEW YORK, March 16- U.S. stock investors will start the week on edge as markets worldwide react to the referendum that appears to back Russia's claim to Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, even if the vote result is not internationally recognized.» Read More
He named Family Dollar Stores Inc. as his top pick among the group, rating it at "Outperform" with an $81 price target. The analyst also rated Dollar Tree Inc. at "Outperform" with a $55 target price. In afternoon trading, Family Dollar shares added 42 cents to $69.07; Dollar Tree shares rose $1.33, or 2.8 percent, to $48.18 and Dollar General shares fell 27 cents to $51.80.
Scott Walker praised the latest national jobs figures showing a drop in the unemployment rate to its lowest level since President Barack Obama took office, but he refused to credit Obama's policies for the improvement.
NICOSIA, Cyprus-- Cyprus' government spokesman says the country is looking to clinch a bailout deal with potential creditors in the coming weeks so that the agreement can get the backing of the other 16 countries that use the euro when their finance ministers meet next month.
NEW YORK-- Shares of data services company Neutral Tandem Inc. dropped sharply to a new low Friday as R.W. Baird analysts downgraded the company's rating, saying its financial performance has weakened more than expected.
WASHINGTON-- Americans boosted their borrowing in August by the largest amount in three months with strong gains in the category that covers auto and student loans and in credit card debt. The August borrowing gains reflected a $4.2 billion increase in borrowing on credit cards and a $13.9 billion increase in auto and student loans.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark.-- The Arkansas Department of Human Services says 25 hospitals have received $4.1 million in bonus payments for improving the quality of care that patients receive. Arkansas Medicaid handed out the awards to hospitals as part of its pay-for-performance Inpatient Quality Incentive program.
SAN FRANCISCO-- An unusual convergence of sporting and entertainment events in San Francisco this weekend promises to bring up to a million extra people into the densely populated bayside city.
TOPEKA, Kan.-- An attorney for a Kansas woman who challenged a limit on damages for pain and suffering in lawsuits says a state Supreme Court ruling against his client is unjust. Kansas law limits damages for non-economic losses such as pain and suffering to $250,000 in personal injury lawsuits.
DETROIT-- U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that Honda Odyssey minivans and Pilot SUVs can roll away after drivers remove the ignition key. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration affects more than 577,000 older-model vehicles, which were big sellers with families because of their space and reputation for quality.
NEW YORK-- Shares of business software maker Informatica Corp. made a small rebound Friday after losing more than 20 percent of their value a day earlier following the company's disappointing third-quarter forecast. THE SPARK: On Thursday, Informatica forecast a smaller profit and less revenue than analysts had expected.
NEW YORK-- Shares of The Medicines Co. slumped Friday after the company said it was ending development of a drug designed to reduce bleeding during surgery because of safety concerns. THE SPARK: After the market closed on Thursday, Medicines Co. said it was ending development of MDCO-2010 because of "serious unexpected patient safety issues."
JACKSON, Miss.-- A woman suing a south Mississippi city for her arrest while protesting the BP oil spill has filed a new complaint that claims she was arrested again for no reason in retaliation for the lawsuit. Sandra Howard sued the city of Long Beach and officers Shawn Johnson and Melissa Peterson on Nov. 18, 2011.
MAIDUGURI, Nigeria-- Sabotaged phone lines prevented students from warning friends and possibly saving their lives in the attack in which 22 college students were killed earlier this week, survivors said Friday. John Bello, a Mubi college student, said Friday that only one mobile phone network was working in the town and that it was congested.
BRISTOL, Conn.-- ESPN will stream Kontinental Hockey League games online as NHL stars play overseas during the lockout. NHL players in the Russian-based league include Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk and Evgeni Malkin.
Alcoa Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Yum Brands Inc. reports quarterly financial results. Safeway Inc. reports quarterly financial results.
NEW YORK-- Meryl Streep has donated $1 million to The Public Theater in honor of both its late founder, Joseph Papp, and her friend, the author Nora Ephron. The announcement was timed to Thursday's unveiling of the nonprofit's $40 million face-lift to its 158- year-old headquarters in Astor Place.
And the 7.8 percent September unemployment rate, down from 8.1 percent in August, was clearly welcome to President Barack Obama. That was so for both Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan. For Reagan, unemployment peaked at 10.8 percent in November and December 1982.