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  • NEW YORK, July 31- Unless next week's payrolls report is an outlier, investors should expect a continuation of the directionless market that has kept the S&P 500 trading in place for most of the year. But concern about the strength of the economies in China and Europe, along with a slide in energy prices, have made stocks stall. "We're likely to be in first gear, crawling...

  • Salisbury Bancorp posts 2Q profit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 6:03 PM ET

    LAKEVILLE, Conn. _ Salisbury Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported net income of $2 million in its second quarter. Salisbury Bancorp shares have increased almost 10 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Salisbury Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Paulson, in his first public comments since the recent price crash, said his firm, Paulson& Co. Inc., has retained a 10 million share stake, now worth about $1 billion, in SPDR Gold Trust, which tracks the price of gold. While Paulson's hedge fund was the single largest investor in the SPDR Gold Trust at the end of the first quarter, the position, now worth about $1.05...

  • Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier. Last week the Communication Workers of America announced that 86 percent of Verizon workers covered by the contract voted to strike in a recent poll, if a new agreement isn't reached.

  • BOSTON, July 31- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday advised hospitals not to use Hospira Inc's Symbiq infusion system, saying a security vulnerability could allow cyber attackers to take remote control of the system. Both the FDA and DHS said they know of no cases where such an attack has been launched, but the FDA said in its advisory that it strongly...

  • July 31- Verizon Communications Inc, the largest U.S. wireless service provider, said on Friday there was little progress in negotiations with its wireline unit workers on the U.S. East Coast, ahead of the expiry of the current contracts on Aug. 1. Verizon said on Friday it is ready in the event of a work stoppage. "We're very far apart in negotiations because Verizon a...

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii— Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations made significant progress this week toward a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. It would also clarify and standardize trade rules, making it easier for companies to sell goods and services in the Pacific Rim. The talks have also covered establishing...

  • Good Housekeeping magazine once dubbed the service a "fashionista's playground." The results have been lackluster so far, barely budging Yahoo's revenue. The acquisition, which hasn't closed yet, will mark a homecoming for three of Polyvore's co-founders, Jianing Hu, Guangwei Yuan and Pasha Sadri.

  • BOEING SAYS AT REQUEST OF CIVIL AVIATION INVESTIGATING AUTHORITIES, CO WILL DISPATCH A TECHNICAL TEAM TO ASSIST IN ANALYZING PART FOUND ON REUNION ISLAND.

  • Trade ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which would stretch from Japan to Chile and cover 40 percent of the world economy, delayed until 4 p.m. local time a news conference originally scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Hawaiian island of Maui. Dairy exports are a top sticking point, with New Zealand- which has said it will not...

  • Astronomers gather in Hawaii amid telescope tensions Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:30 PM ET

    Some demonstrators on Maui and the Big Island were arrested Friday as scientists from more than 75 countries headed to Hawaii for the meetings. The protests gained momentum in April when workers tried to start construction on the Big Island's Mauna Kea of what would be one of the world's largest telescopes. On the Big Island, seven others were arrested for...

  • PORTLAND, Maine— The owner of a farm where a teenager was killed on a Halloween- themed hayride last fall said he never would have allowed a vehicle with mechanical problems to haul people on the attraction. Peter Bolduc, owner of Harvest Hill Farms in Mechanic Falls, Maine, denied knowing about any mechanical problems with the Jeep that was hauling the hay wagon and...

  • Rite Aid to put Cosmo behind blinders Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Cosmopolitan magazine is apparently too racy to appear without a wrap on Rite Aid drugstore shelves. That lead to a campaign by advocacy group the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and Victoria Hearst, granddaughter of Hearst Corp. founder William Randolph Hearst, urging retailers to keep Cosmo under wraps and out of view of minors.

  • TRADE REPRESENTATIVE SAYS TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP NEWS CONFERENCE DELAYED UNTIL 1600 LOCAL FROM 1330.

  • July 31- Verizon Communications Inc said on Friday there was little progress in negotiations with its wireline unit workers on the U.S. East Coast, ahead of the expiry of the current contracts on Aug. 1. The wireline employees with two trade unions last week voted to go on strike, if needed. Verizon said on Friday it is ready in the event of a work stoppage.

  • CHICAGO, July 31- Budget deficits are projected to persist for Chicago as pension and debt costs gobble up more revenue, according to an annual financial analysis released by the city on Friday. If Illinois fails to enact legislation easing Chicago's payments to its public safety retirement systems, the deficit could be even higher. Chronic structural budget...

  • NEW YORK, July 31- American Eagle gold coin sales surged to the highest in more than two years, U.S. Mint data showed on Friday, after prices tumbled as much as 8 percent to a 5-1/ 2- year low and spurred a buying spree in the United States. Silver prices extended their descent to a six-year low at $14.33 an ounce.

  • NEW YORK, July 31- Bank of America is likely to hold a shareholder vote this year to determine whether Chief Executive Brian Moynihan should be allowed to retain his title of chairman of the bank's board, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. Bank of America announced just before its annual meeting in May that it would allow shareholders to hold a vote on...

  • Prudential Bancorp posts 3Q profit Friday, 31 Jul 2015 | 5:12 PM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Prudential Bancorp Inc. on Friday reported earnings of $47,000 in its fiscal third quarter. Prudential Bancorp shares have risen 18 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Prudential Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • What's more, these investments aren't winners; this bias towards in-state politically connected firms costs the typical state pension fund about $225 million in annual decline in fund performance, according to estimates in the study, which is slated to be published in an upcoming Journal of Financial Economics. "We find that state pension funds overweight...