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  • Principal Financial misses 4Q profit forecasts Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 4:40 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Principal Financial Group Inc. on Monday reported fourth-quarter net income of $253.6 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share. Principal Financial shares have decreased 16 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has...

  • *Soy, corn down as Argentina weather forecasts improve. Corn and soybeans also fell as macroeconomic worries hung over the market and on some forecasts for much-needed rains in Argentina next week. At the Chicago Board of Trade, March wheat ended 4 cents lower at $4.75-1/ 4 per bushel.

  • What Iowa doesn't tell us about immigration Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 3:37 PM ET
    A U.S. Border Patrol officer body searches an undocumented immigrant after he illegally crossed the U.S.-Mexico border and was caught on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas.

    Iowa's electorate may be the first litmus test of American voters — but is it far from representative when it comes to immigration issues?

  • *Soy, corn down as Argentina weather forecasts improve. Corn and soybeans also fell as macroeconomic worries hung over the market and on some forecasts for much-needed rains in Argentina next week. "The bottom line is, world competition for wheat continues to be pretty stiff, and we are not getting any," said Tom Fritz, a partner with EFG Group in Chicago.

  • WASHINGTON— Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie, the four Republican candidates in a showdown for their party's traditional supporters, closed last year with roughly as much money in the bank combined as Ted Cruz, the conservative insurgent they hope to topple. With voting beginning Monday in the state of Iowa, and continuing next week in New...

  • Ben Carson: Here's my tax plan for the first 100 days...

    CNBC's Larry Kudlow, and Dr. Ben Carson, GOP presidential candidate, talk about the presidential election and the issues Dr. Carson is most focused on, including establishing a tax hiatus.

  • Decision day in Iowa Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 8:06 AM ET
    Decision day in Iowa

    CNBC's John Harwood has the latest details on the Iowa caucuses as the four top candidates vie for the lead.

  • Must Read: Why does Iowa go first? Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 6:09 AM ET
    Must Read: Why does Iowa go first>

    The "Worldwide Exchange" crew discuss the top headline-making news, including today's Iowa caucus and the Zika virus.

  • Caucus day in Iowa Monday, 1 Feb 2016 | 3:27 AM ET
    Caucus day in Iowa

    NBC's Tracie Potts reports on the nation's first nominating contest in the 2016 presidential race begins today.

  • WASHINGTON— Marco Rubio, Jeb Bush, John Kasich and Chris Christie, the four Republican candidates in a showdown for their party's traditional supporters, closed last year with roughly as much money in the bank combined as Ted Cruz, the conservative insurgent they hope to topple. With voting beginning Monday in Iowa, and continuing next week in New Hampshire, Rubio,...

  • Trump holds Iowa lead as caucus vote nears Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | 10:13 AM ET
    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump has widened his edge against rival Ted Cruz in Iowa, according to poll that shows the billionaire gaining momentum.

  • WASHINGTON— Battling across Iowa ahead of the first-in-the-country vote on Monday, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are dueling on fertile populist ground: resentment against Wall Street, bailed-out big banks and a financial system seen as rigged. Sanders, the socialist independent senator and underdog rival, decries the "greed, fraud, dishonesty and...

  • TIMELINE-Bird flu reappears in U.S. poultry flocks Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 5:06 PM ET

    An Indiana turkey flock was infected with a strain known as H7N8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Jan. 15. Four states- Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota- declared states of emergency during the outbreak. The timeline below shows the spread of the disease in the United States, according to data and information from the USDA's Animal and Plant Health...

  • The billionaire refused to participate in the debate out of anger that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was a moderator. Last-minute phone calls with Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes failed to resolve their dispute, which broke out just days before next week's Iowa caucuses, the first nominating contest for the Nov. 8 presidential election. On Friday, Trump defended his...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— A Minnesota businessman whose construction company has built many of the nation's ethanol plants received state sales tax incentives Friday to complete construction on a previously idled project in southwest Iowa. Iowa leads the way with nearly 3.8 billion, followed by Nebraska's 1.8 billion gallons and Illinois' 1.5 billion gallons.

  • But CNN said the debate was still rated more highly than coverage of a rally at the same time that was hosted by Trump, who boycotted the Fox News event in a fight with the network. Citing early data from measurement company Nielsen, CNN said the Fox News debate in Iowa on Thursday had a household rating of 8.4, beating only an earlier debate on the less-prominent Fox...

  • An absent Trump won this debate: Why Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 11:42 AM ET
    Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016.

    By missing the GOP debate, Donald Trump was spared all but glancing blows from those battling to catch up.

  • UPDATE 1-Trump skips debate, wins on social media Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 11:08 AM ET

    Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush also gained traction on Google. Trump boycotted the event after Fox News refused to yield to his demand that network anchor Megyn Kelly be replaced as a moderator. After Fox News issued a sarcastic news release about the contretemps,...

  • Trump won the GOP debate. Who came in second? Friday, 29 Jan 2016 | 11:06 AM ET
    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a veteran's rally in Des Moines, Iowa January 28, 2016.

    Even though he wasn't physically at the debate, Donald Trump still won, explains GOP strategist Sara Fagen.

  • WASHINGTON— Republican presidential contenders let fly with some inaccuracies when they badmouthed the Obama administration on health care, military readiness and pay for construction workers in their latest debate. And from his own event a few miles away in Des Moines Iowa, debate no-show Donald Trump greatly exaggerated the U.S. trade deficit with China.