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  • President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law has helped fuel adoption of these arrangements. Baltimore- based CareFirst said growth in overall medical spending slowed to a rate of 2 percent, compared with annual increases averaging 7.5 percent before the program began in 2011.. CareFirst's medical home program covers just under 1.1 million people,...

  • COLUMBIA, Md. _ GP Strategies Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $4.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. GP Strategies shares have decreased 7.5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 45 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.47 billion. Host Hotels expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.52 to $1.55 per share.

  • BETHESDA, Md. _ American Capital Mortgage Investment Corp. on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of $40 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. American Capital Mortgage shares have fallen 15 percent since the...

  • Earlier this week, U.S. crude prices hit four-month lows and Brent, the more important global benchmark, neared a six-month trough as a global oil glut, resurgent dollar and stock market tumble in top energy consumer China took a toll. "I see a rebound of about five bucks off the recent lows in the most likely scenario," said Chris Jarvis at Caprock Risk Management, an...

  • BETHESDA, Md.— Marriott International Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $240 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 81 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $3.72 billion.

  • *Crude futures rise $1 before ending off highs on strong dollar. NEW YORK, July 29- Oil settled higher on Wednesday, recovering from multi-month lows, after U.S. government data showed a surprisingly large crude stockpile draw that signaled the market may have been wrong in predicting slumping demand for energy. Crude futures lost more than $10 a barrel over the...

  • *Crude futures rise over $1 a barrel before consolidating. NEW YORK, July 29- Oil prices jumped about 2 percent on Wednesday, springing from near six-month lows, after U.S. government data showed a surprisingly large crude stockpile draw that signaled the market may have been wrong in predicting slumping demand for energy. Crude futures have lost over $10 a barrel...

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Danielle Faust, 33, is six weeks into wearing braces to fix her crooked teeth and is pretty happy about the process, but not the price. While the $5,000 for Invisalign clear aligners in South Florida where she is a freelance writer is $1,000 less than a friend is paying in New York, she is kicking herself because she missed out on a Groupon that would...

  • Choice Hotels beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 8:21 AM ET

    ROCKVILLE, Md. _ Choice Hotels International Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $35.8 million. Choice Hotels expects full-year earnings to be $2.18 to $2.22 per share. Choice Hotels shares have fallen roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • W.R. Grace beats 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 6:33 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, Md. _ W.R. Grace& Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $57.4 million. W.R. Grace expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.15 to $5.25 per share. W.R. Grace shares have risen roughly 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Silica Holdings beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:21 PM ET

    FREDERICK, Md. _ U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $10 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 3 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $162.4 million.

  • NASHUA, N.H.— Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains "undecided when I become president, I will answer your question." Bernie Sanders told The Associated Press. Environmental groups vigorously...

  • The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit orders the EPA to redo sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen-oxide standards for 13 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, that contribute to soot and smog along the East Coast. The April 2014 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration and capped a decades-long effort by the...

  • The Education Department confirmed Tuesday that it would conduct a limited pilot program to give prisoners access to the Pell grants. The official announcement was scheduled for Friday, when Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Attorney General Loretta Lynch visit the Maryland Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland. The prison has a partnership...

  • Corporate Office Properties reports 2Q results Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    COLUMBIA, Md. _ Corporate Office Properties Trust on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 50 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in September, Corporate Office Properties expects its per-share funds from...

  • United Therapeutics beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    SILVER SPRING, Md. _ United Therapeutics Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $99.2 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $2.26 per share. United Therapeutics shares have climbed 28 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • American Capital Agency posts 2Q profit Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    BETHESDA, Md. _ American Capital Agency Corp. on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $512 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. American Capital Agency shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON— State-run health insurance markets that offer coverage under President Barack Obama's health law are struggling with high costs and disappointing enrollment. Hawaii's marketplace, the latest cautionary tale, was awarded $205 million in federal startup grants. Twelve states and the District of Columbia fully control their markets.

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.