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  • BOSTON, Feb 7- Fidelity Investments plans to unveil a new pitchman on Sunday in television commercials that feature Will Danoff, the unassuming portfolio manager of its behemoth $103 billion Contrafund. The last time Boston- based Fidelity used a portfolio manager in a television advertising campaign was nearly 20 years ago. The silver-haired Peter Lynch,...

  • Feb 5- The Kansas health department has confirmed one positive case of norovirus related to Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, the department's Johnson County office said. "These types of illness are common this time of year," Johnson County Department of Health and Environment Director Lougene Marsh said in a statement. Norovirus is the most common cause of food-borne...

  • Lawsuit challenges tribal reservation decision Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 3:51 PM ET

    "The federal government has grossly overstepped its authority," said Adam Bond, a lawyer for the 25 Taunton residents named in the suit. The 2015 decision granted the Mashpee Wampanoags 151 acres in Taunton and 170 acres in Mashpee, a town some 50 miles away on Cape Cod. Backed by Malaysian casino developers the Genting Group, the tribe proposes a $500 million Las...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but rising wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs and the unemployment rate slipped one-tenth of a percentage point...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- U.S. employment gains slowed more than expected in January as the boost to hiring from unseasonably mild weather faded, but surging wages and an unemployment rate at an eight-year low suggested the labor market recovery remains firm. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 151,000 jobs and the unemployment rate slipped one-tenth of a percentage...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- More than 500 mutual funds have stock holdings worth more than $1.5 billion in three gun manufacturers: Vista Outdoors, Sturm Ruger and Smith& Wesson. Find out if you are invested in guns and ammo with this list. Fund Vista Sturm Smith& Total Outdoors Ruger Wesson investment.

  • Feb 4- A stock-trading algorithm built for Reuters highlights the correlations among gun purchases, mass shootings and the politics of gun regulation. With the benefit of hindsight, the Boston- based hedge fund Quantopian examined how a theoretical investor would have fared by investing equal amounts in Smith& Wesson Holding Corp and Sturm Ruger& Co after 20...

  • Researchers who want to get a handle on the growth of New England' s gray seal population have been using drones as part of an effort to photograph the animals, which gather in huge numbers on remote islands. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used a pair of unmanned aircraft on Muskeget Island off of Massachusetts to take pictures of seal pups...

  • In New England, where a regional casino war is afoot, Connecticut's Foxwoods is remaking one of its gambling floors— now christened "The Fox"— as a hip, fun scene in the sprawling 30- year-old casino complex. In Rhode Island, the more modest-sized Twin River Casino removed 274 slot machines to make way for more poker and other table games favored by younger gamblers...

  • Feb 4- State Street Corp is nearing a deal to acquire General Electric Co's $115 billion asset management business, according to people familiar with the matter, as the U.S. industrial conglomerate continues to shed unloved assets. State Street, a Boston- based asset manager, has prevailed over other bidders, including Goldman Sachs Group Inc, for the business, and...

  • Hanover Insurance beats 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 5:47 PM ET

    WORCESTER, Mass. _ The Hanover Insurance Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $77.6 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.57 per share. Hanover Insurance shares have dropped 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Eversource misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 5:15 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. _ Eversource Energy on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $181.8 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 65 cents per share. The New England power provider posted revenue of $1.69 billion in the period.

  • Athenahealth tops 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 4:33 PM ET

    WATERTOWN, Mass. _ Athenahealth Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $7.7 million. The average estimate of 24 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 41 cents per share. Athenahealth expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.65 to $1.85 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.09 billion to $1.12 billion.

  • PerkinElmer misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 4:25 PM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ PerkinElmer Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $68.3 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 87 cents per share. PerkinElmer expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.65 to $2.75 per share.

  • Robert Califf, President Barack Obama's nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, said on Thursday the agency would reform its process for approving opioid painkillers. The FDA said it has agreed to convene a committee before approving any new opioid that does not have abuse-deterrent properties. Califf, who joined the FDA a year ago as a deputy...

  • Correction: Las Vegas-Pay To Park story Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 2:40 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— In a story Feb. 2 about MGM Resorts International outsourcing its Las Vegas Strip parking operations to a Chicago- based firm, The Associated Press erroneously reported the title of MGM Resorts executive Corey Sanders. SP Plus Corp. will handle paid parking at all non-union MGM Resorts International properties, including Mandalay Bay, Delano, Monte...

  • "We do not have any concerns or objections to the decommissioning road map that Entergy has developed," NRC spokesman Neil Sheehan said Thursday. He made the comment shortly after the NRC made public a letter it had written to New Orleans- based Entergy Corp. that touched on several aspects of managing the Vernon reactor post-shutdown. Vermont Yankee closed...

  • On Thursday, the board of Viacom Inc, the company that owns the Paramount movie studio, MTV and other assets, gave his chairmanship to Philippe Dauman and made Redstone chairman emeritus. Redstone, a Harvard- educated lawyer from Boston, became one of U.S. media's most powerful figures by building up his family's theater chain, National Amusements, starting in the...

  • *Q4 revenue $1.98 bln vs est $1.99 bln. *Sees FY earnings $1.03- $1.07/ share vs est $1.05. Feb 4- Heart device maker Boston Scientific Corp's quarterly revenue fell just shy of Wall Street expectations as sales in its second-biggest unit fell, sending its shares down as much as 6 percent.

  • Abiomed beats 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 10:16 AM ET

    DANVERS, Mass. _ Abiomed Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $10.6 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 16 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.