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  • BOSTON— A federal jury has rejected claims by a group of Massachusetts smokers who sued Philip Morris USA to try to force the cigarette maker to pay for lung cancer screenings. Instead they wanted Philip Morris to pay for a medical-monitoring program, including three-dimensional chest scans that can detect signs of early-stage lung cancer.

  • WASHINGTON— Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cautioned Thursday that global economic pressures pose risks to the U.S. economy but said it's too soon to know whether those risks are severe enough to alter the Fed's interest-rate policies. But she said the Fed thought it should study the issue again now that other central banks, including in Europe and Japan,...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Stock indexes worldwide stumbled on Thursday on fears over the health of the global economy, with banking shares slumping on both sides of the Atlantic while safe-haven 10- year Treasury yields hit their lowest since 2012.. The dollar hit its lowest against the safe-haven yen since October 2014 of 110.985 yen, and was on track for its worst week...

  • WELLESLEY, Mass.— Wellesley College has named a Harvard Medical School faculty member as its next president. Paula Johnson will also be Wellesley's first black president. Johnson is on Harvard's faculty and serves as chief of the Division of Women's Health at the medical school and Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital.

  • Monotype misses 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 8:51 AM ET

    WOBURN, Mass. _ Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Woburn, Massachusetts- based company said it had profit of 12 cents. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share.

  • Lionbridge Technologies posts 4Q profit Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 8:39 AM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ Lionbridge Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.9 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 4 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Lionbridge Technologies said it...

  • Monster Worldwide meets 4Q profit forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 8:03 AM ET

    WESTON, Mass. _ Monster Worldwide Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $56.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 12 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Monster Worldwide expects its per-share...

  • TripAdvisor tops Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 6:39 AM ET

    NEEDHAM, Mass. _ TripAdvisor Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $3 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 32 cents per share. TripAdvisor shares have fallen 36 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has declined slightly more than 9 percent.

  • Hearing focuses on proposed ban on some animal products Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 2:00 AM ET

    BOSTON— While both critics and supporters of a proposed ban on the sale of food products from farms that keep animals in overly restrictive cages say the measure would likely raise egg prices in Massachusetts, supporters contend consumers would barely notice the increases. "Just because they are food animals doesn't mean they don't deserve our respect," said...

  • Forrester Research posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 8:15 PM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ Forrester Research Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2 million. On a per-share basis, the Cambridge, Massachusetts- based company said it had profit of 11 cents. Forrester Research shares have increased 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TechTarget misses 4Q revenue forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 8:05 PM ET

    NEWTON, Mass. _ TechTarget Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $2 million. For the current quarter ending in April, TechTarget said it expects revenue in the range of $24 million to $25 million. TechTarget shares have dropped 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Feb 10- Activist investor William Ackman's Pershing Square Holdings portfolio tumbled 18.6 percent so far this year, according to an investor with knowledge of the numbers. The comes after Pershing Square ended 2015 with its largest ever annual loss. Ackman said in a recent letter that many big investors who had followed him into stocks were now selling out as...

  • CYS reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 6:35 PM ET

    WALTHAM, Mass. _ CYS Investments Inc. on Wednesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $3.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Waltham, Massachusetts- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 28 cents per share.

  • Psychemedics posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 6:25 PM ET

    ACTON, Mass. _ Psychemedics Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $185,000. On a per-share basis, the Acton, Massachusetts- based company said it had net income of 3 cents. Psychemedics shares have increased almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Rapid7 reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 6:01 PM ET

    BOSTON _ Rapid7 Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $21.1 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 36 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Rapid7 expects its results to range from a loss of 26 cents per share to a loss of 23 cents per share.

  • HubSpot reports 4Q loss Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 5:31 PM ET

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. _ HubSpot Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $10.3 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 18 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, HubSpot expects its results to range from a loss of 20 cents per share to a loss of 16 cents per share.

  • Cognex tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:35 PM ET

    NATICK, Mass. _ Cognex Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $18.7 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. Cognex shares have fallen 8 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • IRobot posts 4Q profit Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:21 PM ET

    BEDFORD, Mass. _ IRobot Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $19.3 million. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $130.8 million. The company expects full-year earnings to be $1.20 to $1.40 per share, with revenue ranging from $630 million to $632 million.

  • Bruker tops Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:21 PM ET

    BILLERICA, Mass. _ Bruker Corp. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $61.4 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 27 cents per share. Bruker expects full-year earnings in the range of 97 cents to $1.02 per share.

  • Andrew Cuomo is urging federal regulators to reject KeyCorp's $4.1 billion deal to buy First Niagara Financial Group and create the 13th largest commercial bank in the United States. The New York Democrat says the proposed acquisition of Buffalo- based First Niagara by Cleveland- based KeyCorp would reduce retail banking competition in upstate New York,...