Top News & Analysis Massachusetts

  • BOSTON-- The Boston Red Sox are keeping ticket prices unchanged for 2013 after their worst season in nearly 50 years. Individual prices range from $12 for the upper bleachers to $165 for a seat above the Green Monster in left field. The Red Sox went 69-93, missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

  • DETROIT-- After years of struggling in the nascent market for electric cars, battery maker A123 Systems Inc. filed for bankruptcy protection Tuesday. The filing drew criticism from Republicans who claim the Obama administration has wasted millions of taxpayer dollars on alternative energy companies like A123.

  • BOSTON-- State Street Corp., one of the largest custody banks in the U.S., reported higher net income but a slight revenue decline on Tuesday, saying that while equity markets have improved, its clients are still conservative in their investments.

  • Deval Patrick's administration on Monday ordered tighter controls on state spending and hiring but opted not to revise its revenue estimate for the current fiscal year in the face of lagging tax collections.

  • WALTHAM, Mass.-- A123 Systems says a default on some of its debt is likely and it may be heading for bankruptcy protection. There were enormous hopes for A123 when it went public three years ago and shares soared 50 percent to more than $20 on the first day. A123 also got a $249 million government grant to help it build a battery factory in Michigan.

  • BOSTON-- Shares of WD-40 Co. tumbled on Tuesday after the maker of spray lubricant and cleaning products reported disappointing quarterly results and a sharp decline in sales to European customers.

  • BOSTON-- State Street Corp. shares rose on Tuesday after the custody bank's third-quarter earnings topped Wall Street expectations due to expense cutting and growth in investment management revenue. THE SPARK: The Boston- based company reported adjusted earnings of $473 million, or 99 cents per share, on revenue of $2.36 billion.

  • CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Ironwood Pharmaceuticals Inc. said Tuesday it turned a profit in the third quarter after the Food and Drug Administration approved its irritable bowel syndrome treatment Linzess.

  • WALTHAM, Mass.-- ModusLink Global Solutions Inc., which manages corporate supply chains, on Monday said the filing of its annual report for the year ended July 31 will be delayed as the company works through a restatement of past results.

  • BOSTON-- BlackRock Inc.' s iShares unit is reducing the investment fees charged at six of its largest exchange-traded funds as the biggest ETF provider expands a fee-cutting war that's benefiting cost-conscious investors.

  • Deval Patrick's administration has ordered tighter controls on state spending, while opting not to revise its estimate of tax revenues for the current fiscal year. Secretary of Administration and Finance Jay Gonzalez said Monday he believes Massachusetts will have enough revenue to meet its budget obligations.

  • WILLIAMSBURG, Va.-- With the economy showing some signs of improvement three weeks before Election Day, President Barack Obama on Monday laid down a full embrace of the economic record many Republicans say is his biggest weakness.

  • The company is selling off all its assets in separate auctions planned for Tuesday in Maryland and next week at the company's downtown Providence, R.I., headquarters, where Schilling's team was working on the "massively multiplayer online game" that was critical for 38 Studios' success.

  • The FDA is not required to follow the drug panel's advice, though it often does. The disease occurs in about 1 in every 1 million people in the U.S., according to the FDA. The FDA said in its review that 69 percent of patients in a company trial lowered their bad cholesterol by about 15 percent after 26 weeks taking the drug.

  • BOSTON-- Gas prices have dropped five cents per gallon in Massachusetts in the past week. AAA Southern New England reported Monday that a gallon of self-serve, regular is selling for an average of $3.83. The prices in the latest survey ranged from a low of $3.66 to a high of $3.99.

  • SAN FRANCISCO-- The Charles Schwab Corp. has agreed to acquire dividend income specialist ThomasPartners Inc. for an upfront payment of $85 million, plus additional payments if the smaller company can attract more investors. It had $2.3 billion under management as of Sept. 30, mostly in growth-oriented stocks that pay dividends.

  • LIVERPOOL, England-- Liverpool announced plans Monday to expand the capacity of Anfield, the club's home for 120 years, rather than building a new stadium. The 18- time English champions started working on a new $800- million venue in nearby Stanley Park before owner John Henry's takeover two years ago, but it was abandoned due to financial problems.

  • Lloyd Shapley of UCLA and Alvin Roth, a Harvard University professor currently visiting at Stanford University, found ways to make markets work when traditional economic tools fail. Unlike some recent Nobel prizes _ such as the Peace Prize that went to the embattled European Union last week _ this year's economics award did not seem to send a political message.

  • STOCKHOLM-- Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley were awarded the Nobel economics prize on Monday for research that helps explain the market processes at work when doctors are assigned to hospitals, students to schools and human organs for transplant to recipients. Roth, 60, is a professor at Harvard University in Boston.

  • Gibbs Sports Amphibians says its new Quadski, which can drive on land as well as in the water, will go on sale before the end of this year. _ PRICE: The company says it will cost around $40,000. Dealerships will be concentrated in New York, Boston, the Great Lakes, Florida and Texas.