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  • *AT&T, Verizon lead telecoms higher. July 22- Wall Street rose on Friday, clinching the fourth straight positive week for the stock market, boosted by strength in telecom stalwarts AT&T and Verizon. "Below it all is just an ongoing trend of better economic reports," said Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist at Wells Capital Management in Minneapolis.

  • *Major indexes set for fourth straight positive week. July 22- Wall Street edged up on Friday back toward record levels, as AT&T and Verizon led telecom stocks higher, but gains were limited by weakness in industrials after General Electric's tepid quarterly report. "Below it all is just an ongoing trend of better economic reports," said Jim Paulsen, chief...

  • WASHINGTON— Unemployment rates ticked up noticeably in six states in June, even as employers continued to add jobs and the hiring outlook improved. A similar trend played out in five other states: Nevada and Oregon each saw a 0.3 percent increase, while rates went up 0.2 points in California, Maine and South Dakota. South Dakota had the nation's lowest rate in June,...

  • WAYZATA, Minn. _ TCF Financial Corp. on Friday reported second-quarter net income of $57.7 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 29 cents per share. Five analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $330.8 million.

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— New York state has repealed its tax on tampons and other feminine hygiene products, a move expected to save women $10 million a year. "Sanitary napkins and tampons are simply not a luxury item; they're an everyday need," said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women-New York City. " Canada and states including Massachusetts,...

  • EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. _ NVE Corp. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter profit of $3.1 million. On a per-share basis, the Eden Prairie, Minnesota- based company said it had net income of 65 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • MINNEAPOLIS _ Graco Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $50.9 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 99 cents per share. Graco shares have increased 11 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WASHINGTON, July 20- Four U.S. carriers have won tentative approval to launch daytime U.S. flights to Tokyo's Haneda airport as early as this fall, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Wednesday. Approvals were given to Delta for flights from Los Angeles and Minneapolis, Hawaiian from Honolulu, American from Los Angeles, and United from San Francisco.

  • MINNEAPOLIS _ Select Comfort Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $1.4 million. Select Comfort expects full-year earnings to be $1.25 to $1.45 per share. Select Comfort shares have increased nearly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Wednesday he is tentatively approving daytime flights to Japan's Haneda Airport from the United States for American Airlines Group Inc, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian Airlines Inc, and United Airlines Inc.. The proposed U.S. cities are Los Angeles, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Minneapolis and are scheduled to start as...

  • Sales in the medical device division rose 6.4 percent to $1.37 billion in the second quarter, driven primarily by better sales of products such as MitraClip that repairs heart valves less invasively. The company, which rakes in two-thirds of its revenue from outside the United States, said results in emerging markets were weighed down by political turmoil in...

  • ST. PAUL, Minn. _ St. Jude Medical Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $238 million. The average estimate of 19 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of $1.06 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • MEDINA, Minn. _ Polaris Industries Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $71.2 million. Polaris Industries expects full-year earnings in the range of $6 to $6.30 per share. Polaris Industries shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • PLYMOUTH, Minn. _ Tile Shop Holdings Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $6.8 million. Tile Shop expects full-year earnings in the range of 41 cents to 45 cents per share, with revenue in the range of $322 million to $329 million. Tile Shop shares have risen 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • UnitedHealth's second-quarter earnings jumped 11 percent to beat investor expectations even though the nation's largest health insurer took a bigger hit than expected from coverage linked to the Affordable Care Act. But another strong gain from UnitedHealth's Optum segment helped push the company's total net income up to $1.75 billion from $1.59...

  • July 18- Wall Street closed slightly higher on Monday to mint new record highs for the S&P 500 and the Dow industrials, fueled by Bank of America's better-than-expected profit and a major tech sector acquisition. SoftBank's $32- billion deal to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings lifted U.S. chip stocks, and the technology sector led the way higher on the S&P...

  • July 18- Wall Street rose on Monday as Bank of America's better-than-expected profit and a tech sector deal fed recent optimism about a stronger U.S. economy. SoftBank's $32- billion deal to buy British chip designer ARM Holdings lifted U.S. chip stocks, and the technology sector led the way higher on the S&P 500.. "The underlying catalyst is a breakout in economic...

  • OUR Walmart and the Wal-Mart Chinese Workers Association discussed strategy for recent strikes in China on a Skype call last month using a translator, both groups told Reuters. "They asked for our support," said Cantare Davunt, OUR Wal-Mart's leader from Minnesota, who participated in the Skype call. Such international collaborations are rare, especially in...

  • FARGO, N.D.— Officials with a North Dakota electric power cooperative said Friday that the group's Stanton power plant has become too costly to operate and will shut down within the next 12 months. It continues to operate the Coal Creek station, northeast of Stanton, and the Spiritwood station, near Jamestown. Great River is also the majority owner of Midwest...

  • But the demand for eggs has been stifled because bakeries and companies using powdered eggs in things like pancake mixes learned to cook without as many of them, and countries that stopped accepting eggs from the U.S. last year, including Canada and Mexico, have been slow to resume imports. While wholesale egg prices— a little as 55 cents a dozen in June— are good for...