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  • NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks posted their largest weekly drop in more than two months on Friday as earnings reports continued to weigh, but the S&P 500 and Dow managed to close up for April after strong showings mid-month. Apple shares were down for the tenth session in the last 11 and closed the week down 11.3 percent, the largest such decline since January 2013.

  • April 29- Wall Street was lower for a second day on Friday as investors assessed corporate earnings and data showed that U.S. inflation barely rose in March as consumer spending remains tepid. Apple was down 1.3 percent at $93.61 a day after billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC he no longer has a position in the company. "Today's fall is just noise after the...

  • CHESTERFIELD, Mo. _ Edgewell Personal Care Co. on Friday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $66.1 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.13 per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $603.2 million.

  • ST. CHARLES, Mo. _ American Railcar Industries Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $22.8 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.32 per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • CHESTERFIELD, Mo. _ Reinsurance Group of America Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $76.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.98 per share. Reinsurance Group shares have increased 12 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • While stressing there's no evidence the nagging fire has greatly spread, regional EPA chief Mark Hague told reporters on a conference call that Republic Services will install temperature monitors, as well as cooling loops or heat extractors designed to help control the fire's temperature. As part of the agreement, the EPA said, Republic must submit plans for...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo. _ EPR Properties on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.18 per share. EPR Properties expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $4.70 to $4.80 per share.

  • CARTHAGE, Mo. _ Leggett& Platt Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $89.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 58 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $960.8 million.

  • CLAYTON, Mo. _ Enterprise Financial Services Corp. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $11 million. Enterprise Financial Services shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Enterprise Financial Services, Earnings Report.

  • JOPLIN, Mo. _ Empire District Electric Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $14 million. Empire District Electric expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.26 to $1.44 per share. Empire District Electric shares have increased 20 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ O'Reilly Automotive Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $255.4 million. O'Reilly Automotive expects full-year earnings to be $10.10 to $10.50 per share, with revenue in the range of $8.4 billion to $8.6 billion. O'Reilly Automotive shares have climbed almost 8 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard&...

  • NEW YORK— It was not a very good tax season for H&R Block. Shares of H&R Block fell Wednesday to their lowest point in more than three years. H&R Block said late Tuesday that it prepared a total of 12.2 million tax returns as of April 19, down 5.8 percent from the year before.

  • *Apple, Twitter weigh on global tech stocks. NEW YORK, April 27- Disappointing results from Apple and Twitter hurt world technology stocks on Wednesday, while the U.S. dollar weakened ahead of a policy announcement by the Federal Reserve, pushing oil prices to 2016 highs. Wall Street was lower in early trading ahead of the Fed decision.

  • April 27- For advocates, it is all about protecting a fundamental right of Americans to farm their land. For opponents, it is about big business, pollution and puppy mills. "All eyes are on Oklahoma," said Joe Maxwell, political director for the Humane Society Legislative Fund, which opposes the proposal.

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve kept a key interest rate unchanged Wednesday against the backdrop of a slowdown in U.S. and global growth and provided no hint of when its next rate hike may occur. In a statement after its latest policy meeting, the Fed noted that the United States is enjoying solid job gains but also that "economic activity appears to have slowed."

  • WASHINGTON— Lawmakers accused Valeant Pharmaceuticals of gouging patients to reward Wall Street investors during a hearing Wednesday scrutinizing the embattled drugmaker's pricing tactics. Susan Collins, R- Maine, in her opening statement. Berna Heyman, a patient with a rare genetic disorder called Wilson's Disease, testified that the co-pay on her...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- Tornadoes were spotted in two central states on Tuesday as the National Weather Service warned large swaths of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by twisters, destructive hail and high winds. The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large...

  • A sign marks the location of a Panera Bread restaurant in Chicago.

    SAINT LOUIS, Mo. _ Panera Bread Co. on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $35.1 million. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.50 per share. Eleven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $675.5 million.

  • AUSTIN, Texas, April 26- The National Weather Service warned that large sections of Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas could be hit by tornadoes, destructive hail and high winds on Tuesday, prompting some school districts to send students home early. It issued a tornado watch extending from Texas into southern Nebraska and a severe thunderstorm watch for large parts of...