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  • BRUSSELS- European Central Bank President Mario Draghi speaks at the European Parliament- 1400 GMT. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16 WASHINGTON- Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Kashkari speaks at Brookings Institution- 1530 GMT. NEWARK- Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia President Patrick Harker speaks on the economic outlook before the 2016 Economic...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year, as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to reports from Federal Reserve Banks on Thursday. Access to such credit tightened in the fourth quarter, and is expected to continue to be squeezed in...

  • Canadian company seeks to buy Joplin utility Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 3:04 PM ET

    JOPLIN, Mo.— Missouri regulators are evaluating a Canadian company's planned purchase of a Joplin- based utility. Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. said Tuesday it would buy Joplin's Empire District Electric in a $2.4 billion deal. The Joplin Globe reports the deal has to be approved by the Missouri Public Service Commission.

  • Insurer Centene ends search for missing hard drives Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 3:01 PM ET

    Medicaid coverage provider Centene has ended a search for six hard drives that contained the personal information of roughly 950,000 customers more than a month after the equipment turned up missing. Centene reported the missing hard drives on Jan. 25. Centene said its hunt for the missing hard drives involved an electronic search of more than 26,000 devices...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, and farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis's region covers...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 11- Demand for bank loans, loan extensions and renewals is surging among U.S. farmers, as farm incomes are forecast to fall for a third year as grain and livestock prices remain stubbornly low, according to a quarterly farm economy report from the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City. But access to such credit tightened in the fourth quarter...

  • Peabody reports 4Q loss Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET

    ST LOUIS— Peabody Energy Corp. on Thursday reported a loss of $518 million in its fourth quarter. On a per-share basis, the St. Louis- based company said it had a loss of $28.43. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $8.89 per share.

  • O'Reilly Automotive beats Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:54 PM ET

    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. _ O'Reilly Automotive Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $218.6 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 fallen roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard&...

  • Wyoming, Arch Coal reach bankruptcy bonding deal Wednesday, 10 Feb 2016 | 4:49 PM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company's $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch's two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world's largest coal complexes. For years, an ongoing agreement...

  • WASHINGTON— A Senate panel voted on Wednesday to hold the classified advertising website Backpage.com in civil contempt for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena into how it screens ads for possible sex trafficking. The full Senate must vote on the resolution. Senate approval would mark the first time in two decades the chamber has voted to hold...

  • NEW YORK— Professional racecar driver Scott Tucker was arrested Wednesday on criminal charges accusing him of living the high life on the backs of millions of desperate people who used his payday lending operation to get quick cash over the Internet. Authorities said Tucker was arrested Wednesday in Kansas City, Kansas, and would initially appear in court in...

  • Esco Technologies posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 7:15 PM ET

    ST LOUIS _ Esco Technologies Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $8.8 million. Esco Technologies expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.90 to $2 per share. Esco Technologies shares have dropped nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Panera beats 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 4:45 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Panera Bread Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $43.2 million. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.78 per share. Nine analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $695.6 million.

  • Monsanto will pay an $80 million penalty and several executives will pay smaller amounts to settle federal allegations that the agribusiness giant misstated its earnings by not properly disclosing the costs of a rebate program for its Roundup weed-killer. In addition, the SEC said Tuesday that three of Monsanto's accounting and sales executives will pay...

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Alpha Natural Resources said it has received a $500 million offer from existing lenders for the potential sale of the bankrupt coal producer's core assets. Bristol, Virginia- based Alpha announced the offer in a filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Richmond, Virginia. The offer includes all Alpha coal assets in Pennsylvania and Wyoming; the...

  • Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 10:29 AM ET

    KANSAS CITY, Mo.— One of North America's biggest makers of aluminum foil is seeking bankruptcy protection to restructure, citing falling aluminum prices and other market challenges that also will force it to idle production at a Missouri smelter. Noranda Aluminum Holding Corp., which refines aluminum and mines bauxite, made the Chapter 11 filing Monday in St....

  • Belden posts 4Q profit Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 7:53 AM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Belden Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $49.7 million. On a per-share basis, the St. Louis- based company said it had profit of $1.17. Belden expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.10 to $5.40 per share, with revenue ranging from $2.29 billion to $2.34 billion.

  • NEW YORK— Canadian utility Fortis is buying electric transmission company ITC Holdings in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.9 billion as it looks to further diversify its business. ITC stockholders will own about 27 percent of Fortis' common stock. Fortis said that it will apply for a listing on the New York Stock Exchange and will continue to list on the...

  • Falling electricity demand due to increased energy efficiency has spurred a spate of mergers in the United States, with utilities looking to cut their exposure to volatile power prices in unregulated markets. ITC shareholders will get $45 per share- $22.57 in cash and 0.7520 Fortis shares for each share they hold- a 14 percent premium to the stock's closing...

  • Centene tops Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:21 AM ET

    ST LOUIS _ Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $111 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 85 cents per share. Centene expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.05 to $4.40 per share, with revenue in the range of $40 billion to $40.8 billion.