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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Over the past year scores of commodity-related businesses have filed for bankruptcy as prices for metals, energy and coal have plummeted amid a slowdown in markets such as China and Brazil. "This is due to a number of factors, principal among them is the sustained and dramatic decline in the price of primary aluminum," Chief Financial Officer Dale Boyles said in a...

  • Wyden's inquiry follows a recent Associated Press story that found nearly a third of panelists at a December meeting of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee had apparent financial ties to painkiller manufacturers, including the maker of OxyContin. "These financial and professional relationships raise serious concerns about the...

  • Noranda Aluminum files for bankruptcy Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 3:49 AM ET

    The Franklin, Tennessee- based company said challenging market conditions for the aluminum industry and recent disruptions in its primary business operations led to the decision. Noranda listed both assets and liabilities in the range of $1 billion to $10 billion. The case is in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, for the Eastern District of Missouri, Case No 16-10083..

  • Steinem, Albright rip women Sanders backers Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 9:24 AM ET
    Madeleine Albright

    Hillary Clinton’s older feminist supporters have a message for young women not backing her candidacy: Shame on you, The NY Times reports.

  • ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— New Mexico has succeeded in a lengthy legal battle aimed at barring a horse slaughter operation from opening in the state. Bruce Wagman, an attorney for the horse advocacy group Front Range Equine Rescue, said Friday that the order and previous rulings from the judge effectively end any chance of a horse slaughter operation opening in New...

  • Wyoming sees record number of tourists in 2015 Friday, 5 Feb 2016 | 10:09 AM ET

    CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming attracted a record number of tourists— and their money— in 2015, according to preliminary numbers. Lower fuel prices, well executed marketing campaigns and more foreign travelers all had a part in boosting travel in Wyoming and nationwide, state Office of Tourism Executive Director Diane Shober said. According to preliminary numbers, a...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- The U.S. dollar rebounded against a basket of major currencies on Friday after data showed a pickup in U.S. wages in January, suggesting greater inflation and denting the view that the Federal Reserve would not hike rates at all this year. U.S. Labor Department data showed that average hourly earnings increased 12 cents, or 0.5 percent, last month,...

  • Empire District Electric posts 4Q profit Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 7:27 PM ET

    JOPLIN, Mo. _ Empire District Electric Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $9.9 million. Empire District Electric expects full-year earnings to be $1.38 to $1.54 per share. Empire District Electric shares have risen roughly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Post Holdings beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 6:19 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS _ Post Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $25.5 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 25 cents per share. Post Holdings shares have decreased almost 7 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Charter reports 4Q loss Thursday, 4 Feb 2016 | 8:34 AM ET

    STAMFORD, Mo. _ Charter Communications Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $122 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 12 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.52 billion.

  • Feb 3- The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco on Wednesday imposed a new policy banning staff from tweeting from its official Twitter account on their personal devices, a day after the bank apologized for an employee's unauthorized tweet dismissing the Iowa caucuses as irrelevant. On Monday night, as results were coming in from the Iowa caucuses, a San...