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  • Green Plains misses 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 PM ET

    OMAHA, Neb. _ Green Plains Renewable Energy Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $7.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $738.7 million.

  • July 28- ConAgra Foods Inc has started talks with TreeHouse Foods Inc and Post Holdings Inc regarding the sale of its private label unit Ralcorp, which could be valued at around $3.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. TreeHouse, Post, and private equity firms that include Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP have...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— Norfolk Southern's 23 percent drop in second-quarter profit follows the same story line as other railroads seeing a sharp decline in coal shipments. Norfolk Southern posted $433 million net income, or $1.41 per share. Norfolk Southern's revenue decreased 11 percent to $2.71 billion because coal volume fell 21 percent and total volume declined 2...

  • CHICAGO, July 23- Union Pacific Corp, a railroad contending with declining coal, energy-related and agricultural freight volumes, sees some signs that consumer demand for cars and other big-ticket items will help boost business, its top executive said on Thursday. Earlier on Thursday, Omaha, Nebraska- based Union Pacific, the largest U.S. railroad, reported a...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— A sharp decline in coal shipments drove down Union Pacific's second-quarter profit by 7 percent, and executives predicted that the railroad would fall short of expectations for the year because the challenging conditions will continue. Union Pacific Corp. said coal volume dropped 26 percent in the second quarter, and demand for that fuel is likely...

  • July 21- TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, the biggest discount brokerage by trade executions, reported on Tuesday a 3.7 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by unexpectedly strong growth in trading. The company's net income rose to $197 million, or 36 cents per share, for the fiscal third quarter ended June 30, from $190 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • TD Ameritrade profit rises 3.7 pct on trading growth Tuesday, 21 Jul 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    July 21- TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, the biggest discount brokerage by trade executions, reported a 3.7 percent rise in quarterly profit, driven by strong growth in trading. The company's net income rose to $197 million, or 36 cents per share, for the third quarter ended June 30, from $190 million, or 34 cents per share, a year earlier. The Omaha- based company reported...

  • NEW YORK, July 10- TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, parent of the biggest discount brokerage by trade executions, is experiencing "widespread" problems executing orders, including those it has accepted, company officials said on Friday morning. The company is not yet aware of the cause of the problem, said Chris Gulick, who works in the Omaha, Nebraska- based company's...

  • July 9- A U.S. regulator on Thursday fined Forest River Inc, the recreational vehicle unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, $5 million for waiting too long to conduct two recalls of camper trailers whose safety defects left them at risk of fire. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Forest River admitted to violating federal...

  • July 6- Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, received about 15.76 million shares,...

  • July 6- Warren Buffett on Monday donated about $2.84 billion of Berkshire Hathaway Inc stock to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and four family charities, as part of the billionaire's plan to give away nearly all of his wealth. The Gates Foundation, which focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty, receives the biggest share.

  • Lunch with Warren Buffett auctioned for $2.35 million Saturday, 6 Jun 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    June 6- The chairman of a Chinese company that develops online games has agreed to pay $2,345,678 for a private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett, winning a charity auction. Glide said Zhu Ye, chairman of Beijing- based Dalian Zeus Entertainment Co, submitted the highest of 76 bids to win the five-day auction on eBay, which concluded on Friday night.

  • June 1- An online auction for the right to dine with billionaire investor Warren Buffett and raise money for a San Francisco charity has started strongly, with the top bid surpassing $1 million in less than a day. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday, the top bid was $1,000,100 in the eBay auction, which ends at 10:30 p.m. EDT Friday. This year's winner can bring up to seven...

  • June 1- NetJets Inc, the luxury aviation unit of Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said on Monday Jordan Hansell is stepping down as chairman and chief executive, in the midst of a bitter two-year contract dispute with its pilots. NetJets also said Bill Noe, 50, rejoined as president and chief operating officer, a position he held before leaving a few months...

  • May 20- A unit of ConAgra Foods Inc pleaded guilty to a criminal misdemeanor and will pay $11.2 million to end a federal probe into a 2007 recall of peanut butter, including the Peter Pan brand, linked to a salmonella outbreak that sickened hundreds. The plea agreement also calls for the unit to pay an $8.01 million criminal fine, a record in a U.S. food safety case, and...

  • May 15- Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc on Friday said it has boosted its holdings in some of the billionaire's favorite companies, including Wells Fargo& Co and International Business Machines Corp.. Buffett has long praised his "Big Four" stock holdings Wells Fargo, IBM, Coca-Cola Co and American Express Co, which comprise roughly 58 percent of...

  • Wal-Mart, Target Corp, T.J. Maxx, Gap, and McDonald's Corp have already announced wage increases, and the trend appears to be trickling further into the retail and restaurant sectors. So far in this reporting season, companies such as Bed Bath& Beyond Inc and Buffalo Wild Wings Inc have discussed wage pressure, while Pier 1 Imports Inc plans incentive pay for the...

  • LAS VEGAS, May 6- Hedge fund mogul Daniel Loeb on Wednesday took aim at the " Oracle of Omaha," calling beloved billionaire Warren Buffett a hypocrite. He criticizes activists but he was the first activist, "Loeb, who runs $17.5 billion hedge fund Third Point, said about Buffett who has been running conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway for 50 years. Loeb, known in investment...

  • IBM's Watson to guide cancer therapies at 14 centers Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 2:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK, May 5- Fourteen U.S. and Canadian cancer institutes will use International Business Machines Corp's Watson computer system to choose therapies based on a tumor's genetic fingerprints, the company said on Tuesday, the latest step toward bringing personalized cancer treatments to more patients. Faced with such a data deluge, "the solution is going to be...

  • Warren Buffett to auction another charity lunch Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    May 5- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has once again agreed to have lunch this year with the winner of an auction to benefit a San Francisco charity. Past auctions have raised about $17.8 million, including a record $3,456,789 from an anonymous bidder in 2012. Last year's winner, Andy Chua of Singapore, bid $2,166,766. Other winners have included hedge fund...