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  • The Waltham, Massachusetts- based company's shares rose 2.4 percent to $138.60 in premarket trading on Thursday. O'Brien said Raytheon got nearly a third of its sales from clients outside the United States. Of this, about half came from the Middle East and Africa regions.

  • WASHINGTON— More Americans sought unemployment aid last week, but the number of applications was still at a low level that suggested hiring is healthy. The Labor Department says applications for unemployment benefits rose 14,000 to a seasonally adjusted 266,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, slipped 1,000 to 256,500..

  • WASHINGTON— Applications for US unemployment benefits rose last week to a still-low 266,000..

  • WASHINGTON _ Dupont Fabros Technology Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 65 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in October, Dupont Fabros expects its per-share funds from operations to range from...

  • WASHINGTON _ Washington Real Estate Investment Trust on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 43 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $77.8 million.

  • The company said sales in its missile systems unit, its biggest business by revenue, increased 6 percent to $1.66 billion in the second quarter ended July 3. Net income attributable to Raytheon rose to $709 million, or $2.38 per share, in the quarter from $505 million, or $1.65 per share, a year earlier. Raytheon said second-quarter earnings included a gain of 53...

  • NEW YORK— The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau proposed a massive overhaul of the multibillion dollar debt-collection industry on Thursday, which would restrict collectors from calling numerous times a day, require them to have more documentation on what's owed, and give people more ability to dispute their bills. It would be the biggest overhaul of the...

  • WASHINGTON _ CoStar Group Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $15.6 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 83 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $206.1 million.

  • WASHINGTON _ Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $4.6 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Washington- based company said it had a loss of 11 cents. Keywords: Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON, July 27- Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd won U.S. antitrust approval to purchase Allergan Plc's generics business, after agreeing to divest 79 generic drugs to rival firms, the Federal Trade Commission said on Wednesday. "Millions of Americans rely daily on generic drugs to treat a wide range of illnesses," Debbie Feinstein, director of the FTC's...

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  • WASHINGTON _ The Advisory Board Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $7.5 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Advisory Board expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.83 to $1.90 per share, with revenue in the range of $817 million to $830 million.

  • WASHINGTON— Below is the statement the Fed released Wednesday after its policy meeting ended:. Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in June indicates that the labor market strengthened and that economic activity has been expanding at a moderate rate. Job gains were strong in June following weak growth in May.

  • WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve said Wednesday that near-term risks to the U.S. economy have diminished, reviving the prospect that it will resume raising interest rates as soon as September. The Fed seemed to be referring in particular to Britain's vote last month to leave the European Union— a move that poses risks to the rest of Europe and to the global economy.

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Private equity firm Carlyle Group L.P. posted higher-than-expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday as a rebound in oil prices and a firmer global financial market bolstered investment returns. The Washington D.C.- based firm, which manages $175.6 billion, is the latest U.S. buyout company to benefit from stabilising crude prices that have...

  • WASHINGTON— Labor Department releases weekly jobless claims, 8:30 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Freddie Mac, the mortgage company, releases weekly mortgage rates, 10 a.m.. MADRID— National Statistics Institute releases second-quarter unemployment figures.

  • WASHINGTON— The Latest on the hacking of the Democratic National Committee:. During a news conference, Trump addressed Russia and said he hoped the country could find Clinton's missing 30,000 emails that were deleted from her personal server while she was secretary of state. Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 e-mails that are...

  • WASHINGTON— Donald Trump encouraged Russia on Wednesday to find and make public missing emails deleted by his presidential opponent, Hillary Clinton, setting off an instant debate over hacking and his urging of a foreign government to meddle in American politics. Mike Pence, took a different tack and warned of "serious consequences" if Russia interfered in the...

  • WASHINGTON— The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes crept up in June, a possible indication that the recent growth in real estate sales is still on track. The National Association of Realtors said Wednesday that its seasonally adjusted pending home sales index rose 0.2 percent last month to 111, regaining some ground after a dip in May.

  • Demand for durable goods dropped 4 percent in June, the biggest setback since an 18.4 percent drop in August 2014, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. "It is a tale of two economies," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at MUFG Union Bank. Economists at Barclays Research trimmed their forecast to 2.3 percent growth, down from 2.4 percent.