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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 11- The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, suggesting the labor market remained on solid footing despite slowing economic growth and a stock market rout. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits declined 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 269,000 for the week ended Feb. 6, the Labor...

  • *Oil slump, Yellen comments stoke worries. Feb 11- U.S. stock indexes were set to open sharply lower on Thursday, with investors piling into safe haven assets as another fall in oil prices and cautious comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen rekindled doubts about global economic health. Yellen on Wednesday acknowledged tightening financial...

  • PARIS— Two of Uber's top European executives are appearing in criminal court in France on charges of running an illegal taxi operation, and they could face jail time. The company continues to operate in France despite repeated strikes and sometimes violent tensions with taxis. Thibaud Simphal, France general manager, and Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, chief for...

  • MOSCOW— Russia's ruble has dropped nearly 2 percent amid the turmoil affecting global stock markets and oil prices. The ruble was down by 1.9 percent at 80.1 rubles to the U.S. dollar in late afternoon trading in Moscow on Thursday. Central Bank chief Elvira Nabiullina rejected Thursday reports that authorities may welcome the depreciation of the ruble in...

  • *Wall Street expected to open down 1.7 percent. *Hong Kong shares lead Asia equity markets lower. Wall Street was expected to open almost 2 percent lower.

  • ORLANDO, Fla. _ National Retail Properties on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Orlando, Florida- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $78 million, or 57 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations...

  • CPC SEES POSSIBLE TRANSITION TO LA NINA CONDITIONS DURING NORTHERN HEMISPHERE FALL 2016.

  • *Gives back some gains on speculation Japan will intervene. *Japan& China both shut for public holidays. LONDON, Feb 11- The yen racked up its strongest weekly gains since the 2008 financial crisis on Thursday before recoiling sharply on speculation officials may soon step in to stem a flood of capital seeking the traditional safety of Japan.

  • MIAMI _ World Fuel Services Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $51.8 million. On a per-share basis, the Miami- based company said it had profit of 74 cents. World Fuel Services shares have dropped 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MIAMI _ Watsco Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $24.4 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 72 cents per share. Watsco shares have fallen slightly more than 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • WOBURN, Mass. _ Monotype Imaging Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Woburn, Massachusetts- based company said it had profit of 12 cents. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share.

  • WWE reports 4Q loss 21 Mins Ago

    STAMFORD, Conn. _ World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $1.2 million in its fourth quarter. The Stamford, Connecticut- based company said it had a loss of 2 cents per share. For the year, the company reported net income of $24.1 million, or 32 cents per share, swinging to a profit in the period.

  • PARIS— Questions are growing over the financial health of banks, particularly in Europe, as they face a toxic mix of low economic growth, bad loans and squeezed earnings. France's Societe Generale became Thursday the latest bank to issue a confidence-shattering profit warning, which helped trigger a new sell-off in financial shares. The bank saw its share price...

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ LendingClub Corp. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $4.6 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 3 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, LendingClub said it expects revenue in the range of...

  • NORTH CANTON, Ohio _ Diebold Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $35.7 million. On a per-share basis, the North Canton, Ohio- based company said it had net income of 54 cents. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share.

  • CAPE TOWN, Feb 11- From Ebola to Islamist insurgents to social unrest triggered by the global commodity downturn, mining firms operating in West Africa face mounting security challenges, analysts and executives say. "As mining companies lay off employees to protect their balance sheets as a response to the global commodity downturn, there is an increased risk...

  • WALTHAM, Mass. _ Lionbridge Technologies Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $2.9 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 4 cents per share. For the current quarter ending in April, Lionbridge Technologies said it...

  • DENVER _ WhiteWave Foods Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $47.6 million. The Denver- based company said it had profit of 26 cents per share. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 35 cents per share.

  • CHARLESTON, W.Va.— A former Freedom Industries executive is due in federal court for sentencing on a pollution charge in a chemical spill that fouled the drinking water supply of 300,000 West Virginians. Dennis Farrell pleaded guilty in August to a deal that includes up to two years in prison and a $200,000 fine. His sentencing is set for Thursday in Charleston.

  • WASHINGTON— Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week in a sign of a stable job market despite the slowing global economy hitting stocks and commodities. THE NUMBERS: Weekly applications for jobless aid fell 16,000 to a seasonally adjusted 269,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. KEY DRIVERS: The domestic economy appears to have...