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  • *Mnuchin says expects significant tax reform. *Boston Scientific drops on heart device recall, rival up. Feb 23- The S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average hit record intraday highs on Thursday as a rally in oil prices added to optimism about U.S.

  • BOISE, Idaho _ IdaCorp Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $33.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share. IdaCorp shares have risen slightly since the beginning of the year.

  • TULSA, Okla. _ AAON Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $11.4 million. Aaon shares have dropped 1 percent since the beginning of the year. Access a Zacks stock report on AAON at https://www.zacks.com/ap/AAON.

  • LONDON, Feb 23- It's time to talk about the London Metal Exchange. To lose one senior office is unfortunate, to lose two in such quick succession suggests deeper tensions with the LME's owner Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, which has been trying to monetize its massive $2.2 billion investment in the London exchange. CME Group, which has historically only...

  • GENEVA— The chief executive of Glencore says the Swiss mining and metals company is better positioned than ever before as core profits rose 48 percent last year, amid recovering commodity prices and cost cutting policies. The Baar, Switzerland- based company reported net income before exceptional items rose to $1.99 billion in 2016, compared to $1.34 billion...

  • GREENWICH, Conn. _ Starwood Property Trust Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $121.3 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 50 cents per share. Starwood Property Trust shares have increased 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MADRID— Spain's National Court has sentenced Rodrigo Rato, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, to 4 ½ years in prison for misusing a Spanish bank's corporate credit card. The court convicted Rato of unlawful misappropriation of funds during his 2010-12 leadership of Bankia, a bank that later had to be bailed out. Rato was IMF chief from 2004 to 2007...

  • MATTOON, Ill. _ Consolidated Communications Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter net income of $48,000. The Mattoon, Illinois- based company said it had profit of less than 1 cent on a per-share basis. Consolidated Communications shares have declined slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • MEXICO CITY, Feb 23- Shares of Mexico's leading broadcaster Grupo Televisa gained more than 4 percent on Thursday following the company's fourth quarter earnings report.

  • *Canadian dollar at C $1.3100, or 76.34 U.S. cents. TORONTO, Feb 23- The Canadian dollar strengthened against its U.S. counterpart on Thursday as prices of oil, one of Canada's major exports, climbed and the greenback retreated against a basket of major currencies. Canada sends 75 percent of its exports to the United States and could suffer badly if U.S.

  • Feb 23- Newly promoted to CEO at Nissan Motor, Hiroto Saikawa will bring a gruff, tough, no-nonsense approach to leading Japan's second-biggest car maker at a time of rapid technological change in the industry. The 63- year-old takes over in April from Carlos Ghosn, who engineered Nissan's recovery from years of losses and debt through broad cost-cutting and...

  • TORONTO, Feb 23- Canada's main stock index opened higher on Thursday, helped by strong gains for energy company stocks as oil prices rose, while banks and gold miners also lent support. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index was up 64.05 points, or 0.40 percent, at 15,894.27 shortly after the open. Nine of its 10 mains groups were higher.

  • Feb 23- A collaboration between Google's research unit and a Dutch institute on Thursday cracked a widely used cryptographic technology that has been one of the key building blocks of internet security. The algorithm, known as Secure Hash Algorithm 1 or SHA-1, is currently used to verify the integrity of digital files and signatures that secure credit card...

  • SEMINOLE, Fla. _ Superior Uniform Group Inc. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $4.4 million. Superior Uniform shares have dropped 14 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Superior Uniform, Earnings Report.

  • NEW YORK— The latest on developments in financial markets:. The S&P 500 rose 3 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,366.. The Dow and S&P 500 were at record highs.

  • ATHENS, Greece _ StealthGas Inc. on Thursday reported a loss of $4.4 million in its fourth quarter. The Athens, Greece- based company said it had a loss of 11 cents per share. For the year, the company reported a loss of $7.8 million, or 20 cents per share, swinging to a loss in the period.

  • CANNON BALL, N.D.— The Latest on the closing of a protest encampment near the Dakota Access pipeline construction site in North Dakota:. One of the Dakota Access pipeline opponents still at a camp on federal land that was closed by North Dakota authorities says the protesters are committed to staying. Public officials in North Dakota are pleading with the...

  • LONDON, Feb 23- Most European investment bankers received smaller bonuses in 2016 as their employers cut costs and sought to meet shareholder demands for a greater share of profits. But while bankers' pay has been the target of political and public anger, the financial services industry is still where the big bucks are, with the average salary about 30 percent...

  • SHARES OF MEXICAN BROADCASTER GRUPO TELEVISA GAIN MORE THAN 4 PERCENT AFTER EARNINGS REPORT.

  • *Budapest stocks off record on OTP Bank, Magyar Telekom retreat. *Bucharest stocks at another 9- year high on Banca Transilvania. BUDAPEST, Feb 23- Budapest stocks retreated from record highs on Thursday, driven by Magyar Telekom which opted against raising its dividend guidance while Central European stock indices mostly rose.