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  • *Nerves about volatile stock markets seen helping bonds. NEW YORK, Feb 23- U.S. "There's been some substantial buying that seems to be sustaining amid concerns about the equity markets," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia.

  • WASHINGTON— The Trump administration escalated pressure on North Korea Friday by slapping sanctions on scores of companies and ships accused of illicit trading with the pariah nation. Trump, who has vowed to use force if necessary to prevent North Korea acquiring a nuclear-tipped missile that could strike the U.S. mainland, warned that if sanctions don't...

  • LAS VEGAS _ Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $22.4 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 14 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $637.1 million.

  • A Rohingya girl cries as refugees fleeing from Myanmar cross a stream in the hot sun on a muddy rice field on October 16, 2017 near Palang Khali, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

    The world witnessed a shocking rollback of human rights last year, according to Amnesty International’s latest annual report.

  • Feb 23- U.S. car rental company Enterprise Holdings Inc said it would end discount programs for three of its brands with members of the National Rifle Association, following a shooting that killed 17 at a Florida high school.

  • PHOENIX _ Pinnacle West Capital Corp. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $21.6 million. The Phoenix- based company said it had net income of 19 cents per share. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 10 cents per share.

  • *General Mills to buy Blue Buffalo for $8 bln. Feb 23- Wall Street was on track to open higher on Friday as bond yields retreated for the second straight day, with investors also focusing on speeches by Federal Reserve officials for their views on interest rates. The focus is now on New York Fed President William Dudley, Cleveland Fed's Loretta Meister and their San...

  • Visitors stand in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

    The case involves the legality of fees non-union members must pay, and could choke off a critical funding source.

  • *Anbang chairman Wu Xiaohui prosecuted. BEIJING/ SHANGHAI, Feb 23- The Chinese government on Friday seized control of Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd and said its chairman had been prosecuted, dramatically illustrating Beijing's willingness to curtail big-spending conglomerates as it cracks down on financial risk. Wu was arrested in June as troubles mounted...

  • Duke CEO Lynn Good said in an earnings call Tuesday the estimated total project cost is now at least $6 billion because of delays in the permitting process. Southern Environmental Law Center attorney Greg Buppert says the higher cost means Virginia and North Carolina utility customers will pay more. Duke anticipates the project's cost to increase by up to...

  • US officials torpedoed a Chinese state-backed group's plan to buy an American electronics company, signaling the Trump administration's skepticism toward Chinese investment deals, according to The New York Times.

  • ST. CHARLES, Mo. _ American Railcar Industries Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter earnings of $111.9 million. The St. Charles, Missouri- based company said it had profit of $5.86 per share. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share.

  • MILAN, Feb 23- Italian luxury group Tod's will use multiple collections throughout the year to engage better with customers, chairman Diego Della Valle said on Friday, as more fashion brands adapt their strategies to the fast-moving market. Della Valle explained that Tod's project-- dubbed "Factory" in a nod to the New York art studio opened by Andy Warhol in the...

  • CHICAGO _ United States Cellular Corp. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $273 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 8 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1 billion.

  • CHICAGO _ Telephone& Data Systems Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $287 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The Chicago- based company said it had profit of $2.54 per share. Cellular and TDS Telecom posted revenue of $1.31 billion in the period.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 23- Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing plans to ease rules for U.S. and UK- listed Chinese and other international companies to consider a secondary listing in Hong Kong. "The reason we want to have a separated regime for secondary listing is because currently we have many restrictions that makes it difficult for particularly Greater China companies...

  • NEWARK, N.J. _ Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. on Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $956 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 56 cents per share. The parent company of PSEG Power and Public Service Electric& Gas Co. posted...

  • *Grain markets digest USDA 2018/ 19 supply/demand outlook. PARIS/ SINGAPORE, Feb 23- Chicago soybean futures rose on Friday to stay on course for a third week of gains as investors factored in deteriorating prospects for Argentina's harvest due to a severe drought. The most-active soybean contract on the Chicago Board Of Trade was up 0.4 percent at $10.47-1/ 4 a...

  • BRIDGEWATER, N.J. _ Insmed Inc. on Friday reported a loss of $65.4 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 67 cents per share. Insmed shares have declined 22 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK _ W.P. Carey Inc. on Friday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The New York- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $142.1 million, or $1.31 per share, in the period. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of $1.12 per share.