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Merck &Co. inc. (MRK) said Tuesday that its Board of Directors has increased the company's quarterly dividend to $0.45 per share, up $0.01 from $0.44 per share paid last quarter. The new dividend will be payable on January 8, 2015, to shareholders of record on December 15, 2014. Merck last announced...

Apple Inc.'s (AAPL) market capitalization crossed $700 billion for the first time Tuesday morning, making it the first U.S. company to reach the milestone. The Cupertino, California-based maker of iPhones and iPads is currently the world's most valuable company. The company's stock has gained 55.68%...

TriNet Group, Inc. (TNET) said Tuesday that its Board of Directors has approved a $30 million increase to its ongoing stock repurchase program, authorizing the company to repurchase in the aggregate up to $45 million of its outstanding common stock. The program was initially approved by the company's...

Ship Finance International Ltd (SFL) Tuesday reported third-quarter net earnings of $34.6 million or $0.37 per share, an increase from $22.4 million or $0.24 per share in the sequential second quarter. Revenues for the quarter were $83.2 million, up from $73 million in the prior quarter. Analysts...

Universal Forest Products Inc (UFPI) Tuesday announced that one of its subsidiaries has acquired an 80 percent interest in certain assets of Packnet Ltd, with the ability to purchase the remaining 20 percent in three years. Packnet is a supplier of industrial packaging and services based in Eagan,...

NXP Semiconductors N.V. (NXPI) said Tuesday that it has priced its private offering of $1 billion aggregate principal amount of 1.00% cash convertible senior notes due 2019. The company has granted the initial purchasers of the Notes a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional $150 million aggregate...

Filtration products maker Pall Corp (PLL), Tuesday reported an increase in first-quarter profit, driven by double-digit revenue growth and improved gross margins, with both results topping Wall Street estimates. Pall reaffirmed its earnings guidance for the full year 2015. CEO Larry Kingsley said...

Springleaf Holdings, Inc. (LEAF) said Tuesday that its indirect, wholly owned, subsidiary Springleaf Finance Corp. is proposing to offer up to $500 million aggregate principal amount of notes due 2019. Springleaf Finance plans to use the net proceeds from the offering to retire indebtedness and for...

Canada-based convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ANCUF.PK, ATD_A.TO, ATD_B.TO) on Tuesday reported a 25 percent increase in profit for the second quarter from last year, as a slight decline in sales was offset by higher same-store merchandise revenues and road transportation fuel...

Investment management firm Eaton Vance Corp. (EV) reported Tuesday a profit for the fourth quarter surged 40 percent from last year, reflecting improved operating margins and revenue growth. Adjusted earnings per share topped analysts' expectations, while quarterly revenues missed their estimates by...

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ANCUF.PK, ATD_B.TO, ATD_A.TO) Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings which increased, as a decrease in cost of sales helped offset a slight decline in revenue. Net earnings totaled $286.4 million, or $0.50 per share, up from $229.8 million, or $0.40 per share, a year...

Paints and coatings maker Valspar Corp. (VAL) on Tuesday reported a 70 percent surge in profit for the fourth quarter from last year, reflecting higher sales and fewer charges. Both adjusted earnings per share and quarterly sales topped analysts' expectations. Looking ahead, the company forecast earnings...

Harbinger Group Inc. (HRG) announced that its Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the board of directors, Philip Falcone, will resign from his positions with the Company, effective December 1, 2014. Joseph Steinberg, an independent member of the Board, will become Chairman of the Board. HGI will...

Footwear retailer Brown Shoe Co., Inc. (BWS) reported Tuesday a profit for the third quarter that increased 21 percent from last year, reflecting improved operating margins and net sales growth. Both earnings per share and quarterly net sales topped analysts' expectations. The company also raised...

Health insurer Aetna Inc. (AET) Tuesday said it closed the acquisition of bswift, an insurance exchange technology company. On March 11, the company announced that it would acquire bswift for about $400 million.