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The United Steelworkers union has told its workers at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants to strike early Sunday morning, even as both sides hope to reach an agreement over pay, benefits and safety, the Wall Street Journal reported. Negotiations between U.S. refiners and the union failed to reach...

Irish building materials company CRH Plc (CRH.L, CRH) has agreed to acquire assets from cement companies Lafarge SA (LFGEF.PK, LFRGY.PK) and Holcim Ltd (HCMLY.PK) for €6.5 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported. The sale of the assets in Europe, Canada and elsewhere is a precondition of winning antitrust...

Shire plc (SHP.L, SHPG) said Friday that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Vyvanse Capsules, the first and only medication for the treatment of moderate to severe binge eating disorder in adults, shown to significantly reduce the mean number of binge days per week. Vyvanse is not...

AbbVie (ABBV) on Friday released top-line Phase 3 results for its investigational, all-oral, ribavirin (RBV)-free, two direct-acting antiviral treatment with ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir (OBV/PTV/r) in patients with genotype 1b (GT1b) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in Japan. The primary...

GFI Group Inc. (GFIG) said Friday that its Board of Directors will explore strategic alternatives with any and all interested parties to maximize shareholder value for all shareholders. The alternatives could include, among others, joint ventures, mergers and/or acquisitions, the interdealer broker...

ARC Document Solutions, Inc. (ARC) said Friday that it has appointed Jorge Avalos to succeed John Toth as the company's Chief Financial Officer at the end of January. Toth, the company's current CFO, is leaving the company to pursue other business interests. Avalos has been ARC's Chief Accounting...

Futures exchange operator CME Group Inc (CME) and GFI Group Inc (GFIG) on Friday announced that they have each determined to terminate their previously announced merger agreement following today's special meeting of GFI shareholders. Preliminary results from the GFI shareholder meeting held earlier...

Interdealer broke BGC Partners, Inc. (BGCP) on Friday issued a statement following the conclusion of the special meeting of rival GFI Group Inc. (GFIG) where, based on preliminary tabulation by the independent inspector, shareholders rejected the proposed merger agreement with futures exchange operator...

Talmer Bancorp Inc (TLMR) on Friday reported fourth-quarter net earnings of $12.5 million or $0.16 per share compared with $12.6 million or $0.18 per share last year. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters estimated earnings of $0.17 per share for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude special...

Filtration systems maker Donaldson Co Inc (DCI) on Friday named Tod Carpenter as president and chief executive officer, effective April 1. Carpenter, currently the company's chief operating officer, will replace Bill Cook, who will remain chairman of the board. Cook has been chairman, president and...

Cincinnati Financial Corp. (CINF) on Friday declared a $0.46 per share regular quarterly cash dividend, increasing from the previous $0.44 per share dividend paid on January 15. The increased dividend is payable on April 15 to shareholders of record as of March 18. At the new level, the indicated...

PPG Industries (PPG) said that it has submitted an offer to acquire a majority interest in the aerospace and automotive sealants businesses of Le Joint Français or LJF. Financial terms were not disclosed. LJF is a supplier of sealants and adhesives products for the aerospace and automotive industries...

Paccar Inc. (PCAR) reported that its net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 rose to $394.3 million or $1.11 per share, from $334.2 million or $0.94 per share in the fourth quarter of 2013. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $1.09 per share for the quarter....

GenCorp Inc (GY), a maker of aerospace and defense products, Friday reported fourth-quarter net income of $10.1 million, or $0.15 per share, compared with a loss of $3.7 million, or $0.06 per share, last year. Net sales for the recent quarter totaled $439.6 million, compared with $485.3 million for...

Berry Plastics Group Inc. (BERY) reported net income for the first quarter of $13 million or $0.11 per share, up from $6 million or $0.05 per share in the year-ago period. Excluding items, adjusted earnings for the latest quarter were $0.27 per share. Net sales for the quarter rose 7 percent to $1.22...

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