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Telecommunications services provider Windstream Holdings, Inc. (WIN) said it is refining the transaction structure related to its planned real estate investment trust or REIT spinoff. The company had said in late July that it plans to spin off certain telecommunications network assets into an independent,...

Children's books publisher Scholastic Corp. (SCHL) reported a second-quarter net income of $68.5 million or $2.05 per share, higher than $58.3 million or $1.80 per share in the prior-year quarter. Income from continuing operations for the quarter increased to $68.6 million or $2.06 per share from...

Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. (ANCUF.PK, ATD_B.TO, ATD_A.TO) and The Pantry Inc. (PTRY) announced a definitive merger agreement under which Couche-Tard will acquire The Pantry in an all-cash transaction valued at $36.75 per share, with a total enterprise value of approximately $1.7 billion including...

Rite Aid Corp. (RAD) reported third-quarter net income of $106.2 million or $0.10 per share, compared to $43.1 million or $0.04 per share in the comparable quarter last year. The company said the improvement in net income resulted primarily from an increase in Adjusted EBITDA, a lower LIFO charge, partially...

Technology outsourcing and consultancy firm Accenture Plc's (ACN) first-quarter net income grew to $892 million, from $812 million last year, a 10 percent increase. Quarterly earnings per share came in at $1.29, compared with $1.15 for the first quarter last year. On average, 23 analysts polled by Thomson...

Package delivery giant United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) said it has agreed to terms with Poland-based investment fund ORTIE to acquire its pharmaceutical logistics company Poltraf Sp. z o.o. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. UPS noted that the acquisition, which will add three facilities with...

Agenus Inc. (AGEN) announced that its partner GlaxoSmithKline (GSK.L, GSK) reported that the ZOE-50 Phase 3 study met its primary endpoint. Analysis of the primary endpoint showed that HZ/su reduced the risk of shingles by 97.2 percent in adults aged 50 years and older compared to placebo. Agenus is...

China-based real estate services provider IFM Investments Limited or Century 21 China Real Estate (CTC) said it has achieved the milestone of handling a cumulative total of RMB800 million in property refinancing loans. The company said in May 2014 that it had handled a cumulative total of RMB500 million...

Poultry processor Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM) posted higher fourth-quarter net income of $93.1 million, or $4.04 per share, compared with $45.3 million, or $1.97 per share, last year. On average, 8 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected the company to report earnings of $4.01 per share for the...

Powell Industries, Inc. (POWL), a supplier of custom-engineered solutions for the management, distribution and control of electrical energy, said its Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $25 million in shares of the company's common stock. The repurchase program will be funded...

Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SGYP) Thursday said it has initiated the first of two planned pivotal phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of 3.0 and 6.0 mg plecanatide, once-daily oral tablets, for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, or IBS-C. The company...

New York REIT, Inc. (NYRT), a publicly traded real estate investment trust, announced that Randolph Read, presently President and Chief Executive of Nevada Strategic Credit Investments, LLC, joined the firm's board, audit committee, nominating and corporate governance committee and compensation committee,...

Consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc or RB (RBGPF.PK, RB.L) noted the announcement of the French competition authority concerning its investigation into suppliers of consumer products in France, including RB. Its French divisions were cooperating with the authorities in this investigation....

Nordex AG (NRDXF.PK) Thursday said it has received a contract for the 65 MW "Knockduff" wind farm project, entailing the delivery and installation of 26 N90/2500 wind turbines plus premium service for a minimum period of 15 years. The wind farm is to go into operation in August 2015. The "Knockduff"...

Standard Chartered Plc (SCBFF.PK, STAC.L, STAN.L) announced changes to its board. After over 6 years on the board, it is with regret that, for personal reasons, John Paynter, independent Non-Executive Director, has decided to step down, effective December 31, 2014. He was named to the board on October...