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Tyson Foods investors meeting today

posted: 01/30/2015 1:56 a.m. Discuss

Tyson Foods is to hold its annual shareholders meeting and release its first-quarter earnings report today.

3 tech firms, 140 jobs head to Conway

posted: 01/30/2015 1:55 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Three technology firms plan to hire 140 workers and invest nearly $2.5 million to open offices in downtown Conway.

Home contracts dip in December

posted: 01/30/2015 1:54 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans signed contracts to buy homes in December, a sign that low mortgage rates have yet to coax more buyers into the market.

Cheaper fuel cuts costs for farmers

posted: 01/30/2015 1:53 a.m. Discuss

Falling energy prices mean tractors are cheaper to run, water is less expensive to pump and crops are more economical to ship.

Filings by jobless lowest in 15 years

posted: 01/30/2015 1:51 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- The fewest Americans in almost 15 years filed applications for unemployment benefits during a holiday-shortened week that typically makes the data more volatile.

Oil firms lobby to lift export ban

posted: 01/30/2015 1:50 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Dropping oil prices aren't slowing a push from U.S. producers to ship their crude oil overseas and change a decades-long ban on exports.

Market report: Stocks rally on perky earnings reports

posted: 01/30/2015 1:48 a.m. Discuss

After a shaky start, U.S. stocks rebounded Thursday, snapping a two-day losing streak.

Earnings report

posted: 01/30/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Companies reporting quarterly earnings Thursday included: Abbott Laboratories, the largest maker of heart stents and adult nutritional beverages, a profit of $905 million, or 59 cents a share, up from $589 million, or 37 cents, a year ago.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/30/2015 1:47 a.m. Discuss

Murphy Oil closes Malaysia assets sale

News in brief

posted: 01/30/2015 1:46 a.m. Discuss

Wal-Mart lets 50 go at its home office

Inflation still ebbing, Fed leaves rate near zero

updated: 01/29/2015 4:11 a.m. Discuss

Federal Reserve policymakers on Wednesday kept their benchmark interest rate near zero and reiterated a plan to be patient about future increases, indicating there won't be one until at least June despite a more upbeat assessment of the U.S. economy.

Best list: Capital Hotel is No. 20

posted: 01/29/2015 2:19 a.m. Discuss

The Capital Hotel landed at 20th on U.S. News and World Report's list of best hotels in the U.S. for 2015. In its review, U.S. News lauded the hotel's on-site fine dining -- One Eleven, the Capital Bar and Grill and the Capital Cellar -- and said guests get much more than they pay for when staying there.

Boeing profit up 19% in quarter

posted: 01/29/2015 2:18 a.m. Discuss

Boeing on Wednesday reported a strong end to 2014, forecast better cash flow and said it would deliver more commercial planes in 2015.

Murphy Oil shrinks '15 budget 33%

posted: 01/29/2015 2:17 a.m. Discuss

Stung by falling oil prices, Murphy Oil Corp. on Wednesday joined other U.S. energy companies in cutting its capital budget for 2015.

China censures Alibaba after U.S. IPO

posted: 01/29/2015 2:16 a.m. Discuss

Chinese regulators accused e-commerce giant Alibaba of permitting sales of fake goods and hurting consumers in a report that was delayed to avoid disrupting the company's U.S. stock market debut.

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