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1. Barbie Blues Gave Mattel Holiday Disappointment -

Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc.

Mattel's fourth-quarter earnings release Friday drilled down into the details of a weak performance that led to the resignation of its chairman and CEO.

2. Out-of-Patience Investors Sell Off Amazon -

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon has long acted like an ideal customer on its own website: a freewheeling big spender with no worries about balancing a checkbook. Investors confident in founder and CEO Jeff Bezos' invest-and-expand strategy flooded into the stock as the company revolutionized shopping, upended the book industry and took on the cloud — even though its vast range of initiatives ate up all the company's profits.

3. AutoZone Agrees to Buy Parts Distributor -

A few weeks ahead of its fiscal fourth quarter earnings announcement, Memphis-based AutoZone Inc. disclosed it’s reached a deal to buy Interamerican Motor Corp., the second-largest distributor of original equipment import replacement parts in the U.S.

4. Analyst: Wal-Mart Facing More Issues -

The growing list of issues facing Wal-Mart is becoming more of a concern for a Stifel Nicolaus analyst, who downgraded the world's biggest retailer on Friday.

On Thursday, Wal-Mart reported a 21 percent decline in its fourth-quarter profit. The company said that the Nov. 1 expiration of a temporary boost in food stamps is hurting its shoppers' ability to spend. It's also caught up in the debate about minimum wages and dealing with increasing competition from dollar stores and grocers. That's in addition to increased taxes, tighter credit and bad winter weather keeping some shoppers away from stores.

5. US Businesses Worry About a Prolonged Shutdown -

NEW YORK (AP) – As the government's partial shutdown enters a second day, most companies across the country are doing business as usual. Yet concern is rising that a prolonged shutdown would cause some work at private companies to dry up and consumers to lose faith in the U.S. economy.

6. GTx Treatment Fails to Meet Goals -

Shares of GTx Inc. plunged on Monday after the drugmaker said an experimental treatment with the potential to prevent and treat muscle wasting in cancer patients failed to meet its goals in two late-stage clinical trials.

7. Retailers See Slow Start to Back-to-School Season -

NEW YORK (AP) – Shoppers are holding off on back-to-school shopping, and those who delay long enough might be rewarded with some steep discounts from desperate retailers.

Revenue at stores open at least a year – an industry measure of a retailer's health– rose 3.8 percent in July, the slowest pace since March, according to a preliminary tally of 10 retailers by the International Council of Shopping Centers. The figure, which excludes drugstores, was below a 5.5 percent increase in June.

8. FCC Chairman Genachowski to Step Down -

NEW YORK (AP) – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, on Friday announced that he's stepping down in the "coming weeks," after a four-year tenure that's garnered mixed reviews for him and tangible progress in the industries he oversees.

9. FTN Financial Grows With New Offices, Hires -

First Tennessee Bank’s capital markets subsidiary has been on a tear lately. FTN Financial has grown on several fronts, including with the addition of a public finance department as it expands into the general market municipal bond sector and with the opening of new offices as part of that expansion. The company also has opened additional new offices around the country and added employees in other areas to handle general growth.

10. FTN Financial Expands Sales Team -

FTN Financial, a subsidiary of First Tennessee Bank, has expanded its sales team.

Sylvia Holt Williams has joined FTN from Stifel Nicolaus, where she served as managing director of MBS trading. Williams will work out of the Kansas City, Mo., FTN office.

11. Higher Prices Lift Union Pacific Q2 Profit 28 Pct. -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Union Pacific said Thursday that its second-quarter net income surged 28 percent, as the nation's largest railroad collected higher prices and fuel surcharges and handled slightly more cargo. Its shares rose 3.5 percent by the afternoon after hitting an all-time high earlier.

12. Revolving Door: Yahoo Ushers Out Another CEO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo still has credibility issues, even after casting aside CEO Scott Thompson because his official biography included a college degree that he never received.

13. Holiday Shopping Season is Strong -

NEW YORK (AP) – The holiday shopping season is wrapping up to be bigger than anyone expected. Now, retailers are holding their breath and hoping consumers will keep spending in the final days before Christmas.

14. Berkshire Hathaway to Buy Back Shares -

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Warren Buffett is sending a clear signal that he believes Berkshire Hathaway's stock is undervalued by announcing a plan to repurchase stock for the first time since taking over the firm in 1965.

15. Retailers Report Solid Sales Gains for July -

NEW YORK (AP) – Many retailers posted solid sales during the kickoff to the back-to-school season as discounts and high temperatures in July drove shoppers to air-conditioned malls. But merchants worry that momentum won't continue through the remainder of the second-biggest shopping period of the year as the weather gets cold and the deals dry up.

16. Higher Card Use, Better Payments Lift Discover Q2 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Discover Financial Services on Thursday said its profit more than tripled in its fiscal second quarter as it added new customers, while existing customers used their cards more and got better about making payments on time.

17. Morgan Keegan Settles Fraud Claim, Sale Possible -

Regulators have announced a roughly $200 million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in a fraud case several agencies brought against the firm last year.

18. Morgan Keegan Settles Fraud Claim, Sale Possible -

Regulators have announced a roughly $200 million settlement with Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc. in a fraud case several agencies brought against the firm last year.

19. Pandora Raises IPO Offering Price Range -

NEW YORK (AP) – Pandora raised the price range of its initial public offering Friday by at least a third and boosted the number of shares to be sold by as many as a million, demonstrating again a seemingly insatiable demand from investors for a stake a new slate of Internet companies.

20. McDonald's Sales Climb, But Gains Weaken in May -

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) – Sales of McDonald's fruit and maple oatmeal and drinks like frozen strawberry lemonade pushed the fast-food chain's revenue at restaurants open at least 13 months up 3.1 percent in May.

21. McDonald's Sales Figure Rises 6 Percent in April -

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) – Sales of McDonald's shakes, coffee drinks and breakfast food helped revenue at its restaurants open at least 13 months rise 6 percent in April, the company said Monday.

22. Slow Start to Spring Projected for Retailers -

NEW YORK (AP) – A late Easter, lingering cold weather and rising gas prices are squeezing discretionary spending this spring, according to data being released Wednesday.

Figures from MasterCard Advisors' SpendingPulse show sales growth slowed in some categories last month. But consumers spent more on clothing – and most other items from electronics to luxury goods – than they did in March 2010.

23. AT&T to Buy T-Mobile USA for $39 Billion -

NEW YORK (AP) – AT&T Inc. said Sunday it will buy T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom AG in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $39 billion that would make it the largest cellphone company in the U.S.

24. Walgreen Selling Pharmacy Benefits Ops for $525M -

NEW YORK (AP) – Walgreen Co. said Wednesday it is leaving the pharmacy benefits management business, selling that operation to Catalyst Health Solutions Inc. for $525 million in cash and freeing it to focus on its drugstore network, the largest in the United States.

25. 'Buy' Ratings Reaffirmed on FedEx -

Several analysts applauded FedEx’s strong international growth and move to resize its struggling U.S. trucking operations on Friday, reiterating “Buy” ratings.

FedEx Corp. said Thursday that while strength in international shipments is driving its first-quarter profit, the world’s second-largest package delivery company is cutting 1,700 jobs in its U.S. freight business to offset losses there.

26. Wal-Mart Q2 Profit Rises 3.6 Pct on Cost-Cutting -

NEW YORK (AP) – Wal-Mart Stores Inc. reported a 3.6 percent increase in second-quarter net income and raised its earnings guidance for the full year as it benefits from cost-cutting and robust global growth in China, Brazil and Mexico.

27. Stores Expected to Show Jan. Sales Figure Up 1 Pct -

NEW YORK (AP) - Retailers elated by stronger-than-expected holiday sales are expected to report Thursday that they saw an unintended consequence in January: sales up only 1 percent from last year by one measure.

28. Stocks Climb on Manufacturing Reports, Rising Oil -

NEW YORK (AP) – The stock market has extended its 2009 rally into the new year.

Major stock indexes surged more than 1.5 percent Monday after improving news on manufacturing from China to the U.S. pointed to a strengthening global economy. The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 156 points.

29. Earnings Reports to Give Picture of Job Market -

NEW YORK (AP) - Wall Street may be roaring again and manufacturers see a bright future selling their wares in Asia. But for many Americans, it's still a downturn until the jobs come back.

This week, earnings from several companies with deep ties to corporate payrolls, consumer demand and the labor market will show whether employers are hiring, firing or holding off on filling vacancies.

30. Obama Speech Leaves Health Care Industry Uncertain -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of health insurers wavered in premarket activity Thursday after President Barack Obama made clear he is sticking to his goal of health care reform in a televised speech to a joint session of Congress Wednesday night.

31. Weak Retail Report Cards Likely, Analysts Say -

NEW YORK (AP) - It may be the beginning of the year for students, but for retailers, it's report-card time. Analysts expect the early grades on the back-to-school selling season to be weak when retailers report August results Thursday.

32. American Airlines Parent AMR Posts Q2 Loss -

DALLAS (AP) - American Airlines parent AMR Corp. lost more money in the second quarter as fewer people got on its planes and those who did paid lower fares than a year ago.

33. Home Depot Raises Full-Year Earnings Guidance -

CHICAGO (AP) - Home Depot Inc. reported Wednesday that its full-year earnings from continuing operations may come in better than previously forecast, thanks to a one-two combination of an improving housing market and strong sales in May.

34. FedEx Rises, Analyst Softens Tone After Downgrade -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of FedEx Corp. rose Tuesday as a Stifel Nicolaus analyst who recently downgraded the stock gave a more upbeat outlook for the freight shipper, which has been hurt as recession undermines demand for shipping.

35. Retailers, Service Cos. Gain as People Stay Home -

CINCINNATI (AP) - As Americans grow accustomed during the recession to spending more time at home and living in the same places longer, home-improvement companies are regaining momentum.

"My wife and I had thought of this as more of an in-between house," said Scott Nichols, 50, who had considered moving from his suburban Cincinnati home to a condo or ranch-style house. "Now we have decided to concentrate on making our current home exactly like we want it, pay it off and stay."

36. Medtronic to Report Q4 Earnings Today -

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will report earnings for the fiscal fourth quarter 2009 today. The following is a summary of key developments and an analyst opinion related to the period.

37. YRC Reported to Ask for $1 Billion in Bailout Cash -

NEW YORK (AP) - The nation's largest publicly traded trucking company will ask for $1 billion in aid from the federal bailout fund, as creditors come knocking and business continues to sink, media reports said Friday.

38. FedEx Shares Fall; Outlook Better Than Rival’s -

Shares of FedEx Corp. fell Monday as the broader markets lost ground, and an analyst said the company’s aggressive cost cuts might not be enough to offset the steep decline in volumes and the expected rise in fuel prices.

39. FedEx Shares Fall as Demand Concerns Mount -

NEW YORK (AP) - FedEx Corp. shares fell Friday as investors reacted to the company's worse-than-expected fiscal third quarter earnings and analysts predicted the package delivery company's profit will continue to be hampered by a weak global economy.

40. McDonald's January Same-Store Sales Up 7.1 Percent -

NEW YORK (AP) - Cash-strapped consumers kept buying McDonald's burgers and breakfast items in January, helping the fast food company post a 7.1 percent worldwide increase Monday in same-store sales for the month.

41. Kellogg Says Profit Up 7 Pct Despite Recall Costs -

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Kellogg Co. said Thursday its profit rose 7 percent during its fiscal fourth quarter despite costs related to the national recall this year of numerous products containing peanuts.

42. Best Buy Taps President and COO Dunn as New CEO -

CHICAGO (AP) - Best Buy Co. Inc. laid out a succession plan Wednesday, saying Brian J. Dunn, its president and chief operating officer, will take over this summer as chief executive of the nation's largest consumer electronics chain.

43. Best Buy Q3 Profit Sinks, Offers Staff Buyouts -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Best Buy Co. Inc. , the nation's biggest consumer electronics retailer, said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit sank 77 percent as it faced dramatic changes in consumer spending.

44. Freight Haulers Slam on the Brakes -

In a normal year, Gordon Trucking Inc. might replace 20 percent of its fleet of 1,500 big rigs with new trucks. But given the bleak outlook for the freight business, the Pacific, Wash., hauler doesn’t intend to buy a single new truck next year.

45. McDonald's Same-Store Sales Jump in November -

NEW YORK (AP) - Consumers hungry for cheap meals boosted worldwide sales at McDonald's Corp.'s established locations by 7.7 percent in November, more proof of how the fast-food leader is thriving in a downturn that has eaten into sales at its competitors.

46. AT&T to Cut 12,000 Jobs, 4 Percent of Staff -

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. joined the recession's parade of layoffs Thursday by announcing plans to cut 12,000 jobs, about 4 percent of its work force.

47. Sector Snap: Regional Banks -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Shares of regional banks rose Monday as investors focused on the government's plan to bail out Citigroup Inc.

48. Home Depot Q3 Profit Falls 31 Percent -

CHICAGO (AP) - The Home Depot Inc., the nation's largest home improvement chain, said Tuesday that its third-quarter profit sank by nearly a third as shoppers scaled back on everything from custom kitchens to lumber and flooring.

49. Sector Snap: Specialty Apparel -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of specialty apparel retailers were mixed Monday, ahead of several fiscal third-quarter earnings reports.

After many retailers reported dismal October sales in stores open at least on year, a key retail metric known as same-store sales, last week, analysts are pessimistic about third-quarter results. However, shares are down so much over the past several months, few expect retailers' stocks to fall a significant amount further.

50. Arch Coal's Profits Up; Company Lowers Forecast -

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Coal-producing Arch Coal Inc. said Monday its third-quarter earnings more than tripled, beating Wall Street's expectations. But the miner lowered its earnings outlook for the year, citing near-term softening of coal demand.

51. SunTrust Shares Fall On Q3 Profit Drop -

Shares of SunTrust Banks Inc. tumbled Thursday after the regional bank reported a 26 percent decline in third-quarter profit, from rising loan defaults and higher credit expenses.

52. First Horizon National Shares Tumble After Analysts Downgrade Estimates -

NEW YORK (AP) - Shares of First Horizon National Corp. slid Friday after several analysts cut their estimates and price target on the stock, noting that continued pressure on earnings is likely over the next few quarters.

53. Some Banks may be Poised to Gain Mortgage Business Amid Housing Industry's Troubles -

WASHINGTON (AP) - Where other lending executives see misfortune, Ronald Hermance sees a chance to grab business from the competition.

Hermance's bank, Hudson City Bancorp Inc., a regional savings and loan in Paramus, N.J., with $50 billion in assets, is handling a 25 percent increase in mortgage applications this year, even as investors stay away from nearly all types of home loans.

54. Infusion by Bank of America Buys Time, Stability for Countrywide -

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The infusion of $2 billion from Bank of America Corp. should help shore up sagging Countrywide Financial Corp. as it tries to outlast the credit crunch squeezing Wall Street and the mortgage industry, analysts said Thursday.