Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.
Here are AP Business News' latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EST.
New & Developing:
MICROSOFT WINDOWS STRATEGY, AMGEN-RESULTS, EARNS-AMAZON, EARNS-VISA developing from after-market earnings reports.
Adds: WALGREENS-THERANOS LAB, LAS VEGAS NEWSPAPER, ZIKA-TRAVEL
SUPER BOWL-CELEBRITY TEASE Advertisers are playing up celebrity cameos by everyone from Steven Tyler to Amy Schumer to drum up Big Game Buzz, but risk being overshadowed by the stars they use. By Mae Anderson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
With: SUPER BOWL-CELEBRITY TEASE-LIST Top 10 celebrity Super Bowl ad teasers. SENT.
BARBIE'S BODY Barbie had plastic surgery, but the critics still don't like her. By Beth Harpaz. SENT: 570 words, photo, video. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5:30 p.m.
SMALLBIZ-SMALL TALK When workers say they hate their jobs or their bosses are abusive, many don't quit and instead spend years being unhappy. But often emotional reasons like depression or fear stop employees from mustering the energy to look for a new job. By Joyce Rosenberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.
OF MUTUAL INTEREST-BRAVING CHINA While the rest of the world is flooding out of Chinese stocks, some are wading in. Managers of Chinese stock mutual funds say they're used to these bouts of volatility, which have been regular occurrences the last five years, and they're buying stocks of companies set to take advantage of how the Chinese government is reshaping the economy. By Stan Choe. SENT: 800 words, photo.
LOSING LOGGERS The falling market for wood products is driving many loggers out of business, and those who remain are getting older, ending a way of life that has sustained rural populations for generations, while at the same time threatening the health of forests that depend on regular harvesting. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 760 words, photos, video.
MARKETS & ECONOMY:
FINANCIAL MARKETS U.S. stocks rise as the price of oil climbs for the third day in a row while key oil-producing nations discuss cuts in production. Tech and consumer stocks trade higher, led by Amazon and PayPal, while drugmakers fell. By Marley Jay. SENT: 950 words, photos.
UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS The number of people seeking unemployment benefits falls last week, a sign that employers aren't cutting jobs in response to global economic weakness and sharp stock market drops. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 400 words, photo.
PENDING HOME SALES The number of people signing contracts to purchase homes inched up last month, lifted by unseasonably warm weather in the Northeast. By Christopher S. Rugaber. SENT: 390 words.
DURABLE GOODS Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods tumble in December, with a key category that tracks business investment plans falling for a second straight month. By Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 370 words.
MORTGAGE RATES Average long-term U.S. mortgage rates fell this week for a fourth straight week amid persisting turmoil in stock markets and global economic worries. By Marcy Gordon. SENT: 420 words, photos.
BRITAIN-LIBOR TRIAL British court has cleared six brokers of trying to fix the benchmark interest rate known as Libor, the London interbank offered rate. SENT: 130 words.
MICROSOFT WINDOWS STRATEGY Microsoft's big effort to make Windows 10 the centerpiece of its computing universe is starting to bear fruit, not least because the company has gotten pushier about making sure users switch over to the new operating system. By Brandon Bailey. UPCOMING: 600 words by 5:30 p.m., photo. Incorporates: EARNS-MICROSOFT.
EARNS-AMAZON Amazon shares dropp more than 10 percent in aftermarket trading after the e-commerce company says its profit fell far short of analyst expectations. SENT: 270 words, photo.
EARNS-ALIBABA Alibaba is hoping its better-than-expected third-quarter results help reassure investors worried about the state of the Chinese economy. SENT: 400 words, photo.
EARNS-FORD Improving sales in most of the world helped Ford Motor Co. achieve a record pretax profit in 2015, and the company says the numbers could go even higher this year. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 430 words, photo.
EARNS-ALTRIA Altria's fourth-quarter revenue improves thanks partly to higher tobacco product pricing, and the company announced a plan to reduce costs that includes job eliminations. SENT: 270 words, photo.
AMGEN-RESULTS Amgen's fourth-quarter profit soared 39 percent, as the biologic drugmaker posted higher revenue for nearly all its medicines and trounced analyst expectations for the fifth straight quarter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words by 6 p.m. Incorporates EARNS-AMGEN.
EARNS-VISA Visa's says that its fiscal first quarter results rose 24 percent from a year earlier, as more people spent money on Visa's namesake credit and debit cards. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo.
MCDONALD'S-MORE BREAKFAST Basking in the fanfare over its all-day breakfast menu, McDonald's is pushing its operational limits by testing the addition of another morning favorite to the lineup: the McGriddle. By Candice Choi. SENT: 550 words, photos.
ZIKA-TRAVEL More U.S. airlines and cruise operators are offering refunds or letting pregnant women change itineraries if they booked a trip to places dealing with an outbreak of Zika virus. By David Koenig. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m.
GERMANY-DEUTSCHE BANK Deutsche Bank co-CEO John Cryan says the group is making "good progress" on a wide-ranging restructuring but there will be no bonuses for top management after the bank lost 6.8 billion euros ($7.5 billion) last year. By David McHugh. SENT: 420 words, photos.
AUTOMATIC BRAKING-CRASHES The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety releases results of a study of whether automatic braking and front-collision warning reduce rear-end crashes. By Dee-Ann Durbin. SENT: 350 words.
SAGE GROUSE-NEVADA GOVERNOR The governor of gold-rich Nevada is pressing the Obama administration to alter its sage grouse protection plan to free up thousands of mining claims by shrinking the restricted area in exchange for making other unprotected areas off limits, restoring burned out rangeland and reining in wild horse herds. By Scott Sonner. SENT: 680 words, photo.
AIRLINERS-BATTERY FIRES A U.N. panel has recommended that cargo shipments of rechargeable lithium batteries be banned from passenger airliners because the batteries can create fires capable of destroying planes, said aviation officials familiar with the decision. By Joan Lowy. SENT: 680 words, photos.
WALGREENS-THERANOS LAB Walgreens has told blood-testing startup Theranos to stop sending samples collected at the drugstore chain's stores to a testing facility that drew regulatory scrutiny over possible patient risks. SENT: 130 words.
TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:
DIGITAL LIFE-GOOGLE MAPS OFFLINE-REVIEW Even without a cellular connection, Google Maps got me where I needed to go, though not free of delays that had nothing to do with traffic. Though the experience wasn't pain-free, Google Maps offline beats getting lost when you have no signal. By Anick Jesdanun. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SMALLBIZ-SUPER BOWL AD A coffee with an edgy name and made by a small business is getting a commercial in Super Bowl 50. Death Wish Coffee Co. won a competition held by software maker Intuit for a 30-second spot during the third quarter of the big game on Feb. 7. The Round Lake, New York, company beat more than 15,000 other small businesses in voting by the public and Intuit employees. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. SENT: 380 words, photos.
BRITAIN-GOOGLE The European Union's competition commissioner says she would consider investigating the 130 million pound ($186 million) deal for back taxes struck between Britain and Google amid fury among opposition lawmakers who suggest the Internet giant should have paid more. SENT: 440 words.
SELF-DRIVING CARS Companies that are developing self-driving cars of the future want government regulators to clear the road for public access to the technology, once it emerges from current prototype testing. By Justin Pritchard. SENT: 550 words, photo.
GAMES-GAMESTOP-INSOMNIAC GAMES GameStop is dipping a toe into the video game publishing business. The retailer is partnering with Insomniac Games to release and sell merchandise based on the studio's upcoming underwater-set adventure "Song of the Deep." By Derrik J. Lang. SENT: 520 words, photos.
LAS VEGAS NEWSPAPER The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a new publisher recruited and hired by the family of billionaire casino-mogul Sheldon Adelson, who secretly bought the newspaper last fall in a sale that has been heavily scrutinized over transparency concerns. SENT: 130 words.
IRAN-EUROPEAN AIRLINES Several European airlines aim to resume their flights to Iran following a landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. By Nasser Karimi. SENT: 380 words.
With: EUROPE-IRAN France welcomed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday with a long-term car-making agreement and pledges to boost trade now that a diplomatic deal is easing nuclear tensions. By Elaine Ganley. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SPAIN-UNEMPLOYMENT Spain's unemployment rate edges down to 20.9 percent in the fourth quarter from 21.2 percent the previous quarter, at the end of a year when the number of jobless fell by a record amount. SENT: 270 words.
AZERBAIJAN-ECONOMY Representatives from the International Monetary Fund and World Bank arrived in Azerbaijan on Thursday to discuss financial support for the oil producing country's ailing economy. By Aida Sultanova. SENT: 390 words.
SAUDI-BILLION-DOLLAR FEUD A Saudi company that's owed $6 billion in debt since a 2009 crisis hopes to soon reach a tentative agreement with its creditors and present it to officials in the kingdom by July, its acting CEO said Thursday. By Jon Gambrell. SENT: 530 words.
HUNGARY-SLUDGE-FLOOD A Hungarian court on Thursday acquitted 15 employees of a company whose burst reservoir in 2010 flooded three towns with toxic red sludge, killing 10 people. SENT: 300 words, photos.
FRANCE-TAXI STRIKE Hundreds of taxi drivers waving flags and shouting angrily marched through central Paris Thursday in a third day of protests against rival services such as Uber. SENT: 90 words, photos.
GREECE-BAILOUT Protests against the Greek leftwing government's planned pension reforms expanded Thursday, as farmers clashed with riot police in the city of Thessaloniki, a journalists' strike pulled news bulletins off air and island ferries remained tied up in port. SENT: 240 words. SENT: 240 words.
MONEY & MARKETS SUMMARY:
COMPANY SPOTLIGHT Facebook shares surged Thursday after the social media company reported that its quarterly profit more than doubled on major revenue gains.
CENTERPIECE U.S. banks have been hit especially hard by the stunning plunge in oil prices. Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and others are setting aside money for possible losses on loans made to finance oil production.
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