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AP Top Business News At 2:17 a.m. EST

Another solid month of job gains over 200K expected for Feb.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. employers are expected to follow the best three-month burst of hiring in 17 years with another solid round of job gains in February....

Can Etsy keep its folksy brand and make shareholders money?
NEW YORK (AP) -- If craft seller Etsy goes public later this year it will be a test of how well the company can balance an explicit social mission with shareholder expectations for making money....

Largest US banks all pass latest round of Fed 'stress tests'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- All of the nation's 31 largest banks are adequately fortified to withstand a severe U.S. and global recession and keep lending, the Federal Reserve said Thursday....

Ringling Bros. to give up elephant acts in 3 years
POLK CITY, Fla. (AP) -- The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus says the "Greatest Show on Earth" will go on without elephants....

Emirates forges special relationship with el-Sissi's Egypt
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- This small Gulf nation, known for its soaring skyscrapers and mercantile bent, is making itself into the most stalwart ally of the Arab world's biggest country....

Asia stocks gain after ECB upgrades growth ahead of US jobs
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Asian stock markets were higher on Friday as investor sentiment was boosted by the European Central Bank's growth forecast upgrade and expectations for a solid increase in U.S. employment....

European Central Bank: Recovery is strengthening
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) -- The European Central Bank will unleash its 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) stimulus program on Monday - and says the prospect is already boosting the eurozone economy....

AbbVie to buy leukemia drugmaker Pharmacyclics for $21B
AbbVie will spend about $21 billion to buy fellow drugmaker Pharmacyclics and add another major revenue producer to a portfolio that already includes the world's top-selling drug....

China lowers growth target, promises to open industries
BEIJING (AP) -- China set a lower economic growth target for this year and promised to open more industries to foreign investors as it tries to make its slowing, state-dominated economy more productive....

Applications for US jobless aid inch up to a 10-month high
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people seeking unemployment benefits rose last week to the highest level since May, though the pace of applications remains at a level consistent with steady hiring....

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