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Russia Debt Rating Cut to Step Above Junk at S&P
Russia's sovereign debt rating was cut to the lowest investment grade at Standard & Poor's, which said further downgrades are possible if economic growth deteriorates and the conflict in Ukraine sparks wider sanctions.
Russia's Credit Rating Cut to BBB-, a Step Above Junk, by S&P  Businessweek
S&P Downgrades Russia to BBB-Minus, One Notch Above Junk  Wall Street Journal
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Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up
Continue reading below. Stock closed mostly higher, helped by positive earnings at several big companies, including Apple and Caterpillar.
Asian stocks mixed on US earnings  Economic Times
S&P 500, Nasdaq Rise; Dow Ends Flat  Wall Street Journal
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Asian shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety
By Lisa Twaronite. TOKYO (Reuters) - Asian stocks struggled on Friday, as fears of an escalating Ukraine crisis eclipsed upbeat U.S.
GLOBAL MARKETS-Asian shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety  Reuters UK
Dollar under pressure on rising Ukraine tension  CNBC.com
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GM Manages $125 Million Profit Amid Crisis
The recall won't destroy General Motors' balance sheet, and customers are still buying the company's vehicles at a similar pace as before reports of the defect surfaced.
Earnings: General Motors' profit drops; CEO sees no recall hit to sales  Columbus Dispatch
Tom Walsh: Five reasons not to panic about GM (yet)  Detroit Free Press
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CPI in Tokyo rises 2.7% in April after consumption tax hike
Tokyo's consumer prices climbed 2.7 percent in April from a year earlier, the biggest increase in more than 20 years, on rises in a broad range of items following a consumption tax hike on April 1, the government said Friday.
Japan CPI Rises Less Than Expected  Wall Street Journal
Japan Inflation On Tap For Friday  RTT News
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Microsoft's profit dips less than expected
The Nokia Oyj Lumia 1520, left, and Nokia Lumia Icon smartphones at the Microsoft Developers Build Conference in San Francisco. Photo: Bloomberg.
Nadella says Microsoft will go 'boldly into mobile-first, cloud-first ...  MarketWatch (blog)
Microsoft Corp posts $5.66 bn profit, beats Wall Street estimates on new CEO ...  Financial Express
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Durable Goods Sales Rebound for the Second Straight Month in March
The highly-volatile transportation sector often skews these results higher, including in March. Nondefense aircraft orders rose 8.6 percent for the month, boosting overall transportation orders by 4.0 percent.
Treasuries Slip As Durable Goods Orders Climb  Barron's (blog)
Durable-Goods Orders Rise 2.6% -- Update  Wall Street Journal
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Amazon first-quarter profits up 18%
Amazon's first-quarter profit has risen 18% as shoppers continue to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods. Nevertheless, the company forecasts an operating loss for the second quarter as it continues to invest heavily both internationally and at home.
Amazon Spending Hailed by Investors as Bezos Touts Growth  Bloomberg
Amazon: Prime fee hike not stopping membership growth  CNET
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Alibaba's founders set up charitable trust seen valued at $3 bln
BEIJING, April 25 (Reuters) - The founders of Chinese internet company Alibaba Group Holding Ltd have set up a charitable trust focusing on the environment and health that could be worth as much as $3 billion, making it one of the biggest in Asia.
Alibaba founders fund mega charity ahead of IPO  KSPR
Alibaba's Jack Ma Sets Up Philanthropic Trust  Wall Street Journal
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Ronald McDonald Gets Modern Makeover: Are You Lovin' It?
Did Ronald McDonald just go through a big breakup? :::Pause to do a quick Google search and make sure McRib is still being sold--OK, it is, good::: Whatever inspired it, the company's classic clown just totally overhauled his image in full-on revenge breakup ...
Ronald McDonald Gets a New Look  Atlanta Black Star
Ronald McDonald gets a hip new makeover  The Week Magazine
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