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After strong Q2 results, investors look to Apple CEO Cook for the next big thing
On Wednesday, the company surprised Wall Street with news that it sold more iPhones in the March quarter than even the most bullish analysts had expected.
Apple's quarterly revenue beats expectations  Irish Times
Apple increases stock buyback, split stock  TVNZ
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Kiwi rallies on hawkish RBNZ, euro eyes ECB speech
SYDNEY/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The New Zealand dollar rallied on Thursday after the country's central bank raised interest rates and signaled more hikes ahead, while caution ahead of a speech by the European Central Bank's president kept the euro ...
Yen Rises for Second Day Before Inflation Report; Krona Gains  Bloomberg
Europe's blue-chips warn on euro strength  CNBC.com
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Nasdaq futures soar on Apple; Caterpillar, GM loom
MADRID (MarketWatch) �The Nasdaq Composite could steal the show on Wall Street later on Thursday, with tech futures soaring well over 1% in the wake of strong results from Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. Other stock futures also pointed higher, but less ...
Strong Corporate Earnings Lift Global Markets  Fox Business
European Shares Buoyed by Upbeat Apple, Facebook Earnings  Wall Street Journal
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GE Said in Talks to Buy France's Alstom for $13 Billion
General Electric Co. (GE) is in talks to buy Alstom SA (ALO), the French builder of trains and power plants, people with knowledge of the matter said, in what would be GE's biggest acquisition ever.
Alstom Shares Surge on GE Takeover Speculation  New York Times
Alstom Shares Soar on GE Takeover Speculation--Update  Wall Street Journal
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Facebook first-quarter revenue grows 72 percent on rising mobile ads
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's mobile advertising business accelerated in the first three months of the year, helping the Internet social networking company top Wall Street's financial targets.
Facebook's targeted ads to mobile users: Cash cow for world's ...  Economic Times
Facebook profits triple as half of internet world now uses website  Telegraph.co.uk
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Spain's rate of growth fastest for six years
Spain's economic recovery is gaining momentum, with national output growing by 0.4 per cent in the first thee months of the year - the fastest rate of growth in six years and double the increase that was recorded in the previous quarter.
Central bank: Spanish growth doubled in Q1  Chron.com
Bank of Spain Estimates Economy Grew 0.4% in First Quarter  Wall Street Journal
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Ex Wal-Mart CEO's deferred pay: $140 million
Departed Wal-Mart CEO Mike Duke's deferred pay should provide enough money to shop beyond discount retailers for many years. Duke, who retired Jan. 31, had $140.1 million in deferred compensation at year's end, Wal-Mart said Wednesday in its annual ...
Wal-Mart says former CEO Scott to retire from board  KDAL
Wal-Mart Cuts CEO's Pay 73 Percent In 2013  Boston.com
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Strict Cost-Cutters Who Want to Spend $45 Billion on a Takeover
CNBC. Related Links. News Analysis: In Allergan Bid, a Question of Insider Trading · Ackman's Pershing Square Subsidiaries Hint at Future Moves.
Valeant to lose three directors following hostile takeover bid  Montreal Gazette
Allergan adopts 'poison pill' defense in Valeant takeover bid  Los Angeles Times
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Aetna's 1Q Profit Jumps 36 Pct, Forecast Climbs
Aetna's first-quarter net income soared 36 percent, fueled by gains from a multi-billion-dollar acquisition, and the health insurer hiked its 2014 earnings forecast above Wall Street expectations.
UPDATE 1-Aetna quarterly profit beats forecasts as new members surge  Reuters
Aetna Raises Outlook on Strong Quarterly Growth  Wall Street Journal
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Starwood profit beats estimates as N.America demand increases
April 24 (Reuters) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc's quarterly profit topped Wall Street estimates as growth in business travel in North America boosted both occupancy and room rates.
Starwood rides economic recovery to strong 1Q  NBCNews.com
Starwood rides economic recover to strong 1Q  Bryan-College Station Eagle
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