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Amazon Shares Rise As Sales Growth Remains Strong
A big question for shareholders of Amazon.com Amazon.com was the strength of its sales growth for the first quarter. The answer today was sales growth is still darn strong, and shares were higher after hours.
Amazon Meets Analysts' Low Expectations  New York Times
Amazon's Spending Rises as Revenue Exceeds Estimates (1)  Businessweek
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Microsoft's Nadella Posts Cloud Gains in Third Quarter
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US)'s push into cloud computing, which is accelerating under new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, paid off in the fiscal third quarter.
UPDATE 1-Microsoft beats Wall Street profit estimate  Reuters
Microsoft Posts Smaller-Than-Expected Profit Decline  Wall Street Journal
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Equity indexes up on Apple, Ukraine tempers rise
... * Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border. * U.S. shares pare early gains made on Apple, Facebook rally. * Dollar loses ground on risk aversion.
Stocks Rise on Profits as Yen Climbs; Russian Shares Drop  Bloomberg
Apple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market  Reuters India
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SEC opens probe over GM ignition switch recall
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating General Motors over its handling of an ignition switch defect, according to a public filing today.
GM's Net Income Falls 85 Percent  New York Times
Recall Woes Push Along GM's Cultural Reinvention  NPR
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Ex-KPMG partner London gets 14 months for insider trading
(Reuters) - Former KPMG LLP senior partner Scott London, who had provided tips to a friend about the accounting firm's clients, was sentenced to 14 months in prison on an insider trading charge by a federal judge in Los Angeles on Thursday.
Former KPMG Partner Scott London Gets 14 Months for Insider Trading  Wall Street Journal
Ex-KPMG Partner Sentenced for Insider Trading  Fox Business
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Taco Bell to test US Taco Co. concept: Fancier food, boozy shakes
Taco Bell plans to test a new fast-casual restaurant in Huntington Beach called U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Tap Room, slated to open in the next couple of months.
Taco Bell Is Going Upscale�Really  Businessweek
Taco Bell to test fast casual concept in Huntington Beach  L.A. Biz
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Ronald McDonald gets a makeover for social media
Fast-food giant McDonald's attempts to spiff up its clown in preparation for immersing him in the social-media world. by Amanda Kooser · @akooser; April 24, 2014 2:17 PM PDT.
Ronald McDonald's Hipster Makeover Is The Sexiest Thing Since The ...  TheGloss
America's Most Terrifying Mascot Is Getting a Total Makeover  TIME
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Forex - USD/CAD remains rangebound after U.S. data
Investing.com - The U.S. dollar continued to trade in a tight range against the Canadian dollar on Thursday, following the release of strong U.S.
US durable goods orders up 2.6 percent in March  The Seattle Times
Durable-goods orders climb 2.6% in March  MarketWatch
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Bank of Canada's Poloz: Bank's Policy Position is "Truly Neutral"
SASKATOON--Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz said Thursday that the central bank remains in "true neutrality" with respect to its next policy rate move, but also reiterated that interest rates are likely to remain lower than historical levels for some time.
Loonie ends little changed as Poloz predicts low rates for long term  The Globe and Mail
Bank of Canada sees hope for exports, inflation risks  Reuters Canada
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Barclays to Pay $280 Million Fine over Mortgage Securities
Barclays PLC on Thursday said it would pay $280 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a top U.S. regulator over mortgage securities the bank sold to mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac during last decade's housing bubble.
Politics clouds proposed overhaul of US housing finance system  Reuters
American state-backed mortgages are a $5tn millstone  Financial Times
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