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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, goods orders  MyFox Austin
Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up  The Seattle Times
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GM's first-quarter profit dragged down by recalls
General Motors squeezed out a small profit in the first three months of 2014 after setting aside $1.3 billion to cover the cost of recalls that followed a deadly ignition-switch defect linked to 13 deaths, the company reported Thursday.
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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Dollar Largely Unchanged Against Yen After Tokyo CPI Data
The dollar was largely unchanged against the yen in Asian trading Friday, with activity subdued amid a lack of fresh trading cues ahead of the weekend.
FOREX-Dollar steady near 1-week low vs yen, held back by Ukraine tensions  Reuters UK
Asian shares, dollar struggle on Ukraine anxiety  Reuters
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UPDATE 2 -Tokyo inflation hits 22-yr high, inching toward BOJ goal
... * Tokyo core CPI up 2.7 pct in April yr/yr, hits 22-yr high * Nationwide core CPI up 1.3 pct yr/yr, matches 5-yr high * Tokyo core CPI up 1.0 pct when excluding tax hike impact * Wage rises key in sustaining economic recovery (Adds more analyst's quote, ...
Japan CPI Rises Less Than Expected -- Update  Wall Street Journal
Japan inflation gets tax-hike boost  MarketWatch (blog)
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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 shows strong consumer, cloud-services growth  The Seattle Times
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Internet giant Sina caught in China porn crackdown
Sina Corp, one of China's top internet companies, has been caught in a government crackdown on pornography, prompting shares to drop more than 3% on Thursday.
Sina banned from publication over online-porn accusations  Shanghai Daily (subscription)
Sina punished for spreading pornographic content  CCTV
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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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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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Amazon Spending Hailed by Investors as Bezos Touts Growth
First-quarter sales at the world's largest online retailer rose 23 percent to $19.74 billion, the company said in a statement yesterday.
You got HBO in my Amazon!  Marshalltown Times Republican (blog)
Amazon launches grocery service for Prime members as profit rises  Los Angeles Times
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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  CNNMoney
Alibaba's Jack Ma Sets Up Philanthropic Trust  Wall Street Journal
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