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  • April 29- Drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc raised its earnings and sales forecasts for the year on Wednesday and said its chief financial officer will step down. Valeant shares rose in early trade in Toronto and New York. Valeant said Howard Schiller, the company's chief financial officer since December 2011, will step down once a...

  • April 29- MasterCard Inc, the world's No. 2 debit and credit card company, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as costs fell and shoppers spent more on its cards. MasterCard's shares rose about 3.6 percent to a record-high of $93.59 in early trading on Wednesday. "was able to overcome a drag from currency and grow volumes and earnings based on cost...

  • April 29- Mondelez International Inc, the maker of Cadbury chocolate and Oreo cookies, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit helped by cost cuts and price increases. Mondelez, whose shares were up 4 percent in premarket trading on Wednesday, said net revenue from North America, its second-largest market after Europe, rose 1 percent to $1.68 billion...

  • April 29- U.S. weapons maker General Dynamics Corp on Wednesday reported higher-than-expected earnings and revenues for the first quarter, sending its shares higher in premarket trading. General Dynamics, maker of Gulfstream business jets as well as ships, tanks and other military equipment, said net earnings rose 20 percent to $716 million, or $2.14 per share,...

  • UPDATE 1-MasterCard profit rises on lower tax expense Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    April 29- MasterCard Inc, the world's No. 2 debit and credit card company, reported a 17 percent rise in quarterly profit as people spent more using its cards and the company paid lower taxes. MasterCard shares were up about 2 percent at $91.94 in premarket trading. The company's net income rose to $1.02 billion, or 89 cents per share, from $870 million, or 73 cents per...

  • April 28- Akamai Technologies Inc, whose service helps speed up delivery of online content, forecast current-quarter profit below analysts' expectations, citing a stronger dollar. Akamai, which delivers between 15-30 percent of all Web traffic and has customers ranging from Yahoo Inc to online home rental marketplace Airbnb, gets about a quarter of its...

  • UPDATE 1-Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:55 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase speed and sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down more than 3 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. McDonald's Corp is cutting its bloated menus and...

  • Panera profit falls 25 percent, shares down Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:40 PM ET

    April 28- Panera Bread Co on Tuesday reported a steep 25 percent drop in quarterly net profit as it works to increase sales at its popular bakery cafes, sending shares down nearly 4 percent in extended trading. Panera's first-quarter net income fell 25 percent to $31.9 million, or $1.20 per share. St. Louis- based Panera reiterated its forecast for 2015 diluted...

  • April 28- JetBlue Airways Corp's first-quarter profit soared as strong U.S. domestic demand, lower fuel prices and cost controls helped its bottom line, the company reported Tuesday. Northeast and Midwest last quarter, New York- based JetBlue moved around crew and aircraft so it could start flying customers immediately after storms subsided.

  • *Shares down 15 pct after takeover by Applied Materials scrapped. TOKYO, April 28- Tokyo Electron Ltd shares plunged 15 percent on Tuesday as the scrapping of a $10 billion takeover by Applied Materials Inc left the Japanese firm searching for a new growth strategy amid soaring R&D costs for the chip-production equipment industry. The abandonment of the plan...

  • TOKYO, April 28- Tokyo Electron Ltd shares plunged 15 percent on Tuesday to a six-month low after U.S. regulatory opposition forced the scrapping of its planned takeover by U.S.-based Applied Materials Inc.. Tokyo Electron shares fell as much as 14.8 percent in early trade to 6,555 yen, hitting their lowest level since late October, while the broader Tokyo...

  • *Amgen's fall drags downs biotech stocks. Amgen shares dropped 3.2 percent to $162.53 after U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff reviewers said Amgen's skin cancer immunotherapy cannot be considered for an accelerated review at this time, citing concerns over the design and results of a key study. The healthcare sector is being dragged down by reports on...

  • Harley chief loves ScarJo 'Avengers' electric bike Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 12:29 PM ET
    A scene from "Avengers: Age of Ultron"

    Harley-Davidson's test electric motorcycle—favored by ScarJo's character in the new "Avengers" movie—is getting great feedback, the incoming CEO says.

  • *Cap Gemini to buy U.S.-based IGATE for $4 bln. *Cap Gemini shares up 7.5 pct, IGATE shares rise to offer price. PARIS, April 27- Cap Gemini SA, a French information technology services company, said it will buy U.S.-based rival IGATE Corp for $4 billion in a deal that would make North America into its biggest market and hand IGATE's founders a $1 billion windfall.

  • NEW YORK, April 27- A measure of equity markets worldwide hit record highs on Monday as optimism over Greece supported European stocks while U.S. shares added to last week's gains ahead of Apple results and a Federal Reserve policy meeting. MSCI's all-country world stock index, which tracks shares in 45 countries, extended a multi-year rally to a fresh record...

  • *Cap Gemini to buy U.S.-based IGATE for $4 bln. *Cap Gemini shares up 7.5 pct, IGATE shares rise to offer price. PARIS, April 27- French IT services company Cap Gemini plans to buy U.S.-based rival IGATE Corp for $4 billion, in a deal that makes North America its biggest market and hands IGATE's founders a $1 billion windfall.

  • April 27- Drug developer Celladon Corp said it expected to announce lay-offs and cost cuts as its stock plunged to an all-time low after the company's lead experimental gene therapy to treat heart failure failed a key trial. Celladon lost nearly 80 percent of its market value in early trading on Monday, with the stock falling to a record low of $2.76.

  • April 24- 3 D printer maker 3 D Systems Corp estimated first-quarter revenue and profit well below analysts' expectations, saying a weaker euro and yen and the aftermath of lower oil prices had forced some of its clients to curb orders. Shares of 3 D Systems fell as much as 10.5 percent in morning trading on Friday. The company estimated adjusted earnings of 2- 4 cents...

  • April 24- Comcast Corp and Time Warner Cable Inc said on Friday they had abandoned their proposed $45 billion merger. "Today, we move on," Comcast Chief Executive Brian Roberts said in a statement. Comcast shares were up 1.2 percent at $59.94 in premarket trading, while Time Warner Cable shares were down 0.5 percent at $148.

  • April 23- Google Inc reported higher quarterly revenue and profit as rising online ad volume offset a hit from the strong dollar, sending the Internet company's shares higher in after-hours trading. The rising dollar took a toll on results at Google, which generates about half of its revenue overseas. "Excluding the net impact of foreign currency headwinds,...