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  • US STOCKS-S&P, Nasdaq edge down with Apple; Dow flat Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 3:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Feb 25- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq edged lower in afternoon trading on Wednesday, led by losses in Apple shares, but gains consumer discretionary shares limited the decline. Shares of TJX were up 3.5 percent at $69.51 after results, while Target rose 0.3 percent to $77.17 after a stronger-than-expected jump in same-store sales and profits for the fourth...

  • TJX posts 11 pct rise in profit, to raise U.S. wages Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 8:57 AM ET

    Feb 25- Discount apparel retailer TJX Cos Inc reported an 11.3 percent rise in quarterly profit and said it would raise wages in the United States to a minimum of $9 per hour from June. TJX also said it would buy back up to $1.8 billion- $1.9 billion of shares this fiscal year, $100 million- $200 million more than last year. TJX said net income rose to $648.2 million, or 93...

  • Feb 25- Engineering company Weir Group Plc said uncertainty in the oil and gas industry would significantly reduce its 2015 revenue on a constant currency basis despite aggressive cost-cutting, sending its shares tumbling on Wednesday. The number of rigs drilling for oil in North America last week was the lowest since July 2011, a survey by oil services firm...

  • Canadian auto parts maker Magna's profit rises 11 pct Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 5:21 AM ET

    Feb 25- Canadian auto parts maker Magna International Inc reported a 11 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped by strong demand in North America. Magna said its dividend would rise to 44 cents per share from 38 cents after the stock split. The net income attributable to the company rose to $509 million, or $2.44 per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31 from $458...

  • *SunPower Q4 adj profit of $0.26/ shares vs est. of $0.24. *SunPower, First Solar shares up on JV news. Feb 24- Shares of solar companies got a boost on Tuesday, a day after SunPower Corp and First Solar Inc said they were in talks to jointly spin off some assets, a move expected to generate stable cash flows for the long-standing rivals.

  • Feb 24- Domino's Pizza Inc on Tuesday reported quarterly profit that fell short of Wall Street's estimate, as higher costs took some of the shine off better-than-expected sales at established restaurants. While companies such as McDonald's Corp have warned that minimum wage increases and other labor-related costs would squeeze profits in 2015, Domino's...

  • *FTSE 100 hits record high above 1999 peak. PARIS, Feb 24- European stocks rallied on Tuesday, with both Britain's FTSE 100 and Germany's DAX hitting record highs, after U.S. Shares in National Bank of Greece, Alpha Bank, Bank of Piraeus and Eurobank surged 16-20 percent.

  • Wall Street to companies: Get off your cash! Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:18 AM ET
    CEO spending money

    Wall Street has a message for CEOs: Start spending all that cash, and not on what the activists want.

  • Sterne Agee deal makes us more relevant: Stifel CEO Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 10:09 AM ET
    Stifel

    Stifel Financial's purchase of Sterne Agee is about becoming more relevant to clients, CEO Ron Kruszewski tells CNBC.

  • Home Depot quarterly profit rises 36 percent Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 6:14 AM ET

    Feb 24- Home Depot Inc, the world's No.1 home improvement chain, reported a 36 percent rise in fourth-quarter profit and said it would buy back $18 billion of shares. Home Depot's net income rose to $1.38 billion, or $1.05 per share, from $1.01 billion, or 73 cents per share, a year earlier as an improving job market encouraged Americans to spend more on renovations.

  • Chief Executive Jeff Fairburn said the group's strong cash generation meant it would now pay out 95 pence a share to investors in April rather than July. However, shares in Persimmon were down 4.4 percent at 1,635 pence at 0927 GMT, the biggest fall in the FTSE 100 index, with Liberum analysts saying investors were disappointed more of the capital return was not...

  • HONG KONG, Feb 24- A six-session winning streak for Hong Kong stocks ended on Tuesday, as HSBC Plc and casino shares sank while some investors locked in gains ahead of major 2014 earnings reports later this week. Hong Kong- listed shares of HSBC dropped 3.5 percent in their biggest fall in 18 months after the UK emerging markets-focused bank reported a...

  • Feb 23- First Solar Inc and SunPower Corp said they were in advanced talks to form a joint venture, which will hold some of their power-generating assets. The solar companies said they intend to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for an initial public offering of limited partner interests in the "yield co.". First Solar's shares rose 10.4 percent,...

  • Feb 23- The Dow and S&P 500 ended lower on Monday, easing off recent record highs as lower oil prices dragged down energy shares, while the Nasdaq ended higher for a ninth session, helped by gains in Apple Inc shares.

  • Feb 23- Rare disease drugmaker PTC Therapeutics Inc is exploring a potential sale amid takeover interest from several pharmaceutical companies, including Shire Plc and BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc, according to people familiar with the matter. The stock of PTC Therapeutics, which has a market valuation of roughly $2 billion, rose as much as 25 percent to...

  • Two metals and mining giants in $3.1B merger Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 7:35 AM ET
    Technicians install solar panels on a house in Mission Viejo, Calif.

    Metals and mining companies Grupo FerroAtlantica and Globe Specialty Metals have entered an agreement to combine their businesses.

  • *Britain's FTSE lags after HSBC profit falls. Britain's FTSE 100 index was the only major index to trade lower after index heavyweight HSBC reported a 17 percent drop in annual profit, sending its shares 5.5 percent lower. "We have cleared the first hurdle but Greece has to come up with a serious set of measures now," Peter Dixon, equity strategist at Commerzbank, said.

  • LONDON, Feb 23- European shares rose on Monday, with Germany's share index hitting a new all-time high and Britain's FTSE trading just below a record peak after euro zone negotiators agreed to extend Greece's financial rescue package. Britain's FTSE 100 index rose 0.2 percent to 6,931.21 points by 0807 GMT after, not far from its record peak of 6,950.60 scaled in...

  • *Priceline rallies after results, Wal-Mart down. NEW YORK, Feb 19- The Nasdaq rose for a seventh straight session on Thursday as Priceline shares jumped, while the Dow and S&P 500 eased following declines in energy shares and a disappointing outlook from Wal-Mart. A drop in shares of Wal-Mart Stores Inc weighed down the Dow after the company cut its sales outlook,...

  • *Reports Q4 rev of $1.68 bln vs est $1.7 bln. *Q4 adj EPS of $0.43/ shr vs est $0.41. Feb 19- Discovery Communications Inc, the owner of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, said better pricing would help its U.S. advertising revenue improve in 2015, and forecast continuing strong growth in its international networks.