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  • US STOCKS-Wall St ends 4-day skid on late tech rally Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    *Intel in talks to buy Altera- WSJ. The Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival Altera Corp, citing people familiar with the matter, sending the PHLX semiconductor index up 2.8 percent. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent to $32 as the biggest boost to the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes.

  • US stock indexes end a rough week with tiny gains Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. market indexes are ending a tough week with modest gains. The slight increases on Friday weren't enough to keep the market from having its second-worst week this year. Oil dropped $2.56 to close at $48.87 a barrel.

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. *Fed Chair Janet Yellen to speak shortly before the closing bell. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks were flat on Friday, with the S&P 500 on track for its worst week since late January, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. Bank of America Corp. fell. 7 percent to $15.31 with 71,575,800 shares traded. Chesapeake Energy Corp. fell 1.3 percent to $14.03 with 21,160,300 shares traded.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 1:16 PM ET

    Apple Inc. fell. 8 percent to $123.25 with 38,221,800 shares traded. BlackBerry Ltd. rose 1.7 percent to $9.46 with 25,276,400 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 1 percent to $27.13 with 19,514,500 shares traded.

  • *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Friday, putting major indexes on track to barely snap a four-session losing streak, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street. What we've done is bounce down to the low end of the recent range set...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat head of Yellen; biotechs bounce Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:44 PM ET

    *Dow Chemical to spin off unit, merge it with Olin. NEW YORK, March 27- U.S. stocks held near the unchanged mark on Friday, putting major indexes on track to barely snap a four-session losing streak, ahead of a speech by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that could create a volatile close on Wall Street. What we've done is bounce down to the low end of the recent range set...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are mostly higher in midday trading after four straight days of losses. It jumped the day before on worries that conflict in the Middle East would affect the flow of crude from the region. Oil fell $1.36 to $50.06 a barrel in New York.

  • *Crude dips as market reassesses Yemen conflict impact. Trading in many markets was choppy, with oil dropping back after Thursday's spike on Saudi-led air attacks in Yemen and investors awaiting a speech on monetary policy later on Friday by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen. "Yellen will be the big news of the day, certainly, so I don't expect a lot of movement...

  • Grain lower, livestock mixed Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for May delivery was unchanged at $4.9925 a bushel; May corn was 1.25 cents lower at $3.91 a bushel; May oats were unchanged at $2.7775 a bushel; while May soybeans lost 3 cents to $9.7150 a bushel. June live cattle was. 95 cent higher $1.5295 a pound; May feeder cattle was 1.98...

  • NEW YORK— A tough week on the stock market ended quietly Friday. Major indexes notched modest gains, not nearly enough to make up for the four previous days of losses. It wound up being the second-worst week for the market so far this year.

  • US stock market opens higher, breaking a 4-day slump Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 9:42 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening modestly higher after four losing days. Cruise operator Carnival jumped 6 percent in early trading Friday after reporting income that was far higher than Wall Street analysts were expecting. The price of oil fell $1.31 to $50.12 a barrel in New York.

  • *Shanghai rebar also hits record low, but cuts losses. SINGAPORE, March 27- Spot iron ore prices hit new record lows on Friday while futures in China and Singapore slid as much as 4 percent before paring losses, on worries that global producers would continue to lift output in a well supplied market. Iron ore prices on China's Dalian Commodity Exchange hit the daily...

  • Ahead of the Bell: Orexigen shares rise Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:25 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The approval of a weight-loss drug by European regulators sent shares of Orexigen Therapeutics soaring 12 percent before the opening bell Friday. The drug competes with Belviq, made by Arena Pharmaceuticals Inc., and Qsymia, made by Vivus Inc.. Shares of Orexigen Therapeutics Inc., based in San Diego, rose 90 cents to $8.15 in premarket trading.

  • Quiksilver CEO, CFO leaving the company Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 8:20 AM ET

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.— The CEO and chairman of surfing-gear company Quicksilver has left the company as has the chief financial officer. Company founder Bob McKnight will take over as chairman and President Pierre Agnes will become CEO. Shares of Quiksilver Inc. fell about 1 percent before the opening bell Friday.

  • Lululemon and Red Hat are big market movers Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 4:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Red Hat Inc., up $6.91 to $75.36. Winnebago Industries Inc., down $3.40 to $20.39.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose. 8 percent to $2.65 with 27,843,800 shares traded. Apple Inc. rose. 7 percent to $124.24 with 45,918,300 shares traded. Applied Materials Inc. fell 1.0 percent to $22.40 with 34,520,300 shares traded.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 2:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose 1.4 percent to $33.08 with 15,921,300 shares traded. Alcoa Inc. fell. 1 percent to $12.96 with 21,345,400 shares traded.

  • *SanDisk tumbles after outlook cut, hits chipmakers. Semiconductor stocks were under pressure for a fourth straight session as SanDisk tumbled 18.1 percent to $66.47 after cutting its revenue outlook. The headwinds for SanDisk are company-specific according to King Lip, chief investment officer at Baker Avenue Asset Management in San Francisco.

  • *Oil rises on fears of Middle East supply disruption over Yemen. *Gold tops $1,200 an ounce. NEW YORK, March 26- Stock markets worldwide were knocked lower and oil prices jumped on Thursday after Saudi Arabia and its allies carried out air strikes in Yemen that fueled worries Middle East energy shipments may be put at risk, although Wall Street later recovered.