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  • NEW YORK, April 24- Healthcare companies on a seven-year tear have been top performers so far in 2015, helping to push broad stock indexes to record levels, but traders are now looking to protect themselves from a selloff as they await major earnings reports in the sector. Companies reporting first-quarter earnings next week include Bristol-Meyers Squibb Co,...

  • *Time Warner Cable rises after Comcast abandons merger. April 24- The Nasdaq Composite hit a 15- year intraday high on Friday afternoon, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Google gained 3.6 percent after reporting higher quarterly results while Microsoft jumped 9.4 percent after it topped estimates.

  • Amazon.com Inc, Microsoft Corp and Google Inc led Wall Street higher, prepping the Nasdaq for a second straight record closing high. "I think we're on more solid footing than the last time," said Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York, comparing the fresh Nasdaq highs with those in 2000, just before the Internet bubble burst.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:36 PM ET

    American Airlines Group Inc. rose 2.4 percent to $52.71 with 19,418,500 shares traded. Apple Inc. rose. 5 percent to $130.28 with 41,790,700 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 5 percent to $28.82 with 26,370,000 shares traded.

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:36 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at 1 p.m.:. AT&T Inc. rose. 1 percent to $34.27 with 24,327,600 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. fell. 3 percent to $15.65 with 22,512,500 shares traded.

  • Business events scheduled for the coming month Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 1:33 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Institute for Supply Management releases its manufacturing index for April, 10 a.m.; Commerce Department releases construction spending for March, 10 a.m.. WASHINGTON— Commerce Department releases international trade data for March, 8:30 a.m.; Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April, 10 a.m..

  • NEW YORK— Big gains by Amazon and Google are lifting technology stocks. Google and Microsoft also rose after reporting their latest quarterly results. The Nasdaq gained 40 points, or 0.8 percent, to 5,095 as of 11:45 a.m. Eastern time.

  • April 24- The Nasdaq Composite extended its gains in late morning trading on Friday, hitting a 15- year intraday high, propelled by strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft. Google gained 3.1 percent to $575 after reporting higher quarterly revenue and profit and Microsoft added 8 percent to $46.85 after it topped Wall Street estimates.

  • U.S. giants Amazon, Microsoft and Google led Wall Street higher, prepping the Nasdaq for a second straight record closing high. "I think we're on more solid footing than the last time," said Gordon Charlop, managing director at Rosenblatt Securities in New York, comparing the fresh Nasdaq highs with those in 2000, right before the Internet bubble burst.

  • Grain lower, livestock higher Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:57 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were lower Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $5.0125 a bushel; July corn was 6.75 cents lower at $3.70 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.5550 a bushel; while July soybeans was 7 cents lower at 9.73 a bushel. June live cattle was. 12 cent lower at $1.4890 a pound; August feeder...

  • *Comcast drops plan to merge Time Warner Cable. April 24- Wall Street opened up on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to extend its record close set the previous session. Google gained 2.8 percent to $573.15 after reporting higher quarterly revenue and profit and Microsoft added 6.6...

  • *Greece, creditors wrestle over reforms to reach debt deal. The absence of a breakthrough in debt negotiations between Greece and its creditors also underpinned safe-haven demand for low-risk government debt, analysts said. "We expect the FOMC to leave everything on the table and maintain a similar tone to the last statement," said Ira Jersey, head of U.S. interest...

  • NEW YORK— Big gains by Amazon and Google are lifting technology stocks in early trading. Google and Microsoft also rose after reporting their latest quarterly results. The Nasdaq gained 32 points, or 0.7 percent, to 5,087 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

  • *Xerox slumps as it cuts forecast. *Comcast shares up after it calls off Time Warner Cable merger. April 24- U.S. stocks were set to open higher on Friday as strong results from tech behemoths Google, Amazon and Microsoft set the Nasdaq Composite on track to extend its run after surpassing on Thursday a 15- year-old record.

  • LyondellBasell tops 1Q profit forecasts Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:39 AM ET

    HOUSTON _ LyondellBasell Industries on Friday reported first-quarter earnings of $1.17 billion. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.94 per share. LyondellBasell shares have increased 23 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed roughly 3 percent.

  • Biogen results rise, but miss 1Q forecasts Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 7:21 AM ET

    But that missed Wall Street expectations, with the average estimate of 18 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expecting $3.92 per share. Nineteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.66 billion. The disappointing results sent Biogen Idec shares down $19.53, or 4.5 percent, to $410.75 in premarket trading shortly before the market open.

  • Stocks rise on tech earnings; Nasdaq adds to record Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 4:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks advanced slightly Friday as investors cheered the quarterly results of three large technology companies: Google, Microsoft and Amazon. Next week, more than 150 companies in the S&P 500 will report their results, including such market-moving names as Apple, Ford, Visa, Pfizer and Exxon Mobil. Microsoft, Amazon and Google all rose sharply after the...

  • April 23- Starbucks Corp said on Thursday sales at its coffee shops in the Americas region grew more than expected, boosted by sales of breakfast sandwiches, lunch and new drinks, such as Flat White. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months were up 7 percent in the Americas region for the fiscal second quarter ended March 29. Starbucks' Americas region, which...

  • Domino's and Dunkin' Brands are big market movers Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 5:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Domino's Pizza Inc., up $9.43 to $109.23. PulteGroup Inc, down $1.72 to $19.97.

  • Republic Services tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    PHOENIX _ Republic Services Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $172.4 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Republic Services shares have dropped roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen roughly 3...