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  • *MasterCard's strong results also boosts Visa. *Starwood Hotels hits record high. April 29- U.S. stocks slipped on Wednesday after data showed that economic growth braked more sharply than expected in the first quarter, and ahead of the U.S.

  • Commerce Department data showed U.S. gross domestic product expanded at an only 0.2 percent annual rate, marking the weakest reading in a year, leading to a lower open on Wall Street. The data also hit European shares, which already suffered from weak corporate results from companies including Delhaize and Norsk Hydro. The low-rate environment is a bubble in...

  • Grain mostly higher, livestock mostly higher Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:53 AM ET

    CHICAGO— Grain futures were higher Wednesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery was unchanged at $4.7625 a bushel; July corn was 2.25 cents higher at $3.6675 a bushel; July oats were unchanged at $2.4075 a bushel; while July soybeans rose 7.25 cents to 9.8450 a bushel. June live cattle was. 57 cent lower at $1.5055 a pound; August...

  • *MasterCard' s strong results also boosts Visa. *Starwood Hotels hits record high. April 29- U.S. stocks fell at the open on Wednesday after data showed that economic growth braked more sharply than expected in the first quarter, and ahead of the U.S.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks are opening mostly lower as traders reacted to weak U.S. economic growth and some disappointing earnings. Garmin and Buffalo Wild Wings were among the stocks that fell after reporting disappointing earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 70 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,037 as of 9:35 a.m. Eastern time.

  • Asian stocks fall after US reports meager 1Q growth Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 9:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK— News that the economy skidded to a near halt in the first three months of the year helped push the stock market lower on Wednesday. Battered by harsh weather, plunging exports and sharp cutbacks in oil and gas drilling, the overall economy grew at a barely discernible annual rate of 0.2 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department reported early...

  • *GoPro jumps after forecasts comes in above estimates. April 29- U.S. stock index futures fell further on Wednesday after data showed that the U.S. economic growth stalled in the first quarter and ahead of the outcome of the two-day Federal Reserve meeting. The low-rate environment is a bubble in itself and its like riding a balloon until the pin pops, "said Andre...

  • 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,...

  • Exelon beats 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    CHICAGO _ Exelon Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $738 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. Exelon shares have dropped 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased nearly 3 percent.

  • Hudson City Bancorp posts 1Q profit Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    PARAMUS, N.J. _ Hudson City Bancorp Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $5.9 million. Hudson City Bancorp shares have declined slightly more than 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed nearly 3 percent. Keywords: Hudson City Bancorp, Earnings Report.

  • Southern Co. misses 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    ATLANTA _ Southern Co. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $525 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 57 cents per share. Southern Co. shares have dropped 9 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed almost 3 percent.

  • MeadWestvaco meets 1Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 7:48 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va. _ MeadWestvaco Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $31 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 27 cents per share. MeadWestvaco shares have climbed 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen roughly 3 percent.

  • CBRE tops Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 6:42 AM ET

    LOS ANGELES _ CBRE Group Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter net income of $92.9 million. CBRE expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.90 to $1.95 per share. CBRE shares have risen 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed almost 3 percent.

  • 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...

  • Cincinnati Financial posts 1Q profit Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:45 PM ET

    FAIRFIELD, Ohio _ Cincinnati Financial Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $128 million. Cincinnati Financial shares have climbed almost 2 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed nearly 3 percent. Keywords: Cincinnati Financial, Earnings Report.

  • 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...

  • SAN MATEO, Calif.— Shares of GoPro Inc. rose in extended trading Tuesday after the action video camera maker posted solid first-quarter results. GoPro also said it will buy Kolor, a French company that makes "stitching" technology that allows users to combine multiple photos or videos into a high-resolution panoramic or spherical whole. GoPro reported its net...

  • Western Digital misses Street 3Q forecasts Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    IRVINE, Calif. _ Western Digital Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $384 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.92 per share. Western Digital shares have declined 12 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed roughly 3 percent.

  • *Merck has best day since January 2014. April 28- The Dow and S&P 500 ended a volatile session higher on Tuesday, helped by strong earnings from Merck and gains in IBM after it boosted its dividend, while the Nasdaq fell with Apple. IBM shares rose 1.9 percent to $173.92, giving the Dow its biggest boost.

  • Edison International beats 1Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 4:24 PM ET

    ROSEMEAD, Calif. _ Edison International on Tuesday reported first-quarter net income of $318 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 78 cents per share. Edison International shares have declined roughly 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed...