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  • Vanguard CEO defends high-frequency trading firms Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 4:47 PM ET
    Bill McNabb, chairman, president and CEO of Vanguard Group Inc.

    Bill McNabb dismissed suggestions that the stock market is "rigged."

  • *Wall St ends down on Ukraine; weak Ford, Amazon results weigh. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. and world stock indexes fell on Friday as tensions between Ukraine and Russia weighed heavily on global equity markets and the rouble, while yields on the 30- year U.S.

  • *S&P downgrades Russia credit rating. NEW YORK, April 25- Yields on U.S. 30- year bonds fell to their lowest in more than nine months on Friday, sliding for a fourth straight session, as investors sought the safety of bonds after Russia unexpectedly raised rates hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • *Amazon shares fall after results; Visa, Ford also down. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. stocks fell on Friday, pulled lower by a decline in consumer discretionary stocks, as bellwether names Amazon.com and Ford Motor fell in the wake of their quarterly earnings. Amazon was the S&P 500' s worst performer, down 9.3 percent, and other high-flying sectors were dropping with it.

  • *Wall St down on Ukraine fears; weak results from Ford, Amazon. NEW YORK, April 25- Wall Street fell sharply on Friday as tensions between Ukraine and Russia weighed heavily on global equity markets and the rouble, while yields on the 30- year U.S.

  • *S&P downgrades Russia credit rating. Treasury prices rose across the board on Friday, as investors sought the safety of government bonds after Russia unexpectedly raised interest rates hours after the S&P downgraded the country's credit rating.

  • *No tech bubble seen in Europe since fewer big web firms. PARIS, April 25- European technology stocks are ripe for a rebound as investors look for bargains following a sharp sell-off in pricey U.S. tech and internet firms that spilled over into Europe and Asia.

  • *Incentives in North America up on aging vehicle lineup. DETROIT, April 25- Ford Motor Co posted a lower-than-expected first-quarter profit on Friday as the No. 2 U.S. automaker saw $400 million in higher warranty costs in North America, sending shares down 3.4 percent.

  • *Microsoft rises as earnings beat expectations. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. stocks fell on Friday as a number of bellwether names, including Amazon and Ford, fell following their quarterly results, overshadowing positive numbers from Microsoft.

  • *Incentives in North America up on aging vehicle lineup. DETROIT, April 25- Ford Motor Co posted lower-than-expected first-quarter profit on Friday as the No. 2 U.S. automaker saw higher warranty costs in North America for older vehicles by $400 million, sending shares down 2 percent in premarket trading.

  • *Microsoft rises as earnings beat expectations. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as a number of bellwether names, including Amazon and Ford, fell following their quarterly results, overshadowing positive numbers from Microsoft.

  • SINGAPORE, April 25- U.S. wheat futures stretched gains to a fourth session running on Friday on supply risks due to dry U.S. weather and mounting tensions in Ukraine. *Chicago Board of Trade wheat for July delivery was up half a percent at $7.00 a bushel by 0049 GMT, adding to Thursday's 2 percent jump.

  • *Apple rallies a day after announcing 7- for-1 stock split. *Caterpillar gains after results; Verizon, 3 M fall. NEW YORK, April 24- The Nasdaq rose modestly in a choppy session on Thursday, lifted by a rally in Apple shares a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held the broader market in check.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Amazon.com Inc reported higher-than-expected revenue growth in the first quarter and boosted its investments in technology, content and warehouses as the e-commerce giant branches out into new businesses.

  • *Apple rallies a day after announcing 7- for-1 stock split. *Caterpillar gains after results; Verizon, 3 M fall. NEW YORK, April 24- The Nasdaq rose modestly in choppy trade on Thursday as Apple's shares rallied a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held back the broader market.

  • DETROIT, April 24- General Motors Co's first-quarter profit tumbled 88 percent on Thursday due to the massive recall for defective ignition switches, and shares fell 1.3 percent after the company said expectations for the rest of the year must be trimmed.

  • *Apple rallies, announces 7- for-1 stock split. *Caterpillar gains after results; Verizon, 3 M fall. NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Thursday as Apple and Caterpillar were the latest high-profile names to post bullish results, though gains were limited by a resurgence of concerns related to Ukraine.

  • *Russia launches army drills near Ukraine border. NEW YORK, April 24- Global stock markets and the dollar pulled back from strong early gains on Thursday on worries about rising tensions in Ukraine, but U.S. technology shares were higher on upbeat earnings from Apple and Facebook.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat as Ukraine offsets Apple rally Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

    *Apple rallies, announces 7- for-1 stock split. *Caterpillar gains after results; Verizon, 3 M fall. NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. stocks were flat in volatile trading on Thursday, with indexes cutting early gains on a resurgence of concerns related to Ukraine, though Apple jumped following its results.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to higher open on tech results Thursday, 24 Apr 2014 | 8:47 AM ET

    *Tech results lift Nasdaq futures, Apple and Facebook rally. NEW YORK, April 24- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Thursday, with Nasdaq futures jumping more than 1 percent following a pair of blowout results from technology stalwarts Apple and Facebook.