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  • *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.

  • April 23- Safeway Inc on Wednesday said it plans to boost results by passing higher costs for meat, produce and other staples on to shoppers at its U.S. grocery stores, sending shares up 1.4 percent.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 23- Qualcomm Inc on Wednesday posted its smallest quarterly revenue increase since 2010 as it wrestles with a smartphone market that is losing steam and shifting to China, sending its shares lower.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St snaps six-day run; Apple to split stock Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 PM ET

    *AT&T falls after results, but Boeing rallies. *Amgen drags biotech lower, but Gilead gains. NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday to snap a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech sector.

  • Cheesecake Factory says weather hits profit, shares fall Wednesday, 23 Apr 2014 | 4:51 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES, April 23- Cheesecake Factory Inc on Wednesday reported quarterly profit that fell from a year ago, due to severe winter weather, a holiday shift and costs associated with the pending settlement of a legal claim.

  • *AT&T falls after results, but Boeing rallies. *Amgen drags biotech lower, but Gilead gains. NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. stocks dipped on Wednesday to snap a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech sector.

  • *Wall Street edges lower after six-day S&P rally. In Europe, rising worries over Ukraine also weighed, offsetting data that showed Germany continued to power the euro zone's recovery. Strong results from Boeing failed to inspire Wall Street investors to keep pushing equities higher.

  • *AT&T falls after results, but Boeing rallies. *Amgen drags biotech lower, but Gilead gains. NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. stocks declined on Wednesday after a six-session winning streak as gains in Boeing and Gilead were offset by slides in AT&T and the wider biotech sector.