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  • Shares of Microsoft and Caterpillar weighed on U.S. stocks. Microsoft's results showed the main engine of its historic earnings power, selling Windows and Office software to big businesses, is waning. Caterpillar's quarterly profit came in below analysts' expectations and it warned that lower oil prices will hurt 2015 results.

  • *UAE markets stabilise after sell-off. DUBAI, Jan 27- Saudi Arabia's petrochemicals sector surged on Tuesday after OPEC's secretary-general said oil prices might have bottomed out and warned of a jump to $200 a barrel if investment in new supplies became too low. The main Saudi stock index jumped 2.4 percent in the heaviest trade this month, as shares in...

  • Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said net sales would fall 3-4 percent in the full year due to a stronger dollar, sending its shares down 3 percent in premarket trading. Procter& Gamble Co said the exchange rates would reduce full-year sales by 5 percent and profit by 12 percent. Net profit attributable to the company fell...

  • *Pfizer's outlook disappoints, stock slips. *Microsoft shares tumble a day after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stock index futures fell on Tuesday, weighed by company earnings results including those of Microsoft, while concerns lingered over Greece's new anti-bailout government and its implications for the euro zone.

  • Jan 27- Chemicals maker DuPont said it expects to buy back shares up to $4 billion using the dividend from the spinoff of its performance chemicals business. The company also raised its cost reduction target by $300 million to at least $1.3 billion. Net income attributable to DuPont rose to $683 million, or 74 cents per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from...

  • Jan 27- Hong Kong shares snapped a five-day winning streak on Tuesday, dragged down by losses in mainland China markets. Among the most actively traded stocks on Hong Kong's main board were Wai Chun Group Holdings Ltd, up 30.0 percent at HK $0.07, Wai Chun Mining Industry Group Co Ltd, up 65.7 percent at HK $0.18 and Ping Shan Tea Group Ltd, up 4.0 percent at HK $0.08.

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. In deal news, Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp said they would combine to form a packaging company worth $16 billion, with MeadWestvaco shareholders owning a majority stake. Rock-Tenn shares jumped 6.7 percent to $67.19 while MeadWestvaco rose 14.5 percent to $51.59 as the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainer.

  • Jan 26- Packaging companies Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp agreed to form a combined $16 billion company to take on market leader International Paper Co in the United States and abroad. Shares of MeadWestvaco and Rock-Tenn rose to record highs. MeadWestvaco shareholders will have a 50.1 percent stake in the new company, which will be named before the deal...

  • Jan 26- Mattel Inc, the maker of Barbie dolls and Fisher-Price preschool toys, removed chairman and chief executive Bryan Stockton and warned of a fifth straight fall in quarterly sales. Mattel's shares fell as much as 11 percent to a three-year low, but recovered most of the losses to trade down 3 percent. Mattel has been hit hard in recent years as its iconic Barbie...

  • Jan 26- Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc said it would acquire privately held rival MOM Brands Co for about $1.15 billion to expand in the growing bagged and hot cereal categories, sending its shares up as much as 9 percent. U.S. sales of bagged cereals grew 5.6 percent annually in the past four years, even though overall sales of cereals fell, Post said, quoting data...

  • Jan 23- Shares of online data storage provider Box Inc rose as much as 77 percent in their market debut as investors bet on the company's ability to turn profitable in a highly competitive market, boding well for another big year for IPOs. Box's shares, which priced at $14, hit a high of $24.72 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, valuing the...

  • Jan 23- Online data storage provider Box Inc's shares rose as much as 77 percent in their debut on Friday as investors shrugged off concerns about the company's ability to turn profitable in a highly competitive market. Box's shares opened at $20.20 and hit a high of $24.72 in early trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange, valuing the company at nearly $3...

  • Jan 23- Shares of online data storage provider Box Inc rose as much as 50 percent in their debut, valuing the company at about $2.51 billion. Box's shares opened at $20.20 and hit a high of $21.00 in early trading on Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Box's shareholders include venture capital firms Draper Fisher Jurvetson and U.S. Venture Partners, and hedge...

  • Jan 22- Starbucks Corp on Thursday said traffic to its Americas- region stores perked up during the holiday quarter, easing investor jitters about slower growth and boosting shares more than 3 percent in after-hours trading. Sales at Starbucks cafes open at least 13 months were up 5 percent for the U.S.-dominated Americas region in the fiscal first quarter...

  • BOSTON, Jan 20- Fidelity's $110 Billion Contrafund has trimmed a roughly $7 billion stake in Google Inc because of portfolio manager Will Danoff's view that the stock faces a potentially choppy market over the short term. Contrafund is the largest U.S. mutual fund investor in Google's stock, which had been its top holding. But Google shares, down 11 percent over...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Janus Capital Group Inc's new star bond fund manager also turns out to be one of the fund firm's top investors. Shares of the Denver company rose 11 percent on Thursday after fourth-quarter earnings came in above expectations with the help of new hire Bill Gross, even as it acknowledged that half the money in his fund came from Gross himself.

  • UPDATE 1-Agrium shares rise on dividend, buy-back news Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 12:59 PM ET

    Jan 22- Canadian fertilizer and farm retail dealer Agrium Inc said it would pay out a larger percentage of its free cash flow as dividends and buy back up to 5 percent of its shares, driving its stock up as much as 5.6 percent. Agrium said it would pay out 40-50 percent of its free cash flow as dividends, up from its earlier target of 25-35 percent. Agrium, which mines...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- Calling it a play on falling U.S. gas prices, the portfolio manager of the one of the top-performing large-cap value funds over the last decade recently purchased slightly more than 1 million shares of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' Brands shares fell nearly 10 percent over two days after the...

  • Jan 22- Verizon Communications Inc said on Thursday that quarterly revenue rose 6.8 percent as it added more customers during the competitive holiday season but profit margins narrowed in its wireless business due to pricing and promotions. Shares in Verizon fell 2.5 percent to $47.06 on the New York Stock Exchange, while the S&P Telecom Services Sector fell...

  • Jan 22- United Continental Holdings Inc provided a bullish outlook for the coming year on Thursday in part because of lower fuel costs, sending shares up even though its fourth-quarter profit fell short of expectations. "That would be starting off the year on a very, very strong note," said CRT Capital Group analyst Michael Derchin, adding that he could not recall...