• Twitter to report earnings after market close. NEW YORK, April 29- U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday following better-than-expected earnings from Merck& Co and Sprint Corp.. The Dow Jones industrial average was outperforming the broader market as component Merck& Co' s shares jumped nearly 3 percent to $58.42 after its earnings report.

  • *Twitter to report earnings after the bell. *EU sanctions 15 politicians, military leaders over Ukraine. Britain's Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc also confirmed it was in talks to buy Merck& Co's consumer health business, the latest asset up for grabs in a wave of recent pharmaceutical deals.

  • China shares halt losing streak on solid earnings Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    BEIJING, April 29- China's two main indexes broke four-day losing streaks on Tuesday, as a strong earnings report from insurance giant Ping An spurred solid gains. Ping An Insurance Group of China Co Ltd had a strong impact on both indexes after it reported a 46 percent rise in first-quarter profit, sending its shares up 2.6 percent.

  • Why we can survive in the iPad era: Lego CEO Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 7:18 PM ET

    While it seems that kids are playing with touchscreens more than toys, Lego Group is confident that the building-blocks will remain relevant forever.

  • Does M&A activity suggest US tax code is broken? Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 4:24 PM ET

    Pfizer's $100 billion offer to acquire British rival AstraZeneca is an effort to achieve an "efficient" tax structure, the company said.

  • NEW YORK, April 28- Shares of AstraZeneca surged on Monday after a takeover offer, lifting global equity markets on speculation of further corporate deal-making, while crude oil prices fell on increased U.S. sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Shares in Russian oil company Rosneft and its major shareholder British BP fell on Monday after the United States announced sanctions against Rosneft's Chief Executive Igor Sechin over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Shares of the company, whose cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruise, fell as much as 3.2 percent in early trading. Royal Caribbean said its cruise operations were hurt by several mishaps in the first quarter. Royal Caribbean has also been struggling to boost sales in the Caribbean, its biggest market.

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Shares in Russian oil company Rosneft fell on Monday after the United States announced sanctions against its chief executive, Igor Sechin, over the Ukraine crisis.


  • TORONTO, April 28- Newmont Mining Corp has terminated merger talks with Barrick Gold Corp. The news sent shares of Newmont sliding 5.5 percent to $25 in New York trading before the market opened, while Barrick was slightly higher. Toronto- based Barrick and smaller rival Newmont have considered merging on numerous occasions in the past two decades.

  • *Susser shares rise 14 pct before the bell. April 28- Pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners LP said it would buy Susser Holdings Corp in a cash-and-stock deal valued at $1.8 billion to expand its retail gasoline business to Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

  • BEIJING, April 28- Hong Kong shares finished down 0.4 percent on Monday, with index heavyweight Tencent the biggest drag as investors worried that a clampdown on online video might affect its revenue. Shares in Tencent fell 2.9 percent, after China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television banned four popular U.S.

  • French warn GE as Siemens plans Alstom hijack Monday, 28 Apr 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    GE chief executive, Jeff Immelt, met French officials Monday to discuss the U.S. company's bid for Alstom amid news of a rival bid from Siemens of Germany.

  • TOKYO, April 28- Tokyo's Nikkei fell on Monday, weighed down by a drop on Wall Street and as tensions in the Ukraine drove up the yen. With the earnings season in swing, lacklustre corporate estimates also dampened sentiment, with Honda Motor Co falling 4.5 percent after its net profit forecast for the year through March 2015 came in well below market expectations.

  • *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.

  • *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.

  • US STOCKS-Futures fall as Ukraine offsets Microsoft Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    *Microsoft shares rise after results, Amazon down. NEW YORK, April 25- U.S. stock index futures edged lower on Friday as intensifying violence in Ukraine and weakness in Amazon.com overshadowed positive results from Microsoft Corp.. *Amazon fell 2 percent to $330.25 after posting a jump in revenue that was offset by sharp increases in spending.

  • European shares slip as Ukraine crisis deepens Friday, 25 Apr 2014 | 6:10 AM ET

    PARIS, April 25- European shares fell on Friday as new signs of violence in Ukraine weighed on stock markets that had recently been buoyed by corporate takeover activity. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk accused Russia of wanting to start World War Three by occupying Ukraine "militarily and politically", in some of the strongest language he has used.

  • BEIJING, April 25- Hong Kong shares fell on Friday as concerns about the state of China's economy and the health of the banking sector clouded positive earnings from several H-share listings. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong was down 1.2 percent by the lunch break.