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  • *Putin calls for pro- Moscow separatists to postpone secession vote. Risk assets were also underpinned by signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote.

  • *Putin calls for pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a secession vote. Federal Reserve chief and signs of easing tensions in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin called on pro- Moscow separatists to postpone a succession vote.

  • DETROIT, May 7- Tesla Motors Inc, led by billionaire Elon Musk, on Wednesday offered an outlook for the second quarter that disappointed some investors, sending shares down 7 percent in after-hours trading. The Palo Alto, California- based company reported a first-quarter net loss of almost $50 million, compared with last year's first-ever quarterly profit.

  • Ford plans $1.8 billion stock buyback Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 6:04 PM ET

    Ford says it will buy back up to about 116 million shares of company stock worth about $1.8 billion.

  • May 7- SolarCity Corp, the largest residential solar panel installer in the United States, raised its full-year forecast for installations after reporting a smaller first-quarter loss. SolarCity's shares rose as much as 9 percent after the bell.

  • DirecTV talking to advisers on possible AT&T merger Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 5:12 PM ET

    DirecTV is working with advisers including Goldman Sachs to weigh a possible merger with AT&T, according to Dow Jones, which cited sources.

  • DETROIT, May 7- Tesla Motors Inc, led by billionaire Elon Musk, on Wednesday said plans for its new lithium-ion battery plant were on track but its outlook for the second quarter disappointed some investors, sending shares down more than 6 percent in after-hours trading.

  • May 7- King Digital Entertainment Plc's stock plummeted about 15 percent on Wednesday as signs that the company may be losing steam overshadowed better-than-expected quarterly results from the maker of hit mobile game "Candy Crush Saga." King's shares dropped to $15.90 in afternoon trading.

  • May 7- Higher gas prices helped Chesapeake Energy Corp beat expectations with a big jump in quarterly profit Wednesday and the company hiked its production forecast for the year, sending its shares up more than 2 percent in midday trading.

  • *Hydrogenics shares down as much as 15 pct. May 7- Canadian fuel cell maker Hydrogenics Corp's quarterly net loss tripled as costs jumped and customers delayed taking deliveries, driving the company's shares down as much as 15 percent. Hydrogenics' results also weighed on the shares of rival fuel cell makers Ballard Power Systems Inc and Fuel Cell Energy Inc..

  • May 7- King Digital Entertainment Plc's stock plummeted about 10.5 percent on Wednesday, even as the maker of the popular mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" reported better-than-expected first-quarter results. The stock has not touched its IPO price of $22.50 since King went public on March 26.

  • May 7- AOL Inc reported a rise in first-quarter revenue on Wednesday, boosted by a surge in advertising sales through its automated electronic exchange, but profit fell. Shares of AOL dropped 12 percent to $38.62 as the company reported adjusted earnings per share of 34 cents.

  • Hong Kong shares down, hit by U.S. tech sell-off Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | 4:09 AM ET

    BEIJING, May 7- Hong Kong shares finished down on Wednesday, as concerns about valuations of property and tech stocks hurt investor confidence after a U.S. tech sell-off. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong was down 0.9 percent.

  • *Sees 2014 adj loss of $2.10- $2.30/ share vs prev forecast of $2.00- $2.20. May 6- Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc forecast a bigger loss this year as it spends more on developing new products, sending its shares down as much as 10 percent in extended trading. FireEye also said it would acquire privately held nPulse Technologies for about $70 million.

  • May 6- Cybersecurity company FireEye Inc reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue but said it expects a bigger loss in 2014 as it spends more on developing new products. Shares of FireEye, which went public last September, fell as much as 8 percent in extended trading.

  • May 6- Media company Walt Disney Co on Tuesday reported higher profit that beat Wall Street expectations for the quarter that ended in March, boosted by the continued strength of its blockbuster animated film "Frozen."

  • UPDATE 2-Twitter shares slump as stock lock-up expires Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 12:15 PM ET

    May 6- Shares of Twitter Inc fell more than 12 percent in morning trading on Tuesday after the expiration of a six-month "lock-up" period for early investors that had restricted the sale of about 82 percent of the company's equity.

  • May 6- Office Depot Inc said it would close at least 400 stores in the United States over two years as it looks to consolidate operations after acquiring OfficeMax, and the company raised its forecast for full-year adjusted operating income.

  • May 6- Shares of Twitter Inc fell more than 10 percent in early trading on Tuesday after the expiration of a six-month "lock-up" period for early investors that had restricted the sale of about 82 percent of the company's equity. Twitter's IPO was priced at $26 per share.

  • *Apple shares in spotlight after closing above $600. *Shares of Office Depot Inc jumped 10 percent in premarket trading even as it reported a quarterly loss and said it would shut at least 400 stores in the United States, hurt by competition from e-retailers, mass market chains and drugstores.