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  • *Forest Labs shares soar; Actavis agrees to buy company. NEW YORK, Feb 18- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose on Tuesday, following Wall Street's biggest weekly gain of the year, as merger activity increased confidence that there is value in the stock market even as the benchmark index nears a record high.

  • BlackBerry shares jump on Third Point news Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 12:33 PM ET
    Dan Loeb at 2014 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    BlackBerry shares rose after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smart phone maker.

  • Feb 18- Shares of Prana Biotechnology Ltd rose as much as 31 percent after the company said its experimental brain disorder drug improved cognitive function in a study on patients with Huntington's disease. "In a small trial, you don't expect to hit statistical significance on a secondary endpoint of efficacy," MLV& Co analyst Graig Suvannavejh told Reuters.

  • TORONTO, Feb 18- BlackBerry shares rose more than 6 percent in early trading on Tuesday after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smartphone maker and technology company.

  • UPDATE 2-Coca-Cola sales miss estimates, shares slip Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than the company expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down as much as 4 percent. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States, as people reach for healthier options.

  • Feb 18- Medtronic Inc on Tuesday reported a lower quarterly net profit after it took charges for an experimental blood pressure device that failed to prove effective in a clinical study. Medtronic shares fell 2.3 percent to $55.56 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

  • UPDATE 1-Coca-Cola reports weaker-than-expected sales Tuesday, 18 Feb 2014 | 8:48 AM ET

    Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than it expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down almost 2 percent in premarket trading. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States.

  • Feb 18- Prana Biotechnology Ltd said its experimental drug to treat a hereditary degenerative brain disorder met the main goals of safety and tolerability in a mid-stage study, sending its shares up about 42 percent in premarket trade.

  • Feb 14- Campbell Soup Co, the world's largest soup maker, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by an increase in soup sales during the holiday quarter, sending shares up as much as 7 percent. It also acquired Bolthouse Farms, which makes refrigerated juices and baby carrots in 2012..

  • TORONTO, Feb 13- Bombardier Inc reported a quarterly profit that fell well short of expectations on Thursday and cut its 2014 earnings forecast as it spends heavily on developing its new CSeries jetliner, news that spurred downgrades of its credit rating and pushed its shares sharply lower.

  • Feb 13- Orbitz Worldwide Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and said it was making investments to improve its airline-ticket business, sending its heavily shorted shares up 28 percent for their biggest gain since August.

  • TORONTO, Feb 13- Telus Corp, one of Canada's biggest telecom companies, outpaced its main rivals with a 13- percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and ambitious targets for 2014, helped by expansion in both its wireless and fixed-line businesses.

  • UPDATE 1-Goodyear profit tops estimates; shares surge Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    Feb 13- Goodyear Tire& Rubber Co, one of the world's largest tire companies, posted a higher-than-expected fourth-quarter profit on Thursday and said it had fully funded its hourly U.S. pension plan, sending its shares up as much as 7.6 percent. Goodyear funded its U.S. plan with $1.15 billion in cash.

  • Rio Tinto CEO: China aiming for resource security Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 12:36 PM ET
    Conveyor belts transport copper ore at the processing plant of Rio Tinto Group's Northparkes copper and gold underground block cave mine in Parkes, New South Wales, Australia, on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012.

    Global miner Rio Tinto reported a 45 percent jump in second-half profit on Thursday, beating market forecasts.

  • Comcast in $45 billion Time Warner Cable deal Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 8:17 AM ET
    Comcast Center headquarters in Philadelphia.

    Comcast Chairman and CEO Brian Roberts said he's confident the deal to acquire Time Warner Cable will be approved.

  • Publicis CEO: Comcast-Time Warner deal 'sensible' Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 4:01 AM ET
    Omnicom CEO John Wren and Publicis CEO Maurice Levy after announcing a merger of their companies

    The CEO of French advertising agency Publicis has described the expected tie-up between Comcast and Time Warner Cable, as the "sensible" thing to do.

  • HONG KONG, Feb 13- Hong Kong shares slipped from three-week highs on Thursday, with changes in index components driving major price moves while investors took some profits after robust gains in the past week.

  • TOKYO, Feb 13- Investors' profit-taking on Thursday brought Asian markets off three-week highs notched a day earlier on the back of reassuring comments from the Federal Reserve's new chairwoman, Janet Yellen, over the prospects for U.S. growth.

  • *Prada sinks after 2013 sales growth misses estimates. HONG KONG, Feb 13- Hong Kong shares slipped from three-week highs on Thursday, with index reviews driving major price moves and as investors took stock of recent robust gains ahead of more China data.

  • *Forecasts first-quarter revenue $62 mln- $63 mln vs est $60.6 mln. Feb 12- Real estate website operator Zillow Inc warned that near-term profit would be hit due to higher advertising costs, sending its shares down 3 percent in after-hours trading.