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*Google shares up after deal with Lenovo Group. *Facebook shares rally as results beat expectations. Facebook Inc shares jumped 16 percent to $61.96, boosting the Nasdaq index which rose more than 1 percent.
Shares of Potash Corp, the world's biggest producer of the crop nutrient by capacity, dropped 4.2 percent in New York to $30.50, their lowest level in three months. Even so, 2014 looks like a bottom year for Potash Corp, he said, with more attractive fundamentals falling into place after that.
Jan 30- Viacom Inc said on Thursday it expects advertising revenue from its cable networks like MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon to improve this quarter, sending shares up 2.4 percent. Viacom is the first of the big media conglomerates to shed light on the U.S. advertising environment this year.
Jan 30- Franklin Resources Inc said on Thursday its quarterly profit rose 17 percent as market gains drove up assets, helping the fund manager beat analysts' expectations and sending its shares up 2 percent in early trading.
*Google shares up after deal with Lenovo Group. *Facebook shares rally after results beat expectations. *Google Inc shares rose 2.7 percent in premarket trading, a day after Lenovo Group said it would buy the internet search giant's Motorola handset division for $2.91 billion.
Jan 30- PulteGroup Inc, the No.2 U.S. homebuilder, reported a 9 percent rise in revenue from home sales as low supply allowed the company to sell houses at higher prices, sending its shares up 5 percent before the bell.
Jan 29- Shares of KaloBios Pharmaceuticals Inc fell nearly 50 percent in extended trade after the company said it would stop developing an asthma drug that failed in a mid-stage study.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29- Facebook Inc's fourth-quarter revenue jumped 63 percent, beating Wall Street targets, as the Internet company's mobile ad sales continued to accelerate. Shares of Facebook were up 7 percent at $57.36 in after-hours trading on Wednesday.
Jan 29- Yahoo Inc's shares fell 7.5 percent as the company's declining revenue tempered investor confidence in CEO Marissa Mayer's turnaround efforts, prompting several analysts to cut their price targets on the stock.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28- Video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc lowered its 2015 revenue forecast on Tuesday as the arrival of new Xbox and PlayStation 4 consoles is resulting in weaker sales of games for older consoles.
NEW YORK, Jan 28- AT&T Inc, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, had slower wireless subscriber growth in the latest quarter than Wall Street had estimated, sending its shares down 1.6 percent in late trade. AT&T's growth also trailed market leader Verizon Wireless which had 1.6 million subscriber additions, and No. 4 U.S. mobile service T-Mobile US., which had 869,000..
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 28- Yahoo Inc's revenue during the last three months of 2013 declined for the fourth consecutive quarter as weak online display ad sales weighed on results. Shares of Yahoo were down 5.8 percent at $36 in after-hours trading on Tuesday. Yahoo said fourth-quarter revenue was $1.266 billion, compared to $1.346 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Jan 28- Virtualization software maker VMware Inc's quarterly profit came in slightly above analysts' average estimate, helped by higher revenue from license sales. Net income rose to $335 million, or 77 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $206 million, or 47 cents per share, a year earlier.
Jan 28- Hedge fund billionaire Carl Icahn said he bought another half a billion dollars' worth of Apple Inc stock on Tuesday, signaling confidence in the iPhone maker even after it gave a disappointing revenue forecast for the current quarter. The investment, Icahn's third in Apple in less than a week, boosts the value of stake in the company to more than $4 billion.
*Adj profit 59 cents a share vs Street view 55 cents. Jan 28- American Airlines Group Inc, the world's biggest carrier after merging with US Airways last year, reported better-than-expected adjusted profit and revenue as fares climbed and fuel costs fell, sending its shares up 3.4 percent.
*Shares hit a high of $26.45, valuing company at $9.19 bln. Jan 23- Shares of Santander Consumer USA Holding Inc, the auto-finance unit of Spanish bank Santander SA, rose as much as 10 percent in their U.S. market debut as investors expect the company to benefit from rising auto sales. As of Sept. 30, about $850 billion of auto loans were outstanding in the United States.
Jan 28- Printer maker Lexmark International Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly results, helped by higher revenue from its managed print services and software businesses, sending its shares up 7 percent before the bell.
Jan 28- Comcast Corp posted higher fourth-quarter revenue on Tuesday, raised its dividend and authorized a new share repurchase program, sparking a 3 percent jump in its shares in premarket trading.
Jan 28- Pfizer Inc reported better than expected fourth-quarter results, helped by sales of new treatments for cancer, nerve pain and arthritis, sending shares 3 percent higher in premarket trading.
SHANGHAI, Jan 28- Shares of Shaanxi Coal Industry Co Ltd jumped in their Shanghai debut but came off earlier stratospheric highs in a roller coaster day as China's newly reopened initial public offering market drew out aggressive punters.