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  • Varian 3Q profit drops 5.1 percent Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:25 PM ET

    PALO ALTO, Calif.— Varian Medical Systems Inc. on Wednesday reported earnings that decreased by 5.1 percent in its fiscal third quarter. The Palo Alto, California- based company said profit decreased to $107.1 million, or $1.02 per share, from $112.8 million, or $1.03 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.

  • However, the report from the Generic Pharmaceutical Association said REMS have been used to prevent generic drugmakers from getting branded medicine to test their own versions, which is required to win FDA approval.

  • Gilead profit more than quadruples on hep C drug Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:11 PM ET

    FOSTER CITY, Calif.— Gilead Sciences Inc. on Wednesday reported profit that more than quadrupled in its second quarter, topping analysts' expectations on sales of its new breakthrough drug for hepatitis C.

  • Hong Kong at risk of losing retail rent crown Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Hong Kong rents facing first fall in a decade- CBRE. Hong Kong shop store rents stood at around HK $4,331 per square foot in the first quarter- about 25 percent higher than those in New York and almost triple similar rents in Paris, the world's second and third most expensive cities for retailers respectively, according to property services firm CBRE.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- Wages may be growing at a faster clip than envisaged by U.S. policymakers, with a recent raft of business surveys showing an increase in the number of companies raising compensation.

  • US wildlife officials propose limiting snake trade Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 PM ET

    HONOLULU— Federal wildlife officials recently proposed strict nationwide limits on importing and shipping boa constrictors and four other snake species in an effort to prevent them from being introduced into the wild.

  • *Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record on Apple's bullish results, though Boeing weighed on the Dow and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept the broader market's gains in check.

  • Qualcomm 3Q profit rises, but outlook disappoints Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— Qualcomm Inc. on Wednesday reported net income that climbed by 42 percent in its fiscal third quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. But its earnings guidance for the current quarter fell short of Wall Street estimates, and Qualcomm stock fell $3.95, or 4.8 percent, to $77.65 in aftermarket trading.

  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle' Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:45 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion.

  • Cheaper wireless plans cut into AT&T 2Q profit Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:41 PM ET

    NEW YORK— AT&T Inc. on Wednesday posted lower net income for the latest quarter due to cheaper cellphone plans it introduced as a response to aggressive pricing from smaller competitor T-Mobile US. AT&T shares fell 51 cents to $35.37 in extended trading after the release of the results. The Dallas company said it earned $3.55 billion, or 68 cents per share.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- A hedge fund with over $400 million in Puerto Rico bonds has joined a legal challenge against a law that allows the U.S. New York- based BlueMountain Capital Management filed a lawsuit in the district court of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, claiming that the new law, known as the Recovery Act, runs counter to both the Puerto Rican and U.S. constitutions.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, July 23- AT&T Inc and the Chernin Group are close to buying a majority slice of Fullscreen, in a deal that will value the popular YouTube video network at $200 million to $300 million, said tech blog Re/code, citing sources familiar with the target company.

  • BRASILIA/ SAO PAULO, July 23- Brazil's Treasury launched $1 billion worth of a new 30- year benchmark global bond on Wednesday and offered to buy back costlier, shorter-dated maturities as it seeks to take advantage of a growing appetite for Brazilian assets.

  • Delta and Apple are big market movers Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:38 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Delta Air Lines Inc., up $1.47 to $39.15. GlaxoSmithKline Plc., down $3.18 to $50.04.

  • Facebook 2Q earnings, revenue soar Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that it earned $788 million, or 30 cents per share, in the April-June period. Adjusted earnings were 42 cents per share, handily beating Wall Street's expectations of 33 cents, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research. This was the fifth quarter in a row that Facebook beat Wall Street's forecasts.

  • Awarded a Pell Grant? Better double-check Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:31 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Potentially tens of thousands of students awarded a Pell Grant or other need-based federal aid for the coming school year could find it taken away because of a mistake in filling out the form. Fewer than 200,000 applicants have been declared eligible when they are not, the Education Department said.

  • *U.S. crude stocks down 4 mln barrels, Cushing down 1.4- EIA. NEW YORK, July 23- Crude oil futures rose on Wednesday, as oil stockpiles in the United States fell more than expected and geopolitical tensions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East persisted.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. long-term Treasury debt prices ended slightly lower on Wednesday in thin trading, but their near-term outlook remained positive on safe-haven demand as global tensions in the Middle East and Ukraine persisted. Treasuries maturing August 2022 through May 2024 as part of its economic stimulus program, also helped keep a lid on yields.

  • US stocks drift higher following mixed earnings Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 4:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher as traders looked over a mixed batch of corporate earnings. The S&P 500 edged up three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,987. That was two points higher than its last record close reached on July 3. Boeing fell 2 percent, the most in the Dow, after reporting disappointing revenue.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Standard& Poor's said on Wednesday it had raised New York state's debt rating by one notch, putting it just under a top investment grade, due to the state government's stronger budgeting practices.