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  • NEW YORK, April 17- The Federal Reserve logged $84 billion in net profit last year on its massive portfolio of assets, and average income will probably remain higher than before the financial crisis for another decade to come, according to an annual report.

  • Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching on Thursday. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby— provided they have the feature turned on.

  • April 17- A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to compel General Motors Co to tell customers to stop driving millions of cars that have been recalled for defective ignition switches.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Former Goldman Sachs Group Inc director Rajat Gupta is expected to begin his two-year prison term on June 17 for insider trading.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, said on Thursday its first-quarter profit rose 20 percent, boosted by strong performance fees and strength in its retail business as investors poured money into long-term funds.

  • TREASURIES-Prices fall on strong data, before supply Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:31 PM ET

    NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank also said factory activity in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region expanded in April at a faster clip than expected.

  • Quarterly results from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and General Electric improved risk sentiment, though results from tech heavyweights Google and IBM Corp were disappointing. "When we look at the U.S. results coming out today, there was a predominantly positive beat overall," Gerhard Schwarz, head of equity strategy at Baader Bank, said.

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:06 PM ET

    He also was accused of trying to persuade a witness to not speak to the FBI. Chatwal raised at least $100,000 for Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign against Barack Obama.

  • Vintage Capital withdraws $2.2B offer for Aaron's Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Vintage Capital Management said Thursday it is withdrawing its offer to buy retailer Aaron's, citing the company's continued struggles and its decision to buy lease-to-own furniture seller Progressive Finance.

  • SEOUL, April 18- Samsung Electronics Co said on Friday it would license its latest chip manufacturing technology to U.S. firm GlobalFoundries, a move that would help it expand production as it vies with bigger rival TSMC for orders from customers like Apple Inc.

  • "The economy is stronger than you think," said Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ in New York. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday, staying close to a 6-1/ 2 year low touched the prior week.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St little changed amid earnings flurry Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:08 AM ET

    *Google, IBM shares fall a day after posting earnings. NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. stocks were little changed in choppy trading on Thursday following three days of gains, as underwhelming results from tech giants Google and IBM were offset by upbeat quarterly numbers including those from Morgan Stanley and General Electric.

  • Blackstone 1Q net income up 58 percent Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    An adjusted profit measure favored by the private equity industry— economic net income, which strips out charges tied to employee stock grants from Blackstone's 2007 initial public offering of stock— rose 30 percent to $813.9 million, or 70 cents per unit, from $628.3 million, or 55 cents per unit.

  • Wal-Mart jumps into the money transfer biz, loudly Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Wal-Mart is offering another incentive to its customers to spend more time at its stores. The Walmart -2- Walmart service is being rolled out in partnership with Ria Money Transfer, a subsidiary of Euronet Worldwide Inc..

  • *Morgan Stanley says "strong performance" bolstered FICC. LONDON/ NEW YORK, April 17- Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley both cited stronger commodities trading as a bright spot in the first quarter, fueled at least in part by extraordinary volatility amid the coldest U.S. winter in three decades.

  • Barnes & Noble chairman sells 3.7M shares Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:24 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Barnes& Noble's founder and largest shareholder Leonard Riggio sold 3.7 million shares in the bookseller, his second such move in five months. Shares of Barnes& Noble fell 4 percent in premarket trading.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- U.S. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits ticked up 2,000 to a seasonally adjusted 304,000 for the week ended April 12, the Labor Department said on Thursday. "There is follow-through from yesterday, there was significant selling in the middle of the curve," said Tom Tucci, head of Treasuries trading at CIBC in New York.

  • *Inflow of $5.8 bln so far after 2013 outflow. LONDON, April 17- Money is flowing back into commodity investments this year as the sector has broken out of lock-step with other asset classes and outperformed them, attracting investors who aim to diversify portfolios.

  • 4 Non Blondes to reunite for 1 night at LA event Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:05 AM ET

    NEW YORK— What's up with 4 Non Blondes? The' 90 s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Linda Perry, the band's former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for years.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- BlackRock Inc, the world's largest money manager, said on Thursday its first-quarter profit rose 20 percent, boosted by strong performance fees and strength in its retail business as investors poured money into long-term funds.

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