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April 18- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, reported on Thursday a 28 percent rise in profit in the first quarter of 2013, as its private equity, real estate, credit and hedge fund units successfully sold assets.
UnitedHealth Group said on Thursday that its first-quarter profit had fallen, in part because of lower U.S. government payments for its private Medicare services and prescription plans for older Americans.
April 18- Verizon Communications Inc posted a higher than expected quarterly profit driven by strength in its wireless business, sending its shares up 2 percent in early trade.
*First-qtr profit $958 bln vs loss $119 mln a year earlier. April 18- Morgan Stanley reported a stronger-than-expected first-quarter profit of $958 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $119 million, as its wealth management business grew.
April 18- Morgan Stanley said on Thursday it saw lower revenue from commodities trading in the first quarter from a year before, as its risk in trading in those markets also fell. "Fixed Income& Commodities sales and trading net revenues were $1.5 billion compared with $2.6 billion a year ago reflecting declines in commodities and rates," the Wall Street bank said.
April 18- Baxter International Inc on Thursday said its quarterly net earnings fell slightly, as expected, on acquisition-related costs. First-quarter net earnings were $552 million, or $1.00 per share, in the first quarter, compared with $588 million, or $1.04 per share, in the year-earlier period.
April 18- PepsiCo Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Thursday, as price increases helped margins and the company stood by its full-year forecast.
April 18- Morgan Stanley reported a first-quarter profit of $958 million, compared with a year-earlier loss of $119 million, driven by strong growth in its institutional securities business.
LJUBLJANA, April 18- Slovenia, which is struggling to avoid an international bailout, has mandated three foreign banks to explore funding opportunities, the euro zone member's finance ministry said on Thursday.
Net earnings were $552 million, or $1.00 per share, in the first quarter, compared with $588 million, or $1.04 per share, in the year-earlier period.
DETROIT, April 18- AutoNation Inc, the largest U.S. auto dealer group, on Thursday posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on increased demand for both new and used cars. Net income in the first quarter increased about 14 percent to $83 million, or 67 cents a share, compared with $73 million, or 55 cents a share, in the year-earlier quarter.
HELSINKI, April 18- Analysts' reactions to Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia's Q1 results. "They are on a right track and we can see a much better year for Nokia smartphones. "I think when Nokia gets to over 10 million of Windows phone 8... volume that will keep Nokia in the game."
HELSINKI, April 18- Analysts' reaction to Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia's Q1 results. MIKAEL RAUTANEN, ANALYST AT INDERES EQUITY RESEARCH. "The group result was a bit better than expected, but the outlook for the second quarter was more important this time, and that was a bit of a disappointment.
April 18- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday that its first-quarter profit had fallen, in part because of lower government payments for its private Medicare services and prescription plans for older Americans.
NEW YORK, April 17- Proxy advisory firm ISS said on Wednesday that MetroPCS Communications Inc shareholders should vote in favor of the wireless service provider's merger with T-Mobile USA because the proposed terms of the deal were sweetened.
*1st- qtr earnings per share $1.15 vs estimates $1.12. April 17- Credit card company American Express Co's quarterly revenue came in below analysts' expectations as cardmember spending growth remained muted. However, American Express's billed business was up 6 percent at $224.5 billion and total cards in force crossed 100 million during the quarter.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- U.S. memory chipmaker SanDisk on Wednesday posted quarterly results above expectations, helped by growing sales of solid-state drives. SanDisk's revenue rose 11 percent year-over-year to $1.34 billion in the January-March quarter.
April 17- Procter& Gamble Co is increasing the time it takes to pay for supplies and offering financing to help mitigate the impact a longer payment cycle could have on small and midsize businesses, the household products maker told suppliers earlier this month.
*Cyprus parliament to vote on bailout- attorney general. NICOSIA, April 17- A 10 billion euro aid deal to save Cyprus from bankruptcy has been thrown into fresh uncertainty with news that the country's fractious parliament will vote on the final package.
April 17- Medical device maker St. Jude Medical Inc said on Wednesday first-quarter profit rose as lower expenses outweighed a decline in sales but warned that full-year revenue will be hurt by foreign exchange effects.