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  • Earnings from Microsoft, others drive stocks up Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market is closing out its best week in almost two years as earnings gains from Microsoft and others got investors in a buying mood. Microsoft jumped 3 percent after its earnings came in well ahead of what analysts were expecting. Procter& Gamble rose 2 percent after saying it would spin off its Duracell battery business.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks closed out their best week since January 2013 on Friday, helped by earnings from Microsoft and Procter& Gamble and as concerns eased over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States.

  • Market jolt is reality check for investors Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Sometimes a little fear is healthy for stock investors. Nine days ago, after a series of sharp sell-offs, the Standard& Poor's 500 index was down 7.4 percent from its September record as fears of a global economic slowdown intensified. "It's important to have these periods of scare and fear," says Joe Quinlan, chief market strategist for U.S. Trust.

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, as earnings from Microsoft and Procter& Gamble coupled with easing concerns over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States helped put the S&P on track to snap a four-week losing skid. Microsoft was up 1.7 percent at $45.91, after it reported...

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose. 6 percent to $33.87 with 28,797,000 shares traded. Bank of America Corp. rose. 7 percent to $16.72 with 39,556,100 shares traded.

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, as earnings from Microsoft and Procter& Gamble and easing concerns over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States helped put the S&P on track to snap a four-week losing skid. Microsoft was up 2 percent at $45.91, after it reported higher-than-expected...

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks advanced on Friday, buoyed by gains in Microsoft and Procter& Gamble after their quarterly results and as steps towards expediting the development of vaccines for Ebola eased concerns over its possible spread in the United States. Microsoft was up 1.6 percent at $45.75, after it...

  • *Microsoft gain lifts U.S. shares. NEW YORK, Oct 24- Global equity markets rose modestly on Friday as gains in Microsoft buoyed U.S. shares, even as news that a New York City doctor tested positive for the Ebola virus produced a modest safe-haven bid for U.S. MSCI's all-country world equity index was set for its biggest weekly gain since July 2013, while the benchmark...

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks were little changed on Friday, as disappointing earnings from Amazon were offset by gains in Microsoft after its quarterly results. But Microsoft, up 1.3 percent at $45.63, helped offset the drop in Amazon after it reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue while keeping its...

  • More earnings gains send US stocks higher Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 9:36 AM ET

    UPS and Microsoft rose after reporting earnings that were higher than analysts were expecting. Procter& Gamble rose after saying it would make its Duracell battery business a stand-alone company. Crude oil fell 99 cents to $81.12 a barrel in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks opened flat on Friday, as disappointing earnings from Amazon were offset by gains in Microsoft after its quarterly results.

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks were set for a slightly lower open on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to cut its weekly advance, following disappointing earnings from Amazon and as the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City raised concerns about the spread of the virus. Microsoft, up 4.6 percent at $47.09...

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures fell on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to trim its weekly advance, following disappointing earnings from Amazon and as the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City raised concerns about the spread of the virus. Microsoft, up 2.6 percent at $46.17 before the opening...

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stock index futures dipped on Friday, putting the S&P 500 on track to trim its weekly gain, following disappointing results from Amazon and as the first diagnosed case of Ebola in New York City raised concerns about the spread of the virus. *Microsoft, up 2.7 percent at $46.25 before the opening...

  • Flir Systems beats Street 3Q forecasts Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 7:42 AM ET

    WILSONVILLE, Ore. _ Flir Systems Inc. on Friday reported third-quarter net income of $52.9 million. Flir Systems expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.43 to $1.48 per share, with revenue in the range of $1.48 billion to $1.53 billion. Flir Systems shares have climbed slightly since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed...

  • *BASF retreats after cutting 2015 earnings forecast. *Luxury goods group Kering falls after lower Gucci sales. LONDON, Oct 24- European shares pared early losses on Friday as investors bet the fallout for the banking sector from stress test results due on Sunday should be contained, and took a more measured view of New York's first case of Ebola.

  • US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:35 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market closed out its best week in nearly two years on a positive note Friday, helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies. Quarterly results from Microsoft and UPS helped lift the market Friday, but there have been other strong earnings reports all week. Caterpillar, 3 M, Apple and others have all came in well...

  • Hong Kong shares slip on weak mainland property data Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:07 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, Oct 24- Hong Kong shares finished lower on Friday, dragged down by weak Chinese property data and corporate results from major companies. The China Enterprises Index of the leading offshore Chinese listings in Hong Kong fell 0.5 percent. Property shares fell following a fifth straight month of declines in home prices in China in September and the...

  • SHANGHAI, Oct 24- China stocks ended flat to lower on Friday, as sentiment remained fragile amid concerns over the slowing economy. For the week, the Shanghai index was down 1.6 percent, its biggest weekly loss since the week ended June 20. Great Wall Motor fell 6.7 percent after China's biggest maker of sport utility vehicles reported a 22 percent decline in its...

  • European shares fall early after New York Ebola case Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 3:06 AM ET

    PARIS, Oct 24- European shares fell in early trading on Friday, reversing the previous session's gains, as investors fretted about news that a doctor who had recently returned to New York from West Africa had tested positive for Ebola. At 0705 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was down 0.5 percent at 1,310.25 points. A New York City doctor who...