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  • NEW YORK, May 4- U.S. stocks ended higher on Monday as Berkshire Hathaway led financial stocks higher, while shares of McDonald's declined after the fast-food chain's turnaround plan failed to satiate investors.

  • May 4- Wall Street rose on Monday afternoon as Berkshire Hathaway led finance stocks higher, while shares of McDonald's declined after the fast-food chain's turnaround plan failed to satiate investors. "We just seem to be hanging in an upper range, taking in a rash of earnings and trying to digest if the fundamentals are there to build a platform for us to leg-up...

  • *McDonald's down after revealing turnaround plan. May 4- Wall Street was up on Monday afternoon, adding to gains from Friday, as investors bought beaten-down healthcare stocks and Berkshire Hathaway led finance stocks higher. Berkshire rose 1.8 percent to $145.98 and gave the biggest boost to the S&P after the insurance and investment conglomerate's results...

  • NEW YORK— Stocks are moving slightly higher in midday trading, building on their gains from Friday. Cognizant Technology Solutions jumped 9 percent, the most in the S&P 500 index, after the consulting company reported earnings that beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts. Oil slipped 38 cents to $58.76 a barrel.

  • *Upbeat German data helps push Europe shares higher. NEW YORK, May 4- Global equity markets rose on Monday, lifted by the biggest gain in U.S. factory orders in eight months and solid manufacturing data in Germany, while German bund yields rose as investors shook off deflation fears that had gnawed European bonds. When viewed with a report from the European Central...

  • *McDonald's down after revealing turnaround plan. *AMC, Cognizant hit record high after results. May 4- Wall Street was up on Monday morning as healthcare stocks rose for a second straight session and new orders for U.S. factory goods recorded their biggest increase in eight months in March.

  • Cognizant Technology Solutions, a technology consulting business, was the biggest gainer in the Standard& Poor's 500 index after it reported earnings that beat the expectations of Wall Street analysts and raised its outlook for earnings and sales for the year. Tyson Foods, the maker of Jimmy Dean sausage products, was another company whose stock gained after...

  • Stocks open higher, building on gains from Friday Monday, 4 May 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    Tyson Foods gained 3 percent in early trading Monday after reporting earnings that were higher than analysts were expecting. In Europe, France's CAC-40 rose 1.1 percent to 5,103 and Germany's DAX added 1.4 percent to 11,611. British markets were closed for a public holiday. Oil slipped 48 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $58.78 a barrel.

  • May 4- U.S. stocks opened higher on Monday ahead of an expected rise in U.S. factory orders in March, pointing to a strengthening manufacturing sector despite a stronger dollar.

  • *Cisco slips after saying Chambers to step down as CEO. May 4- Wall Street was poised to open higher on Monday ahead of data that is expected to show demand for U.S. factory orders rose in March, signaling that the manufacturing sector is strengthening despite a stronger dollar. Factory activity in China in April recorded its biggest drop in a year, hardening the case...

  • *Wall Street closed sharply higher on Friday as consumer sentiment jumped and vehicle sales for GM and Ford were stronger-than-expected in April, while manufacturing expansion in the month held steady at near a two-year low. *Data also showed that factory activity in China in April saw its biggest drop in a year, hardening the case for fresh stimulus from...

  • Comcast beats Street 1Q forecasts Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:12 AM ET

    PHILADELPHIA _ Comcast Corp. on Monday reported first-quarter profit of $2.06 billion. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 74 cents per share. Comcast shares have climbed roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2 percent.

  • May 4- Hong Kong shares ended almost flat on Monday, as data shows that China's factories suffered their fastest drop in activity for a year as new orders fell. The Hang Seng index ended unchanged at 28,123.82, while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.2 percent, to 14,459.15 points. Sun Hung Kai Properties jumped 4.1 percent, after the Hong Kong Economic Journal...

  • SHANGHAI, May 4- China stocks rose on Monday, with construction and utility stocks taking the lead, as poor Chinese factory activity reinforced expectations of fresh government stimulus. Further underscoring the need for more stimulus to shore up faltering growth, the State Information Center, a top government think tank forecast that China's economy could...

  • China factory activity slips, reinforces stimulus hopes. SHANGHAI, May 4- China and Hong Kong stocks rose on Monday, with construction and energy stocks taking the lead, as poor Chinese factory activity data reinforced expectations of fresh government stimulus. Further underscoring the need for more stimulus to shore up faltering growth, the State...

  • HONG KONG, May 4- Asian stocks bounced from their lows on Monday and the Australian dollar pared early losses as weak China factory activity reinforced views that Beijing will roll out fresh support measures soon for the world's second-largest economy. The HSBC/ Markit Purchasing Managers' Index showed factory activity in China contracted at its fastest rate...

  • LONDON— Global stocks rose sharply Monday at the start of a potentially big week for markets as they tracked an end-of-week rebound on Wall Street. Monday's gains in Europe followed Friday's strong performance on Wall Street when the Dow rose 1 percent at the S&P gained 1.1 percent. GREECE PROGRESS: Officials said Greece made progress with its creditors over...

  • *Shanghai shares lower, Aussie dollar slips in reaction. "China's manufacturing sector had a weak start to Q2, with total new business declining at the quickest rate in a year while production stagnated," said Annabel Fiddes, an economist at Markit. Shanghai shares were off 0.6 percent, while the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Friday Friday, 1 May 2015 | 4:47 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed higher Friday, the first day of May, erasing much of a loss the day before. Most Asian and European markets were closed for a holiday. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 183.54 points, or 1 percent, to close at 18,024.06.

  • May 1- U.S. stocks bounced back sharply on Friday as investors snapped up beaten-down shares in the healthcare and technology sectors, and as data gave further signs of a pickup in the economy. Apple provided the biggest boost to the major indexes, jumping 3 percent to $128.95 in its biggest daily percentage gain since January. The Nasdaq Biotech Index was up 2.9...