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  • April 23- As U.S. company earnings rise and major stock market indices hit new heights, two small problems remain: revenues are static and the trajectory of earnings growth is slipping. Earnings are up at a 9.1 percent year-on-year clip among the 40 percent or so of S&P 500 companies to report through Thursday morning, according to data from Zacks, but with zero...

  • Republic Services tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    PHOENIX _ Republic Services Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $172.4 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Republic Services shares have dropped roughly 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen roughly 3...

  • Stericycle misses Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. _ Stericycle Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $75.5 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.10 per share. Stericycle shares have risen 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed roughly 3 percent.

  • KLA-Tencor tops Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:37 PM ET

    MILPITAS, Calif. _ KLA-Tencor Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $131.6 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 76 cents per share. KLA-Tencor shares have dropped 15 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased roughly 3...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Thursday Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:34 PM ET

    Stocks rose slightly Thursday, with the Nasdaq composite closing at a record high for the first time since the dot-com bubble of 2000.. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 20.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,058.69. The S&P 500 index rose 4.97 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,112.93.

  • *Oil rises on Middle East concern. NEW YORK, April 23- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday, with the Nasdaq index hitting a record closing high, as corporate earnings and a rise in energy shares overshadowed soft U.S. economic data, while oil prices climbed to the highest levels of the year. said Walter Price, senior portfolio manager and managing director of the AllianzGI...

  • Principal Financial beats 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    DES MOINES, Iowa _ Principal Financial Group Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $414.2 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.05 per share. Principal Financial shares have dropped 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased...

  • Microsoft beats Street 3Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 4:22 PM ET

    REDMOND, Wash. _ Microsoft Corp. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter profit of $4.99 billion. The average estimate of 17 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 51 cents per share. Microsoft shares have declined roughly 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed almost 3 percent.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- The Nasdaq Composite closed at a record high on Thursday for the first time since the technology bubble burst 15 years ago.

  • NEW YORK— The Nasdaq composite has closed at a record high for the first time since the dot-com bubble of 2000.. The index gained 20 points, or 0.4 percent, to close at 5,056 Thursday, beating its previous high by eight points. The Nasdaq tracks all stocks listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market, a rival to the New York Stock Exchange.

  • *Nasdaq breaches closing record last hit in March 2000. The index's last record close of 5,048.62 was hit on March 10, 2000. Shares of Gilead were up 1 percent at $105.23, while Facebook, which late Wednesday posted quarterly revenue that missed analysts estimates, was down 0.8 percent at $83.99.

  • US STOCKS-Nasdaq breaks above all-time closing record Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 2:31 PM ET

    *Nasdaq breaches closing record last hit in March 2000. Shares of Gilead were up 1 percent at $105.23, while Facebook, which late Wednesday posted quarterly revenue that missed analysts estimates, was down 0.8 percent at $83.99. Shares of Apple, the most valuable company in the United States, were up 0.9 percent at $129.72, while Google was up 1.5 percent at $547.17.

  • NEW YORK, April 23- Oil prices climbed to their highest levels of the year on Thursday as tensions in the Middle East sparked supply concerns, while the boost from energy-related stocks helped U.S. equities shrug off a batch of soft economic data. Brent crude touched a high of $65.13, its highest since December, and was last up 3.6 percent at $64.97 a barrel, while U.S....

  • Most active New York Stock Exchange-traded stocks Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 1:24 PM ET

    NEW YORK— A look at New York Stock Exchange 10 most-active stocks at the close of trading:. AT&T Inc. rose 4.2 percent to $34.23 with 88,632,100 shares traded. Alcoa Inc. fell 2.8 percent to $13.19 with 45,369,300 shares traded.

  • *Pepsi, P&G, 3 M blame strong dollar for missing estimates. *Texas Instruments slump pulls down chipmakers. Both Brent and U.S. crude futures rose more than 3 percent on heightened concerns over the security of Middle East supplies as a civil war escalated in Yemen.

  • AT&T gained 3 percent Thursday after the company said it expects bigger savings from its proposed purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV. PulteGroup sank 8 percent after reporting income that was well below what analysts were expecting. The price of crude oil rose $1.98 to $58.10 a barrel in New York.

  • LONDON, April 23- Britain's top equity index pushed higher on Thursday, boosted by a bump-up for utilities stocks just two weeks ahead of the UK's general election. United Utilities rose 1.8 percent, SSE advanced 1.1 percent and National Grid rose 0.6 percent after investment bank Citigroup said the sector would be favoured as a protection against any market...

  • NEW YORK— Fifteen years, one month and thirteen days. Google, which didn't exist as a public company in 2000, also makes up a notable percentage of the index. "It's a major psychological barrier, but in the end, it's just a number," said Scott Wren, senior global equity strategist at Wells Fargo Advisors.

  • US stocks open slightly lower on disappointing earnings Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:41 AM ET

    NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are opening slightly lower following disappointing earnings news from a major homebuilder and other companies. PulteGroup sank 9 percent in early trading Thursday, the most in the Standard& Poor's 500 index, after reporting quarterly income that was well below what Wall Street analysts were expecting. Railroad operator Union Pacific and...

  • April 23- U.S. stocks opened lower on Thursday, pressured by soft data out of Europe and China, while companies such as Procter& Gamble and 3 M joined others in issuing disappointing forecasts.