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  • AP Top Financial News At 8:04 p.m. EDT Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    5 features an Amazon phone might offer Venture investments highest since 2001 Unemployment rates fall in 21 US states last month Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem Advice to Democrats: Don't say' recovery' Calpine selling six power plants for $1.57 B Chobani to expand offerings amid competition Earnings season starts rough for health insurers Providence, RI, sues firms over stock trades Asia stocks rise in abbreviated trading

  • Venture investments highest since 2001 Friday, 18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    Startup investments totaled $9.47 billion in the first three months of the year, up from $6.01 billion in the first quarter of 2013. It was the highest since the second quarter of 2001, when investments reached $11.5 billion. Since March, shares of companies such as Netflix, Twitter and Facebook have sagged.

  • Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach. The nation's largest arts and crafts chain said its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked, with about 400,000 cards potentially affected.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, reported a 30 percent rise in first-quarter earnings, driven by strong gains in its private equity arm that more than offset small declines in its real estate unit.

  • NEW YORK, April 17- Morgan Stanley's big bet on wealth management is looking strong as fees, commissions and interest collected by its more than 16,000 brokers fueled a 13 percent rise in the business's first-quarter net income from a year earlier to $423 million, the company said Thursday.

  • 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 picked up in April at a faster clip than expected.

  • 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.

  • LONDON, April 17- Bond purchases by the U.S. Federal Reserve have been twice as effective at boosting economic output as those by the Bank of England, research by a BoE policymaker showed on Thursday.

  • April 17- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said on Thursday it has spent more than $100 million to cover a pricey new hepatitis C drug from Gilead Sciences Inc, a higher cost than it expected by "multiples," sending shares in the sector lower.

  • MS story stronger, longer-term: Pro     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Brennan Hawken, UBS director of equity research, breaks down the quarterly earnings of Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

  • 2 ex-Anglo Irish Bank directors convicted of fraud Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    DUBLIN— Two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank were found guilty Thursday of committing fraud in a loans-for-shares scandal— the first convictions to stem from a banking crisis that brought Ireland to the brink of national bankruptcy.

  • Kevin Kabat, Fifth Third Bancorp president & CEO, discusses the bank's quarterly earnings and the current regulatory environment in financials. Serving our customers is a key cog in helping move the economy forward, says Kabat.

  • CNBC's David Faber and Morgan Stanley chairman and CEO James Gorman, discuss when banks will finally be clear of legacy issues stemming from the financial crisis and attracting new talent.

  • Barclays reorganizes management of investment bank Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    Barclays announced a number of promotions in its investment bank's management on Friday as it continues a review of the division.

  • London's top bankers strip for a good cause Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:27 AM ET
    London's top bankers strip for a good cause

    Bare-chested and singing, some of the City's top bankers ripped off their business attire in a video for a fundraiser.

  • Morgan Stanley achieves balance: Gorman     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    CNBC's David Faber speaks with Morgan Stanley chairman and CEO James Gorman about the bank's quarterly earnings and institutional business. Gorman also explains how Morgan Stanley has reshaped its fixed income business.

  • LONDON, April 17- Barclays announced a number of promotions in its investment bank's management on Friday as it continues a review of the division that contributes about half of group profit. Felder, who joined Barclays from now-defunct U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, was previously co-head of securities.

  • *Loss includes bank recapitalisation, Somerfield charge. LONDON, April 17- Britain's Co-operative Group made a loss of 2.5 billion pounds in 2013, capping the worst 12 months in the mutual's 150- year history and ramming home the need for radical reform if it is to survive.

  • Barclays reorganises management of investment bank Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:32 AM ET

    LONDON, April 17- Barclays announced a number of promotions in its investment bank's management on Friday, while it continues with a review of the division that contributes about half of the group's total profits. Felder, who joined Barclays from now-defunct U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, was previously co-head of securities.

  • US stock market ends higher as earnings pour in Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 9:13 AM ET

    The market appeared set Thursday morning for its fourth-consecutive positive open this week, but immediately turned negative as investors sold shares in Google and IBM. Earnings from toy maker Mattel and insurer UnitedHealth also dragged down the market. While big drops in IBM and UnitedHealth helped keep the Dow Jones industrial average in the red.

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