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  • Oct 24- Hewlett-Packard Co has begun sounding out private-equity firms in China to buy its corporate-networking business in the country, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The buyer likely needs to be based in China if the deal is to win Chinese government approval, the newspaper reported. U.S. technology companies...

  • *Microsoft, Procter& Gamble results lift U.S. shares. NEW YORK, Oct 24- Global equity markets rose on Friday after strong corporate results from Microsoft and Procter& Gamble and reduced concerns over the possible spread of Ebola boosted U.S. shares and kept safe-haven U.S. MSCI's all-country world equity index rose 3.1 percent for the week, marking its biggest...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Friday Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:46 PM ET

    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. Investors were able to set aside dismal third-quarter results from Amazon. The giant online retailer's shares took a beating, but that wasn't enough to drag the rest of the market down.

  • *Amazon tumbles, Microsoft climbs after earnings. NEW YORK, Oct 24- U.S. stocks closed out their best week in nearly two years on Friday, helped by earnings from Microsoft and Procter& Gamble and as concerns eased over the possible spread of Ebola in the United States. Shares of Microsoft rose 2.5 percent to $46.13, after the company reported higher-than-expected...

  • 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.

  • *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 Nasdaq-traded stocks Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    Apple Inc. rose. 4 percent to $105.22 with 43,418,700 shares traded. Applied Materials Inc. rose. 5 percent to $20.99 with 19,063,100 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. rose. 9 percent to $23.78 with 19,606,300 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...

  • *Rise in Wall Street stocks limits safety bids for bonds. Fears about Ebola intensified late Thursday on news that a doctor in New York City had tested positive for the virus after working with Ebola patients in West Africa. For now, traders and analysts reckoned the first Ebola case in New York, the largest U.S. city, is contained and the situation would not...

  • *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...

  • Microsoft's earnings relief: Pro     Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    Rick Sherlund, Nomura, provides analysis into Microsoft's earnings beat. Sherlund says it's a real relief to see a big cap tech company doing better.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • *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...

  • Early Movers: F, PG, UPS, AMZN, MSFT Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:44 AM ET

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • US stock futures mildly lower as Amazon disappoints Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 8:33 AM ET

    U.S. stock index futures are pointing to a lower open on Wall St on Friday after the first Ebola case is confirmed in New York.

  • *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...