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  • U.S. stocks are closing lower after disappointing outlooks from Caterpillar and Microsoft raised worries about future profit growth at companies. Microsoft shares slid 9 percent, the biggest fall among S&P 500 stocks. Caterpillar's stock fell 7 percent after the heavy equipment maker was hurt in the fourth quarter by restructuring costs, and issued a weak...

  • Stocks end lower; Caterpillar, Microsoft disappoint Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 4:09 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks dropped sharply on Tuesday, as earnings disappointed as did durable-goods data.

  • Why the Fed won't hike rates this year: Insana Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 3:49 PM ET

    The Federal Reserve wants to see inflation tick up, but Ron Insana sees the U.S. and other countries missing inflation targets this year. Here's why.

  • Jan 27- Procter& Gamble Co, the world's largest household products maker, said it no longer expects sales and core earnings growth this year, joining a host of companies in blaming a strong dollar for disappointing results and outlooks. P&G, which derives roughly two-thirds of revenue outside the United States, also reported lower-than-expected quarterly...

  • Can Microsoft come back? The debate is on Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 2:54 PM ET
    The Microsoft logo appears on screen prior a meeting in Beijing, Dec. 3, 2014.

    Analyst differ on whether Microsoft can climb back out of the hole following its stock's latest plummet.

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. Industrial shares also underperformed, led by a decline in Caterpillar. Heavy machinery marker Caterpillar gave an outlook below expectations, warning that the recent plunge in oil prices would hurt its energy equipment business.

  • *Apple also at risk; Microsoft shares plummet on currency concern. NEW YORK, Jan 27- A slew of U.S. multinational companies from DuPont to Microsoft Corp showed that a strong U.S. dollar is hammering their earnings, with several blue chip exporters predicting the situation will get worse if the greenback holds its strength. The pain is hitting multiple sectors...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft shares plunged more than 10 percent Tuesday after the software giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations but warned that a weak PC market and a strong dollar will curb growth this year. Microsoft showed promising signs of growth in new businesses, such as cloud computing, but Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood forecast...

  • The top iPhone and iPad apps on App Store Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:51 PM ET

    4. Five Nights at Freddy's 2, Scott Cawthon. 5. Five Nights at Freddy's, Scott Cawthon. 2. Facebook Messenger, Facebook, Inc..

  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 PM ET

    Staar Surgical Co. fell 21.5 percent to $5.78. J&J Snack Foods Corp. fell 14.0 percent to $98.53. Epirus Biopharmaceuticals Inc. fell 11.3 percent to $5.72.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 PM ET

    Advanced Micro Devices Inc. rose 3.4 percent to $2.70 with 51,539,100 shares traded. Apple Inc. fell 3.5 percent to $109.14 with 75,556,800 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. fell 3.8 percent to $26.90 with 45,042,100 shares traded.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 27- A gauge of U.S. business investment plans fell for a fourth straight month in December, a potential sign that slowing global growth and falling oil prices were weighing on the economy. "The drop in will weigh on growth, though stronger consumer spending should keep GDP from slowing too much," said Chris Low, chief economist at FTN Financial in New...

  • Shares of Microsoft, down 9.1 percent, and Caterpillar, down nearly 8 percent, were among the biggest drags on U.S. stocks. Microsoft's results showed the main engine of its historic earnings power, selling Windows and Office software to big businesses, is waning. Caterpillar's quarterly profit came in below analysts' expectations and the company warned that...

  • *Caterpillar, Microsoft shares slide after results. NEW YORK, Jan 27- U.S. stocks tumbled on Tuesday, with Microsoft and Caterpillar shares down sharply after quarterly results, while an unexpected decline in durable goods orders also weighed on sentiment. Microsoft fell nearly 9 percent to $42.93 the day after the Dow component reported results.

  • Microsoft honeymoon over: Trader  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:41 PM ET

    Microsoft received 4 downgrades today following its earnings report. The FMHR traders play the name.

  • U.S. stocks are tumbling in midday trading, weighed down by disappointing forecasts from big-name companies and an unexpected drop in orders of long-lasting goods. The Dow Jones industrial average was down 357 points, or 2 percent, to 17,321 as of 12 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday. Microsoft shares slid 10 percent a day after the company noted in its quarterly results...

  • *Sees 2015 operating profit of $4- $4.20/ share vs est $4.46. Several companies, including Caterpillar Inc, Microsoft Corp and Procter& Gamble Co, have blamed the stronger dollar for their weak results and outlook. DuPont forecast 2015 operating earnings of $4- $4.20 per share, and said it expects sales "to be even with" 2014' s $34.72 billion.

  • BERLIN, Jan 27- International donors pledged $7.5 billion on Tuesday to immunize 300 million children in poor countries against deadly diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia. At a Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization conference in Berlin, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and the British government topped the donations list at $1.55 billion and $1.5...

  • As Microsoft earnings slide, shares plunge 10% Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 11:03 AM ET
    Satya Nadella, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp.

    Microsoft reported quarterly earnings that met analysts' expectations on Monday.

  • Shares of Microsoft and Caterpillar weighed on U.S. stocks. Microsoft's results showed the main engine of its historic earnings power, selling Windows and Office software to big businesses, is waning. Caterpillar's quarterly profit came in below analysts' expectations and it warned that lower oil prices will hurt 2015 results.