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  • A look at the largest companies in the S&P 500 Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 7:08 PM ET

    Amazon surpassed the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in market value Friday, on the back of a strong earnings report. Amazon shares closed up nearly 10 percent, giving the Seattle company a market value of $247.77 billion, versus $230.53 billion for Wal-Mart. A company's market value is calculated by multiplying the number of shares of stock it...

  • Do your investments operate in China? Read this Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    A worker repairs steam locomotive parts in Fuxin coal mine locomotive repair plant in Fuxin, China.

    From software companies to drugmakers to fast food chains, economic weakness in China is denting multinationals' financials this earnings season.

  • GENEVA, July 24- The World Trade Organization finalized a list of 201 information technology products to be freed from import tariffs in a $1.3 trillion deal on Friday, but said it was still short of the critical mass of countries needed to put it into force. Removing tariffs on trade worth $1.3 trillion is expected to give a $190 billion boost to the world economy.

  • GENEVA/ WASHINGTON, July 24- World Trade Organization members met in Geneva on Friday trying to finalise a deal to cut tariffs on $1 trillion of information technology products from video games to medical equipment. The United States said a deal had been struck, but WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo postponed a press conference at which he and the talks'...

  • WTO members seal trillion-dollar IT trade deal Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    Technology manufacturers like General Electric Co, Intel Corporation, Texas Instruments Inc, Microsoft Corp and Nintendo Co are among companies expected to benefit from the deal. "That definitely impacts Intel and that's important but also as important are the other technologies that it covers that were not even dreamt of when the original ITA was...

  • Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    U.S. stocks closed lower on Thursday as a deluge of mostly lackluster earnings pressured the major averages.

  • *Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit. July 23- The Nasdaq composite edged up on Thursday after two days of losses, while the S&P 500 and Dow were lower on weak earnings from bellwethers such as 3 M and Caterpillar. "Companies such as Caterpillar are a litmus test for the global economy especially when the market is concerned about China's economy," said...

  • The 1 number that matters for Amazon tonight Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 9:42 AM ET
    An Amazon.com Inc. employee lifts a box from a conveyor at the company's fulfillment center in Tracy, Calif.

    Amazon reports quarterly results after the bell. Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster says there are some key things to watch.

  • *Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit. Caterpillar shares fell 2.73 percent to $77.65 in premarket trading after the world's largest construction and mining equipment maker reported a lower quarterly net profit as sales declined in key markets in a sluggish global economy. "Companies such as Caterpillar is a litmus test for the global economy...

  • *China stocks extend gains as market normalizes. South Korea's economy recorded its weakest expansion in six years in the second quarter, battered by a deadly virus outbreak and poor exports, while Japan reported strengthening export growth in June but concern remained over how shipments to China might be affected by its slowing economy.

  • South Korea's economy recorded its weakest expansion in six years in the second quarter, battered by a deadly virus outbreak and poor exports, while Japan reported strengthening export growth in June but concern remained about how shipments to China might be affected by its slowing economy. The MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • TOKYO, July 23- Asian shares slipped early on Thursday after disappointing earnings from tech giants weighed on Wall Street, while the dollar rebounded on the back of upbeat U.S. economic data. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan dipped 0.2 percent. Microsoft also slumped after reporting its biggest-ever quarterly loss.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 5:01 PM ET

    U.S. stocks closed lower Wednesday, weighed down by Apple, Microsoft and other technology companies. Apple and Microsoft delivered disappointing quarterly results or outlooks the night before, setting the stage for the sell-off in the technology sector. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 68.25 points, or 0.4 percent, to 17,851.04.

  • Analysts, for the most part, remain as upbeat as ever on Apple Inc after investors knocked more than $65 billion off the company's market value in initial reaction to the company's quarterly results on Tuesday. "We believe Apple's future prospects have never been brighter," Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White said in a research note, maintaining his "buy" rating.

  • The NASDAQ exchange is seen in New York City.

    U.S. stocks closed lower on Wednesday as disappointing tech earnings weighted down on the three major indices.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- U.S. long-dated Treasury yields fell to their lowest level in nearly two weeks on Wednesday on growing anticipation of a short-term interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. Yields on 30- year Treasury bonds hit 3.03 percent, their lowest level since July 9 and also showed the biggest decline on the day of about four basis points.

  • July 22- Sales of Microsoft Corp's Surface tablets and Xbox gaming consoles are soaring. "Unless Microsoft can get to hardware break-even within two years or demonstrate sufficient offsetting value elsewhere in the portfolio, we think the company should exit the hardware business," RBC Capital Markets analysts said in a client note. Exiting hardware could add...

  • Learning from Starbucks on job creation Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 2:17 PM ET
    Howard Schultz, chairman and CEO of Starbucks

    The US should build on what Starbucks is starting with its youth job-creation effort, says former Medtronic CEO Bill George.

  • Cha-ching: The world's 10 wealthiest couples Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 12:16 PM ET
    Melinda and Bill Gates.

    The world's wealthiest couple has a combined net worth of $85.7 billion, according to Wealth-X.

  • Europe ends lower; tech, commodities in focus Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 11:30 AM ET
    Pedestrians pass in front of an Apple store in New York.

    European equity markets closed lower on Wednesday, as U.S. technology earnings disappointed.