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  • Midday movers: Blackstone, GE, RealPage & More Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 12:44 PM ET
    Trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of Friday's midday movers:

  • Why next-gen TVs can't save the market Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 8:01 PM ET
    Sony's 4K Bravia liquid-crystal-display television.

    Asian firms are banking on a next generation of televisions to bolster sales, but Jeffries warns that the new technology may not make a difference.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 17- Microsoft Corp intends to wind down Xbox Entertainment Studios, a source familiar with its plans said, becoming the first major tech company to give up on making original shows in a battle for the living room couch.

  • July 17- Microsoft Corp said on Thursday it would slash up to 18,000 jobs, or 14 percent of its workforce, this year. April 2014- The chipmaker said it had cut 1,500 jobs in Costa Rica. January 2014- Announced plans to reduce its global workforce of 107,000 by about 5 percent this year.

  • July 15- The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating possible pricing coordination among music publishing companies as it reviews the decades-old rules that govern the cost of licensing songs, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

  • PARIS/ BOSTON, July 14- Insurers are eagerly eyeing exponential growth in the tiny cyber coverage market but their lack of experience and skills handling hackers and data breaches may keep their ambitions in check.

  • Guardians could open galaxy of riches for Disney Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | 6:38 PM ET
    Filmmaker James Gunn, actors Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana from Marvel Studios movie 'Guardians of the Galaxy'.

    When Disney bought Marvel in 2009, it did so without two popular franchises. Spider-Man is licensed to Sony, while 21st Century Fox owns X-Men.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 13- "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," a sequel about highly intelligent apes that battle with humans for dominance, has knocked the giant "Transformers" robots out of the top spot on U.S. and Canadian movie charts. The 3 D "Apes" movie collected $73 million in ticket sales from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from Rentrak.

  • July 10- Online music sharing service SoundCloud Ltd is close to a deal with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group for licenses to continue playing their songs and avoid potential legal disputes, Bloomberg reported citing people with knowledge of the matter.

  • Nikkei flat as poor machinery data offsets Fed optimism Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 9:43 PM ET

    *Benesse dives to 2-1/ 2- month low after data leak. TOKYO, July 10- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat on Thursday in choppy trade as worse-than-expected machinery data soured sentiment after minutes from the U.S. It had dropped 0.1 percent to 15,302.65 on Wednesday, its lowest closing level since June 30.

  • Asian equities extended losses into a third session on Wednesday following a selloff on Wall Street overnight and steady Chinese inflation data.

  • SEOUL, July 7- Smartphone leader Samsung Electronics Co Ltd faces a third straight quarter of profit decline that could become a fourth as cheaper models grab a bigger share of a slowing market and Apple Inc readies the launch of its iPhone 6..

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 6- "Transformers: Age of Extinction" collected $36.4 million in ticket sales over the three-day July 4 weekend, storming ahead of new films "Tammy," "Deliver Us From Evil" and "Earth to Echo" to lead the U.S. and Canadian box office for a second consecutive weekend.

  • LOS ANGELES/ NEW YORK, July 6- "Transformers: Age of Extinction" collected $36.4 million in ticket sales over the three-day July 4 weekend, storming ahead of new films "Tammy," "Deliver Us From Evil" and "Earth to Echo" to lead the U.S. and Canadian box office for a second consecutive weekend.

  • *Seven& i rises to 6- month high on strong earnings. TOKYO, July 4- Japan's Nikkei share average rose to a 5-1/ 2- month high on Friday as a much-stronger-than-expected U.S. jobs report fueled investors' appetite for riskier assets, while the weak yen lifted exporters.

  • *Toshiba soars after Nikkei reports Westinghouse in talks to win nuclear deal. TOKYO, July 3- Japanese stocks were flat in a choppy early session on Thursday as investors took time out ahead of the U.S. jobs data later in the day, while Toshiba Corp soared on a report that its U.S. subsidiary is expected to win a deal in Bulgaria.

  • *Japan shares valuations attractive- traders. TOKYO, July 2- Tokyo's Nikkei share average rose to a five-month peak on Wednesday morning after Wall Street scored record-closing highs thanks to strong manufacturing activity in the U.S., Japan's biggest export market.

  • *Retail investors buy Mixi, Kenedix- trader. TOKYO, July 1- Japan's Nikkei share average rose on Tuesday as upbeat China factory reports offset some weak spots in the Bank of Japan tankan survey.

  • TOKYO, June 30- Only a "natural disaster" could keep Sony Corp's TV division from returning to profit this year, the head of the newly independent business said on Monday, after a decade in the red and repeated missed promises of a turnaround.

  • Early movers: X, MLM, GM, SNE, BA, APP, SNE & more Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 7:34 AM ET

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