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  • *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...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 24- Transatlantic exchange operator Nasdaq OMX Group Inc on Friday reported a higher third-quarter profit, as lower expenses helped offset a decline in revenues driven in part by the impact of foreign exchange rates. Net income attributable to Nasdaq totaled $123 million, or 71 cents per share, up from $113 million, or 66 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • LONDON, Oct 24- World stocks dipped on Friday, as European bank stress test results due at the weekend and New York City's first case of Ebola prompted investors to lock in profits after the best week for shares in well over a year. A doctor who treated Ebola patients in West Africa became the first person to test positive for the virus in America's largest city,...

  • SINGAPORE, Oct 24- Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC has bought a 5 percent stake in IMS Health Holdings, a U.S.-listed technology firm servicing the healthcare sector, for an undisclosed amount, according to a regulatory filing. GIC Private Ltd bought common stock of IMS Health earlier this month, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing on...

  • Caterpillar, 3 M earnings underpin sentiment. TOKYO, Oct 24- U.S. stock futures tumbled while safe-haven assets such as the yen and U.S. bonds gained on Friday after media reported that a doctor who returned to New York City from West Africa has tested positive for Ebola. Asian shares also some ground with MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan...

  • *Caterpillar, 3 M earnings boost sentiment. Japan's Nikkei share average rose 1.4 percent while MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was up 0.1 percent. Results from Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co reassured investors that companies with large overseas revenue streams could deliver solid profits, despite concerns about global economic...

  • *Industrial shares rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. *Stocks pare gains; New York tests patient for Ebola. NEW YORK, Oct 23- Earnings from Caterpillar and 3 M drove Wall Street higher on Thursday but stocks pared gains in late trading after reports that a New York hospital was running Ebola tests on a healthcare worker.

  • *Industrials rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results. Caterpillar, which also raised its full-year profit view, was up 4.6 percent at $98.94 while 3 M added 5 percent to $145.85.

  • US STOCKS-Industrials lead sharp jump on Wall Street Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 1:03 PM ET

    *Industrials rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results. Caterpillar, which also raised its full-year profit view, was up 5.3 percent at $99.61 while 3 M added 5.6 percent to $146.70.

  • Oct 23- Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc, one of the world's top five offshore rig contractors, reported a 4.5 percent rise in third-quarter revenue, helped by higher demand and improved rates for its ultra-deepwater rigs. Diamond Offshore said Petrobras has extended contracts on three ultra-deepwater rigs, which are expected to generate revenue of up to $1.4...

  • US STOCKS-Industrials lead Wall St sharply higher Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 PM ET

    *Industrial shares rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results. Caterpillar, which also raised its full-year profit view, was up 4.5 percent at $98.80 while 3 M added 6 percent to $147.34.

  • *Industrial shares rally on 3 M, Caterpillar results. NEW YORK, Oct 23- U.S. stocks surged on Thursday, with major indexes up more than 1 percent in a broad rally as strong results, including from two Dow components, reassured investors that corporations continue to fare well despite concerns about global economic growth. After a four-week string of declines, the S&P...

  • UPDATE 2-Higher advisory fees drive Lazard profit beat Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 10:13 AM ET

    Oct 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it earned more fees from advising on M&A deals amid a surge in cross-border transactions. German companies were at the forefront of a slew of large cross-border deals in September, such as the $17 billion takeover of U.S.-based Sigma-Aldrich Corp by...

  • Shares of both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose following their results, with heavy machinery maker Caterpillar also raising its full-year profit view. Caterpillar was up 4.2 percent at $98.31 while 3 M added 4.3 percent to $144.95. "It's good to see good numbers in any company, but if we're looking at headwinds like currency and slowing global growth, seeing...

  • Both Caterpillar Inc and 3 M Co rose in premarket trading following their results, with heavy machinery maker Caterpillar also raising its full-year profit view. Shares of Caterpillar rose 3.6 percent to $97.98 while 3 M added 2.1 percent to $141.80. General Motors Co gained 2.9 percent to $32.23 following its results..

  • Oct 23- Rig contractors Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc and Patterson-UTI Energy Inc reported big drops in quarterly profits, hurt by one-time charges to retire some old rigs. Offshore driller Diamond Offshore recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $109 million, pushing its third-quarter net income down 44 percent. Diamond Offshore said on Thursday it had...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 23- Private equity firm KKR& Co LP reported a lower-than-expected 27 percent year-on-year drop in third-quarter profit on Thursday, as its holdings appreciated more than many analysts foresaw and it generated more cash by exiting its investments. KKR's steep earnings drop was driven by a lower appreciation of its private equity investments...

  • *AT&T Inc fell 1.4 percent to $34 in premarket trading, a day after the telecom giant reported weaker-than-expected revenue growth and cut its full-year forecast for consolidated revenue growth. *Among the companies reporting Thursday, Dow components 3 M Co and Caterpillar Inc will be of particular interest, with investors looking for any impact on earnings...

  • Oct 23- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue due to a jump in M&A advisory fees and an increase in asset management revenue. Among the big deals Lazard advised on during the quarter were Siemens AG's $7.6 billion acquisition of oilfield equipment maker Dresser-Rand Group Inc and chemical...