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  • *GE shares edge up after results, Starbucks rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Friday, following a sharp rally in the previous session that returned the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to positive territory for the year and put major indexes on track to break a three-week streak of declines. *Thursday's advance came after the European Central Bank...

  • *Telefonica exiting UK to cut debt. MADRID/ HONG KONG, Jan 23- Li Ka- shing's Hutchison Whampoa Ltd has agreed to buy Telefonica's British mobile unit O2 for up to 10.25 billion pounds, as Asia's richest man makes his boldest bet yet to revamp his European telecoms business. Hutchison already operates the Three Mobile network in Britain, and buying second-ranked O2...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St gains after ECB stimulus move Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    *Verizon, American Express fall after results. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks rose on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced larger than expected measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy. "Many have said this program is not going to suddenly flip a switch," said John Canally investment strategist at LPL Financial in New York.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 22- Calling it a play on falling U.S. gas prices, the portfolio manager of the one of the top-performing large-cap value funds over the last decade recently purchased slightly more than 1 million shares of Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, parent company of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins. Dunkin' Brands shares fell nearly 10 percent over two days after the...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • *Verizon, American Express both fall after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks rallied in volatile trading on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy, as expected.

  • *Verizon, American Express both fall after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stocks fell modestly on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's sagging economy, as expected, while shares of some bellwether U.S. companies fell on disappointing results.

  • *Verizon, F5 Networks both lower after results. *Royal Bank of Canada to buy City National. NEW YORK, Jan 22- U.S. stock index futures pointed to modest gains at the open on Thursday after the European Central Bank announced expanded measures to stimulate the region's economy.

  • SEOUL, Jan 22- Hyundai Motor Co announced its biggest-ever dividend on Thursday to appease shareholders angered by a $10 billion property buy, but the payout failed to distract investors from growth prospects clouded by declines in the rouble and yen. Earlier in the day, Hyundai missed analyst estimates by posting a 19 percent decline in October-December net...

  • BOSTON, Jan 22- Warning to mutual fund investors: the tax man is coming. U.S. investors in stock funds will take a big tax hit this year on capital gains that could top $300 billion after portfolio managers exhausted most of their loss reserves to offset several years of stock market advances. It's what you keep, " Boston- based Eaton Vance, which has nearly $300 billion...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 21- Family Dollar Stores Inc shareholders will vote on Thursday on an agreement to be bought by fellow discount retailer Dollar Tree Inc, possibly putting an end to a months-long tussle with Dollar General Corp.. Traders in the options market appear to be betting on a Dollar Tree win and have been positioning for Dollar General shares to come under...

  • VANCOUVER/ TORONTO, Jan 21- The New Year's rally in gold stocks offers a respite for the beaten-down sector, but it masks deep-seated problems of bloated debt, weak growth prospects and overvalued assets that will emerge when miners post year-end results in coming weeks. Even if bullion's recent rally persists- it is up 9 percent this year to $1,290 an ounce-...

  • Jan 21- Tootsie Roll Industries Inc Chief Executive Melvin Gordon died at the age of 95 after a brief illness, the company said, sparking speculation that the candy maker could be acquired. Tootsie Roll, founded in 1896, has a market capitalization of $1.94 billion as of its Tuesday closing price, according to Thomson Reuters data. Gordon, who was CEO since 1962, was...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rises on report of ECB action; IBM falls Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 12:25 PM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Wednesday on reports that new stimulative measures would be announced by the European Central Bank at its meeting tomorrow, though a tepid outlook from IBM limited the Dow's gains. "The timing and duration of bond purchases is just as important as the actual...

  • IBM outlook drags on Wall Street gains. *Gold above $1,300 for first time since August. NEW YORK, Jan 21- European and U.S. equities rose on Wednesday, lifted by news reports that the European Central Bank will announce a massive bond-buying program to boost the euro zone's flagging economy.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St rises on report of ECB action Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:09 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stocks rose in a volatile session on Wednesday on reports that new stimulative measures would be announced by the European Central Bank at its meeting tomorrow, though a tepid outlook from IBM limited the Dow's gains. The Wall Street Journal reported that the ECB's Executive Board has proposed a...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges up on ECB hopes, but IBM weighs Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 10:09 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stocks were flat on Wednesday as reports that new stimulative measures would be announced by the European Central Bank, though a tepid outlook from IBM limited the day's gains. The ECB's Executive Board has proposed a quantitative easing program that would see the ECB buy roughly 50 billion...

  • Jan 21- Netflix Inc's faster-than-expected rollout in overseas markets took most analysts by surprise, setting off a flurry of price target increases on the stock. The stock has been under pressure in recent months on fears of increased competition from Time Warner Inc's HBO, Amazon.com Inc and Hulu, as well as on-demand offerings from pay TV providers.

  • US STOCKS-Futures point to lower open as IBM weighs Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 9:08 AM ET

    *IBM shares fall after results, Netflix rallies. NEW YORK, Jan 21- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday after a disappointing outlook from IBM and as investors reduced their exposure ahead of an upcoming European Central Bank meeting that could result in new stimulus. ExxonMobil Corp was up 0.7 percent to $91.70 before the bell.

  • Jan 21- Netflix Inc's faster-than-expected rollout in overseas markets surprised many analysts, who scrambled to raise their price targets on the stock. The stock has been under pressure in recent months on fears of increased competition from Time Warner Inc's HBO, Amazon.com Inc and Hulu, as well as on-demand offerings from pay TV providers.