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  • UPDATE 2-Bloomberg outage hits financial markets Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 9:11 AM ET

    LONDON, April 17- An outage at news and market data provider Bloomberg LP hit financial markets around the world on Friday, prompting debt sales to be postponed and exacerbating a spike in volatility in European stocks. Social media first reported the Bloomberg systems going down at around 0720 GMT and the screens were blank for most of the following two hours,...

  • *At 8:30 a.m. EDT, U.S. consumer inflation data for March will be released, followed by the University of Michigan survey on consumer confidence, at 10:00 a.m.. *Shares of General Electric were down 0.5 percent at $27.15 after the company posted a net loss of $13.6 billion. Results were weighed by $16 billion in charges tied to its divestment of GE Capital assets.

  • LONDON, April 17- Britain postponed a sale of Treasury bills and global bond trading was hit by a power outage at news and market price provider Bloomberg on Friday, with trading volume in German government bond futures contracts tumbling by around a third. Social media first reported the Bloomberg systems going down at around 07:20 GMT and the screens were...

  • Tech, media and telecoms M&A hits 9-year high Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 5:21 AM ET

    LONDON, April 17- Worldwide dealmaking in the technology, media and telecoms sectors is at its highest level year-to-date since 2006, buoyed by Nokia's 15.6 billon euro bid for Alcatel-Lucent this week, Thomson Reuters data shows. So far this year, deals worth $245.8 billion have been struck globally in TMT, accounting for a combined 23 percent of worldwide M&A...

  • LONDON, April 17- European Union plans to help markets raise more funds for the economy play to London's strengths as a global trading centre, the bloc's financial services chief Jonathan Hill told leading bankers and dealers on Friday. In his first speech to London's financial community since his appointment to the European Commission last November, the...

  • *Netflix and Philip Morris rally after results. *Etsy, Virtu shares surge in IPOs. Weighing on the S&P 500 were Apple and General Electric, which is expected to report its first-quarter results on Friday before the start of trading.

  • *Netflix and Philip Morris rally after results. April 16- U.S. stocks were mixed on Thursday afternoon as soaring Wall Street debuts by online retailer Etsy and trading firm Virtu offset lingering worries about upcoming corporate earnings reports. "Between Etsy, Virtu and Netflix, that's helping prop the market up, keeping people excited," said Mike Binger, a...

  • *Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower. *Etsy shares almost double in IPO. While shares of Netflix surged following blockbuster results, limiting losses on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, shares of SanDisk slumped following a weak revenue outlook that added to concerns about the pace of top-line improvement.

  • April 16- PartnerRe Ltd's second-biggest shareholder said Exor SpA's offer for the Bermuda- based reinsurer was "much superior" to a deal with Axis Capital Holdings Ltd that was already on the table. Exor is offering $130 per PartnerRe share, or a 16 percent premium to the implied value under the Axis agreement. Langerman said PartnerRe should engage not only Exor...

  • *Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower. April 16- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as corporate results showed little organic growth even as they largely beat profit expectations. While Netflix surged following blockbuster results, curbing the decline on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, shares of SanDisk slumped following a weak revenue outlook that added to...

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 16- South African investment house Brait SE is to pay $1 billion for a controlling stake in gym group Virgin Active, Brait said on Thursday, seeking to tap the growing health-conscious middle classes particularly in Africa and Asia. The fitness chain, jointly owned by the Virgin Group of entrepreneur Richard Branson and buyout firm CVC...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St dips, but Netflix surge supports Nasdaq Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:02 AM ET

    *Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower. April 16- U.S. stocks edged lower on Thursday as corporate results showed little organic growth even as they largely beat profit expectations. While Netflix surged following blockbuster results, curbing the decline on Nasdaq, shares of SanDisk slumped following a weak revenue outlook that added to concerns about...

  • *Wall Street on an uptrend; Nasdaq near record. *Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower. The Financial Times reported the International Monetary Fund had rebuffed a request from the country to delay loan repayments.

  • April 16- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, said on Thursday that its first-quarter profit doubled from a year ago, as strong asset sales generated by its private equity and real estate units brought in record cash. For the second quarter in a row, private equity overtook real estate as Blackstone's biggest earnings driver,...

  • Blackstone's first quarter earnings soar on asset sales Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:14 AM ET

    April 16- Blackstone Group LP, the world's largest alternative asset manager, said on Thursday that its first-quarter profit doubled from a year ago, as strong asset sales generated by its private equity and real estate units generated record cash. Blackstone said economic net income, a metric of its profitability takes into account the mark-to-market...

  • US STOCKS-Futures drop, but Netflix rallies early Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:12 AM ET

    *Netflix rallies after results, SanDisk lower. *Among the positive reports, UnitedHealth Group Inc on Thursday reported strong earnings and revenue growth, sending shares up 3.5 percent to $121.44 in light premarket trading. Netflix Inc late Wednesday added more subscribers than projected in the first quarter, sending shares up 12 percent to $533.15 before...

  • *Intel pushes higher following quarterly report. *Netflix gains after the close. Intel jumped 4.25 percent to $32.83 after the chipmaker said late on Tuesday it expects flat revenue for the entire year despite some weakness in the first quarter.

  • *Bank of America profit rises as costs fall. *Netflix to report after the bell. Intel jumped 4.5 percent to $32.91 after it said late on Tuesday it expects flat revenue for the entire year, despite some weakness in the first quarter.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St up as earnings worries recede, oil jumps Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    *Bank of America profit rises as costs fall. *Netflix to report after the bell. Intel, which reported results after the bell on Tuesday, was up 4.3 percent at $32.84 as it forecast flat revenue for the entire year despite some weakness in the first quarter.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher as earnings worries recede Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    *Bank of America profit rises as costs fall. *Netflix to report after the bell. Intel, which reported results after the bell on Tuesday, was up 3.8 percent at $32.69.