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SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Yahoo Inc barely managed to expand its core advertising business in the first quarter despite Chief Executive Marissa Mayer's two-year effort to revive growth at the Internet pioneer. Yahoo is trying to revitalize its business under Mayer, who took the reins about two years ago.
Stocks rose on Tuesday after earnings from Dow components Coca-Cola and Johnson & Johnson.
The "Fast Money" traders discuss Yahoo's quarterly numbers. Trader Jon Najarian says Alibaba knocked it out for Yahoo.
*Coca-Cola and Johnson& Johnson rally after results. *Tesla and Netflix slide, but Twitter jumps after deal. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stocks ended a volatile session higher on Tuesday, lifted by gains in such blue-chip names as Coca-Cola and Johnson& Johnson, though persistent weakness in momentum names limited the Nasdaq's advance.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Yahoo Inc delivered modest revenue growth in the first quarter but its shares jumped on strong results from Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ahead of the Chinese e-commerce company's highly anticipated initial public offering. Shares of Yahoo were up roughly 8 percent to $36.90 in after hours trading on Tuesday.
SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo is still prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer. Yahoo Inc. is making most of its money from its holdings in two Asian Internet companies— China's Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan.
SAN FRANCISCO, April 15- Yahoo Inc reported modest revenue growth in the first three months of the year, as the Internet company stemmed a long-running decline in its display ad business. Revenue, excluding fees paid to partner websites, was $1.087 billion in the first quarter compared to $1.074 billion in the year ago period.
Analyzing Yahoo's quarterly report and discussing the company's core growth, with BuzzFeed's Jon Steinberg; Colin Gillis, BGC Financial; "Fast Money" trader Jon Najarian; "Shark Tank" investor Kevin O'Leary; "The Profit's" Marcus Lemonis; CNBC's Sharon Epperson and Kayla Tausche.
Yahoo shares, which are down roughly 15 percent since the start of the year, rose about as much as 8 percent in after-hours trading.
Yahoo is reporting Q1 EPS of $0.38 ex-items on revenue of $1.09 billion ex-tac, with CNBC's Josh Lipton.
Some of Tuesday's midday movers:
CNBC's Jon Fortt and Jon Steinberg, BuzzFeed president & COO, discuss Yahoo's upgrade by Macquarie. The firm recommends buying Yahoo ahead of Alibaba's IPO.
The late rally even gave a lift to tech stocks like Google and Intel, which had weighed on the market much of the day. "As long as the market can close on a positive note, it sends a signal to investors that there are bargains in the market still to be had," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial.
NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a modestly higher open on Tuesday as earnings from Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson helped overshadow a mixed bag of economic data.
Companies making headlines before the bell:
U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat-to-lower open on Tuesday, as investors awaited results from a number of industry heavyweights.
*Yahoo, Morgan Stanley rise after research notes. NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Tuesday after earnings from Coca Cola and Johnson& Johnson and ahead of economic data including inflation and manufacturing.
April 14- Yahoo Inc and Vevo, an online music video hub that provides some of the most popular content on Google's YouTube, have expanded their content and regional partnership, Vevo said Monday amid mounting competition for online viewers.
A rush of earnings could help steer the market's direction on Tuesday, after Citigroup's earnings beat provided kindling for a market rally Monday.