SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 20- Microsoft Corp will provide free cloud-computing and research applications to qualified medical researchers working on the Ebola virus, the software company's chief executive said on Monday. Azure is the name of Microsoft's cloud-computing platform, essentially a group of datacenters that allow users to access large amounts of...» Read More
SAN DIEGO-- Southern California home prices posted a sixth straight annual increase in September as buying shifted to more expensive houses along the coast and the supply of heavily discounted foreclosed properties dwindled, a research firm reported Friday.
NEW YORK-- Soda makers, restaurateurs and other businesses sued Friday to try to block the city's unprecedented move to restrict sales of super-sized, sugary drinks, an effort the city called a coup for public health but the industry views as unfair and undemocratic.
Wells Fargo said Friday that its third-quarter net income and revenue rose as the bank increased consumer lending and collected more fees. In a call with analysts, Wells Fargo Chairman, President and CEO John Stumpf explained why interest income might not be such a grave threat.
NEW YORK-- Analysts expect that Mattel Inc.' s third-quarter net income and revenue to rise as shoppers snap up its Monster High and Barbie dolls, among other toys, ahead of the busy holiday season.
Major indexes closed little changed on Wall Street Friday. Banks fell after Wells Fargo missed analysts' revenue estimates. Falling stocks outnumbered rising ones nearly two-to-one on the New York Stock Exchange.
CHANGE INEVITABLE: With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.
NEW YORK-- Shares of China's Ninetowns Internet Technology Group Co. jumped on Friday after the company said it had received a preliminary, non-binding proposal from a group including the chief executive to take the company private.
WASHINGTON-- With the outcome of next month's presidential election increasingly hazy, here's a shred of clarity that investors can cling to: The tax rates they pay on investment income like stock profits and dividends are almost certain to change.
AG DRAIN: Wheat prices fell 3.3 percent as weekend storms are expected to deliver much-needed moisture to fields in part of the growing region. SLUGGISH OIL: Oil prices fell after the International Energy Agency predicted a slower pace of growth in demand over the next five years.
Wheat for December delivery fell 29.25 cents to finish at $8.5675 per bushel. The weekend rains are expected to help winter wheat crops that have been plagued by dry weather in western Kansas, western Nebraska and eastern Colorado.
NEW YORK-- Shares of XenoPort Inc. fell Friday after a Piper Jaffray analyst downgraded the stock, saying the company's experimental multiple sclerosis drug is years away from marketing approval or a development partnership.
BETHESDA, Md.-- DiamondRock Hospitality's fiscal third-quarter results improved as room rates climbed, but the company lowered its 2012 adjusted funds from operations forecast and issued fourth-quarter guidance below Wall Street's view.
PARIS-- The Paris prosecutor's office says it has opened a preliminary investigation into scarf and bag maker Hermes' claim that luxury giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton engaged in insider trading and share manipulation when it took a stake in its rival.
NEW YORK-- Shares of discount store chain Dollar Tree fell on Friday after an analyst downgraded the stock on weakening sales trends. THE SPARK: Jefferies analyst Daniel Binder said in a note to investors that revenue in stores open at least one year, a key retail metric, have been decelerating at Dollar Tree.
TOP- LINE GAINS: Wells Fargo posted record earnings in the third quarter. Wells' net income in the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 23 percent, to $4.72 billion from $3.84 billion in the same period last year. New mortgage loan originations rose to $139 billion from $89 billion in last year's third quarter.
NEW YORK-- A Citigroup analyst on Friday downgraded the shares of Seagate Technology PLC and Western Digital Corp., two leading makers of hard drives, to "Sell" from "Buy" because he sees weakness not just in the PC sector, but in corporate spending on servers and storage arrays, which also use hard drives.
WASHINGTON-- The federal budget deficit has topped $1 trillion for a fourth straight year. The Treasury Department said Friday that the deficit for the 2012 budget year totaled $1.1 trillion.