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  • April 28- U.S. stock index futures followed global shares sharply lower on Thursday after the Bank of Japan stunned markets by holding off from expanding monetary stimulus. *Investors will also keep an eye on first-quarter gross domestic product number scheduled to be released at 8:30 a.m. ET. *Economists polled by Reuters expect two rate increases this year...

  • WALTHAM, Mass. _ Raytheon Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $429 million. Raytheon expects full-year earnings to be $6.93 to $7.13 per share, with revenue in the range of $24 billion to $24.5 billion. Raytheon shares have increased slightly more than 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5...

  • DUBLIN _ Allegion PLC on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings of $57.7 million. Allegion expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.25 to $3.40 per share. Allegion shares have climbed slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 2.5 percent.

  • NEW YORK _ Time Warner Cable Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $494 million. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.73 per share. Time Warner Cable shares have increased 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5 percent.

  • *FTSE down around 1 pct. LONDON, April 28- Britain's top share index fell on Thursday after a sharp drop in Lloyds pulled financial stocks lower, while global equities were also dented by the Bank of Japan's unexpected move to snub further monetary stimulus. The FTSE was also hit after global stock markets in general were impacted by the Bank of Japan's decision to...

  • NEW YORK— The Latest on financial markets. Stocks lost ground on Wall Street as a rout in tech stocks deepened as the day went on. Apple sank 3 percent Thursday, its second big loss in a row, after billionaire investor Carl Icahn told CNBC he had sold his stake in the company.

  • DUBAI, April 28- Share price declines among leading banks in the United Arab Emirates after disappointing quarterly earnings reports pulled down stock markets there on Thursday, while Saudi Arabian shares edged down. First Gulf Bank made a net profit of 1.33 billion dirhams, down 6 percent as income from fees and commissions slipped; two analysts polled by...

  • SHANGHAI, April 28- China stocks dropped on Thursday, led by resource shares, as commodity prices fell in response to fresh regulatory trading curbs, hitting already fragile investor confidence. Reflecting weak market confidence, Shanghai's trading turnover stayed near four-month lows, while outstanding margin loans- money investors borrow to buy stocks-...

  • TOKYO, April 28- The Bank of Japan held off from expanding monetary stimulus on Thursday, defying market expectations for action even as soft global demand, an unwelcome yen rise and weak consumption threatened to derail a fragile economic recovery. The dollar shed more than 2 percent to fall below 109 yen on the news, while the Nikkei share average was down 3.5...

  • NEW YORK— U.S. stocks took their biggest loss in three weeks on Thursday after a late sell-off. Tech stocks, which rose early on thanks to earnings gains from Facebook and PayPal, slumped after billionaire investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he'd sold his stake in Apple. Investors were surprised the Bank of Japan decided not to take further action to stimulate that...

  • TAIPEI, April 28- Taiwan stocks fell on Thursday as Apple Inc's suppliers mostly fell for the second day after the iPhone maker's first-ever fall in smartphone sales wiped off about $36 billion in market value, evoking talk of "peak iPhone." As of 0423 GMT, the main TAIEX index fell 1.1 percent, to 8,473.49, after closing at 8,563.05 in the previous session.

  • *Hong Kong shares retreat after BOJ holds off on stimulus. SHANGHAI, April 28- China stocks dropped on Thursday morning, led by resource shares, as commodity prices fell in response to fresh regulatory trading curbs, hitting already fragile investor confidence. Hong Kong shares rose, tracking most Asian markets, as the U.S.

  • HONG KONG/ TOKYO, April 28- Asian stocks edged higher on Thursday as the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.4 percent. Hong Kong stocks rose more than 1 percent, while S&P 500 e-mini futures edged up 0.1 percent, after Wall Street posted solid gains overnight.

  • TOKYO, April 28- Asian stocks rose on Thursday after the U.S. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan added 0.3 percent. Japan's Nikkei jumped 1.1 percent, while S&P 500 e-mini futures edged up 0.1 percent, after Wall Street posted solid gains overnight.

  • DENVER _ QEP Resources Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $863.8 million in its first quarter. The average estimate of nine analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 59 cents per share. QEP Resources shares have climbed 26 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 2.5 percent.

  • *US stocks edge up after Fed statement. NEW YORK, April 27- Wall Street stocks edged up, U.S Treasury debt yields fell, and oil prices rose to the highest level of the year on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve signalled it was in no hurry to change policy. "The big takeaway here is they continued to be positive on the domestic economy," said John Bailer, senior portfolio...

  • LONDON _ Noble Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $101.7 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 34 cents per share. Noble Corp. shares have increased 14 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5 percent.

  • U.S. stocks rose Wednesday after the Federal Reserve left its key interest rate unchanged, as investors expected. Energy companies climbed again as the price of oil came close to a six-month high. Technology stocks were battered following weak results from Apple and Twitter.

  • SAN JOSE, Calif. _ Xilinx Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal fourth-quarter earnings of $145 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share. Xilinx shares have climbed almost 1 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 2.5 percent.

  • MURRAY HILL, N.J. _ C.R. Bard Inc. on Wednesday reported first-quarter earnings of $116.2 million. C.R. Bard expects full-year earnings in the range of $10.05 to $10.18 per share. C.R. Bard shares have climbed 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 2.5 percent.