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Stock edge higher at start of busy earnings week

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FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Monday at the start of another major week for company earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week as first-quarter corporate earnings began to come in.


Kuwait's stock exchange takes step towards delayed IPO

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Kuwait's stock exchange took a step towards an initial public offer of its shares on Monday after the Gulf state's financial regulator said it had established the bourse as a company with a capital of 60 million dinars ($213 million). The country has been considering an IPO of its stock market for years, but political infighting and entrenched bureaucracy have held up the process. Kuwait's Capital Markets Authority (CMA), which regulates the stock market, said the stock exchange chairman had signed a contract establishing the company at CMA headquarters on Monday. Under the contract, Kuwait Stock Exchange will have 600 million shares priced at 0.1 dinars each, the CMA said in a statement.

Stocks edge higher as major earnings week starts

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FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.


Wall St opens flat as earnings deluge looms

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeNEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks opened flat on Monday as investors found few reasons to keep buying following a strong rally last week and ahead of a heavy week of corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 12 points or 0.07 percent, to 16,420.54, the S&P 500 gained 0.89 points or 0.05 percent, to 1,865.74 and the Nasdaq Composite added 7.013 points or 0.17 percent, to 4,102.529. (Reporting by Ryan Vlastelica)


Wall Street opens flat as earnings deluge looms

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeU.S. stocks opened flat on Monday as investors found few reasons to keep buying following a strong rally last week and ahead of a heavy week of corporate earnings. The Dow Jones industrial average rose ...


US stock futures edge higher, busy earnings week

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NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are edging higher Monday as more companies report their first quarter earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week.

Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen - WSJ

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(Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars in a sale. The company recorded a loss of about $100 million in 2013, the Journal said, adding that the startup has consumed more than half of the roughly $340 million it raised from at least four rounds of equity financing since 2009.

US STOCKS-Futures flat as investors await earnings onslaught

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U.S. stock index futures pointed to a flat open on Monday as investors found few reasons to keep buying following a strong rally last week and ahead of a heavy week of corporate earnings. * The S&P 500 ...

Futures edge up as investors await earnings onslaught

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock ExchangeBy Ryan Vlastelica NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stock index futures were very slightly higher on Monday as investors found few reasons to keep buying following a strong rally last week and ahead of a heavy week of corporate earnings releases. The S&P 500 had its best week since July last week, boosted by strong results from such names as General Electric Co and Morgan Stanley . However, thus far the earnings season has been mixed, with technology names like Google Inc and IBM struggling to impress investors. Hasbro Inc reported adjusted first-quarter earnings that topped forecasts, though revenue was below expectations.


US STOCKS-Futures edge up as investors await earnings onslaught

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U.S. stock index futures were very slightly higher on Monday as investors found few reasons to keep buying following a strong rally last week and ahead of a heavy week of corporate earnings releases. * ...

Nifty hits record high; banks rally ahead of earnings

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Stockbrokers monitor stock index numbers at a brokerage firm in MumbaiMUMBAI (Reuters) - The Nifty gained as much as 0.64 percent on Monday to hit a record high as lenders such as Axis Bank rallied ahead of their earnings results, while strong gains in debt markets reduced concerns about potential losses in the sector's bond portfolios. The Nifty rose to a record high of 6,822.60, surpassing its previous all-time high of 6,819.05 hit on April 10. Axis Bank rose 2.9 percent ahead of its earnings results due on Friday. State Bank of India advanced 2.6 percent. The Sensex gained 0.6 percent, hovering just below its record high of 22,792.49 points hit on April 10. ...


Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps: WSJ

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Apple computer shown as Google introduces Buzz in Mountain View(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores' home pages and features lists, the daily said. Apple had struck a deal with Electronic Arts Inc last August to promote the game "Plants Vs Zombies 2" prominently in its App Store, and had a similar arrangement with ZeptoLab to promote the sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope", which released in December, the Journal reported.


Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps - WSJ

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A man uses his mobile phone in front of a giant advertisement promoting Samsung Electronics' new Galaxy S5 smartphone, at an art hall in central Seoul(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Both the companies are trying to lure game developers by offering premium placement to these games on their app stores' home pages and features lists, the daily said. Apple had struck a deal with Electronic Arts Inc last August to promote the game "Plants Vs Zombies 2" prominently in its App Store, and had a similar arrangement with ZeptoLab to promote the sequel to its popular puzzle game "Cut the Rope", which released in December, the Journal reported.


Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen - WSJ

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Dorsey, chairman of Twitter and CEO of Square, takes part in the Techonomy Detroit panel discussion held at Wayne State University in Detroit(Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars in a sale. Square insiders sold shares earlier this year on the secondary market, valuing the company at roughly $5.2 billion, the Journal said.


Mobile payment startup Square plans sale as losses widen: WSJ

8 hours 22 min ago
(Reuters) - Square Inc has been in talks with several rivals for a possible sale as the mobile payments startup looks to stem widening losses and dwindling cash, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The company spoke to Google Inc earlier this year about a possible sale, the Journal reported, adding that it wasn't clear whether the talks are continuing. Square, founded in 2009 by Jack Dorsey, co-creator of Twitter Inc, will likely fetch billions of dollars in a sale. Square insiders sold shares earlier this year on the secondary market, valuing the company at roughly $5.2 billion, the Journal said.

Banking stocks gain on bond rally, earnings hopes

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Reuters Market Eye - Lenders gain for a second consecutive day with the Bank Nifty up 0.6 percent after its 1.8 percent gain on Friday. A rally in bonds after the RBI fully sold the 200 billion rupees ($3.31 billion) worth of debt on offer on Thursday sparking gains in banks, while hopes of sturdier earnings also help. Punjab National Bank is up 2.2 percent, Bank of Baroda rises 1.9 percent and State Bank of India is up 1.3 percent. HDFC Bank gains 0.8 percent ahead of its results on Tuesday, while ICICI Bank and Axis Bank are up marginally ahead of their results later in the week. ...

Apple, Google vie to offer exclusive game apps - WSJ

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 00:04

People wait on street in front of Apple store as they await sales of new iPad in Apple store in Munich(Reuters) - Apple Inc and Google Inc are wooing game developers to ensure that top game titles arrive first on devices powered by their respective operating system, the Wall Street Journal reported, c...


Gold inches up as Ukraine tensions stoke safe-haven buying

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 22:31

A blacksmith holds on to gold rings at the gold market in OmdurmanGold edged higher on Monday as heightened tensions in Ukraine sparked some safe-haven buying, but fund outflows and weak physical demand continued to cloud the metal's outlook. FUNDAMENTALS Spot gold had gained 0.5 percent to $1,300.21 an ounce by 0026 GMT. SPDR Gold Trust, the world's largest gold-backed exchange-traded fund, said its holdings fell 3.29 tonnes to 795.14 tonnes on Thursday. Merger talks between Barrick Gold Corp and Newmont Mining Corp, the world's top two gold producers, broke down in the past few days, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.


SEC weighs requiring brokers to identify where trades made: Bloomberg

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:11

The headquarters of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are seen in Washington(Reuters) - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is weighing a proposal that would require brokers to tell investors exactly where their stock trades are executed, Bloomberg reported on Saturday. The proposed requirement would give investors more clarity on whether they were getting the best prices for the buy and sell orders they entrust to brokers, who can choose from dozens of stock exchanges and private venues, the report said, citing three people familiar with the matter. The SEC, which is the regulator in charge of analyzing the stock market's structure, is reviewing all aspects of how stocks are traded and seeking to identify changes that could quickly be implemented, the report said. An SEC spokesman could not be reached on Saturday.


'Slumping' Barbie sales hurt toy giant Mattle's Q1 earnings

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 06:59
New York, Apr 19 (ANI): Toymaker Mattle's sales of its iconic Barbie dolls have reportedly tumbled 14 percent in the first quarter. According to New York Daily News, the company's worldwide sales fell 5 percent to 946.2 million dollars and Mattel Inc. reported a net loss of 11 million dollars. Meanwhile, senior research analyst Stephanie Wissink at Piper Jaffray said that Barbie is competing with a lot of other girl brands that didn't exist previously. Meanwhile, Toymaker Mattel said that weak sales of Barbie and markdowns to clear out excess inventory left over from a sluggish holiday season led to an unexpected first-quarter loss of 11 million dollars, adding that in the all-important holiday quarter, its net sales had fallen 6 percent, the report added.