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  • Stocks mostly higher on earnings gains; Apple up

    Mixed earnings from a large number of U.S. companies had stocks moving between modest gains and losses Thursday, despite strong results from a handful of names including Apple and Caterpillar. 3M was among those whose results disappointed investors.

  • FDA proposes first regulations for e-cigarettes

    The federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration.

  • Zimmer buying Biomet in deal valued at $13.35B

    Orthopedic device maker Zimmer is buying privately held Biomet for about $13.35 billion in a move aimed at helping expand its product offerings and services.

  • UPS blames winter weather for drop in 1Q profit

    First-quarter revenue at UPS slumped 12 percent as winter storms increased costs for the shipping giant and cut into its revenue. The Atlanta company said Thursday that the rough start to the year means that full-year earnings will come in at the low end of its earlier forecasts.

  • Verizon 1Q profit surges on Vodafone-related gains

    Verizon’s $130 billion deal to take over of all of Verizon Wireless is helping lift its profit.

  • US-Japan trade talks suspended without agreement

    Talks between the United States and Japan on a Pacific Rim trade pact have halted for now without any resolution in sight, spoiling plans for a showcase deal during President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo.

  • GM 1Q profit dragged down by recalls

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    General Motors on Thursday reported its worst quarterly performance in more than four years as the costs of a series of recalls dragged down earnings.

    Procter & Gamble 3Q profit edges up, revenue slips

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    Procter & Gamble Co.’s fiscal third-quarter net income rose 2 percent as it cut costs to offset sluggish sales in categories like beauty and family products.

    Toyota sells 2.58 million vehicles, outselling GM

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    Toyota Motor Corp. kept its position at the top in global vehicle sales for the first quarter of this year, outpacing rivals General Motors and Volkswagen. Toyota said Wednesday it sold a record 2.583 million vehicles.

    Earnings and corporate deals lift US stocks

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    Corporate deals and some solid earnings reports propelled the stock market to its sixth straight gain Tuesday. Stocks are rebounding from a slump earlier this month when investors dumped high-flying biotechnology and Internet stocks.

    Novartis, GSK, Lilly in multibillion-dollar deals

    Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis AG announced a series of multibillion-dollar deals Tuesday with other major pharmaceutical companies that it said would reduce sales but boost profitability, while affecting some 15,000 of its employees globally.

    Valeant seeks $45B Botox treatment

    Valeant Pharmaceuticals and activist investor Bill Ackman have unveiled details of their offer to buy Botox maker Allergan, proposing a cash-and-stock deal that could be worth about $45 billion.

    Comcast 1Q earns surge on upbeat NBC results

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    Comcast Corp. said Tuesday its first-quarter net income rose by 30 percent as ad revenue surged at broadcast network NBC, helped by the Winter Olympics in Sochi and Jimmy Fallon’s elevation as host of “The Tonight Show.”

    General Motors seeks more protection from suits

    General Motors Co. has filed suit in a U.S. bankruptcy court asking a judge to protect the company from legal claims for actions that took place before it emerged from bankruptcy in 2009.

    Harley-Davidson 1Q earnings up 18.7 percent

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    Harley-Davidson’s first-quarter earnings rose 18.7 percent as motorcycle sales grew worldwide and efficiency efforts took hold. The Milwaukee company says global sales of new motorcycles grew 5.8 percent in the quarter as buyers responded to its new models.