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S&P, Dow fall with health stocks; Microsoft lifts Nasdaq

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York CityMicrosoft surged as much as 5.6 percent to an all-time high of $60.45, while McDonald's was up 3.1 percent. "If companies cannot beat estimates in this (low-rate) environment, it raises the question of what will happen when the Fed raises rates in December," said Adam Sarhan, chief executive at Sarhan Capital. At 11:03 a.m. ET the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 94.54 points, or 0.52 percent, at 18,067.81.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:43:37 -0400

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AT&T in advanced talks to buy Time Warner: WSJ

Ticker and trading information for media conglomerate Time Warner Inc. is displayed at the post where it is traded on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York City(Reuters) - AT&T Inc is in advanced discussions to acquire media conglomerate Time Warner Inc , and a deal could come as early as this weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The talks have come together quickly and revolve around a cash-and-stock deal which would be one of the largest in the sector in recent years as telecom companies make a grab for media providers to acquire content, the Journal reported. AT&T shares were down 3.3 percent at $37.39.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 12:09:29 -0400

N.Y. Fed lowers U.S. third and fourth quarter GDP outlook

Federal Reserve and New York City Police officers stand guard in front of the New York Federal Reserve BuildingThe New York Federal Reserve on Friday downgraded its forecasts on U.S. economic growth in the second half of 2016 following data on regional business activities in October and a steep drop in housing starts last month. The regional central bank said its "Nowcast" model projected gross domestic product in the third quarter growing at 2.22 percent versus 2.30 percent a week ago.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:34:51 -0400

SunEdison creditors launch lawsuit against lenders in bankruptcy battle

The headquarters of SunEdison is shown in this aerial photo in BelmontBy Jessica DiNapoli NEW YORK (Reuters) - A group of SunEdison Inc lenders took control of the renewable energy developer after inking a "sweetheart deal" to try to save their investment as the company approached bankruptcy, hurting other creditors, according to a lawsuit filed late Thursday in U.S. bankruptcy court. SunEdison transferred "hundreds of millions of dollars" to the lenders, which included buyout firms Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP and more than 15 hedge funds, before it filed for bankruptcy, hurting the company's other creditors, according to a redacted version of the complaint. SunEdison's unsecured creditors, including Vivint Solar Inc , filed the lawsuit.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:50:24 -0400

GE beats on profit but cuts revenue target on oil, gas weakness

The ticker and logo for General Electric Co. is displayed on a screen at the post where it's traded on the floor of the NYSEGeneral Electric Co beat analyst profit forecasts in the third quarter, but revenue growth remained sluggish, prompting the company to scale back expectations for full-year revenue and profit on Friday, sending shares sharply lower. The industrial giant's adjusted profit jumped 10 percent to 32 cents a share, exceeding the 30 cents that analysts had estimated on average, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Analysts had been looking for GE to report stronger revenue growth after a weak first half, but that was stymied by a 25-percent slump in oil and gas revenue in the quarter.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:28:40 -0400

McDonald's U.S. sales revive amid stiff competition

File photo of a Ronald McDonald character posing at the world's oldest operating McDonald's restaurant, with the or..Sales at established U.S. restaurants rose 1.3 percent as a result, offsetting the negative impact of competition and lower grocery prices that encouraged some diners to cook at home. The result from the United States, which accounts for about 40 percent of overall profit at McDonald's, just exceeded analysts' lowered expectations, and was not as robust as the 2 percent U.S. same-store sales gain reported by rival Dunkin' Donuts on Thursday. McDonald's international restaurants easily beat expectations on same-store sales growth in Britain, Australia, Canada and Germany.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:15:12 -0400

BAT offers to buy U.S. tobacco firm Reynolds in $47 billion deal

People walk past the British American Tobacco offices in LondonBritish American Tobacco has offered to buy out U.S. cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc in a $47 billion takeover that would create the world's biggest listed tobacco company with brands including Newport, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall. The cash-and-stock deal would mark the return of BAT to the lucrative and highly regulated U.S. market after a 12-year absence, making it the only tobacco giant with a leading presence in American and international markets. A Reynolds takeover by BAT, which already owns 42 percent of the U.S. group, has long been seen as part of an inevitable wave of global consolidation in a mature industry.

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:28:24 -0400

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