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  • Central bank: Spanish growth doubled in Q1

    Thursday, Apr 24, 3:12 am
    MADRID (AP) -- The recovery in the Spanish economy appears to be gathering steam.Figures Thursday from the Bank of Spain show that economic growth doubled in the first quarter to a quarterly... Read more...
  • Alstom shares jump amid talk of GE buyout

    Thursday, Apr 24, 2:12 am
    PARIS (AP) -- Shares in French train and equipment manufacturer Alstom have spiked on reports that General Electric Co. is considering making a bid for the company.Alstom said in a statement... Read more...
  • New drug sales help boost Novartis Q1 profit

    Thursday, Apr 24, 1:48 am
    GENEVA (AP) -- Strong new drug sales helped Swiss pharmaceutical firm Novartis AG report a 24 percent rise in first-quarter profit.The company said Thursday that its net profit of nearly $2.97... Read more...
  • Oil prices recoup earlier losses on Ukraine woes

    Thursday, Apr 24, 1:42 am
    TOKYO (AP) -- The price of oil rebounded Thursday on worries about tensions in Ukraine.U.S. crude for May delivery added 31 cents to close at $101.75 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.... Read more...
  • Last year's deadbeats do best as stocks stall

    Thursday, Apr 24, 12:31 am
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different.Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed... Read more...
  • Heineken returns to growth in Western Europe

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 11:54 pm
    AMSTERDAM (AP) -- Heineken NV says it has returned to growth in its crucial Western Europe market in the first quarter, after a long period of stagnation. "Organic" sales -- measured by operations held... Read more...
  • Vermont moves toward labeling of GMO foods

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 11:00 pm
    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) -- Vermont lawmakers have passed the country's first state bill to require the labeling of genetically modified foods as such, setting up a war between powerful lobbyists for the... Read more...
  • Asian stocks mixed on Obama visit, US dip

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 6:42 pm
    TOKYO (AP) -- Asian shares lacked a clear direction in early Thursday trading as players took a mostly wait-and-see view ahead of talks between Japan's prime minister and visiting President Barack Obama.Adding... Read more...
  • Apple increases stock buyback, will split stock

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 5:12 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Apple is doling out more of its cash to shareholders and preparing to split its stock for the first time in nine years in an attempt to win back investors fretting about the iPhone... Read more...
  • Zynga founder Pincus leaving operations role

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 4:24 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Online game maker Zynga's founder Mark Pincus is stepping down as chief product officer, less than a year after he was replaced as the company's CEO, as the company's sales slide.Zynga... Read more...
  • Wal-Mart cut former CEO's pay 73 percent in 2013

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 4:12 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) -- The pay of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.'s outgoing CEO fell 73 percent in 2013 because he received a lower performance-based bonus and he didn't get stock awards that are given in anticipation... Read more...
  • Buffett disapproves of Coca-Cola's pay plan

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 3:36 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Warren Buffett says he disapproves of Coca-Cola's highly contested pay plan for its executives.Buffett, whose company is the beverage maker's largest shareholder, called the... Read more...
  • Facebook 1Q results soar; CFO to step down

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 3:36 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Facebook's earnings nearly tripled and revenue grew sharply in the first quarter, surpassing Wall Street's expectations thanks to an 82 percent increase in advertising revenue.It... Read more...
  • Ronald McDonald takes to Twitter, gets makeover

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 3:12 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ronald McDonald has a new outfit, and he's ready for a selfie.McDonald's said Wednesday its famous spokesclown will take an active role on social media for the first time, using... Read more...
  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday

    Wednesday, Apr 23, 2:24 pm
    Stocks edged mostly lower Wednesday, breaking a six-day winning streak, as investors were disappointed by the latest round of earnings from U.S. companies. A surprise drop in new home sales also weighed... Read more...
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