Apr 19, 2011
The two companies offer a $350 million reverse break-up fee to NYSE Euronext if a merger with Nasdaq fails to win antitrust approval.
Earnings fell from the previous year, but the investment bank nearly doubled analysts' estimates.
The complaint asks the court to disgorge David Sokol's trading profits in Lubrizol and to award damages because of the damage done to Berkshire Hathaway's goodwill.
Consumer confidence fell in immediately after Japan's quake last month, but economists say that business and consumer sentiment has stabilized since then.
New laws that made hiring temporary workers easier have given German companies much more flexibility. But unions are starting to complain about poor pay and treatment.
|Markets edge higher on results, but Goldman weighs|
|NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. stocks rose on Tuesday after encouraging earnings from healthcare and materials companies and unexpected strength in housing, but weakness in technology and banks tempered gains. | Full Article|
|IBM raises full-year profit forecast|
|April 19, 2011 04:29 PM ET|
|BOSTON (Reuters) - IBM raised its full-year profit forecast as it released quarterly earnings that were ahead of Wall Street forecasts, buoyed by growth in the computing giant's software and mainframe businesses. | Full Article|
|Intel quarterly revenue rises 25 percent|
|April 19, 2011 04:27 PM ET|
|SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intel Corp posted a 25 percent jump in first-quarter revenue to $12.8 billion, beating estimates even as the PC chip heavyweight struggles to find its footing with smartphones and tablets. | Full Article|
|Berkshire, Buffett sued over Sokol's trades|
|April 19, 2011 02:40 PM ET|
|WILMINGTON, Delaware (Reuters) - Warren Buffett and the rest of Berkshire Hathaway Inc's board of directors were sued by a shareholder on Tuesday over presumed heir apparent David Sokol's trading in the stock of a company that was later bought by Berkshire. | Full Article|
|Goldman profit drops as trading revenue falls|
|April 19, 2011 02:21 PM ET|
|NEW YORK (Reuters) - Goldman Sachs Group Inc posted a 72 percent decline in quarterly earnings as trading revenue dropped, and the bank cautioned that its businesses face headwinds. | Full Article|
|US TOP NEWS|
|Obama defends deficit plan, sees common ground|
|April 19, 2011 02:27 PM ET|
|WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama drew a sharp line on Tuesday between Republican and Democratic plans to cut the deficit, but said a deal could be reached despite big ideological differences between the two parties. | Full Article|
|Home building rises, foreclosures a threat|
|April 19, 2011 11:36 AM ET|
|WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. home building and permits for future construction rebounded strongly last month from February's weather-depressed levels, but a glut of housing on the market will make further gains difficult. | Full Article|
|Nasdaq, ICE firm up NYSE bid, hope for talks|
|April 19, 2011 03:35 PM ET|
|NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nasdaq OMX Group and Intercontinental Exchange Inc promised to pay a $350 million fee to NYSE Euronext if regulators knock down their takeover offer, in a bid to get NYSE to start deal talks. | Full Article|
|Obama backs lifting income cap for Social Security|
|April 19, 2011 03:45 PM ET|
|WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday backed boosting the amount of individual income subject to Social Security taxes, one of the first concrete proposals he has endorsed to put the retirement program on a stronger fiscal footing. | Full Article|
|U.N. says 20 children killed in Misrata|
|April 19, 2011 02:17 PM ET|
|BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - The United Nations appealed on Tuesday for a ceasefire in the Libyan city of Misrata, saying at least 20 children had been killed in attacks by besieging government forces on rebel-held parts of the city. | Full Article|
By John Letzing
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Yahoo Inc. /quotes/comstock/15*!yhoo/quotes/nls/yhoo YHOO +4.22% said Tuesday its first-quarter net income fell to $223 million, or 17 cents a share, compared to $310.2 million, or 22 cents a share in the same period last year. The Internet giant said net revenue for the period ended March 31 fell 6% to $1.06 billion. Yahoo's first-quarter earnings reflect an impairment charge of 2 cents a share, related to Yahoo Japan. The results compare to a year-earlier period when the company's earnings were boosted by its sale of the Zimbra email service, and its search partnership with Microsoft Corp. /quotes/comstock/15*!msft/quotes/nls/msft MSFT -0.12% . Analysts polled by FactSet Research had expected Yahoo to report first-quarter earnings of 16 cents a share, and $1.05 billion in net revenue.
By Laura Mandaro
SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks ended moderately higher Tuesday after quarterly results from Johnson & Johnson /quotes/comstock/13*!jnj/quotes/nls/jnj JNJ -0.03% and others enticed buyers into a market trampled in the prior session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average /quotes/comstock/10w!i:dji/delayed DJIA +0.53% gained 65.16 points, or 0.5%, to 12,266.75 points, led by a 3.7% gain in Johnson & Johnson shares. The S&P 500 /quotes/comstock/21z!i1:in\x SPX +0.57% rose 7.48 points, or 0.6%, to 1,312.62, led by a 1.8% rise in material stocks as steelmakers U.S. Steel Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!x/quotes/nls/x X -0.63% and AK Steel Holding Corp. /quotes/comstock/13*!aks/quotes/nls/aks AKS +0.25% rallied on a competitor's results. The Nasdaq Composite /quotes/comstock/10y!i:comp COMP +0.35% rose 9.59 points, or 0.4%, to 2,744.97.