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Dow 30 Earnings: Chevron Corp. First Quarter 2016

Jeremy J. Butler | 04/29/2016

Oil giant Chevron (CVX) has reported its second-consecutive bottom-line loss, with lower oil prices once again weighing on operating results. The company posted first-quarter sales of $23.6 billion, 32% lower than the year-earlier tally of $34.6 billion. The bottom-line deficit was $0.39 a share, compared with last year's profit of $1.37. The stock fell slightly, in response.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Exxon Mobil Corp. First Quarter 2016

Robert Mitkowski | 04/29/2016

Petroleum industry giant Exxon Mobil (XOM) has reported first-quarter 2016 earnings per share of $0.43, down sharply from the year-earlier tally of $1.17. The figure was less than our estimate of $0.60, but better than the revised Wall Street consensus. The shares rose moderately on the announcement.

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Stock Market Today: April 29, 2016

William G. Ferguson, Adam Rosner, Robert Mitkowski | 04/29/2016

Stocks ended the week and the month of April on a down note, if well off of their session lows on Friday. At the close of trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 57 points; the NASDAQ was 30 points lower; and the S&P 500 shed 11 points. Market breadth on the New York Stock Exchange was moderately negative, and more so on the NASDAQ.

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The Gross Domestic Product Barely Grows In The First Quarter of 2016

Harvey S. Katz | 04/28/2016

Expectations of gross domestic product growth for the recently concluded first quarter had been coming down for weeks, but the release of those figures earlier this morning showed that growth was below even some of the more downbeat forecasts.  On point, the latest data showed that GDP rose by a scant 0.5% in the quarter, two-tenths of a percentage point below the latest estimates. Earlier expectations, issued at the outset of the recent period, had growth coming in above 2%.

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Stock Market Today: April 28, 2016

Harvey S. Katz, Simon E. Shnayder, and Adam Rosner | 04/28/2016

The U.S. stock market got off to a mixed start this morning, but turned decidedly lower in the late afternoon. At the end of the session, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was off 211 points; the S&P 500 Index was down 19 points; and the NASDAQ was lower by 58 points. Market breadth was negative, as decliners outpaced advancers on the NYSE.

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The Federal Reserve Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged

Harvey S. Katz | 04/27/2016

The Federal Reserve, to the surprise of almost no one, has decided to leave interest rates unchanged, voting, by a 9-to-1 count, to keep the federal funds rate target at 0.25 to 0.50 percent. Fed Governor Esther L. George was the lone dissenter. She voted to lift borrowing costs by 25 basis points at the meeting.

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Dow 30 Earnings: United Technologies First Quarter 2016

Erik M. Manning | 04/27/2016

Shares of United Technologies were little changed after the industrial conglomerate reported its first-quarter results.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Apple Inc. Second Quarter Fiscal 2016

Justin Hellman | 04/27/2016

Shares of Apple (AAPL) have again come under pressure, sinking back beneath the key $100 level, after the tech giant posted disappointing results for the second quarter of fiscal 2016 (year ends September 24th). In fact, the company missed Wall Street's expectations on both the top and bottom lines, with share net of $1.90 coming in $0.13 shy our estimate and a dime below the consensus view. The iPhone franchise, long a cash cow for Apple, was the main reason for the misses, as worldwide shipments slowed even more than had been feared. Moreover, the smartphone weakness led to the first year-over-year revenue drop for the company since 2003.

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Dow 30 Earnings: Boeing First Quarter 2016

Ian Gendler | 04/27/2016

Shares of The Boeing Company were little changed in pre-market trading after the world's largest aerospace/defense corporation reported disappointing March-period financial results.

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