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Wall Street Journal What's News: Episodes

Stocks end narrowly mixed as financials erase a gain by Caterpillar; Goldman Sachs facing a third shareholder lawsuit; and Wal Mart loses an appeal on a discrimination lawsuit.
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Caterpillar swung to a profit in the first quarter.Whirlpool's earnings more than doubled, as consumer demand increased. Hertz has agreed to buy rival Dollar Thrifty.
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Democrats take a step toward their goal of overhauling financial regulation, Hertz plans on acquiring rival Dollar Thrifty and United and Continental continue to talk about a potential merger.
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Stocks move higher on a surge in oil prices; Lehman Brothers bankruptcy estate files three lawsuits over derivatives contracts; and Greece's Prime Minister asks the EU and the IMF to activate a support package.
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U.S. new home sales surged in March, as buyers rushed to secure government tax credits scheduled to expire at the end of April. Durable-goods orders dropped unexpectedly in March, held back by new orders for transportation-related goods.
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New figures revealed that Greece's debt crisis is even worse than investors believed ... Windows 7 sales helped Microsoft's quarterly profit climb 35% ... and raw-materials costs are surging these days
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Stocks end the day higher as the blue chips erase a triple digit drop; tax credits spur a big jump in home sales, but foreclosures are likely to sharply increase the inventory of unsold homes on the market in the coming months; and Google's YouTube launches a movie rental store.
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US Airways has halted merger talks with United. Existing-home sales rose in March on a surge in first-time home buyers ahead of the expiration of a tax credit. Weekly jobless claims fell by 24,000 but remained high.
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Telecom companies Qwest and CenturyTel are in advanced talks about a potential merger ... Greek bond yields surged to new crisis highs ... a massive fire at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico left 11 workers missing and 17 injured ... and Facebook announced a plan to extend its reach elsewhere on the Internet
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Stocks end mixed as financials weight on the market; easrnings season picks up as Morgan Stanley, Wells Fargon, Boeing and Starbucks highlight the action; and Chrysler turns and operating profit while GM repays its loan to the U-S.
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Boeing has reported lower profit and sales. United Technologies posted better profit due to cost cutting. General Motors has paid off its government loans.
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The SEC is considering new rules to deter banks from dressing up their books ... Apple's profit surged 90% in the first quarter, while Yahoo's earnings more than doubled ... and flights are resuming across Europe as air space mostly reopens
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Crude oil carries Wall Street higher; Google unveiles a new tool designed to shed a light on which countries ask for information on its users; and a political firestorm brews in Europe for Goldman Sachs.
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Goldman Sachs's earnings jumped 91%. Coca-Cola's profit rose to $1.6 billion, but sales in North America continued to decline.
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IBM offered further evidence of a recovery in technology spending; profit rose 13% ... Swiss drug giant Novartis is cutting about 20% of its U.S. headquarters staff ... and the SEC's decision to sue Goldman Sachs came over the objections of two Republican commissioners
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Blue chips rise as traders snap up beaten down financials; Citigroup profits jump as the fallout from the financial crisis settles; and the Supreme Court to hear Swiss watch maker Omega's patent infringement lawsuit against Costco.
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Citigroup profit more than doubled. Eli Lilly's profit and outlook declined.The index of leading economic indicators jumped 1.4% in March.
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Tokyo's Nikkei slid 1.7% today to its lowest close in three weeks ... the SEC, after having hit Goldman with a civil fraud charge, is examining other mortgage deals arranged by big Wall Street firms ... and Obama is taking a hands-on approach to revamping financial regulation
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the winning streak is over for stocks as financials slide; Goldman Sachs paces the decline after it is hit with civil fraud charges by the SEC; and the more jobs are added in 33 states in March.
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The SEC charged Goldman Sachs and one of its vice presidents for defrauding investors by misstating and omitting key facts about a financial product tied to subprime mortgages. Home construction climbed for a third straight month in March.
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