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    General Motors Co Chief Executive Officer Mary Barra, who last year became the first woman to lead a major U.S. automaker, received $16.2 million in 2014 compensation, up 78 percent from her predecessor's total the previous year. Most of Barra's compensation is tied to stock awards that she cannot cash in yet. Barra, 53, replaced Dan Akerson, now 66, as CEO in January 2014.

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    Shares of Skechers USA  rose 1.69% to $88.34 in morning trading Friday after COO and CFO David Weinberg appeared on Jim Cramer's Mad Money on CNBC. After the market close Wednesday, Skechers reported earnings of $1.01 a share to beat the consensus estimate by 9 cents, and surprised Wall Street on just about every possible metric.

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    Shares of Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) were falling 1.5% to $32.48 on Friday despite the oil and gas company's positive first quarter results which beat analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue. Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) reported earnings of 12 cents a share for the first quarter, above analysts' estimates of 3 cents a share for the quarter.

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    The Apple Watch launched quietly around the world on Friday without the usual frenzy or fanfare for an Apple Inc rollout, as a handful of boutiques in major cities like Tokyo and Paris sold the timepiece - but not for purchase at its own stores. Shops included The Corner in Berlin, Colette in Paris, Maxfield in Los Angeles and Dover Street Market in Tokyo and London.

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    Shares of 3D Systems (DDD) are down by 4.68% to $28.74 in mid-morning trading on Friday, after the company issued its preliminary 2015 first quarter earnings results which fell short of what analysts are expecting the 3D printing company to report for the period.

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    Xerox (XRX) shares are down 9.4% to $11.91 in early market trading on Friday after the document technology service provider reported its first quarter financial results before the opening bell today.The Norwalk, CT-based company reported first quarter net income of $225 million, or 21 cents per diluted share when adjusted for one time losses, on revenue of $4.47 billion that fell 6.3% from the same p...

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     Biogen shares are falling 5.88% to $405 in early market trading on Friday after the global biopharmaceutical company reported its first quarter earnings results before the opening bell today.The Cambridge, MA-based company reported first quarter earnings of $3.82 per share on revenue that rose 20% to $2.55 billion.

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    German industrial group ThyssenKrupp plans to invest more than 800 million euros in North America by 2020 to take advantage of the economy's reindustrialization. "We are profiting from economic growth and the renaissance of manufacturing in the USA.

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    - Xerox Corp (XRX), cut its 2015 profit forecast, blaming a strong dollar, and reported quarterly revenue below Wall Street's expectations, hurt mainly by lower printer sales and higher costs. The company also said it expects 2015 revenue to fall 1 percent on a constant currency basis, compared with its previous forecast of revenue being flat with a year earlier.

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    * Stock falls as much at 8 pct. * Tecfidera sales fall 10 pct on sequential basis in 1st qtr. * Co also experiencing strong currency headwinds - executives. By Natalie Grover. Sales of Biogen Inc's (BIIB) key oral multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera fell on a sequential basis in the first quarter for the first time since its launch in 2013, sending the company's stock down as much as 8 percent on Friday.