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    Shares of Omnicom Group  are up 1.56% to $69.85 following remarks by Publicis Groupe SA that attempted to reassure investors about the fate of its $35 billion merger with Omnicom (OMC), saying that it was confident the proposed new company would get necessary approval to have its fiscal residence in the U.K., the Wall Street Journal reports.

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    Money manager and arts patron Alberto Vilar was resentenced on Thursday to 10 years in prison, a year longer than previously, in connection with his 2008 conviction for fraud and money laundering. U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in Manhattan, who had imposed the original sentence, said a longer term was justified because Vilar had taken steps to prevent victims from being repaid.

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    NEW YORK-- Shares of Elizabeth Arden Inc. (RDEN) jumped 10% Thursday on reports the cosmetics maker hired Goldman Sachs to discuss a potential sale. The news was reported by Reuters, which cited anonymous people familiar with the matter. Elizabeth Arden (RDEN), which is known for making celebrity-branded perfumes, was targeted for a potential buyout by LG Household& Healthcare Ltd, according to earlier news reports.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Shares of SunPower Corp. (SPWR) rose 0.8% Thursday ahead of first-quarter earnings that most analysts believe will beat expectations. SunPower shares had declined in early trading, caught in a downdraft for broad U.S. market. Concerns about Ukraine resurfaced and chipped away at early investor enthusiasm for stocks following Apple Inc. (AAPL) good results late Wednesday.

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    Time Warner Cable Inc (TWC) lost fewer subscribers than expected and posted healthier results for its residential business, a sign that the turnaround plan it unveiled early this year may be starting to work. Reporting results for the first quarter, the company said on Thursday it lost 34,000 video subscribers on a net basis, fewer than the 77,300 Wall Street analysts were expecting.

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    Shares of AstraZeneca Plc  are up 3.10% to $69.88 as Pfizer takeover talk grows even though the biopharmaceutical company reported lower first quarter earnings. First quarter profit excluding certain items declined 16% to $1.95 billion, or $1.17 a share, from $2.32 billion, or $1.41 a share. Analysts expected $1.21 a share, based on the average of 14 estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Facebook (FB), which launched as a public company two years ago weighed down by doubts about its mobile business, has emerged as a mobile juggernaut with its first-quarter earnings report. Facebook (FB) shares were up 2% after the company blew past Wall Street estimates, beating what most analysts said were already high expectations. Highlighting the report was a strong mobile ad business that now makes up roughly 60% of its fast-expanding advertising business, a...

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    * Gucci like-for-like sales growth 0.3 pct in Q1, down 3.2 pct reported. * Kering total like-for-like luxury sales up 6.3 pct. * Puma like-for-like Q1 sales down 0.4 pct. By Astrid Wendlandt. Gucci's sales growth remained sluggish in the first three months of the year, hit in part by the brand's upmarket repositioning and the clean-up of its wholesale distribution network.

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    Fusion-IO (FIO) shares are down -12% to $8.52 in trading on Thursday following the release of the company's third quarter earnings report.The data center and cloud computing services provider posted a net income loss of -$10.5 million, or -10 cents per share for the quarter, missing analysts estimates by 1 cent.The company posted quarterly revenue of $100.5 million, a year over year quarterly increas...

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     Shares of Eagle Rock Energy Partners (EROC), L.P  are down -16.08% to $4.07 on Thursday after the company announced it's suspending its quarterly distribution "in order to preserve liquidity in advance of closing the contribution of its midstream business to Regency Energy Partners," The company, which is a limited partnership that operates in the business of gathering, compressing, treating, process...

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    Gucci's sales growth remained sluggish in the first three months of the year, hit in part by the brand's upmarket repositioning and the lost sales resulting from the clean-up of its wholesale distribution network.

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     D.R. Horton  stock is climbing after beating analysts' estimates in its second quarter. By late morning, shares had climbed 7.7% to $22.99. Over the three months to March, the homebuilding company reported net income of 38 cents a share, 4 cents higher than analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters forecast. Revenue climbed 22.3% year over year to $1.7 billion, beating estimates by $134 million.

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     Zynga  shares are trading lower on Thursday after the company issued lower-than-expected earnings and revenue guidance. By late morning, shares had taken off 2.3% to $4.32. The social games developer said it expects second-quarter revenue between $140 million and $160 million with net losses of 7 cents to 8 cents a share.

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    NetScout Systems  shares are up 7.6% to $38.50 on Thursday following the release of the company's fourth quarter and full year earnings report.The company posted Non-GAAP fourth quarter revenue of $112.5 million, beating analysts estimates by $3.15 million. For the year, the company reported $396.6 million in revenue.Non-GAAP net income for the quarter was $20.2 million, or 48 cents per share, ...

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    Shares of Sotheby's  are up 5.31% to $42.81 after the art auctioneer released preliminary, unaudited financial results for the first quarter. Sotheby's (BID) said it expects to report that net auction sales increased by 40% from the prior year to approximately $730 million.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares continue their rally Thursday as investors flock to the company's shares following a strong earnings report led by gains in iPhone sales and plans for a 7- for-1 stock split. But while Apple (AAPL) climbed more than 7% to $562.25 a share and appeared ready to hold its gains, much of the rest of tech sector took a sharp turn south after what was initially a strong start to the day's market action. Apple (AAPL) benefitted from a better-than-expected fiscal...

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    Angie's List (ANGI)  is gaining Thursday after the company narrowed its net losses and increased revenue double-digits over its first quarter. By midmorning, shares had added 2.8% to $13.18. The online reviews site said quarterly sales jumped 40% year over year to $72.7 million, boosted by a 35% increase in total paid memberships to 2.6 million. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 10 Favorite Growth Stocks.

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    Shares of Verizon (VZ) are slipping on Thursday after the company reported mixed first-quarter results with profit that fell short of Wall Street expectations. VIDEO TRANSCRIPT: Shares of Verizon (VZ) were slipping on Thursday after reporting a nearly 5% rise in first-quarter revenue but profit still that fell short of expectations.