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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.

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    Foreigners are set to take over several French blue chip firms this year and will largely do what they want with their prizes - showing the limits of new laws passed in the name of "economic patriotism".

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    - Microsoft Corp on Thursday reported revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations, as sales of its hardware and cloud-computing services helped to offset a decline in the company's core Windows business. Shares rose 3.1 percent to $44.70 in after-hours trading. "The company beat across the board," said FBR Capital markets analyst Daniel Ives.

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    - Google Inc reported higher quarterly revenue and profit as rising online ad volume offset a hit from the strong dollar, sending the Internet company's shares higher in after-hours trading. Shares of the world's No. 1 Internet search engine rose after the results were released, climbing 3.5 percent on Thursday to $577.

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    Oil prices diverged on Friday, with Brent hitting 4-1/2 month highs on continued fighting in Yemen while U.S. crude fell on concerns of another upcoming stock build, though both benchmarks headed toward weekly gains.

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    Juniper Networks Inc.' s profit fell in the first quarter, but the company reported better-than-expected results and guidance. The year-ago period was bolstered by an investment gain. Shares, down 3% over the past 12 months, rose 8% in recent after-hours trading on the better-than-expected results and guidance.

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    - Starbucks Corp (SBUX) said on Thursday sales at its coffee shops in the Americas region grew more than expected, boosted by sales of breakfast sandwiches, lunch and new drinks, such as Flat White. The strong quarterly results from the world's biggest coffee chain helped quiet nagging worries that its growth was cooling, and shares jumped 5.4 percent to $52.12 in after-hours trading.

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    Microsoft Corp (MSFT) on Thursday reported revenue and profit above Wall Street expectations, as sales of its hardware and cloud-computing products helped to offset a decline in the company's core Windows business. Shares rose 2.8 percent to $44.55 in after-hours trading. "The company beat across the board," said FBR Capital markets analyst Daniel Ives.