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    Starbucks Corp (SBUX) said on Thursday sales at its coffee shops in the Americas region grew more than expected, calming concerns about cooling growth and sending shares up 4.4 percent in after-hours trading. Sales at Starbucks (SBUX) shops open at least 13 months were up 7 percent in the Americas region for the fiscal second quarter that ended March 29.

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     Alexion Pharmaceuticals shares closed trading down 1.9% to $184.62 on Thursday following the pharmaceutical company's first quarter earnings miss before the opening bell today.The Cheshire, CT-based company reported first quarter net income of $91.3 million, or $1.28 per share, on revenue of $600.3 million that increased 6% over the year ago period.

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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 its core Windows business. Its shares rose 2.4 percent to $44.38 in after-hours trading.

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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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     State Street shares are up 0.63% to $78.42 in afternoon trading on Thursday ahead of the release of the Boston-based financial holding company's first quarter earnings results before the opening bell tomorrow.Analysts are expecting the company to report earnings of $1.05 per share, a six cent improvement of the 99 cents per share the company reported in the year ago period, on revenue of $2.7 ...

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    Shares of AK Steel  rose 6.09% to $4.88 in afternoon trading Thursday after peer company Nucor , the second-largest U.S. steel producer, reported first-quarter earnings. Nucor (NUE) reported a profit of $67.8 million, or 21 cents a share, down 39% year-over-year from $111 million, or 35 cents a share.

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    * Sarao said he "always" traded very fast. * CFTC complaint says Sarao canceled 99 pct of orders on certain days. * Had nearly $17 mln in assets in Swiss bank - court document. By Sarah N. Lynch, Tom Polansek and Douwe Miedema.

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    Shares of Barrick Gold (ABX) are up by 2.91% to $12.73 in mid-afternoon trading on Thursday, as some mining and related stocks get a jolt today due to the rally in the price of gold. The precious metal is reversing some recent losses as the dollar falls today, MarketWatch reports. Gold for June delivery is climbing by 0.83% to $1,196.80 per ounce on the COMEX this afternoon.

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    America is once again running on Dunkin'. Iced espresso, hot espresso, iced coffee, croissant donuts, Angus steak and egg breakfast sandwiches. After a sluggish 2014, Dunkin' sales and profits are surging. That's why shares of Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), the owner of Dunkin' Donuts as well as Baskin-Robbins, are running 7% higher on Thursday.

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    Shares of Vale are surging, up 7.38% to $6.98 in afternoon trading Thursday, continuing its gains from yesterday's session following the company's record first quarter output. The Brazilian iron ore producer announced that it produced 77.4 million metric tons of iron ore in the first quarter, which is a 4.5% year-over-year rise.

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    Eli Lilly (LLY) shares are up 0.1% to $72.39 in afternoon trading on Thursday after the biotech company reported its first quarter financial results before the opening bell today.The company easily beat analysts' earnings expectations for the period, reporting earnings of 87 cents per share that topped guidance of 76 cents per share by 11 cents.

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    Exxon Mobil (XOM) shares are climbing 0.81% to $88.19 in afternoon trading on Thursday, despite a Justice Department's $5 million ruling against the company yesterday over a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas, and as an escalating civil war in Yemen helped boost oil prices today.The company agreed to pay a range of penalties including the state's legal fees as part of the settlement that was brokered between...

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    Shares of AT&T (T) were gaining 4.4% to $34.30 on heavy trading volume Thursday after the telecommunications company reported results for the first quarter. AT&T (T) reported earnings of 63 cents a share for the first quarter, above analysts' estimates of 62 cents a share.

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    Most U.S. companies so far this earnings season have managed to beat Wall Street profit forecasts despite weak sales, but investors hoping corporate headwinds have died down may need to temper their enthusiasm. Of the 169 Standard & Poor's 500 companies that have reported so far, 71 percent beat earnings estimates, many of which were modest to begin with, Thomson Reuters data showed.