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     Altria Group shares closed trading up 0.44% to $52.35 on Thursday after the parent company of Marlboro cigarettes reported first quarter earnings that topped analysts expectations for the period.The Richmond, VA-based company reported that its first quarter net income fell by 13.4% to $1.02 billion, or 63 cents per share on revenue that increased 5.2% to $4.27 billion on an adjusted basis.

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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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    Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) shares surged 6.9% in after-hours trade Thursday, after the networking company reported better-than-expected first-quarter profit and sales. The company said net earnings fell to $80.2 million, or 19 cents a share, from $110.6 million, or 22 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, such as acquisition-related charges, adjusted earnings per share were 32 cents, beating the FactSet consensus of 31 cents.

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    Pandora Media Inc. (P) shares fell in the extended session Thursday after the Internet radio service reported quarterly results. Pandora shares fell 4.6% to $16.90 on moderate volume. The company posted a loss of 23 cents a share on revenue of $230.8 million.

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    Shares of Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) were up 4% in after-hours trade Thursday, after a better-than-expected fiscal second-quarter report.. The Seattle coffee chain reported earnings per share of 33 cents, which is up 18% from the prior-year period. The FactSet consensus was also 33 cents.

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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.