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    * Forecasts second-qtr revenue $79.5 mln-$80.5 mln vs est. * First-quarter revenue increases 40 pct to $72.7 mln. * Shares rise 10 pct in extended trading. By Sampad Patnaik and Abhirup Roy. Angie's List Inc (ANGI), which operates a website that allows users to review local businesses, posted a smaller quarterly loss as it signed up more paid customers for its services.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares rallied Wednesday evening in the after-hours trading session, after the iPhone and iPad maker reported quarterly earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street's expectations and announced a 7- for-1 stock split. Shares of Facebook Inc. (FB), Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN), Zynga Inc. (ZNGA) and Angie's List Inc. (ANGI) also climbed following the release of quarterly financial results. Apple (AAPL) reported a fiscal second-quarter profit of $11.62 a share on revenue of $45.6...

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    ServiceNow Inc (NOW), which makes software to automate and manage IT services, forecast second-quarter and full-year revenue above Wall Street estimates. The company also reported better-than-expected first-quarter revenue, helped by the addition of new customers. ServiceNow (NOW) shares rose about 4 percent in extended trading after they closed at $53.07 on the New York Stock Exchange.

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    NEW YORK-- The U.S. stock market ended Wednesday's choppy session lower, as investors paused for breath after six-straight days of gains on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite. Earnings results from heavyweights Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) after the closing bell were in focus. Disappointing numbers from home sales and manufacturing data added to cautious sentiment.

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    NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks took a pause after a six-day run by opening slightly lower on Wednesday. Investors focused on earnings from companies such as Boeing Co. and Delta Air Lines, Inc. and awaited new home sales figures due at 10 a.m. The benchmark S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite rose for the past six trading sessions.

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    NEW YORK-- The U.S. stock market ended Wednesday's choppy session lower, as investors paused for breath after six straight days of gains on the S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite. Earnings results from Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. after the closing bell were in focus. Disappointing numbers from home sales and manufacturing data added to cautious sentiment.

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     Angie's List  rose in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the company reported a narrower loss in its first-quarter earnings. Angie's List (ANGI) posted a loss of 6 cents a share, in line with analysts' estimates and narrower than a loss of 14 cents a share in the same period one year earlier. "The first quarter represented solid performance for the company," said CEO Bill Oesterle in a statement.

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     Zynga  rose in after-hours trading on Wednesday after the social game maker reported its first-quarter results. The company posted a net loss of $61 million, which includes a $30 million restructuring charge, down from net income of $4 million in the same quarter one year earlier.

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    SAN FRANCISCO-- Angie's List Inc. (ANGI) late Wednesday reported a first-quarter loss of 6 cents a share, in line with expectations and compared with a loss of 14 cents a share in the year-ago period. The online provider of professional services reviews and recommendations said its revenue for the quarter hit $72.7 million, an increase of 39% from $52.2 million in the prior-year period. Angie's List (ANGI) shares have lost 21% in the past three months, and 37% in the past 12 months.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury prices climbed Wednesday after a report showed weak growth in new home sales and an auction of 5- year notes saw tepid demand. The 10- year note yield, which falls as prices rise, was down 4 basis points on the day at 2.688%. The 30- year bond yield dropped 3.5 basis points to 3.469% and the 5- year note yield fell 3 basis points to 1.714%.

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    Ever since they were badly burned in the 2008-2009 stock and bond debacle, investors have been pouring money into so-called "alternative" mutual funds, often at the behest of financial advisers who say those funds will protect them from the fire next time. But it is too soon to tell whether most of these funds will work as suggested. There is good reason for their lack of clarity.

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     Apple's  fiscal second-quarter earnings blew past Wall Street's estimates sending shares roughly 8% higher in after-hours trading. Apple (AAPL) reported second-quarter earnings of $11.62 a share, generating $45.6 billion in revenue. Shares were up 7.7% to $565.15 in post markets.

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    By Myra P. Saefong and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO-- A U.S. government report showed that weekly crude inventories climbed to their highest level on record, pulling oil futures down by the close to their lowest settlement in more than two weeks. Tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine continued to feed worries about oil supplies from Russia, analysts said, limiting price losses for oil, however.

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    By Myra P. Saefong and William L. Watts, MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO-- Gold futures settled higher Wednesday, rebounding the lowest close in three weeks as tensions in Ukraine, weakness in U.S. equities and some downbeat economic data fueled some safe-haven demand for the metal. Gold for June delivery climbed by $3.50, or 0.3%, to settle at $1,284.60 an ounce on the Comex division of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury prices climbed Wednesday before a round of economic data and a sale of new debt. The benchmark 10- year note yield, which moves lower as prices climb, was down 3 basis points at 2.695%, according to Tradeweb. The 30- year bond yield fell 3 basis points to 3.475% while the 5- year note yield fell 3 basis points to 1.714%.