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     Harley-Davidson (HOG) was gaining 7.2% to $72.50 in premarket trading Tuesday after posting a higher-than-expected profit for the first quarter. For the first quarter the motorcycle maker reported earnings of $1.21 a share, beating estimates of $1.08 a share by 13 cents. The company said it sold 57,415 new motorcycles in the first quarter, a 5.8% increase from the year-ago period.

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    Shares of GlaxoSmithKline Plc  are up 4.56% to $55.54 in pre-market trade as Novartis (NVS)  announced a multi-billion dollar revamp today, swapping assets with Glaxo and selling its animal health unit in a bid to simplify its business and increase its focus on high-margin cancer medicines, Reuters reports.Novartis (NVS) shares are up 1.11% to $86.41. Novartis (NVS) said it will buy GlaxoSmithKline's oncology pr...

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    Netflix Inc (NFLX) surged 7 percent to $372.90 a day after reporting strong subscriber growth, a sign the trading favorite still had room to grow despite recent valuation concerns. A deal between Novartis (NVS) and GlaxoSmithKline, in which the two traded over $20 billion worth of assets in an effort to cope with healthcare spending cuts and generic competition, also...

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    Netflix (NFLX) was moving higher in pre-market trading after posting first-quarter results after the bell a day earlier. Before market open, shares had gained 7.6% to $375.12. The online streaming company reported net income of 86 cents a share over the three months to March, beating Thomson Reuters estimates by 3 cents a share.

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     U.S. stock futures were in wait-and-see mode on Tuesday as a number of sector heavyweights reported quarterly earnings. McDonald's  reported earnings of $1.21 a share, 3 cents lower than estimates as soft U.S. sales dragged on profit.

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    Global disinflation is a hot topic for bond investors. In the day-to-day life of the bond markets, however, one form of inflation is proving sticky: in the order books for new issues. The bond market has recently seen some spectacular deals--and equally spectacular order books.

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    The S&P 500 closed near session highs, up 0.38%. . Netflix (NFLX) jumped higher in the after-hours trading session on an earnings beat and on news that it would be raising prices. On CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show, Dan Nathan, co-founder and editor of riskreversal.com, said shares of Netflix (NFLX) need to find support near current levels or they could be headed lower.

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    The following factors could affect Italian markets on Tuesday. Reuters has not verified the newspaper reports, and cannot vouch for their accuracy. POLITICS. Prime Minister Matteo Renzi cut taxes for 10 million low earners on Friday to try to boost household spending after a two-year recession, making good on a promise he made after taking office two months ago.

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    Bank stocks are suddenly running on fumes. Banks entered the year with a mandate to justify the huge run-up in their share prices the prior year by growing earnings. The KBW Bank index rose 35% in 2013, handily outpacing the S&P 500. The trouble is, the bank-stock surge far exceeded earnings growth, indicating investors were expanding valuation multiples in anticipation of future growth.

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    * S&P 500's advance follows biggest weekly gain since July. * Earnings seen driving trading; dozens of names report this week. * Netflix climbs in extended-hours trading after results. * Dow up 0.3 pct; S&P 500 up 0.4 pct; Nasdaq up 0.6 pct. By Chuck Mikolajczak.

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    NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks ended Monday with modest gains with the S&P 500 extending the winning streak to five days, the longest consecutive gains in six months. Estimate-beating results from a number of companies on Monday, including Halliburton Co, Hasbro, Inc. and Kimberly-Clark Crop boosted sentiment amid thin volumes on Wall Street. The S&P 500 ended the day 7.04 points, or 0.4%, higher at 1,871.89, rising for 5 straight sessions.

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    NEW YORK-- U.S. stocks closed modestly higher Monday, helping the S&P 500 to extend its winning streak to the longest in six months. Estimate-beating results from a number of companies on Monday boosted sentiment amid thin volumes on Wall Street. More than 4.8 billion stocks changed hands across Nasdaq and NYSE exchanges, the lowest number this year, according to FactSet.

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    Allergan  soared in after-hours trading on Monday amid news that activist investor William Ackman and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (VRX) have joined forces to pursue a takeover of the health care company. Ackman is the founder and CEO of hedge fund Pershing Square Capital Management, which has built an almost 10% stake in Allergan (AGN), according to CNBC.

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    * S&P rises for 5th straight day. * Netflix jumps 6.8 pct in after-hours trade. * Dollar gains vs yen as Japan logs largest-ever trade gap. * Fears about Ukraine persist in wake of fresh violence. * Markets subdued as Easter holiday shuts several markets. By Richard Leong.

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    NEW YORK-- Treasury prices swung mostly lower Monday as the market looked toward forthcoming sales of$ 96 billion in U.S. government notes this week. The debt sales include $32 billion in 2- year notes on Tuesday, $35 billion in 5- year notes on Wednesday, and $29 billion in 7- year notes on Thursday. "We have a lot of supply to get through," said David Keeble, global head of interest-rate strategy at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, who noted that broader market prices tend to...

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    By Myra P. Saefong and Victor Reklaitis, MarketWatch. SAN FRANCISCO-- Oil prices edged higher on Monday to log their highest close in seven weeks as continued uncertainty in Ukraine and U.S. economic reports that generally support a brighter outlook for energy demand lifted prices for a third-straight session. Crude for May delivery tacked on 7 cents, or 0.1%, to settle at $104.37 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with prices briefly spending time in negative territory...