Total Profit Hit by Weaker Oil Prices

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French oil major Total reported a 20% fall in first-quarter net profit as its strongest production in a decade partially offset the impact of the collapse in oil prices.

Nepal Quake Economic Toll Expected to Be Massive

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The economic impact of Nepal’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake is expected to be immense.

Big Pharma's M&A Opportunity

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Ahead of the Tape: Merck and Pfizer are cash machines in a frothy pharmaceutical sector.

Small Lenders Object to Deals Over Breaches

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Small banks and credit unions are banding together in a bid to recover hundreds of millions of dollars in losses incurred from high-profile data breaches at Target and Home Depot.

China's Growth Is Mystery

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The official first-quarter GDP growth of 7% is overstated, experts agree, but pinning down the real number is a head-scratcher.

German Bond Swings Show Lack of Protection

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The German bond market last week went into reverse. The move underlined how little protection ultra-low yields provide against a move in prices.

Akorn's Restatement Drives Investors Nuts

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Generic-drug maker Akorn has run into accounting issues. In today’s frenzied deal market, though, that might attract interest.

Deutsche Bank's Realism Makes Bleak Reading

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Deutsche Bank has unveiled a big cut in targeted returns. That may be more realistic but only serves to underline the continuing problems at the German lender.

Silver Linings in Big Cloud Spending

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Amazon, Google and Microsoft are spending billions to stay competitive in the cloud, with shareholders cheering them along. That is good for their suppliers.

Apple: Not Just Phoning It In

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Apple’s latest results and expanded $200 billion buyback program should help the stock weather seasonal uncertainty.

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