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AP Top Business News At 7:26 a.m. EST

Markets brace for Big Oil profit plunge
NEW YORK (AP) -- It's just a forecast, and for only one of 10 industry groups in the stock market. Yet it has almost singlehandedly turned what had been a promising earnings season into a grim one....

Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name
PHOENIX (AP) -- It is the game that must not be named - at least not without permission....

Barbie blues gave Mattel holiday disappointment
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Slumping sales of Barbie did little to bring a happy holiday to her maker, Mattel Inc....

How can Google snap its stock out of its stupor?
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Google has turned into a stock market laggard as the shift to mobile devices has lowered the Internet search leader's digital ad prices and the company's expensive investments in far-out technology has trimmed its profit margins....

Russia cuts key rate to help economy, leaving ruble to drop
MOSCOW (AP) -- In a surprise decision, Russia's central bank on Friday cut its key interest rate, which it had raised sharply last month to support the collapsing ruble, in order to help the fading economy....

World stocks uneven ahead of US growth report
HONG KONG (AP) -- World stock markets were uneven Friday and Wall Street futures slid ahead of quarterly growth figures that will show whether weakness in China, Japan and Europe has hit the U.S. economy....

Qatar Airways buys nearly 10 percent of BA, Iberia parent
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- Qatar Airways announced Friday it has bought nearly 10 percent of the parent company of British Airways and Spain's Iberia, deepening wealthy Qatar's business ties to Europe and intensifying competition with the airline's fast-growing Gulf rivals....

Smart Spending: Why investors are applauding Amazon earnings
NEW YORK (AP) -- Amazon.com Inc.'s fourth-quarter earnings roundly beat analyst expectations, sending the Seattle e-commerce giant's stock soaring 11 percent in premarket trading Friday. Here's a closer look at what investors applauded and hope continues....

Chinese MH370 relatives reject word that passengers are dead
BEIJING (AP) -- About 100 Chinese families of passengers on the missing Malaysian airliner demanded Friday that Malaysian officials retract their statement that all aboard died, saying that without hard evidence they don't want to start compensation claims....

Eurozone prices plunge 0.6 pct amid weak growth, cheap oil
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Falling prices sent another worrying signal about the eurozone economy just before the European Central Bank starts a 1 trillion euro ($1.1 trillion) stimulus effort....

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How the Dow Jones industrial average fared Thursday