Warren Buffett's firm recorded an 8 percent gain in first-quarter profit because of the way it had to account for its Duracell acquisition, but without those paper investment gains Berkshire Hathaway's profit declined
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Berkshire Hathaway's first-quarter profit grew 8 percent largely because of the way it had to account for its Duracell acquisition on paper, but profits fell at its BNSF railroad and at its insurance units....

Exxon Mobil has recorded its smallest quarterly profit in more than 16 years and Chevron lost $725 million because of the slumping price of oil
DALLAS (AP) -- Motorists are saving billions on cheaper gasoline, but the long slump in oil prices is taking a heavy toll on companies that find and produce crude....

Molina Healthcare, Seagate Technology and Groupon slump in Wall Street trading, while Amazon and TiVo gain ground
NEW YORK (AP) -- Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq stock market:...

Lower oil prices push Exxon's 1Q profit down by 63 percent; weakest quarter since 1999
DALLAS (AP) -- Exxon Mobil produced its weakest quarter in more than 16 years as lower oil prices pushed its profit down by 63 percent....

The eurozone economy has grown back to the size it was back in 2008 _ here's a look at some other key indicators for the 19-country bloc, comparing its situation eight years ago with where it is now
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Official figures show that the eurozone economy grew by a quarterly rate of 0.6 percent in the first three months of year, a level of growth that means the single currency bloc has finally clawed back the ground lost during the recessions since 2008
LONDON (AP) -- It's been a long and tortuous journey, but the eurozone economy is finally back to the size it was before the global financial crisis....

Royal Bank of Scotland says its net loss widened after it made a 1.2 billion pound payment to the U.K as part of the deal to give the government first crack at any profits
LONDON (AP) -- Royal Bank of Scotland says its net loss widened in the first quarter as the taxpayer-owned bank made its final 1.2 billion-pound ($1.7 billion) payment to the U.K. Treasury as part of a deal to give the government first crack at any profits....

A prominent Chinese investment manager and three managers of a major stock brokerage have been formally arrested on insider trading charges following a collapse in share prices last year
BEIJING (AP) -- A prominent Chinese investment manager and three managers of a major stock brokerage have been formally arrested on insider trading charges following a collapse in share prices last year....

Sanofi says drugs sales in emerging markets helped keep its profits stable in the first quarter despite losses caused by Venezuela's collapsing currency
PARIS (AP) -- Sanofi says drugs sales in emerging markets helped keep its profits stable in the first quarter despite losses caused by Venezuela's collapsing currency....

Gilead Sciences' profit tumbled in the first quarter as fewer patients received its blockbuster hepatitis C drug Harvoni
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Gilead Science Inc.'s earnings tumbled more than 17 percent in the first quarter as steeper discounts and rebates on its blockbuster hepatitis C drugs cut into sales....

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