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wallstreet4-103112_19Dec14.jpg While buying interest has remained relatively subdued, stocks are seeing modest strength in mid-day trading on Friday. The gains on the day are extending the strong upward move that was seen over the course of the two previous sessions.

CadillacCT6-121914.jpg General Motors Co.'s (GM) Cadillac plans to introduce a rear-view mirror that can stream high-resolution video in order to help the driver get a better rearward view without the obstruction of passengers and headrests. Cadillac plans to introduce the new technology on the 2016 Cadillac CT6, when it...

Roche-Ttrials-121914.jpg Swiss drug maker Roche Holding said a late-stage trial of its breast cancer drug Kadcyla did not provide superior results compared with an existing therapy.

Samsunggalaxys6-121914.jpg The upcoming Samsung Galaxy S6 will likely feature an all-new aluminum body design and have a curved edge display screen on both sides, according to Italian tech blog Samsung HD Blog. If the latest rumors are to be believed, then Samsung's (SMSN.L, SSNNF.OB, SSNLF.OB) widely anticipated flagship smartphone...

immigration-121914.jpg On the heels of national protests over the police-involved deaths of two black men, the results of a new Gallup poll showed a sharp jump in the percentage of Americans naming "race relations" or "racism" as the most important problem in the U.S.

wallstreet2-121214_19Dec14.jpg After initially showing a lack of direction, stocks have moved mostly higher in early trading on Friday. The major averages have all climbed into positive territory, adding to the substantial gains posted in the two previous sessions.

CarnivalCorp-121914.jpg Cruise operator Carnival Corp. & plc reported Friday a net loss for the fourth quarter compared to a profit last year, reflecting lower operating costs and revenue growth. Adjusted earnings per share topped analysts' expectation, while quarterly revenues missed their estimates.The company also provided earnings guidance for the first quarter and full-year 2015.

chrysler-ram-pickups-121914.jpg FCA US, until recently known as Chrysler, said Friday it is recalling 257,000 Dodge Ram pickups. The auto maker says the rear axle pinion nut on certain model year 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 trucks may loosen due to an undersized spline on the pinion gear. If the pinion nut loosens, the rear axle may...

wallstreet-111814_19Dec14.jpg After moving sharply higher over the course of the two previous sessions, stocks appear poised to extend the rally in early trading on Friday. The major index futures are currently pointing to a modestly higher open for the markets, with the Dow futures up by 25 points.

Blackberry-121914.jpg Canadian smart phone maker BlackBerry Ltd. reported Friday a loss for the third quarter that sharply narrowed from last year, which was weighed down by an hefty inventory write-down and charges. Adjusted earnings per share also topped analysts' expectations, while quarterly revenues missed their estimates. The company also targets sustainable profitability on an adjusted basis in fiscal 2016.

Aratana1-121914.jpg Shares of pet therapeutics company Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (PETX) are up more than 39 percent in pre-market trading Friday as investors greet with enthusiasm the positive trial results of the company's innovative drug for treating pain in dogs with osteoarthritis.

Coopercompanies-121914.jpg This medical device company has a very impressive track record of growing business over the past decade. increasing sales from $490.2 million in 2004 to $1.72 billion this year. The Silicone Hydrogel daily disposable lens portfolio constitutes a major avenue for growth.

Mars-121914.jpg NASA says an international team of planetary scientists found evidence in meteorites on Earth that indicates Mars has a distinct and global reservoir of water or ice near its surface. Though controversy still surrounds the origin, abundance and history of water on Mars, this discovery helps resolve the question of where the "missing Martian water" may have gone. Scientists continue to study the

UK-Pound-121914.jpg The U.K. budget deficit narrowed in November, yet a considerable improvement is required to meet the government's fiscal target for 2014/15. Public sector net borrowing excluding interventions declined by GBP 1.6 billion from last year to GBP 14.1 billion in November, the Office for National Statistics reported Friday. Economists had forecast the shortfall to total GBP 15.1 billion.

wallstreet-112414_19Dec14.jpg Trading in the U.S. index futures suggests that Wall Street stocks may open Friday's session higher, although the optimism has waned. The strong gains in the recent couple of sessions may deter traders from building up positions further. European stocks have turned lower after some early strength.