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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Morning Squawk - Matthew Belvedere and Peter Schacknow

Peter Shacknow and Matthew Belvedere
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Matthew J. Belvedere and Peter Schacknow

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Another busy morning for earnings includes numbers from Dow componentExxon Mobil (XOM). Dow component Visa (V), as well as AIG (AIG), lead this afternoon's after-the-bell reports. (CNBC)
U.S. stock futures were lower in early trading, with traders quickly shifting focus from the Fed meeting to the upcoming April jobs report, as the next possible source of clues on the timing of interest rate hikes. (CNBC)

In the policy statement after its April meeting, the Fed removed all calendar references to a possible move, while downplaying soft first-quarter economic growth. (CNBC)

U.S. oil prices hit a five-month high this morning, after adding 3 percent in New York trading Wednesday. Meanwhile, the euro rose today for a third session against the dollar. (Reuters)

Shares of Yelp (YELP) fell sharply in premarket trading, after reporting an unexpected quarterly loss, disappointing revenue numbers, and weak forward guidance. (Reuters)

Apple (AAPL) reportedly found defects in the wrist-tapping component of itsrecently released Apple Watch. Meanwhile, Apple Watch early-adopters are complaining that many key functions are disrupted by their tattoos. (WSJ & Reuters)

Apple could face "material" financial penalties from the European Commission's investigation into its tax deals with Ireland-the first time the tech giant has disclosed potential consequences. (FT)

Microsoft (MSFT) is targeting a tripling of annual revenue from its cloud-computing businesses to $20 billion in three years. Meanwhile, the software giant is helping developers transfer apps to run on Windows Phones that were originally written for Android devices or iPhones. (Reuters)

In its usual grand fashion, Tesla (TSLA) is hosting a big media announcementtonight that's expected to focus on home and industrial storage batteries. (USA Today)

General Motors (GM) is expected to announce today a multibillion-dollar, multiyear investment in several U.S. manufacturing plants, in a move to boost production and vehicle quality. (Reuters)

Goldman Sachs (GS) is becoming the first major bank to make a significant investment in a Bitcoin-focused company, giving a vote of confidence to the embattled virtual currency. (NY Times)

The value of Yahoo (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer's pay package surged last year, mostly due to gains in the Internet company's stock price. Mayer's 2014 compensation increased 69 percent to $42.1 million. (AP)

Ten million people are opening the Whisper app every month. The announcement came on the same day competitor Secret, a similar confessional app, said it's shutting down. (Re/code)

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