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•    R.R. Donnelley & Sons (NYSE: reported Q1 EPS of $0.33, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $0.36 per share. Revenues for the quarter rose 7% year-over-year to $2.58 billion, lower than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.634 billion

•    The Williams Companies (NYSE:(WMB - Free Report) reported Q1 EPS of $0.36 ex-items today, slightly higher than the Zacks Consensus estimate of $0.35 per share

•    Prudential Financial (NYSE:(PRU - Free Report) reported Q1 earnings per common share of $1.69 ex-items, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate for $1.48 per share. Revenues for the quarter grew 28% year-over-year to $9.20 billion, above the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $8.196 billion

•    CBS Corporation (NYSE:(CBS - Free Report) increased 7.19% to close the day at $27.21 after the company doubled its dividend and reported first- quarter profits that beat analysts’ estimates

•    Allergan's (NYSE:(AGN - Free Report) share prices rose 3.66% after it reported higher-than-expected first-quarter results on Wednesday, fueled by strong sales growth of its Botox anti-wrinkle medicine and its eye care and skin care products

•    Share prices of semiconductor-equipment maker Novellus Systems Inc. (NASDAQ: rose 6.5% after the company said it would offer $525 million in senior notes, much of which will be used for share buyback

•    ConAgra Foods, Inc. (NYSE:(CAG - Free Report) offered to acquire food maker Ralcorp Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: for about $4.9 billion. However, Ralcorp rejected the bid

•    Applied Materials, Inc. (NASDAQ:(AMAT - Free Report) said it would buy ion-implantation equipment supplier Varian Semiconductor (NASDAQ: for $4.9 billion

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