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Sony stock soars on strongest result in decade

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A cyberattack forced Sony to postpone its official earnings results in January, but the wait was worth the while, analysts say, as above-view preliminary results released overnight reaffirm their faith in the Japanese electronics giant.

BNP Paribas earnings hit by US settlement

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French bank BNP Paribas has reported a sharp decline in full-year net profit on Thursday, of 157 million euros ($178 million) in 2014 - down 96.7 percent on the previous year - on the back of penalties.