NEW YORK -- UBS ( UBS) is close to an agreement to pay more than $1 billion to resolve allegations the Swiss bank tried to rig interest-rate benchmarks -- including the London interbank offered rate -- to boost trading profits, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the negotiations. A settlement could be announced as early next week, the people told the newspaper. Adobe Systems ( ADBE), the software maker, posted fiscal fourth-quarter results on Thursday that topped analysts' expectations. The maker of Photoshop earned 61 cents a share on an adjusted basis in the quarter; analysts were looking for profit of 56 cents. Adobe said fourth-quarter revenue was $1.153 billion, up from $1.152 billion a year earlier; Wall Street was expecting revenue of $1.1 billion. Sprint's Clearwire Offer Raises New Spending QuestionsVeriFone Systems ( PAY) issued a forecast Thursday for the first quarter that was below Wall Street estimates. The electronic-payments company said it expects first-quarter adjusted earnings of 70 cents to 73 cents a share on revenue of $490 million to $500 million. Analysts are calling for first-quarter earnings of 75 cents a share on revenue of $498 million. Google's Page Dreams of a Bigger Internet of ThingsAkzoNobel, the Dutch chemicals company, reached a deal to sell its North American decorative paints operations to PPG Industries ( PPG) for $1.1 billion. AkzoNobel's North American business sells the Glidden paint brand. General Electric's Immelt Still Talks Like An Outsourcer Retailer Quiksilver ( ZQK) posted fiscal fourth-quarter results that were weaker than analysts' estimates. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joseph Woelfel >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.