Among the earnings stories for Wednesday, April 29, from AP Financial News: NEW YORK (AP) ¿ First Solar Inc., the nation's largest solar panel maker, says its profit more than tripled in the first quarter despite tightened bank lending that has made it tough to fill orders. NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Credit ratings agency Moody's Corp. on Wednesday said its first-quarter income fell 25 percent, as credit market activity remain depressed. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) ¿ Reynolds American Inc., the nation's second-largest cigarette company, said Wednesday raising its prices and cutting its costs helped it offset industrywide sales declines in the first quarter. TRENTON, N.J. (AP) ¿ Drugmaker Wyeth, which is being acquired by drug giant Pfizer, on Wednesday posted a flat first-quarter profit but beat analysts' expectations, as cost cuts offset lower revenue, particularly for its top seller, blockbuster antidepressant Effexor. ST. LOUIS (AP) ¿ Savvis Inc. shares shot higher Wednesday after the company posted a narrow profit for the first quarter, surprising Wall Street analysts.
NEW YORK (AP) ¿ The recession took a bite out of IAC/InterActiveCorp in the first quarter, as revenue fell 22 percent in the Internet company's media and advertising unit, which includes the Ask.com search engine. NEW YORK (AP) ¿ Burger King Holdings Inc. said Wednesday the swine flu outbreak in Mexico will likely cut into its sales for the year, leading the chain to cut its outlook after reporting a 15 percent rise in its fiscal third-quarter profit. HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) ¿ Waste Management Inc., the nation's largest garbage collector, said Wednesday its first-quarter profit fell 36 percent on restructuring and other costs and as the recession cut prices of recycled goods.