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Pfizer, Mattel, Questcor, BlackRock and Alcoa are big market movers

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market: NYSE Pfizer Inc., down 96 cents to $31.20 An experimental breast cancer drug showed encouraging results in a clinical trial, though not as positive as earlier tests. BlackRock Inc., down $5.03 to $303.89 The asset management firm reshuffled its executive ranks, a move toward picking a successor to co-founder Laurence Fink. Alcoa Inc., down 16 cents to $12.47

Advocacy groups urge Girl Scouts to end partnership with Mattel and Barbie

NEW YORK, N.Y. - America's top doll, Barbie, finds herself in controversy once again, this time over a business partnership between her manufacturer, Mattel, and the Girl Scouts. On Thursday, two consumer advocacy groups often critical of corporate advertising tactics — the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and the Center for a New American Dream — criticized Barbie as a flawed role model for little girls and launched a petition drive urging the Girl Scouts of the USA to end the partnership. The Girls Scouts said they would not do so.

Barbie stirs up frenzy with swimsuit issue debut

Barbie has been many things in her life: A doctor. A paleontologist. An astronaut. A cheerleader. A race car driver. A candidate for the presidency of the United States. Now, on the threshold of her 55th birthday, the world's most famous doll is stirring up a social media frenzy with her debut in Sports Illustrated's 50th anniversary swimsuit edition.

Barbie doll features in this year's Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue

NEW YORK, N.Y. - After 50 years of debate over her unattainably perfect figure, Barbie now is unapologetic about her tiny waist and endless legs. To prove it? The doll, which is made by Mattel, is flaunting her frame in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit's 50th anniversary issue that's hitting stands on Tuesday. She'll be featured alongside supermodels like Christie Brinkley and Brooklyn Decker as part of a campaign called "unapologetic."

What a doll! Barbie to grace Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue

By Karen Brooks AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) - Red-blooded beauties, step aside: a plastic Barbie doll will join a generation of iconic stunners next week in the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Swimsuit edition. Striking a pose in the black-and-white swimsuit she wore for her debut in 1959, Barbie takes her place alongside a host of legendary SI Swimsuit alumni as part of a new promotional campaign with the magazine, Mattel officials said.

Mattel shares fall on disappointing holiday quarter, weak Barbie sales

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Mattel says it was a tough time in toyland this past holiday season. Shares of Mattel dropped more than 9 per cent in premarket trading Thursday after the world's largest toy maker said sales of key toys like Barbie and Fisher-Price preschool items dropped in its fourth quarter. CEO Bryan Stockton called 2013 a "challenging and transformative year at retail."

Mattel 4Q profit rises, but revenue falls as Barbie, Fisher-Price sales slip in holiday period

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Mattel's fourth-quarter net income climbed 21 per cent from year-ago results depressed by a litigation charge. But sales of brands including Barbie and Fisher-Price dropped during the key holiday selling period. The toy company's performance missed analysts' estimates. Its stock fell in Friday premarket trading. For the three months ended Dec. 31, Mattel Inc. earned $369.2 million, or $1.07 per share. That compares with $306.5 million, or 87 cents per share, a year ago.

Monster High, improvement in Barbie help Mattel's beat 3Q expectations

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Dolls are conquering the world. Strength of doll brands like Barbie and Monster High around the world helped Mattel's net income rise 16 per cent in the third quarter, a positive sign ahead of the all-important holiday season. Its performance beat Wall Street expectations and shares rose nearly 5 per cent in morning trading.

US group accuses Mattel over China labour violations

A US-based labour rights group on Tuesday accused toy giant Mattel over a series of violations at supplier factories in China, including failure to pay adequate wages. China Labor Watch said it had found legal and ethical violations at six plants Mattel contracts work to, according to a report based on worker interviews and undercover investigations. Among the issues were under-compensation through failure to pay overtime and provide mandatory insurance, said the report posted on its website.

'Crazy obsession': The Singaporean man with 6,000 Barbie dolls

By John O'Callaghan SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The white exterior and spartan grey staircase of Jian Yang's tidy rowhouse give no hint of the shock that lies within - a pink living room floor and his collection of more than 6,000 Barbie dolls. The 33-year-old Singaporean favors minimalist decor but the Barbies and 3,000 dolls of other kinds dominate three sides of the main room and spill over to fill nine mirrored cabinets in his dressing room and the shelves of his study.
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