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UPDATE 1-U.S. may revise 2021 fuel efficiency standards, freeze targets

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Department said on Tuesday it may revise auto fuel efficiency requirements starting with the 2021 model year, a year earlier than previously disclosed, and could adopt lower standards through 2025.

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UPDATE 1-Domino's international sales miss estimates, shares slide

July 25 (Reuters) - Domino's Pizza Inc reported quarterly international same-restaurant sales that fell short of analysts' estimates, overshadowing strength in the United States and sending its shares down almost 10 percent in morning trading on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Mexico's Femsa Q2 profit falls, dragging down shares

MEXICO CITY, July 25 (Reuters) - Shares in Mexican bottler and retailer Fomento Economico Mexicano (Femsa) fell on Tuesday after it reported a drop in quarterly profits hurt by rising costs.

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UPDATE 2-United Tech quarterly revenue up 2.7 percent; raises forecast

July 25 (Reuters) - United Technologies Corp, maker of Otis Elevators, Pratt & Whitney engines and Carrier air conditioners, on Tuesday reported a 2.7 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by higher sales in three of its four business units.

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LPC: WebMD acquisition to be backed by US$1.7bn loan package

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - US online health publisher WebMD Health Corp’s acquisition by KKR & Co-backed Internet Brands will be financed in part by an all-loan debt structure led by Credit Suisse, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-S&P hits record; Alphabet weighs on Nasdaq

July 25 (Reuters) - The S&P hit a record high, while the Dow opened higher on Tuesday, helped by strong earnings from Caterpillar and McDonald's, but Google-parent Alphabet weighed on the tech-heavy Nasdaq.

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UPDATE 1-Germany's Software AG starts probe into S.Africa kickback reports

FRANKFURT/CAPE TOWN, July 25 (Reuters) - Software AG is launching an internal investigation after a media report alleged it had paid kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging South African scandal in which fellow German software maker SAP has also been caught up.

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Hospital operator HCA Healthcare's quarterly revenue rises 4 pct

July 25 (Reuters) - HCA Healthcare Inc, the largest U.S. for-profit hospital operator, reported a 4 percent rise in quarterly revenue on higher patient admissions.

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UPDATE 1-Miner Newmont's qtrly adj profit jumps 60 pct, beats estimate

July 25 (Reuters) - Gold miner Newmont Mining Corp reported a much bigger-than-expected 60 percent jump in quarterly adjusted profit on Tuesday as production improved, more than offsetting losses from lower realized gold prices.

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Eurex says EU euro clearing plans don't go far enough

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - European Union plans to supervise euro-denominated clearing in London after Brexit don't give the bloc's regulators enough power to intervene in a crisis, Germany's stock exchange said on Tuesday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Fed and Trump keep dollar glum as Greece warms Europe

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - The dollar sat at a more-than-one-year low while stocks climbed on Tuesday, as investors bet that subdued U.S. inflation and strains in Washington would limit Federal Reserve interest rate moves for the rest of the year.

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JetBlue Airways quarterly profit rises 16.6 percent

July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. budget carrier JetBlue Airways Corp reported a 16.6 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped partly by improving average fares.

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UPDATE 1-Ad company Interpublic misses profit, revenue estimates

July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. advertising company Interpublic Group on Tuesday reported lower-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue, hurt by tepid client spending.

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Biogen revenue rises 6.4 pct on Spinraza demand

July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. drugmaker Biogen Inc reported a 6.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, driven by strong demand for its recently approved spinal muscular atrophy drug, Spinraza.

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Brazil's Via Varejo expands premium stores targeting the wealthy

SAO PAULO, July 25 (Reuters) - Via Varejo SA, Brazil's largest appliance retailer, is expanding premium stores targeting wealthy customers in a bid to improve results as controlling shareholder Casino Guichard Perrachon SA tries to find a buyer for the company.

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Drugmaker Lilly's profit jumps 35 percent

July 25 (Reuters) - Eli Lilly and Co on Tuesday reported a 35 percent rise in quarterly profit as the U.S. drugmaker benefited from higher sales of its diabetes treatment Trulicity as well as its psoriasis drug Taltz.

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U.S. homebuilder PulteGroup's revenue rises 12 pct

July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. homebuilder PulteGroup Inc on Tuesday reported a 12.3 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it sold more homes at higher average prices, benefiting from a robust housing market.

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Romania's PM scraps plan to enforce "solidarity" tax for high earners

BUCHAREST, July 25 (Reuters) - Romania's Social Democrat-led government scrapped a plan to introduce a so-called solidarity tax for top earners, after an assessment had shown it would not bring in much money, Prime Minister Mihai Tudose said on Tuesday.

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MOVES-Credit Suisse appoints senior adviser to German IBCM coverage team

July 25 (Reuters) - Credit Suisse Group AG appointed Wolfgang Dehen as a senior adviser to the German investment banking and capital markets (IBCM) coverage team.

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Jefferies, BlueStar Indexes form Israeli market alliance

TEL AVIV, July 25 (Reuters) - Investment bank Jefferies LLC said on Tuesday it has entered into an alliance with BlueStar Indexes to distribute to its institutional and wealth management clients co-branded BlueStar market commentary on Israel's capital markets.

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Daimler directors to meet over alleged German auto cartel - sources

FRANKFURT/HAMBURG, July 25 (Reuters) - Daimler's supervisory board will meet on Wednesday and seek answers about whether German carmakers were part of a club that was allegedly involved in anti-competitive behaviour, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

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Germany's Software AG starts probe into S.Africa kickback reports

FRANKFURT, July 25 (Reuters) - Software AG said on Tuesday it is mounting an internal probe after a media report alleged it had paid kickbacks as part of a wide-ranging South Africa government bribery scheme that has also ensnared fellow German software maker SAP.

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China's HNA taps Goldman for planned Pactera U.S. IPO - sources

HONG KONG, July 25 (Reuters) - HNA Group, the Chinese airline-to-banking conglomerate, has tapped investment bank Goldman Sachs to list Pactera, the Beijing-based IT outsourcing firm it bought from private equity firm Blackstone, sources familiar with the matter said.

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BRIEF-New Oriental says Q4 revenue is $486.4 million

July 25 (Reuters) - New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc

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Refresco CEO: Cott acquisition not defense against private equity interest

AMSTERDAM, July 25 (Reuters) - Refresco's $1.25 billion acquisition of Canadian bottler Cott is in "no way" a defensive move aimed against protecting it from private equity buyers, the Netherlands-based company said on Tuesday.

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European stocks spring higher on reviving reflation trade

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) - Strength among commodity firms and banking stocks as well as a string of solid updates boosted European shares in early deals on Tuesday.

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UPDATE 1-Logitech increases outlook after Q1 beats forecasts

ZURICH, July 25 (Reuters) - Logitech International raised its profit outlook for the year after strong sales of its gaming and video collaboration products helped the computer peripheral maker beat forecasts in its first quarter.

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UPDATE 1-Refresco to buy Cott's bottling activities for $1.25 bln

AMSTERDAM, July 25 (Reuters) - Netherlands-based drinks bottler Refresco said on Tuesday it had agreed to buy the bottling activities of Canada-based Cott Corp for $1.25 billion, a move that will increase its capacity in the United States.

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BRIEF-Mediclinic International says CEO has informed board of his intention to retire

* MEDICLINIC INTERNATIONAL PLC SAYS COMPANY ANNOUNCES THAT ON 24 JULY 2017, DANIE MEINTJES INFORMED BOARD OF HIS INTENTION TO RETIRE FROM HIS POSITION AS CEO

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Refresco to buy bottling activities of Cott for $1.25 billion

July 25 (Reuters) - Dutch drinks bottler Refresco said on Tuesday it has agreed to buy the bottling activities of Canada-based Cott Corp for $1.25 billion.

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Nikkei edges down before Fed; Topix ends below key technical level

TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average edged down on Tuesday in choppy trade as investors braced for the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting which begins later in the day.

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Czech Republic - Factors To Watch on July 25

PRAGUE, July 25 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Czech financial markets on Tuesday. ALL TIMES GMT (Czech Republic: GMT + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA========================== Real-time economic data releases.................... Summary of economic data and forecasts........... Recently released economic data.................. Previous stories on Cze

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 25

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Tuesday. - - - - - EVENTS: Nigeria's central bank announces its decision on interest rates. GLOBAL MARKETS The dollar held above a 13-month low on Tuesday after readings on U.S. factory and services activity beat expectations ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day, but Asian stocks were subdued with few ca

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RPT-Citigroup hosts investors for first time since the financial crisis

NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - For the first time since receiving three government bailouts during the 2007-2009 financial crisis, Citigroup Inc on Tuesday is holding a day-long conference for investors, marking another step in the recovery of what was once the biggest U.S. bank.

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INSIGHT-Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

LOS ANGELES, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. solar companies are snapping up cheap imported solar panels ahead of a trade decision by the Trump administration that could drive up costs and cloud the fortunes of one of the economy's brightest stars.

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PRESS DIGEST- Wall Street Journal - July 25

July 24 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Wall Street Journal. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.

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METALS-Copper hits five-month top fuelled by technical momentum

(Adds comment, detail, updates prices) By James Regan and Melanie Burton SYDNEY/MELBOURNE July 25 (Reuters) - London copper struck its highest level since mid February on Tuesday after a unexpected strength in China's economy and a weaker dollar fanned upside technical momentum. Sentiment towards copper from the physical market has picked up as fabricators in China have replenished their inventories, Citi said in a report. "Bonded warehouse premiums returned to $72/t, the highes

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Activist investor Sandell presses for Barnes & Noble sale - WSJ

July 24 (Reuters) - Activist investor Sandell Asset Management Corp wants Barnes & Noble to try to sell itself again, saying the bookstore chain will benefit from a new owner, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.

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DIARY-U.S. refinery operations-Total Port Arthur, Texas refinery completes reformer restart

July 24 (Reuters) - The following is a list of refinery incidents reported in the United States on July 24: * Monroe to restore rates at Penn. refinery Monday night - sources * Citgo says experienced unit upset at Lake Charles, La. refinery on July 23 * Shell reports emissions at Martinez, Calif. refinery * Total Port Arthur, Texas refinery completes reformer restart -sources

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Japan's Nikkei inches up, caught in tight range before Fed meeting

TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) - Japan's Nikkei share average inched up on Tuesday as the market found its footing following the previous day's fall, although the index was confined in a narrow range ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

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VW chief raps Porsche labour boss in Heilbronner Stimme interview

BERLIN, July 25 (Reuters) - Volkswagen CEO Matthias Mueller strongly criticised Porsche's labour chief in German daily Heilbronner Stimme on Tuesday over public remarks about Audi's management, in a sign of growing tensions within the automotive group.

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METALS-Copper steady as U.S. dollar struggles to recover

SYDNEY, July 25 (Reuters) - Copper held overnight gains in early Asian trading on Tuesday, as the U.S. dollar made only a modest recovery from its lowest point in more than a year. The dollar is near 13-month lows, leaving dollar-denominated commodities such as copper cheaper for holders of other currencies.

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Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022 -paper

TOKYO, July 25 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp aims to begin selling in 2022 an electric car powered by a new type of battery that significantly increases driving range and reduces recharging time, the Chunichi Shimbun daily reported on Tuesday.

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PRECIOUS-Gold edges lower on firmer dollar ahead of Fed meeting

BENGALURU, July 25 (Reuters) - Gold prices inched lower early Tuesday after hitting a one-month high in the previous session as the dollar firmed ahead of a U.S. Federal Reserve monetary policy meeting. FUNDAMENTALS * Spot gold fell 0.2 percent to $1,252.90 per ounce at 0050 GMT. It hit $1,258.79 an ounce in the previous session, it highest since June 23. * U.S. gold futures for August delivery fell 0.1 percent to $1,253.30 per ounce. * The U.S.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Dollar recovers from 13-month low on strong PMI readings, Asia stocks subdued

SINGAPORE, July 25 (Reuters) - The dollar crept up from a 13-month low on Tuesday after stronger-than-expected readings on U.S. factory and services activity ahead of the start of a Federal Reserve meeting later in the day, but Asian stocks were subdued.

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BRIEF-Southern Missouri Bancorp reports Q4 preliminary earnings per share $0.49

* Southern Missouri Bancorp reports preliminary results for fourth quarter of fiscal 2017; increases quarterly dividend by 10%, to $0.11 per common share; schedules conference call to discuss results for Tuesday, July 25 at 3:30 pm Central Time

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BRIEF-Dream Industrial REIT announces first U.S. asset acquisition

July 24 (Reuters) - Dream Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust

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VW diesel cars lacking refit will lose their registration-magazine

BERLIN, July 24 (Reuters) - Owners of Volkswagen cars affected by the diesel emissions scandal who refuse to get an engine software update will have their vehicles de-registered, Focus Online reported, citing documents of Germany's KBA motor vehicle watchdog.

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UPDATE 2-Anadarko becomes first U.S. oil producer to slash 2017 capex

July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. oil producer Anadarko Petroleum Corp posted a larger-than-expected quarterly loss on Monday and said it would cut its 2017 capital budget by $300 million because of depressed oil prices, the first major U.S. oil producer to do so.

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UPDATE 1-Wells Fargo asks court to require client information be returned

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - Wells Fargo & Co has asked judges in New York and New Jersey to require a lawyer representing a former employee to immediately return reams of client information the bank mistakenly sent to the attorney, a bank spokeswoman said on Monday.

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UPDATE 2-Molina Healthcare to cut about 1,400 jobs -memo

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - Molina Healthcare, a health insurer that specializes in the Obamacare and Medicaid healthcare programs for low-income and poor people, plans to cut about 1,400 jobs in the next few months, according to an internal company memo reviewed by Reuters.

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CORRECTED-Molina Healthcare to cut about 1,400 positions -memo

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - Molina Healthcare, a health insurer that specializes in the Obamacare and Medicaid healthcare programs for low-income and poor people, plans to cut about 1,400 jobs in the next few months, according to an internal company memo reviewed by Reuters.

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J.C. Penney names former Darden CFO as finance chief

July 24 (Reuters) - Department store operator J.C. Penney Co Inc named Jeffrey Davis as its chief financial officer, effective Monday.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls, weighed by Barrick and other gold miners

TORONTO, July 24 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell on Monday, as gold miners broadly weighed and Barrick Gold Corp lost nearly 5 percent after a company it majority owns, Acacia Mining, was hit with a bill for $190 billion in unpaid taxes in Tanzania.

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BRIEF-Motorcar Parts of America says amended revolving credit, term loan and security agreement by entering into fifth amendment to loan agreement

* Motorcar Parts Of America - On July 18 amended revolving credit, term loan and security agreement by entering into fifth amendment to loan agreement

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CORRECTED-BRIEF-Cal/OSHA, Chevron reach settlement for plan to improve safety at Chevron Richmond refinery​

July 24 (Reuters) - California Department of Industrial Relations:

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UPDATE 1-U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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UPDATE 1-France ready to negotiate with Google on back taxes -minister

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) - France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos on Monday.

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U.S. jury finds AbbVie liable for misrepresentation in first AndroGel verdict

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Chicago on Monday found AbbVie Inc fraudulently misrepresented the risks of its testosterone replacement drug AndroGel and ordered the drugmaker to pay $150 million in punitive damages.

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France ready to negotiate with Google on back taxes -minister

PARIS, July 24 (Reuters) - France is ready to negotiate a deal with Google over back taxes, budget minister Gerald Darmanin told financial daily Les Echos.

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BRIEF-Alphabet appoints Sundar Pichai to its board

* Says ‍Pichai's appointment was effective July 19, 2017​ Source text (http://bit.ly/2tU9lwf) Further company coverage:

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CORRECTED-FDA tentatively approves Merck's copycat of Sanofi's Lantus (July 20)

July 20 (Reuters) - Merck and Co Inc said on Thursday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tentatively approved its follow-on biologic version of French drugmaker Sanofi SA's blockbuster diabetes treatment, Lantus.

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UPDATE 1-U.S. Democrats take aim at big companies in economic blueprint

WASHINGTON, July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Democrats unveiled an economic platform on Monday that included plans to address unfair market competition, rising pharmaceuticals costs and stagnant wages.

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Senior Nasdaq fixed income executive Shay leaves exchange

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) - John Shay, head of Nasdaq Inc's global fixed income and commodities, has left the exchange operator after less than 10 months on the job, according to a memo on Monday seen by Reuters.

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Mexico's Pemex says $5 bln bond deal covers needs through 2018

MEXICO CITY, July 24 (Reuters) - Mexico's national oil company Pemex said on Monday that recent bond placements totaling about $5 billion would cover its minimum financing needs through the end of 2018.

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iPhone supplier AMS raises mid-term revenue target

July 24 (Reuters) - Chipmaker AMS, which supplies components to Apple and Samsung Electronics among others, on Monday raised its mid-term revenue growth target, thanks to increased customer forecasts and a higher revenue pipeline. The company said in April it might raise mid-term revenue growth target as it expected significant ramp-ups in its consumer business in the second half of the year. AMS said its revenue growth target for 2016-2019 would rise to a more than 40 percent compound annual gr

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MOVES-Citi names UBS exec as head of EMEA diversified industrials

July 24 (Reuters) - Citigroup Inc named Heiko Horn as the head of diversified industrials within the industrials group for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and as the head of investment banking for Switzerland, an internal memo showed.

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UK's SFO says opens investigation into Rio Tinto Group

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - Britain's anti-fraud regulator said it has opened an investigation into how the miner Rio Tinto conducted business in the Republic of Guinea.

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UPDATE 1-Campaign group Avaaz calls on EU to block Bayer's Monsanto deal

BRUSSELS, July 24 (Reuters) - Online campaigns group Avaaz has called on European Union antitrust regulators to block Bayer's purchase of Monsanto, saying it would hurt innovation and competition and push up prices.

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MOVES--Vanguard names BlackRock's Juan Manuel Hernandez as Mexico head

July 24 (Reuters) - Vanguard Group, the world's largest mutual fund manager, on Monday appointed BlackRock Inc's Juan Manuel Hernandez to spearhead its business in Mexico.

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UPDATE 2-Coke Femsa profit rises, says Heineken to end Brazil distribution

MEXICO CITY, July 24 (Reuters) - Mexico's Coca-Cola Femsa , the world's largest Coke bottler, said on Monday its second-quarter net profit rose 11.5 percent, boosted by higher revenue and growth in the company's South American operations.

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Luxottica on track with targets and Essilor deal after steady H1

MILAN, July 24 (Reuters) - Italian eyewear group Luxottica is on track to meet full-year targets and win regulatory approval for its planned merger with France's Essilor, it said on Monday, after its first-half underlying operating profit came in just ahead of forecasts.

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BRIEF-Broadfin Capital reports 5.65 pct passive stake in Regulus Therapeutics - ‍​SEC filing

* Broadfin Capital LLC reports 5.65 percent passive stake in Regulus Therapeutics Inc as of July 20, 2017 - ‍​SEC filing Source text: (http://bit.ly/2vSFqWv) Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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Russian energy minister plays down risks in Siemens turbines row

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, July 24 (Reuters) - Russia faces no risks due to a scandal over illegal deliveries of Siemens turbines to sanctions-hit Crimea, because the products supplied by the German company are also supplied by other producers, Russia's energy minister said on Monday.

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UPDATE 3-KKR to buy WebMD in $2.8 bln deal

July 24 (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co has agreed to buy WebMD Health Corp in a deal valued at about $2.8 billion, bringing a slew of popular online health information websites under one umbrella.

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UPDATE 1-FDA staff raise concerns about Intellipharma's opioid painkiller

July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. Food and Drug Administration scientists on Monday raised concerns that Intellipharmaceutics International Inc failed to provide data from studies testing the abuse potential of its long-acting opioid painkiller.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX dragged lower by banks, energy shares stem decline

OTTAWA, July 24 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell broadly on Monday, dragged lower by declines in shares of the country's biggest banks, as well as a retreat in gold miners and retailers.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Banks push Qatar higher, Mobily's loss dampens Saudi

DUBAI, July 24 (Reuters) - Banks pushed Qatar's stock market higher on Monday while Saudi Arabia's market edged down as telecommunications firm Mobily plunged in the wake of a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls in broad retreat led by big banks

TORONTO, July 24 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index opened lower on Monday, hurt by slips for some of its biggest banks and gold miners and a broad retreat in consumer names.

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India's antitrust regulator approves $23 bln Vodafone India-Idea deal

MUMBAI, July 24 (Reuters) - India's antitrust regulator has approved the merger of Vodafone Group Plc's Indian unit with Idea Cellular, a lawyer representing Vodafone in the matter said on Monday.

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US STOCKS SNAPSHOT-Wall St opens flat as earnings season gathers pace

July 24 (Reuters) - U.S. stock indexes opened little changed on Monday, with the earnings of Google parent Alphabet in focus, and ahead of a two-day Federal Reserve meeting that kicks off on Tuesday.

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BRIEF-Green Plains says expects to host lender meeting on July 25

* Green plains inc - expects to host a lender meeting on July 25, related to discuss possible refinancing of credit facilities at two of co's units

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Sabra investors urge REIT to drop Care Capital deal

July 24 (Reuters) - Two shareholders of Sabra Health Care REIT Inc on Monday opposed the company's proposed acquisition of Care Capital Properties Inc, calling the deal too costly.

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Halliburton swings to quarterly profit

July 24 (Reuters) - Halliburton Co reported a quarterly profit compared with a year-ago loss, when the company took a $3.5 billion charge related to the termination of its deal with smaller rival Baker Hughes due to anti-trust hurdles.

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Hasbro's quarterly sales rise 10.6 pct

July 24 (Reuters) - Hasbro Inc, the No. 2 U.S. toymaker, reported a 10.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by demand for its Transformers and Nerf toys in the United States.

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EMERGING MARKETS-Polish zloty rebounds off 3-mth low, EM stocks at 27-mth high

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - The Polish zloty rebounded off three-month lows on Monday after the president said he would veto judiciary reforms, whilst emerging stocks rose to 27-month highs underpinned by a weak dollar and a benign growth outlook.

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GRAPHIC-Fragile no more: emerging market funding gaps shrink from 2013

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - World interest rates are on the rise, but investors have reacted by pumping $100 billion into emerging markets this year.

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Ex-divs to take 2.6 points off FTSE 100 on July 27

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - The following FTSE 100 companies will go ex-dividend on Thursday, after which investors will no longer qualify for the latest dividend payout. According to Reuters calculations at current market prices, the effect of the resulting adjustment to prices by market-makers would take 2.55 points off the index. COMPANY (RIC) DIVIDEND STOCK OPTION IMPACT (pence) SSE 63.9

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Ryanair says would consider Boeing's Max 10 if price was right

DUBLIN, July 24 (Reuters) - Ryanair would consider Boeing's proposed new 737 MAX 10 airliner if the price was right, but the plane is not currently a priority for the airline, its chief financial officer said on Monday.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-High-flying euro pushes down European shares

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - The euro hit a 23-month high on Monday against an ailing dollar, weighing on shares of European exporters before weaker-than-expected German business activity took the shine off the single currency.

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Hopes for HIV cure revived by African child in remission

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - A South African child born with HIV has surprised experts by appearing to be effectively cured of the AIDS virus after just a year of treatment followed by eight and a half years drug-free.

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HIV fight advances with new drug cocktails, fresh vaccine hopes

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - Three decades after approval of the first-ever AIDS treatment, HIV medicine is seeing a new wave of innovation with scientists reporting positive data on Monday for improved drug cocktails and a novel experimental vaccine.

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METALS-London copper hovers around $6,000, near highest since March

(Updates prices) By Melanie Burton MELBOURNE, July 24 (Reuters) - London copper was marking time near its highest since early March on Monday ahead of the release of a spate of global manufacturing reports, underpinned by extended weakness in the dollar and prospects of tighter mine supply. Supply side concerns and a weaker dollar have driven base metal prices higher, ANZ said in a report. Union-represented workers and management at Antofagasta's Zaldivar copper mine in Chile f

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Autos, airlines smoked in sluggish start to European trading week

LONDON, July 24 (Reuters) - European shares dipped on Monday with the autos sector hitting its lowest level this year after anti-trust regulators opened an investigation into regional carmakers while worries on escalating price wars hurt airlines.

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Nikkei drops to more than 2-week lows, investors eye small caps

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) - Japanese stocks dropped to more than two-week lows on Monday after Wall Street retreated and a stronger yen dampened sentiment, while investors looked for opportunities to buy small and mid-size stocks.

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Japan's Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma to buy Israel's Neuroderm for $1.1 bln

TOKYO, July 24 (Reuters) - Japan's Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corp said on Monday it will acquire Israeli drug maker Neuroderm for $1.1 billion in an all-cash deal to expand its overseas business.

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METALS-London copper pops above $6,000, near highest since March

(Adds ANZ report, more bullet points; updates prices) MELBOURNE, July 24 (Reuters) - London copper was marking time near its highest since early March on Monday ahead of the release of a spate of global manufacturing reports, underpinned by extended weakness in the dollar and prospects of tighter mine supply. Supply side concerns and a weaker dollar have driven base metal prices higher, ANZ said in a report. Union-represented workers and management at Antofagasta's Zaldivar copper

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Malaysia's CIMB to partner Alipay for mobile payment platform

KUALA LUMPUR, July 24 (Reuters) - CIMB Group Holdings Bhd , Malaysia's second-biggest bank, on Monday said its subsidiary will form an equity joint venture with Ant Financial Services Group, the parent of Alipay, to provide mobile wallet and related financial services.

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BRIEF-Ryanair CFO sees fares down by up to 9 pct in Q2

July 24 (Reuters) - Ryanair Chief Financial Officer Neil Sorahan, speaking to Reuters:

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DIARY-U.S. refinery operations-Marathon Petroleum shuts Kentucky refinery after power outage

July 24 (Reuters) - The following is a list of refinery incidents reported in the United States on July 21-23: * Monroe Energy delays Trainer, Pa. refinery-wide shutdown -sources * Shell reports planned work at Deer Park, Texas facility * PES reports minor fire at Point Breeze, Phila. refinery on July 17 * HollyFrontier begins restart of FCC at Kansas refinery -source