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Messaging startup Slack is raising $250 mln amid venture investment boom

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26 (Reuters) - Software startup Slack Technologies Inc is raising $250 million in a new funding round, according to people familiar with the matter, boosting the company's valuation as Silicon Valley companies enjoy a surge in venture capital investments.

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China's Baidu enters strategic partnership with Paypal to tap Chinese tourists

BEIJING, July 27 (Reuters) - Baidu Inc said on Friday that it has entered a strategic agreement with PayPal Holdings Inc to tap overseas merchants as Chinese tech companies ramp up the fight for overseas payment partnerships.

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Shares in Hon Hai Precision open 2.16 percent higher

TAIPEI, July 27 (Reuters) - Shares in Hon Hai Precision , the world's largest contract electronics manufacturer and major Apple supplier, opened 2.16 pct higher in early morning trade on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Western Energy Services reports Q2 loss per share $0.23

* Western Energy Services Corp. releases second quarter 2017 financial and operating results

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Southern Copper second-quarter profit rises 35.1 pct yr/yr

LIMA, July 26 (Reuters) - Southern Copper Corp said on Wednesday that its second-quarter net profit rose 35.1 percent from the same period a year earlier amid a double-digit surge in global copper prices.

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UPDATE 1-Suncor Energy reports second-quarter profit, ups capital budget

CALGARY, Alberta, July 26 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc , Canada's second-largest oil and gas producer, reported a second-quarter profit on Wednesday due to stronger crude oil prices and increased production from some upstream assets and refining operations.

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RPT-Reliance's 'free' JioPhone shakes up cheap end of India's billion-strong market

MUMBAI, July 26 (Reuters) - At first glance, Indian telecoms upstart Jio's bet on 'free' internet-enabled phones to win over poorer customers is a near-fatal blow for low-end handset makers, most already struggling with paper-thin margins on some of the world's cheapest devices.

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Asia shares hit 2008 highs, dollar in decline on Fed inflation view

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were all on a roll in Asia on Thursday as bulls scented a softening in the Federal Reserve's confidence on inflation that promised to keep U.S. interest rates low for longer.

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Asia shares hit 2008 highs, dollar in decline on Fed inflation view

SYDNEY, July 27 (Reuters) - Stocks, bonds and commodities were all on a roll in Asia on Thursday as bulls scented a softening in the Federal Reserve's confidence on inflation that promised to keep U.S. interest rates low for longer.

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WRAPUP 6-U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials, one killed in anti-Maduro strike

WASHINGTON/CARACAS, Venezuela, July 26 (Reuters) - The Trump administration imposed sanctions on 13 senior Venezuelan officials as the country's opposition launched a two-day strike on Wednesday, heaping pressure on unpopular President Nicolas Maduro to scrap plans for a controversial new congress.

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Nintendo shares up more than four percent after reporting strong Switch sales

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Nintendo Co Ltd shares rose more than four percent in Thursday morning trade after the console maker reported strong first-quarter sales for its new Switch device.

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BRIEF-Intellipharmaceutics says committees expressed desire to review additional safety data for Rexista

* Intellipharmaceutics provides update on FDA advisory committees meeting for Rexistaâ„¢ (oxycodone hydrochloride extended release), an abuse-deterrent opioid analgesic for the treatment of moderate to severe pain

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Former Fiat Chrysler executive charged in U.S. in payoff scheme

WASHINGTON July 26 (Reuters) - A former Fiat Chrysler vice president was indicted on Wednesday for making $1.2 million in improper payments to a former union vice president and his wife, authorities said.

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Suncor Energy reports second-quarter profit

CALGARY, Alberta, July 26 (Reuters) - Suncor Energy Inc , Canada's second-largest oil and gas producer, reported a second-quarter profit on Wednesday as a result of stronger crude oil prices and increased production from its upstream assets and refining operations.

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BRIEF-MiMedx announces Q2 earnings per share $0.07

* MiMedx announces record results for the second quarter of 2017 and raises full year revenue guidance

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BRIEF-Suncor Energy reports Q2 FFO per share C$0.98

* Qtrly refining and marketing (R&M) crude throughput improved to 435,500 bbls/d from 400,200 bbls/d in prior year quarter

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BRIEF-Xenith Bankshares reports Q2 earnings per share $0.27 from continuing operations

* Xenith Bankshares, Inc. reports second quarter and first half 2017 results

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BRIEF-Southern Lithium announces non-brokered private placement

* Southern Lithium Corp - Will issue 4.8 million units (each "unit") at a purchase price $0.25 per unit, for total gross proceeds of up to $1.2 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Astellas announces wind-down of Agensys research operations

* Astellas announces wind-down of Agensys research operations

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BRIEF-Sienna Biopharmaceuticals announces pricing of initial public offering of common stock

* Sienna Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. announces pricing of initial public offering of common stock

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BRIEF-Galane Gold Ltd provides an update to its proposed acquisition of Vantage Goldfields Ltd

* Galane Gold Ltd. provides an update to its proposed acquisition of Vantage Goldfields Limited Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Reata Pharmaceuticals announces pricing of Class A common stock public offering

* Reata Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announces pricing of Class A common stock public offering

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BRIEF-Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate

* Cray to expand storage portfolio through strategic transaction and partnership with Seagate

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BRIEF-Public Storage reports Q2 earnings per share $1.59

* Public Storage reports results for the three and six months ended June 30, 2017

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BRIEF-Uni-Select reports improved performance in Canada

* Qtrly adjusted ebitdaof $32.5 million, representing 9.5% of sales

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BRIEF-Zebra Technologies announces comprehensive debt restructuring

* Zebra technologies announces comprehensive debt restructuring

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Facebook shares hit record high as mobile ad sales soar

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported steady and steep quarterly revenue growth on Wednesday, as the world's largest social network attracted more advertising dollars to its mobile empire, sending its shares to an all-time high.

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UPDATE 1-Canada's Goldcorp earnings beat analyst estimates, CFO to leave

VANCOUVER, July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer Goldcorp Inc reported better-than-expected earnings on Wednesday and lowered its forecast for costs this year, while also announcing that its chief financial officer, Russell Ball, would leave the company.

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GE, Invenergy build wind farm in Oklahoma, biggest in the U.S.

July 26 (Reuters) - Power development company Invenergy LLC and General Electric Co on Wednesday announced plans to build the largest wind farm in the United States in Oklahoma, part of a $4.5 billion project to provide electricity to 1.1 million utility customers in the region.

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BRIEF-FDA approves Eisai's Fycompa for use as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures

* FDA approves Eisai's Fycompa® (perampanel) for use as monotherapy for the treatment of partial-onset seizures

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Boeing shares jumps nearly 10% to record high

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BRIEF-New gold announces Paula Myson CFO

* New Gold announces management appointments and addition of new director

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BRIEF-Archrock says board declared dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock

* Board of directors declared dividend of $0.12 per share of common stock, a rate of $0.48 per share on an annualized basis Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-New Gold reports Q2 earnings per share $0.04

* New Gold announces 2017 second quarter results; Rainy River project schedule and cost remain in line with January 2017 plan

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Brazil meatpacker JBS calls meeting sought by shareholder BNDESpar

SAO PAULO, July 26 (Reuters) - Brazil's JBS SA has called a shareholder meeting on Sept 1 to address concerns over potential losses raised by BNDESpar, the investment arm of Brazilian state development bank and holder of 21 percent of the meatpacker, the company said on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Packaging Corp of America reports Q2 sales $1.6 billion

* Packaging Corporation of America reports second quarter 2017 results

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Trump announces Foxconn $10B investment in US

President Donald Trump announces Foxconn, one of Apple's top overseas suppliers, is investing $10 billion in Wisconsin to build a new manufacturing plant.

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Foxconn announces U.S. manufacturing plant in Wisconsin

(Reuters) - Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn on Wednesday announced plans to build a $10 billion LCD display panel screen plant in Wisconsin.

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BRIEF-Coeur reports Q2 loss per share $0.06

* Q2 revenue $173.4 million versus I/B/E/S view $174.7 million

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BRIEF-United States Lime & Minerals reports Q2 earnings per share $0.94

* United States Lime & Minerals Inc - Revenues in the Q2 2017 were $36.5 million, compared to $32.9 million in the comparable prior year quarter Source text: [http://bit.ly/2tKVo8w] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Canfor reports Q2 adjusted earnings per share C$0.78

* Q2 earnings per share view C$0.54 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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UPDATE 1-Energy Future warns delay would kill Oncor sale to Buffett

WILMINGTON, Del., July 26 (Reuters) - Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc will walk away from its $9 billion acquisition of Oncor Electric Delivery Co if the deal is delayed, an attorney for the parent company of Texas' largest utility told a bankruptcy judge on Wednesday.

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BRIEF-Acadian Timber Corp reports Q2 earnings per share C$0.24

* Acadian Timber Corp. reports second quarter results and changes to management team

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BRIEF-Barrick Gold sets quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share

* Sets quarterly dividend of $0.03 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Foxconn announces launch of intelligent manufacturing ecosystem in U.S.

* Foxconn announces launch of intelligent manufacturing ecosystem in U.S.

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UPDATE 1-Barrick says will start Tanzania talks next week as earnings beat

July 26 (Reuters) - Barrick Gold Corp, the world's largest gold miner by production, reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings on Wednesday and said it would begin discussions with the government of Tanzania next week about an export ban.

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Goldcorp posts quarterly profit as costs fall; CFO to leave

July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian gold producer Goldcorp Inc reported a quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by lower costs.

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BRIEF-Taubman provides update on board refreshment and declassification commitments

* Taubman provides update on board refreshment and declassification commitments

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BRIEF-Torchmark Q2 earnings per share $1.18

* Q2 operating earnings per share $1.19 from continuing operations

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BRIEF-Inter Parfums sees FY 2017 EPS $1.25 to $1.27

* Inter Parfums, Inc. Reports 10.2% increase in 2017 second quarter net sales

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BRIEF-XL Group Q2 earnings per share $1.14

* Q2 earnings per share view $0.88 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Forward Air Corp reports Q2 earnings per share $0.64

* Forward Air Corporation reports second quarter 2017 results and quarterly cash dividend

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UPDATE 1-Gilead Sciences quarterly results beat Wall Street estimates

July 26 (Reuters) - Gilead Sciences Inc said on Wednesday its second-quarter profit fell 12 percent as use of its flagship hepatitis C drugs continued to decline, but the results beat Wall Street estimates and the company raised its full-year sales outlook.

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BRIEF-Kite Realty Group Trust Q2 adjusted FFO per share $0.54

* Kite Realty Group Trust reports second quarter 2017 operating results

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BRIEF-Brightcove announces executive leadership transition

* Brightcove Inc - Appointed Andrew Feinberg, currently president and chief operating officer, as acting chief executive officer, effective immediately

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BRIEF-Kraton Corporation Q2 earnings per share $0.81

* Q2 revenue $525.3 million versus I/B/E/S view $506.6 million

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BRIEF-AXT Q2 earnings per share $0.05

* Q2 earnings per share view $0.05 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Kirby Corp Q2 earnings per share $0.48

* Q2 revenue $473.3 million versus I/B/E/S view $481.7 million

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Better at-home drug management needed to counter rising errors

(Reuters Health) - The percentage of Americans sickened as a result of medication errors outside of healthcare facilities doubled between 2000 and 2012, according to research highlighting the need for better labeling and dose management.

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iRobot shares surge on strong sales of Roomba vacuum cleaners

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Shares in iRobot Corp jumped 23 percent to a record high on Wednesday after the Roomba robotic vacuum maker posted better-than-expected quarterly results and said it was buying its largest European distributor.

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UPDATE 5-Foxconn to announce new U.S. manufacturing plant -source

July 26 (Reuters) - Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn will announce plans to build a multi-billion dollar flat panel screen plant in Wisconsin at a White House event later on Wednesday, a source briefed on the matter said.

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BRIEF-Fiat Chrysler issues statement in response to DOJ investigation‍​

* Fiat Chrysler issues statement in response to Department of Justice investigation‍​

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BRIEF-Philly Shipyard delivers third product tanker to Kinder Morgan

* Philly Shipyard delivers third product tanker to Kinder Morgan

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BRIEF-Dividend Growth Split Announces overnight offering

* Says ‍undertaking an overnight treasury offering of class A and Preferred Shares​

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US STOCKS-Wall St edges up after Fed holds tight on rates

* Federal Reserve expects to cut balance sheet "relatively soon"

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BRIEF-Finjan Holdings says court grants co's motion to strike ESET'S affirmative defenses

* Says court grants Finjan's motion to strike ESET'S affirmative defenses and dismiss counterclaims

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UPDATE 1-CME to offer repo-backed futures and options

July 26 (Reuters) - The CME Group said on Wednesday that it will develop futures and options based on the repurchase agreement market, after a bank committee in June selected a benchmark repo rate to be used as an alternative to Libor in derivatives transactions.

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UPDATE 1-Deutsche Bank asset management listing seen in H1 2018 at earliest - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's planned listing of its asset management arm is unlikely before the first half of next year and could be later, as it wants more time to refine and sell the business's strategy to potential investors, people close to the matter said.

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UPDATE 2-U.S. to impose stricter electronic carry-on airport screening

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said Wednesday it will impose new stricter security rules requiring airline travelers to remove all electronic items larger than mobile phones like tablets, e-readers and video game consoles from carry-on baggage for screening.

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UPDATE 1-Dassault says business jet market still weak

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - Dassault Aviation, the French maker of Falcon private jets and Rafale warplanes, said on Wednesday the business jet market remained weak, with high stocks of unsold aircraft hampering a tentative recovery in benchmark second-hand trading.

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BRIEF-Coca-Cola Zero sugar launches in U.S.

* Coca-Cola Zero sugar launches in U.S. with new and improved real Coca-Cola taste Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 4-Noble shrinks, sells part of business to Mercuria

* To reduce headcount to 400 from about 900 (Recasts, adds detail)

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CORRECTED-UPDATE 2-General Dynamics profit beats, revenue sags; shares drop

July 26 (Reuters) - General Dynamics Corp, the maker of Gulfstream business jets and military equipment, posted higher-than-expected quarterly profits driven by increased sales in the unit that makes tanks, but projected slightly lower aerospace sales.

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US STOCKS-Wall Street adds to gains after Fed holds rates steady

* Central bank expects to cut balance sheet "relatively soon"

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UPDATE 3-Alaska Air quarterly profit jumps 13.8 pct, helped by Virgin America

July 26 (Reuters) - Alaska Air Group Inc on Wednesday posted a 13.8 percent rise in quarterly profit, helped in part by the December 2016 acquisition of former rival Virgin America.

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BRIEF-Citi Retail Services expands partnership with American Honda Motor

* Citi Retail Services expands partnership with American Honda Motor Corp.

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Judge rules against ex-Goldman employee in Fed leak case

July 26 (Reuters) - An administrative judge has recommended that a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc managing director be banned from the industry for distributing confidential U.S. Federal Reserve documents within the bank to advise his clients.

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LPC: KKR lines up US$2.25bn of loans for Nature’s Bounty buy

NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - Private equity firm KKR & Co has lined up a syndicate of banks including Credit Suisse, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Jefferies, Morgan Stanley, RBC Capital Markets, HSBC and Mizuho to underwrite the debt financing for its leveraged buyout of U.S. vitamin and nutritional supplement maker Nature’s Bounty Co, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

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UPDATE 1-FDA rejects Eagle Pharmaceuticals' heat stroke treatment

July 26 (Reuters) - Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its drug Ryanodex to treat heat stroke and requested an additional clinical trial, sending its shares down 20 percent.

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SEC boss Clayton wants to tackle fiduciary rule, shareholder proposals

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday identified some issues he wants to tackle, including finding "common ground" with the Labor Department's rule requiring brokers who give investment advice to put their clients' interest ahead of their own potential commissions.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook funds Harvard effort to fight election hacking, propaganda

LAS VEGAS, July 26 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will provide initial funding of $500,000 for a nonprofit organization that aims to help protect political parties, voting systems and information providers from hackers and propaganda attacks, the world's largest social network said on Wednesday.

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U.S. taxable bond funds attract most cash in 2 years -ICI

By Trevor Hunnicutt NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S. fund investors darted into taxable bonds for a 33rd straight week, injecting the most cash into the category since June 2015, Investment Company Institute (ICI) data showed on Wednesday. Nearly $12.8 billion flowed into the taxable bond mutual funds and exchange-traded funds during the week ended July 19, according to ICI, reinforcing a strong investor preference for debt despite low yields and uncertainty over central bank polic

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Conn. Governor orders review of Millstone nuclear plant viability

July 26 (Reuters) - Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has ordered state agencies to review the economic viability of Dominion Energy Inc's Millstone nuclear power plant, which critics want shut down in the face of cheaper energy sources.

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UPDATE 1-EU antitrust regulators raided Clariant, Celanese, others

BRUSSELS, July 26 (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators raided several ethylene purchasing companies in May, including Swiss chemicals maker Clariant and U.S. rival Celanese, over concerns the firms may have participated in a cartel.

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FDA rejects Eagle Pharmaceuticals' heat stroke treatment

July 26 (Reuters) - Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration declined to approve its drug Ryanodex to treat heat stroke and requested an additional clinical trial.

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US STOCKS-Strong earnings power Wall St to record; Fed awaited

* Indexes up: Dow 0.43 pct, S&P 0.07 pct, Nasdaq 0.15 pct (Updates to early afternoon)

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UPDATE 3-U.S. regulatory scrutiny scuppers deal for unit of China's HNA

* Global Eagle agreed to sell $416 mln stake to HNA unit last year

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Interfering with flight crew not always violent crime -U.S. appeals court

July 26 (Reuters) - Interfering with a flight crew is not always a "crime of violence," a federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday in a decision favoring a New York man who rushed the cockpit and shouted about jihad while aboard a United Airlines flight.

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BRIEF-Eagle Pharmaceuticals gets complete response letter from FDA on Ryanodex

* Eagle pharmaceuticals receives complete response letter from FDA on Ryanodex for exertional heat stroke application

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UPDATE 4-Ford results foreshadow tougher times for Detroit automakers

DETROIT, July 26 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Wednesday joined rival General Motors Co in reporting higher-than-expected second-quarter profits, and in the next breath warning of a rougher ride for the rest of the year.

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Deutsche Bank asset management listing seen in H1 2018 at earliest - sources

FRANKFURT/LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's planned listing of its asset management arm is unlikely before the first half of next year and could be later, as it wants more time to refine and sell the business's strategy to potential investors, people close to the matter said.

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UPDATE 2-Dynavax hepatitis B vaccine works; raises safety issues -FDA

July 26 (Reuters) - Dynavax Technologies Corp's experimental hepatitis B vaccine is effective, but there were more deaths and serious heart problems in patients given the vaccine than in those given a rival product, according to a preliminary Food and Drug Administration report published on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 2-Loblaw sees challenges from lower drug prices, higher wages

July 26 (Reuters) - Canadian grocer and drugstore chain operator Loblaw Companies Ltd said on Wednesday a rise in minimum wages and an expected decline in drug prices will impact its business in the coming quarters.

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BRIEF-D.R. Horton Q3 average closing price $293,100

* Q3 average closing price $293,100, up 1 percent compared to prior year - conf call

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BRIEF-Hess sees Bakken production rising in coming years

* Chief Executive John Hess says expects company's Bakken production to grow 10 percent per year 'over the next several years'

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BRIEF-AGCO to acquire Precision Planting from The Climate Corporation

* AGCO to acquire precision planting from the Climate Corporation

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BRIEF-Colibri Resource announces appointment of president, CEO

* Appointed current director, Ron Goguen Sr., as president and chief executive officer​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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UPDATE 1-Hedge fund Third Point bets on Alibaba, again

BOSTON, July 26 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Third Point made a new bet on Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba during the second quarter and told investors in a letter that it was still finding attractive new opportunities even as the stock market has surged this year.

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US STOCKS-Boeing, AT&T power Wall St to record; Fed in focus

* Indexes up: Dow 0.48 pct, S&P 0.04 pct, Nasdaq 0.16 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

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UPDATE 3-D.R. Horton posts slowest order growth in three quarters

* Shares fall as much as 3.9 pct (Adds details from conference call, updates shares)

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UPDATE 1-Impact on banks from Britain's vote to leave the EU

July 26 (Reuters) - Global banks have said they could move thousands of jobs out of Britain to prepare for Brexit, the country's planned exit from the European Union.

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CME to offer repo-backed futures and options

July 26 (Reuters) - The CME Group said on Wednesday that it will develop futures and options based on the repurchase agreement market, after a bank committee in June selected a benchmark repo rate to be used as an alternative to Libor in derivatives transactions.

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BRIEF-GSK non-core tail brands could sell for 0.5-1.0 bln pounds

July 26 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline CFO Simon Dingemans tells analysts:

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BRIEF-Celanese confirms EC opened investigation involving co's subsidiaries

* Confirms that company learned in May 2017 that European Commission had opened competition law investigation involving certain units of company

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Amundi's Pioneer to ditch Blackrock's Aladdin to cut costs

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - Amundi confirmed on Wednesday plans to switch the IT systems of its recently-acquired Pioneer Investments from rival BlackRock's Aladdin platform in a bid to cut costs.

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METALS-Copper hits two-year high as China looks to cut scrap imports

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Copper prices rose for a fourth day on Wednesday to the highest in more than two years on expectations of strong economic growth in China and news of Chinese restrictions on scrap imports that would increase demand for imported refined copper.

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BRIEF-Loblaw expects regulatory headwinds from both healthcare reform and increases in minimum wage

* Loblaw - CEO, re: further reduction in generic drug pricing by Québec Government, "will put increased pressure on our pharmacy business model" - conf call

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WRAPUP 1-U.S. new home sales rise in June, but trend softening

WASHINGTON, July 26 (Reuters) - New U.S. single-family home sales increased in June as purchases in the West surged to a near 10-year high, but downward revisions to the sales pace for the prior three months pointed to a housing market that was treading water.

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McKesson shareholders vote against exec pay structure

July 26 (Reuters) - McKesson Corp shareholders voted against the company's executive pay policy, following a shareholder campaign that criticized the drug wholesaler for its role in the U.S. opioid drug epidemic.

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Hedge fund Third Point bets on Alibaba, again

BOSTON, July 26 (Reuters) - Hedge fund Third Point told investors on Wednesday that it made a new bet on Chinese e-commerce firm Alibaba and U.S. asset management company BlackRock during the second quarter.

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MIDEAST STOCKS-Region mixed in narrow trade, no big boost from oil rebound

DUBAI, July 26 (Reuters) - Major Middle Eastern stocks markets were mixed in narrow ranges on Wednesday as caution over companies' upcoming second-quarter earnings announcements outweighed the positive effect of a rebound in oil prices.

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CANADA STOCKS-TSX edges higher as energy stocks gain with oil

TORONTO, July 26 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index edged higher in early trade on Wednesday, with gains for the index's heavyweight energy sector on higher oil prices offsetting falls for railway stocks after Canadian National Railway Co reported earnings.

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BRIEF-Sito Mobile says got purported notice of default and acceleration of obligations under a revenue sharing and note purchase agreement‍​

* Sito Mobile - on July 26, co got purported notice of default and acceleration of obligations under a revenue sharing and note purchase agreement‍​

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UPDATE 3-Lower tax rate fuels Ford beat, seen boosting 2017 net profit

DETROIT, July 26 (Reuters) - Ford Motor Co on Wednesday reported a better-than-expected quarterly net profit due to a lower tax rate and increased U.S. sales of more-profitable pickup trucks, but forecast a slightly lower 2017 pre-tax profit, sending its shares down 2.3 percent.

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BRIEF-Sito Mobile issues statement in response to Singer Group’s 13D/A filing

* Sito Mobile issues statement in response to Singer Group’S 13D/A filing

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BRIEF-Infosonics - on July 25, co entered agreement and plan of merger by, among company, Cooltech Holding Corp, co's unit Infosonics Acquisition Sub Inc

* Infosonics - on July 25, co entered agreement and plan of merger by, among company, Cooltech Holding Corp, co's unit Infosonics Acquisition Sub Inc

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Ex-Merrill banker loses $20 mln bonus claim against Sports Direct's Ashley

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - A former Merrill Lynch banker on Wednesday lost his claim that Mike Ashley, founder and boss of British retailer Sports Direct, promised him a 15 million pound ($20 million) bonus during a heavy drinking session.

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BRIEF-Alphabet's Google announces $50 mln initiative to help people prepare for the changing nature of work - Blog

* Alphabet's Google announces a $50 million initiative to help people prepare for the changing nature of work - Blog

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BRIEF-Bank of America board declares a regular quarterly cash dividend

* Board of directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend on Bank Of America common stock of $0.12 per share

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BRIEF-Waste Connections says for Q3 estimate revenue to be about $1.185 bln

* Waste Connections Inc says for Q3, co estimates revenue to be approximately $1.185 billion - SEC filing

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MOVES-Investment firm Nuveen hires UBS exec as CIO of multi-asset solutions

July 26 (Reuters) - Investment manager Nuveen appointed Frank van Etten as chief investment officer for multi-asset solutions.

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UPDATE 2-Juices, low-sugar sodas help Coca-Cola profit beat estimates

* Reports 2nd-qtr adj. EPS profit of 59 cents vs est 57 cents

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BRIEF-Gen III Oil Corp announces brokered private placement

* Gen III Oil - appointed Canaccord Genuity to sell, by way of a private placement, units of co at $0.70 per unit for gross proceeds of up to $5.0 million

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US STOCKS-Wall St set to open higher on earnings; Fed in focus

* Futures up: Dow 71 pts, S&P 4.5 pts, Nasdaq 12.75 pts (Adds details, comment, updates prices)

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BRIEF-OpenText to acquire Guidance Software

* OpenText to acquire Guidance Software Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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More deaths with Dynavax vaccine but overall rate low - FDA

July 26 (Reuters) - There were more deaths in patients taking Dynavax Technologies Corp's experimental hepatitis B vaccine than those taking a rival product, but the overall rate of death was low, a preliminary review by Food and Drug Administration reviewers concluded.

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UPDATE 1-Airbus A350 goals on track, but A320neo plans in doubt

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - Airbus said on Wednesday it was on track to meet a target of 10 A350 deliveries a month by the end of 2018 as it hit a milestone of 100 deliveries since Europe's newest wide-body jet came into service, but doubts remains over its A320neo delivery plans.

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BRIEF-Immunoprecise enters agreement to develop immune-contraceptive vaccines for wildlife

* Immunoprecise enters agreement to develop immune-contraceptive vaccines for wildlife

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UPDATE 1-Boeing 2nd-qtr earnings top estimates; raises 2017 forecast again

July 26 (Reuters) - Boeing Co on Wednesday posted second-quarter profit and cash growth that beat analysts' estimates even though sales were less than expected, sending shares up sharply.

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BRIEF-Silicon Labs sees Q3 revenue $193 million to $199 million

* Silicon Labs announces record revenue in second quarter 2017

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BRIEF-Nextera Energy Partners Q2 total operating revenues $204 mln

* Qtrly total operating revenues $204 million versus $188 million

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BRIEF-Hess reports Q2 loss per share of $1.46

* Hess reports estimated results for the second quarter of 2017

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BRIEF-Biolinerx announces additional investment from BVF Partners L.P.

* BiolineRx announces additional investment from BVF partners L.P.

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BRIEF-Nextera Energy reports Q2 earnings

* Nextera Energy Inc - second-quarter 2017 net income attributable to Nextera Energy on a GAAP basis of $1.68 per share

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BRIEF-Sensus Healthcare receives approval to sell SRT-100 in China

* Sensus Healthcare receives regulatory approval to sell the SRT-100 in China for the treatment and prevention of keloids

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BRIEF-Rollins reports Q2 earnings per share $0.25

* Reports second quarter and six months 2017 financial results

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BRIEF-Pointer Telocation Cellocator division signs ongoing supply agreement in North America

* Pointer Telocation Ltd - deliveries will start in 2018 and revenues from agreement are expected to reach about $2 million-$3 million on annual basis

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BRIEF-Netlist prevails in Federal Circuit appeal of load reduction patents

* Netlist prevails in federal circuit appeal of load reduction patents

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BRIEF-General Dynamics Q2 earnings per share $2.45

* Q2 earnings per share view $2.43 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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Tencent-backed Meituan-Dianping plans aggressive investment in offline retail

BEIJING, July 26 (Reuters) - China's largest provider of on-demand services Meituan-Dianping, backed by Tencent Holdings Group Ltd, said it planned to invest heavily in offline retail services in a strategy that will pitch it directly against China's top e-commerce firms.

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BRIEF-Loblaw reports second quarter 2017 results

* Q2 revenue C$11.08 billion versus I/B/E/S view C$11.05 billion

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Weapons maker Northrop's quarterly profit rises 6.8 percent

July 26 (Reuters) - Northrop Grumman Corp, the maker of Global Hawk surveillance planes, reported a 6.8 percent rise in quarterly profit on Wednesday, driven by strong demand for its manned aircraft.

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BRIEF-Marketaxess Holdings Q2 earnings per share $1.00

* Marketaxess reports second quarter 2017 revenues of $97.3 million, pre-tax income of $49.6 million and diluted EPS of $1.00

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BRIEF-Speedway Motorsports Q2 adjusted non-GAAP earnings per share $0.68

* Speedway Motorsports reports results for the three and six months ended june 30, 2017 and reaffirms full year 2017 guidance

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BRIEF-Northrop Grumman Q2 earnings of $3.15‍​ per share

* Q2 aerospace systems sales $2,970 million versus $2,600 million

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BRIEF-Ophthotech expands focus with development for ophthalmic orphan diseases

* Ophthotech expands focus with development for ophthalmic orphan diseases

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BRIEF-Prosperity Bancshares Inc reports second quarter 2017 earnings

* Prosperity Bancshares Inc reports second quarter 2017 earnings

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UPDATE 1-GlaxoSmithKline's new boss streamlines drug research

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline's new Chief Executive Emma Walmsley announced plans on Wednesday to streamline drug research in a bid to improve returns in the group's core pharmaceuticals business.

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BRIEF-Ingersoll-Rand Q2 continuing EPS $1.35

* Ingersoll-Rand Plc - company guidance for full-year 2017 continuing EPS of approximately $4.22; adjusted continuing eps raised to approximately $4.50

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Japan aluminium industry fears U.S. trade action may prompt retaliation

* Japan aluminium exports to U.S. make up about 10 pct of total

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BRIEF-Microsoft India announces launch of Microsoft Kaizala

Source text - Microsoft India today announced the launch of Microsoft Kaizala, a mobile-only product designed for large group communications and work management. Microsoft Kaizala makes it simple for organizations to seamlessly communicate, collaborate and complete tasks, bringing together desktop users and mobile-only users who may be within or outside their organizations. Microsoft India also announced the launch of its enterprise version, Kaizala Pro that allows organizations to have full adm

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BRIEF-Constellation Merger Sub Inc says tender offer and consent solicitation for 8.25pct senior notes

* Constellation Merger Sub Inc announces tender offer and consent solicitation for 8.25% percent senior notes due 2023 of clubcorp club operations, inc Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Team Inc upsizes offering, prices $200 million of 5 percent convertible senior notes due 2023

* Team Inc upsizes offering, prices $200 million of 5 percent convertible senior notes due 2023

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Telefonica Brasil posts 25 pct rise in second-quarter profit

SAO PAULO, July 26 (Reuters) - Telefonica Brasil SA , the biggest telecommunications firm in the country, on Wednesday reported a 25 percent rise in second-quarter net income to 873 million reais ($275 million), a securities filing showed.

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BRIEF-Noble Group updates on proposed disposal of remaining North American Gas And Power Business

* Proposed disposal of noble group's remaining north american gas and power business

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BRIEF-Staffing 360 Solutions says Q2 revenue fell 7.1 percent to $42.1 million

* Staffing 360 Solutions pre-announces second quarter 2017 results

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BRIEF-United Community Banks Q2 earnings per share $0.39

* United community banks, inc. Announces second quarter earnings

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UPDATE 1-Seadrill warns again of Chapter 11 as extends $14 bln debt talks

OSLO, July 26 (Reuters) - Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill again delayed restructuring its $14 billion in debt and liabilities on Wednesday and reiterated that Chapter 11 bankruptcy was likely.

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Shanghai plans to spend $740 million on cruise ship park

SHANGHAI, July 26 (Reuters) - A Shanghai district government plans to spend about 5 billion yuan ($739.97 million) to develop a cruise ship industrial park to house foreign firms that it hopes will help build China's first luxury passenger vessels, a local official said.

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UPDATE 1-Britain will ban new petrol and diesel cars from 2040, minister says

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of a plan to get them off the roads altogether 10 years later, environment minister Michael Gove said on Wednesday.

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Autos and energy firms boost European shares as earnings roll in, banks held back

* Chipmaker ASM International falls as Q3 outlook disappoints

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GLOBAL MARKETS-Oil bounce, results keep stocks on high

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Oil's rise back above $50 a barrel helped prod stock markets higher on Wednesday and company results and economic data continued to soothe worries that the world economy may be ripe for a another slowdown.

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Thales says in constructive talks on Airbus services drive

PARIS, July 26 (Reuters) - French aerospace supplier Thales said on Wednesday it was in "constructive" talks with Airbus about the latter's bid to boost its services business, striking a conciliatory tone on an issue worrying several top suppliers.

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UPDATE 1-Taiwan taken off Asia-Pacific money-laundering watchlist

* Decision seen reflecting island's reform push to fight crime

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BRIEF-Linde advances partnership with Wanhua Chemical Group

* Linde further advances its partnership with Wanhua Chemical Group with an additional investment of eur 108 million in china

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BRIEF-Chongqing Changan Automobile and Ford Motor's JV posts H1 net profit

* Says H1 net profit of its joint venture with Ford Motor at 6.2 billion yuan ($917.91 million)

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Top EU court adviser says Coty can block retailers from online sales

LUXEMBOURG, July 26 (Reuters) - An adviser to Europe's top court said on Wednesday that U.S. beauty products maker Coty's German unit can block retailers from selling their products via marketplaces such as Amazon or eBay .

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UPDATE 1-India e-tailer Snapdeal's board accepts Flipkart's up to $950 mln buyout -sources

* Axis Bank offering $60 million for FreeCharge – sources (Adds details on Infibeam offer, FreeCharge)

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BRIEF-China's Irico Display Devices, U.S. firm Corning plan to set up two JVs

* Says it and Corning plan to set up two JVs with registered capital at $20 million each for two LCD glass substrate projects worth $60 million each

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Borealis buys additional 5.5 pct in Thames Water from AMP Capital

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Borealis, the infrastructure investment manager of OMERS is buying an additional 5.5 percent in Thames Water, Britain's largest water company, from AMP Capital.

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UPDATE 2-Hyundai Motor profit slumps, warns China, U.S. sales malaise to persist

* Q2 net profit 817 bln won vs consensus f'cast 1.35 trln won

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BRIEF-Quantum Genomics raises 8.2 million euros in Europe and US

* QUANTUM GENOMICS RAISES € 8.2 MILLION IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES

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UPDATE 1-Antofagasta H1 copper output up 7.1 pct, keeps guidance

* Set to hit high end of guidance - analyst (Adds detail, background)

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BRIEF-Fevertree Drinks' CEO sold 1.5 mln shares at 1.925 pence on July 25

* FEVERTREE DRINKS PLC SAYS CEO TIM WARRILLOW SOLD 1.5 MILLION SHARES AT 1.925 PENCE ON JULY 25 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Compass' revenue rises 3.9 pct on growth in United States

July 26 - Compass Group Plc, the world's biggest catering firm, reported a 3.9 percent rise in quarterly revenue, driven by strong growth in the United States.

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Seadrill extends $14 bln debt restructuring, warns of Chapter 11

OSLO, July 26 (Reuters) - Offshore drilling contractor Seadrill delayed the restructuring of its $14 billion in debt and liabilities on Wednesday and reiterated that Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings were likely.

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Strong earnings buoy Nikkei but gains capped ahead of Fed decision

* Caterpillar's robust results lift Komatsu, Hitachi Construction

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UPDATE 1-UAE buys first U.S. oil cargo to replace Qatar condensate -sources

SINGAPORE, July 26 (Reuters) - The United Arab Emirates will import the country's first oil cargo from the United States, two sources familiar with the matter said, as the OPEC producer sought substitutes to replace Qatari condensate supplies after a diplomatic row.

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UPDATE 2-Oil prices firm on optimism over declining stocks

* Oil prices have been pressured by global oversupply (Updates prices)

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BRIEF-Berendsen H1 revenue rose 7.8 percent to 575.1 million stg

* HY OPERATING MARGIN 11.5 PERCENT VERSUS 13.2 PERCENT YEAR AGO

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BRIEF-Moody's says price hikes and cost cuts light a stable fire for European tobacco sector's outlook

* Moody's: price hikes and cost cuts light a stable fire for european tobacco sector's outlook

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Indonesia, Freeport agree on term of new copper mine permit -official

JAKARTA, July 26 (Reuters) - Indonesia has reached an agreement with U.S. miner Freeport McMoRan Inc that any new operating permit for its Grasberg copper mine will only be valid until 2021, an energy and mining ministry official said on Wednesday.

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Compass posts 3.9 pct rise in organic revenue on strength in U.S.

July 26 - Compass Group Plc, the world's biggest catering firm, reported a 3.9 percent rise in quarterly organic revenue, helped by strong growth in the United States.

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BRIEF-Cellectis says Calyxt receives about 64.4 million dollars in IPO

* TOGETHER WITH CALYXT ANNOUNCED ON TUESDAY FULL EXERCISE OF OVER-ALLOTMENT OPTION AND CLOSING OF CALYXT'S INITIAL PUBLIC OFFERING

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BRIEF-Wirecard signs agreement with Gulf Air to extend collaboration

* Wirecard signs agreement with Gulf Air to extend collaboration

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Hyundai Motor Q2 profit down 51 pct y/y, China, U.S. sales sag

SEOUL, July 26 (Reuters) - Hyundai Motor posted a 51 percent drop in net profit for the April-to-June period, missing analysts' estimates, as political headwinds hit sales in China and U.S. sales decelerated.

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BRIEF-Syngenta H1 EBITDA $1.7 bln

* H1 SALES $6.9 BILLION: 2 PERCENT LOWER COMPARED WITH H1 2016

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African Markets - Factors to watch on July 26

The following company announcements, scheduled economic indicators, debt and currency market moves and political events may affect African markets on Wednesday. - - - - - GLOBAL MARKETS Asian stocks steadied on Wednesday and the dollar held firm as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's policy decision later in the day for more clues on its tightening plans. WORLD OIL PRICES Oil prices firmed on Wednesday to hold near eight-week highs hit in the previous s

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BRIEF-Praj Industries says Praj-Gevo joint development deal to enter commercialization phase

* Says Praj-Gevo joint development agreement to enter commercialization phase

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Snap General Counsel Chris Handman steps down

July 25 (Reuters) - Snap Inc said its general counsel Chris Handman stepped down to spend more time with his family.

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BRIEF-Visa expands global transaction processing with facilities in Singapore and UK

* Visa expands global transaction processing with facilities in Singapore and United Kingdom

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U.S. firm Global Eagle says $416 mln pact with China's HNA fails to pass regulator

HONG KONG, July 26 (Reuters) - U.S.-based Global Eagle Entertainment Inc said a $416 million investment pact made last year with a unit of Chinese conglomerate HNA Group Co Ltd has been called off after failing to receive regulatory approval.

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Nikkei rises on strong earnings, caution ahead of Fed seen capping gains

* Caterpillar's robust results lift Komatsu, Hitachi Construction

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BRIEF-Moelis & Co. public offering priced at $42 per share

* Moelis & company prices public offering of class a common stock

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UPDATE 1-Australian watchdog takes Ford local unit to court over transmission complaints

* Ford accused of misleading conduct after transmission complaints

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UPDATE 6-U.S. Senate advances on healthcare, with dramatic return by McCain

WASHINGTON, July 25 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans narrowly agreed on Tuesday to open debate on a bill to end Obamacare, but the party's seven-year effort to roll back Democratic President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law still faces significant hurdles.

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DIARY-U.S. refinery operations-Marathon to restart Kentucky refinery by end of week

July 25 (Reuters) - The following is a list of refinery incidents reported in the United States on July 25: * Marathon Petroleum to restart Kentucky refinery by end of week -source * Shell reports leak at Deer Park, Texas facility * Marathon reports power outage at Catlettsburg, Ky. plant on July 23 * Motiva Port Arthur refinery operations normal -sources

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Colombian tribunal fines Claro, Movistar over contract

BOGOTA, July 25 (Reuters) - A Colombian tribunal on Tuesday ruled telephone companies Claro and Movistar must pay the government $1.55 billion for failing to meet contractual conditions for cellular services, a government official said.

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Oil adds to rally on optimism over declining stocks

SINGAPORE, July 26 (Reuters) - Oil prices firmed on Wednesday to hold near eight-week highs hit in the previous session, on expectations of a drawdown in U.S. stocks and as a rise in shale oil production shows signs of slowing.

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UPDATE 1-Express Scripts says any new Anthem contract would be unfavorable

July 25 (Reuters) - Pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Holding Co said on Tuesday that a new contract with biggest customer Anthem Inc would be on terms significantly less favorable for the company.