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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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BRIEF-Pultegroup expects to deliver 5,400-5,600 homes in Q3

* Lumber tariffs, forest fires in Canadian province to put pressure on H2 - conf call Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Eli lilly says seeks external early cancer assets

* Eli Lilly says intends to be more active seeking external preclinical and early stage immuno-oncology assets

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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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Manafort Talks With Senate Investigators to Discuss June 2016 Meeting With Russians

Paul Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on Tuesday to discuss the June 2016 meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Trump’s inner circle.

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BRIEF-eQube Gaming announces appointment of interim CFO

* Says Mark Dineen appointed interim CFO Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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UPDATE 1-Toshiba board to meet Wednesday, weigh offers for chip unit - source

* Toshiba also weighing offers from Western Digital, Foxconn -source (Adds details on auction, bidders)

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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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BRIEF-3M says expects pricing to be closer to flat in the U.S. for 2017 - Conf call

* 3M says expects FY 2017 share repurchases to be in range of $2 billion to $3.5 billion versus $2.5 billion to $4.5 billion previously

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BRIEF-Viacom, Discovery vying for Scripps and deal could come soon - CNBC

* Viacom, Discovery vying for Scripps & deal could come soon; Scripps family said to want 50 pct of deal in cash - CNBC, citing sources

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Former Trump campaign chief Manafort to talk to Senate investigators: NBC

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort will speak with Senate investigators on Capitol Hill within the next 48 hours, NBC News reported on Tuesday, citing a source close to Manafort.

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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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BRIEF-Eagle Pharmaceuticals issues statement regarding ryanodex application pdufa date for exertional heat stroke

* Eagle Pharmaceuticals issues statement regarding ryanodex application pdufa date for exertional heat stroke

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BRIEF-Sotherly Hotels says co has declared qtrly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share of beneficial interest

* Sotherly Hotels - board of directors has authorized and co has declared quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per common share of beneficial interest

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BRIEF-Dusolo awarded new GUIA permit for santiago project - doubles permitted extraction to 200,000 TPA

* Dusolo awarded new GUIA permit for santiago project - doubles permitted extraction to 200,000 TPA

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BRIEF-Nasdaq says 14 new exchange-traded product (etp) listings from five issuers during Q2 of 2017

* Says 14 new exchange-traded product (etp) listings from five issuers during Q2 of 2017 Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-General Motors reports Q2 earnings per share from cont ops of $1.60

* Q2 adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations $1.89

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BRIEF-Ocean Power Technologies establishes a houston presence to support oil & gas business development

* Ocean power technologies establishes a houston presence to support oil & gas business development

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BRIEF-Mandalay Resources Corporation announces new US$40 million revolving credit facility and change to dividend policy

* Mandalay Resources corporation announces new us$40 million revolving credit facility and change to dividend policy

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BRIEF-Merck's investigational NNRTI, doravirine, meets primary efficacy endpoint

* Merck's investigational NNRTI, doravirine, meets primary efficacy endpoint of non-inferiority to efavirenz, both in combination with other antiretroviral agents, in pivotal phase 3 trial for treatment of hiv-1 infection

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BRIEF-GlaxoSmithKline says ViiV announces results from NEAT 022 study

* VIIV HEALTHCARE AND NEAT-ID ANNOUNCED RESULTS FROM NEAT 022 STUDY OF MORE THAN 400 PATIENTS WITH HIV AND HIGH CARDIOVASCULAR RISK Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Invacare reaches new consent decree milestone

* Invacare says received notice from FDA that co has successfully satisfied requirements to resume full operations at its manufacturing facility in Elyria, Ohio

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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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BRIEF-AK Steel reports Q2 2017 earnings per share of $0.19

* AK Steel announces financial results for second quarter 2017

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BRIEF-ViiV announces positive results from DAWNING

* VIIV HEALTHCARE, MAJORITY OWNED BY GSK, WITH PFIZER AND SHIONOGI AS SHAREHOLDERS, ANNOUNCED POSITIVE INTERIM RESULTS FROM DAWNING Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bangalore.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com)

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BRIEF-Bonso Electronics announces signing of a letter of intent on reconstruction of the Shenzhen Factory

* Bonso Electronics announces signing of a letter of intent on reconstruction of the Shenzhen Factory

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BRIEF-Clearfield quadruples manufacturing capacity in Mexico

* Clearfield Inc - through space and head-count additions, Clearfield is positioned to quadruple its manufacturing presence in Mexico Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Brink's in exclusive negotiations to acquire Temis in France

* Brink's in exclusive negotiations to acquire Temis in france

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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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UPDATE 2-Centene profit beats on Obamacare strength, higher enrollments

* Shares up 3.3 pct premarket (Adds analysts' comments, details, shares)

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BRIEF-Compugen announces issuance of U.S. patent for COM701, its lead immuno-oncology product candidate

* Compugen Ltd - patent is expected to expire no earlier than February 2036 in U.S. for issued claims Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nouveau Monde signs non-binding LOI with Hunan Zhongke Shinzoom Co

* Has signed a non-binding letter of intent with hunan zhongke shinzoom co ltd

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BRIEF-Capital City Bank Group reports second quarter 2017 results

* Capital City Bank Group Inc reports second quarter 2017 results

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BRIEF-Sandell says it has acquired a meaningful ownership stake in Barnes & Noble

* Sandell issues letter to Barnes & Noble board of directors board of directors

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BRIEF-Lilly reports second-quarter results

* Q2 earnings per share view $1.05 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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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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BRIEF-PulteGroup Q2 adjusted earnings per share $0.47

* Pultegroup inc - qtrly ‍home sale revenues increased 12% to $2.0 billion​

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BRIEF-Graphic Packaging Q2 adjusted earnings per share $0.15

* Graphic packaging holding company reports second quarter 2017 results

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BRIEF-CIT Q2 earnings per share $0.68 from cont. ops excluding items

* Q2 earnings per share $0.68 from continuing operations excluding items

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UPDATE 2-Michael Kors to buy luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion

* Michael Kors has struggled with falling underlying sales (Adds analyst comment, detail, background, shares)

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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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UPDATE 2-Akzo Nobel chairman to leave after opposing PPG deal

* Akzo Nobel Q2 results fall short of expectations (Adds CEO quotes, more information and reaction from Elliott Advisors)

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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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GLOBAL MARKETS-Cautious Fed bets keep dollar glum, stocks strong

* European stock markets buoyed by strong German, French data

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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-Renault teams with Microsoft and VISEO on digital car maintenance book prototype‍​

* GROUPE RENAULT TEAMS WITH MICROSOFT AND VISEO TO CREATE DIGITAL CAR MAINTENANCE BOOK PROTOTYPE‍​ Source text: http://bit.ly/2tyhsz5 Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom:)

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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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BRIEF-Walmart and JD.com expand strategic cooperation

* Walmart says expanding their cooperation to further integrate their platforms, supply chains and customer resources in china

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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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BRIEF-Dassault Systemes to collaborate on 3D EXPERIENCE PLATFORM with U.S. colleges and universities

* EIGHT U.S. COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES SELECT DASSAULT SYSTÈMES' 3D EXPERIENCE PLATFORM TO PREPARE TOMORROW'S WORKFORCE Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Reporting by Nolwenn Brossier)

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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-Goldman Sachs invests $35 mln to accelerate growth of beqom

* Goldman Sachs invests $35 million to accelerate growth of beqom Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Alibaba, Paytm in talks to invest about $200 mln for about 20 pct stake in India’s Bigbasket- Bloomberg

* Alibaba and its Indian associate Paytm in talks to invest about $200 million for stake of roughly 20 percent in India’s Bigbasket- Bloomberg, citing sources Source text : https://bloom.bg/2gZdPAp Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nasdaq to buy Sybenetix

* Nasdaq inc says will acquire Sybenetix for an undisclosed amount and intends to fund purchase price with cash on hand

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BRIEF-Aurionpro Solutions says Cyberinc signs partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

* Says Cyberinc signs partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Cott announces sale of its traditional beverage business to Refresco for $1.25 bln

* Cott announces agreement to sell its traditional beverage manufacturing business to Refresco in all-cash transaction

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BRIEF-FDA approves Beximco Pharma's Methocarbamol tablets

* Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd says announces that it has received approval for its Methocarbamol tablets (500 mg and 750 mg) from U.S. Food and Drug Administration (U.S. FDA) Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Arlington Asset Q2 GAAP loss per share $0.74

* Arlington Asset Investment Corp. Reports second quarter 2017 financial results

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BRIEF-SunPower to supply 29.9-megawatts of high efficiency solar panels for Tenergie solar projects in France

* SunPower to supply 29.9-megawatts of high efficiency solar panels for Tenergie solar projects in France

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BRIEF-UCB and Dermira announce US and EU regulatory submissions for Cimzia

* UCB AND DERMIRA ANNOUNCE U.S. AND EU REGULATORY SUBMISSIONS FOR CIMZIA (CERTOLIZUMAB PEGOL) FOR THE TREATMENT OF MODERATE-TO-SEVERE CHRONIC PLAQUE PSORIASIS Source text: http://bit.ly/2ty2bhV Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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BRIEF-Softbank seeks multibillion-dollar stake in Uber- WSJ, citing sources

* Softbank seeks multibillion-dollar stake in Uber- WSJ, citing sources Source text : http://on.wsj.com/2gYLzhr Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Boeing and Dassault Systèmes announce extended partnership

* BOEING EXTENDS USE OF DASSAULT SYSTÈMES TO INCLUDE 3DEXPERIENCE PLATFORM FOR MANUFACTURING OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCT LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Gdynia Newsroom)

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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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UPDATE 1-Toyota set to sell long-range, fast-charging electric cars in 2022 -paper

* New EV to use all-solid-state battery - Chunichi Shimbun daily

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BRIEF-Wipro, Hewlett Packard Enterprise partner to offer consumption-based IT infra solutions

* Says Wipro and Hewlett Packard Enterprise partner to offer consumption-based IT infrastructure solutions

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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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BRIEF-Activist investor Sandell Asset Management wants Barnes & Noble to try again to sell itself- WSJ, citing sources

* Activist investor Sandell Asset Management recently started buying stake in Barnes & Noble, already among its 10 biggest investors- WSJ, citing sources

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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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BRIEF-Logitech delivers double-digit growth and raises outlook

* Says Q1 sales were $530 million, up 13 percent in constant currency compared to Q1 of prior year

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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-MDC Holdings sets quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share

* Sets quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Mullen Group reports Q2 earnings per share C$0.19

* Mullen Group Ltd. reports second quarter financial results including record trucking/logistics segment revenue

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BRIEF-Sarepta Therapeutics announces pricing of $325 mln public offering of common stock

* Sarepta Therapeutics announces pricing of $325 million public offering of common stock

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BRIEF-Webster Financial Corp declares common dividend

* Says declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.26 per share on its common stock Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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What happens to patients who stop taking statins?

Jonathan McDonagh, a 57-year-old computer consultant in Minneapolis, Minnesota, gave up on statins years ago.

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BRIEF-Core Lab reports qtrly earnings per share $0.52

* Core Laboratories NV - Q2 2017 revenue of $164 million , up 4% sequentially from its Q1 2017 revenue

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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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BRIEF-Potlatch Corp reports Q2 earnings per share $0.59

* Q2 revenue $163.2 million versus I/B/E/S view $150.9 million

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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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BRIEF-First Bank reports Q2 earnings per share $0.15

* First Bank reports second quarter 2017 net income of $2.0 million, an increase of 38% from 2016

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'Pharma bro' Shkreli says he will not testify in securities fraud trial

(Reuters) - Martin Shkreli, the pharmaceutical entrepreneur vilified as the "pharma bro" for raising the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, said on Monday in federal court that he would not testify in his securities fraud trial.

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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 1-After $50 bln deal spree, China's HNA moves to clear ownership concerns

* Says recently got $300 mln unsecured loan from Morgan Stanley

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BRIEF-Team Inc sees Q2 revenue of about $310 mln

* Sees q2 revenue $310 million versus i/b/e/s view $342.6 million

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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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BRIEF-Technipfmc Plc says audit committee concluded unaudited interim condensed consolidated U.S. GAAP financial statements as of March 31 should be restated

* TechnipFMC Plc - Audit committee concluded unaudited interim condensed consolidated U.S. GAAP financial statements as of March 31, 2017 should be restated

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BRIEF-Enterprise Financial reports Q2 earnings per share $0.50

* Q2 earnings per share view $0.62 -- Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S

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BRIEF-Delek Logistics increases qtrly cash distribution to $0.705 per limited partner unit

* Delek Logistics Partners, Lp increases quarterly cash distribution to $0.705 per limited partner unit Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Element Fleet announces ‍intention to segment financial reporting of core, non-core assets​

* Element Fleet Management Corp - ‍intention to segment financial reporting of core, non-core assets, optimize capital structure and enhance governance.​

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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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BRIEF-Moleculin Biotech files for mixed shelf offering of up to $75 mln - SEC Filing‍​

* Moleculin Biotech Inc files for mixed shelf offering of up to $75 million - SEC Filing‍​ Source text: [http://bit.ly/2gXdw9t] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-HomeStreet reports qtrly earnings per share $0.41

* HomeStreet Inc - ‍Net interest income was $46.9 million in Q2 of 2017 compared with $45.7 million in Q1 of 2017 and $44.5 million in Q2 of 2016 - SEC Filing​

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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-Ur-Energy files for mixed shelf of upto $100 mln - SEC Filing

* Files for mixed shelf of upto $100 million - SEC Filing Source text: [http://bit.ly/2uRhV3n] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Peoples Financial Services reports Q2 earnings per share $0.76

* Qtrly net interest income $16.1 million versus $15.3 million Source text: [http://bit.ly/2gXCLsb] Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-New Resource Bank reports Q2 earnings per share $0.07

* New Resource Bank reports profits increase in Q2 2017; earnings grow 28% quarter-over-quarter and 49% year-over-year

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BRIEF-Claim Post Resources announces board appointments, establishes special committee

* Claim Post Resources announces board appointments and establishes special committee

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BRIEF-NBT Bancorp Q2 earnings per share $0.49

* NBT Bancorp Inc announces net income of $21.4 million; declares cash dividend

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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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BRIEF-Arch Biopartners retains market maker, arranges private placement financing

* Arch Biopartners retains market maker and arranges non brokered private placement financing Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-American Campus Communities Q2 FFO per share $0.50

* American Campus Communities, Inc. Reports second quarter 2017 financial results

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BRIEF-PrairieSky announces second quarter 2017 results

* PrairieSky Royalty Ltd qtrly funds from operations of $0.32 per share

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BRIEF-Hexcel announces 13.6 pct increase in quarterly dividend

* Sets quarterly cash dividend of $0.125 per share Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Repros Therapeutics says files for potential stock shelf offering - SEC filing‍​

* Repros Therapeutics Inc files for potential stock shelf offering of up to 4.5 million shares - SEC filing‍​ Source text: (http://bit.ly/2tvk5BY) Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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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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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. dollar, bond yields edge up, with focus on Fed

* Nasdaq hits record ahead of big tech earnings; Dow, S&P lag

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BRIEF-Huntington Ingalls and MSTS partners to proceed with work at Nevada National Security Site

* Huntington Ingalls Industries and MSTS partners to proceed with work at Nevada National Security Site

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BRIEF-Micron Solutions appoints Rodd E. Friedman to its Board

* Micron Solutions, Inc. appoints Rodd E. Friedman to its Board of Directors

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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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BRIEF-Blue Harbour Group comments on acquisition of WebMD

* Shareholder of WebMD owning approximately 9% of common shares commented on WebMD's agreement to be acquired by KKR & Co LLP​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom: +91 806 749 1136)

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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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BRIEF-Teva announces launch of generic vagifem in U.S.

* Teva announces the launch of generic vagifem in the United States

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Turkey Opens Trial of 17 Journalists on Terrorism Charges

The trial is being seen as a test case for the freedom of the press in Turkey, now the biggest jailer of journalists in the world.

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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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US STOCKS-Nasdaq hits record ahead of big tech earnings; Dow, S&P lag

* Hibbett Sports sales warning weighs on sporting goods retailers

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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-TA Realty says sold a portfolio to Colony Northstar for $201 mln

* On behalf of Realty Associates Fund VIII, L.P., Realty Associates Fund X, L.P, sold a industrial portfolio to Colony Northstar for $201 million Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-J.P. Morgan launches new MBS agency index

* J.P. Morgan launches new MBS agency index Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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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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BRIEF-Wells Fargo announces Don Hayes as head of business banking for new Ohio & Western Pennsylvania region

* Wells Fargo announces Don Hayes as head of business banking for new Ohio & Western Pennsylvania region

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BRIEF-Summit State Bank reports net income for Q2 2017

* Summit state bank reports net income for second quarter 2017 and declaration of dividend

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BRIEF-NCR says to integrate DoorDash marketplace to NCR Aloha POS

* Agreement with DoorDash for planned integration of DoorDash marketplace to NCR aloha platform-of-sale Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Nasdaq's head of fixed-income trading John Shay leaves after just 10 months - FT

* Nasdaq's head of fixed-income trading John Shay leaves after just 10 months - FT Source text - http://on.ft.com/2tE6oEH Further company coverage: (Bengaluru Newsroom)

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow lower as J&J drags; Nasdaq hits record

* J&J lower as copy of rheumatoid arthritis drug goes on sale

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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 7-Oil rises after Saudi vows to cap crude exports next month

* Halliburton: U.S. shale boom to ease next year (Updates throughout, Changes byline, changes, updates throughout, changes dateline from LONDON, adds quotes, updates prices)

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GLOBAL MARKETS-U.S. dollar, bond yields climb, with focus on Fed

* Oil rallies as Saudi Arabia vows to cap exports (Updates with morning U.S. market activity, changes dateline, previous LONDON)

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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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European stocks hit by autos inquiry, airlines price war fears

* Julius Baer jumps on biggest inflows since fin crisis (Updates with closing prices)

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BRIEF-Morningstar acquires 40 percent ownership stake in Sustainalytics

* Says announced that Morningstar has acquired a 40 percent ownership stake in Sustainalytics

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BRIEF-Sypris awarded several new contracts with Harris Corporation

* Sypris awarded several new contracts with Harris Corporation

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BRIEF-Northwest Bancshares Inc. says Q2 earnings per share $0.30

* Northwest Bancshares Inc. Announces second quarter 2017 earnings and quarterly dividend

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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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UPDATE 3-Hasbro posts smallest sales beat in 1-1/2 years, shares drop

* Hasbro's shares slump as much as 9.2 pct (Adds analyst, CFO comments; updates shares)

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US STOCKS-S&P, Dow lower as Johnson & Johnson drags

* Indexes down: Dow 0.32 pct, S&P 0.21 pct, Nasdaq 0.03 pct (Adds details, changes comment, updates prices)

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BRIEF-Ocean Bio-Chem reports Q2 net sales about $9.9 mln vs about $8.7 mln a year ago

* Ocean Bio-Chem Inc reports record nets sales for the second quarter and the first six months of 2017

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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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BRIEF-WestJet announces Vancouver service to Huatulco

* Westjet Airlines Ltd- ‍Announced new non-stop weekly service between Vancouver and Huatulco, Mexico, effective October 29, 2017​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Biolight reports results in phase 1/2A clinical trial for Glaucoma insert

* Biolight reports successful results in phase 1/2a clinical trial for Glaucoma insert

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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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BRIEF-AT&T to build global network for Omnicom Group

* Global Omnicom/AT&T network strategy will utilize AT&T flexware, AT&T netbond for cloud and AT&T threat manager Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-FDA Staff raises concerns about Intellipharma's opioid painkiller

* FDA Staff: no new safety signals were identified with Intellipharma's opioid painkiller Rexista beyond what is already known for oxycodone products

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BRIEF-Healthcare Trust Of America revises dates to report Q2 results

* Healthcare Trust Of America Inc. Revises dates to report 2017 second quarter and first half financial results and host conference call

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BRIEF-Sify Technologies Ltd says ‍net profit for quarter was INR 174 million, increase of 39%

* Nnet profit for quarter was INR 174 million, an increase of 39% over same quarter last year​

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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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BRIEF-Premier Inc says partnered with MindClick to integrate environmental impact data

* Partnered with MindClick Inc; Financial terms of agreement were not disclosed Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Norbord's 100 Mile House, British Columbia OSB mill resumes production

* Norbord's 100 Mile House, British Columbia OSB mill resumes production

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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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BRIEF-Guaranty Bancshares Inc Q2 EPS $0.40

* Guaranty Bancshares, Inc. reports second quarter financial results

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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-Dais signs multi-year supply agreement with The Haier Group

* Dais signs multi-year supply agreement with The Haier Group

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BRIEF-People qtrly revenue $28 mln

* People Corporation announces financial results for the third quarter of fiscal 2017

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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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BRIEF-Citi announces collaboration with Cornell Tech

* Citi announces collaboration with Cornell Tech Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Microbix Biosystems names Cameron Groome CEO

* Microbix Biosystems Inc - ‍Vaughn Embro-Pantalony is retiring as its president and CEO, but remaining an executive director​ Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage:

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BRIEF-Pfizer announces positive top-line results

* Pfizer announces positive top-line results from the comparative reflections B7391003 study for PF-06439535, a potential biosimilar to avastin®1 (bevacizumab)

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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.