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  • July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc reported weaker-than-expected U.S. quarterly same-restaurant sales due in part to a cold and rainy start to the spring season, and cut its full-year adjusted profit and sales forecasts.

  • July 24- Investment bank and asset manager Lazard Ltd reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as merger and acquisition advisory and asset management fees rose amid an increase in corporate deals. In one of its big deals in the second quarter, Lazard advised jet engine parts maker Firth Rixson on the $2.85 billion sale to aluminum group Alcoa Inc..

  • July 24- Breitburn Energy Partners LP offered to buy QR Energy LP for $1.46 billion to become one of the largest U.S. oil producers structured as a master limited partnership. QR Energy until holders will get 0.9856 of one Breitburn unit for each QR Energy unit they hold.

  • D.R. Horton's homebuilding revenue rises, orders jump Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:16 AM ET

    July 24- D.R. Horton Inc, the No.1 U.S. homebuilder, reported a 28 percent rise in third-quarter homebuilding revenue and the company said orders rose 25 percent. Homebuilding revenue rose to $2.10 billion in the quarter ended June 30 from $1.64 billion, a year earlier.

  • July 23- Sports apparel retailer Under Armor Inc's quarterly revenue rose by more than a third as warmer weather in May and June drove demand for sports apparel and shoes. The company's net profit rose marginally to $17.7 million, or 8 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $17.6 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • July 23- Sports apparel retailer Under Armour Inc's quarterly revenue rose by more than a third as warmer weather in May and June drove demand for sports apparel and shoes. The company's net profit rose marginally to $17.7 million, or 8 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $17.6 million, or 8 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • July 24- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit as an increase in global business travel drove occupancy and room rates. The operator of the Sheraton and Westin chain of hotels also raised its full-year profit forecast to $2.78- $2.85 per share from $2.76- $2.83.

  • Lazard profit jumps 43 pct on higher M&A advisory fees Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    The company's adjusted net profit rose to $85 million, or 64 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $60 million, or 45 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Raytheon posts 13 pct profit rise, maintains outlook Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    July 24- U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co reported a 13 percent rise in second-quarter profit due to favorable pension adjustments and the company maintained its full-year forecast. Net income attributable to Raytheon shareholders rose to $551 million, or $1.76 per share, from $488 million, or $1.50 per share, a year earlier.

  • July 24- Loblaw Cos Ltd, Canada's largest grocer, reported a 37 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by sales from recently acquired Shoppers Drug Mart.

  • PulteGroup profit rises due to higher home prices Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:53 AM ET

    July 24- U.S. homebuilder PulteGroup Inc reported a 15 percent rise in quarterly profit as it sold homes at higher prices, but said orders fell 2.2 percent. Net income rose to $41.9 million, or 11 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $36.4 million, or 9 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • Breitburn Energy to buy QR Energy in $3 bln deal Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 AM ET

    July 24- Breitburn Energy Partners LP said it would buy QR Energy LP in a deal valued at about $3 billion, including debt, to become one of the largest oil producers structured as a master limited partnership.

  • Dunkin' Brands U.S. comparable sales miss estimate Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:20 AM ET

    July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc, the parent of Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins ice cream, reported weaker-than-expected U.S. quarterly same-restaurant sales, blaming, in part, an unseasonably cold and rainy start to the spring season. Sales at established Dunkin' Donuts franchises in the United State rose 1.8 percent in the second quarter.

  • Starwood profit rises as occupancy, room rates rise Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 6:14 AM ET

    July 24- Starwood Hotels& Resorts Worldwide Inc, owner of the Sheraton and Westin brands, reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly profit as occupancy and room rates increased. The company's net income rose to $153 million, or 80 cents per share, for second quarter ended June 30, from $138 million, or 71 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. On an adjusted basis, Vancouver- based Teck's earnings fell to 13 Canadian cents per share from 34 Canadian cents per share.

  • Teck Resources' profit falls as coal prices remain weak Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 5:13 AM ET

    July 24- Canadian diversified miner Teck Resources Ltd reported a 44 percent drop in quarterly earnings, mainly due to "significantly" lower coal prices. Net profit attributable to shareholders fell to C $80 million, or 14 Canadian cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from C $143 million, or 25 Canadian cents per share, in the same period a year earlier.

  • *Asian growth outlook dims with feeble China, India recovery. BANGALORE, July 24- The outlook for emerging Asia has dimmed further this year on weak demand for exports, although growth in India is expected to accelerate into 2015 even as China is held back in part by a slowing property market, Reuters polls showed.

  • July 23- Britain's markets regulator and a group of global banks are in talks to reach a first settlement in a currency-rigging probe, with a deal possible this year, Bloomberg reported.

  • U.S. lifts ban on flights to Israel Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:28 AM ET

    "Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said in a press release.

  • July 24- Insurers are expected to hike war risk premiums for airlines following losses due to global conflicts, including the downing of a Malaysia airplane over Ukraine, insurance rating agency A.M. Best Company said on Wednesday.