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  • July 18- Google Inc is the best placed of any company to benefit from the shift to mobile, increased local advertising and wearables, analysts said after the search giant posted its 18th straight quarter of 20 percent- plus revenue growth. Google shares were set to open about 4 percent higher at just over $600.

  • July 18- VF Corp, the owner of brands such as Timberland and The North Face, reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales as cold weather in North America drove demand for its higher-margin outdoor and action sports brands.

  • July 18- NQ Mobile Inc, a Chinese mobile security software maker facing allegations of fraud from short-seller Muddy Waters Research Group, said it dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP as its independent auditor.

  • Schlumberger says "business as usual" in Russia Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 8:49 AM ET

    July 18- Oilfield service provider Schlumberger Ltd, which drills with Rosneft on the Russian island of Sakhalin, said there was no "real impact" on its business in Russia, days after the United States slapped sanctions on Rosneft.

  • July 18- U.S. auto parts maker Johnson Controls Inc reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly revenue, as demand rose for its car seats, and the company said it expected its cooling and heating systems business to return to growth in the current quarter.

  • July 18- Railroad operator Kansas City Southern reported higher quarterly net income and revenue, helped by a jump in agriculture and automotive shipments. Net income available to common stockholders jumped to $129.8 million, or $1.18 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $15.4 million, or 14 cents per share, a year earlier.

  • July 18- Catalent Inc, controlled by Blackstone Group LP, said it expects its initial public offering to be priced between $19 and $22 per share, valuing the company at about $2.57 billion at the top end. The company's major customers include Pfizer Inc, Johnson& Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline Plc, Merck& Co Inc and Novartis AG.

  • NQ Mobile dismisses PwC as independent auditor Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:48 AM ET

    July 18- NQ Mobile Inc, a Chinese mobile security software maker facing allegations of fraud from short-seller Muddy Waters Research Group, said it dismissed PricewaterhouseCoopers Zhong Tian LLP as its independent auditor. NQ shares fell 11 percent before the bell.

  • July 18- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue, boosted by a strengthening international market and higher ad spending in the United States. Interpublic's clients include General Motors, Unilever and Johnson& Johnson.

  • July 18- Honeywell International Inc, a maker of aircraft cockpit parts and other electronic equipment, raised the lower end of its 2014 profit forecast range and reported better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher sales of turbochargers. Honeywell lifted the lower end of its 2014 profit forecast range to $5.45 per share from $5.40.

  • Johnson Controls revenue rises 3 pct on China demand Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:23 AM ET

    July 18- Johnson Controls Inc, the largest U.S. auto parts maker, reported a 3 percent rise in quarterly revenue, as revenue from its car seats and interior parts business rose 7 percent. Demand in the business was driven mainly by China, which contributed $1.8 billion to the division's revenue of $5.7 billion in the third quarter ended June 30.

  • Interpublic revenue rises on higher ad spending Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:18 AM ET

    July 18- Advertising company Interpublic Group of Cos Inc reported a 5.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, boosted by a strengthening international market and higher ad spending in the United States.

  • Honeywell profit boosted by turbocharger sales Friday, 18 Jul 2014 | 7:07 AM ET

    July 18- Honeywell International Inc, a maker of aircraft cockpit parts and other electronic equipment, reported a 7.6 percent jump in quarterly profit, helped by higher sales of turbochargers. Net income attributable to Honeywell rose to $1.10 billion, or $1.38 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $1.02 billion, or $1.28 per share, a year earlier.

  • July 18- Catalent Inc, controlled by Blackstone Group LP, said it expects its initial public offering to be priced between $19 and $22 per share, valuing the health technology company at about $2.57 billion at the top end. Catalent's IPO of 42.5 million shares is expected to raise about $935 million at the top end of the expected price range.

  • Twitter to unveil new metrics to show wider reach -WSJ Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 9:02 PM ET

    July 17- Twitter Inc, which has been struggling to revive flagging user growth, is expected to introduce new metrics to show that its microblogging service has a wider audience who may not necessarily be logged in to their accounts, the Wall Street Journal reported.

  • July 17- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider in favor of a $634.2 million buyout offer from an unnamed party. The offer values Gentiva at about $634.2 million based on the 36.8 million shares outstanding as of March 7.

  • July 17- Schlumberger Ltd's, the world's largest oilfield services company, reported better-than-expected second quarter revenue as drilling activity picked up in North America. Schlumberger and Baker Hughes provide several services, including seismic surveys that determine where oil lies under the earth's surface and hydraulic fracturing of wells.

  • Apple appoints BlackRock founding partner to board Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 5:04 PM ET

    July 17- Apple Inc said Susan Wagner, founding partner of BlackRock Inc, had been appointed to its board. Campbell is chairman of Intuit Inc, the developer of tax-preparation software TurboTax. Besides BlackRock, Wagner also serves on the boards of DSP BlackRock, as well as Swiss Re, Wellesley College and Hackley School.

  • Gentiva gets buyout offer, rejects Kindred's proposal Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    July 17- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider in favor of a buyout offer from an unnamed party. Gentiva said it got a $17.25 per share buyout offer from "a recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector" on Thursday.

  • Capital One profit rises 8 pct on card growth Thursday, 17 Jul 2014 | 4:18 PM ET

    July 17- Capital One Financial Corp, one of the largest U.S. credit card issuers, reported an 8 percent rise in quarterly profit as card loans grew and credit quality remained stable.