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June 26- ConAgra Foods Inc forecast a modest recovery in profit and revenue in its underperforming private-brands business and said it expected its focus on healthier options such as low-fat meals to boost its consumer brands business this year.
June 26- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc will buy Canadian eye drug maker QLT Inc for $346 million in the latest pharma deal aimed at cutting tax bills.
June 26- Accenture Plc, a consulting and outsourcing services provider, cut the top end of its full-year earnings forecast as margins come under pressure, taking the shine off a rebound in its consulting business that boosted quarterly revenue.
June 26- Shares of GoPro Inc, a maker of cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to record and post their exploits online, rose as much as 38 percent in their market debut. GoPro is the first U.S. consumer-electronics company to go public since headphones maker Skullcandy Inc in 2011..
June 26- Shares of GoPro Inc- which makes cameras used by surfers, skydivers and other action junkies to record and post their exploits online- rose as much as 26 percent in their market debut. GoPro's shares rose to a high of $30.19 in early Nasdaq trading, valuing the company that popularized action cameras for consumers at up to $3.7 billion.
By Jonathan Cable and Rahul Karunakar. June 26- Asia will spearhead gains in global equities in the coming year as ample central bank liquidity boosts shares, according to a worldwide Reuters poll that pointed to more modest gains for developed markets.
June 26- Shares of ServiceMaster Global Holdings Inc rose about 3.64 percent in their debut, valuing the owner of Terminix pest control and American Home Shield brands at about $2.25 billion. The company's IPO raised about $610.3 million after its offering was priced at $17, slightly below its expected price range of $18- $21 per share.
June 26- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc would buy Canadian drugmaker QLT Inc in a deal valued at about $850 million to add QLT's experimental treatment for eye diseases caused by gene mutations. Auxilium shares were up 18 percent at $25 in premarket trade, while QLT's U.S.-listed shares rose 30 percent to $7.
June 26- ConAgra Foods Inc, the maker of Hunt's tomato ketchup and Slim Jim beef jerky, reported higher-than-expected revenue and forecast a modest recovery in its struggling private-brands business, sending its shares up almost 2 percent in premarket trading.
*Earnings jump 49 pct to $11.4 mln. June 26- Winnebago Industries Inc, the largest U.S. motorhome maker, reported its strongest quarterly revenue since 2005 as Americans spend more on big-ticket items in an improving economy. Winnebago's net income jumped 49 percent to $11.4 million, or 42 cents per share.
June 26- Accenture Plc, a consulting and outsourcing company, reported a better-than-expected 7.5 percent rise in quarterly net revenue, led by a rebound in demand for its consulting services. Accenture forecast revenue of between $7.45 billion and $7.70 billion for the fourth-quarter.
June 26- ConAgra Foods Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as higher sales in commercial foods business made up for weakness in its consumer foods and private brands businesses. Excluding items, the maker of Hunt's tomato ketchup and Slim Jim beef jerky earned 55 cents per share, in line with its lowered estimate.
June 26- Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc said it would buy Canadian eye drug maker QLT Inc in an all-stock deal to gain access to QLT's experimental treatment for retinal diseases caused by gene mutations.
June 26- Winnebago Industries Inc, the largest U.S. motorhome maker, reported a 49 percent jump in quarterly profit as motorhome deliveries jumped 18 percent. The company's net income rose to $11.4 million, or 42 cents per share, in the third-quarter ended May 31, from $7.7 million, or 27 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 13.5 percent to $247.7 million.
June 26- Lennar Corp, the second-largest U.S. homebuilder, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as it sold more homes at higher prices. Lennar's average selling price rose 14 percent in the quarter amid tighter supply of homes. Lennar's profit was weighed down by losses in its real estate financing business and multi-family home business.
June 26- Accenture Plc, a consulting and outsourcing company, reported a 7.5 percent rise in quarterly net revenue, led by faster growth in its consulting business. The company's net income rose to $881.8 million, or $1.26 per share, in the third quarter ended May 31 from $874.1 million, or $1.21 per share, a year earlier.
June 26- Lennar Corp, the second-largest U.S. homebuilder, reported a 28 percent increase in quarterly revenue as it sold more homes, and said orders rose 8 percent. Revenue rose to $1.82 billion in the second-quarter ended May 31 from $1.43 billion a year earlier. Net income was flat at $137.7 million, or 61 cents per share.
June 26- Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc cut its earnings forecast for 2014 and said it is proving to be a "complex and truly atypical" year for the company.
June 26- Cigarette and tobacco company Philip Morris International Inc cut its 2014 earnings forecast saying it is proving to be a "complex and truly atypical" year for the company. The Marlboro cigarettes maker now expects to earn $4.87- $4.97 per share, lower than the $5.09- $5.19 per share it expected earlier.
*Easier monetary policy from China central bank seen driving regional stocks. BANGALORE, June 26- Shares in Shanghai, Hong Kong and South Korea are expected to rally over the next six months on expectations that China's central bank will ease policy, boosting both its economy and that of the region, a Reuters poll showed.