TOKYO, July 29- U.S. crude oil futures eased closer to $101 on Tuesday as projections of higher stockpiles of refined product offset concerns about escalating geopolitical tensions in Ukraine and Gaza. *U.S. crude futures for September delivery fell 21 cents to $101.46 a barrel by 0002 GMT, after finishing 42 cents lower on Monday.» Read More
July 24- Canada's Encana Corp, which is restructuring operations to end its reliance on low-value natural gas, said on Thursday oil and natural gas liquids production climbed 43 percent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2014.. Encana shares climbed 1.8 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange to C $24.14.
July 24- Dunkin' Brands Group Inc cut its 2014 outlook on Thursday as its U.S. doughnut shops battled fast-food rivals like McDonald's Corp and high milk prices softened profits from its international Baskin-Robbins ice cream business. The company also cited weakness in its Baskin-Robbins joint venture in Japan for the reduction in its 2014 forecast.
NEW YORK, July 24- Major global stock markets edged higher while the euro rose from an eight-month low against the U.S. dollar on Thursday following upbeat euro zone data and stronger-than-expected U.S. earnings.
MIAMI— Shares of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. rose to an all-time high on Thursday after it reported earnings that rose fivefold in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. It now expects earnings between $3.40 per share and $3.50 per share, up from its previous guidance range of $3.25 per share to $3.45 per share.
NEW YORK— JetBlue Airways Corp. on Thursday reported earnings that climbed sixfold in its second quarter. The company said profit increased to $230 million, or 68 cents per share, from $36 million, or 11 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago. JetBlue Airways shares have climbed $2.74, or 32 percent, to $11.28 since the beginning of the year.
July 24- Shares of radio station operator Townsquare Media LLC fell as much as 7 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $172 million. The Greenwich, Connecticut- based company's IPO raised about $91.3 million, after its offering of 8.3 million Class A shares was priced at $11, below its expected price range of $14- $16.
NEW YORK— The U.S. stock market is opening slightly higher as several big companies across industries report second-quarter earnings. It reported second-quarter earnings early Thursday that climbed 6 percent on gains in Europe.
NEW YORK— Only Wall Street could make the buying and selling of more than 3 billion shares look like nothing happened. "It's a stock-specific market right now," said Ryan Larson, head of equity trading at RBC Global Asset Management. Facebook's stock rose 5 percent while Caterpillar's fell 3 percent after the companies each reported quarterly results.
*Facebook rallies on results; market value near IBM's. *U.S. manufacturing data due; Europe, China upbeat. NEW YORK, July 24- U.S. stock index futures rose on Thursday, following a record close on the S&P 500 index, lifted by strong job market data in the United States and overseas factory readings, while better than forecast results sent Facebook shares rallying.
*Euro STOXX 50 up 0.4 pct, FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.8 pct. The euro zone Euro STOXX 50 index was up 0.8 percent at 3,217.18 points while the broader FTSEurofirst 300 index index was up 0.4 percent at 1,381.21 points by 1021 GMT.
LONDON, July 24- Brent crude dipped below $108 a barrel on Thursday as unseasonably weak demand from European refiners and plentiful supplies offset strong Chinese factory data. Brent for September delivery was down 31 cents at $107.72 a barrel by 0909 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.
The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 slipped 0.2 percent in early trade to 1,372.80 points, with benchmark indexes in France, Germany and the UK down 0.3 to 0.6 percent.
SINGAPORE, July 24- Brent crude held steady above $108 a barrel on Thursday as a surprisingly strong reading on Chinese manufacturing bolstered hopes for higher demand in the world's No.2 oil consumer. Brent crude for September delivery traded up 8 cents at $108.11 a barrel by 0539 GMT, after closing 70 cents higher on Wednesday.
*Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record on Apple's bullish results, though Boeing weighed on the Dow and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept the broader market's gains in check.
NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Delta Air Lines Inc., up $1.47 to $39.15. GlaxoSmithKline Plc., down $3.18 to $50.04.
NEW YORK— U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher as traders looked over a mixed batch of corporate earnings. The S&P 500 edged up three points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,987. That was two points higher than its last record close reached on July 3. Boeing fell 2 percent, the most in the Dow, after reporting disappointing revenue.
*Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks were largely higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 hitting another record high after bullish results from tech giants Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.
*U.S. crude stocks down 4 mln barrels, Cushing down 1.4- EIA. NEW YORK, July 23 (Reuters)- Oil futures rose on Wednesday, with U.S. crude outpacing Brent, after oil stockpiles in the United States fell more than expected. Brent crude for September delivery was up 9 cents at $107.42 a barrel at 12:59 p.m. EDT ( 1659 GMT), after slipping 35 cents in the previous session.
NEW YORK— Stocks are little changed in midday trading as traders look over a mixed batch of corporate earnings. Boeing fell 2 percent Wednesday after its revenue fell short of what analysts were expecting. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose five points, or 0.3 percent, to 1,988 as of noon Eastern time.
*Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- The S&P 500 hit a record high on Wednesday, lifted by bullish earnings from companies like Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.