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MEXICO CITY, Oct 31- Shares of Mexico's biggest bottling company fell on Thursday as Congress approved a 1 peso- per-liter tax on sugary drinks and an 8 percent tax on junk food as part of a wider tax overhaul. The plan, which was passed by lawmakers after markets closed, aims to curb rising obesity levels as well as lift Mexico's poor tax take.
TOKYO, Nov 1- Asian shares edged down and the dollar inched higher in early trade on Friday after upbeat U.S. economic data prompted some investors to price in a less dovish policy outlook for the U.S.
Oct 31- Women's apparel retailer Body Central Corp reported a larger-than-expected quarterly loss as it struggled to attract customers, sending its shares down 20 percent after the bell. Apparel retailers including Aeropostale Inc and Abercrombie& Fitch Co also reported weak quarterly results as customers restrain spending in an uncertain economy.
LOS ANGELES, Oct 31- U.S. solar company First Solar Inc on Thursday reported quarterly results that blew past estimates and raised its earnings outlook for the year as it began recognizing revenue from a major project in California, sending shares higher. First Solar shares were up 6.2 percent at $53.40 in extended trade after closing at $50.30 on the Nasdaq.
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Oct 31- Ellie Mae Inc, whose software is used by mortgage professionals, reported a lower-than-expected third-quarter profit, hurt by lower mortgage volumes and higher R&D spending, pushing its shares down more than 20 percent after the bell.
*Exxon Mobil shares rise after results beat Wall St forecast. Dragging on the Dow and the S&P 500, Visa Inc lost 3.5 percent to $196.67 after the world's largest credit and debit card company reported a 28 percent drop in quarterly profit.
MEXICO CITY, Oct 31- Shares of Mexico's food and drink companies fell on Thursday as Congress was poised to approve a 1 peso- per-liter tax on sugary drinks and an 8 percent tax on junk food as part of a wider tax overhaul.
*Third-quarter adj EPS $0.31/ shr vs est $0.25. Oct 31- Canada's Resolute Forest Products Inc reported a better-than-expected profit for the fourth straight quarter as demand for its pulp products improved, sending its shares up 15 percent in early trade.
TORONTO, Oct 31- Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier Inc reported a 15 percent fall in net profit on Thursday, pressured by fewer aircraft orders and deliveries in the third quarter and contract issues in its train unit. The results came in below expectations and sent shares falling 8 percent on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
*Facebook volatile after results, Exxon shares higher. Expedia also advanced following its results, topping the S&P 500 percentage gainers, while Facebook Inc fluctuated between steep gains and losses.
Oct 31- New York Times Co reported higher third-quarter revenue on Thursday after more readers paid for its flagship newspaper and its digital products. Shares of New York Times Co rose 2 percent to $14.02 in morning trade.
SAO PAULO, Oct 31- Shares of Brazilian oil producer OGX Petroleo e Gas Participacoes SA fell as much as 35.3 percent on Thursday, the day after the company controlled by former billionaire Eike Batista filed for bankruptcy protection.
*Technip, Royal Dutch Shell drop after results. LONDON, Oct 31- European shares slipped further away from five-year highs on Thursday, with the Federal Reserve's less-dovish-than-expected statement raising concerns the U.S. central bank could start trimming its stimulus sooner than foreseen.
Oct 30- Online travel agency Expedia Inc reported a third-quarter profit that beat Wall Street estimates and said business referrals from review site TripAdvisor Inc. have improved, sending its shares up 18 percent in extended trading. Online travel agencies such as Expedia and Priceline.com depend heavily on leads from TripAdvisor.
*Expects 1st- quarter adj earnings $0.66/ shr vs est $0.65. Oct 30- Chipmaker Skyworks Solutions Inc forecast current-quarter results above analysts' estimates as it sells more analog chips used to connect machines to the Internet, sending its shares up 5 percent in extended trading.
*Gold, euro flatten after posting previous gains. NEW YORK, Oct 30- A gauge of global stocks dipped after hitting a near six-year high and Treasury bond prices fell on Wednesday while the U.S. dollar strengthened after a slightly less-dovish-than-expected statement from the Federal Reserve.
*3rd- qtr operating earnings $1.34/ shr vs est $1.36. Oct 30- MetLife Inc reported a third-quarter profit that narrowly missed analysts' estimates as the largest U.S. life insurer paid more in claims and benefits to policyholders, sending its shares down about 3 percent after the bell.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 30- Facebook Inc topped Wall Street's revenue targets on Wednesday, as robust growth in its mobile advertising business drove a 60 percent increase in revenue. Shares of Facebook, the world's No.1 online social network, rose 15 percent to $56.45 in after-hours trading.
Oct 30- Shares of Western Union Co fell as much as 19 percent on Wednesday, after the money transfer company said it did not expect earnings growth in 2014 due to higher compliance costs.