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HONG KONG, Oct 17- China shares ended lower for a third straight session, as profit-taking erased gains for companies seen as linked to the Shanghai free trade zone and investors awaited a batch of economic data.
SYDNEY, Oct 17- Shares in Australian building materials maker Boral jumped as much as 8 percent on Thursday after it announced a $1.6 billion plasterboard joint venture with its U.S. peer USG Corp.. The joint venture will be owned 50 percent by Boral and 50 percent by USG, for which USG will pay up to $575 million to Boral, according to statements by the two companies.
*Forecasts fourth-qtr profit of 18- 26 cents per share. Oct 16- Specialty mattress maker Select Comfort Corp reported third-quarter results well below analysts' estimates due to higher costs and sagging demand for its mattresses, sending its shares down 25 percent after the bell.
Oct 16- EBay Inc reported a higher quarterly profit on Wednesday as consumers made greater use of its PayPal service, but the e-commerce company gave a disappointing holiday quarter forecast, sending shares down 4.5 percent in after-hours trading.
Oct 16- Shares of Plains GP Holdings LP, the holding company for pipeline operator Plains All American Pipeline LP, rose 5 percent in their market debut, valuing the company at about $14 billion.
Oct 16- PepsiCo Inc reported higher quarterly earnings on Wednesday and said it was on track to meet its financial goals for the year, despite a sluggish economy. Shares of PepsiCo were up 1.1 percent at $81.50 in trading before the market opened.
HONG KONG, Oct 16- Hong Kong shares slipped from a near-three week high on Wednesday, roiled by a weak mainland Chinese market and as a U.S. deal to avert a debt default remains elusive. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong shed 0.4 percent.
SAO PAULO/ RIO DE JANEIRO, Oct 15- OGX Petróleo e Gas Participações SA ousted its chief executive as part of a restructuring plan to avert bankruptcy, a source said on Tuesday, the same day shares of the ailing Brazilian oil producer posted their biggest jump ever on hopes that founder Eike Batista might cede control of the company.
SAO PAULO, Oct 14- Shares of Brazil's Embraer SA tumbled on Tuesday after the company reported another quarter of weak deliveries, forcing the world's third-largest commercial planemaker into a steep climb to meet its full-year target.
Oct 15- A J.C. Penney Co Inc spokeswoman denied a market rumor on Tuesday that the department store chain had hired bankruptcy counsel, as shares slid as much as 8.3 percent. Penney spokeswoman Kristin Kays said there was "no truth to the rumor," origins of which were unclear.
*Third-quarter earnings/share $0.51 vs est $0.52. Oct 15- Domino's Pizza Inc, the second-largest U.S. pizza chain, reported a rare earnings miss due to higher costs, sending its shares down 5 percent as it spent more on overseas outlets and on mobile apps.
Coca-Cola reported earnings that met Street expectations as it sold more soft drinks, as well as teas and waters, despite a challenging economy.
French hotel group Accor topped the FTSEurofirst 300 leaderboard with a 2 percent rise after investment bank Citigroup's upgraded the stock to a "buy".
Oct 10- Safeway Inc said on Thursday it plans to leave the Chicago market by early next year as it continues to narrow its focus and posted a sharply lower profit for the third quarter. The shares of Safeway, the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator, rose to $33.35 after hours after closing at $31.57 on the New York Stock Exchange.
Oct 10- Silicon Graphics International Corp, a supplier of servers based on the Linux operating system, estimated first-quarter results below expectations, citing uncertainty related to the completion of IT projects funded by the U.S. government. Silicon Graphics shares fell about 15 percent in extended trading.
Oct 10- Safeway Inc said on Thursday it plans to leave the Chicago market by early next year as it continues to narrow its focus and posted a sharply lower profit for the third quarter. Shares of Safeway, the second-largest U.S. mainstream grocery store operator, rose to $33.35 after hours after closing at $31.57 on the New York Stock Exchange.
*Shares rise 25 pct to $54.94, valuing Antero at $13.98 bln. Oct 10- Shares of Antero Resources Corp, an oil and gas producer controlled by Warburg Pincus, rose as much as 25 percent in their market debut, underscoring the eagerness of investors to cash in on the shale boom in the United States.
Oct 10- Shares of Antero Resources Corp, an oil and gas producer controlled by Warburg Pincus LLC, rose as much as 25 percent in their market debut, underscoring investors' eagerness to cash in on the shale boom in the United States. Shares of the company opened at $54.15 on Thursday and rose to a high of $54.94, valuing the company at $13.98 billion.
Oct 9- Cloud computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc estimated quarterly results below analysts' expectations as businesses delayed contracts, sending its shares down as much as 14 percent in extended trading.
Oct 9- Cloud computing software maker Citrix Systems Inc estimated quarterly results below analysts' expectations, sending its shares down as much as 13 percent. The company said it expects adjusted earnings of 68- 69 cents per share on revenue of $710 million to $712 million in the third quarter.