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TORONTO, Feb 20- Canadian coffee and doughnut chain Tim Hortons Inc reported weaker-than-expected results on Thursday, hurt by slowing growth, but its stock jumped as it hiked its dividend and made plans to buy back up to C $440 million in shares.
FRANKFURT, Feb 20- Shares in German travel group TUI AG dropped 5 percent on Thursday following the sale of a 15.7 percent stake by its second-largest shareholder, John Fredriksen, who had been pushing for a merger with London- listed TUI Travel.
HONG KONG, Feb 20- Shanghai shares slipped from a two-month high on Thursday, as a weak private survey of February manufacturing activity outweighed robust gains for Sinopec Corp stemming from the first signs of reform at a state-owned enterprise. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings shed 0.9 percent.
*Shin group, AIS, Thaicom shares also fall for second day. BANGKOK, Feb 20- Shares in companies linked to the family of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra fell on Thursday after anti-government protesters launched online campaigns to boycott goods and services connected to these firms.
Feb 19- Onconova Therapeutics Inc said its experimental blood disorder drug did not meet the main goal of a late-stage trial, sending its shares down 45 percent in extended trading. Since then the company's shares have fallen a little more than 15 percent and closed at $13.86 on Wednesday. The stock was trading at $8.35 in extended trading.
*Shares in Europe, U.S. rise ahead of Fed minutes. NEW YORK, Feb 19- Stock markets around the world rose slightly on Wednesday, continuing their recent advance as investors did not expect anything hinting at a change in monetary policy to be announced in upcoming minutes from the U.S. Gold prices were also near breakeven levels.
*Shares fall in European companies Vallourec and Tenaris. PARIS, Feb 19- Shares in steel tube makers Tenaris and Vallourec tumbled on Wednesday after U.S. trade authorities decided not to impose tariffs on the South Korean imports that compete with their products.
PARIS, Feb 19- Shares in seamless steel tube makers Tenaris and Vallourec tumbled on Wednesday after U.S. trade authorities decided not to impose tariffs on the South Korean imports that compete with their products.
*Forest Labs shares soar; Actavis agrees to buy company. NEW YORK, Feb 18- The S&P 500 and Nasdaq rose on Tuesday, following Wall Street's biggest weekly gain of the year, as merger activity increased confidence that there is value in the stock market even as the benchmark index nears a record high.
BlackBerry shares rose after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smart phone maker.
Feb 18- Shares of Prana Biotechnology Ltd rose as much as 31 percent after the company said its experimental brain disorder drug improved cognitive function in a study on patients with Huntington's disease. "In a small trial, you don't expect to hit statistical significance on a secondary endpoint of efficacy," MLV& Co analyst Graig Suvannavejh told Reuters.
TORONTO, Feb 18- BlackBerry shares rose more than 6 percent in early trading on Tuesday after investor Daniel Loeb's Third Point hedge fund disclosed it had bought 10 million shares in the smartphone maker and technology company.
Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than the company expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down as much as 4 percent. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States, as people reach for healthier options.
Feb 18- Medtronic Inc on Tuesday reported a lower quarterly net profit after it took charges for an experimental blood pressure device that failed to prove effective in a clinical study. Medtronic shares fell 2.3 percent to $55.56 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.
Feb 18- Coca-Cola Co's global sales volumes rose less than it expected in the fourth quarter and fell in North America, sending its shares down almost 2 percent in premarket trading. Coke, like rival PepsiCo Inc, has been battling declining soda sales in developed markets, especially the United States.
Feb 18- Prana Biotechnology Ltd said its experimental drug to treat a hereditary degenerative brain disorder met the main goals of safety and tolerability in a mid-stage study, sending its shares up about 42 percent in premarket trade.
Feb 14- Campbell Soup Co, the world's largest soup maker, reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by an increase in soup sales during the holiday quarter, sending shares up as much as 7 percent. It also acquired Bolthouse Farms, which makes refrigerated juices and baby carrots in 2012..
TORONTO, Feb 13- Bombardier Inc reported a quarterly profit that fell well short of expectations on Thursday and cut its 2014 earnings forecast as it spends heavily on developing its new CSeries jetliner, news that spurred downgrades of its credit rating and pushed its shares sharply lower.
Feb 13- Orbitz Worldwide Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and said it was making investments to improve its airline-ticket business, sending its heavily shorted shares up 28 percent for their biggest gain since August.
TORONTO, Feb 13- Telus Corp, one of Canada's biggest telecom companies, outpaced its main rivals with a 13- percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and ambitious targets for 2014, helped by expansion in both its wireless and fixed-line businesses.