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.
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.— PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported profit that rose by 15 percent in its second quarter, and fell short of analysts' expectations. The Bloomfield Hills, Michigan- based company said net income increased to $41.9 million, or 11 cents per share, from $36.4 million, or 9 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
HOUSTON— Noble Energy Inc. on Thursday reported earnings that decreased by 49 percent in its second quarter, and beat analysts' expectations. The Houston- based company said net income fell to $192 million, or 52 cents per share, from $377 million, or $1.04 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
Henry Blodget, Business Insider editor-in-chief & CEO, discusses Facebook's "staggering" quarterly earnings and the social networks innovation. CNBC's Jon Fortt provides perspective.
CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg says the company's unique personal ads and investments in tech are really paying off.
"Results were better than expected, with solid operating results in coal and copper," RBC Capital Markets analyst Fraser Phillips said in a note to clients. Teck cut its 2014 copper cost forecast to between $1.95 and $2.05 per pound from $2.00 to $2.20 a pound.
WASHINGTON— The International Monetary Fund foresees the global economy expanding less than it had previously forecast, slowed by weaker growth in the United States, Russia and developing economies. The lending organization predicted Thursday that global growth will be 3.4 percent in 2014, below its April forecast of 3.7 percent.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs speaks to Stephen Holmes, Wyndham Worldwide chairman & CEO, about the company's new marketing campaign and the disruption Airbnb is causing.
July 24- Boston Scientific Corp, which makes medical equipment, on Thursday reported a slightly higher-than-expected quarterly profit as improvements in its heart device business helped drive revenue up 4 percent.
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.
PARSIPPANY, N.J.— Wyndham Worldwide Corp. on Thursday reported earnings that rose by 15 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The Parsippany, New Jersey- based company said profit increased to $153 million, or $1.20 per share, from $133 million, or 98 cents per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
WARSAW, Ind.— Zimmer Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported a 16 percent increase in second-quarter net income, but the surgical product maker's shares slipped in trading after it also lowered the top end of its 2014 earnings forecast.
Jack Koraleski, Union Pacific CEO, discusses the rail operators Q2 earnings and explains why he is optimistic about the second half.
*$1 billion repurchase to be completed within three years. *Adjusted profit of $2.34 a share compares with $2.19 estimate. July 24- United Continental Holdings Inc reported a stronger-than-expected second-quarter profit aided by higher prices and said it plans to buy back $1 billion of stock, sending its shares up nearly 4 percent.
Europe cruises account for 22 percent of the capacity in the company, whose cruise lines include Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruise. Royal Caribbean, which in April warned of pressure in its biggest market, the Caribbean, said the environment in the region remained "promotional".
CNBC's Phil LeBeau breaks down the quarterly performance of General Motors and Ford Motor Company. LeBeau says Ford reported a record $2.44 billion quarterly profit in North America.
Ann Duignan, JPMorgan managing director and machinery analyst, discusses Caterpillar's earnings and expresses concerns over its mining business.
Arvind Bhatia, Sterne Agee senior research analyst, discusses Facebook's better-than-expected Q2 earnings and its race with Google for digital ads.