*IMF cuts Russia 2014 growth forecast to 0.2 percent. MOSCOW, April 30- The International Monetary Fund has cut its 2014 growth forecast for Russia and expects capital outflow of $100 billion this year, the Fund's mission chief to Moscow said on Wednesday.
FRANKFURT, April 30- Daimler's first-quarter operating profit more than doubled as surging sales of new cars and improving margins in its Mercedes-Benz luxury autos division extended its recent recovery.
Eivind Kallevik, CFO at Norsk Hydro, says the aluminium sector is in a good position at the moment as demand for the metal outpaces production.
OSLO, April 30- Fertiliser maker Yara reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings on Wednesday and said its outlook had improved on better profit margins for the global farming sector, sending its shares more than 6 percent higher.
Malcolm Graham-Wood, oil and gas adviser at Hydrocarbon Capital, says the new Shell CEO Ben van Beurden is "getting to grips" with running the company.
BEIJING, April 30- Shanghai shares inched up on Wednesday after winners slightly outnumbered losers in a flood of first-quarter results released before the market closes for a two-day holiday. The CSI300 of the leading Shanghai and Shenzhen A-share listings ended flat. The Shanghai and Shenzhen stock exchanges will be closed on Thursday and Friday.
*Q4 net profit 61.3 bln yen vs 41 bln yen analyst view. TOKYO, April 30- Nomura Holdings, Japan's biggest investment banking and brokerage group, reported its first profit decline in seven quarters as waning enthusiasm over Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's economic stimulus policies brought down stock trading volumes.
Lars Machenil, CFO of BNP Paribas, says the litigation charges from the U.S. regulators that the bank is facing will exceed the provisions put aside to deal with the costs.
LONDON, April 30- Royal Dutch Shell reported on Wednesday its first-quarter earnings almost halved from a year ago to $4.5 billion, mainly due to a $2.9 billion charge reflecting impairments related to refineries in Asia and Europe.
TOKYO, April 30- Nomura Holdings, Japan's biggest investment banking and brokerage group, reported a 26 percent fall in quarterly profit as waning enthusiasm over economic stimulus policies brought down stock trading volumes.
Joep van Beurden, CEO of CSR, says the "Internet of Things" is the most "exciting" area that the company is focusing on.
Lars Machenil, CFO of BNP Paribas, says the company has set aside a 100 million euro provision for "uncertainty" in Eastern Europe.
MADRID, April 30- Spain's second-biggest bank, BBVA, posted lower-than-expected revenues in the first quarter and said depreciating Latin American currencies had hurt earnings, though its key Mexican business reported a rise in profits.
Royal Dutch Shell reported on Wednesday its first-quarter earnings almost halved from a year ago to $4.5 billion.
FRANKFURT, April 30- Daimler's adjusted first-quarter operating profit more than doubled thanks to a 14 percent rise in sales of Mercedes-Benz cars, which saw margins shoot up due to a raft of new cars and demand in China and the United States.
Jacques van den Broek, CEO of Randstad, says the French market is still "sluggish" but the U.S. has returned to being a growth market for the company.
Lars Machenil, CFO of BNP Paribas, says the company posted "solid" results which "bodes well" for future development.
Piyush Gupta, CEO of DBS, says this is the first time that core earnings hit a billion dollars. He is also satisfied that DBS registered good growth across the board.
*China earnings a mix of winners and losers. BEIJING, April 30- Hong Kong stocks fell on Wednesday, as profit-taking by investors erased the gains many stocks made during a surge late in the previous day. The China Enterprises Index of the top Chinese listings in Hong Kong dropped 1.0 percent.
Samuel Tsien, Group CEO of OCBC, says aggressive growth in overseas markets like Indonesia and the Greater China region helped the bank post record first-quarter net profits.