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  • *Sees better industry volumes in U.S., Mexico, China. BRUSSELS, Feb 26- Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world's largest brewer, announced a sharply higher dividend and a $1- billion share buyback on Thursday. The cash-rich, Belgian-based company proposed a final dividend of 2.00 euros, bringing its total payout for 2014 to 3.00 euros, from 2.05 euros for 2013. Analysts had...

  • Feb 25- Auto parts maker Magna International Inc reported stronger than expected quarterly earnings on Wednesday while announcing a higher dividend and a stock split, sparking a rally in its shares. Canaccord Genuity analyst David Tyerman said both Magna's sales and margins came in ahead of his forecasts. Magna cut its 2015 forecast for total production...

  • MADRID, Feb 25- Spain's Telefonica gave upbeat sales growth forecasts on Wednesday after the devaluation of the bolivar hit its Venezuelan business badly last year and helped knock more than a third off net profit. The company said it would pay a 0.75 euro dividend in each of the next two years and cancel share capital, helping maintain one of the highest dividend...

  • PARIS, Feb 25- Europe's second-biggest insurer AXA posted a 12 percent rise in 2014 net profit thanks to lower costs and raised its dividend, sending its shares to their highest since the start of the financial crisis. AXA shares rose nearly 5 percent to 22.48 euros in early trading, the highest level since Oct. 3, 2008, before pulling back to 21.925 at 1217 GMT.

  • Moller-Maersk will hand shareholders a $6.6 billion windfall in dividends this year after it sells its 20 percent stake in Denmark's biggest bank Danske. Analysts had expected Maersk to announce the divestment of some assets on Wednesday as part of its strategy of focusing on its core shipping and oil divisions- but the Danske Bank stake had not been among the...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 24- Australia's Patties Foods Ltd scrapped its interim dividend on Tuesday as it weighs the cost of a hepatitis outbreak linked to Chinese frozen berries, while the government increases testing of imports from related factories in China. Around 20 people have been diagnosed with the disease after eating the Patties berries, which were grown in...

  • PARIS, Feb 17- Telecoms operator Orange predicted its operating profit would slip this year, as tough competition persists in its key home market of France, but pledged to hold the line on costs to be able to deliver a stable dividend. The group has bet that better quality mobile and broadband networks will help it ward off competition in France from low-cost rival...

  • LONDON, Feb 17- Britain's largest car dealership Pendragon pledged to double its 2015 interim dividend after strong demand online helped it to post profits and earnings per share up by more than a third in 2014.. The group doubled its proposed final dividend for 2014 to 0.6 pence, and said it expected the 2015 interim dividend to increase by the same amount.

  • Feb 16- The chief executive of Transocean Ltd, one of the world's top offshore drilling companies, is stepping down and the company is slashing its dividend as business slows on tumbling crude oil prices. Transocean said on Sunday that Chairman Ian Strachan, who previously held executive positions at Exxon Mobil Corp and Rio Tinto PLC, will serve as interim chief...

  • Feb 16- The chief executive of Transocean Ltd, which owns the world's largest fleet of offshore drilling rigs, is stepping down as it moves to slash its dividend amid the global slump in oil prices. Transocean's board also recommended lowering its annual dividend by 80 percent to 60 cents per share, as it seeks to conserve its capital. Newman, who joined the company...

  • Dividend growth likely to slow after record 2014 Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:50 AM ET

    LONDON, Feb 16- A record-breaking year for dividends in 2014 is unlikely to be followed by much growth this year as a slump in oil prices and a surging U.S. dollar cast a shadow over payouts from energy and emerging markets companies, a new report has said. Asset-manager Henderson Global Investors said on Monday it expected global dividends to rise by 0.8 percent to...

  • *Still searching for missing crew in Brazil. OSLO, Feb 16- Norway's BW Offshore, which provides ships that pump and store oil, cut its dividend on Monday, blaming lower spending by customers due to a fall in crude prices as well as a deadly accident in Brazil last week. On Feb 11, an explosion on one of BW's oil production vessels offshore Brazil killed five employees,...

  • Feb 13- TransCanada Corp, Canada's second-largest pipeline company, reported on Friday a better-than-expected fourth quarter profit, driven mainly by increased earnings from its Canadian operations. Comparable earnings from TransCanada's cross-country Canadian Mainline pipeline, which carries natural gas from Empress, Alberta to Ontario, jumped 30...

  • *Dividend unchanged at 85 cents per share. LONDON, Feb 13- Global miner Anglo American took a $3.9 billion writedown after commodity prices tumbled and it warned on Friday of more headwinds, but a steady dividend reassured investors. The company, however, left unchanged its dividend at 85 cents a share after cutting $500 million in overhead costs.

  • TORONTO, Feb 12- Teck Resources Ltd said on Thursday it might have to reduce its dividend in July if industry-wide cuts in the production of steelmaking coal fail to lift prices from current historically low levels. To bring the market back into balance, an additional 12 million tonne reduction in supply is needed above the 30 million tonnes announced since...

  • Equities bask in "weird world" of negative yields Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 12:09 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 12- Investors are pouring money into stocks as bond yields turn negative, setting aside concerns over whether political events and flagging growth will derail Europe's stock-market rally of the last few years. The gap between the dividend yields on European stocks versus benchmark bond yields is close to a record high of 3 percent, with the number...

  • Feb 12- After reporting a quarterly loss, Bombardier Inc said Thursday it plans to raise more than $2 billion in equity and debt, suspend its dividends and shuffle its leadership, bringing in an outsider as chief executive. A former United Technologies Corp executive, Alain Bellemare, will become chief executive on Friday, replacing Pierre Beaudoin, who will...

  • LONDON, Feb 12- Imperial Tobacco Group reported a 4 percent decline in underlying tobacco volumes for its fiscal first quarter, in line with its broader markets, and stood by its outlook for the year. It blamed the timing of price increases, reduced trading in Iraq and lower sales of mass-market cigars in the United States ahead of a brand relaunch.

  • Feb 11- PepsiCo Inc on Wednesday reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by increased sales at its Frito-Lay snack business, and said it would buy back up to $12 billion in stock by 2018.. The company also raised its annual dividend by 7.3 percent to $2.81 per share and said it expected to return $8.5 billion to $9 billion to shareholders through...

  • Feb 11- PepsiCo Inc reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, helped by higher sales at its Frito-Lay snack business, and said it would buy back shares worth up to $12 billion by 2018.. Pepsi also hiked its annual dividend by 7.3 percent to $2.81 per share and said it expects to return about $8.5- $9 billion to shareholders through dividends and buybacks...