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  • LONDON, Feb 6- Norwegian oil firm Statoil cut its investment budget on Friday and took big writedowns on the value of its assets due to plunging crude oil prices, but maintained its dividend and promised a flat dividend in the first three quarters of 2015.. State controlled Statoil cut its 2015 investment budget to $18 billion from $20 billion, reduced its output...

  • TONGON, Ivory Coast, Feb 5- Randgold Resources Ltd will begin paying dividends from its Tongon mine in Ivory Coast in the third quarter of 2015 as it targets gold production of 260,000 ounces for the year, Chief Executive Mark Bristow said on Thursday. The London- listed company is one of the main gold miners in Ivory Coast, a soft commodities powerhouse that is now...

  • DETROIT, Feb 4- General Motors Co will consider returning more cash to shareholders later this year, on top of a planned 20- percent dividend increase announced Wednesday, the company's chief financial officer told Reuters. He added GM prefers to carry the high end of its targeted cash range of $20 billion to $25 billion until then. Stevens said the planned...

  • DETROIT, Feb 4- General Motors Co said on Wednesday it plans to raise its dividend by 20 percent, a move that comes as investors are calling on the auto giant to give them a bigger slice of the company's mounting pile of cash. He added GM prefers to carry the high end of its targeted cash range of $20 billion to $25 billion until then. "GM shouldn't hoard cash if it cannot...

  • GENERAL MOTORS CO SAYS IT INTENDS TO RAISE QUARTERLY DIVIDEND BY 20 PCT TO 36 CENTS A SHARE.

  • Gilead announces first dividend  Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 4:13 PM ET

    Gilead is announcing a fourth quarter beat, its first dividend and a stock buyback program, with CNBC's Meg Tirrell.

  • Why Apple keeps adding debt Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 11:11 AM ET
    Workers prepare outside the largest Apple Store in Asia for its opening on January 23, 2015 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province of China.

    Apple's latest debt offering deepens the $43 billion hole that funds stock buybacks and dividends. USA Today reports.

  • Arch Coal reports smaller loss, suspends dividend Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:06 AM ET

    Feb 3- U.S. miner Arch Coal Inc reported a smaller quarterly loss, but suspended its annual dividend, citing weak coal prices. Peabody Energy Corp, the largest U.S. coal miner, slashed its quarterly dividend last week on expectations that prices of natural gas would stay low in 2015, keeping a lid on demand for coal. Arch Coal's net loss shrank to $240.1 million, or...

  • ZURICH, Jan 30- Switzerland's central bank said on Friday it will pay out 2 billion Swiss francs to shareholders for last year but did not know yet whether it will pay out profits for 2015 after abandoning a cap on the franc against the euro. The dividend is double what the Swiss National Bank had earlier this month told shareholders, which include the federal...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Jan 29- Canadian Oil Sands Ltd, the largest-interest owner in the Syncrude oil sands project, slashed its dividend and further reduced 2015 capital spending on Thursday as fourth-quarter profit dropped 87 percent due to lower oil prices. Canadian Oil Sands said net income in the quarter was C $25 million, or 5 Canadian cents per share, down from C...

  • RIO DE JANEIRO, Jan 29- Brazilian state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA said on Thursday it plans to sell assets, cut investments and probably delay dividend payments to face a credit crunch resulting from a massive corruption scandal. Petrobras' new investment plan for 2015-2019 will be "more selective" and will remain focused on controlling debt...

  • HELSINKI/ FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Nokia on Thursday reported strong profits at its core Networks business on the back of surging North American sales, but the shares fell back over an uncertain outlook, higher costs in its Technologies division and a disappointing dividend. The Finnish company, which sold its former flagship phones business to Microsoft last year,...

  • Jan 29- U.S. weapons maker Raytheon Co forecast 2015 revenue largely below average analyst expectation as orders fell for the first time in four quarters. Raytheon said its dividend payments increased 6 percent to $735 million last year. Net income attributable to Raytheon rose to $582 million, or $1.88 per share, in the fourth quarter, from $531 million, or $1.66...

  • ECB cautions banks to be conservative on dividends Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 6:00 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Jan 29- Supervisors at the European Central Bank urged banks under its watch to be conservative in making dividend payments, warning in a statement on Thursday that they would also examine their bonus payments in the coming months. "Banks should base their dividend policies on conservative and prudent assumptions, so that after any pay-out they can...

  • General Dynamics profit jumps 42%, jet orders rise Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:21 AM ET
    A Gulfstream G280 jet, by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a unit of General Dynamics.

    General Dynamics reported a 42 percent jump in profit and said quarterly aircraft orders were at their highest in more than three years.

  • Jan 28- Apple Inc's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to boost share buybacks and dividends this year, with some analysts expecting the iPhone maker to return more than $200 billion to investors. "We had to increase our cell widths and chart heights after Apple's blow-out December-quarter print," RBC Capital Markets analysts...

  • Jan 28- Apple Inc's blockbuster results and a ballooning cash pile may prompt the company to boost share buybacks and dividends this year, with some analysts expecting the iPhone maker to return more than $200 billion to investors. Apple sold a record 74.5 million iPhones in the quarter and reported a 70 percent surge in China sales. "We had to increase our cell...

  • Jan 28- General Dynamics Corp, maker of Gulfstream jets, tanks and U.S. Navy ships, reported a 42 percent jump in fourth-quarter profit and said quarterly aircraft orders were at their highest in more than three years. General Dynamics said on Wednesday it returned about $4.2 billion to shareholders through stock repurchases and dividends in 2014, more than...

  • *CEO says Roche committed to Switzerland despite franc rise. While cross-town rival Novartis has said it will review its Swiss cost base, Roche Chief Executive Severin Schwan said his company had no plans to move operations. "I continue to believe that Switzerland and Basel offer a very good framework for our business," Schwan told reporters.

  • Jan 27- Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp slashed its quarterly dividend as it strives to rein in costs amid tepid demand, due to expectations that prices of natural gas, a cheaper alternative to steam coal, would remain weak in 2015.. The miner cut its quarterly dividend by 97 percent to 0.25 cents per share from 8.5 cents, sending its stock plunging as much as 9 percent...