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  • Barclays reports sevenfold increase in profits Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:07 AM ET

    LONDON— Barclays, Britain's second largest bank, said Tuesday that second quarter profit increased sevenfold, boosted by earnings from investment banking and a 496 million pound gain on assets acquired from Lehman Brothers in 2008.. While Barclays is performing well, "there is more that can be done to deliver better returns for shareholders, faster," McFarlane...

  • WASHINGTON, July 29- The Federal Reserve is expected on Wednesday to point to a growing U.S. economy and stronger job market as it sets the stage for a possible interest rate hike in September. With a slew of employment, inflation and GDP reports to come before its September meeting, the Fed is unlikely to hint too strongly about its plans, Barclays economists...

  • *Zurich spokesman says RSA would complement business. *RSA says has received no proposal from Zurich. *Zurich shares down 1.8 pct, RSA up 18 pct.

  • LONDON, July 28- While local Chinese fret over the bursting of the Shanghai stock bubble, global investors are more worried about the yuan currency which once seemed destined to rise inexorably. A decade after China released the yuan from its peg to the dollar, ever more international money managers no longer regard the currency as a one-way appreciation bet...

  • *SuperValu 1st- qtr profit rises 42 pct. July 28- SuperValu Inc said it was exploring a spinoff of its discount grocery chain Save-A-Lot into a publicly traded company as the retailer looks to insulate the fast-growing unit from its slower-growing grocery wholesale and food retail businesses. SuperValu's Save-A-Lot business has been growing in the past seven...

  • July 28- SuperValu Inc said it was exploring a spinoff of its discount grocery chain Save-A-Lot as a publicly traded company. Save-A-Lot, a no-frills store chain, operates more than 1,300 stores across the United States, SuperValu said on Tuesday. The business has been focusing on fresh produce and meat and improving its offerings to appeal to a wider customer...

  • Following recent speculation, Switzerland- based Zurich, a 45 billion Swiss franc firm offering a range of life and general insurance products, said it was looking at a bid. "Zurich notes the recent market speculation in relation to RSA Insurance Group PLC and confirms that the company is evaluating a potential offer," it said on Tuesday. Barclays analysts said...

  • Forget US earnings—Europe may be about to surprise Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 12:53 PM ET

    After a week dominated by U.S. quarterly results, it's time for Europe's earnings season to get into full swing, and so far the signs are upbeat.

  • July 27- New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is preparing a civil case against Credit Suisse Group AG related to its Crossfinder dark pool, the Fox Business network reported. The exact nature of the case against Credit Suisse is unclear but it would be similar to the civil action against Barclays, Fox Business said, citing one person with...

  • Earnings season could turn ugly: Trader Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 10:23 AM ET
    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Earnings have been largely positive this season, but some traders say bad news could be right around the corner.

  • Minefield for market with Fed, earnings, commodities Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 8:08 AM ET
    An oil trader works on the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    The Fed meets next week, but a commodities meltdown and earnings season are adding to concerns about global growth and may steal some of its thunder.

  • Figures from ETF Securities, one of the largest issuers of exchange traded products, show a small net inflow so far this year after an outflow of nearly 20 percent in 2014.. Across the sector, indices and ETFs saw a net inflow of $400 million in April and a further $400 million in May, according to data from Barclays. "If you do look longer-term into demand trends, you're...

  • July 24- Johnson Controls Inc said on Friday it planned to spin off its $22 billion automotive business in the next 12 months and reported quarterly earnings roughly in line with analysts' expectations. "I think there is a little disappointment with the spin versus a sale," said UBS analyst Colin Langan. The company said automotive income from continuing...

  • WASHINGTON, July 24- Staff economists at the Federal Reserve see a quarter-point U.S. interest rate increase this year, according to forecasts the Fed mistakenly published on its website in a gaffe that drew criticism about its ability to keep secrets. "It regrettably appears once again that proper internal controls are not in place to safeguard confidential...

  • July 24- Encana Corp, Canada's No.1 natural gas producer, said it had laid off about 200 employees this month, joining a growing list of oil producers cutting jobs to cope with a steep fall in crude prices. Encana's shares fell 10 percent to a 13- year low of C $10.10 after the company reported a bigger-than-expected quarterly loss due to weak production.

  • UPDATE 1-Cloud services seen growth driver for Amazon Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 10:36 AM ET

    July 24- Amazon.com Inc's shares surged more than 20 percent in early trading on Friday, adding more than $46 billion to the company's market value, after strong growth in the e-commerce giant's cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit. The company's market capitalization soared to more than $270 billion, overtaking that of Wal-Mart Stores, the...

  • On cloud nine: Web growth powers Amazon shares Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 8:02 AM ET

    July 24- Amazon.com Inc's shares surged 18 percent in premarket trading on Friday, adding more than $44 billion to the company's market value, after strong growth in the company's cloud business drove a surprise quarterly profit. The jump in shares- setting up the stock for its best trading day in five years- takes Amazon's market capitalization to about $270...

  • LONDON, July 24- The Australian dollar sank to a six-year low and other currencies closely related to global commodities prices were under pressure on Thursday after the worst reading on sentiment in Chinese manufacturing in more than a year. With the euro, yen and dollar in tight ranges, eyes were also on the yuan, China's long closely controlled currency, which...

  • HONG KONG/ TOKYO, July 24- Asian equities stumbled on Friday after a survey showed China's manufacturing activity crumbled to 15- month lows, rekindling concerns for the region's exports as the world's second-largest economy struggles to arrest a broad downturn. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was down about 1 percent in early...

  • TOKYO, July 24- The euro hovered near one-week highs against the dollar on Friday on relief from Greece taking another step towards a bailout, while the Australian dollar sank to a six-year low after weak China factory data. The Aussie, often used as a liquid proxy for China trades, hit a six-year trough of $0.7295 after the flash Caixin/ Markit July Manufacturing...