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  • WASHINGTON, July 24- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a potent new cholesterol-lowering drug from Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc on Friday but limited its approved use to patients with a hereditary form of the condition and those with cardiovascular disease. The FDA ruling came just hours after European regulators recommended...

  • *Hillary Clinton to propose raising capital gains tax- report. *Visa, Starbucks rise after results. July 24- Wall Street was lower in early afternoon trading on Friday for the fourth straight day as a fall in materials and health stocks and a fall in commodities overshadowed strong results from Amazon, Visa and Starbucks.

  • *AbbVie CEO sees 2015 Humira growth in mid-teens. July 24 (Reuters)- AbbVie Inc reported quarterly revenue that missed analysts' estimates for the first time in six quarters, sparking concerns over slowing sales growth for its flagship arthritis drug, Humira. AbbVie reported total Humira sales of $3.54 billion for the quarter ended June 30, a 7.6 percent fall from a...

  • LONDON, July 24- A slump in metals prices this week and worries over China's growth prospects have heightened investor scrutiny of whether mining companies have the ability to weather the storm ahead. China accounts for almost half of global copper demand, 70 percent of iron ore consumption and vies with India to be the top gold consumer. China's economy is seen...

  • *Hillary Clinton to propose raising capital gains tax- report. July 24- Wall Street was lower in late morning trading on Friday for the fourth straight day after a mixed bag of earnings from big companies and the downward spiral of commodities. Adding to the day's pressure, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will propose nearly doubling the U.S....

  • 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...

  • Metal prices hit multi-year lows as weaker-than-expected data from China and the euro zone raised concerns about global growth while oil prices neared four-month lows. Amazon.com shares jumped as much as 20.4 percent to a record high of $580.57, a day after the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit. Starbucks rose 3.4 percent to $58.47 after...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St set to extend selloff Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 AM ET

    July 24- Wall Street was set to open slightly lower on Friday with major indexes poised to end the week lower amid a mixed bag of earnings from big companies and the downward spiral of commodity prices. Amazon.com shares jumped 21.5 percent to $585.64 in premarket trading, a day after the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit.

  • 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...

  • July 24- U.S. stock index futures were higher on Friday after three straight days of losses as Amazon, Visa and Starbucks beat expectations. *Starbucks rose 4.3 percent to $59 after the world's biggest coffee chain reported a higher quarterly profit. *Second-quarter S&P 500 earnings have been mixed, with 75 percent of companies so far beating analysts' profit...

  • With the energy sector's second-quarter earnings seen doing better than the prevailing consensus forecast for a decline of almost 59 percent from the year-ago quarter, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis, shares could get a benefit. But the S&P energy subsector of exploration and production companies is at its most expensive on a price-earnings basis...

  • HONG KONG, July 24- Private equity firms KKR& Co and TPG Capital are making poor returns on their investment in China International Capital Corp, the country's oldest investment bank that is readying an IPO but has struggled to compete with younger rivals. CICC, formerly led by Levin Zhu, the' princeling' son of former Chinese premier Zhu Rongji, filed late on...

  • LONDON, July 24- British temporary power firm Aggreko said on Friday that its pretax profit for this year would be between 8 and 15 percent lower than market forecasts, due to a slowdown in oil and gas and less favorable contract terms. Aggreko said its North American business had been hit by a lower oil price and declining activity there meant less equipment was...

  • "Japan corporates are definitely wanting to acquire more. Corporate profits have risen a lot and with that has come increased confidence for CEOs to make quick decisions, "said Mark Williams, head of investment banking for Asia ex- Japan at Nomura. That deal nudged Japan past China to become Asia's biggest acquiring nation this year, according to Thomson Reuters...

  • Lipper@ NEW YORK, July 23- Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled $779 million from commodities and precious metals funds in the week ended July 22, marking the funds' biggest outflows since late 2013, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. "Gold lost technical support, $1,130, this week and traders bailed," said Jeff Tjornehoj, head of Lipper...

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Investors in U.S.-based funds pulled $779 million from commodities and precious metals funds in the week ended July 22, marking the funds' biggest outflows since late 2013, data from Thomson Reuters' Lipper service showed on Thursday. Stock funds posted $1.4 billion in withdrawals to mark their second straight week of outflows.

  • *Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit. The Dow Jones industrial average fell back into the red for the year, with 3 M, American Express and Caterpillar contributing the most to the average's fall. Union Pacific, down 5.7 percent at $92.12 after posting a lower quarterly profit, led the decline in transportation shares and was among the S&P 500' s biggest...

  • *Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit. July 23- Wall Street fell for the third straight day on Thursday following disappointing results and forecasts from companies including 3 M and Caterpillar, adding to U.S. profit concerns. "Companies such as Caterpillar are a litmus test for the global economy, especially at a time when the market is concerned...

  • *U.S. banks seen winning share despite Europe markets boom. LONDON, July 23- While Europe's financial markets are buzzing with billions of dollars of stimulus from the European Central Bank, U.S. financial houses look set to be the biggest beneficiaries of the surge in business as European banks continue to retrench. The U.S. banks all clearly think there is more...

  • *Caterpillar falls after lower quarterly profit. July 23- Wall Street fell for the third straight day, with the Dow Jones industrial average lower for the year after disappointing results from bellwethers such as 3 M and Caterpillar. American Express fell 3.2 percent to $76.40 as revenue missed expectations while 3 M was down 3.4 percent at $150.09 after the...