PARIS, Dec 12- European aerospace group EADS pledged to shun risky investments and new plane programmes as it looked to bury the ghost of troubled projects and promised investors a smoother ride in coming years.» Read More
BEIJING, July 18- Authorities in Shanghai have suspended the business of a travel agency in connection with allegations of bribery against British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.
NEW YORK, July 18- Several large shareholders including Vanguard Group Inc and BlackRock Inc voted in favor of Michael Dell and Silver Lake's deal to take PC maker Dell Inc private, but the proposal is still short of shareholder votes, a person familiar with the matter said.
MEXICO CITY, July 18- Top U.S. paint maker Sherwin Williams Co said on Thursday Mexico's competition watchdog did not authorize its $2.34 billion purchase of Mexican paint company Consorcio Comex.
WASHINGTON, July 18- President Barack Obama supports compromise legislation holding down interest rates on student loans and was involved in Senate negotiations, a senior administration official said on Thursday.
TOKYO, July 18- Japan's government will likely raise its assessment on the economy for the third straight month in July on upbeat firms' production activity and solid consumer spending, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.
*Morgan Stanley surges nearly 5 pct after results. *EBay, Intel fall after disappointing forecasts. NEW YORK, July 18- Wall Street was set to open little changed as investors perused the latest corporate results, including a jump in profit at Morgan Stanley, and looked to a second day of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
NEW YORK, July 18- Several large shareholders including Vanguard Group Inc and BlackRock Inc voted in favor of Michael Dell and Silver Lake's deal to take Dell Inc private, but the proposal is still short of shareholder votes, a person familiar with the matter said.
ATHENS, July 18- Germany's finance minister told Greeks to stop lobbying for more debt forgiveness during a visit to Athens on Thursday that forced authorities to shut the city centre and ban protests against the deeply unpopular champion of austerity.
CAIRO, July 18- Egypt's central bank said it received $3 billion in aid from the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, part of $12 billion that Gulf Arab states pledged after the military ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi early this month.
*RBI accepts 25.32 bln rupees bids in 120 bln rupee sale. MUMBAI, July 18- The Indian central bank's effort to support the rupee by sucking liquidity from the market through a $2 billion bond sale fell short on Thursday as it accepted just over one-fifth of the bids, adding pressure on it to find other ways to mop up rupees.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits fell by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. Indeed, Thursday's claims data was drawn from the same survey week in which the Labor Department polls employers to estimate how many jobs the economy added during the full month.
*Wall Street expected to open little changed. LONDON, July 18- Reassurances that U.S. stimulus will be unwound with care left world stocks near an all-time high on Thursday, while the yen buckled as elections in Tokyo at the weekend refocused attention on Japan's radical economic masterplan.
TORONTO, July 18- About 3,000 salaried retirees have won a class-action case against their former employer, General Motors Co affiliate General Motors of Canada Ltd, according to a report in the Globe and Mail newspaper.
*Nokia shares fall as much as 6 pct. HELSINKI, July 18- A disappointing set of quarterly sales figures for Nokia's smartphones and basic models raised the pressure on its chief executive on Thursday and took a bite out of the company's share price.
July 18- Celgene Corp said it will stop a late-stage trial of its blood cancer drug Revlimid after it observed a higher number of deaths in patients taking the drug compared to those on another treatment. Celgene shares were down 2 percent to $134 in premarket trading.
DETROIT, July 18- AutoNation Inc, the largest U.S. auto dealer group, reported a higher second-quarter profit on Thursday as new-vehicle sales jumped 11 percent, and reaffirmed its outlook for industry new-vehicle sales this year.
*Morgan Stanley surges more than 5 pct after results. *EBay, Intel fall after disappointing forecasts. NEW YORK, July 18- U.S. stock index futures were little changed as investors perused the latest corporate results, including a jump in profit at Morgan Stanley, and looked to a second day of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.
DETROIT, July 18- Johnson Controls Inc posted a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday and said it would sell part of its auto electronics business for about $700 million. Johnson Controls said it expects to announce the sale of the rest of the electronics business before its next earnings report.
July 18- American Airlines parent AMR Corp, which plans to merge with US Airways Group Inc and form the world's biggest carrier later this year, reported a second-quarter profit, buoyed by cost-cutting under its Chapter 11 restructuring.
*Corn falls by more than 1 pct, soy off 0.6 pct. Chicago Board of Trade December corn was down 1.05 percent at $4.96- 3/ 4 a bushel at 1152 GMT, after earlier falling to $4.95, the lowest since July 8. CBOT November soybeans fell 0.6 percent to $12.75- 1/ 2 a bushel.