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  • Boeing's ability to churn out the Dreamliner, which was hit by problems with its lithium-ion batteries last year, is crucial to the company's financial performance this year as it is relying on commercial jets to offset a weak defense business.

  • *Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stock index futures edged up on Wednesday, boosted by bullish earnings from companies like Microsoft and Boeing, though conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip weighed on investor confidence.

  • July 23- Eagle Pharmaceuticals Inc said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved its drug to treat an inherited life-threatening condition called malignant hyperthermia. Eagle Pharmaceuticals is also testing Ryanodex for use in exertional heatstroke.

  • LONDON, July 23- The euro hit an eight-month low against the dollar on Wednesday as worries over tougher sanctions on Russia and their potential impact on fragile euro zone growth drove investors away from the single currency. Harsher steps could be a particular hit to euro zone powerhouse Germany given its strong trade links with Russia.

  • *Cairo stock market rise reflects optimism, challenges remain. CAIRO, July 23- Egypt's new president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has made a head start on tackling the country's economic problems, managing to introduce long-awaited subsidy reform without stirring popular unrest.

  • July 23- General Dynamics Corp, maker of Gulfstream jets, tanks and U.S. Navy ships, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit, as lower operating costs boosted margins. General Dynamics' shares rose 2.9 percent before the bell. General Dynamics said its total potential contract value, the sum of all backlog components, rose 29 percent to $99.5 billion.

  • July 23- Dow Chemical Co reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as sales rose across its businesses and margins improved due to higher prices and a tight control on costs.

  • Boeing's ability to churn out the Dreamliner, which was hit by problems with its lithium-ion batteries last year, is crucial to the company's financial performance this year as it is relying on commercial jets to offset a weak defense business.

  • WASHINGTON, July 23- The United States on Wednesday honored six development projects for helping some of the world's most politically fragile countries or poorest people, including a railway in Afghanistan and basic health and water services in Yemen.

  • The European Union threatened Russia with harsher sanctions on Tuesday after the downing of the Malaysian airliner in Ukraine, straining the EU's relationship with the world's second-largest oil exporter.

  • July 23- PepsiCo Inc reported a higher-than-expected quarterly profit and raised its full-year adjusted earnings forecast, helped by strong sales of snacks such as Lays and Doritos chips in North America. PepsiCo raised its full-year earnings per share growth forecast to 8 percent from 7 percent.

  • NEW YORK, July 23- Lauren Greutman felt sick. She and her husband Mark were about $40,000 in debt, and were having trouble paying their monthly bills. As recent homebuyers, the couple from Syracuse, New York, were already underwater on the mortgage and getting by on one income as Lauren focused on being a stay-at-home mom.

  • July 23- Data storage products maker EMC Corp, under pressure from activist investor Elliott Management to boost shareholder returns, on Wednesday accelerated its share buyback plan and raised its current-year profit forecast.

  • RUSSIA MAY IMPOSE BAN ON ALL FOOD IMPORTS FROM UKRAINE BECAUSE OF KIEV'S TRADE DEAL WITH EU- LOCAL NEWS AGENCY CITES GOVT VETERINARY AND PHYTOSANITARY SERVICE.

  • BEIJING, July 23- Beijing has closed the first of four large coal-fired power plants set to be decommissioned as part of the city's efforts to cut air pollution, official news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday, citing the local planning agency. Xinhua said the authorities had shut down the Gaojing Thermal Power Plant's six 100 megawatt generating units.

  • UPDATE 1-Canada's BCE to take unit Bell Aliant private Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    July 23- BCE Inc, Canada's largest telecommunications company, said it would take Bell Aliant Inc private by buying the stake it does not already own in the company for about C $3.95 billion.

  • Delta Air quarterly profit rises, aided by U.S. demand Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    July 23- Delta Air Lines on Wednesday posted a higher quarterly profit as it flew fuller planes and had revenue increases in the United States and Europe. Second quarter net income came to $801 million, or 94 cents a share, compared with $685 million, or 80 cents a share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 9 percent to $10.6 billion.

  • GLASGOW, Scotland, July 23- The Bank of England is weighing up conflicting signals from Britain's labour market as it prepares to start raising interest rates from their record low, BoE Governor Mark Carney said on Wednesday.

  • Boeing profit gets boost from increased deliveries Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 7:39 AM ET

    July 23- Boeing Co reported a 52 percent increase in quarterly profit, helped by a rise in commercial aircraft deliveries. The company's net income rose to $1.65 billion, or $2.24 per share, in the second quarter ended June 30, from $1.09 billion, or $1.41 per share, a year earlier.

  • TURIN, Italy, July 23- Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne on Wednesday quashed speculation of a possible tie-up with Germany's Volkswagen, saying the idea had never been on the agenda. A German magazine earlier this month reported Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech had held talks with the owners of Fiat Chrysler about buying all or part of the group.