MOSCOW, July 30- Russia announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland on Wednesday and said it may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union, its first apparent retaliation to new Western sanctions imposed over Ukraine a day earlier.» Read More
CHICAGO, Feb 4- CME Group Inc reported higher quarterly earnings on Tuesday as the exchange operator's average daily trading volume rose 11 percent from a year earlier. Net profit in the fourth quarter rose to $193.1 million, or 58 cents a share, from $166.8 million a year earlier, or 50 cents a share. Revenue increased to $687 million from $660.9 million.
Feb 4- U.S. agricultural processor Archer Daniels Midland Co on Tuesday said fourth quarter earnings fell 27 percent, largely due to charges relating to its failed acquisition of Australian grain handler GrainCorp.
The company, formerly known as McGraw-Hill Cos Inc, said net income fell to $173 million, or 62 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $190 million, or 67 cents per share, a year earlier.
DETROIT, Feb 4- Delphi Automotive Plc reported a stronger-than-expected quarterly profit on Tuesday as demand rose in Asia and North America, but the auto parts maker offered a forecast for the current quarter below Wall Street's expectations.
Feb 4- International Paper Co, the largest North American producer of corrugated shipping boxes, said on Tuesday that fourth-quarter profit nearly doubled due in part to strong sales to Amazon.com Inc and other retail customers.
Feb 4- Satellite radio service Sirius XM Holdings Inc reported a better-than-expected 12 percent rise in revenue as it added more self-paying subscribers- those who stay on after an initial promotional period. Net income fell to $65.2 million, or 1 cent per share, in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $156.2 million, or 2 cents per share, a year earlier.
LONDON, Feb 4- Britain's financial watchdog said it was unlikely to reach any conclusions this year in its probe into potential manipulation of foreign exchange markets. I hope that we will next year, " Financial Conduct Authority Chief Executive Martin Wheatley told UK lawmakers on Tuesday.
Feb 4- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a nearly six-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped by new contract wins and expansion of existing contracts. Net earnings attributable to Centene rose to $53.2 million, or 93 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $9.1 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier.
NEW YORK, Feb 4- The U.S. government has authorized limited crude oil exports to Europe, for the first time in years, raising new questions about how companies are testing the limits of a controversial, decades-old exports ban.
A growing number of naysayers warn that Twitter's stock is greatly overpriced, and that even mediocre inaugural results could deflate its soaring valuation, now several times that of its closest social media peer, Facebook Inc..
*MSCI world index slides to near 4- month low. Futures prices pointed to a 0.3 percent rebound for Wall Street later, but a mid-morning attempt at a stabilisation failed in Europe. And Europe looked almost rosy compared with Asia.
*ARM, KPN, BP all fall after results. LONDON, Feb 4- European shares followed Asian and U.S. markets lower on Tuesday on concerns about the global economic outlook and on disappointing earnings reports from the likes of oil major BP and chip designer ARM.
Feb 4- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it would invest about $500 million this year to strengthen its presence in Canada, creating more than 7,500 jobs including construction. Wal-Mart's expansion plans comes a week after Target Corp said it would open nine new stores across Canada, adding to the 124 it opened last year.
Feb 4- Health insurer Centene Corp reported a nearly six-fold rise in quarterly profit, helped by new contract wins and expansion of existing contracts. Net earnings attributable to Centene rose to $53.2 million, or 93 cents per share, in the fourth quarter from $9.1 million, or 17 cents per share, a year earlier.
Feb 4- U.S. auto dealer Asbury Automotive Group Inc posted an 18 percent rise in quarterly profit due to higher sales of both new and used vehicles. Net income rose to $26.9 million, or 87 cents per share, in the fourth quarter, from $22.8 million, or 73 cents per share, a year earlier. Asbury earned 88 cents per share from continuing operations in the quarter ended Dec. 31.
*Gold retreats after rising on weak US data on Mon. LONDON, Feb 4- Gold dipped on Tuesday, after posting its strongest daily gain in nearly two weeks on Monday, as the dollar steadied and investors assessed that weak U.S. data would not derail the world's largest economy from its recovery path.
Feb 4- Wal-Mart Stores Inc said on Tuesday it would invest about $500 million this year to strengthen its presence in Canada, creating more than 7,500 jobs including construction. The investments include more than $376 million for store projects, $91 million for distribution networks to expand fresh food capability and $31 million for e-commerce projects.
CAPE TOWN, Feb 4- The chief executive of South Africa's Kumba Iron Ore expects iron ore prices to remain stable in the first half of 2014 and then soften in the second half, as more supply from large producers comes on stream, he said on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON, Feb 4- President Barack Obama is set to announce on Tuesday that private companies have agreed to give more than $750 million in devices, software and wireless service to U.S. students, part of Obama's pledge to help modernize classrooms.
Feb 4- An experimental drug developed by Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc met the main goal of a pair of large Phase III clinical trials by significantly alleviating diarrhea and abdominal pain associated with irritable bowel syndrome, the company said on Tuesday.