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  • July 26- Wall Street was set to open little changed on Tuesday as investors awaited the Federal Reserve's meeting and braced for earnings reports from companies such as Apple and Twitter. Strong economic data, an improvement in quarterly earnings and low expectations of a rate hike have spurred Wall Street to record highs in the past two weeks.

  • NEW YORK— McDonald's reported disappointing sales growth in the United States for the second quarter on Tuesday as the world's biggest burger chain keeps touting its all-day breakfast menu amid its turnaround efforts. Last week, Starbucks said its customer traffic was flat from a year ago, while Dunkin' Donuts said traffic slipped. McDonald's Corp. is trying...

  • The company, the world's largest construction and mining equipment maker, lowered its full-year 2016 sales outlook to a range of $40 billion to $40.5 billion, from $40 billion to $42 billion. Caterpillar expects earnings of $2.75 per share, or $3.55 excluding restructuring costs, from $3.00, or $3.70 excluding restructuring costs. Caterpillar reported...

  • OAK BROOK, Ill. _ McDonald's Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $1.09 billion. The average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.38 per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $6.28 billion.

  • CHICAGO _ USG Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $74 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 48 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.01 billion.

  • PEORIA, Ill.— Caterpillar's second-quarter performance beat Wall Street's expectations, despite weakness in the mining and oil and gas industries. This handily beat the 96 cents per share analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected. Revenue declined to $10.34 billion from $12.32 billion, but topped the $9.99 billion that analysts Zacks polled...

  • PARIS/ SINGAPORE, July 26- Chicago soybeans ticked higher on Tuesday, supported by an easing dollar, but held close to an earlier three-month low as a U.S. government report confirmed favourable crop conditions. Chicago wheat fell to break a three-day rally, pressured by a pullback in European wheat futures after a surge last week on deteriorating harvest...

  • CHICAGO _ Navigant Consulting Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $14.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 26 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $227.8 million.

  • DEERFIELD, Ill. _ Baxter International Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $1.21 billion. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.5 billion.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 26- The 1923 middle school building in Oregon's Corbett School District is so old that horses and trailers were used to dig the basement. The amount of debt sold so far this year in the $3.7 trillion market for U.S. municipal and state debt is less than in 2015 despite record-low borrowing rates. The yield on top-rated municipal 30- year...

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, July 26- Record low interest rates so far have failed to spur a wave of new borrowing in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal debt market, with one exception: its weakest borrowers are seizing the opportunity to prop up their finances at costs they can afford. Some cash-strapped areas, including Illinois and low-rated Chicago, can also issue bonds for...

  • GLENVIEW, Ill. _ Anixter International Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $20.5 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.30 per share. Anixter International shares have decreased almost 3 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 26- The 1923 middle school building in Oregon's Corbett School District is so old that horses and trailers were used to dig the basement. The amount of debt sold so far this year in the $3.7 trillion market for U.S. municipal and state debt is less than in 2015 despite record-low borrowing rates. The yield on top-rated municipal 30- year...

  • NEW YORK/ CHICAGO, July 26- Record low interest rates so far have failed to spur a wave of new borrowing in the $3.7 trillion U.S. municipal debt market, with one exception: its weakest borrowers are seizing the opportunity to prop up their finances at costs they can afford. Some cash-strapped areas, including Illinois and low-rated Chicago, can also issue bonds for...

  • SINGAPORE, July 26- Chicago soybeans ticked higher on Tuesday but were still holding close to last session's a three-month low as a U.S. government report showed the crop in a healthy condition. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybeans gained 0.1 percent to $9.67-1/ 2 a bushel by 0210 GMT, having lost 4.6 percent in the last two sessions. Corn fell 0.2 percent to...

  • SINGAPORE, July 26- Chicago soybeans ticked higher on Tuesday but were still holding close to last session's a three-month low as a U.S. government report showed the crop in a healthy condition. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active soybeans gained 0.1 percent to $9.67-1/ 2 a bushel by 0210 GMT, having lost 4.6 percent in the last two sessions. Corn fell 0.2 percent to...

  • SYDNEY, July 26- U.S. soybean prices fell for a third straight session on Tuesday to trade around the lowest in more than three months, as fears over yields diminished after the U.S. Department of Agriculture said the crop withstood recent hot weather. *The most active soybean futures on the Chicago Board Of Trade fell 0.23 percent to $9.64 a bushel, having closed...

  • According to Caterpillar, the largest decline in machinery sales was in Latin America, down 38 percent from a year ago. "The demand environment continues to be weak in Latin America," Lawrence De Maria, an analyst at William Blair said in a research note. Total machinery sales were also down 12 percent in North America, down 7 percent in the Asia Pacific region, and down...

  • CHICAGO _ Heidrick& Struggles International Inc. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $6.7 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 30 cents per share. Heidrick& Struggles shares have dropped 36 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Longer-dated yields hold steady on Wall Street losses. NEW YORK, July 25- Short-dated U.S. Longer-dated Treasury yields followed Wall Street stocks lower, with traders wary of possible signals from the Federal Reserve about an interest rate increase later this year following its policy meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday.