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  • TOKYO, July 29- Japan's Nikkei share average dipped on Friday, weighed down by a stronger yen and uncertainty over whether the Bank of Japan will ease policy later in the day. The index had risen to a seven-week high of 16,938.96 last week, helped by expectations that Japan's government and central bank would offer a double dose of fiscal and monetary stimulus.

  • TOKYO, July 29- Asian shares held near one-year highs while the yen hit a two-week high on Friday in nervous trade as investors waited to see if the Bank of Japan will come up with stimulus that would meet markets' expectations. MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was flat in early trade while Japan's Nikkei slipped 0.1 percent.

  • SAO PAULO, July 28- Most Latin American stock markets fell slightly on Thursday after a dip in oil prices and after the U.S. The Mexican peso slipped 0.36 percent while the IPC stock index was flat ahead of results from Carlos Slim's America Movil. Brazil's benchmark Bovespa stock index dropped 0.33 percent, pressured by corporate results from GPA SA and Banco...

  • KINGSPORT, Tenn. _ Eastman Chemical Co. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $255 million. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.71 per share. Eastman Chemical shares have climbed 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.

  • TORONTO, July 28- Canada's main stock index eked out a small gain on Thursday, helped by positive earnings surprises from Teck Resources and others, while disappointment over Potash Corp's dividend and outlook cut and other earnings misses weighed. Potash Corp fell 7.2 percent to C $20.95 after cutting its full-year profit forecast and dividend for a second...

  • RESTON, Va. _ VeriSign Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $113.2 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 86 cents per share. VeriSign shares have dropped nearly 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 6 percent.

  • July 28- Wall Street edged higher on Thursday as investors looked beyond disappointing earnings from Ford and bought shares in Apple, while Alphabet surged after the bell following its quarterly report. Momentum players are focusing to buy on pullbacks, "said Michael Matousek, head trader at U.S. Global Investors in San Antonio.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks had another day of meager gains on Thursday as investors worked through a new batch of mixed company earnings, including results from Facebook, Ford and Whole Foods. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 15.82 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,456.35. The Standard& Poor's 500 index rose 3.48 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,170.06.

  • BELLEVUE, Wash.— Expedia Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $31.6 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 73 cents per share. Expedia shares have declined 4 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed 6 percent.

  • IRVING, Texas _ Flowserve Corp. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $63 million. Flowserve expects full-year earnings in the range of $2.40 to $2.60 per share. Flowserve shares have climbed 18 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased 6 percent.

  • ROSEMEAD, Calif. _ Edison International on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $307 million. Edison International expects full-year earnings in the range of $3.81 to $4.01 per share. Edison International shares have climbed 29 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has risen 6 percent.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- The S&P 500 edged higher on Thursday as investors looked beyond disappointing earnings from Ford and ahead to quarterly scorecards from technology heavyweights Alphabet and Amazon.

  • *Wall St rebounds after disappointing Ford Motor results. NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. stocks mostly rose on Thursday in anticipation of results from tech heavyweights Alphabet and Amazon.com, while the yen eased after Reuters reported the Bank of Japan was considering expanding monetary stimulus to address signs of weak inflation. Expectations of further...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, July 28- Gold turned lower after hitting a two-week peak on Thursday as the dollar pared losses and U.S. stocks climbed from their lows ahead of a possible Bank of Japan announcement to expand monetary stimulus on Friday. Spot gold was down 0.3 percent at $1,335.60 an ounce at 3:28 p.m. EDT, after rising to a two-week top at $1,345.21.

  • July 28- The S&P 500 index and the Dow edged lower on Thursday as investors fretted about weak economic data and disappointing earnings from Ford. The carmaker reported weak China sales and declared that the U.S. auto industry's long recovery was at an end, triggering a 9.6 percent fall in its shares. A report by the U.S. Labor Department showed that the number of...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Global stock markets fell on Thursday in the wake of disappointing U.S. and European corporate results while the dollar took its biggest tumble in almost two months after the U.S. Equity markets retreated after Royal Dutch Shell in Europe reported a more than 70 percent fall in quarterly profit that was well below analysts' estimates.

  • Egypt said late on Tuesday it was seeking $4 billion a year over three years from the International Monetary Fund to help plug a funding gap. Egyptian stocks have surged on hopes a deal would revive confidence and allow Egypt to remove restrictions on access to hard currency that have hit manufacturing and trade and made it hard for foreign firms to repatriate...

  • *Oil prices drop 1.3 pct. July 28- The S&P 500 and the Dow edged lower on Thursday following weak economic data and a set of disappointing earnings from companies, including Ford. A report by the U.S. Labor Department showed that the number of people claiming unemployment benefits rose more than expected to 266,000 for the week ended July 22.

  • TORONTO, July 28- Canada's main stock index was barely lower in morning trade on Thursday as energy stocks mostly gained and investors reacted to a string of earnings reports. The most influential gainers included Cenovus Energy Inc, which rose 4.2 percent to C $18.23 after posting a smaller-than-expected quarterly loss, and First Quantum Minerals Ltd, which...

  • July 28- Wall Street fell on Thursday morning on mixed earnings and weak economic data, a day after the Federal Reserve decided to keep interest rates unchanged. A report by the U.S. Labor Department showed that unemployment numbers rose more than expected to 266,000 for the week ended July 22. However, Facebook opened at an all-time high of $128.31 after the...