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  • NEW BRITAIN, Conn. _ Stanley Black& Decker Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter net income of $227.2 million. Stanley Black& Decker expects full-year earnings to be $5.65 to $5.85 per share. Stanley Black& Decker shares have increased 13 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2 percent.

  • TULSA, Okla. _ Helmerich& Payne Inc. on Thursday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $90.9 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 17 cents per share. Helmerich& Payne shares have dropped 11 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more...

  • HONG KONG/ SHANGHAI, July 30- China shares fell again on Thursday after a report that banks were trying to get to grips with their financial exposure to the stock market slump in June added to a pall of uncertainty for investors. The benchmark CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen closed down 2.9 percent, while the Shanghai...

  • *ABN AMRO cuts 2016 crude price forecasts. Benchmark Brent crude oil was up 30 cents a barrel at $53.68 by 0805 GMT, after settling 8 cents higher in the previous session. "Oil is consolidating," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil analyst at Commerzbank.

  • HONG KONG, July 30- Hong Kong shares fell on Thursday as fresh losses in mainland China markets outweighed the U.S. China Vanke was down 3.2 percent, and Guangzhou Automobile slid 2.8 percent. Tencent topped the most actively traded stocks, losing 1.1 percent, while Industrial and Commercial Bank of China's Hong Kong shares fell 1.8 percent.

  • LONDON, July 30- Europe's robust earnings season gave another lift to share prices on Thursday, with results from Siemens, Nokia and Deutsche Bank underpinning signs of a euro zone recovery. Europe's FTSEurofirst 300 equity index was up 0.5 percent at 0712 GMT, with Nokia, Safran and Fresenius up some 4 to 8 percent after reporting results. "The proportion of...

  • BEIJING— Most major global markets rose Thursday after the U.S. KEEPING SCORE: Germany's DAX gained 0.5 percent to 11,263.71 and France's CAC-40 was up 0.6 percent at 5,047.43. Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.7 percent to 6,680.37.

  • HONG KONG, July 30- Asian stocks tiptoed higher on Thursday and the dollar consolidated recent gains after the U.S. Prospects of stronger U.S. growth in coming months lifted Asian stocks in early trade, with Japan's Nikkei up 1.2 percent and Australian shares adding 0.7 percent. A dollar-denominated index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 0.4 percent...

  • SINGAPORE, July 30- Oil prices extended gains in Asian trade on Thursday, after a larger than expected draw in U.S. crude and gasoline stocks strengthened the outlook for oil demand. U.S. crude stockpiles fell by 4.2 million barrels in the week to July 24, more than twenty times analysts' expectations of a decrease of 184,000 barrels, Energy Information...

  • *Panasonic tanks after missing expectations. TOKYO, July 30- Japan's Nikkei share average rose briskly on Thursday morning to break a four-day losing streak after the U.S. "The Fed's outcome was ideal for the stock market," said Hiroichi Nishi, general manager at SMBC Nikko Securities, adding that market also takes comfort from Chinese shares which he said were...

  • SHANGHAI, July 30- China stocks were mixed on Thursday after state media reported that Chinese banks were investigating their exposure to the stock market via wealth management products and loans backed by stock as collateral. China CSI300 stock index futures for August rose 0.3 percent, to 3,767, but remained in bearish territory at 157.23 points below the...

  • TOKYO, July 30- Asian shares were firm on Thursday after the U.S. Japan's Nikkei rose 0.8 percent while Australian shares tacked on 0.3 percent and South Korean shares gained 0.2 percent. Dollar-denominated MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was almost flat.

  • *U.S. crude for September delivery climbed 8 cents to $48.87 a barrel as of 0008 GMT, after ending the previous session up 81 cents, or 1.7 percent. U.S. crude oil stocks fell by 4.2 million barrels to 459.68 million in the week to July 24, more than twenty times analysts' expectations for a decrease of 184,000, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on...

  • Earlier this week, U.S. crude prices hit four-month lows and Brent, the more important global benchmark, neared a six-month trough as a global oil glut, resurgent dollar and stock market tumble in top energy consumer China took a toll. "I see a rebound of about five bucks off the recent lows in the most likely scenario," said Chris Jarvis at Caprock Risk Management, an...

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average fared on Wednesday Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    U.S. stocks rose on Wednesday after Federal Reserve policymakers voted to keep interest rates unchanged and gave no indication that a rate rise was imminent. A modest rebound in Chinese stocks also helped push the stock market higher. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 121.12 points, or 0.7 percent, to 17,751.39.

  • Noble Corp. beats Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 5:15 PM ET

    LONDON _ Noble Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $159 million. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 52 cents per share. Noble Corp. shares have dropped 20 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 2 percent.

  • Owens-Illinois tops Street 2Q forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:46 PM ET

    PERRYSBURG, Ohio _ Owens-Illinois Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $40 million. Owens-Illinois expects full-year earnings in the range of $2 to $2.20 per share. Owens-Illinois shares have dropped 21 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more than 2 percent.

  • MetLife beats 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK _ MetLife Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $1.12 billion. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.47 per share. MetLife shares have climbed nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased slightly more than 2 percent.

  • Facebook and Whole Foods fall after the bell following reports. *General Dynamics' report sparks rally in aerospace stocks. July 29- U.S. stocks finished stronger on Wednesday after the U.S.

  • Unum misses 2Q profit forecasts Wednesday, 29 Jul 2015 | 4:33 PM ET

    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. _ Unum Group on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $224.3 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 90 cents per share. Unum shares have increased slightly more than 7 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has climbed slightly more...