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  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Royal Dutch Shell PLC on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $1.18 billion. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 53 cents per share. Shell Oil shares have increased 18 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Ireland is only English-speaking center with EU future. While France has begun courting bankers with new tax breaks for expatriates and Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Luxembourg are also making pitches, Ireland is presenting itself as the only English-speaking country that offers a base in the euro zone and a future in the EU. Ireland is already one of the world's...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Chicago Bridge& Iron Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $123.8 million. Chicago Bridge& Iron expects full-year earnings to be $4.70 to $5 per share, with revenue in the range of $10.6 billion to $11 billion. Chicago Bridge& Iron shares have decreased almost 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Ireland is only English-speaking centre with EU future. While France has begun courting bankers with new tax breaks for expatriates and Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Luxembourg are also making pitches, Ireland is presenting itself as the only English-speaking country that offers a base in the euro zone and a future in the EU. Ireland is already one of the world's...

  • SINGAPORE, July 27- Coal prices in 2016 have regained their footing above the psychological threshold of $50, leaving the oil industry wondering when crude prices will return to form. Starting June 1, benchmark API2 coal futures in Rotterdam have rallied 20 percent to around $60 a tonne, the highest in a year, while Asia benchmark API4 futures have climbed 15.6...

  • SHANGHAI/ TOKYO, July 25- China dodged criticism of its economic management at a G20 meeting it hosted on the weekend, even winning plaudits for yuan transparency, much to the frustration of Japanese officials who are calling for more reforms from Beijing. "We have been very polite with China," said a European official at the meeting in the southwestern Chinese city...

  • SHANGHAI/ TOKYO, July 25- China dodged criticism of its economic management at a G20 meeting it hosted on the weekend, even winning plaudits for yuan transparency, much to the frustration of Japanese officials who are calling for more reforms from Beijing. "We have been very polite with China," said a European official at the meeting in the southwestern Chinese city...

  • AMSTERDAM _ Koninklijke Philips NV on Monday reported second-quarter earnings of $466.4 million. On a per-share basis, the Amsterdam- based company said it had net income of 51 cents. Keywords: Royal Philips, Earnings Report.

  • VIENTIANE, Laos— China scored an unequivocal diplomatic victory Monday, preventing Southeast Asia's main grouping from criticizing it for territorially expanding in the South China Sea, even though some of the bloc's members are victims of Beijing's actions. Most significantly, it failed to mention a recent ruling by an international arbitration panel in a...

  • The foreign ministers of the 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations deliberated for several hours during the three sessions, including over lunch, but remained deadlocked because Cambodia didn't want China criticized, diplomats said. "It's really a loyalist of the big country C," a diplomat who attended closed-door meetings told...

  • *Apple targeted after South China Sea ruling. HONG KONG, July 24- Apple Inc found itself on the receiving end of a small, short-lived anti-U.S. protest this week in China, the tech firm's biggest overseas market and a country where foreign firms have suffered damaging boycotts following international spats. "There's not much Apple or any other foreign firm can do to...

  • While the agenda of the meetings is extensive, the focus behind the scenes is expected to be on the July 12 decision by a Hague- based tribunal in a dispute between China and the Philippines. The Permanent Court of Arbitration found that China had no basis for the expansive claims it has made on territorial waters around the Philippines. China has similar claims...

  • LONDON, July 22- Crude futures remained on track for weekly losses on Friday as investors reassessed U.S. data on oil stocks and excesses in oil products in Europe and Asia. "Supply might actually increase in the near term with the further return of disrupted production and higher Middle East production, while demand growth is set to slow in emerging Asia."

  • LONDON, July 22- The number of London Metal Exchange physical storage units continues to decline in tandem with falling registered stocks. As of July 8 there were 608 registered warehouses for the storage of base metals, down from 621 a year ago and from almost 700 in 2012 and 2013.. Total exchange-registered stocks have fallen to 3.6 million tonnes from over 7.5...

  • LONDON, July 22- Crude futures were on track for weekly losses on Friday as investors reassessed U.S. data on oil stocks and excesses in oil products in Europe and Asia. "Supply might actually increase in the near term with the further return of disrupted production and higher Middle East production, while demand growth is set to slow in emerging Asia."

  • LONDON, July 22- Crude futures were on track for weekly losses on Friday as investors reassessed U.S. data on oil stocks and excesses in oil products in Europe and Asia. "Supply might actually increase in the near term with the further return of disrupted production and higher Middle East production, while demand growth is set to slow in emerging Asia."

  • *Ruling affirms Philippines rights over energy-rich Reed Bank. MANILA, July 22- The Philippines, eager to resume development of vital oil and gas reserves off its coast, will likely need to reach an accord with a Chinese government infuriated by last week's ruling that granted Manila a big victory in the South China Sea. Beijing has refused to recognize the ruling...

  • *Ruling affirms Philippines rights over energy-rich Reed Bank. MANILA, July 22- The Philippines, eager to resume development of vital oil and gas reserves off its coast, will likely need to reach an accord with a Chinese government infuriated by last week's ruling that granted Manila a big victory in the South China Sea. Beijing has refused to recognize the ruling...

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands _ Schlumberger NV on Thursday reported a second-quarter loss of $2.16 billion, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of 20 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 22 cents per share. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $7.13 billion.

  • THE HAGUE, Netherlands— Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever, the owner of brands including Ben& Jerry's ice cream, Dove and Hellmann's, says its net profit in the first half of the year rose two percent to 2.7 billion euros despite sales declining 2.6 percent to 26.3 billion euros due to exchange rate fluctuations. Unilever said Thursday that its...