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  • NEW YORK, July 27- Investors reeling from several quarters of declines from U.S. energy companies are optimistic that a recent oil rebound may help boost results of exploration and production companies reporting in the coming days. "The big question of course is oil prices," said Mike Breard, analyst at Hodges Capital Management in Dallas, Texas.

  • LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y. _ Astoria Financial Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $18.3 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 15 cents per share. Astoria Financial shares have fallen nearly 9 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK _ LivePerson Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $7.8 million in its second quarter. For the current quarter ending in October, LivePerson expects its results to range from a loss of 3 cents per share to a loss of 1 cent per share. LivePerson expects full-year results to range from a loss of 8 cents per share to a loss of 3 cents per share, with revenue ranging...

  • NEW YORK _ Gener8 Maritime Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $38 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 53 cents per share. Gener8 Maritime shares have decreased 41 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 27- Buyout firms Advent International and CVC Capital Partners have made offers to acquire inVentiv Group Holdings, a pharmaceutical research firm seeking to go public at a valuation of over $4 billion including debt, people familiar with the matter said. Thomas H. Lee Partners, the private equity firm that owns inVentiv, will decide by next week whether to...

  • NEW YORK _ BlackRock Kelso Capital Corp. on Wednesday reported a second-quarter loss of $9.6 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The New York- based company said it had a loss of 13 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Defense lawyer Mark Gombiner told jurors in Manhattan federal court that Sean Stewart, who worked at Perella Weinberg Partners and JPMorgan Chase& Co, never intended to help his father trade ahead of five unnannounced mergers. Instead, Gombiner said Robert Stewart, the banker's father, overlooked the trust his son placed in him and worked with another man to...

  • NEW YORK— You'd be wrong to think that Facebook's Messenger app is all about messaging. Although people typically install it on their phones to chat privately with their Facebook friends, Facebook also uses Messenger to bring features and capabilities that might not make sense, or even be possible, as part of the main Facebook service. And of course, a separate app...

  • NEW YORK _ Empire State Realty Trust Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 25 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $116.5 million.

  • MELVILLE, N.Y. _ FalconStor Software Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $3.5 million in its second quarter. On a per-share basis, the Melville, New York- based company said it had a loss of 9 cents. Keywords: FalconStor Software, Earnings Report.

  • Treasury on Wednesday expanded its hunt for international criminals who launder money through real-estate deals by ordering title insurance companies to report all-cash buyers' identities in parts of California and Texas, as well as greater swaths of New York and Florida. The program to unmask individuals behind shell companies that buy high-end houses...

  • FAIRPORT, N.Y. _ Manning& Napier Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $2.6 million. Manning& Napier shares have remained unchanged since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Manning& Napier, Earnings Report.

  • UTICA, N.Y. _ Conmed Corp. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $2.9 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 45 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $192.1 million.

  • NEW YORK _ Equity One Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 34 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $93.7 million.

  • *Wall Street mixed after Fed decision. NEW YORK, July 27- The yen eased against the dollar on Wednesday after Japan unveiled a surprisingly large $265 billion stimulus package, while U.S. equity markets mostly declined following the Federal Reserve's decision to leave interest rates unchanged. The Fed's statement was broadly constructive about the economy...

  • NEW YORK _ CA Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $198 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 61 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $981.8 million.

  • NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. _ Kimco Realty Corp. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 38 cents per share. Kimco Realty expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.48 to $1.52 per share.

  • WILMINGTON, Del., July 27- A U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Chapman in Manhattan said at a status conference on Wednesday she would approve the plan and was working on an opinion that would explain her reasoning, according to her courtroom deputy Greg White. The case has been unusually contentious, with Sabine and its lenders squaring off against the official...

  • Apple Inc., up $6.28 to $102.95. Akamai Technologies Inc., down $7.58 to $50.51. Edwards Lifesciences Corp., up $6.09 to $114.44.

  • NEW YORK— Whole Foods saw a key sales figure fall for the fourth straight quarter as it fights to distinguish itself from a growing number of competitors that it says may offer "good enough" alternatives that are more convenient. Whole Foods' shares sank 5 percent to $31.95 in after-market trading. He noted that there's overlap in the products Whole Foods and its...