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  • July 28- Gilead Sciences Inc said on Tuesday sales of its hepatitis C drugs hit a record of nearly $5 billion, surpassing Wall Street estimates as strong demand offset pricing pressures and restrictions on patient use from U.S. health insurers. Excluding items, Gilead earned $3.15 a share in the second quarter, beating the $2.71 average forecast by Wall Street...

  • WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. _ Acadia Realty Trust on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 40 cents per share. Acadia Realty Trust expects full-year funds from operations to be $1.48 to $1.56 per share.

  • WASHINGTON— In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers. Just how far off in the future is a robot like the fictional Ava?

  • July 28- ConAgra Foods Inc has started talks with TreeHouse Foods Inc and Post Holdings Inc regarding the sale of its private label unit Ralcorp, which could be valued at around $3.5 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. TreeHouse, Post, and private equity firms that include Apollo Global Management LLC and Cerberus Capital Management LP have...

  • NEW YORK _ Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $24.7 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, with Brent recovering from near six-month lows and U.S. crude settling more than 1 percent higher as bets for a drop in U.S. stockpiles offset concern over a global oil supply glut and China's stock market meltdown. "We're getting a bounce of sorts but I'll be selling into any strength I see," said Tariq Zahir, an oil bear...

  • NEW YORK _ Blackstone Mortgage Trust Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $29.3 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 33 cents per share. Blackstone Mortgage shares have dropped almost 2 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • 3. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.91 million. 4. "NCIS," CBS, 7.53 million. 5. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 7.34 million.

  • *Protesters block Codelco mine access roads across Chile. SANTIAGO, July 28- A week-long strike by Codelco contract workers in Chile briefly stopped work at its second-largest copper mine on Tuesday, as Codelco Chief Executive Officer Nelson Pizarro negotiated with companies that employ the striking workers. Its small Salvador mine, which produced 54,000...

  • It more than doubled the viewership ABC had in the same time slot last year with "Wipeout." "We had high hopes, but it certainly shot past all of them," said Rob Mills, senior vice president for alternative programming, late night and specials at ABC. ABC had initially sought to match all-celebrity teams or casts from various TV programs all summer.

  • NEW YORK— Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to replace Dick Costolo, who stepped down at the beginning of this month.

  • NEW YORK _ Assurant Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $32.8 million. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.59 per share. Assurant shares have risen 6.5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has increased almost 2 percent.

  • NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. _ Kimco Realty Corp. on Tuesday 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 42 cents per share. Kimco Realty expects full-year funds from operations to be $1.52 to $1.56 per share.

  • NEW YORK _ IAC/InterActiveCorp on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $59.3 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 62 cents per share. Seven analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $777.7 million.

  • NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. SuperValu Inc., up 78 cents to $8.14. Masco Corp., up $2.47 to $25.63.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday joined calls urging the U.S government to allow Puerto Rico's public entities to file for bankruptcy protection. A bill was introduced last year by Puerto Rico's representative in Congress Pedro Pierluisi to allow the U.S. territory to use federal bankruptcy laws to restructure the debt of its...

  • *U.S. consumer confidence falls to lowest since September. NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. consumer confidence suffered its biggest blow in four years in July on a less upbeat jobs outlook, while home appreciation in major cities stalled in May, suggesting a spring pause in housing demand. The latest figure was the lowest since September 2014, while the decline was the...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Oil prices steadied on Tuesday, recovering from near six-month lows, with U.S. crude rising more than 1 percent as bets for a drop in U.S. crude stockpiles offset worries about a global supply glut and equity market meltdown in China. "We're getting a bounce of sorts but I'll be selling into any strength I see," said Tariq Zahir, an oil bear at Tyche...

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Investors in social media shares have zeroed-in on Facebook Inc, piling into stock options to add bullish bets on the company in the days ahead of its Wednesday earnings. The ascent has made Facebook one of the ten largest S&P companies in terms of market capitalization, with the stock now worth more than $260 billion- surpassing decades-old...

  • UNITED NATIONS, July 28- Venezuela's president Nicolas Maduro said he asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon for U.N. mediation in his country's century-old border dispute with neighboring Guyana. Guyana is a small former British colony of around 740,000 people on the northeast shoulder of South America.