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  • *H1 underlying NPAT A $375 mln vs A $336 mln expected by analysts. *H1 net loss A $449 mln vs A $308 mln net profit previous year. SYDNEY, Feb 10- A week after quitting a gas business hammered by depressed oil prices, Australia's AGL Energy fast-tracked on Wednesday a shift into another competitive market by buying a stake in U.S. solar battery maker Sunverge Energy.

  • *USDA raises forecast for world ending stocks, adds pressure. SINGAPORE, Feb 10- Chicago wheat futures slid for a fifth straight session on Wednesday to trade near its lowest since 2010 as the market faced headwinds from a U.S. estimate of record global year-end stocks. Chicago Board Of Trade most-active wheat contract fell 0.1 percent to $4.57 a bushel by 0242 GMT,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9-- China's central bank likely spent about $90 billion worth of reserves in currency interventions in January, leading to net capital outflows of about $113 billion from China during the month, the Institute for International Finance said on Tuesday. The IIF, incorporating recently released partial State Administration of Foreign Exchange...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 10- U.S. wheat was steady on Wednesday, but holding near the lowest since 2010 hit in the previous session, as prices remained under pressure from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's larger-than-expected forecast for end of season stocks. *USDA pegged wheat ending stocks above trade expectations, largely due to a 4 million tonne cut in usage by China,...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- President Barack Obama will deliver a tough message to China during a summit with Southeast Asian countries next week that disputes in the South China Sea must be resolved peacefully and not with a big nation "bullying" smaller neighbors, the White House said on Tuesday. Though China will not be represented, Obama's aides made clear that...

  • The rout in oil prices since 2014 has hurt banks that made loans to oil and gas companies across the United States. At a conference on Tuesday ahead of the downgrade, senior executives at Comerica Inc estimated it would need to set aside an additional $75 million to $125 million in loan-loss reserves over the course of a year if oil prices remain at $30 per barrel.

  • DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. _ Consolidated-Tomoka Land Co. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.7 million. The Daytona Beach, Florida- based company said it had profit of 98 cents per share. Consolidated-Tomoka expects full-year earnings to be $2.75 to $3 per share.

  • GREENWICH, Conn. _ Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate Corp. on Tuesday reported a fiscal first-quarter loss of $13.3 million, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate shares have dropped 16 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Fifth Street Senior Floating Rate, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 9- U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told Google, a unit of Alphabet...

  • NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas _ Rush Enterprises Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $9.8 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 43 cents per share. Rush Enterprises shares have decreased 15 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • YORK, Pa. _ Unilife Corp. on Tuesday reported a loss of $25.4 million in its fiscal second quarter. On a per-share basis, the York, Pennsylvania- based company said it had a loss of 20 cents. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • DETROIT— Daimler AG is recalling 840,000 vehicles in the U.S. because they have potentially defective driver's side air bags made by Takata Corp.. The recall affects Mercedes-Benz cars and SUVs from the 2005-2014 model years, including C-Class, E-Class, SLK and SLS sedans and M-Class, GL-Class and R-Class SUVS. Daimler has booked a $384 million charge to pay for...

  • CHARLESTON, S.C. _ Blackbaud Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $6.4 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 39 cents per share. Blackbaud expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.90 to $1.98 per share.

  • LINCOLN, Neb. _ National Research Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.9 million. On a per-share basis, the Lincoln, Nebraska- based company said it had profit of 14 cents. National Research shares have declined roughly 4 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ST LOUIS _ Esco Technologies Inc. on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter net income of $8.8 million. Esco Technologies expects full-year earnings in the range of $1.90 to $2 per share. Esco Technologies shares have dropped nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • *Blames Nevada's new policy for some installation shortfall. Feb 9- SolarCity Corp said on Tuesday it installed fewer rooftop solar systems than expected for the second straight quarter and warned that its supercharged growth would slow in 2016, sending shares down more than 30 percent. SolarCity blamed some of the shortfall on Nevada's decision in December...

  • SANDY, Utah _ Lifevantage Corp. on Tuesday reported fiscal second-quarter profit of $1.6 million. On a per-share basis, the Sandy, Utah- based company said it had profit of 11 cents. Lifevantage shares have decreased 16 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • FREMONT, Calif. _ Mattson Technology Inc. on Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter loss of $594,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. On a per-share basis, the Fremont, California- based company said it had a loss of 1 cent. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 3 cents per share.

  • SANTA MONICA, Calif. _ Douglas Emmett Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its fourth quarter. The Santa Monica, California- based real estate investment trust said it had funds from operations of $72.5 million, or 41 cents per share, in the period. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from...

  • WASHINGTON/ DETROIT, Feb 9- U.S. vehicle safety regulators have said the artificial intelligence system piloting a self-driving Google car could be considered the driver under federal law, a major step toward ultimately winning approval for autonomous vehicles on the roads.