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  • TORONTO, July 27- Canada's main stock index closed barely lower on Wednesday, hurt by losses in energy shares as oil prices slid on a surprise inventory build, which offset positive comments from the U.S. The Toronto Stock Exchange's S&P/TSX composite index ended the rollercoaster session down 3.46 points, or 0.02 percent, at 14,546.54. "Clearly the headliner for...

  • LONDON— SABMiller has suspended work on integrating its operations with those of Anheuser-Busch InBev while it reviews AB InBev's sweetened bid, raising concern about completion of the 79 billion pound takeover. The suspension, announced by SABMiller CEO Alan Clark in a memo to employees on Tuesday, came soon after AB InBev increased its cash offer to 45...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Boeing Co reported a smaller-than-expected second-quarter loss on Wednesday, cushioned by strong performances in its jetliner and defense businesses. But the quarterly loss of 44 cents a share in so-called core results, which excludes some pension and other expenses, was less than half the 93- cent loss that analysts expected, on average,...

  • NEW YORK, July 27- Boeing Co on Wednesday reported a smaller-than-expected loss, sending its shares up 3 percent in early trading. "The Street's looking positively on the results because the loss was less than anticipated," said Jeff Windau, an analyst at Edward Jones in St. Louis. Shares rose as high as $139.39 before easing to $137.53, up 2 percent on the New York Stock...

  • SAINT LOUIS, Mo. _ Panera Bread Co. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $34.5 million. The average estimate of 15 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.75 per share. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $698.3 million.

  • Since January, jobless workers have been limited to 13 weeks of benefits as a result of a measure that links the duration to Missouri's statewide unemployment rate, providing less aid when fewer people are searching for work. The result is that Missouri's jobless benefits will return to a maximum of 20 weeks, which is still shorter than the longtime national...

  • ST LOUIS _ Centene Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $169 million. Centene expects full-year earnings in the range of $4.20 to $4.55 per share, with revenue in the range of $39.4 billion to $40 billion. Centene shares have increased 14 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • ST. LOUIS _ Express Scripts Holding Co. on Monday reported second-quarter profit of $720.7 million. Ten analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $25.51 billion. For the current quarter ending in October, Express Scripts expects its per-share earnings to range from $1.72 to $1.76.

  • NEW YORK, July 22- General Electric Co on Friday reported weak demand for new oil, gas and transportation equipment, raising concerns about its full-year performance and sending its shares down as much as 2.8 percent. Still GE, long considered a bellwether for the U.S. economy, posted adjusted second-quarter earnings of 51 cents a share that topped analysts'...

  • July 22- Wal-Mart Stores Inc executives and directors persuaded a federal appeals court on Friday to reject shareholder claims that they permitted and then covered up pervasive bribery by officials at the world's largest retailer's Mexico unit. By a 3-0 vote, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis upheld a lower court dismissal of a federal lawsuit...

  • July 21- ExxonMobil Corp said on Thursday it would buy InterOil Corp for more than $2.5 billion in stock, adding a gas field to expand exports from Papua New Guinea and better positioning it to meet Asian demand for liquified natural gas. Oil majors are targeting Papua New Guinea for growth as the quality of its gas, low costs and proximity to Asia's big LNG...

  • ST. LOUIS _ Cass Information Systems Inc. on Thursday reported second-quarter profit of $5.9 million. On a per-share basis, the St. Louis- based company said it had profit of 52 cents. Keywords: Cass Information Systems, Earnings Report.

  • ST. LOUIS— The restaurant chain Panera filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that a former executive who left to go to work for pizza chain Papa John's took trade secrets with him. The lawsuit against former Panera executive Michael Nettles and Louisville, Kentucky- based Papa John's International says Nettles worked for four years as a vice president in Panera's...

  • *Wall Street drifts lower on mixed earnings reports. NEW YORK, July 19- The recent rally in global equity prices faltered on Tuesday as investors pondered some disappointing earnings reports and signs that Britain's decision to leave the EU could hurt other economies, while the U.S. dollar climbed to a four-month high. The U.S. dollar rose on a combination of...

  • *Oil steady above $47, latest Libya hitch supports. NEW YORK, July 19- Global equity prices ticked lower on Tuesday as investors took stock of some disappointing U.S. earnings reports and signs that Britain's decision to leave the EU could hurt other economies, while the U.S. dollar rallied to a four-month high. The U.S. dollar rose on a combination of economic news...

  • NEW YORK— Monsanto on Tuesday rejected a second and richer takeover bid from Bayer. Monsanto Co., a seed company, called the revised offer inadequate, as it did the initial bid. "The revised all-cash offer is a compelling opportunity and represents immediate and certain value for Monsanto shareholders amid recent weak business performance and Monsanto's...

  • ST. LOUIS _ Belden Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $41.8 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.26 per share. Belden expects full-year earnings in the range of $5.50 to $5.70 per share, with revenue ranging from $2.35 billion to $2.38 billion.

  • ST. LOUIS, July 15- Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said on Friday "it's possible" the dollar could lose its status as the world's sole reserve currency during his lifetime. If the euro or China's yuan did become the world's reserve currency, said the 42- year-old Kashkari, it could be a positive development for the United States, whose currency...

  • ST. LOUIS, July 15- Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari said on Friday "it's possible" the dollar could lose its status as the world's sole reserve currency during his lifetime. If the euro or China's yuan did become the world's reserve currency, said the 42- year-old Kashkari, it could be a positive development for the United States, whose currency...